An Interview with Miss Universe

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Alex

 

Who doesn’t admire the figure of a toned bikini goddess? Male and female alike we can admire or covet, I find particular physiques awe inspiring and if I ever win the lottery and have the time to dedicate and train like these elite individuals do, I might just aim to achieve what they make look so terribly easy.

Anyone who has had any insight, or even trains in the gym a little themselves will appreciate the amount of handwork and sacrifice that goes into being crowned an overall competition winner, but what about being crowned Miss Toned Figure UNIVERSE!!!

I am privileged to have met the stunning Miss Alex Larkin, granted in brief, but I decided to ask her to answer a few insightful questions about her life as a competitor in an often ridiculed and criticised world. I hope you enjoy reading this interview as much as I did.

Thank you Alex for taking the time and being so open and honest with your answers.

Q1) If you could be an animal which one would you be and why?

I would definitely be a Monkey as I find them a very interesting animal to watch and they are very similar to humans.

Q2) What influenced you to start competing, was there a moment where you thought I want to do this?
I was more interested in becoming shaped and toning up more so than competing, but 4 different people that I knew said I would be good at it and I thought if one more person says I could do it then I would. I trained at a gym for a week and got asked if I would be interested so I said “I’ll think about it, how hard can it be?” Wow how wrong was I 😂

Q3) As a consumate professional and someone that is clearly acing her sport, is there any advice you would give someone just starting out?
Your first competition is all about gaining experience of the sport, you choose to do this as a sport, no one is forcing you, so you have to sacrifice your life for a while and giving up things you enjoy at times, especially in the last few weeks which will either make or break you. To find your own unique posing style, and always be yourself. Always prep your own food, don’t rely on anyone else to do anything for you, if you know everything is perfect then that is one less stress you have. People that don’t do this as a sport don’t understand how important it is to have your meals prepped correctly. And one last thing always be CONFIDENT!!!!!

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Q4) What do you find liberating and inhibiting about your sport?
I love how mentally challenging this sport is and how disciplined you have to be to reach your goal. I love the routine which I get in, e.g meals, cardio, training, posing…yes it’s absolutely exhausting but without it I feel lost.

Q5) What is your ultimate goal in your sport (or have you achieved it already) and in your career? Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?

I believe in making realistic goals and taking it from there, one step at a time and following my feet rather than having an ‘ultimate goal’, yes I’d love to make professional status in the future but I also believe that everything happens for a reason and things happen when they are meant to happen. Achieving the Miss Universe title in such a short space of time has thrown me a little bit off course as I believed that this may be a future goal so now this has changed.

Q6) Do you have any particular goals for this coming season? Considering your amazing success in your first year of competing where can you go from Miss Universe?

This is where I feel a little bit stuck…like I said above I have no idea where to go next but my coaches are amazing and have always steered me in the right direction regarding shows etc. My goals this year would be to keep making improvements within my physique which I want to shape up a tiny bit more. I’m always stunned and shocked to see how I improve in such a small period of time.

Q7) How many times a week do you polish your trophies?

They are currently all on a really high shelf in my gym so not very often. My Universe trophy comes up to my thigh so I don’t keep it at home there is no room for her 😂 I named my trophy Evie and I go and say hi to her everytime I pass her when I go to train 😀

Q8) How do you keep yourself motivated and positive in the depths of prep especially?

I always listen to motivational speakers such as Eric Thomas and Les Brown when I’m in the depths of prep, especially on those days when I’m exhausted and I have 2 hours of cardio a day to do when I’m absolutely starving. I believe that I’m a very strong minded person and always seem to reach my goals as I won’t let my own head beat me. The mental challenge for me is the most rewarding.

Q9) As a foodie, I have have to ask what your ultimate cheat meal would be?

PIZZAAAAAAAA 🍕🍕🍕🍕🍕😉 and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

Q10) What are your favourite pre and post work out meals?

I keep to an offseason diet plan so I normally have my 6 meals a day, my pre workout meal being mince beef and rice and veg, then after training on a night I usually finish training about 8pm so I will have oats and a protein shake with a few almonds.

Q11) What is the first thing you eat when you step off stage at a competition?

Depending on how long the show is I usually eat CHOCOLATE right before, and afterwards I’ll have PIZZA!!!!! I never have any alcohol before stage either.

Q12) How many competitions do you intend to attend this season?

Right now I have absolutely no idea, I’m guessing on popping up wherever 😬😀

Q13) Who are your idols and who inspires you?
I love Paige Hathaway as she first inspired me to do fitness and even start going to a gym. Andrea Brazier and Nikki Bentham are my completion idols. I think they are in a league of their own and stand out for a certain quality that they have in them. CONFIDENCE!!!!!

Q14) How do you feel being a pin up for both men and women?

I’d say I’m more impressed being a pin up for ladies, as I think women can be very brutal towards each other if they lack confidence and insecurities within themselves. When I first started competing and gaining muscle I had mixed reactions from both sexes but now it is always good feedback and it surprises me everytime I hear any compliments. Yes I get the odd “Erghh that’s not right for a woman to look like that” but I’m 100% confident in my own skin.

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Q15) Who would you most like to meet and why?

PAIGE HATHAWAY!!!! She was the woman who started this all off for me. I was a very slim girl before I picked up weights and finding out about how she added shape and tone to her body I became obsessed with her and she became my role model and idol. Hopefully I’ll get to meet her at BodyPower this year.

Q16) Does competing make dating difficult?

Bodybuilding is a very selfish sport and it’s not always for everyone. Unless your partner has competed they will never understand what you are going through and probably understand your reasons for competing at all. Yes I’d say it is difficult as you have to take on your partners needs the same as your own but as you get deeper into your prep as everyone does, you go into yourself and become very selfish as all you think about is food and keeping to your routine. I tend to not want to talk to anybody in the last 2 weeks and lose my personality but as everyone says that’s when you know you are ready.

Q17) What is your favourite body part to train and your least favourite?
My favourites are legs and shoulders. I don’t train my chest or abs, I usually do more core training but this year I’ve incorporated crunches into my training just to bring them out a little more.

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Q18) What are your tips for training glutes for the perfect booty, lets face it you are kind of famous for yours being perfect and we could do with some hints and tips?

I used to be a trained ballet dancer being younger, lots of lunging and plies brought my bum out a lot before I even started training. I’ve always had good glutes so I’ve just built them up. But I would say lunges, sumo squats, kickbacks, donkey kicks are very good for bringing the booty out.

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Q19) Do you think you would ever become a personal trainer?

I would never say never, right now the sport is my hobby, it’s my stress reliever and I love where it has taken me so far. I get a lot of people asking advice on diet and training and I’ve gained a lot of knowledge over the past year and one tip I always recommend is to DRINK DRINK DRINK WATER!!!!!

Q20) Do you get recognised now as you are walking around shopping for example?

I have been recognised in a shopping centre whilst looking at Tampons 😂 so that was a rather strange thing to happen at that moment in time which brought me right back down to earth 😂 I was absolutely stunned at the time and couldn’t believe it.

Alex

 

Who doesn’t admire the figure of a toned bikini goddess? Male and female alike we can admire or covet, I find particular physiques awe inspiring and if I ever win the lottery and have the time to dedicate and train like these elite individuals do, I might just aim to achieve what they make look so terribly easy.

Anyone who has had any insight, or even trains in the gym a little themselves will appreciate the amount of handwork and sacrifice that goes into being crowned an overall competition winner, but what about being crowned Miss Toned Figure UNIVERSE!!!

I am privileged to have met the stunning Miss Alex Larkin, granted in brief, but I decided to ask her to answer a few insightful questions about her life as a competitor in an often ridiculed and criticised world. I hope you enjoy reading this interview as much as I did.

Thank you Alex for taking the time and being so open and honest with your answers.

Q1) If you could be an animal which one would you be and why?

I would definitely be a Monkey as I find them a very interesting animal to watch and they are very similar to humans.

Q2) What influenced you to start competing, was there a moment where you thought I want to do this?
I was more interested in becoming shaped and toning up more so than competing, but 4 different people that I knew said I would be good at it and I thought if one more person says I could do it then I would. I trained at a gym for a week and got asked if I would be interested so I said “I’ll think about it, how hard can it be?” Wow how wrong was I 😂

Q3) As a consumate professional and someone that is clearly acing her sport, is there any advice you would give someone just starting out?
Your first competition is all about gaining experience of the sport, you choose to do this as a sport, no one is forcing you, so you have to sacrifice your life for a while and giving up things you enjoy at times, especially in the last few weeks which will either make or break you. To find your own unique posing style, and always be yourself. Always prep your own food, don’t rely on anyone else to do anything for you, if you know everything is perfect then that is one less stress you have. People that don’t do this as a sport don’t understand how important it is to have your meals prepped correctly. And one last thing always be CONFIDENT!!!!!

1470136_1072901232729381_5373323404681945048_n

Q4) What do you find liberating and inhibiting about your sport?
I love how mentally challenging this sport is and how disciplined you have to be to reach your goal. I love the routine which I get in, e.g meals, cardio, training, posing…yes it’s absolutely exhausting but without it I feel lost.

Q5) What is your ultimate goal in your sport (or have you achieved it already) and in your career? Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?

I believe in making realistic goals and taking it from there, one step at a time and following my feet rather than having an ‘ultimate goal’, yes I’d love to make professional status in the future but I also believe that everything happens for a reason and things happen when they are meant to happen. Achieving the Miss Universe title in such a short space of time has thrown me a little bit off course as I believed that this may be a future goal so now this has changed.

Q6) Do you have any particular goals for this coming season? Considering your amazing success in your first year of competing where can you go from Miss Universe?

This is where I feel a little bit stuck…like I said above I have no idea where to go next but my coaches are amazing and have always steered me in the right direction regarding shows etc. My goals this year would be to keep making improvements within my physique which I want to shape up a tiny bit more. I’m always stunned and shocked to see how I improve in such a small period of time.

Q7) How many times a week do you polish your trophies?

They are currently all on a really high shelf in my gym so not very often. My Universe trophy comes up to my thigh so I don’t keep it at home there is no room for her 😂 I named my trophy Evie and I go and say hi to her everytime I pass her when I go to train 😀

Q8) How do you keep yourself motivated and positive in the depths of prep especially?

I always listen to motivational speakers such as Eric Thomas and Les Brown when I’m in the depths of prep, especially on those days when I’m exhausted and I have 2 hours of cardio a day to do when I’m absolutely starving. I believe that I’m a very strong minded person and always seem to reach my goals as I won’t let my own head beat me. The mental challenge for me is the most rewarding.

Q9) As a foodie, I have have to ask what your ultimate cheat meal would be?

PIZZAAAAAAAA 🍕🍕🍕🍕🍕😉 and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

Q10) What are your favourite pre and post work out meals?

I keep to an offseason diet plan so I normally have my 6 meals a day, my pre workout meal being mince beef and rice and veg, then after training on a night I usually finish training about 8pm so I will have oats and a protein shake with a few almonds.

Q11) What is the first thing you eat when you step off stage at a competition?

Depending on how long the show is I usually eat CHOCOLATE right before, and afterwards I’ll have PIZZA!!!!! I never have any alcohol before stage either.

Q12) How many competitions do you intend to attend this season?

Right now I have absolutely no idea, I’m guessing on popping up wherever 😬😀

Q13) Who are your idols and who inspires you?
I love Paige Hathaway as she first inspired me to do fitness and even start going to a gym. Andrea Brazier and Nikki Bentham are my completion idols. I think they are in a league of their own and stand out for a certain quality that they have in them. CONFIDENCE!!!!!

Q14) How do you feel being a pin up for both men and women?

I’d say I’m more impressed being a pin up for ladies, as I think women can be very brutal towards each other if they lack confidence and insecurities within themselves. When I first started competing and gaining muscle I had mixed reactions from both sexes but now it is always good feedback and it surprises me everytime I hear any compliments. Yes I get the odd “Erghh that’s not right for a woman to look like that” but I’m 100% confident in my own skin.

IMG_2969

Q15) Who would you most like to meet and why?

PAIGE HATHAWAY!!!! She was the woman who started this all off for me. I was a very slim girl before I picked up weights and finding out about how she added shape and tone to her body I became obsessed with her and she became my role model and idol. Hopefully I’ll get to meet her at BodyPower this year.

Q16) Does competing make dating difficult?

Bodybuilding is a very selfish sport and it’s not always for everyone. Unless your partner has competed they will never understand what you are going through and probably understand your reasons for competing at all. Yes I’d say it is difficult as you have to take on your partners needs the same as your own but as you get deeper into your prep as everyone does, you go into yourself and become very selfish as all you think about is food and keeping to your routine. I tend to not want to talk to anybody in the last 2 weeks and lose my personality but as everyone says that’s when you know you are ready.

Q17) What is your favourite body part to train and your least favourite?
My favourites are legs and shoulders. I don’t train my chest or abs, I usually do more core training but this year I’ve incorporated crunches into my training just to bring them out a little more.

IMG_3272

Q18) What are your tips for training glutes for the perfect booty, lets face it you are kind of famous for yours being perfect and we could do with some hints and tips?

I used to be a trained ballet dancer being younger, lots of lunging and plies brought my bum out a lot before I even started training. I’ve always had good glutes so I’ve just built them up. But I would say lunges, sumo squats, kickbacks, donkey kicks are very good for bringing the booty out.

IMG_2698

Q19) Do you think you would ever become a personal trainer?

I would never say never, right now the sport is my hobby, it’s my stress reliever and I love where it has taken me so far. I get a lot of people asking advice on diet and training and I’ve gained a lot of knowledge over the past year and one tip I always recommend is to DRINK DRINK DRINK WATER!!!!!

Q20) Do you get recognised now as you are walking around shopping for example?

I have been recognised in a shopping centre whilst looking at Tampons 😂 so that was a rather strange thing to happen at that moment in time which brought me right back down to earth 😂 I was absolutely stunned at the time and couldn’t believe it.