Amateur Fitness Competitor of the Week: Naomi Gibbins

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How Did You Get Started?

I grew up spending a lot of time around my 2 older brothers who were elite or professional sportsmen and athletes themselves. My admiration and almost idolisation of them drove me to desire a life and career as a professional athlete. Throughout school I participated in every sport available and was made athletics captain amongst other sports teams.

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Naomi Gibbins.

After being competitive as an equestrian, in athletics, soccer and basketball commencing from the age of three and passionate and unable to wait for the required entry age of 15 years, I edited my school library card to read date of birth 1977 in order to be able to join at 14!

Weight training from aged 14 to 30 consistently, and having competed internationally in outrigger canoeing from aged 20-30, I finally took my athletic career to the stage in 2007 when I joined the Figure Bodybuilding competitive arena.

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Naomi Gibbins.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

For fat loss the best cardio plan for me is to engage in variable activity on a weekly basis. I change my cardio activities regularly, but they including running, power walking, outrigger canoeing and cycling. Although running is often frowned upon to do as a bodybuilder, my body responds very well to it by burning body fat quickly whilst perfectly quantified and timed meals, rest & recovery allows me to maintain muscle mass.

I will do 60 minutes intensive cardio first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach before my first meal. Then depending on where I am pre-show I will do a second cardio session after weight training midday and/or a third before bed. As a whole, within each cardio session, I work on interval training basis, varying speeds and intensities. This hits my metabolism, heart rate and fat loss by far the best.

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Naomi Gibbins.

The best weight training schedule that has worked for me is a 6 day cycle. 5 days training and 1 day off. It can get a bit confusing because society lives in a 7 day week, but I enjoy always having a different day of the week off each week, and my body burns hard and then is forced to recover within 5 days.

Also depending on the season, I will lift heavy weight of 8-10 reps and 4 sets, then closer to a show I will lift 12 reps of 3 sets and incorporate supersets also. I love working back, shoulders and legs twice a week, and abs before each cardio session. I mix up a good range of free weight and machine movements and change my entire program once every 5 weeks. This keeps my body AND my head alert and fresh.

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Naomi Gibbins.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

My body is tuned to fuel every 2.5-3 hours. The times that work best for me are:

  • 6:30 am
  • 9:00 am
  • 11:30 am
  • 2:00 pm
  • 5:00 pm
  • 7:30 pm

My diet consists of carbs such as rolled oats, rice cakes and basmati rice and green vegies, and protein such as egg whites, tuna, white fish and protein powder.

My fat consists of Flaxseed oil. I stay low on the carbs after 2pm during season, and if my conditioning is on track I have a cheat meal now and then.

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Naomi Gibbins.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

I vary my supplements quite often, but I always try to take a multivitamin, B complex, antioxidant, vitamin E, vitamin C, zinc and iron.

My sporting supplements include protein powders, I particularly like Optimum Nutrition night time Cookies and Cream, that stuff is so good it makes me feel like I'm cheating!!

I have felt excellent gains and pumps from Tribulus pre-workout, and I always take a glutamine 3 times a day, carnitine pre cardio, BCAAs and when I need to I take thermogenics.

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Naomi Gibbins.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

Fitness has always been a part of my life, I love the feeling of being strong, healthy, able to run and run for miles and miles, being outdoors exercising amongst nature, and looking amazing.

It's inspirational for me and everyone around me. I love bouncing out of bed early in the morning and feeling wonderful and loving life. So long as I can say that, then I'm doing everything I need to do right!

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Naomi Gibbins.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I will continue as a Figure competitor until I reach my goals within the amateur and professional arena. I also aspire to become a stunt actor.

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Naomi Gibbins.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

I have learnt so many not only in bodybuilding but in life, especially during the past 10 years. But most importantly I have learned that when I am present and completely conscious in a state of complete non-ego and awareness, only then can and do I make the decisions that benefit me.

Should I have an experience that I initially perceive as negative, in order to process it, I have learnt to accept it as it is thus removing any opposition and potential detriment it could bring. Despite appearing deep, applying this, has given me the difference between coming first and coming second. And I know which trophy I'd prefer to hold!

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Naomi Gibbins.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Arnie number 1 since before I was a teenager. And I will meet him one day. My dream is to receive 1st place Figure trophy from Arnold on stage at The Arnold Classic.

I also dream of one day meeting Charles Glass. All other professional or amateur, phenomenal looking, body builders amaze me and gain my respect. An athlete is in a league of their own. They all deserve and have already earned respect and all have something to teach me.