Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky) [similar]

IFBB Bikini & Figure ProπŸ‘™ NPC National ChampπŸ† IFBB Pro Judge 🌟 NPC National JudgeπŸ… Dog lover 🐢 World traveler 🌍 πŸ”₯πŸ™πŸ»Christian πŸ™πŸ»πŸ”₯

Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

So excited to be part of this event again this year!! Can't wait to work with Kim Oddo, Francesca Lauren, Stacy McCloud, Peter Gordon, Stacia Kelly, Sandy Williamson, Corry Matthews (and a few surprise guest speakers!) to bring you information and inspiration to help you succeed on stage πŸ† Thank you to Shawn Hektor-Lewis for coordinating a first rate event! πŸ’•
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It's coming!
#CCTS2018
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Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

#tbt I love this post by @caseysamsel_bikini πŸ’• All of these ladies bring their own unique look to the pro stage. Each one is an excellent representative of the division and the criteria, yet they are individual and beautiful in their own ways as well. #BeYou #shine
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TOP 4 Bikini Olympians from Prejudging yesterday πŸ’™ All different shapes and sizes, not two sets of glutes, legs, or look alike. All the women carry so much beauty, grace, and professionalism. This is what makes the IFBB Bikini division so revolutionary and historical. As the division grows we evolve with it. This is such a magical time to be a part of the NPC & IFBB. Finals are tonight at 7PM in the Orleans Arena and we will be bringing our final looks and hopes. Thank you all so much for your constant support and love! The industry wouldn't be what it is today without the fans, the athletes, and the hard working organization. This is an industry that never sleeps, because of the amount of devotion, passion, and goals that we cannot only just dream, but make a reality in the hours we are awakeπŸ™ŒπŸΌ @mrolympiallc @npcnewsonlineofficialpage

Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

For those who've asked - the Arnold Amateur and the Amateur Olympia will remain with us and you can compete in those shows and expect the same kind of quality production and first rate experience the NPC and IFBB Pro League always deliver. For us in the US, nothing has changed. The NPC is still the avenue to qualify as an IFBB Pro. The IFBB Pro League is of course still the avenue to qualify for and compete in the most prestigious event in the fitness world - the Olympia. What's changed (and a little history lesson for ya): in the past, international amateur athletes competed in the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (NOT the same as the IFBB Professional League). Going forward, we are no longer affiliated with this amateur league. There will be opportunities for our international athletes to compete and achieve a Pro Card and those details will be forthcoming. Meanwhile - to reiterate - US athletes will still compete in the NPC for a chance to win that coveted IFBB Pro Card πŸ’ͺπŸΌπŸ†πŸ™ŒπŸΌ #IFBBProLeague #NPC #NPCStrong #NPCFamily #RoadToTheOlympia
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Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

Life isn't always smooth sailing. I live a good life and I'm generally happy, but I'm not without stress or strife - I just choose to keep it to myself. I definitely don't post much on here! But I was tagged by the lovely @faithandfit to share a personal struggle so that we may join in prayer and encourage each other as we forge ahead on our journeys. This is a great opportunity to share something personal I've been going through - and show a side of my life I rarely open up in depth about.
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Some of you know that I've battled eating issues. I've been balanced for quite some time now, but a few months ago, I hit a rough patch personally and relapsed. I stopped eating and started exercising strenuously again. I pulled myself out of it for the most part, but I am currently struggling with feelings of guilt for eating when I want and taking any kind of rest for recovery.
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TBH part of me still values that strict mindset that kept me on diets for years. But I am not competing any more (at least not any time soon!) and I need to constantly remind myself that dieting is not necessary for me. And lately, since I've been consistently working out, increasing my strength and endurance, I am driven to push myself even further physically. Ive worked out REALLY hard - and really often at times - just because I could. It's nice to feel so strong and capable, and to know I still have it in me to train harder than almost anyone I know. But again, it's not necessary. And it's not healthy. It's all symptomatic of that extreme mindset that I've worked so hard to get away from.
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I'm doing ok. I have more good days than bad. But it scares me that one little thing can trigger all these old habits and negative behaviors again. And it makes me mad that I'm still dealing with this when really, I have better things to spend my energy on!
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I pray daily for the Lord to intervene and to direct my thoughts elsewhere - to help me focus on others and not myself - and he always comes through. But additional prayer never hurt.
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I tagged a few other Jesus followers and I encourage you to share your stories and struggles so I might pray for YOU! Use the hashtag #OnFireForHim and join in πŸ™πŸ»β€οΈ

Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

Your new Bikini Olympia Champ Angelica Teixeira! πŸ† Ladies, the Olympia champion is the standard in our sport so if you're looking for an example of the criteria - this is it! Shapely, broad shoulders (that are not too muscular or capped), tight waist with defined abdominals (but no six pack), and round, developed glutes that are not too hard with a ham/glute tie-in that is not overly defined. This right here is what bikini should be! πŸ™ŒπŸΌ
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I know there's a lot of debate about other divisions and how muscular, hard or lean the athletes have gotten, but I think they consistently get it right with bikini. Since they mandated a reduction in muscularity a few years ago, the top judges have kept to the criteria and the Olympia champions over the last few years have exemplified what I think is the perfect bikini physique. Fit yet curvy, developed yet feminine. This is a great standard for any bikini athlete to aspire to. πŸ’ͺπŸΌπŸ†β˜ΊοΈ
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Congratulations @angelicaht πŸ’–So excited for you! πŸ€— #olympiachamp #bikiniolympia
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Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

This is the shape of Figure! πŸ™ŒπŸΌ All three ladies have that stunning X frame - broad round shoulders, tight waist and sweeping quads. From the back (swipe for pic πŸ‘‰πŸΌ) it's even more dramatic! I've always preferred that wicked shape over sheer size or conditioning. And these 3 ladies have it. Plus a beautiful, feminine presentation 😍 You just can't beat that combo!
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Congrats to @icandyfitbeauty @latoryawatts and @vytamin_c on a great showing - and congrats on your win Cyd! πŸ†πŸ’ͺπŸΌπŸ’– #Olympia #figureolympia #ifbbfigure
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Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

I never made it to the Olympia as a Figure Pro, but I brought my best self to the stage each time I competed. I maximized my potential as a lifetime natural athlete. I presented myself with unique style and grace. I far exceeded what most people expected from me. I far surpassed what I thought was possible myself. That's a lot to be proud of πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ†#IDidItMyWay
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Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

#tbt The Olympia!! πŸ† The first time I ever attended, I had no idea what it was and had no interest in Bodybuilding! I just wanted to go to Vegas πŸ˜‚ My friend gave me VIP tickets and I met all the athletes and watched all the shows - and I caught the Bodybuilding bug. I was determined to compete the next year. Since that time, I've not only competed and turned pro, but some of the athletes I met that day have become friends. And I've since had the privilege of getting backstage and even sitting front row center for the most prestigious event in our sport. 😍
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I've enjoyed every Olympia I've ever attended but this year I'm staying home by choice. Ive traveled SO MUCH this year and frankly, not even the O could make me want to leave home during the only month I've had without travel all year. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to go each year, but sometimes real life comes first πŸ˜‰
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To those of you going, enjoy the most exciting event in our industry! To those competing, good luck and savor the experience of sharing the stage with the absolute best πŸ† Can't wait to see who comes out on top!! πŸ™ŒπŸΌ #Olympiaweekend #throwback
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Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

This πŸ‘†πŸΌ@nichosg and I were just talking about this in the gym... I consider myself old school since I started competing before I got into social media. Posting progress pics was never something I did or felt I had to do. Thank goodness!
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Now I'm not gonna hate on anyone who does. It's your content and if you wanna post a million selfies, do it (don't expect me to follow you tho πŸ˜‚) But I see lots of athletes get all twisted around because of what the pics they see online or how people respond to their own pics. A) most people don't really look like that, and even if they do look great, it doesn't mean they'll look great on stage or standing next to someone else. It's easier to look good by yourself (especially with the help of filters, etc lol) B) who they heck cares what the masses have to say about your progress. They are not judging you on stage. They do not know the progression of your prep or your long term game plan. In short, if you're a competitive athlete, they don't matter.
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If you're looking for validation, approval or interaction - post away (and at your own risk) But I 100% promise that, as a judge, I don't care one bit about your progress pics. I only care what you look like contest day. So be real with yourself and acknowledge that posting your progress pics doesn't serve any competitive purpose.
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If posting pics stresses you out and creates any kind of negative experience, I encourage you to pull back and keep your prep private. You'll save yourself the mental torment by staying in your lane and focusing more on hard work and less on social media. It will pay off, trust me. It's worked for @philheath and countless others before him - including me! Effort in training and dieting is all that matters on stage. Prioritize that and you'll be posting pics of your trophies and you'll forget all about those progress pics! πŸ˜‚πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ†πŸ’ͺ🏼❀️
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Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

#tbt my first prep for Pro Bikini 😬
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βœ”οΈwearing a suit that was too big on the bottom and too tight on top (that thing was not made to accommodate my lats!!) πŸ‘™
βœ”οΈstill rockin' those boulder shoulders from my figure days πŸ’ͺ🏼
βœ”οΈno clue how to pose myself πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ
βœ”οΈno clue how to take a selfie from that angle πŸ™ˆ
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Took some time, but I eventually got my suit to fit, my posing down, and my selfies skills up πŸ˜‚ Never lost the shoulders but I ain't mad about that!! πŸ™ŒπŸΌ#figuretobikini #weallstartsomewhere
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Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

I noticed something about the Bikini Champions from last weekend's North Americans... athletes 2, 3 and 5 are all doing the traditional front pose! I remember when Ashley K debuted that side pose (as seen on athlete #4)....EVERYONE started doing it, regardless of whether or not it flattered their physique. This pose is not great on everyone!! On top of that, it's difficult to execute and it isn't flattering from all angles. To look good in that pose, you must have a very flat stomach, curvy glutes and flexibility to turn your shoulders forward and show some breadth to your upper body. And if you're standing on an end in comparisons or a call out, you must angle yourself to ensure you're presenting that side view. If you don't and you're standing on our far right, we as judges see your body straight on (which doesn't show much curve or shape). And if you're on our far left and you don't angle in, we see mostly the back of your body.
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"Angling in" is important no matter what pose you do, but it's especially important in that one. And, I'll say it again, that pose is not flattering on all physiques! I myself never hit that pose because I always worried about my abs from the side (I struggled with digestive issues during prep). But I always had a tiny waist from the front so I hit a more traditional front pose, like these 3 are doing here.
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I am happy to see this pose making a comeback! Not because I prefer it over any other, but because athletes should choose a pose because it highlights their physique, not just because it's popular.
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Remember, it's not the physique you possess, it's the one you present. I don't care if 99% of the athletes are doing it, if it doesn't look good on you, skip it. Don't give us reasons to deduct! Pick your poses wisely - it's often the key to improving your placing. Especially in bikini! #themoreyouknow
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Photo credits: @npcnewsonlineofficialpage
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Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

Wrapped up another great weekend in the 'Burgh! It is so inspiring watching the athletes achieve their dreams. It actually makes me appreciate my own Pro Card, won years ago! It took a long time for my own achievement to sink in, and I definitely didn't fully enjoy it in the moment. Seeing others win makes we me realize what a feat it is - preparation and opportunity must meet at exactly the right time. It is a once in a lifetime experience to be celebrated and Im glad I get to share that moment with so many of you.
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I've seen countless athletes turn pro over the years, but it holds special meaning and inspiration when someone from my own gym reaches this goal. Several have done it, and there's just something about seeing people in the trenches day in and day out and then also getting to see them shine and show off the finished product - and see it pay off with a win. It just never gets old. We train in a little gym in Columbus, Ohio but the work ethic, focus and heart of the athletes there is hard to match. I'm proud to train with you all and so proud to be part of the biggest events in the most elite federation in the world. What an honor πŸ™πŸ»πŸ’ͺπŸΌπŸ†β€οΈ#tilnexttime #IFBBNorthAmericanChampionships

Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

Imma leave this right here. Unless you're really ill or injured, I can see no reason for you to miss finals. As an athlete, I think it's poor sportsmanship and disrespectful to the process and the other athletes. I remember years ago, when only the top 15 made it to finals - everyone begged for more stage time then! Take advantage of it! As a judge, any time you're on stage is a chance to make me sit up and take notice. It's one more opportunity to look your best and command the judges' attention. A lot of competing is showing up in shape every time, over time, and showing you've made improvements.
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As a competitor, even if I didn't do well, I still loved finals - the hard part is over, everyone is generally in a good mood (the thought of food after the show will do that to ya), and it's a time to really relax and celebrate.
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Let me say one last thing - we DO notice. Last year at this very show, it was noted who didn't show up for finals.
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Have some pride in the process and respect for yourself and your journey. Honor the tradition of bodybuilding and finish what you started. It's all what you make of it and with the right attitude, you can enjoy the night show no matter how you place πŸ†πŸ’ͺ🏼❀️☺️

Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

Almost time for the off season for some of you! And I'm seeing lotsa girls posting about "bulking". I don't assume you're all gonna eat like a linebacker to make "gainz" - I'm sure some of you use the term loosely. But if you really are thinking you need to "bulk" to make improvements- let me save you the struggle and tell you, NO you don't.
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My own experience: I was coming off a year of top 5 National placings and I went into my off season with the goal of completing and building my physique. I overdid it on the eating part and gained more than I should have. I thought hey, I'm bulking! And this will come off easy! No - I was adding straight up fat. And it took 20 weeks to get that fat off.
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In the end I netted out 2 pounds of muscle (which is stellar for a natural athlete). But I unnecessarily put myself behind the 8 ball - I had to diet HARD to get lean and hard enough for the figure stage! I coulda gone about it much more productively- slowly adding foods while continuing to lift hard and keeping my weight within range so that my prep time was shorter. Even if I added less muscle, I would've spared it through a milder prep! That's the approach I support now.
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That was my story in figure. But let me say unequivocally you should not bulk for bikini. For one, a ton of muscle is not desirable. Second, a tiny, compact physique IS. It takes time and effort to get as small and tight as needed to be competitive at a national or pro level. Keep your weight and body fat within range to ease the process of getting there.
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I'm not saying you shouldn't take a break. You need to add body fat and change up your training for balance and to ensure your body doesn't get used to a constant state of prep. But most of what I see "bulking" girls do is just add unnecessary fluff. That ain't glute gains, it's glute shaped fat! And when (if) you uncover your actual physique, you likely won't have made the progress you think you did.
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Save yourself the mindf*ck of gaining a whole bunch of weight and save your body the torture and stress of going from one extreme to another. Be kind to yourself and true to your goals by ridding the word "bulk" from your bodybuilding vocabulary πŸ˜‰

Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

No #transformationtuesday here! 7 years between these pics. Sometimes the glutes you got are the glutes you got πŸ˜‚

On the left ⬅️ figure.
On the right ➑️ bikini.

Guess you could say I had a bikini bod before the division ever existed! πŸ™ˆ #thankgoodnessforbikini #YesItsABootyPic #sorrynotsorry
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On a creepy side note, did you know there are websites that post pics of competitors legs, and only their legs?! 😳 Yeah googling yourself can turn up some real gems... that's how I found the pic on the left πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ
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Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

Back in my skinnies! πŸ‘–TBH I'm shocked. As you know, the last three weeks were full of travel, happy hours, business dinners and of course my birthday week (during which I had ice cream 5 times 😱) While it sounds like I totally went off the rails, I did make healthy choices for breakfast and lunch πŸ’πŸΌ And I lifted my A$$ off πŸ’ͺ🏼 I trained as heavy and hard as I could and because of it, I saw the return of my shoulder cap, plus a little bit of striation and a hint of a bicep vein 😍
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Even though I saw these changes in the mirror, I admit I had a fatalistic mindset the entire time. I figured I FOR SURE gained weight - and I'll be honest, I was feeling puffy after all that ice cream πŸ¦πŸ™ˆ But this past week, I cut out the sweets and the alcohol and my body settled back down. πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ Then this weekend, I dared try on a pair of pants I haven't worn in a long time. And holy crap, they fit!!!! πŸ™ŒπŸΌ
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I don't know what I'm happier about - the fact that I've proven my metabolic resiliency, or the fact that I effectively guided myself through these last couple months of training, cardio, and eating. A lot of people contributed to my knowledge through the years, but I coached myself this summer. Pretty outstanding for someone who's always been highly dependent on a coach and once couldn't live without a meal plan. 😬
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I'm really enjoying this renewed passion for training and my overall well being. It's a great feeling to be independent and trust your ability to keep yourself healthy. πŸ‘ŠπŸΌπŸ’πŸΌπŸ’ͺπŸΌπŸ’–πŸ™πŸ»πŸ€—
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