Amateur Fitness Competitor of the Week: Ann Claiborne

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How Did You Get Started?

I began working out as a young teen with my father. I would tag along with him to the gym simply to get out of the house. He would teach me the basics but I was more or less just playing around. I have always been active in sports so it was only natural that I soon realized how training was improving my performance. Once I joined the military I found my true passion for fitness and I've been hooked ever since.

Ann Claiborne
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Ann Claiborne.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

My training split is as follows:


Back, Posterior Delts And Biceps:



Chest and Triceps



Legs



Shoulders And Abs


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Ann Claiborne.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

I eat six small meals a day. Each consisting of 3 to 5 oz. protein usually chicken or tilapia, a carbohydrate like oatmeal or white rice and green vegetables like organic spinach, fresh green beans or asparagus. The amounts vary according to how I am looking.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

I can't imagine lifting without my Super Pump 250!

Ann Claiborne
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Ann Claiborne.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

My passion for fitness saved my life.

As an Army nurse, I was deployed to Iraq in support of the 101st Airborne in 2003. As you can imagine, life was extremely stressful. Seven soldiers from my unit were killed and many of the others returned home with post-traumatic stress disorder.

I, however, did what I always do--I hit the gym, using whatever I could find or manufacture to work my muscles. Training is such a stress reliever for me, and it gave me something positive to focus on in such an uncertain environment. I lived each day from workout to workout. A friend back home in the States would mail fitness magazines to me, and I would follow the diet and training advice I found in them to the letter.

When I came home 13 months later, I was in the best shape of my life, and entered my first figure competition just a few months later. Since then, I've competed in four shows in Colorado, placing first in all and taking over-all in three. At my first national competition-the Team Universe, held in New York City this September-I placed third in my class, and I intend to get my pro card in early 2009.

Fitness didn't just keep me focused while I was in Iraq and ease my transition back to civilian life-it's given me a new career path. As a licensed sports nutritionist and personal trainer, I strive to inspire others to accomplish and exceed their own personal fitness goals.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I want to stand on stage with the best of "the best" IFBB Figure Pros and be able to hold my own. I love competing and plan to compete for as long as my body allows.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

One tip I would give to other competitors is to make sure you live a healthy lifestyle year round. Eating clean and taking the right supplements in the off-season make preparing for a show much easier. Persistence is the key to victory!

Ann Claiborne
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Ann Claiborne.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Heather Mae French, Chaundra Tangi, Liane Seiwald, and Teresa Gillian (IFBB Pros and wonderful, tenacious, women that inspire me to push harder). And of course my favorite bodybuilder is Tony Claiborne, IFPA Natural Pro (and my wonderful husband). You can check him out at www.utbodyshop.com