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Congratulations are in order for what we believe is a new Australian, if not world record on the number of competitions a Figure athlete has competed in. Queensland’s Helen Longmuir has competed in a staggering 52 Figure events in four and a half years! Her journey began with the rehabilitation of a shoulder injury, she started to enjoy the gym and loved the way it made her look and feel. Her first competition was INBA Brisbane titles where she placed second. She said “I was so nervous I almost pulled out. I thought to myself I only have to do this once and never again”. After that very first competition she was addicted and now loves every minute of it and more importantly the amazing people and friendships she has made. We threw a few questions Helen’s way to learn what her secret to success is. Q: Most Figure competitors struggle to get in shape and compete in one show a year, how do you manage to clock up to 10 shows in one year, you must have incredible recovery ability? A: I try to stay lean all year. My friends tease me sometimes saying it’s not fair! Competing is just another day for me. Something I do on the weekends. I am usually 55kg off season and 55kg on stage. Q: How many days a week do you typically spend in the gym and do you perform any cardio work? A: I train five half hour weight sessions a week and no cardio. I find if I do cardio I am only burning muscle that I am working so hard to build. Cardio happens every day running around my hotel and up and down four different staircases. Friday and Saturday nights behind the bar are like running a 6 hour marathon. Q: You have clocked up 52 competitions in four and a half years, so where do you go from here….have you got your sights set on that magical 100 mark? A: I have never really thought about the number of competitions I have done, until I was asked for my competition history. My dear friend Leanne Flynn had it all on file, and did all the research for me. Since buying the Prince of Wales Hotel six months ago, competing has become so much harder for me, I now have to travel for every event. I competed in nine competitions in those 6 months. Luckily I have a very understanding and supportive husband.
Q: Every time I see you, even out of comp season you always look great. Do you feel that it’s important to stay in good shape year round rather than the old bulking up theory that some competitors follow? A: Yes I try and stay in shape all year it’s easier for me, I admire the people who diet for 6 months for a competition , I couldn’t do that , pretty sure I’m the world’s worst at dieting. Competing is a bonus and keeps me motivated. Q: Just for fun, can you provide an example of your typical pre contest diet (including chocolate milks)? I eat healthy most days and cheat on the weekends (I’m only human). Two weeks out of competition I cut my carbohydrates to mornings. The week of competition I cut carbohydrates out altogether. I am addicted to coffee. I suppose it’s good for me, it speeds up my metabolism and keeps me going all day. I drink it every day including competition day. Q: What advice can you share for women looking to compete in their first figure event? A: It can be a rewarding sport because you are already a winner, just for getting on that stage and being in the best shape of your life. I have never gone on stage thinking I am going to win. It is a very judgemental sport, it’s not as if you can kick a goal or run the fastest. I look at it like winning a raffle, sometimes I get lucky and win. The best advice I can give is be proud of your own personal achievements.