Feature Profile Allahna Carman
First off congratulations on your success in 2016 at the Natural Bodz Asia Pacific and thehe Fitness America™ Weekend in Las Vegas. How ow did it feel to experience this kind of successs in your first year of competing?
Thank You Steve. I totally exceeded my own personal sonal expectations. I honestly did not expect to place let et alone win, at the Asia Pacs show in June. I couldn’tn’t believe it when I won and was invited to compete e the following day in the Pro League, what an honour. nour. Then to place second in the Pro League division was amazing. It was an anxious wait to hear back as to whetherer or not I had been selected for the Australian teamm to compete in Las Vegas. I was in shock when I found nd out that I had been chosen for the team, I never r thought I would have this opportunity. It was a definite yes from me, I couldn’t say no to this oncece in a lifetime chance.
How did you find the entire Las Vegas experience, including competing at the Fitness ess America™ Weekend?
Firstly, being able to travel over with the other Australian competitors was such a fantastic experience. We were all very like-minded people and it was just like one big family. I had such a great time in Vegas, I didn’t want to leave. Being a partrt of the Fitness America Weekend show was such a great reat feeling, you are competing for a world title up against gainst the best of the best from all across the world. I had the time of my life up on that huge stage, I felt a real sense of pride in myself for getting to that point and placing 5th. Even once my division was over I hadad so much fun watching our other team mates compete,te, it was an amazing show to watch and it was so nicee to have an entire team cheering you on when you are in a foreign place where you don’t know anyone and wouldn’t usually have anyone in the crowd cheering ring for you.
Where and when did your journey into the fitness industry begin, who inspired you to start training with weights and competing?
Honestly competing was something I just wantedd to tick off my bucket list, I had wanted to do it for years and finally just decided to give it a go. I had no idea dea what I was doing when I entered my first show and didn’t have a coach. Despite all of that, the judgeses must have seen something in me and I placed 3rd.rd.
I couldn’t believe that I actually placed and got to take home a trophy. That really made me curious to see how well I could do if I kept going, and I havn’t looked back since.
You certainly improved from the Natural Bodz Apacs to the Vegas show, what did you do different leading into Vegas?
I wanted to put on more muscle leading into the Vegas show and actually hold onto a bit more body fat for a slightly curvier/fuller look rather than the lean/dry look. I also worked a lot on my walk and my posing to improve my overall package for the show. I think that also the more shows you do the more confident you are and that really shows on stage.
Can you share a typical training program you would d follow leading into a competition? Days per week, sets, cardio, weights etc?
I train 6 days a week when I am preparing for a competiition, I usually would have Saturday’s off to spend time withwith my husband outside of the gym. I split my workouts over er those 6 days only training one muscle group per day, which hich ever muscle was the least sore usually. I generally do 4 sets of 12-15 reps for my workouts when I am close to comp as my weights are lower.
What muscle groups do you feel are the most important areas to hit for girls looking to build a sexy, aesthetic body?
I would have to say Shoulders, Abs and Glutes.
Let’s talk cardio...Is there a specific form that you feel works best? And how much is too much?
I kind of hate cardio, just saying. I did incorporate cardio o into my program leading into comp but I’m not the kind of person that will run on the treadmill for hours. I am lucky ky that I have a very fast metabolism and I can control my body fat by diet alone without having to kill myself with crazy amounts of cardio.
Let’s talk Nutrition.. what does a typical days eating ng look like for you? How many meals foods types etc?c?
I am pretty basic when it comes to my meals for comp prep. I stick to Chicken breast, Kangaroo and sometimes s fish for my protein. My carbs are from either oats, sweet t potato or brown rice. Almonds, Avocado and coconut oil for my Fat source and I also have a bucket load of veggies es with every meal. And 3-4L of water every day. I usually have 6-7 meals a day, including my pre and post workout ut protein shakes.
Are you a calorie counter or prefer to go by how you ou look and feel?
You could say the instinctive approach. I don’t count calories or macros, I just listen to my bodyy and judge it by how I’m looking in the mirror.
How important is timing when it comes to food intake, do you eat on a supply and demand basis depending on your workload for the day?
I will usually try and eat about every 3-4 hours. It is hard rd sometimes with my work to be able to just stop and eat, so sometimes I will just keep some protein powder in a shaker and just add water if I am due for a meal but don’t have time to stop.
It’s common to see many girls blow out after a show and add 10kgs. Fitness Model should have an off season?
I think after being so strict for so long it’s hard to stop yourself from all of the temptations after comp. I found for me that I need to set another goal ASAP so that I have something to work towards and keep me focused. For me an “Off Season” is the time between Season A and Season B, most of which is spent prepping for my next comp.
Setting goals is obviously a mainstay for success. Do you feel that the shows have really enabled you to o push to that extra level to bring out the best in you?u?
Yes, I want to continue to improve every time I stand on n that stage. Even if you have won your show there is always ways going to be someone hot on your heels trying to overtake ke you. I am always focusing on improving my overall package kage and try and get as much feedback as possible each timee I compete.
Just jumping back to the gym work, if you could only nly do three exercises in order of importance what wouldould they be and why?
I love training Glutes, it’s something I have been working ng on growing lately. Back day is another one of my favourites rites and then shoulders as well would be another of my favourites. I find with training shoulders it is so satisfying ng being about to watch the muscle working while you are training it, I always train in front of the mirror to watch my form.
At what point does exercising go from a positive lifestyle to an obsession and how important is it to o maintain a balance in life?
I know I am pretty obsessed but my husband also trains s and competes so it’s something we do together. I alwayss try and listen to my body and make sure I take a rest day iff I feel as though I need it. For me I think I do have a healthy thy balance, I enjoy what I do.
Free weights or machines what works best for you?
I use both depending on the exercise.
All girls are looking to build great shape through their legs and butt, what do you feel works for bestst for you?
I am always changing my workout routine but I like Sumomo Squats, Donkey kicks with weight and raised dumbbell lunges.
For the girls looking to compete in their first Bikini/ i/ Fitness Model event where would you suggest they y start?
Getting a coach is always ideal because they will be ablee to guide you on which division you are suited to, provide training and meal plans and also give you feedback and support along the way.
What do you feel is the biggest mistake made by people in their diets when looking to lose weight?
Don’t skip meals! You actually need to usually eat more often in small amounts to keep your metabolism burningg fat.
Do you believe in cheat days while dieting and if so o why, and where do you draw the line?
I always allow myself a cheat meal once a week. I thinkk it isis important to have something to look forward to at the end of the week, and it also allows you the freedom to go out ut for dinner with friends or family.
Stage presence is one area where you really excel, can you share some tips to aspiring bikini models on how to bring energy and style to the stage?
Just be confident up there. Have fun and just enjoy every second you spend on that stage because the judges can tell when you are having fun, it really shows. Be proud of yourself and enjoy the opportunity to show off your hard work.
How important is it to select the correct bikini and themewear and do you have any tips in this area on making the right choices?
This is always such a hard decision for me because I always want it to be PERFECT. I usually spend far too long trying to make up my mind on what colour or what theme to go with. I am terrible at making up my mind on these things.
It’s the final three weeks before your next big Fitness Model Event, what would your diet look like? Any secrets you can share for aspiring
I think the secret is being 100% committed to your diet. There is no room for error in those final weeks and you are so close that you can see the finish line. I don’t make e any sudden changes, I just lower my carb intake at night and have slightly smaller portion sizes. I just keep a very y close eye on how my body is responding and make sure I am on track.
When your comp diet is over what’s your favourite meal?
Pizza and Doughnuts
Who do you admire most in the industry?
Andreia Brazier and Hattie Boydle are my absolute favourite fitness competitors. They have insane bodies! #girlcrush
Who has had the most impact on your life? How?
My husband has been my rock. He is always so supportive of me and is always encouraging me to follow my dreams and smash my goals.
What are your goals over the next 12 months in respect to competitions and your career in general?
I would really love to be able to go back to Vegas again and compete in the Fitness America Weekend and try and better my score from last time.
What do you do to relax in between all of this?
I do a Les Mills BodyBalance class at my gym, it helps me to relax and breathe and take some time out for myself.
Can you share your website, social media links so readers can follow your success?
Thanks for taking the time to share your success with our readers. Congratulations on your success and I am looking forward to sharing your fitness journey in 2017.