Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky) [similar]

IFBB Bikini & Figure Pro👙 NPC National Champ🏆 IFBB Pro Judge 🌟 NPC National Judge🏅 Dog lover 🐶 World traveler 🌍 🔥🙏🏻Christian 🙏🏻🔥

Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

Thanks guys ❤️ #Repost @midatlanticmuscle
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👉Featured Athlete: Becky Clawson
♦️IFBB Figure Pro + IFBB Bikini Pro + IFBB Judge
♦️Hometown: I’m originally from Michigan but my hometown is now Columbus, Ohio.
♦️Fun fact: I have traveled the world both for fitness and for my job in banking.
♦️Thoughts on Competing: I loved competing for the athletic outlet. I’d been an athlete my whole life and this sport allowed me to continue it. I also love the friendships and camaraderie with my fellow athletes and the strength (mental and physical) that I uncovered through the training and competing process.
♦️Thoughts on Judging: I love judging because it is my way to give back to the sport that gave me so much. As an athlete, I care about a fair outcome and, as a positive person, I try to give positive feedback and motivate the athletes, no matter what place they took or what part of their journey they are in. And as one of the few female judges at this level, I hope to be a role model and inspire other women to get into judging and supporting the sport in this way!
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Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

Now more than ever, Insta-fame is fake. I get hit up daily to boost my account engagement, my followers and likes. To me, this is pointless. My IG is purely entertainment. Sure I share fitness stuff. But I’m mostly on here for the memes and puppy pics if I’m being honest 😂 So since my account isn’t income generating, why would I pay for followers or likes? Essentially I’d be paying for some kind of false ego boost.
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But let me tell you there’s a market out there for just that! Most of these people DM’ing me are shocked that I’m not interested - which tells me many more people are. And hey, if that floats your boat, go for it. But it makes me a little sad. That our self esteem or sense or worth could be tied to an app full of people who largely have no impact on our real life. That anyone would pay for the appearance of approval and popularity.
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Instagram is always gonna update its algorithms to match a better business model and people are always gonna be affected. On instagram. Not in real life. Personally, my job, my friendships, my family, my love life all continue whether or not my account does. Thank goodness for that.
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I encourage you to place less importance on the approval and feedback you get here and more importance on the love and affection you receive from the people that are actually present and show up for you. You matter to them. And no algorithm or update will change it ❤️ #reallife #realtalk #lifeoverlikes

Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

I had a rough week. A dental issue resulted in time off work, a whole week away from any kind of work out, antibiotics that messed with my stomach, and a diet full of foods that, while tasty (pudding, mashed potatoes, ice cream 😍) aren’t foods that I’m used to eating on the daily.
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All of this resulted in me feeling like a big pile of mush. Squishy. Soft. Small. Ugh.
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But I choose to be grateful for the good things that happened this week. LOTS of sleep and rest. More free time to catch up with friends (even if it was via text while I was laid up in bed). And the reminder that one week off some kind of fitness regimen isn’t going to kill me. Yeah I lost weight (not the good kind - I feel small and puny), but my workout today shows me my strength is intact so I will bounce back.
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I read something in my devotional today and it totally changed my attitude:
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“Gratitude gets us through the hard stuff. To reflect on your blessings is to rehearse God’s accomplishments. To rehearse God’s accomplishments is to discover his heart. To discover his heart is to discover not just good gifts but the Good Giver.”
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Gratitude always leaves us looking at God and away from dread. It does to anxiety what the morning sun does to valley mist. It burns it up.
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This is what gratitude does for me and, if it is most powerfully highlighted in hardship, then I accept it and will gladly appreciate more. #Sundaythoughts #gratitude #healthy #well

Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

It’s almost time to start judging the 2018 season, so I think I’ll start posting more competitor advice and feedback type things. I’ll start with the number one piece of feedback I gave to bikini competitors last year.
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💥 Wear your suit bottoms correctly 💥
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I’m using myself as the example here. My first season as a Bikini Pro, I made 2 mistakes. 🙈1️⃣ my connectors sat too low on my hip and 2️⃣ they were not the best style for my shape.
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1️⃣ I feel the most flattering look is for your connectors to sit where your oblique meets your pelvic bone (SWIPE to see what I mean). Wearing it higher on the hip elongates your legs, highlights or gives the illusion of a small waist, and ensures the connectors don’t cut your glute in half, if you know what I mean. Wearing your bottoms too low elongates your torso (something most of us don’t need), accentuates wider hips or a wider waist, and cuts into your glutes.
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2️⃣ Wear connectors that flatter your structure. I am already curvy. I may be small but I have hips. The best connector for me is probably anything but the dangly one. It worked ok on me here because I was super tiny. But the ladder connector I switched to the following season is a bit more flattering. The dangle connector (as I call it) is good for girls who have tiny hips and need some extra shape. And of course any good suit designer will be able to advise you regarding what looks good on your particular physique. If they can’t, find a new designer.
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What other topics would you like me to cover? I’ll try to post what I can! 🙌🏼 #NPCNationalChamp #IFBBPro #NPCNationalJudge #IFBBJudge

Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

Both softness and strength can coexist and still be powerful. ✨
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I’m not one for posting inspirational quotes with an unrelated photo. But I think this saying is snazzy. And I like this pic. So here ya go 💁🏼
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#blackandwhite #photoshoot #softness #strength #fitness #power #feminine #energy #flow #vibe #curves #muscle #ifbbpro #bikinipro #ifbb #npc #figure #figurepro #shape #beauty #grace #art #simplicity

Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

The peace I have now is worth everything, and everyone, I’ve lost. Making my spiritual alignment my top priority has granted me a sacred feeling I never knew possible. Getting myself to this place has required some ruthless editing of my life and some distancing from the people in it. I expect that to continue. Because I still make bad choices. But truly, deeply understanding that the only relationship that really matters - the only one that stabilizes and fulfills me - is the one with God, makes me unafraid to gracefully wish people well and move on with my life. I’ll continue to transform my life, and my circle, as often as it takes to feel free 🙏🏻💕✌🏻 #Sundaythoughts

Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

Did you know??
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✅ Figure competitions used to include 2 rounds: one piece (shown here) and the two piece (which remains today)
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✅ The reasoning for the one piece round was to judge the athlete based on symmetry and shape alone (not conditioning). With the abs covered, the focus was drawn more to the overall aesthetic.
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✅ Prejudging usually started with the one piece round so that the judges were not biased by conditioning or leanness. This benefited me, since my shape was my strength and at times I was too thin.
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✅ After the one piece round, I’d hurry back stage, change suits and touch up my tan on my abs. My suits were always so heavily stoned and I’d have marks from the pattern on my midsection. Touching up that tan was always stressful!
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✅ In some local shows, the rounds were back to back, which was awful because you had to scramble to be ready! Then at bigger shows, such as national level, there could be 3 hours between rounds. This made timing your diet tricky!! I’d peak somewhat for the one piece then start downing the carbs to make my abs pop in time for the two piece round. Also so stressful lol
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✅ Finals also showcased 2 rounds. You did your presentation in your one piece and got awards in the two piece.
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I missed the one piece round when they ended it in 2009 because I always did so much better in that round! But I didn’t miss the chaos of changing suits and the length of time we spent backstage since we had two rounds in both PJ and finals. And since we now have so many more divisions (bikini, men’s physique, women’s physique, classic), I can’t imagine the length of the shows if we still had both rounds! The sport has evolved as it should, I just thought I’d drop a lil history on ya this fine Friday 💁🏼👌🏼 #fbf

Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

Top pic 👆🏼 my 1st season competing. Believe it or not, I got nationally qualified at that show (omg those skinny arms 🙈😂) guess how long til i actually competed on a national stage? Two years. Yep that’s right! I didn’t get NQ’d & jump right to the next level. I mean, look at that physique - it would NOT have scored well!! And my trainer knew it! I had a lotta growing to do - physically & mentally - before I was ready for a big stage.
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Thankfully I had a trainer who knew the sport & what’s required on each level. If he’d have sent me on to a national show without regard to my readiness for it, I’d have been decimated & my confidence dashed. TBH, when I was an amateur, no one cared about being nationally qualified. It didn’t mean anything if the ultimate goal was to win your Pro Card. So when I qualified, I was happy because I hit another goal on the list, but that was it. It was back to work for me - and back to planning my next season for my trainer. After two more productive off seasons, I hit the national stage with the look you see in the bottom pic 👇🏼 As a result of being patient, when I finally debuted, I was a top 5 athlete - consistently.
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My personal opinion is that you need a coach who can guide your competitive career just as well as they can write your diet & workouts. And if your coach doesn’t give you honest, realistic guidance, then at least the new qualification rules will save some of you from yourselves. Not saying that to be mean - but at every single national show I’ve attended, I’ve seen people totally unprepared for that level of competition. And those people almost always have a negative experience. Shoot I see the results of it all over social media! And I hear the disappointment in the voices of those I speak with personally.
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I don’t want that for you!! I want you to enjoy your time in the fitness industry & feel like a success on stage. A great way to do that is to take your time climbing the ranks. Start local, progress to the big regional shows & then, with a class win or maybe an overall under your belt, make that leap to a national stage. Enjoy the ride & make it count! Patience, while a rarity these days, does pay off 😉

Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

My 12th IFBB Pro Card 👊🏼
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IFBB Pro Figure ➡️ IFBB Pro Bikini ➡️ IFBB Pro Judge
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I’ve spent pretty much my entire adult life in the fitness industry! Here I have earned my greatest victories as an athlete, traveled the country and the world to meet other competitors, and made some of the truest and deepest friendships anyone could ever hope for. And now, as a judge, I get to witness your successes and sit front row to watch you achieve your dreams. This business has given me so much, and I’m so honored to have the chance to pass that on and give back. Here’s to many more years of success and celebration in the most elite federation in the world. #IFBBProLeague @npcnewsonlineofficialpage

Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

Always such a great events!! Who’s going??
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#Repost @alliseeispro
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Talk about a stacked line up for this year’s 6th Annual M3 Mabry Muscle Machine Presents: The Machine Shop and Ice Ice Smoothie Cafe & Supplements Posing Symposium. Come learn from some of the #best IFBB Pro’s in the #world.
Date: February 24 & 25
Time: 1230-4
Cost: $80/day
THIS YEAR WE ARE ADDING TRAINING WITH THE PRO’S.
Location:
547 Miamisburg Centerville Rd. Centerville Oh, 45459 #fitnessmotivation #fitness #fitfam #fitspo #posing #practice #practicemakesposingperfect #posingcoach #prepcoach #npcohio #m3forlife #relentless #kingdombusiness

Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

It’s #motivationmonday and as usual, my feed is flooded with fitness pics and captions promoting a better body in 2018 - as if that is the ultimate goal. I like to improve my fitness level and my physique as much as the next person, but I realized long ago that my physicality is not my greatest achievement. When you consider kindness, community, generosity, and giving back - having a nice body alone rates pretty low on the list of valuable things in life.
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As athletes, it’s easy to lose sight of this. Competing is consuming - trust me, I know. But there will come a day when you will stop competing. What will your life look like then? Will you have nurtured your life away from the stage enough to support you when that time is gone? Or will your life be in shambles because of your singular focus on aesthetics? How will you feel when your body is no longer the centerpiece of your existence?
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Let me tell you something - your body is not your masterpiece - your life is. It is suggested to us a million times a day that our bodies are projects. They aren’t. Our lives are. Our spirituality is. Our relationships are. Our work is. Stop spending all day obsessing, cursing, perfecting your body like it’s all you’ve got to offer the world. Your body is not your art - it is your paintbrush. Whether your paintbrush is tall or thin or stocky or scratched up, it’s completely irrelevant. What is relevant is that you have a paintbrush which can be used to transfer your insides onto the canvas of your life, where others can see it and be inspired by it. What’s on the inside is what’s most valuable. And sharing that value with others is what changes the world. THAT is what lasts long after the stage is gone. And that my friends is what really matters. 🙏🏻❤️

Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

When I was a personal trainer, a lot of my female clients would complain about being “bottom heavy”. I sympathized. I have hips and booty too. But I’ve always had broad shoulders and I think that helps balance me out. So when my clients complained about this body issue, rather than tell em to do a bunch of cardio to strip down their lower body I suggested we work to build their upper body. Broad, shapely shoulders and a tight waist make a curvy lower body seem proportional. That’s how you turn a pear 🍐 into an hourglass ⏳ Sure we are all limited by our skeletal structure, but I’ve always thought strong, fit shoulders compliment any frame. And I’m more a fan of building muscle than tearing it down - so I encouraged my ladies to grow instead of shrink 💪🏼 #metaphorforlife
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#growth #progress #strength #bodybuilding #ifbb #npc #bikinipro #ifbbpro #figure #bikini #physique #shape #curves #muscle #glutes #hourglass #blackandwhite #photoshoot #fitness #fitspo #fitnessmodel #tbt

Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

I used to think I had a big booty. 🙈 Back when the physical ideal was a super skinny body, I sorta did. Even my coach said, no matter how tiny I got “that a$$ never went anywhere” 😬 I used to be self conscious about it. Sure it was nice to still have curves and shape when competing (swipe for an example), but in the off season I longed to be more straight up and down like some of my friends. I’ve always had booty and hips and an hourglass shape - but what I wanted was that tiny hipped athletic frame some girls have. Classic case of wanting what you can’t have - you can’t change your structure!
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Lately I’ve been know to say, thank goodness booty’s back in style!! 😂 I know I know...my booty isn’t big according to most people’s standards. But it’s definitely bigger than what I used to consider acceptable! But now I really do accept it. And appreciate it! Lotsa girls would love to have curvy yet fit physiques. I have hard work to thank for my fitness and genetics to thank for my curves. And I’m finally grateful for both.
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Maybe I shouldn’t say “thank goodness [insert body type] is back in style”. Rather I should say, “thank goodness body positivity is a real movement now.” It gained momentum as a way to promote positivity and self esteem among the marginalized of society (overweight people who don’t fit the stereotypical mold of health and beauty). But it benefits people like me too. While I’m hardly marginalized, and could even be considered privileged, I still struggled with body image, especially given the scrutiny of the fitness industry.
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Not anymore. Maybe it’s that my body type is now desirable. Maybe I’ve read enough body positivity stuff that it finally changed my mindset. Maybe I just grew up and decided “who gives a 💩?!” Regardless, I love the shape and skin I’m in. This body type will always be the ideal for me, because it IS ME - curves and all. #me #justme #happy #positive #free
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