Monthly Archives: August 2013

30 Seconds With…

424014_10200421830733665_500716127_nName? Sarah

Which office are you based in? Crayford

What do you do at Bates? Customer services

How long have you worked here? 16 yrs with a short break in between

What’s the best thing about working here? Floyd (the office dog) – he need’s a blog! & my colleagues of course!

And the worst? Air conditioning up too high

What’s your favourite piece of stationery? Tough this one! It’s out of a calculator or sellotape…..Gotta be sellotape , it’s got me put of a few sticky situations (I won’t give up the day job)

What do you want to be when you grow up? Sensible

What is your guilty pleasure? Elastic bands….PING 🙂

Watch Out Arnie…

Michelle joined our Crayford office a short while ago and it seems we might have found someone who can actually keep the rest of the staff in line as she recently won the Women’s Physique Round in the 2013 UK BFF Muscle Talk Championship. I thought I would take this opportunity to not only say congratulations but to also ask some questions as I am sure there are a lot of people out there, including me, who don’t know much about body building.

Hi Michelle, firstly congratulations on winning the championship, you must be very pleased? I’m over the moon. I was like a Cheshire cat for days after, as I was shocked that I had won!

How long have you been bodybuilding and how did you get into it in the first place? I’ve been getting ready to do this since August 2012. I changed the way I eat and how I trained. I joined a gym local to me which was taken over by a professional bodybuilder in October 2011 and being around him and others I thought I would see if I could challenge myself to see if I could do it.

Is this the first event you have won? Yes, it was the first time I’d ever competed. Hence why I was shocked I’d won.

What preparation do you do for a competition, and how long before the event do you start training? As this was my first show and I hadn’t put my body through the process before I started 16 weeks out from my show. This was to give my body the chance to get used to the changes in food and training. During this 16 weeks my training was about maintaining the muscle I had built before this time. My food and water consumption was reviewed and changed weekly, if needed. I also introduced low intensity cardio. At the start it was 45 minutes a day and as the weeks went on it increased to 2 hours a day.

What does your training diet consist of? Pre-contest diet consisted of the same as before but with different amounts. The type of food I ate was the same each day and consisted of white fish, chicken, eggs, steak, salmon, rice, oats and lots and lots of green veg.

How much tanning lotion do you use per competition? To get the colour needed for the stage I had two spray tans. One the day before the show and the other on the day. I couldn’t wash it off as it needed to develop as the day went on.

What’s next? Winning my show automatically gave me an invitation to the final in October, so there’s no rest for me as the final is only 15 weeks away from the show I took part in. I’ve had the last 3 weeks gaining some more muscle and then start the pre-contest diet again.

Wow, thanks Michelle and good luck in October, let us all know how you got on.