Dark tans and sparkly bikini’s…what are fitness competitions all about?
With training lasting from 20 weeks to an entire year, this season Living Beauty coached bikini/fitness models including: a police officer, a social worker, a journalist, a rehabilitation consultant. The ladies pictured below have it all: intelligence, beautiful personality and amazing bodies!
Fitness and Bikini Models are the MOST popular category these days and so the line ups are HUGE and the standard is impossibly high quality.
It’s nice to get a trophy in a fitness competition, but it is important to realise that just by getting up on stage the achievement is amazing!
These ladies are fitter, stronger and leaner than the majority of the population and therefore they have superior health and fitness!
Learning the tools for long term health is one of the best rewards, and will last a lifetime.
At Living Beauty these are our points of difference:
- No restriction of water or carbohydrates – a balanced approach to nutrition.
- Focus on long term health (every package includes an off season plan).
- Quotas on how many people we coach to ensure individual attention.
- Proven track record of happy clients for many years.
- Longest established trainer specialising in training Bikini and Fitness Models.
- Amelia Ricci, Head Coach is a 2 x State Fitness/Sports Model Champion.
- Amelia has 15 years experience and Level 3 accreditation with Fitness Australia (highest qualification).
Our Long History of Qualifications and Experience – Gets Results!
Click here for a complete list of Fitness and Bikini Models we have trained and their placings !! We have trained 40 fitness and bikini models over the years and have competed 25 times ourselves – we don’t want to boast, but we are proud of our expertise and experience.
Living Beauty team May 2014
Coached by Amelia Ricci, Head Coach
Assistant Coach, Gemma Dawson
Childhood Cancer Association Fundraiser
Selling our famous Protein Balls!
Huge thank you to Amanda, Jo, Amelia K, Marguerita and Christie for donating their time to make and sell protein balls. This is such a worthy cause and the protein balls were well received by the large crowd. Every one said they were delicious!
I am just over 5 months pregnant now and growing a baby is a beautiful journey. Carrying extra fluid and weight around makes it harder to train at the gym and the tiredness can lead to exhaustion, however I am still exercising (see below for my schedule).
I have modified my training according to the advice from my physio and doctor and am pretty much eating the same foods I always eat.
Still using all my Living Beauty recipes and trying to eat mostly organic and importantly drinking plenty of water.
As I always say people need to get back to basics with nutrition and water, fresh vegetables and quality protein lead to wellness.
My workouts look like this:
M: 30 mins steady state cardio, split between cross trainer and stationary bike, 20 mins very light weights (back and arms), 10 mins stretching.
T: One hour walk.
W: 30 mins treadmill walking, 20 mins very light weights (chest and shoulders), 10-20 mins yoga/stretching.
T: Pilates class with a pre and post natal expert (working internal core and postural muscles is vital).
F: One hour walk.
S: 30 minutes very light weights (legs) 20 minutes yoga/stretching.
Pregnancy is time to maintain NOT increase fitness. I am keeping my heart rate under 140bpm and make sure I have the fan on at the gym to control body temperature.
I was very happy when the Physio at my hospital gave a seminar and recommended all pregnant women do 5 x a week 30 – 50 mins exercise.
It helps to be fit for labour and of course to recover to look after the baby.
In my opinion, time flies and it is only for 9 or so months that I need to modify my beloved hard training.
Having a healthy baby is my number one priority, not my muscle structure nor body fat percentage.
It will be a great challenge to build up strength and cardiovascular fitness when it is safe to start and I wont be using any extreme diets.
Just as my philosophy for my clients is long term health and being sensible, this equally applies to me!
Amelia Ricci Judging Fitness and Bodybuilding Competitions
I take my role of judging very seriously and I have been judging for 4 years. In order to be a fair judge, one must be qualified and experienced so you can give each and every competitor a fair assessment of their body and the presentation they give on stage.
Without the panel of judges the show would not be able to run. Scores are aggregated so it takes into account the opinion of a panel of approx 7 or 8 judges EQUALLY weighted.
We judge several factors for bodybuilding: compulsory poses to show muscularity, symmetry and for models: posing, walk, and beauty preparation plus a body that fits either the bikini or fitness desired look.
For more info on judging criteria visit the web site of each federation where there is a lot of literature including photos to explain the differences between categories.
Our next competitions are the NABBA/WFF on 10th May and then the ANB on 17th of May. I look forward to meeting everyone there!
Love and Light
Amelia x o