Iwant to start by congratulating you on a very successful 2016 in the competitive Bikini Circuit. How did it feel to not only take out your Class in the Bikini Australia but to also go on to Win Overall Bikini America and earn Pro Status?
Thank you! Honestly, I was super surprised both times, being so new to the world of fitness shows and competitions, I had no idea what to expect! I knew I was just aiming to give it my all and showcase my hard work, and nothing felt more incredible than the feeling of all your hard work paying off!
You were born in the USA, but Australia has become your second home. What has your experience been like so far living down under?
I absolutely love Australia! Ever since I made the daring move about a year and nine months ago, my life has changed ten fold. I knew when I moved here, I was going to try new things, face my fears, and constantly test my comfort zones. It wasn’t until I pursued my passion for fitness that I started smashing goals left and right. Last year was hands down the best year of my entire life and I am beyond thankful for everyone who I have met along the way. I’m not sure if there is something in the water here, but everyone I have became friends with, has made a massive and positive impact on my life. I love the culture, weather, lifestyle and opportunities. Its great!
Who or what inspired you to hit the gym and then go on to compete in your first Bikini show?
It was a monumental chat that actually took place at my gym, with my personal trainer Karin, who I approached whilst she was working out on a bike. I told her I have been looking at the musclemania poster that was displayed on the gym bulletin board nearly every time I was there, and that I wanted to learn more about it and asked for her opinion. She was super excited, and that chat went on for a good hour.
She gave me the recommendation for my coach Josh, along with everything else bikini comp related and I couldn’t thank her enough for it! If it wasn’t for that chat, I definitely wouldn’t have pursued competing. I almost didn’t even go to my first initial meeting with my coach because I was too nervous! However, I faced my fears, met my coach, got fired up and then started
learning the ins and outs of all things bikini. I already went to the gym a fair bit before hand, but as soon as I had a solid goal, I went at it full force to the point everyone at my gym noticed and thought I was nuts!
It appears by some of your FB and Insta posts that you have either a dance or gymnastics background can you share that with our readers and do you believe this has helped with your overall journey into the gym world and competing?
I was actually apart of the competitive cheerleading scene for 10 years, where i competed at the highest level and even went to the cheerleading worlds in 2011! Cheerleading is a huge deal in the states, and its full on. Because i did it for so long, out of muscle memory im still able to flip around at will, and i was used to being in the gym a lot lifting people, as well as in the gym lifting weights. I guess this is a huge reason why i dont have stage fright as well. I actually love being on stage and thrive from it! I was always used to hundreds of people watching, so being on stage came naturally. I would say this part of my life is a huge reason for my success so far.
How many days a week did you train leading up to your wins at the Musclemania Bikini Australia and the Fitness America Weekend in Las Vegas?
I have always believed that the world’s best athletes put forth the most effort and energy in their sports than anyone else, which in returned made them the world’s best. I applied this to myself, and I was at the gym 6 days a week, twice a day, for about 3 hours total. Even though that sounds extreme, I knew if I wanted to win I needed to be working harder than everyone else. I trained like I was already in second place going for first. It worked!
You always seem to have a great energy and zest for life about you. How important do you feel having a positive outlook is leading into an event?
It is beyond important! I practice personal development everyday, and I believe my thought process is another main reason I was able to be successful. There were times during prep i felt extra low, lonely, tired, and want to give up, but
I knew that as long as I kept thinking positive, everything will pull through. My biggest rule is to never compare yourself to anyone else. Ever! Fitness competitions are tough because everyone looks good, worked hard, and have amazing physiques. No matter the circumstance, I never focus on anyone else because im there to show off my hard work. Its funny because i had no idea what the girls looked like i was up against until well after the competition photos came out. I always smile and go over daily affirmations to keep me happy and feeling good
Your overall stage presence is superb, do you have any tips for aspiring Bikini and Fitness Models looking to compete for the first time?
OWN IT. Think Beyonce. After all those hours of strenuous work, you only get about a minute to show it off, so why wouldn’t you step out on that stage like you own the place?! I told myself in my head that everyone was there to see me, I visualized myself as someone with great confidence and making an unforgettable presence so that’s what I did. After all, you want to shine and be different!
What’s your take on diet, do you count calories or go more by macros or have any tips you can share that have helped you stay on track?
Diet is the most important thing. Because I prepped for a very short amount of time ( 5 weeks for the first comp and 7 for my second comp ) my diet was very strict. Luckily I was able to completely alter my diet to bring me in as fast as possible. It was definitely a hard mental game when it came to portions, and eating the same thing everyday, but I did it!
My coach wrote out my plan and had the macros and calories counted, however I personally didn’t count macros. I also didn’t cut myself off of things I love ( aka anything sugar ) so as bad as it sounds, my nightstand next to my bed is actually a snack cabinet filled to the brim with candy and snacks. Any time I was feeling like I was about to go psycho, I would eat a small treat. I’m talking a mini lollipop or a piece of a kit kat to keep me sane. I didn’t have full cheat meals or day either just little fixes here and there when I absolutely needed it. Willpower is everything.
How did you find the whole Las Vegas Team experience and travelling with like minded athletes?
It was an unforgettable experience! Although everyone was peaking and in zombie mode at the very beginning of the trip, everyone was super supportive of each other which went a long way. I think going to vegas would have been a lot more difficult without the support from like minded athletes all in the same boat as you. It was so much fun meeting everyone who came from all different parts of Australia and I must admit I felt pretty BA being American on the Australian team as well
Dieting into a show can be tough, what do you feel are the 3 biggest mistakes made by athletes when it comes to diet?
Everyone is different but I would have to say 1. I do notice a lot of athletes bingeing post comp which i have seen destroy figures and metabolisms. I knew this beforehand, and made sure i watched my intake. 2. Alcohol will wreck your physique, i know this because I’ve experienced it, and it doesn’t matter how hard you workout, if you drink it will delete all your progress. 3. If you are going to have a cheat meal make sure you are mindful. For example: a slice or two of pizza is fine, a whole pizza is not.
Do you implement cardio into your training program if so what works best for you?
Yes, I was doing cardio everyday. I do not believe in fasted cardio as i feel its not a good idea to workout on an empty stomach or even supply the energy to actually have a good workout so I don’t do it. I don’t run on the treadmill or use an elliptical. I absolutely love F45 for HIIT because not only is it fun, different, and you burn more calories, but you actually use your entire body and rev your metabolism up more so than standard boring cardio
Everyone that gets into this game wants to improve, what areas do you feel you need to work on to bring your A game to your next show?
Easy question! This time around iIm focusing on building my arms a bit more and building a rounder booty. Even though I already won a world title with my physique, taking it to the next level at Ms. Bikini Universe means training like the best in the universe. Even 6 months out and I still see my PT twice a week every week to work on these areas.
If you could only do three exercises in order of importance what would they be and why?
1. Burpees - they work your whole body, get your heart rate up, and they can be mixed up whichever way you want to make them easier or harder. 2. Jump rope - great way to get your heart rate up and also work your legs and arms 3. Squats - strong legs are everything!
How important is it to have a good family and friend support base when preparing, or competing in an event?
Very important, like I said before, support is everything. Even though I live across the world, thanks to all forms of social media, it is beyond easy to stay connected with your friends and family. I was posting my progress and workouts constantly and I am grateful that I got so much positive feedback and support from everyone. This also gave me more confidence when it came time to compete as well.
How do your friends and family feel about the whole competitive Bikini and Fitness Scene?
At first no one really knew what i was getting into as i am the only one in my close knit of friends and even family to ever compete like this. After, i posted everything from my first competition so more people were on board. i made sure i videoed my journey to capture exactly what i was doing
How do you feel about the whole off season, on season mentality?
It all depends on the person. I knew how much time and energy I put into getting into the best shape of my life, so afterwards I wasn’t going to take it too far and take too long off to ruin what I achieved. Right after I got home to australia, I jet setted over to Bali for a month to chill out. I put on some weight there naturally, but I deserved it after 3 hard core months of school/training/prep. Off season I am enjoying myself, traveling a lot, training a little bit less, but still training hard so I can go out on the weekend or go to taco tuesday if I want without feeling guilty.
Do you prefer to stay close to comp shape year round?
Yes because I don’t want to have to push myself as hard as I did before, and I don’t mind looking great all the time either! Currently I’m just a kilo off from my last stage weight, which I think is pretty good. I’m focusing on muscle development, and I know when it comes time to shred down, it wont take long since i’ve been maintaining weight.
If you were to place a percentage on weights vs cardio when designing a routine what would be the ideal breakdown?
Weights over cardio any day. I was shocked at the difference when I focused more on weights. My whole body
changed shape! 80% weights 20% cardio depending on how much you need to lean down I would adjust the amount of cardio
Do you believe in cheat days while dieting and if so why?And where do you draw the line?
I personally didn’t have set cheat days and had a day where I looked forward to having a little splurge. Only because in my head I was thinking It was extra energy and effort to work off, so I avoided it since I already worked my butt off! However, I did have breaking points, one time In particular I came home from the gym about to cook basa for a meal prep and just started hysterically crying! It was times like that when I thought alright lets go to sizzlers and I would have a little cheat.
While on the topic of diet what does a typical days eating look like for you? How many meals foods types etc?
During prep it was very strict, I’m talking same thing breakfast/Lunch/snacks/dinner every single day. Chicken but mainly fish, aside from protein shakes were my main sources of protein.
Off season however I’m what I think very lenient with my eating. I still get only healthy options when I’m out to eat with my friends, at the same time, I go to mcdonalds when I want for some chicken nuggets. But it’s very rare to see me eating pizza/pasta/ice cream/burgers etc. these I keep for very special occasions so I appreciate them more
Does your diet change much as you get closer to a competition, and if so what changes do you introduce?
One month out I eat my eggs for breakfast with my oats, but the rest of the day along with whatever veggies, my main protein source is strictly basa fish. Saying basa or even looking at it now makes me sick! (Haha) it sucks, but I know what works and changing my diet a month out I was able to see changes faster
What do you consider the perfect breakdown for Protein/Carbs/Fats? What works best for you?
My coach broke everything down into charts. I personally like a higher protein diet. What works best for me is consistency. I don’t really need to change or switch anything up, I like routine and I didn’t mind eating the same thing every day
A winning mind set is vital for success, what’s your mantra for happiness and success, and your favourite quote?
Work on yourself for yourself. But most importantly lo ve yourself! It took me a long time to have the mindset I do and outlook I have on life now. 2 years ago I hit an all time low where I sadly attempted to take my own life.
I’m happy that I had an intervention then, and now I look at everything differently! I work on personal development, go to workshops, and read all the time. The more you know the more you grow, so I am constantly working at myself! Now I’m happier than ever, but to have a winning mindset you must first love yourself because then you’ll have the confidence to believe in yourself, and I believe belief is everything. To be the best you have to believe and think you are the best right?. “Thoughts turn into feelings and feelings turn into actions and actions get you results”. I guess I’m living proof of this! Success is different for everyone, what’s your definition of success? Happiness. It is rare people find and pursue what they are 100% passionate about and turn that into something bigger. Sometimes it’s because of comfort zones or again, not having the belief you can be who they want to be, do what you want, go where you want, and how you want! True happiness is success, because it means you are doing things that make you feel good. today we live in a world where people are still having a hard time breaking out of their shells. I found the more I follow what makes me the happiest, the more opportunities come knocking at my door. Since I’ve started going after what I want, I have felt like I have had the whole world at my hands. That’s success right there, wouldn’t you say?! I can see you are pretty active on social media, how important do you feel it is to maintain a balance between the virtual world and the real world? I am a very social person. I love meeting people and I believe it’s important to keep a balance. However, since half of my friends and family live on the other side of the world and a quarter of them are scattered around the world in other countries, the best way I keep in touch is through the Internet. I don’t see anything wrong with that all! I think it’s brilliant that I am able to FaceTime someone in Ireland or back in the states, whatever the case may be. It’s impossible to lose touch these days. Sure there’s a lot of opinions on people glued to their phones but who knows they may be connecting with someone 13,000 miles away in my case and that’s pretty cool! It’s the final two weeks before your next big Bikini Model Event, what would your diet look like? Any secrets you can share? I am excited to be able to compete this year in pro league, so I’m going to assume whatever I did last time 2 weeks out ( which is push myself the hardest) will be double the effort this time. I’m going to be pushing myself twice as hard and my hard was already psycho hard to begin with! I won’t be eating basa again ( lol ) but instead chicken and incorporating more carbs. I like experimenting so it will be interesting what the outcome will be when I do make the changes. If I had a secret to share is to practice visualization. Practice seeing yourself on stage from the second you walk up, to the poses ( that’s another thing, I practiced posing here and there but it wasn’t until the night before that I went to bed visualizing exactly what poses I wanted to do, and then naturally I pulled them on stage. Seems risky, but it works because it saves you from overthinking and stressing over a pose you practiced for months ). I would visualize every detail from how I looked, to winning a trophy, to how I was going to react. When I watched back
at the videos, Its still pretty crazy to say that exactly what I did on stage was exactly what I visualized in my head 5000 times before. It was verbatum. I visualized what I wanted and In return like I said before, my thoughts turned right into actions on stage. Felt like magic! When your comp diet is over what’s your favourite meal? CHEESEBURGER Who has had the most impact on your life? How? My best friend amanda. I met her my freshman year of college in a sports and recreation science class. We became friends after we were partnered up for a game where I ended up jumping on her and we both fell over! Since then, she has been my back bone for 6 years. She has been there through my breakdowns, downfalls, messes, highs, lows, life decisions ( like spontaneously moving to Australia with no plan ) everything! Not to mention we travel the world together now. Shes from New Jersey, and when I made the big move over to Australia, we FaceTimed every day ( once in the morning and once at night) . She visited me here 2 years ago for Christmas, ( which is a huge deal since she is a massive family person ) how amazing of a friend is that? Not to brag, but she also met me in Fiji for my birthday, flew to Vegas to support me in my competition, met me in Bali 3 weeks later for New Years, and NOW SHE MOVED HERE TO LIVE WITH ME! Sorry I can’t hold back my excitement because she is truly one of a kind and I am so blessed to have a best friend who has done more than I feel like I could ever deserve. She is “my person” What are your goals over the next 12 months in respect to competitions and your career in general? I’m very entrepreneurial , so I am busy creating a brand around myself as a bikini model, influencer, and also as a health and wellness coach. I like writing, and I plan on starting my first book. In respect to competing, I have two competitions in June that I’m putting most of my focus on. After that, I plan on taking a short break and traveling Europe with my close friends, I’ll head back to Vegas for a business event in August, and then I’ll begin prepping to start the next season in the fitness category. Hopefully I will gain the opportunity to be apart of the Australian natural bodz team for the second time, where I’d go to Vegas again in November! As far as Christmas and New Years I have honestly no idea where I’ll be in the world since I tend to always top myself! I love living, socializing, learning, growing, and I don’t really chill ever. I plan on this being my biggest year yet and a massive starting point for a lot of breakthroughs What do you do to relax in between all of this? I don’t really lmao! I travel a lot, even when I’m traveling I find a way to be active. I relax by mostly reading in my spare time. Can you share your Website, or Social Media pages for fan that wish to follow your journey? Instagram: @cameronbiafore Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cameron.biafore Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @ohnanathellama ( don’t ask hahaha ) Editors note: Congratulations on your success last year no doubt there will be many more successes and opportunities to follow. Thanks for sharing your journey with our readers and I wish you ongoing success in all your personal endeavors.