Where and when were you born?
I was born in Osijek Croatia on the 3rd of September 1967. At the time Croatia was a part of Yugoslavia and a communist country. Thankfully my mother had the foresight to realize that there was no future for us if we stayed in Yugoslavia. She convinced my dad we were better off leaving for a better place. In 1970 my parents came to Melbourne, Australia and I’ve lived here ever since.
What is your profession?
I am a personal trainer. I train people from all walks of life. I particularly enjoy getting people ready for competition. Prior to becoming a trainer I worked as a recording engineer for 12 years in some of the best studios in Melbourne.
Were you involved in sports or fitness prior to bodybuilding and how did you get started with weight training?
I was always very sporty. I played every sport there was to play during my school years and particularly enjoyed athletics (sprinting) and tennis. I was raised with three boys so I had to be good at sport… otherwise they wouldn’t play with me!!
Was it a goal for you to compete in bodybuilding competitions right from the beginning or was it something that grew in your mind as time went on and you saw the progress in your body?
Not straight away but within three months of starting at a gym someone suggested I give competing a go. It sounded like fun so I tried it and loved it. However, it took ten years to step up on stage again due to me having my second child.
Can you give me your competition history?
1995 ANBF (Now INBA) Melbourne Titles 2nd Place
2005 NPC-IFBB Southern States 1st Place
2005 NPC-IFBB Victorian Titles 1st Place
2005 NPC-IFBB Australian Titles 3rd Place
2006 NPC-IFBB Southern States 1st Place
Which contest has been your biggest success; which has had the most meaning to you?
The one that has the most meaning is the 2005 Southern States. I loved that show because it had been ten years since I had competed last. I had continued training so all the muscle maturity was there but it was quite nerve wrecking because I doubted whether I was good enough. The Southern States Show is run in conjunction with the IFBB Australian Grand Prix, the audience is huge so it was quite a buzz stepping out on stage and doing well in front of a large crowd.
Please tell me something about your training routine (ie: how many days per week / training split /cardio, etc.)
Mon Run 45mins
Tuesday Stepmill 30mins
Wed Run or Sprint 45mins
Thursday Stepmill 30mins
Fri Run 45mins
Sat Bike HIIT 45mins
Sun Plyometrics 50mins
Pre Contest I do another cardio session in the evening 30-45mins depending on my condition.
What is your favorite exercise in the gym and which one you don’t like so much?
I love lunges! I love the way they feel when I’m doing them… I love the way they make my glutes look better for doing them. Also (a very close second) bent over rows, just because I can move a lot of weight and they’re awesome for my back as well as my bis. I don’t like dumbbell flyes.. I hate the movement!
Which body part is your best in your opinion?
Legs and Abs. No matter how much I improve other body parts people always comment on my legs and abs. I must thank my mother for the big legs and calves they’re entirely her fault, good genes!
What do you enjoy about training for competition....what do you enjoy about the 'off season'?
Competition season I like the discipline and the routine. I like the way it feels to eat clean and to have my body performing at its peak. The off season?? Well, I stay within a few kilos of my competition weight all year round. The main difference being that I enjoy a few relaxed meals during the week.
Please describe a typical day in the life of Melita Jagic.
5.15am Wake Up
7.30am Breakfast (Porridge and protein powder)
8.30 – 9am Take kids to school and start work
10.30am Meal 2 (Protein Bar)
1pm Lunch (Tuna, basmati rice & veggies)
3.30pm Pick up kids
4pm Meal 4 (Almond paste on 2 rice cakes)
5.30pm Weight Train
7pm Dinner (Warm Lamb Salad)
8pm Work on computer and family time (emails etc)
Please tell me about what you do when you don’t work out ( hobbies, what do you do to relax?, etc.)
I’m fortunate enough to have the most amazing man as my soon- to- be husband, Matt Nicholson. He is also a bodybuilder… and a champion at that! Between us we have 3 children so we love doing things with our kids like rollerblading, movies, camping just being a family and doing normal things.
What do you enjoy most about the bodybuilding/fitness lifestyle?
Great health and lots of energy. Also being a great example for our kids.
Tell me something interesting about yourself, something people may be surprised to hear.
I can fly an aeroplane. I started learning to fly a few years ago and got to the stage where I was flying solo. However, I perforated my ear drum and had to stop flying until my ear healed, which ended up being quite some time so at the moment I’m not current. I hope sometime in the future to continue with my passion for flying.
What are your competition goals or personal future goals?
For 2006 I have another three shows planned. In August I have the IFBB sanctioned Country Classic then it’s off to the State and Australian titles. Hopefully in 2007 I would love to give the IFBB World Women’s Championships a go in Spain... we’ll see!
Melita does not do sessions or wrestling of any kind. Please don't ask!!