From horse riding to personal training, Evelian Nellen Van Pelt has become a social media star during her fitness journey. She’s gained a lot of experience from competing in shows, gaining a reputation for her incredible physique.
But it’s not been an easy ride for Evelian – she’s accomplished everything while working full time at a bank and raising her daughter.
This is her story:
|Full Name: Evelian Nellen Van Pelt
|Year of Birth
|Year of Birth
• Muscle Beach Endurance Challenge 1st place
• Walters Open, 1st
• EK Romania, 6th
• Flexcup, 1st
• Flexcup, NP
• Ironman and Iron Maiden, 1st
• Ironman and Iron Maiden, 1st and Overall title
• Grandprix, 2ns
• NK, 1st
• Arnold Classic Madrid, 6th
• Loadedcup, 2nd
• Loadedcup, 4th
• NK, 2nd
• NK, 4th (only for participation in international qualification)
• Grandprix, 1st and overall title
• NK, 4th (international qualification)
• European Championships Spain, 7th
Born and raised in the south of Holland, Ridderkerk, Evelian was very active growing up. As a child, she took part in gymnastics, martial arts, and horse riding.
However, it wasn’t until she was a teenager that she entered the gym.
Start of Fitness Journey
At the age of 18, in 2007, Evelian began lifting weights after finding the desire to become muscular and strong. She trained intensely after working daytimes at a bank.
After months of hard work, she’d made serious progress.
Evelian met her husband that same year, who was also a fitness enthusiast. He started motivating Evelian, becoming her coach.
After encouragement a lot of encouragement, she decided to enter her first competition.
Evelian posing on stage.
2 years after starting her journey, in 2009 Evelian stepped on stage at the Walters Open in the bodybuilding category. Her years of hard work paid off, and at 20, she took her first trophy home.
But she was just getting started.
Women’s Physique and Personal Training
After her debut show, Evelian decided to switch categories to women’s physique. Over the next 7 years, she entered a further 15 shows, placing in the top 4 in all but one competition.
During this period, she decided to give back to the industry and help others achieve their dreams. She began training others, using her website to offer her services as a personal trainer.
Evelian trains 3-4 days per week, making sure to maintain and develop her amazing figure.
She works out twice a day – cardio in the morning on an empty stomach at 6am and lifting weights in the evening.
Evelian plans her meals around lean protein, complex carbs, vegetables and healthy fats. She aims to eat 6 meals a day with 2-3 hour intervals between each.
She limits her carbs, cutting them out of her diet after her third meal.
- Meal 1 – Protein shake with oatmeal
- Meal 2 – Chicken with rice cakes and peanut butter
- Meal 3 – Rice with chicken and vegetables
- Meal 4 – Protein shake with cashew nuts
- Meal 5 – Rice with steak and vegetables
- Meal 6 – Eggs with almonds
Idols and Influences
Evelian draws her inspiration from her many fans online. However, her main influence has been her husband – he encouraged her to compete as an athlete after seeing her potential to succeed in the industry.
What we can learn from Evelien Nellen Van Pelt
Evelian has taught us to always search for how to better ourselves. Although she’s always been sporty, she wanted to improve her physique and began training in the gym.
One thing we can take away from Evelian’s story is we should help others when given the chance – she began personal training after sculpting one of the greatest female physiques in the world.