- 1st place Open Ms Fit Body (short), INBF World Amateur Championships (held in New York).
- Awarded pro-card to compete internationally as a professional bodybuilder.
- 2nd place Masters Ms Fit Body (short), WNBF Asia-Pacific Championships.
- 2nd place Open Ms Fit Body (short), WNBF Asia-Pacific Championships.
- 2nd place Masters Ms Fit Body, WNBF Asia-Pacific Championships.
- 1st place Masters Ms Fit Body (short), WNBF NSW State Championships.
- Overall Winner Ms Fit Body, WNBF NSW State Championships.
- 3rd place Masters Ms Fit Body, WNBF NSW State Championships.
- 1st place Masters Ms Fit Body, WNBF Asia-Pacific Championships.
- 1st place Masters Figure, WNBF South Coast Championships.
- 2nd place Figure Novice (short), WNBF South Coast Championships.
What is your background, and how did you get started in Ms Fit Body competitions?
I’m a wife, mother and work full time as an Executive Personal Assistant – all of which I love. However, I don’t believe that that being busy is an excuse for not pursuing the things in life that interest you. I’ve always enjoyed exercise and keeping in shape and in 2007 my personal trainer suggested I enter a local WNBF Competition as he felt I would do well. It took quite a lot of convincing as the very thought of getting on stage in a bikini and high heels sent me into a cold sweat! ...but I eventually agreed and ended up placing 1st in the Masters and 2nd in Novice.
The process of preparing for that first comp was a real eye-opener for me. I learned a lot about myself and what I am capable of, and I soon became addicted to the pursuit of continuous self-improvement. I won the Asia Pacific title later that year and in November 2009 won my lineup at INBF’s Amateur World Championship in New York. I was subsequently awarded WNBF’s pro card and am now looking forward to competing in the pro line-up at WNBF’s World Championships in New York again in November.
What is your training philosophy?
I apply the same philosophy to training as I do to all other aspects of my life …and that is to do what’s required, without compromise. By this I mean not compromising my family, my friendships, my work responsibilities, my ethics, as well as my training and nutrition.
When preparing for the world championships in 2009, I made sure that every workout, cardio session and meal was spot on. Time at the gym equals time away from my family and as we were all going to New York as Team Wingate, it was only fair that I did my absolute best for them as well as myself.
What workout works best for you?
I work on a 4 day split, being:
I work on a pyramid system with sets and incorporate drop sets, super sets, negative reps – anything to shock the muscle to failure.
I don’t do very much cardio in the off season at all, but in the weeks leading up to comp it can be as much as 2 hours/day, depending on where I’m at with my preparation.
What are your 3 favorite exercises?
Any other info you would like to add about training?
Consistency and intensity are probably the two words that come to mind. Stick to the program and make sure your technique is spot on. It all comes together in the end.
What is your philosophy on nutrition?
Same as training – do what’s required, without compromise. People are amazed at the amount of food I can eat in a day and wonder how I’m not overweight. It’s a pity more people don’t know more about food and how much power you can have over your body and how it looks. Many people say “I couldn’t do what you do”, but they don’t realize that they actually can.
Give us a typical day in your diet (off season):
Overall, I keep things really simple but like to indulge occasionally along the way.
For my protein intake, I tend to eat a lot of tuna, chicken breast, egg whites and kangaroo steak. My carbs consist mainly of oats, sweet potato and rice. I typically have a protein shake after training and before bed.
Give us a typical day in your diet (Contest Prep):
Pretty much the same as off season, however I get very strict and eliminate certain foods as comp approaches.
What are your favorite meals and foods?
I really enjoy my breakfast. I’ve got a couple of really cool recipes that I like alternate, but basically it’s 50 ways with oats and eggs! I also love baked sweet potato – hard to believe I’m allowed to eat it!
Favorite cheat food?
Definitely potato chips (I know, how bad is that!), red wine and olives are at the top of the list.
Any other info you would like to add about diet and nutrition?
Keep it clean and eat as much as you can get away with!
What supplement(s) do you use that give you great results? How do you use them?
As far as supplements go I’d say the top 3 would be creatine, glutamine and fish oil. I also take a lot of vitamins and antioxidants. I generally split my supplement intake in 4 lots, i.e. breakfast, before training, after training and before bed.
Advice For Others
What are the 3 best tips you'd give to women thinking about competing in Ms Fit Body?
- If you’re thinking about it, you’re already halfway there. It’s just a matter of drawing that proverbial line in the sand and making the commitment to see it through it to the end. Yes, it’s hard – it’s supposed to be …but it’s also very gratifying when you make it onto the stage after all that effort.
- Do your absolute best. If you can stand with your hand on your heart and say that you did your absolute best to get there, you’ll be happy with your result.
- Stay away from negative influences. You don’t need the distraction.
What’s your best tip for looking your best on competition day?
I make sure I have a sound sleep the night before comp so I can focus on the task at hand.
What shows have you got coming up, where can we see you compete?
I’ll be competing in the pro Ms Fit Body lineup at WNBF's World Championships in New York in November.
What would you like to achieve in your Ms Fit Body career?
Winning the pro Ms Fit Body lineup at WNBF's World Championships in New York in November.
I actually don’t aspire to be like any one competitor, but have great admiration for many. They all bring something different to the stage.
How Can People Contact You?
Facebook or through my webpage www.sharonwingate.com.au .