If you ask any successful national competitors what is their dream after they have reached their national championships title, the 99,99 % answer is to be IFBB Elite Pro and compete at the pro stage. Even before step on stage at Continental or World Championships. When I asked immediately after she won the World Champion title and asked if she wants now to turn pro, she said I have many titles to win like European Championships. Who would dare to say that? A person who has high goals and much better self-confidence than most of us.
M&H: What kind of background you have in sports before you started lifting weights and competing in fitness sports? How did all start?
SENNI: My background is quite diverse. I started skiing when I was two years old, later I switched to snowboarding. My other hobby was dancing. I liked to do many different sports but I didn’t compete at any of them. I found the gym when I was 15 years old. Something fascinated me in that environment and I was really interested in training with weights. Really soon after I had started the gym I searched for some information about training programs and diets because I wanted to get better. I read magazines and the internet, then I found fitness and fitness competitors. I went to see the competitions in Finland and I started to think that I want to be there someday. I trained by myself for a few years until I contacted my coach. We started to work together and under a year I had my first competition.
M&H: Your star raised quite fast and you have competed a few times at the International level. Do you have changed anything about your prepping to contest from the day you started?
SENNI: Absolutely yes, during these years I have developed myself in many sections. I have improved my training level and mentality. I get more out of myself and I demand more from me every day. It’s been really important to grow into a better athlete. Prepping to contest has become a way of life and all experience has given me more confidence.
M&H: What is the biggest mistake that body fitness competitors are doing on stage?
SENNI: I have seen many competitors who have no idea how to walk with heels or perform at the stage. Some competitors don’t make any contact with the judges or audience and are unable to be present. There would be many things to improve especially in performance.
M&H: What is your typical daily routine?
SENNI: I wake up in the morning and first I do cardio when I’m prepping to contest. Then I eat breakfast and pack my meals and workout gear for the day. I go to work and during the workday, I eat lunch and snacks. I finish work usually something between 6 or 8 PM. I like to do my gym workout at the end of the day. After the gym, I go home and I eat dinner. Usually in the evenings I prep food, check my social media or watch some TV-series, etc. I eat my evening snack right before going to sleep. I try to sleep 8-9 hours.
M&H: What has been the most memorable moment in your career?
SENNI: My latest victory, when I became World Champion in body fitness. That moment felt unreal even it was my goal. It was my biggest dream and that goal was on my mind many times on that prep. Even though I haven’t won every competition I still had that faith and will, it is possible to win. I always set my goals higher than I think I can and after winning it was so hard to believe that it really became true. I will never forget that moment.
Read the full interview on May’s issue!