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Big Butts

Ingrid Barclay on Tuesday, 13 June 2017.

Big Butts
anyhow? For real, just make it stop.)

I trained glutes 2-3 times a week. I squatted, lunged, and deadlifted all the way. By the way, have you noticed that nobody has ever written a song about a small butt? They say big butts don’t lie, but on Instagram they do. All. The. Time. Given all of that “research,” the only skill I have recently learned is how to spot butt implants on fitness models and celebrities. No shame in your game, girlfriend, but just insult my intelligence by telling us “it’s real”…..

But I tried. HARD. And every time I would get in them jeans and look in the mirror, my butt wasn’t big enough. Every time I would wear a my shortie shorts, I would turn around to capture my bootyliciousness with carefully crafted poses in my bathroom mirror (God forbid someone saw me do this)….;like mirror, mirror, validate my awesomeness! L L

Friction

Ingrid Barclay on Wednesday, 27 July 2016.

Friction
Doing anything worthwhile has an element of friction to it. We feel resistance to doing what we know we need to do. Doing meal preparation for the week on Sunday afternoon takes some time, preparation, and planning (friction). Going to the drive-thru at Macca’s for lunch is easy (no friction).

MS Universe - A Coaches Dream

Ingrid Barclay on Thursday, 16 June 2016.

MS Universe - A Coaches Dream
Well, 9 years after taking to stage the first time my coaching protégée Renata Stojanovski won the Ms Universe Superbody title last Sunday. Then she was offered and accepted her PRO card, and hence 90 minutes later went out on stage to be amongst the best of the best in the PRO division. Excitingly she was placed 5th which is a tremendous achievement for both her and Body Conquest.

"Cub Protect" Mode - You Really Should Hug Your Body

Ingrid Barclay on Tuesday, 05 January 2016.

"I can't believe I ended up with Type 2 diabetes," says a self-proclaimed couch potato who hasn't been active in over 7 years. And hasn't eaten well all through their life. Really? You pumped sugar into your body for five straight decades and you're mystified?

"My body is not performing," says another. Yet this person told me point blank – they burn the candle at both ends, live a high-stress life, don't sleep, work 90 plus hours a week, hammers the bejeezus out of herself in the gym 7 days a week and often berates herself in the mirror upon waking and before bed... and she thinks her body is letting HER down?

"I hate my body," said a third. Who even cares who this one is, because it's approximately 600 million of you. Well guess what, your body probably hates you back for years of self-loathing.

3 Types Of Cardio For Fat Loss and Comp Prep

Ingrid Barclay on Wednesday, 18 November 2015.

  1. Tempo intervals, where you go at a slightly lower intensity (around 70-80% of max) for 30-60 seconds, easy for 90-120 seconds, and repeat. This is a popular type of workout for sprinters to add training volume without overtaxing the fast and explosive type II fibres. I limit total duration to 20-25 minutes here, as well. Get an idea of what 100% is to you, because when I say 70-80% speed/intensity that’s exactly where you need to be. Elliptical, rower, Airdyne bike, skipping rope, swimming, barbell/dumbbell/kettlebell complexes and soft track or grass field running (with barefoot shoes). I don’t recommend longer 2-4 minute intervals for physique- or power and strength athletes, at all.

Its Not A Decision Between Pretty and Strong

Ingrid Barclay on Tuesday, 03 November 2015.

Its Not A Decision Between Pretty and Strong
My experience is that the benefits FAR outweigh the cons as they are perception in my view anyway and I don’t take them on board.

·       What many women notice when they start lifting is the positive community surrounding them.

·       When people go for a personal best (lifting more weight than they have previously) there is a lot of support from other lifters, sometimes cheering you on trying you psych you up for the lift.

·       Having people root for you and celebrate with you for having achieved something you may not have thought possible a month or two ago can be an amazing and addicting experience.

Strength - There is all different kinds.

Ingrid Barclay on Tuesday, 20 October 2015.

Physical strength is important but we also make sure to emphasize the importance of mental strength, emotional strength, and strength of character as well, because having one without having the others just isn’t as fulfilling. For me, here today in this blog I am talking about the mental fortitude to deal with a dying father, but for you the reader, it could be about building mental strength to deal with your food issues, or your unwillingness to unpack baggage, or your lack of motivation to exercise/train. Same same…..

Awesome Comes In All Shapes and Sizes

Ingrid Barclay on Monday, 19 October 2015.

Awesome Comes In All Shapes and Sizes
99% of the memes have competitive figure girls (who look AMAZING) and yes they may be strong and/or fit. But in doing so we’ve simply replaced one old aesthetic ideal of “skinny” with another of “lean and muscular,” and come up with a new reason to obsess over instead of celebrate our bodies.

I have ruminated over this and I have to ask the question – if for example ‘strong is the new skinny’ then why is the meme not on a picture of Beccy Swanson (strongest girl in the world and my personal hero)?? I mean I know why….because she is a big girl and most women would not aspire to look like her.

Cheryl Frost Interview

Ingrid Barclay on Wednesday, 16 September 2015.

Cheryl Frost Interview
This year I started to question mainstream comp prep nutritional strategies and began following the research of leading endocrinologist, Ray Peat and his associates. For the first time in 13 years I prepped doing no cardio and I ate an additional 600 calories a day. I achieved my best conditioning and muscularity and I was healthier and more energized. My diet was a "pro metabolic" diet and I used nutritional strategies focused on keeping me hormonally balanced, food to increase metabolism (thyroid production), reduce cortisol and insulin and balance estrogen.

I used the same approach with my comp athletes and all experienced the same spectacular results. By actually understanding why we eat certain foods, and how nutrition effects our cell metabolism, muscle growth and fat burning and keeps hormones balanced I achieved a faster metabolism, and felt the best I have ever felt. I know what it is like to prep with 2 hours a day cardio and eating 900 calories with no carbs. Never again. There is a better way.

Loving Yourself.....

Ingrid Barclay on Wednesday, 16 September 2015.

Here are the two mistakes most of us make:

Mistake 1: Unlike everything else in the world that we love — our children, significant other, grandparents, doggies, collection of cacti plants — we ask our body to be "perfect" before we love it.

Mistake 2: We confuse "loving" with "liking". Instead of love — a deep unconditional acceptance and celebration of uniqueness — we look for "like" — a transaction based on the presence of specific requested features. We make "if-then" rules about under what conditions we will "like" our bodies.

Does Your PT Have To Be IN Shape?

Ingrid Barclay on Thursday, 10 September 2015.

A word on my ‘before’ photo: Message Number 2. Results has very little to do with information. It has everything to with implementation. At the time this photo was taken a) I was not prioritisng myself, but rather Body Conquest and its clients and b) I just couldn’t implement what I was supposed to do (anyone relate????)

Are You ON The Trying To Diet Diet?

Ingrid Barclay on Thursday, 23 July 2015.

Your cross and agitated now because you just want to 'sort this out in your head and get your mind straight' about your plan of attack. So then you think (and now you've spent all the first three days of the week thinking thinking thinking food strategies) "well a few weekends eating 50/50 isn't that bad, how about I do that for a month and then I will look at tidying it up even better". So you settle on that.

The Dreaded Lag Time

Ingrid Barclay on Tuesday, 14 July 2015.

So if you are like me and have a 6/12/18 month “grind” between wedding days (being unmarried, comps are a little akin to a wedding day to me, ha ha) my best advice is to immerse yourself in the work it'll take, create habits, find pleasure in doing it without accolades, and slowly become a person who's capable of achieving what you're after.

Whatever the case, love the effort. Love the lifting. Love finding answers. Love the idea that you still have a lot of progress to make. Love knowing you have the potential to make it. And once in a while, love keeping some of your process a secret.

Competing and Depression

Ingrid Barclay on Friday, 10 July 2015.

"Dealing with depression is war, and you've got to treat it like one. You can't give an inch of ground. Every seemingly insignificant thing that you can do to improve your situation, strengthens you and weakens the depression; despite it being a constant weekly, daily, hourly, battle, you NEED to stick to your plan to conquer it as it WILL help - in time." – Ingrid Barclay

Interview With The Amazingly Wonderful Mareike Miller

Ingrid Barclay on Friday, 15 May 2015. Posted in All

Interview With The Amazingly Wonderful Mareike Miller
What's your main message that you try to get across to women who train? And indeed women in general.

Let yourself be motivated not because you hate yourself or your body, but because you love and respect yourself and are fascinated by all the incredible things your body can do. Focus on performance, and look for and celebrate the win in every training session you do. They are always there! Also, stop judging yourself by how you look. It's just a body. Like I say to my clients; it's not a deformity, it's just body fat. You can change it if you really want to. Stop giving it more power than it deserves.
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