Training, Diet, Height, Weight, Biography
Andrea Shaw is a American professional bodybuilder and IFBB Pro athlete competing in the Women’s Bodybuilding division. Shaw has two Ms. Olympia titles (2020, 2021) and two Ms. Rising Phoenix titles (2020, 2021) — the second-highest title in women’s bodybuilding — under her belt. Here is his full profile, biography and more.
(IFBB Pro League Female Bodybuilding Competitor)
|Full Name: Andrea Shaw (Female Bodybuilding Competitor)|
|180 to 190 pounds (77 to 87 kilograms)||5’5″ (165.1cm)||38 years old|
|Date of Birth||Time||Nationality|
|December 18, 1983||2010, 2020||American|
Andrea Shaw was born in Detroit, Michigan. Growing up, she was into gymnastics and competitive cheerleading. She believes that being athletic has benefited her both physically and mentally. In middle school, she learned to make her own structures even though her school didn’t offer adequate equipment or many organized sports.
However, she felt exhausted from gymnastics and cheerleading. Although Shaw was close to giving up track and field, there was no way the track and field would give up on Shaw.
Ms. Olympia’s mother is a nurse and a former personal trainer. She encouraged Shaw to get back into athletics and pushed her to start training at Powerhouse Gym in Highland Park, Michigan. Even after winning two Ms. Olympia and Rising Pheonix titles, Shaw still trains in the same gym.
Shaw started training alone in the gym when she was 15 years old. After Shaw turned 17, her mother’s training partner, a competitive bodybuilder, began mentoring her.
Andrea Shaw previously revealed that she never intended to become a professional bodybuilder but wanted to be a model. However, her five-foot-five build put her at a disadvantage.
“I had no desire to be a bodybuilder at the time. I wanted to be a model, but at 1m75, I was not tall enough.
Return to competitive bodybuilding
Much to Shaw’s surprise, her training advisor told her mother that she didn’t think Andrea had the heart to stick with long-term training. It fueled the fire inside her and she decided to go all out every time she entered the gym.
One day, while working out at Powerhouse Gym, Shaw came across an issue of Oxygen Magazine. Looking at the chiseled athletes in the magazine, Andrea decided she wanted to pursue a career in the bodybuilding industry.
As the Ms. Olympia champion increased her training intensity, she began to build muscle mass and conditioning, causing people around her to ask if she was a competitive bodybuilder, and if not. , why ? This was the signal Shaw had been waiting for.
While Shaw didn’t think she had the size to compete in the Open bodybuilding division, she developed a liking to the Women’s Figure division and decided to enter it.
In 2008, she competed in two tricks competitions, placing third and fourth, but she didn’t feel she was on track. She then decided to take a break from competitive bodybuilding, which ultimately turned out to be eight long years.
To make a break
In his spare time, Shaw earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sport science while continuing to refine his training. However, not everything went as planned. Shaw ended up putting on 20 books in college.
After completing his BA, Shaw continued his studies in bodybuilding. She interned at Detroit Medical Center, working in Beaumont’s physical therapy department, and received her group training and personal training certificates.
Competition and career
After an eight-year sabbatical, Shaw decided to return to competitive bodybuilding and signed up for her first show, but as a Women’s Physique competitor this time. His comeback show was the 2016 John Simmons Championshipswhere she finished fourth.
Shaw competed in five competitions in 2018 and earned his pro card by finishing second at the 2018 NPC Nationals.
Shaw competed in the Women’s Physique division until 2019. However, contrary to what she had imagined when she moved up to the Women’s Physique division, Andrea felt that she was not reaching her true potential.
Although Shaw landed a podium spot in most of the women’s physique shows she appeared in from 2016 to 2019, she felt something was wrong.
Transition to the Women’s Bodybuilding division
After competing in the Women’s Physique division at the 2019 Toronto Pro Supershow – where she placed eleventh – Shaw realized that she was too muscular for the Physique and Figure divisions and was being rated for it.
Shaw spoke to one of the judges and female bodybuilders Irene Andersen, Margaret Marvelous, Lenda Murray and Alina Popa, about the matter. All these people told her that she looked more like a bodybuilder than a physical competitor.
Her discussions with other bodybuilders and judges prompted her to make a second division change. After the 2019 Toronto Pro Supershow, Shaw moved from the Women’s Physique division to the Women’s Bodybuilding division, and the rest, as they say, is history.
A month after moving to the bodybuilding division, Shaw competed at the 2019 Chicago Pro, where she surprised everyone by placing second behind Aleesha Young by one point. The Ms. Olympia champion said competing in the bodybuilding division has brought a lot of relief and she no longer has to hold back and restrict her muscle development.
Additionally, she revealed that she now diets for maximum hardness and definition without fear of going “overboard” for the judges. She thinks the move to the bodybuilding division broke her chains.
“My legs, in particular, were just too big. I tried over time to make them smaller, but nothing worked. Getting into bodybuilding [division] allowed me to create better balance by developing more of my upper body rather than shrinking my legs.
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Become Ms. Olympia Champion
After moving into the Women’s Bodybuilding division, things immediately started falling into place for Andrea Shaw. She entered seven bodybuilding contests after leaving the show Women’s Physique and won five..
Shaw placed second in her first women’s bodybuilding division and seventh in her second show. However, she has dominated every contest since. It would be safe to say that she is a force to be reckoned with on the women’s bodybuilding circuit.
Shaw qualified for her first Olympia weekend by winning the 2020 IFBB Omaha Pro. Additionally, she became the favorite to win the Ms. Olympia title after winning the Wings of Strength Rising Phoenix title.
The Women’s Bodybuilding division returned to Olympia Weekend in 2020, five years after being discontinued in 2015. The reintroduction of the Women’s Bodybuilding division to Olympia can be credited to Jake Wood, who took over the Olympia brand in 2020. Wood is also the owner of the famous Wings of Strength women’s bodybuilding promotion company.
Shaw had momentum behind her as she entered Olympia 2020, which helped her secure her first Ms. Olympia title in her first year at the show. Andrea Shaw won her second Rising Phoenix and Ms. Olympia titles in 2021.
Andrea Shaw Competition History
Below is the full competition history of Ms. Olympia:
- NPC National Championships: Second place (turned pro)
- NPC North American Championships: Third place
- Lenda Murray Detroit Classic NPC: First place
- NPC John Simmons Championships: First place
- Ohio Natural NPC: The second place
- John Simmons Championships: Fourth place
- Classic Karen Zaremba: Third place
- Michigan Natural Championships: Fourth place
Andrea Shaw Training Program
Andrea Shaw is coached by her longtime boyfriend, John Simmons, and works out at Powerhouse Gym in Highland Park, Michigan. She went from training three days a week to training every day. Shaw spends eight to 14 hours training each week.
Here’s what his workout breakdown looks like:
Thursday: Chest and calves
Friday: Shoulders and Abs
Andrea Shaw Diet Program
The Michigan native eats five to six small meals throughout the day. She makes sure to get 30-50 grams of protein at each meal so that you have enough nutrients to help repair and rebuild muscle.
Shaw likes to eat carbs half an hour before working out. This gives him enough energy to last throughout the workout. She meets her daily fat goals by eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables.
Although Shaw sticks to eating clean throughout the week, she has a cheat meal to celebrate a successful week.
Below is Shaw’s off-season diet:
- Meal 1: Three Berry Oatmeal Breakfast Bowl.
- Meal 2: Mexican scrambled eggs, avocado and fruit juice.
- Meal 3: Protein pancakes and mixed nuts.
- Meal 4: Turkey fillet with grilled vegetables and rice.
- Meal 5: Tuna salad.
- Meal 6: Grilled chicken breast, sweet potatoes and sautéed broccoli with garlic and chilli.
Shaw relies on the following supplements to build muscle mass and help maintain overall health:
Besides being arguably the most dominant female bodybuilder on the current circuit, Shaw is one of the most genuine and humble people around. His stage presence and interviews are a treat to watch.
As of this writing, Shaw has not competed in any bodybuilding shows in 2022. However, she will be the crowd favorite to win the Ms. Olympia title ahead of the Olympia weekend, scheduled for December 15-18. 2022, in Las Vegas, Nevada.