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NEWS

July 22, 2014

Photo by Matt Knappick 1.)    How long have you been training for? Intermittently over the past 8 years, with a real focus on nutrition & intensity over the past 2-3.   2.)    What is your favourite bodypart to train? Nothing beats training legs. It’s an absolute love-hate thing, however nothing beats the pump from a huge high-volume leg workout. DOMS for days is one of my favourite things to wake up to! They used to be the weakest part of my physique – until I decided the ‘human carrot’ wasn’t a good look! Now they are probably my strength.   3.)    Who has your ultimate physique? I admire certain physiques for different reasons. I will forever be chasing Alberto Nunez’ level of conditioning. Joe Donnelly has arguably one of the most well-maintained physiques I’ve seen – the man is near stage-condition year round.   4.)    What is your proudest achievement in the fitness/bodybuilding industry? There have been a few proud moments including sponsorship by Activewear Online, Optimum Nutrition & Workout Meals to name a few less objective achievements – client satisfaction & results are probably the most satisfying achievements outside of these & placing 3rd at the ANB National Fitness Model Championships.   5.)    What is the one most important piece of advice that you would give to people just starting out in their journey to become competitors? Find a coach that you can trust; one that uses & promotes...

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July 21, 2014

Blog Post by Clare Ross – INBA and ANB Australian Figure Champion 1)      How long have you been training for? 6 years. I started when living in Russia and I was bored out of my mind. I had a starter pack with a gym around the corner which included 2 PT sessions. That started it all because I had a huge amount of spare time to train and research everything about building my body. I started training with a serious intention to compete once I returned to Australia.    2)      What is your favourite body part to train? Back and shoulders. They were my weaker body parts in 2010 and I decided to train to widen my back. In competitions, my front poses were my strongest points but I knew most competitions are won from the back. As soon as competitors turn around it becomes apparent who is going to be very competitive.   3)      Who has your ultimate physique? Donna Farrington Shae, IFPA Pro competitor and winner of the Yorton Cup 2013. A natural, beautiful physique with lots of muscle!   4)      What is your proudest achievement in the fitness/bodybuilding industry? Staying the course! I’m proud that I’m in the gym each and every day, training for myself, competing or not!   5)      What is the one most important piece of advice that you would give to people just starting out in their journey to become competitors? Take your time! Learn to love your training for just that, training! Competitions will come and go but your love...

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July 10, 2014

Photo by Daniel Repeti Photography   Blog Post by IFBB Pro Luke Schembri 1.) How long have you been training for? I have been training with weights for 16 years now and playing sport for as long as I can remember   2.) What is your favourite bodypart to train? Right now it is even between Hamstrings and arms   3.) Who has your ultimate physique? Ronnie Coleman for Mass Darrem Charles for something that might one day be achievable Justin Wessels for conditioning   4.) What is your proudest achievement in the fitness/bodybuilding industry? Winning my IFBB Pro Card in 2013   5.) What is the one most important piece of advice that you would give to people just starting out in their journey to become competitors? Enjoy the experience, the journey is what it is all about.  The day of the show is just the bonus. So be good to those around you that are in your life during the journey and share the rewards with them at the end   6.) What’s the hardest part of competing for you? Offseason eating and getting in enough calories from the right sources to grow and stay healthy and fit   7.) What’s the best part of competing for you? (What keeps you coming back for more?) The chance to beat other people doing something that they love Neh neh neh (evil laugh)   8.) What’s your current most favourite item of GASP or Better Bodies gear, and why?  The GASP Football Tee! This is my favourite because my body temp is always running through the roof...

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July 2, 2014

Blog Post by Joel Foster – IFBB SuperHeavy Weight National Champion 1.)    How long have you been training for? Roughly 13 years 2.)    What is your favourite body part to train? That’s a great question, but the answer for that changes constantly. When I first started lifting I would have said chest as that’s what was growing the best and for that reason the one I paid the most attention to.  Right now it’s back, but that will change with whatever I feel needs more attention or detail so I make that body part my priority and keep things fresh and challenging. 3.)    Who has your ultimate physique? The 1999 Olympia from top to bottom was stacked and had probably the best physiques I’ve ever seen then how can you go past Arnold? Having said that I would have to say Flex Wheeler – some of his poses are just of the hook! One image that comes to mind is he is doing a back double bicep down on one knee, anyone that knows his or her bodybuilding would know the image I’m talking about. Now that’s art! 4.)    What is your proudest achievement in the fitness/bodybuilding industry? I’ve been lucky to represent my country and travel extensively to compete and had some amazing results but my proudest achievement would have to be stepping on stage in 2012, not because of my result or how I looked but what I had to contend with to make it on stage that day. For the last 5 years of my Grandmother’s life I was her sole carer, she suffered from dementia...

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June 23, 2014

Photo by Marc Thyssen   1.)    How long have you been training for? I started weight training around 16 years ago, with a few breaks in amongst there due to illness/injury – and also I took 18 months or so off serious training when I had my baby 4 years ago. I like that I have peaked in terms of my best physique post baby. 2.)    What is your favourite bodypart to train? Hands down, it’s shoulders. It cannot be a co-incidence that this is also arguably my best bodypart. 3.)    Who has your ultimate physique? Monica Brant when she was still doing IFBB Fitness many many years ago. She, as well as Cory Everson, were the physiques that got me into training. 4.)    What is your proudest achievement in the fitness/bodybuilding industry? The answer here is probably an obvious one, but I am proudest of the launch of our business, Activewear Online. With it we have been able to positively impact the fitness and bodybuilding industry and have a ball doing it. I hope that it continues to be that way for many more years! 5.)    What is the one most important piece of advice that you would give to people just starting out in their journey to become competitors? Don’t treat the beginning as a “win at all costs” race, because it’s going to bite you down the track. We all got into this sport because of our love of training, and if it’s one thing that I know for sure, it’s that if you half kill yourself to compete, you’re going to lose that love of...

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