Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky) [similar]

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Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

I was what the judges called a “hybrid” - structure of a figure athlete, size of a bikini girl 🤷🏼‍♀️ And muscularity that was somewhere in the middle 😐 After my 2012 season, my feedback was that I needed to make a choice: add size to stay in Pro Figure or reduce muscularity and drop down to Bikini. As a natural athlete, and someone whose body had taken a beating for years trying to add size, I knew what the healthiest choice was. I switched to bikini.
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But it still required some work.
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Even though I was considered small, I still had to downsize! To accomplish this, in the offseason I kept my weight down (I no longer needed much of a caloric surplus since I wasn't trying to build). I also cut out the compound movements and heavier lifts I did for growth. When it came time to actually prep, the duration was shorter (6 weeks vs 16 when prepping for figure). So in that regard, it was easier. The hard part was the few weeks leading into the show and peak week. To come in small and flat, I had to cut my food back significantly and - horror of all horrors - I had to run for my morning cardio 😱 No water depletion (can’t be too dry), but also no carbs because I couldn’t come in full or hard. It sucked. But that’s what it took to go from 120 lbs to 111 lbs contest weight. And I’m a small person! That's nothing compared to the type of prep required for someone who actually has significant size to reduce.
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This is why I tell some of you ladies who have more muscle to switch to figure (or stay there) instead of competing in bikini. In order to fit bikini criteria, you’d need to to breakdown that muscle and that’s not fun (catabolism is actually painful) It’s also sad to me.... what I wouldn’t give to have more muscle and a shape that just pops!!! If I could obtain it in a healthy way, I’d still be in Figure!! I guess we all want what we can’t have 😂 And I know some of you REALLY love bikini. But man, when I see some of your wicked genetics and think how amazing you’d look in figure or even physique - I gotta encourage you to go for it, especially knowing from experience how yucky it is to downsize 😞
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