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)

Completely uninterested in anything but growing spiritually, improving physically, and reaching that next level of happiness. πŸ™πŸ»πŸ’ͺπŸΌπŸ’•#lifeisgood #godisgreat
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#peace #quiet #reflection #readiness #next #happiness #growth #progress #strength #wisdom #health #wellness #balance #spirituality #selfie #nofilter #motivationmonday

Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

Supporting the growth, success and happiness of another won’t ever dampen yours. What’s meant for you will still happen for you. But giving of yourself - your time, effort and love - makes your candle burn that much brighter. And it makes the journey that much richer. ✨✨✨ #thislittlelightofmine #imgonnaletitshine πŸ’•

Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

Finished my 1 week detox! ✨ It wasn’t anything drastic, just lots of whole foods (high carb, moderate fat, low protein), no alcohol, & no gym. (Also, no supplementation - I don’t use any colon or liver cleanse products.) I simply gave my body a big break - which it soooo needed!
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Within 24 hours, the inflammation started to decrease in my body - my eyes were no longer puffy (a big sign of physical stress for me personally), my skin was brighter, & I dropped 2 pounds of pure water weight (despite eating a ton of food & drinking more water than ever!)
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Detoxing is good for my mind too. This process reminds me that: 1️⃣ Rest is good. When I get in the zone with working out, I drift back towards wanting to workout all the time - even twice a day! That might mean Orangetheory in the morning & heavy lifting at night. That’s hard on my body and eventually I pay for it! Forcing myself to rest allows my body time to heal & reminds my mind that a little time off will not set me back in my fitness goals. 2️⃣ Carbs are good. During my little detox I ate lots of carbs - including tons of fruit (the sugars πŸ˜±πŸ˜‚) There was a time when I was afraid of carbs. Once I learned that even a slight decrease in my carb intake caused me to drop weight easily, I often refused to eat them. It’s easy to slide back into old thinking, so eating a diet full of healthy carbs - and seeing my body actually tighten up & my weight still drop - is a great way to prove to myself that carbs are not the enemy. 3️⃣ Sticking to a balanced plan feels good. It’s true what they say - it’s hard to hate a body you take such good care of. It felt so good to buy and eat all these healthy foods & take time to rest and sleep. I knew these things were so positive - total self care. Even before I saw any physical results, I felt happier in my own skin. I was honoring my body & that kind of self respect feels good. And it makes me want to keep going.
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Now that I’m finished, I do look forward to some treats (Wine Wednesday is calling my name!) & I’m DEFINITELY looking forward to smashing some weights! But I’m keeping some of the healthy habits I re-introduced this past week. ☺️πŸ’ͺπŸΌπŸ’• #balance #workinprogress

Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

Reposting this because it’s another great description of what wins in bikini - from the NY Pro champ herself πŸ†
#Repost @sheenajayne_fitness
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So many people & clients ask "what are the judges looking for". It's very hard to answer because it's SUBJECTIVE. As an athlete & a coach, I'ma keep it real & tell you what I think is KEY to the bikini physique, what I aim for with MYSELF & my clients to create a winner!! πŸ¦‹ THE WHOLE PACKAGE. Overall look - sounds vague & it is. It's WOW factor & I think any winner should have it. You should be striking & catch attention, not because some aspect of your physique is loud or overpowering but because your athleticism, beauty & performance commands the stage. πŸ¦‹ CONDITION. This is the sport of body building. It's not a beauty pageant & in my opinion, conditioning should be an overriding factor. I.e. BETTER glutes should beat BIGGER (out of condition) Glutes. This is bikini, it's not about being shredded, but if I cannot see some form of hamstring/glute definition/tie in, girl, keep working! πŸ¦‹ POSING. It should show your assets, it should be classy. You need to practice & please please get help from someone who can create a routine that suits YOUR physique (not theirs). There are some very key things in my opinion that make a posing routine what it should be for THIS sport. Class, confidence & the right amount of sass. There is a difference between confidence & "too much". Ever watched a show & felt kinda violated? Me too. That's "too much". πŸ¦‹ SHAPE/COMPLETENESS. Body building is art to me. It's about sculpting a physique that flows & ties together. It's not about having big shoulders & big glutes on a set of stick arms & stick legs. It's about EVERYTHING coming together & it takes time. Everything should flow, it should fit together & you should always be working on the overall balance of a beautiful streamlined shape.
I coach athletes from many countries but I look to the NPC/IFBB in the USA for guidance. WHY? America is the HUB of this sport, the NPC develops the best IFBB Pro League athletes in the world.
Keepin' it πŸ’―!!

Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

It’s been a hot minute since I posted a pic of #AshBeck πŸ’πŸΌ Who’s excited to see this girl take the stage again at next year’s Arnold?! (Ashley, not me 🀣) πŸ™‹πŸΌπŸ™‹πŸΌπŸ™‹πŸΌπŸ‘™πŸ† @ashleykfit #tbt
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#friendship #memories #photoshoot #fitness #ifbb #ifbbpro #bikinipro #olympiachamp #arnold #arnoldchamp #bodybuilding #bikini #figure #fitspo #throwback

Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

I’m not a coach so I can’t speak from that perspective, but I can speak as an athlete who was loyal to a coach for 10 plus years. There are so many things I could say on this subject - yes there are unscrupulous coaches with unhealthy and even illegal methods - but ultimately I don’t think anyone should blame their coach for anything in this sport. Why? It’s simple: we are ADULTS participating in an elective activity. We hire someone to prepare us for a contest, thereby granting consent and agreement with whatever they prescribe. No one forces us to train. No one forces us to eat a certain way. No one forces us to take supplements of any kind. It’s our responsibility to vet out a coach, to ask for references, to research their methods, and monitor the impacts our own health. Your coach may actually care about your well being - but I take a pragmatic approach. I look out for (and take responsibility for) myself.
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Case in point of owning my experience: my first season competing as a pro was not easy. I had several major changes in my life and prep was brutal to say the least. It took a vicious training schedule and diet to get me in shape. Cardio 3 times a day plus lifting and a diet with very low (sometimes no) carbs. Looking back, I don’t know how I did it. It crushed me physically and mentally. I competed and did fairly well but my body and mind were exhausted and wrecked.
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My coach once told me he wished he had pulled back on the reins - refused to train or diet me that way. I told him not to feel bad. I know my mindset at that time - I ASKED for that kind of prep and if he hadn’t written it, I’d have gone elsewhere to get it. It was my own stubborn drive that led me down that path and I own that. I also own the decision to get healthy. All the hard work that went into my recovery - mentally and physically - I own that too. I chose to push myself beyond reasonable limits and I chose to fight my way back. Just like we all do. Time to grow up and take responsibility for our actions and decisions, instead of blaming other people. Just my opinion on the matter πŸ˜‰

Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

Ran my first 10K in 2 years and I frickin astonished myself! I did 2 things I’ve never ever done:
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1️⃣ Ran sub 9 minute miles
2️⃣ Ran the entire first 2 miles without stopping
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Not bad for someone who never - and I mean never - does cardio, let alone run!!
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This probably sounds easy to a lot of people - but I’ve never had it easy when it came to exercise. I grew up with severe asthma - the kind that kills you - and at times I couldn’t even walk without having an attack. I was hospitalized for it, almost died from it when I was 12, and was even told I had a shortened life expectancy due to the severity.
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Every time I run, I get a euphoric rush because I’m doing something they said I’d never do. I’m actually living and existing on this planet when they thought I’d never make it this long. And I’m getting BETTER and STRONGER all the time.
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I owe my most recent accomplishments to Orangetheory. It’s been the only new thing I’ve incorporated since I last ran races and holy smokes has it made a difference! I don’t even run in class but the rower and plyo drills have definitely conditioned me and improved my running. Thank you to @lizzydfitness and @evan_haussner and all the coaches at @otfdublin_oh ❀️ My life is better because of you! πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ’ͺ🏼πŸ’₯ #nevergiveup #provethemwrong
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#10K #run #race #cardio #speed #otf #orangetheoryfitness #athlete #bodybuilding #fitness #asthma #overcome #beattheodds #champion #win #selfie #saturday #gratitude #smile #shine

Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

I'm not one to take risquΓ© pics πŸ™ˆ this is about as daring as it gets! πŸ€“ and I only agreed to do this shoot because the photog was my BF πŸ˜‚ but I do think they turned out rather nice πŸ’πŸΌβ˜ΊοΈ #shy #nerdy #noreally
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#photoshoot #rawimage #noedits #nofilter #fitness #beauty #lingerie #fitnessmodel #curves #muscle #feminine #fitspo #girlswholift #ifbb #npc #bikini #figure #bodybuilding #fbf #throwback #picoftheday

Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

Neither of these bodies is better than the other. The one on the left is definitely smaller, but despite what our culture teaches us about bodies, smaller is not always better.
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Because there's something those messages leave out: no body is better than another if you have to sacrifice your sanity for it. (Let's not sugar coat it - exercise addiction and eating disorders are mental health issues.)
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So if you start becoming obsessed with sculpting that 'better' body. If your eating becomes disordered and exercise becomes a 'need to do' versus a 'nice to do'. If every second of every day is consumed by thoughts of pounds lost and calories counted until nothing else in your life matters. Then that 'better' body isn't better at all.
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Neither of these bodies is better than the other, but one of these bodies is better FOR ME. It's the one that came from finally seeing my worth beyond a number on a scale. The one that came after realizing I had a real problem, and then working to overcome years of anorexic behaviors and other disordered eating. The one that carries me through life despite everything I've done to hurt it in the past.
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I never thought that the body that's better for me would be the bigger one. Turns out, happier is always better. No matter how it looks. πŸ’•#healthy #happy #nevergivingup
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#bodypositive #acceptance #growth #recovery #workinprogress #transform #transformationtuesday #muscle #curves #ifbb #npc #athlete #confidence #bodybuilding #overcome #health #balance #peace #wellness #selfie #BeReal #BeYou #shine

Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

Bikini athletes - I'm gonna share a couple pointers based on some things I saw at this weekend's show. These were not good things. They were errors that cost competitors placings. Let's learn from the mistakes of others shall we?
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βœ”οΈPOSING: by now you should all know not to bend over at the waist. But we still have athletes doing it. So once again, I'll tell you it's not a good look and we absolutely mark you down for it. The real issue at this show (and many local shows) however, was athletes not facing front so we could see their numbers! It was mentioned in the meeting and the head judge said it several times (with increasing frustration) during the show. You MUST learn a pose in which your hips face forward so we can see your number!! Or, as I tell the girls I critique, if they ask you to turn forward, just do it and know the judging is done, and we are just writing down numbers. If you do NOT do this, you will not be scored. You will not place. Period. This happened to several girls this weekend - they refused to face front, either out of inexperience or nerves (or stubbornness - who knows) and they were not scored.
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βœ”οΈSUITS: 1) you must wear your suit bottoms to check ins. We do check to ensure you have enough coverage - no thongs! Some areas may not do this, but they should, it's a requirement - and we do it. 2) do not plan on wearing a "pro cut" on a local stage. It's against regulations. And it's a local show. And you are not a pro. 😬 3) if I clear your suit at check ins - please do not glue it on show day in a way that makes it inappropriate. I saw several girls do this at the show and it's not acceptable. I am the one that checks your suits so I remember what it looked like the night before. I can tell that you wore it differently on stage. Seems like you're circumventing the system...and all of a sudden I have to answer to my fellow judges as to why someone is on stage with a suit that's too revealing! πŸ˜‘ I don't like to be in that position!! So please just don't do it - and know that if you do, we will mark you down for it.
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Competing is hard enough- don't ruin your chances by making one of these silly mistakes! #themoreyouknow

Becky Clawson Ifbb Pro (@fitprobecky)

Heading to finals and I just realized exactly 7 years ago I got my start in judging - at this very show! I got into judging because, at the time, I had some health issues and I wasn't sure I'd ever be able to compete again. I wanted to stay involved in the sport I loved so much - and I think athletes make the best judges because we know the importance of fairness - so I decided to try it out.
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I worked hard to gain knowledge and respect. I sat with my own coach to learn bodybuilding criteria. I expedited shows to learn the business from backstage. And I've probably driven a lot of people crazy with questions about the sport itself and how I myself could improve. But I love it. And I care about being the best at what I do - and thereby creating a first rate experience for you, the athlete. Thanks to the many mentors I've had over the past few years I've progressed to national judge, head judge, and the ultimate honor of pro judge. I am so thankful. And always so thrilled to be a part of such an exciting industry. Thank you all for sharing in my journey and letting me share in yours β€οΈπŸ†#NPC #ifbb #ohiostatechampionships
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Makeup by the amazing @noniashortnorth 😍 #nofilterneeded
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#bodybuilding #fitness #physique #bikini #figure #ifbbpro #ifbbbikini #ifbbfigure #athlete #judge #fitspo #selfie #columbus #saturday #smile #shine

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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#Repost @shawnscouture
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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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#ifbb #npcnewsonline #ifbbpro #procard #bodybuilding #fitness #physique #bikini #athlete #judge #wherethebestgopro
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