HELEN LONG­MUIR

LIV­ING LE­GEND SMASHES RECORD BOOKS

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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.

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