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May 20, 2013

Blog Post by Clare Ross: INBA Figure Superstar As some of you may know I spent a large part of last year’s INBA competitions sitting on the judges table as a trainee. It has been a wonderful experience learning what to look for and being able to truly appreciate all the amazing physiques on stage.  Many times I have wanted to spend more time looking over the competitors but the next competitor is called out and you are forced to shift your attention. A few seconds is all the time you get before you are put into the line for the comparisons. So little time to shine and so little time to be appreciated you might wonder if a blip in your presentation may distract the judges from your physique? Spending a little time in the weeks leading up the competition may prevent the judges first thought being ‘I think her boob is going to fall out’. If you think we don’t notice these things you are wrong. You may have the most wonderful physique but remember we start judging you from the moment we see you. If you have something that distracts from your physique from that first moment you have lost the first opportunity for the judges to see your physique. There may be some things you would like to check before getting on the stage or in the weeks leading up to competition. As mentioned above, there is often nothing worse than watching a train crash and sometimes it feels like that when you are watching a woman about to drop out of her competition bikini top. Sometimes the...

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February 11, 2013

Blog Post by Clare Ross – INBA Figure Superstar It’s been 2 years since I last competed and let me tell you it has been a difficult time! When I finished the 2010 competitions I learnt very quickly exactly what I had done to my body. I attempted staying at lower body fat through the year but the amount of cardio and dieting I had to do to get there was astounding! What previously had worked for me didn’t even touch the sides. I was dieting harder and doing 2 week out cardio just to try and stay at a reasonable body fat offseason. My body had adapted to a regime of ridiculous low calories and punishing workload. The sensible me made the decision that what I was doing was completely unstainable. I pulled the plug on ever getting back on stage and started to try and find a way back to health, I started to think about repairing my body. When I sat back and wondered what had happened to my metabolism.  I have to reflect on exactly how I got into this state. It would not be until I fully owned my role that I would be in a position never to repeat the same behaviour. I would love to blame someone else, the people who helped me with my diet or other competitors who made my behaviour seem normal but really I know I was accountable. Here are the mistakes which led, through ignorance or burying my head in the sand, to me suffering some metabolic damage. I ate under the prescribed amount of calories a lot of the time. Yes, I was given guidelines about how much to eat but...

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October 14, 2012

Blog Post by Clare Ross – INBA Figure Superstar. I am a very happy and contented woman in the gym at the moment! Very happy to be in a great gym, the new and amazing Derrimut, my injuries have healed and I’m happy to be in a good routine which allows me lots of time to train. When I think about my training and who I like to train with, the overwhelming answer is, ME! I just love training alone. I think about what has changed in the past few months and I would have to say that the major change is my focus; my focus has sharpened and I’m in control! Whilst I am in control of what I know, I am also very in control and aware of the things I don’t know and need help with. That’s ok; I’m here to learn as well. There has been many times in the last 5 years where I have needed a trainer to teach or push me and I have never regretted paying the right person for their support. There has also been many times in the last 5 years in which training alone has been best for me. As I haven’t elevated to gym guru yet, I imagine I will employ a trainer in the future. I acknowledge the benefits of a good trainer and I truly believe a good trainer will push me a little further. But as I am in the ‘training alone’ phase at the moment, I began to wonder exactly what does appeal to me about training alone now? I’m sure many can relate to some of these reasons; I think everyone who trains and juggles kids and family can completely understand when I say ‘things don’t...

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July 16, 2012

Blog Post by Clare Ross – INBA figure superstar It really is well and truly THAT time of year again and doesn’t time fly? Almost everyone I know in this industry has either just competed or is dieting hard as the competitions are in full flight. Such a wonderful time of year for so many and such an exciting time for anyone like me who are watching on the sidelines with a great deal of interest. After obsessively watching competitions for a very long time, along with getting onstage myself, I wanted to impart some of things that, once addressed, will have you up onstage relaxed and confident. All these tips do not require you to diet or do any cardio and will have you stepping onstage confidently ready to really enjoy that experience you have been working so hard for. 1. Posing, posing and posing. Whether you are a first time novice competitor or an Australian champion, posing is the number one asset you will want to take to the stage. Good posing hides your weak body parts whilst emphasising your best ones. It can make you look instantly better than your competitors if you know exactly what you are doing onstage and you do it with confidence. Practice posing in your heels and practice for long periods at a time. There are many times competitors have been required to stay on stage for a long time whilst the judges are making their decisions. Become stage fit enough to smile your way through the poses, looking relaxed and happy to be up there. 2. Your bikini is a big...

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May 18, 2012

Blog Post by Clare Ross – INBA Figure Superstar Have you ever been in a place where you are tempted to look for answers that may make your journey easier? When you feel everything is so hard and so exhausting and you just would like things to run a little quicker or a little smoother. Sometimes, when you feel like this, it is really hard to take a step back and see what you really need. About a month ago I was in the middle of such a slump, I didn’t feel like training, eating right and sucking up my cardio. I couldn’t tell you what caused the dive in my motivation levels but I couldn’t remember feeling so down in the dumps about my chosen sport.  I was happy to stay at home, distracting myself with trips to the shops and generally enjoying not thinking about anything to do with body building. Whilst I have never felt like this before, it has been a long time coming. I really haven’t had a good melt down and felt like some things needed to be addressed in order for me to move on.  I wanted an easier journey, a magic life where I could eat what I wanted, train periodically and not have to ‘think’ so much about it all.  I did what I tell everyone else not to do; I started to look for shortcuts. Accordingly to a lot of people in this industry there are ‘easier’ ways. It is very tempting to sway in the direction towards claims that none of us need to perform any cardio or this concoction of their super supplements will get you lean. Some people in this...

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