Amateur Fitness Competitor of the Week: Robin Sinclear

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  • Name: Robin Sinclear
  • E-mail: robin_sinclear@yahoo.com
  • Age: 38
  • Where: Chico, CA
  • Height: 5'5"
  • Weight: 127 off-season, 120 competitio
  • Years Bodybuilding :2
  • Favorite Bodypart: Back and Abs
  • Favorite Exercise: Back - I like to watch the jaws drop while I crank out my pull-ups!
  • Favorite Supplements: MSM and Cytosport Protein, MSM Smartblend EFA's

How Did You Get Started?

Fitness was always very back-burner for me throughout my twenties. I was working as a Paramedic, so I was active in my job, but I did what I had to do to be able to lift patients safely. Just after I turned thirty, my youngest brother was involved in a car accident. He had a spinal cord injury which left him partially paralyzed. Watching him struggle to regain his mobility motivated me to become more physically fit. I ran in a few 5k's, and even completed an all-women's sprint-distance triathlon with a group of friends. I had always loved working out with weights at the gym, but never had any real direction or motivation.

After having my second child, I signed up for a "Women With Weights" class at my gym. My trainer was just a few weeks out from competing in her first bodybuilding competition. She was 40 years-old and she looked great. She taught me how to train and eat properly for my particular goals at the time, and I saw vast improvements in the shape of my body and in my strength. When I attended that bodybuilding show to watch her, I was hooked! I knew then that I wanted to compete. I began competing two years ago, with my first Figure competition in May 2005 at a small local show where I placed second. A few months later, I competed at the Women's Tri-Fitness Ultimate Fitness Challenge in Las Vegas.

There, I placed first in my age and height class in the Grace and Physique round and the Fitness Skills round, and fourth in the Obstacle Course round. In November of 2005, I entered my first NPC Figure competition, where I placed in the top 5 in the Masters Tall class. In 2006, I placed first in my height class and won the overall title in the small local show where I had competed for the first time the year before. I qualified for NPC Nationals the following week with a top five placement in Open Figure C. In November, with the expert help of nutritionist Kim Oddo, I placed first in both the Open Figure C Class, and the Masters C Class.

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What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

A consistent one! The hardest thing for me in the beginning, as a wife and mother of two young boys who worked full-time, was getting to the gym. I had this idea in my head that everyone else's needs should come first. But really, I am a much better mom, wife and employee when I take that time for myself at the gym.

I exercise six or seven days a week, but my training varies depending on whether or not I am in contest preparations, and in what phase of contest prep. I do heavy resistance training four days a week consistently throughout the year. I have a hard time adding muscle, so I have to lift heavy. My focus right now is on adding width to my upper back, and adding size to my shoulders, hamstrings and glutes.

During contest prep I gradually increase my cardio over the twelve weeks before contest from 45 minutes up to about two hours or more per day. I also add sprints, stadium workouts, and plyometrics during contest prep. I try to get in a stadium day once a week, an all-plyo day once a week, then I also add in a few plyo exercises on weight training days for particular body parts.

Robin Sinclear
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What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

The nutritional aspect of competing is definitely the hardest part. Training is a blast, but eating the same things day in and day out for twelve weeks pre-contest can be a drag. Its especially hard when you have kids, I think, because they require much more variety than a contest diet allows. I have learned many creative ways to prepare chicken and veggies!

It always amazes me, though, when I eat with other children who refuse to eat their vegetables. It makes me so proud when I look at my kids' plates and the first thing gone is their broccoli or their salad! Healthy eating is really a fantastic legacy to pass on to your kids. I am currently 11 weeks into my second contest prep with nutritionist Kim Oddo.

He has made dramatic changes is my physique over these past few months. His experience with athletes in this sport is invaluable. As a Paramedic, I am naturally inquisitive and so thoroughly amazed at the physiological impact of nutrition and supplements on the body.

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What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

Definitely whey protein and a good multi-vitamin are key. I like Cytosport's and MRM's low carb whey formulas because they are reasonably priced and taste good. I think I'd go nuts without my chocolate protein pudding before bed every night during precontest dieting.

I mix the whey powder with just enough water to make a thick pudding-like dessert. Tastes almost like a brownie! Off-season I mix in a teaspoon of natural peanut butter. Yum! Digestive enzymes, glutamine, and BCAA's are also a staple. To drop water for contest day, Taraxatone has always worked well for me.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

Wow, what DON'T I love about it? I love the way I feel after a really intense workout. I love how strong I am, and that I can lift more and run faster than a lot of guys I know. I love the legacy I am passing on to my kids through living a fit lifestyle. And I love that I look better in a bikini than most twenty year-olds!

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What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I am currently just two weeks out from competing at the first-ever Arnold Amateur Figure Competition in Columbus, Ohio. What an honor! I am so excited! I plan to try for my pro-card in July at the National Figure Championships in New York and the USA's in Vegas.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

I'm really not experienced enough to be giving advice, but I guess the one tip I'd give is the one thing I need to listen to and follow myself, and that's to enjoy the road that leads to your ultimate goal. As bodybuilders, fitness, and figure competitors, we are always trying to improve and better ourselves.

Competition Day shouldn't be the end of 12-weeks of misery. We are always a work in progress. If you don't enjoy the preparation, and the dieting, and the work it takes to make yourself better each time, then competing isn't for you.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

There are aspects of many competitors that I aspire to. Monica Brant is a fantastic role model, and I would love to have glutes like hers. Jenny Lynn has a great back. Amber Littlejohn has fantastic shoulders. Cherie Lewis turned pro last year at 39 years old, so she gives me great hope that I might have a chance, too. I'd have to say that my favorite competitors, though, are the amateurs backstage who are friendly and helpful. The camaraderie that you can find backstage when everyone is nervous (and hungry and thirsty!), waiting for their turn on stage, trying to get glued and oiled... it has a real calming effect!

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