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Over 40 Bodybuilder of the Week: Paulette Sybliss

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  • Name: Paulette Sybliss
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  • Age: 41
  • Where: London, United Kingdom
  • Height: 5' 7"
  • Weight: 133 lbs contest, 143 lbs off
  • Years Bodybuilding :2
  • Favorite Bodypart: Legs/Glutes
  • Favorite Exercise: Walking Hill Lunges
  • Favorite Supplements: Vitamin B Complex

How Did You Get Started?

As a former 100m, 200m and Long Jump Athlete, training has long been part of my lifestyle. Sitting with my friend back in 2009 she mentioned that she was thinking of competing, I thought about it for a few seconds and said "Yes that sounds like something to do." I found an upcoming show and competed a few months later.

Paulette Sybliss
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Paulette Sybliss

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

I moved away from a 'typical' bodybuilding training schedule and went back to sprint training and circuit based training 3-4 times a week. Sprint training enables me to get lean, lose body fat fast, while maintaining muscle, as well as my fitness level just soaring. There is no taking it easy during Sprint sessions at all. I added in 2 gym sessions for upper body, a circuit training session and started to practice Bikram Yoga.

Day 1: Sprint Session - Track Or Park

I wear my heart rate strap and watch to monitor my intensity level.

Day 2: AM Yoga/Afternoon Chest/Back*
Day 3: Hill Sprints/Lunges
Day 4: AM Yoga/Afternoon Shoulders/Biceps*
Day 5: Sprint/Conditioning Session At Track
Day 6: Afternoon Circuit Training/Evening Yoga
Day 7: Off

*8x8 Training: A style of training where you perform 8 sets of 8 reps per exercise with minimum rest between reps and sets. It will be necessary to train with a lighter weight than usual to get through every rep and every set with excellent form. I start with 1 exercise per body part but increase to 2 exercises per body part after a 4 week period.

**Low Squat Lateral Walks: Turn your body so you are moving along the track lane line and stay low.

***Body Weight Skull Crushers: This is a challenging body weight alternative to regular Skull Crushers with weights. You can use a bench, climbing frame (horizontal) bar that is about waist height, even the edge of your bed. Arms will be in a narrow grip position about shoulder width apart. Lower your body as if you were about to do a regular push up. The top of your head however will come in between the hands and end up in-line with the edge of the bench, bar or bed.

If performed correctly your arms will end up in the same position as if you were doing a regular Skull Crusher with weights.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

I aim to eat 5-6 meals per day and will increase my carb intake every 4th day, however I don't increase my carbs at every meal on this 4th day, it will be first thing in the morning and after a workout session.

Meal 1
Meal 2: Post Workout
Meal 3
Meal 4
Meal 5
Meal 6: Before Bed
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Paulette Sybliss

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

I try to get as much from my nutrition as possible; however I will take vitamin b-complex capsules and cod liver oil capsules alongside BCAAs, whey protein and flax seed oil.

Upon Waking
Upon Waking, Pre Workout, & Post Workout
With Meal 1
Post Workout
Post Workout & Before Bed

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

It continually teaches me how amazing and precious my body is, how with care and attention I can train it to get better or sculpt it as I see fit. Bodybuilding is a sport where age does not stop nor hinder you from taking centre stage. And the icing on the cake for me is I get to wear heels, a real passion of mine.

What Motivates You To Follow A Healthy Lifestyle?

I have always led a healthy lifestyle first and foremost. This is the lifestyle I have always loved since I was a young girl.

Of course now as a mum my daughter is my motivating factor, my driving force to staying as fit and healthy as I can, for as long as I can. I intend to be holding my own in the gym when I am a grandmother!

What Made You Want To Achieve Your Goals?

I have always been very competitive, however as I have got older and a lot wiser my competitive goal is to, every year, look better than the last. If you compete against yourself in a productive way you are always going to come out on top.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I have travelled to Italy (2010) and Canada twice in 2011 to compete. I made some wonderful friends in both countries. I hope to travel back to Canada later on in the year. I also hope to travel to other parts of the world to compete; another great thing about fitness and bodybuilding is its universal.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Follow your own path; do not be afraid to be different even when the masses are doing something else. Many (even close friends) thought I was crazy to travel on my own all the way to Canada, to compete not knowing a soul. It was the best thing I ever did and has taken my body and also my mindset to another level.

Find the category and federation that is best suited to you that you will enjoy.

When you truly enjoy something, somehow the challenges become easier; and there will be plenty of challenges to face to get stage ready, which is the end of a very long journey of hard training and strict dieting. It is your moment to shine, so enjoy it and shine.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

IFBB Fitness Champion Tanji Johnson.

What Features Do You Use On

I enjoy reading the many articles and also the forum posts. The forums are great for keeping up to date with how others are getting on with their own goals and competition preparations. The forums are a great minder of how important it is to remember what works for you may not work for someone else and vice-versa.