• We talk to INBA bikini and sports model Kimberly Shawcross

Kimberly has recently started competing in Bodybuilding, competing in the Perth State INBA titles and then flying over to Sydney to compete in the Sydney city INBA Nationals. Today we talk to Kimberly about her diet, training and how she was inspired to start training.

What inspired you to start training?

I've always been active, surfing from the age of 15 and playing netball growing up, but I never really had any discipline or an understanding of nutrition and weight training. Until 2012, I had just come out of a long-term relationship and I had watched my sister prep for her first international show in Poland for the IFBB (figure division). She was an amazing influence and role model.

After that I fell in love with weight training, I watched my body transform. I had muscles where I had none before. I had more energy and not just that drive. It wasn't until the end of 2012 when I took it to another level and chose to do my first fitness competition.

What was your biggest fitness achievement in 2013?

My biggest achievement would definitely be placing 2nd in my very first INBA competition and then making it to a national level to find out that I placed 5th in Australia.

What's your favourite meal to make when you're in a hurry?

If I'm in a real hurry and don't have time to make anything. I love my tuna with cucumber on rice cakes. But I'm totally addicted to Chobani Greek yogurt with blueberries and banana.

What does your current weekly training routine look like?

At the moment, I'm doing a lot of hypertrophy training. Targeting my legs and glutes as much as I can. The main exercises I focus on are my squats, lunges, dead lifts, leg curls and extensions, but I love adding in plyometric exercises too. At the moment I'm training between 4-5 times a week, as my next show isn't until the end of the year.

What exercises do you love and hate the most?

Leg day is always a love hate relationship, but cardio would have to be my pet hate at the moment. I would rather do HIIT (High Interval Training). I tend to add in a bit of boxing at the end of a session.

How do you feel is the best way to maintain a social life without hampering your results in the gym?

Reflecting on my first year of competing, your social life does tend to take a hit as you focus more and more on getting to comp condition, but if I had any advice for girls it would to be make time for the people around you and fit in your training when you can. I try to get mine out the way in the morning.

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

It would be to listen to your body. It is so easy to over train and run yourself in to the ground. Another is to always listen your coach, there are so many people out there voicing their opinions, but in fact what works for one person may not work for you, that's why your coach is there.

I've learnt so much in my first year of competing and weight training and would not change it for the world.

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