• We talk to fitness model Claire Trojkovic

You’ll be seeing Claire featured on our website over the next few months as she blogs about her lead up and preparation for the INBA World & European Championships in July, so it’s best we properly introduce her to you all!

Today we talk to Claire about her training, how she maintains a social life without it affecting her goals and all things Chobani.

What inspired you to start training?

A couple factors inspired me to begin training. In 2011 I was playing competitive soccer and I was doing an excessive amount of cardio, but wasn’t seeing any changes in my body.

I wanted to become stronger, and better my play. So in 2011 I began working at a gym called Fitness Kick where the owners were 7 time world fitness pair champions.

Their amazing journey inspired me to begin weight training. This sparked my interest in health and fitness, which then led to my decision to start competing.

What are your fitness goals for 2013?

In July I will be competing at the INBA World & European Championships in Greece. I hope to bring my best physique possible to the stage. After that I hope to start up some health seminars in my local community to share what I feel is invaluable knowledge concerning health and fitness.

What does your current weekly training routine look like?

I am two months out from the INBA World & European Championships so I am currently still bulking up before I lean down. Training my weaknesses is very important to me so I like to dedicate a whole day to my glutes and hamstrings.

This is how I currently split my week:

Monday: Back and biceps
Tuesday: Hamstrings and glutes
Wednesday: Abs, shoulders, calves
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Legs
Saturday: Chest, triceps
Sunday: Rest

If you would like to receive regular updates on my workouts please visit my fitness page at www.facebook.com/fitnessmodelclairetrojkovic

What exercises do you love and hate the most?

I go through phases of which exercises I love the most. Currently I love working on my calves, so I enjoy doing weighted calf raises. Also like most, I love ‘the pump’, so biceps curls and shoulder raises always excites me.

I have a love/hate relationship with my lower body so I train this area extra hard. So I would have to say that the exercises I hate doing most would be squats and plyometrics.

What's your favourite Chobani yoghurt flavour?

ALL of them! But if I had to choose it would be passionfruit, however during competition prep it’s the Greek Plain Yogurt as I can add so many goodies to it like berries, nuts, protein powder etc.

Being a person in your early 20's, how do you feel is the best way to maintain a social life without hampering your results in the gym?

Good question! It is hard. I work full time so I make sure I’m organised. I go to the gym straight after work so that I have the rest of the night to spend with family or friends. I try to go to the gym every weekday so that I have time to relax, prepare my meals and go out on the weekends.

I admit that sometimes I take on a lot at one time, but as long as you’re organised anything can be accomplished! Failing to prepare is preparing to fail!

What do you know now that you wish somebody had told you when you first started training?

How to SQUAT! For a long time I was squatting above parallel. No one corrected me and so now when I see girls at the gym squatting the way I use to, I make a point to show them how it is done correctly and how it will help them get results much faster.

What's your all-time favourite meal?

It would have to be Veal Scaloppine in a tomato garlic sauce or lemon sauce. Mmmm I’m hungry just thinking about it.