Samantha Frazzetto, 28
When Samantha Frazzetto was in high school she wasn’t planning on a career in the fitness industry, in fact, it took her almost a decade after graduating to decide to give it a go.
“I was feeling a little bit down and I just needed something to focus on,” the 28-year-old explained while showing her full-page spread in fitness magazine, Oxygen, “I was unhappy with the way I looked so a friend put me onto a fitness coach and I told him what my goals were. I told him that I wanted to lose weight and tone up.”
It was Samantha’s fitness coach, Tim Diegan of Bodyseek who encouraged her to begin competing.
“He said that I’m the perfect candidate for someone to step on stage because of my build… I’m tall and I’ve got broad shoulders.”
Samantha said being a women, and coming from a traditional European background, she had never considered going into body building but after developing a love for exercise she decided to see where competing could take her.
Most fitness models begin preparing for a competition three months prior, which includes going on a strict diet plan with no cheat meals, cutting out all sugars and dairy whilst incorporating high protein meals, however Samantha was only six weeks out when she decided to compete in the ANB (Australia Natural Bodybuilding) Novice Fitness Model in May. This meant that she was making drastic changes to her body in just over a months time, causing criticism from family and friends at the beginning.
“I had to completely change my diet really quickly and my body sort of went into shock so there were times when I was [feeling] down or exhausted. I was training a lot and I couldn’t partake in a lot of the things that my family was doing. When my family went out for dinner I had to bring my own food… it was really difficult for my family to watch.”
“I had steak for breakfast,” Samantha said, “I’d have 100-150 grams of steak with a whole bag of spinach and I’d have that five times a day.”
“It’s literally just meat and veggies and that’s it.”
Samantha placed third in the ANB Victoria Natural Mania Bodybuilding’s Novice Fitness Model category in May and has since placed third in the ANB Figure Open Tall Division in October, as well as recently being announced the ANB Ambassador for 2016. Also adding to her list of achievements, Samantha’s received sponsorship’s from her local gym of six years, Genesis Fitness Club, supplement store, Kahma Body Boosters and Chirohealth Family and Sports Clinic.
In November, Samantha was featured in women’s fitness magazine Oxygen as a finalist in their cover girl competition. Samantha came third in more than 340 applicants with an email from Oxygen Editor, Lindy Olsen’s PA telling Samantha to pack her bags for Queensland because she was headed to Oxygen HQ for the cover girl shoot, “I can honestly say that it was one of the best days of my life… surrounded by people I idolised.”
Samantha said her coach and other fitness models inspired her to keep going but the greatest benefit was her improved fitness and mood. Although she’s taking a break, known as an ‘off season’ until March next year, she will be a lot more mindful of what she puts into her body, “I try to buy organic where I can… I used to go to the fridge and just shove my face full of Tim Tams now I know what sort of effect they have on your body.”
“It’s just taught me how dedicated that I didn’t know I could be. It’s taught me a lot about my confidence, I’ve grown a lot as a person and I didn’t realise how capable I am of things.”
“I always wanted to be super skinny like those really skinny girls that are on the cat walk and now I look at that and I think I don’t want that at all I want a healthy body that’s strong… It’s funny how your perception changes.”
“I’m just the normal girl next door… If I can do it I think anyone can do it. Definitely.”
When you were 10 years old, what did you want to be?
I wanted to be an air hostess. I wanted to be a PE teacher. I went through a stage where I wanted to be a hair dresser – I wanted to be everything. I never pictured myself doing fitness modeling, not even at the start of this year!
If you had one day to try any job in the world, what would it be?
I would love to be a wedding dress model because to have a wedding day every day would be amazing. You get dressed up and put all different wedding dressed on, that’s my dream. I put on my sports gear and that’s amazing but what I really want is a big fluffy dress!
Let’s cut it down:
How does someone get into the industry? Go and see a fitness coach. They’ll give you a training and diet program and keep you in the loop with competitions recommended for you. You can contact Samantha’s trainer Tim Diegan at http://www.bodyseek.com.au.
Do you need any formal qualifications? No. But you do need to be over 16 to compete with ANB and have a reasonable amount of fitness and the dedication for the intense training preparation.
Can this be my full-time job? You’ll need to make it pretty big to make it a full-time career by competing, but Samantha says it opens up doors for careers in personal training/nutrition etc. as well as sponsorship’s and other types of modelling.
Does Samantha have any advice? Stay focused there’s a lot of times when I just wanted to throw in the towel but you’ve just got to stay focused on the bigger picture.