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February 6, 2014

Credit: Matt Knappick Over the years I have been competing I have noticed my attitude has shifted a fair amount in relation to stuff about comps, and things in every day life. I think I learned pretty early on in the piece that if I wanted any kind of longevity in this sport, while maintaining relationships outside of it, I couldn’t let my entire life revolve around my competitions. My first comp prep was a bit of a struggle in this regard. I didn’t know anything about competing when I started out, and didn’t know anyone else who did it. I had no idea where to get information and most of the dieting and supplement side of things came through hours and hours of scouring the internet for information, and a lot of trial and error. Looking back at it, although if I am honest I was kind of turning a blind eye to it, my relationships were suffering. Everything was about my comp prep. My social life, which was once filled with nights out (several per week) withered away as I refused invitations almost EVERYWHERE. I went to a handful of big events (weddings and Christenings) but aside from that I kind of became a bit of a hermit. I am also pretty sure I became The Moody Bitch From Hell – although my friends and family were nice enough not to say anything. I think to be perfectly honest, by this time they were hoping I’d get through the competition and decide it wasn’t for me, and that would be the end of it. But it wasn’t. I decided I loved the competition thing, and...

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February 6, 2014

We can’t deny that a big part of our life now revolves around social media.  Our workplace marketing, business networking, breaking news, friends and even relationships are happening over social media.  It has become a social media world which we sometimes forget isn’t the real world! If you are in the fitness industry or even interested in fitness as a hobby you will most likely be signed up to or have liked multiple fitness groups and athletes.  Every morning you wake up to motivational “you can do it” type messages and images of people on their morning walks or healthy/clean/organic/paleo/comp prep/bulking/detox breakfast.  Throughout the day you will see countless gym selfies and “progress photos” showing off their bodies in the best lighting, flexing and possibly a filter to top it off.  Behind the scene pictures at a shoot or interviews with magazines being snapped away on Instagram #fitspo #behindthescenes #blessed Is this real life? To an extent yes, at times. What people are showing online is often just their “highlight reel” a term used for just showing an audience the exciting and eventful parts of their lives the person wants everyone to see. The motivational photos of a ripped athlete are often taken a week before/after their competition or event. The fitness selfie in the mirror with an 8 pack and veins popping out isn’t how the person looks 24/7 however we see all these images throughout the year, every day, rain hail or shine. Well...

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January 30, 2014

Sam Attrill I am always getting asked, ‘how do I compete?’, so here are a few helpful points that might help a new competitor who is coming into the sport for the first time. Train.  I know this may sound like a no brainer, but I have had girls come to me that have never picked up a weight before and want to compete. Yes, you do get the genetically gifted freaks but training is always going to get your body into a much better version of what you are now.  Diet. Whether you are looking at putting on muscle or needing to lose body fat, you need to clean your diet up and getting your calories and macros in check.  Trainer/Coach.  If you want to make the most of your time on stage, you need to find a professional that is going to be as passionate as you are about getting on stage. Whether that be a Personal Trainer that has an interest in clients competing, or an actual Comp. Prep.  Coach that can help you go all the way to stage.  Competition.  Decide which competition you wish to enter and find out as much information as you can about it; who to contact if you have questions, where and when registration is, where the competition is going to be held, and what day and time it will take place.  Division.  Your body is going to be suited to a certain division and it would be a great idea to find out which one is more suited to your body type. Usually if you are first starting out, this would be bikini, which is a great starting point for new competitors.  Stage...

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January 30, 2014

We all begin somewhere in the chosen sport we wish to challenge ourselves in. I would like to run through a few things that the sport of bodybuilding has done for me and hopefully it gives all of you a few ideas that also may help you succeed in your goals. I will start from the beginning and try to keep it brief so I don’t bore you all to death. It starts with the reason why you start to train. To get 100% out of what you start, you need to have that drive behind you to get past the hurdles. Me personally, I went through a rough patch in life. I did some things I shouldn’t have and messed up a few years of my life. It came to a time when I decided I wanted to better myself, better my appearance, and feel good about myself again, and even as a skinny little runt I set my goal to one day compete – in 4-5 years’ time,  People laughed and raised their eyebrows at me, but that didn’t deter me at all. One of my best mates, Jason Hockey, took me under his wing and took me to a gym where it all began. After 12 months or so I had some great progress and people started to say “Shane, you’re looking good mate!  Keep it up!”  This was the drive I needed and it all started to step up a level. The next part I looked into, (or got forced into) was nutrition. Another mate took me under her wing and started to guide me in the direction of eating the right foods, to my disgust I may add. “You want me to eat what?” I would ask!!!  Kerry Wood was a new friend at...

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January 29, 2014

Activewear Online are currently looking for a male athlete currently competing within the calender year for their Athlete Team. Current sponsored athletes include: 3 x National NABBA Champion Mark ‘Meataxe’ Taylor IFBB Figure Pro Amanda Doherty 2010 INBA Natural Olympia 1st runner up Clare Ross IFBB Champion Chris Jenkins IFBB Bikini Champion Sarah Allen INBA Natural Olympia Winner Sam Attrill IFBB Figure Athlete Victoria Misitano IFBB State Champion Shane Humphries If you are a competitive bodybuilder or men’s physique competitor currently planning on competing in the next 12 months for any federation and are interested in being sponsored by the supplier of the world’s best workout clothing then this may be your chance! There is only one position available. Please understand that businesses like to hear from people with experience of their product. If you have not purchased from us before your application will not be considered. If you are interested in sponsorship from Activewear Online, please send the following information to info@activewearonline.com.au A short biography with a recent photograph attached. A list of bodybuilding achievements and future plans for the next 12 months Social networking information and reach: Facebook Profile, Facebook Fanpage , Twitter account, Instagram account, Pinterest account, etc A few paragraphs on why you think you should be sponsored and how you would help to promote Activewear Online if they do choose to...

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