Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky) [similar]

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Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

Time to share a story about sportsmanship and perspective. Here’s me at the NPC Pittsburgh with 2 of my teammates. That year, the show was held 6 days after Junior USA’s. For me, it wasn’t enough time to fill back out (look how flat I am!) I went from 5th place at a national level show, to 6th at a regional show. Not the goal lol. But thankfully, my coach had my mind right. I was conditioned to think of competing as a long term process with successes and setbacks. I was expected to be gracious in victory or defeat. Because of this I was resilient and positive. I could shrug off this result and maintain my focus which ultimately brought me to 4th place at NPC Nationals that year. And since I wasn’t wallowing in my own self pity, I was able to celebrate with my friends who both won their classes! That made my weekend worthwhile!
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I’ve always had a different outlook than most athletes, but I’ve also been more successful than most, so I think I may be on to something. I view competing as all offense, no defense. All you can do is be your best - you cannot predict or control what your competition is doing. And keep in mind - this is a game of genetics. Just like no one cares how much a bodybuilder can bench, trophies aren’t awarded for hard work. Bodybuilding is dominated by genetic freaks. Most of us will encounter one of them in our career - and quickly be eclipsed. This happened to me several times - but I could recognize quality, and one look at them and I thought, “that person is a Pro in the making”. Can’t hate on someone for being built for it! And I didn’t get down on myself for being less than perfect either. You can’t control who shows up. You can do everything the judges tell you and still get beat. Might be someone genetically better or simply be someone you’ve never competed against. Both are outside your control. What you can do is consistently come in shape, showing improvements over time. That’s how you become recognizable to the judges and establish yourself as a contender. Focus on the positives, think long term, do NOT view the success of others as a failure on your part. These are traits of sportsmanship- and good character. 💪🏼

Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

A lil chilly to be hula hoopin’. But really, is it ever too cold to make an ass of yourself? 🙃 #sundayfunday
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#Michigan #Texas #family #weekend #silliness #fitness #fun #love #memories #hulahoop #isuck #ifbb #npc #sunday #smile #shine

Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

Stop excusing clear character flaws with the idea of “self love” and “that’s just how I am”. You can love yourself and still be realistic and aware of your shortcomings. Quirks like dressing a certain way or liking certain music may seem weird to others - but it’s not hurting anyone. You should own that 💩and love yourself for it 🙌🏼 However if you’re selfish, rude, dishonest....you owe it to yourself (and those who have to put up with you) to improve those flaws. Appreciate your current state, but if you’re an A-hole, acknowledge it and get better. #selflove #selfawareness
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#realitycheck #accountability #psa #themoreyouknow #wakeup #selfanalysis #selfactualization #reflect #respond #learn #grow #wisdomwednesday

Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

It’s thick thigh season 💁🏼 and for once, the size I’ve added is muscle and not the typical Fall fluff! 🙈 I’ve always struggled with adding muscle - no matter how hard I lift, not a whole lot changes 😫 But something has shifted these past few months and I’m pretty excited that my legs are stronger, shapelier and not as soft as they might have been in the past! 🙌🏼 It’s been a long journey to get my hormones balanced and my body to a place where I can actually build. But it sure has been worth it and I’m looking forward to improving my physique even more in the future 💪🏼👌🏼 #nosquish #justshape #workinprogress #neverdone
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#selfie #gym #workout #ifbbbikini #girlswholift #girlswithmuscle #health #wellness #balance #fit

Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

Can I tell you how much I love my NPC Fam? Judges, expediters, promoters, athletes - I love spending these weekends with you ❤️ Now off to finals for the NPC Max Muscle Mid Atlantic Open & VA/DC State Championships! 🤩💪🏼🏆 #npc #dc #virginia #maxmuscle
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#headjudge #ifbb #ifbbpro #bikinipro #figurepro #bodybuilding #fitness #fitfam #fitspo #figure #bikini #selfie #hotelselfie #travel #competition #athlete #saturday #smile #shine

Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

Seemingly random pic right? It served a purpose when it was snapped. Let me explain: this was at finals for the Detroit Pro and I had just gotten feedback from the head judge - he said my glutes needed to be tighter. All I heard was "you're fat". So without me knowing, my friend took this pic to prove that I was not, in fact, fat. I mean check out that thigh gap (the girl behind me was wearing an orange dress which happened to highlight it 😂)
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When I had time to actually process my feedback, I knew the judge was right. Having come from Figure, I was so focused on not coming in too hard that I hardly ate anything the morning of the show (I literally ate 2 oz of tuna and 15 almonds before PJ). I came in tiny - and so flat I looked a bit soft. For my next show I ate a bit more, came in a touch fuller and thus looked tighter. As a result I went from last call out to first, proving the judge's feedback was accurate. It was my interpretation of it, in the moment, that was not.
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Thank goodness for my dear friend who took this pic and talked me off the ledge. A friend like this serves as a reality check and I hope you all have one in your corner.
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Looking back on this experience, I wonder if sometimes, when I give feedback, it affects some of you in the same way. After all, I don't know if you have body images issues or eating disorders. I'm just giving you an objective opinion of what you need to improve upon. It's your job to interpret that, put it to work and keep it in perspective. If you struggle with body dysmorphia the way I did, I hope that you have a strong support system in place to help you frame the feedback, and to keep you safe and healthy. Because no competition, no trophy, NOTHING is worth your sanity. Through the process of competition, we create mindsets - good and bad - and they can follow us through the rest of our lives. Do whatever it takes to learn healthy habits - and discard the demons you may unearth in the process. And if you can't do it yourself, enlist a solid support system to help you sort it out. I'm so glad I did! It was the key to my success - and sometimes my survival - over the years! #bigpicture #perspective

Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

I suck at makeup. I don’t do my brows. I can’t contour to save my life. But my lashes.....they will always be on point 👌🏼 #obsessed #thatsmyeyeball #eyeseeyou
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#beauty #makeup #mascara #lashes #greeneyes #blueeyes #grayeyes #alloftheabove #contour #mineralmakeup #natural #lowmaintenance #selfie #sunlight #blonde #smile #shine

Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

This pic came up on my Time Hop today. I don’t think I’ve ever shared it! I was never very happy with my look that day. But I was proud of the work I put in to get there. This was a comeback show for me. In 2009 I developed some serious health issues including cysts on my thyroid, digestive problems, high cholesterol, sleep apnea... oh and I had mono 😳 I took 2010 off to recover and I was told I’d probably never compete again. I refused to accept this and battled my way back to health - becoming one of only 2 patients my doctor ever had that actually recovered from ailments this severe and compounded. 🙌🏼
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I was nervous about competing at less than my best conditioning. Being an IFBB Pro is an honor I took seriously and I didn’t want to disrespect myself or the stage by coming in out of shape. But my trainer assured me I was within range and would not embarrass myself. He encouraged me to compete as a celebration of overcoming so much those previous 18 months. I’m glad I did.
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It felt so good to be back in a familiar physique. And it reinforced a valuable lesson: you never know someones’s story. They may not look the best, but you don’t know what they went through to get to this point.
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I remind myself of that when I’m judging. At the local level, there’s usually someone who shows up out of shape. But for them, that may be the best shape they’ve ever been in and it may have taken years to get there. That’s a victory! And they deserve to celebrate just like anyone else.
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I occasionally see commentary that people like that are a disgrace to the industry and the lower the standard of the shows. Those comments piss me off!!! It’s a local show and anyone who wants to compete can do so. Whether you’re trying to win and go to the next level, or you’re looking to celebrate a fitness milestone, you’re absolutely free to do so. Other shows, such as national level, have requirements. Local shows do not. The more the merrier.
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I love a good transformation story and enjoy seeing these athletes shine on stage. I was once one of them, and I’m glad no one took my moment away from me. I do what I can to protect and encourage that moment for others. I hope you do too 💕

Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

Ask me about the day I turned pro and I’ll tell you, I was not over the moon excited. Yeah it was surreal when they announced 3rd and I realized I won a pro card. And pretty sweet when the announced 2nd and I realized I won. But I was not absolutely elated like I thought I would be! Sure, it was cool the next day to get so many congratulations, to do the interviews and photo shoots, to know I cleared that hurdle and could call myself an IFBB Pro. But after the weekend was over, I went back home to my normal life. I showed up at the gym Monday morning ready to go and my trainer asked me what I was doing there! Didn’t I want time off? Well no, it was Monday and it was leg day and I was just operating on auto pilot so there I was, ready to train!
That’s how I was that entire prep - and probably why I wasn’t as pumped as I could’ve been after my win. To me, it was finishing a journey, completing a task. I was never about turning pro anyway - I was about the process. And viewing it that way helped me get through tough times during prep. But putting the blinders on also made me miss out on some important, fulfilling aspects in my life.
My priorities at the time (in order):
1️⃣ competing
2️⃣ work (to pay for competing)
3️⃣ family
4️⃣ my relationship
5️⃣ God
I can’t even list friends because all my friends were fellow competitors and I counted doing cardio together as socializing 🤦🏼‍♀️
Maybe balancing my priorities and nurturing my soul a bit more would’ve allowed me to enjoy that moment as it was happening, rather than realizing the weight of the accomplishment many months later. Then again, to work that hard and achieve such goals, you kinda need blinders on. 🤷🏼‍♀️
But if I had it to do over again, I would not place competing above personal relationships - and certainly not above God (I am horrified by that). I realized this in retrospect and my later years of competing were not so empty. I’m glad I learned the lesson, but I hope you newer competitors learn it sooner than I did. Competing is a great experience, but it’s not lasting. Your fondest memories will be of friends and family - they make life worthwhile. To me, that's having it all 💕🙏🏻

Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

This post right here! Bikini has its own aesthetic and it includes more than just glutes! Proportion matters - you can’t win a show with booty alone 💁🏼😂 Broad, round shoulders, tight waist, developed legs (especially hamstrings) - these things (plus glutes!) combined with perfect stage presentation equals a winning package! 🏆🙌🏼
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#Repost @daniphelps
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When I hear the phrase “Bikini is won from the back and only from the hips down” I cant help but to eye roll so hard 🙄 because that’s complete 💩 and simply not true. Glutes play an important role but without equally balanced proportions every where else, it really doesn’t matter how great the glutes are. The idea is to have a beautifully proportioned physique, coupled with appropriate conditioning that just flows together flawlessly on stage. This is a sport of BODYbuilding, not just bootybuilding. Can’t forget how important stage presence is also. Everything from posing, makeup, hair, tan, skin, teeth, and just beauty in general plays an important role. It’s not always the best glutes, the leanest, the roundest shoulder caps, or the prettiest that wins. It’ll be the competitor that has it all and show cases it well 🌟 Spend time perfecting not only the major things, but all the little details too. Because all of those small details will add up to complete an undeniable package! ✨👌🏼

Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

Kentucky Pro Figure results:
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1 - Brittany Campbell
2 - Raynesha Sharpe
3 - Audreana Cornelissen
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#ifbb #kentuckypro #figure #ifbbpro #kentuckymuscle #bodybuilding #fitness #fitspo #girlswithmuscle #girlswithcurves

Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

Kentucky Pro Men’s Physique results:
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1 - Matt Mugford
2 - Frank Griffin
3 - Antione Williams
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#ifbb #kentuckypro #mensphysique #bodybuilding #ifbbpro #npc #kentuckymuscle #flex #fitspo #fitfam

Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

Another meaningful moment for me ☺️ I competed at this show a few times as a Figure Pro. That was when I met @andybartolovich and I was too terrified to talk to him because he was a judge 🙈😂 And today, I get to sit next to him on the pro panel. Crazy how things work out!! So grateful for the opportunity and so proud to be part of this team 💪🏼🏆❤️ #ATeam #BestInTheBiz
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#gratitude #opportunity #womeninsports #athlete #judge #ifbbpro #ifbb #npc #figure #bodybuilding #bikini #figurepro #bikinipro #kentuckypro #kentuckymuscle #dreambig

Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

Funny how many newer athletes only know me as a judge and don’t know that I ever competed! That’s the way of the industry these days. Such an influx of competitors, and new champions and pros crowned at increasing rates make it easy to forget (or never know) those who came before you. But don’t assume I haven’t paid my dues, just because you haven’t seen my receipts 😉 #tbt #oldschool
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#ifbb #bikinipro #figurepro #athlete #judge #npc #nationalchampion #backintheday #competitor #bodybuilding #fitness #physique #figure #bikini #growth #evolution #fitspo #fitfam #muscle #curves #girlswholift #girlswithmuscle

Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

There is a comfort I find in the loneliest of gyms that I’ve yet to find anywhere else. 💕 This is why I have 4 (yes 4) gym memberships. While I love the high energy and the folks at @metrofitnessohio - I practically grew up there and the people there are like family - I also like the quiet solitude of a lonely gym in off hours and I seek it out, at different locations if necessary.
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It’s probably because that’s how I started. I lifted at 10pm or later, in a gym with no other competitors. I was always alone, doing my own thing. I even did cardio on a back stairwell - hot as hell since it was by the boiler room, but no gym members back there to bother me as I ran stairs (the toughest and best workout I knew). I thrived in this environment. Just me and the weights and my thoughts 💭 I never even wore headphones 🎧 My mind was a steady stream of self motivation and I didn’t need added noise or distraction. That’s what’s possible in a quiet, calm place.
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I still crave this environment. Getting back to that place triggers that mindset and reminds me of how much drive I had when I started my competitive career. I still need that motivation today. Even though I won’t be in prep anytime soon, I still have goals. Fitness is a lifelong journey and I’m always searching for the next challenge. In quiet moments, in lonely gyms, is where I find the will to keep searching, striving and growing💪🏼 #motivationmonday

Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

I think it’s ok to look back on previous versions of your body and admire how you looked and the hard work it took to achieve it. I think it’s also ok to be comfortable where you’re at and to no longer desire the lifestyle it took to create such a body. There are phases of life we must detach ourselves from when the time comes to move on. You know you’ve succeeded when you can look back with fondness and not envy. #WhereImAt
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#tbt #fitness #evolution #balance #peace #athlete #healthy #wellness #ifbb #npc #photoshoot #model #blackandwhite #compete #succeed #moveon #grow #bodybuilding #figure #bikini

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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