This Girl is on Fire!
Professional firefighter and fitness champ Nadine Young has built a head-turning physique through hard work and determination.
By Alex Zakrzewski
Photography Rob Holden
Nowadays most fitness competitors, even those at the top, have full-time day jobs that pay the protein bills and gym fees. Few, however, have gigs as badass as Nadine Young’s. When she’s not putting people to shame in the gym, the Physique champ is putting out five-alarm blazes as a professional, full-time member of Canada’s Fire and Rescue Community. Needless to say, it takes a special type of person to be able to dedicate their life to a job as stressful and dangerous as firefighting while still actively competing in a sport as mentally and physically demanding as competitive fitness. Amazingly, Nadine has not only succeeded in both pursuits, but doing so has just made her hungrier for more challenges and more laurels. “My lifestyle and career as a firefighter keeps me grounded and motivated to always strive for success,” she explains. “You never know what’s around the corner from emergency to emergency.” The same can be said of the competition stage where, though the challenges aren’t as deadly, the competition is equally as unpredictable and unforgiving.