International Protein Athlete Profile/CHAYSE TATTERSHALL

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Chayse Tattershall

Name: Chayse Tattershall
Date of Birth 04-12-1990
Residence/State: NSW
Trains out of: Golds Gym Miranda
Years competing: 5
Years training: 7
Sponsor/s International Protein, Gassd Nutrition, Ryderwear

Which division and federation do you compete with?
IFBB Pro League, Super heavy weight division

How would you describe your training and nutritional methods?
Smart! I train and eat within my bodies needs and when I need to I take time off to rest.

Favourite and Least favourites exercise?
Nothing better than a heavy session on the bench press and least favourite would be chin ups as Im too heavy to do without assistance

Favourite and Least favourite diet and cheat foods?
I’m not a big foodie so it doesn’t bother me either way but burgers would be my favourite cheat meal and asparagus would be my least favourite diet food.

Do you have a coach or PT, to what degree have they influenced you?
Yes Dave palumbo has been my mentor/coach the past 4 years and I continue to learn and grow through his methods and knowledge

What are your likes and dislikes about competing?
I love every aspect of it! The diet, training, cardio, posing practice to then getting on stage.

Who or what has been your biggest inspiration and why?
For me it’s not always who is at the top of their game but the people who go through injuries and hardships then return better than ever cause we all know it’s easier to quit than put in the work required.

What is the appeal of this sport to you and why?
I like the idea of completely changing the way you look and feel through diet and training. In 3 months I can go from 130+kgs in the off-season to around 115kgs with less than 4% body fat and that’s pretty cool

What is the biggest misconception people have about your comp pursuits?
That they make it harder than what it is. You create the environment with your mind, if you keep thinking it’s going to be tough eventually you’re going to believe it

Describe yourself in one word

What has been a most memorable competition experience you have had and why?
This years Arnold Classic Australia! I brought my biggest and best physique I possibly could have. I placed 3rd in a very tough line up with some of the best physiques in the country!

Any funny prep or comp experiences you would like to share?
Yes getting ready for my first comp I had diet brain that hard I completely forgot about my tan until the day before, 4 cans of spray tan from Woolworths and i woke up at 4am to find the tan on my back completely stripped off and stuck on the hotel sheets..

What are your comp and BB aspirations for the next 2 to 5 years?
To continue to grow and improve in my sport and take out the super heavy weight class.

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International Protein Athlete Profile / REBECCA HARVEY

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International Protein Athlete Profile / REBECCA HARVEY

Name: Rebecca Harvey
Date of Birth 30/09/1988
Residence/State: Bali Indonesia
Trains out of: Local gym now
Years competing: 4years
Years training: 5 years
Sponsor/s International Protein

Which division and federation do you compete with?


How would you describe your training and nutritional methods?

Balanced and healthy. I follow IIFYM and I track my macros daily. I like to include a wide variety of food groups in my diet every day.

Favourite and Least favourites exercise
Favourite would be chin ups.
Least favourite is probably hip thrusts.

Favourite and Least favourite diet and cheat foods
Favourite diet food? Chobani is a good diet food
Favourtie cheat food whould be chocolate. I don’t get to eat much chocolate during the season.

Do you have a coach or PT, to what degree have they influenced you?

Yes my Coach is Coach Deasy of Graite conditioning. He has actually changed my life from the years he has been coaching me. I used to have no self confidence and no direction in my life. Now I am very confident and happy in my body and in my life.

What are your likes and dislikes about competing?
I love being on stage that is my favourite part.
I dislike the last 2 weeks when im starving and tired.

Who or what has been your biggest inspiration and why?
Andrew Deasy
Granite Conditioning
He made me a develop a true love for bodybuilding and helped me reach my full potential.

What is the appeal of this sport to you and why?
I like seeing my physique change and grow during a prep. It’s a big challlenge for me

What is the biggest misconception people have about your comp pursuits?

That its unhealthy.

Describe yourself in one word


What has been a most memorable competition experience you have had and why?

ICN Miss Athletica Brisbane 2017

Any funny prep or comp experiences you would like to share?

I once lost my shoes in Bali when I was competing. It was the day before the show. That was funny.

What are your comp and BB aspirations for the next 2 to 5 years?

I want to compete in
America as an ICN bikini pro. Its just a matter of getting the funds together to make it happen. I love representing my country and my team International Protein.

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Arnold Classic Australia 2019 PRO SHOW Coverage

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Arnold Classic Australia 2019 PRO SHOW Coverage


Unequivocally, the Arnold Classic Australia (ACA) is the most anticipated competitive event of the year. The enormity of the festival, is something the industry eagerly anticipates as much as record numbers of athletes continue to flood to this arena – further indicating the importance of this event and its significance as THE most notable event on the Australian bodybuilding calendar. Its inclusion into the bodybuilding, fitness and sporting landscape is now cemented as a cultural landmark and one which Melbourne is proud to host year after year.
As Bob Lorimer once said to me in an interview, Arnold is the most recognizable person on the planet and that in itself demonstrates why this competition is the premier, multisport event that draws record numbers – numbers that continue to increase both for competitors and spectators alike. Though the multitude of disciplines is most impressive for many, the IFBB Pro League bodybuilding show is the main course that satiates the appetites of the masses – importantly those that have long followed the sport. That ‘Doherty Dynamic’ is the undeniable ingredient that makes this show so well regarded and from a logistical and organizational perspective, these are the best run bodybuilding shows in the country. Tony and his dedicated contingent manage to condense this world class Pro League event into a three hour event – in fact this year, the duration came in at under 3 hours. The pacing and tempo that Tony has crafted, boasts quality over quantity; the excitement never fades thanks to expert logistics and planning. This ensures the audience is energized rather than drained; inspired yet never bored. His event is comparable to a rock concert, complete with the pyrotechnics and special effects ushering in all the IFBB Pro athletes on stage in a spectacle that delivers more than what is expected of a bodybuilding competition. Yet this is not just any competition. This is the Arnold Classic Australia, and with the now iconic logo serving as the backdrop to Tony’s trademark delivery the show brings on the biggest and baddest the sport has to offer.
Considering the worldwide appeal of this international event it was no surprise that it attracted several notable industry luminaries which included the likes of Lee Priest, Paige Hathaway and Shawn Rhoden among others. This is where the best and finest athletes come to compete and pick their skills against one another in what has become of the greatest BB show in the southern hemisphere.

Jeffrey Beckham commenced the line up with a very melancholy and somewhat sombre posing routine; there was a sense of ease in the way he presented his muscular form, enabling the audience and the judge's to relax and enjoy; especially following the now famous fireworks and pyrotechnics that usher in the show.
William Bonac seemed to be gunning for the title and in the prejudging it was evident that he presented what was the complete package that garners him ongoing victories on the Pro comp circuit; he was incredibly thick and dense boasting what was a unmistakable lat spread that never fails to impress. Indeed every facet of this IFBB Pro was gigantic in every sense of the word, a giant of a man that is seemingly more beast than man; his muscularity is riddled with veins snaking across a physique that is clearly superhuman.
First time on the Arnold Classic Australia stage, Mark Dautruchee presented some impressive width and though his routine appeared to be more freestyle and somewhat less structured, he did well to exhibit leaner and longer limbs. Though not game breaking he did not seem to get enough stage time, suggesting a somewhat shorter routine and posing slightly more imprecise when compared to his contemporaries. From the continent that is South Africa the massive Andrew Hudson pleased the crowd with his massive hamstrings and quads definitely someone that drew much crowd support. Here is one to watch for future events for sure.
Yet the reception that our hometown hero received was nothing short of monumental; after a temporary sabbatical giant Josh was back and with that behemoth physique that is matched only by his genial on stage manner. He bowed to his adoring fans posing to Joe Cocker’s 1974’s love ballad ‘You are so beautiful’ it was quite simply, electric. The undisputed king of the gym has that insane wingspan, and knows how to use his size and charm to great effect. His ever growing star enabled him to clinch the best posing routine at the Arnold Classic Ohio, just 2 weeks prior. The routine itself expertly crafted by the renowned and charmingly irreverent, Craig Lucas was well received by none other than Arnold himself, with Josh being awarded a whopping $10,000US. Irrespective of the clear patriotism, Josh has fans all over the world due to his astute manner and humble sensibility. Regardless of his size and popularity the man is always known for his tremendously personable, ethical character.
Former Arnold classic winner Cedric McMillan stepped into a confronting opening score, intriguingly he spent considerable time beneath the ACA logo ripped and vascular and standing with in his lack post it was subdued yet somewhat powerfully haunting. With fuller muscle bellies and a very self assured demeanor, McMillan still engaged the fans even from the temporary confines of the aforementioned logo, famously trading poses for applauses time after time. As clichéd as it may sound he gets better and better, and isn’t afraid to modify his presentation or his style. The muscular dimensions of his physique always compliment any music – never the other way round.
The Ox, that is New Zealander Steve Orton seems to improve his condition year after year despite the fact that what he presents at the time is always a sight to behold. His masterful posing was made all the more pronounced with each cue, tailored swiftly to what was yet another idiosyncratic but effective musical score. Fellow Aussie, Sam Pearce was himself classically inspired one of his most notable traits is the fact that he can activate is stature, the command of his poses with something that was indeed very profound evidently his most muscular was a crowd favourite. He always manages to achieve that dryness and hardness, juxtaposing this condition with sweeping movements that exaggerate and, thereby enhance his balanced and proportioned physique.
A true rising force from Great Britain, Luke Sandoe opted for a more aggressive musical track veering somewhere between rock and heavy metal which seemed to amplify his sheer size from his traps to his obliques this big Brit had an incredible taper. Sandoe cut an incredibly menacing yet impressive mass on stage. Exhibiting a barrel like chest and fuller muscle bellies, the big Brit used a very heavy rock score to pose to which was certainly the standout for this journo; much like he was last year Indeed, something about Sandoe’s presentation was heavily reminiscent of the sword and sandal films of the bygone era – particularly those starring Reg Park and Steve Reeves.
Making his IFBB Pro debut was Aussie icon Justin Wessels, grainy beyond all measure and calmly confident in his ‘marble in motion’ delivery. This a long-standing world class champion who brings back a classically inspired physique, but one that clearly shows more density and boasting incredible vascularity. At this pro level it was satisfying to see how far he had come, clearly transcended all previous efforts and finding a true home and true Pro status within the IFBB Pro League. It may be pure conjecture, but the choice of the Beatles iconic ‘Come Together’ seemingly a unifying yet welcoming song choice to herald in his pro debut.
Last but not least was last year's winner Roelley Winklaar who came across bigger, badder and wider; the transition from hitting his side tricep to back double bicep, seem to be somewhat of a signature move which both did his creativity and may good use of his Beastly incredible size. The daring Dutchman certainly did not disappoint, with this beast dominating the stage matching mass with quality striations. Roelley’s seems at his best when he delivers very slow and deliberate routines, however this seem to be a deliberate tactic to accentuate his massive arms and equally massive delts – his condition evidently getting better years after year, comp after comp. His massive wingspan was juxtaposed against some diamond shaped calf spike that were activated much to the delight of the ravenous crowd.

The comparison round is an ever complex analytical undertaking, that is thankfully overseen by the ever reliable Steve Weinberger whose calm demeanour never fails to impresses. At this high level each of these competitors make the poses look so effortless, however those of us that know the sport well, understand that this is in itself, high pressure and physically taxing. The enthusiastic units such as Josh clearly relish the most muscular pose as much as the crowd do; Cedric and Roelly appear to solicit more emotive responses from the audience; always resulting in vocal crowd support. The newcomer Wessels is a seeming threat due to his graininess; champion Bonac is a mass monster that boasts bigger volume (with quads seemingly on another level!); Roelly is striated and masterful in his posing whilst the ever composed McMillain has some superior width in his upper body. The ever impressive Orton visibly enjoys the opportunity to pose alongside his Pro alumni, including the likes of the established vascularity of Pearce and the yet stoic behemoth in Sandoe. Many were excited to see Giant Josh in the call-outs and comparisons, clearly adding more size to his already imposing frame, upcoming stars such as Datruchee show clear promise
When it comes to the Posedown it has become somewhat of a tradition for the heavy weights to venture into the audience, and engage more actively with the fans. It was truly incredible to see Josh and Cedric make their way up to the higher levels of the auditorium of the plenary much to the delight of the fans; even happily taking selfies with various lucky folks – undoubtedly, this collectively brought smiles and vocal cheers from the fans.
When it came to a triple threat of Bonac, Winklaar and Macmillain it seemed to be the battle of the heavyweights, with our Josh holding his own; evidently Roelly seemed to get a surge of adrenalin as he appeared to be more denser than thicker as he posed alongside his rivals. Yet the term rivalry must be loosely applied, with clear elements of camaraderie displayed amongst these champions; it is always inspiring to see this level of sportsmanship and support each Pro offers one another.
Top 6 were Luke Sandoe, Steve Orton, Josh Lenartowicz, Roelly Winklaar, Cedric Mcmillan and William Bonac, with the top three placings awarded to Bonac, Mcmillan and Winklaar. Whilst celebrating his win with the Austrian Oak, the living legend invited the winner’s wife on stage where they shared a tender moment with both casually describing his nutritional intake and his training regimen. The audience was understandably drawn to Bonac, who remained upbeat and amiable whilst discussing the battle between giants, in which he hailed victorious.

IFBB Figure Pros possess that real je-nes-ce-qois which is not seen anywhere else, yet often unsuccessfuly replicated in other lesser federations. Each of these women have a real element of glamour, yet effortlessly boasting superior physiques. Though devoid of mandatory poses once requirements of previous years, it is evident that the IFBB Pro Figure line up is characterized by an overall healthy muscularity with the entrants resembling athletic models – yet still possessing greater physical proportions than mainstream fitness models.
Seemingly matching last year’s number, these 11 ladies were truly indicative of what the high level of IFBB Pro League Figure means to the sport, as a whole.
Evidently the home ground advantage is certainly a beneficial element, thus working in the favour of Jacqueline Mync. She appeared comparatively smaller to the others in the line, but had added more muscularity and was a fine addition yet again. Fellow Australian Stacey Steiner is an ever statuesque presence with a finely tuned upper body, that was both wide but also well-muscled complimented by a tiny waist. She is one of those competitors that is very eye catching, retaining incredible shape and she remains one of the most appealing Figure stars on the circuit.
The superlative newcomer Annika Barnett personifies quality before size, with a stark warmth in her eyes and a real showstopping quality. Indeed her V-taper is really something and her sting ray-esque back was certainly a jaw dropping feature, as much as those defined legs. Established Figure Pro Yvette Brown was impressive as always, if you are talking abs and a wider back, this ladies ripped mid section boasted the most stunning serratus in the line up! Her celebrity has built up over the years, her recognizable proportions making her a sought athlete at various events the world over.
If we’re talking mainstream appeal, than look no further than Kristine Terese Finsas. Possessing a figure physique that is incredibly well-conditioned especially in her back and legs – both facets boasting balance in the upper and lower quadrants of her world class body. Refined muscularity was certainly present in Camala Rodriguez, with the raven haired stunner, exhibiting more fuller muscles and a leanness that certainly made her an eye catching sight. Her impossibly tiny waist was almost akin to something out of a comic book, and made her dimensions stand out more prominently.
One profound revelation was that of Carly Starling-Horrell, whose movie starlet looks beckon her to portray the next big action heroine – though no CGI enhancements are needed when it comes to this superstar. Presenting a wide back, small waist and capped shoulders this raven haired beauty was picture perfect presentation and flawless pose. Almost immediately, this journo had her picked if not for top three but for one Figure star that will enjoy a meteoric rise. Fellow American Krystal Ricci was another highlight in the line-up, having that excellent mix of shape, balance and decent conditioning; no wonder she was a crowd favourite amongst the Aussies despite not having the most prominent dimensions in the line up.
The confident and stunning Jessica Reyes Padilla, had both the award winning smile and those finer figure lines that judges and audience alike look for, it’s that star quality that translates well to any media platform, one could easily see her at home on syndicated television. Compared to 2018, Serbian Bojana Vasiljevic had evidently added more muscularity which was enhanced by her poise and radiant demeanour.
Tarryn Garlington certainly showed off a very streamlined and tapered physique, that quality was enhanced by insane conditioning in her quads, an incredible derriere and delts that would be the envy of any female athlete. Garlington certainly boasted one of the finest sets of washboard abs in the lineup, with hers expertly crafted and honed – much like her posing.
Indeed, here the judges need to apply a more critical and refined eye in gauging the quality of these physiques where this division lacks the aforementioned mandatory posing. Consequently, the top 6 were Yvette Brown, Carly Starling-Horrell, Camala Rodriguez, Tarryn Garlington, Bpjana Vasiljevic and Jessica Reyes Padilla. Ultimately top placings went to Padilla, Vasiljevic and Garlington in first, second and third respectively. In truly Arnold fashion, he brought solicited smiles from the winner, with Padilla clearly enjoying her win alongside the man himself.

It may seem like only yesterday that the IFBB Bikini division made its official debut but since that time it has exploded in popularity enticing record numbers and creating some of the finest Pro athletes in the sport today. Evidently friendly to the mainstream eye and boasting mass market appeal, the Pro bikini division boasts superior competitive traits in every forseeable way. To the uninitiated, these bodies may bear some resemblance to those seen in the famed Sports Illustrated calendars yet these IFBB Bikini Pros are indeed so much more. Undoubtedly, the IFBB Pro League Pro bikini line up is one that is frequently emulated by other federations (whether they care to admit it or not) yet the standard of these IFBB athletes is never successfully replicated in any other federations – and for good reason.
This division is best described as almost a fitness fused beauty pageantry of sorts, with their competitors doing a model walk to the centre of the stage, stopping for a front stance, a back stance and then back to front. Each of the 13 competitors in the lineup all possessed that overall stunning appearance and presentation, with a particular eye for balance and shape – each of these were very athletic, but still have that degree of mainstream appeal. Undeniably, this category would present a degree of complexity for the judges yet those present in this line up each possessed their own idiosyncratic qualities to distinguish themselves from one another. It is always tough to call when each of these beauties perfects their T-walk or turns on cue with such precision, yet the keen eye of the IFBB Pro League judges enables that higher level of assessment – resulting in an equitable outcome.
Whether it is the classy sophistication long associated with Janet Layug or the stunning Nordic physique of Frida Paulsen Stern, there is much to admire in what these ladies present. This great Southern land boasted a large number of Aussie Pros including Shannah Baker, Shanae DiCicco, Julia Barnard, Renee Garner, Ness Herrera and Jade McKee – each of our Aussies made commendable appearances amongst a largely international line up. The popularity of this federation and this division, attracted competitors from all over the world, with Katya Nosova and Claire Lehndorf from New Zealand; Ha Neul Seong from South Korea and famed US Pros such as Frida Paulsen-Stern and Ashley Janelle among other American beauties. From a journalist perspective, this high caliber of incredible ladies would make the judging incredibly difficult each lady presenting high degrees of superb conditioning, poise and marketability. Evidently, the elegance of Janet Layug was unmatched on the day Lauralie Chapados and Breena Martinez in second and third respectively. The Top six included also included Ness Herrera, Ha Neul Seong and Regina Tan.
As a welcome intermission of sorts, finalists in the Strong man contests were ushered on stage for the final award ceremony. It was intriguing as well as impressive to view the highlights of some of the strongman rounds, whilst each of the 12 finalists were ushered on stage – each don in matching ACA attire. These finalists provided a stark contrast to their bodybuilding brethren, boasting clearly differing builds which are built more for examples of explosive power and strength, with a focus on practicality over aesthetics. Of the 12 burly finalists, American Rob Kearney took out the prize; self-touted as the ‘World’s Strongest Gay’, Kearney informed Arnold that himself and his partner Joey would be exchanging matrimonials in Melbourne, the day after the event. Not only did solicit a thunderous applause from both Arnold, and the audience but reportedly Arnold himself appeared at the wedding! Undoubtedly both men would have been elated as well as honoured to have the legend make an appearance at their nuptials.
Once again, the IFBB pro Fitness Division proved to be one of the most entertaining segments of the evening with a suite of world class athletes from all over the world. Kicking off this division was Lauren Carre who's Harley Quinn inspired routine was imbued by multiple stylised maneuvers, the manic insanity of the character was inherent in the theme perhaps making it difficult to follow however it was none the less very enjoyable to to watch.
Despite a near mishap our Aussie Alysha Cliff, presented a dance based routine quickly evolving into a tumble into a somersault and safe landing. Her choice of the Aussie green and gold was further emphasized in a classic song by Men at Work; which certainly tugged at the patriotic heart strings!
One of Carly Dunn's most prominent features was his strength in a handstands very creative dance moves, clearly demonstrating transitions from floor work to quick turns in each maneuver. With sheer power and energy, she proceeded to present a multi faceted routine that comprised various athletic elements borrowing from dance to acrobatics.
Complete refinement came courtesy of last year’s winner, British IFBB Pro, Kate Errington whose routine was the most multi faceted and fluid presentation of the line up. Transitioning from graceful modern interpretative ballet, Kate boasted the unbelievable flexibility of an expert contortionist into the a constant stream of cross handstands, scissor leaps and aerial cartwheels – all flawlessly executed with precision. With her elegant physique and equally elegant accent, it would be no surprise if we see this incredible lady making in a career in movies one day.
The creatively cheeky Missy Farrell was a welcome sight, opting for some late 90s flare boasting a Britney Spears inspired routine, much to the delight of the fans; there was a somewhat gentle splicing in genres moving from floor works to flips and making these transitions evident in the changing manner of her movements. By sheer contrast Kristy Fenster-Avery adopted a hip hop inspired routine, the urban stylings enabled her to the emphasise sheer power moves as well as flexibility in numerous cartwheels and backflips in a superb display.
Coming off her recent American win, the dynamic powerhouse that is Ryall Graber proved just why she had dominated the Ohio stage a few weeks earlier: this stunning athlete moved from single arm push ups to twists to aerial moves in which she appeared to fly through the air with grace and superhuman mobility. People in the audience justifiably cheered her with such passion, the eclectic styling suitably representated by fast explosive combinations, that it left the audience wanting more.
The blonde bombshell that is Whitney Jones focused on her penchant on equal parts dance and equal parts Janet Jackson choreography. Evidently, there is such an intense discipline to Jones, whose potent move set and creativity are only matched by that infectious confidence. She is a Miss Fitness Olympia winner and it is easy to see why, when such a title is afforded to a class act.
Our Aussie Wonder Woman Annaleise Varga, always cleverly adopts cues from contemporary elements of society. Annaliese opts for those recognizable thematic elements (much like Oksana before her) to create an emotional nexus between herself and the audience. In this instance she focused upon a clear identifiable facet from pop culture; that being Marvel's Venom character. Femininely muscular and graceful, her intensely choreographed routine was intoxicatingly memorable yet also showed off her roots as a gymnast.

The final competitor in this star studded lineup was the fiery haired Rochelle Veale who did a combination mashup of various designs, emphasising strong holds and clean acrobatics though the use of a twirling rod (although unique) was slightly distracting however it did not entirely detract from what was a very entertaining routine.
Whitney Jones and Ryall Graber were absent last year so it was certainly worth the wait to see them share and dominate the Arnold Classic Australia stage in 2019
Top 6 in this fine line up were Carly Dunn, Kate Errington, Missy Farrell-Truscott, Kisrty Fenster-Avery, Ryall Graber and Whitney Jones. Top place went to the irrepressible Ryall Graber, with Whitney Jones in second and Missy Farrell-Truscott in third. Known to be this journalist’s favourite Canadian athlete (ahead of Kenny Omega and George St Pierre), the energised Ryall emphatically articulated her passion for the sport directly to Arnold, and asserted the importance of complete dedication to realizing ones dreams. As a side note, this journo was lucky enough to interview Ryall in 2016 and it was evident then, as it was evident now just how much she would achieve.
Undeniably, Tony Doherty, Bob Lorimer and their Arnold Sports Festival contingent deserve major kudos for creating what essentially, equates to magic. The spectacle, the scope, the pure enormity of the event which is unrivalled and will NEVER be matched nor replicated by any other federation. Considering how well this event has transpired every year, this is the only show I will make time to cover – it is simply, brilliant by any measure or contemplation. With this in mind, Arnold will be back, the IMW team will be as well…will you?
*IMW extends it gracious thanks to Keith Perreira and Pierette Charbel for their facilitation of this new media team into the event. Much appreciated!
Vance Ang

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Rach White IFBB PRO


Rach White Profile

She remains one of the most recognisable faces and physiques in the sport of Women's bodybuilding. With her long dark Raven hair, sultry looks and an incredibly muscular physique Rach White has retained a high degree of femininity making her extremely attractive and appealing even to some mainstream tastes.

Hers is a very unexpected story of success, in the initial phases of her foray into the gym the admittedly skinny Rach commenced her training at 49 kilos; which is indeed a far cry from what this pro athlete we see now. Experiencing quick developments in her initial training phases enabled her to move from the women's section of the gym to a predominantly male section surrounded by the heavier weights. As Rach explains “So it was back in Bendigo... so from there we moved on to the bigger dumbbells and more complicated exercises. One interesting thing was that back then the body building industry was very small compared to what it is now in Australia there was literally no social media as far as I remember there was only Myspace”

Indeed during that era society was devoid of any such channels of social media and therefore the intrepid Rach obtained all of her information from as well as various publications such as Musclemag and Australian Ironman. This degree of self-imposed research enabled Rach not only to broaden her own horizons but be free to engage her focus on various methods and styles, much like a mixed martial artist. The extremities of this focus meant she suffered no distractions and was able to commit to her goal using her own methods.

Encouraged by her then coach Danny McQuinn the stage began to beckon the rising star; although amused by the notion of stepping on stage in a bikini, the confident brunette eventually relented and decided to pursue her first show. However being a sensible individual, she did not compete on a whim with foolish immediacy (as is prevalent now in the sport) but instead decided to pursue her first comp after years of preparation. “It (Danny’s suggestion) stuck in my mind' she recalls 'It actually took me 7 years to decide that I did want to partake and give it a go”

Originally Rach enjoyed much success with in IFBB Figure which at the time contained the mandatory poses; these have since been removed from the line ups in the favour of quarter turns - quite possibly to streamline the events and make judging more analytically nuanced. Such alterations, led Rach to consider other avenues prompting for her to foray into the WBFF, a decision that was as practical as it was ambitious. Rach explains “At the time I felt that I had outgrown IFBB figure... women's physique it just came on the scene and they remove the poses; honestly at the time I wasn't too impressed because for me that was a big part of bodybuilding to showcase all your hard work. So I was kind of in between categories; the muscularity of some girls in WBFF got my attention and I decided to give it a go - especially as I wanted to be competitive on a more international basis”

This critical level of thinking is something that sets Rach apart from many other of her contemporaries; her decision to retain a high level of ongoing competitiveness and adapt to changes within the existing framework enabled her to pursue other avenues that would best benefit her pursuits. Evidently, that higher level of evolutionary thinking is definitely something that has afforded her ongoing achievement, something which not many athletes can boast about. The years of experience and knowledge coupled with an astuteness for the sport, enables her the ability to impart invaluable lessons on others seeking to achieve in the sport in the same way she has “Now being a PT, everything I have learned over the years is all just sitting in my brain. I have used this knowledge all on myself, but in many ways there is a lot of knowledge I can no longer use for myself. It is knowledge I can distribute amongst my athletes. I learnt from the very beginning, with very basic but proven knowledge. I guess what sets me apart from the current younger generation is that my methods are very uncomplicated, very old school”

Her recent return to the IFBB (Pro League) was something that many of us, did forsee knowing that her origins began with this federation and it is something that even Rach positively acknowledges “Being the IFBB, I felt it was more of my home” Undoubtedly, the introduction of Women’s Physique into the IFBB Pro League has provided Rach the perfect competitive avenue to pursue, and one that she speaks of most favourably: “The way the IFBB Pro League have tailored it, is absolutely perfect! They have kept Women’s Physique very similar year after year, from Dana Linn (Bailey) to Juliana (Macalarne) and now Shanique (Grant). The girls in physique are beautiful, fresh faced and marketable; but they have that beautiful muscle and conditioning. They still haven’t ventured into something too extreme, not that I supported the removal of female bodybuilding as it is a woman’s choice as to what she wants to compete in – it’s just good to see shows like the Wings of Strength still accommodating Women’s Bodybuilding.”

Over the years she is a recognisable Australian bodybuilding commodity possessing that unmistakable quality in both her physique and in her look, also offering a wealth of information that is well honed and painstakingly curated through years of her own self analysis. Somewhat surprisingly in the offseason Rach just 'wings it', the unstructured spontaneity allowing her to free up her mind as well as take a relaxed yet still decidedly dedicated approach to her training and nutrition. “Over the years I have learnt to adapt” she says “I don't calorie counts in the off-season, a look back at my first years of training and I realised the back then it was to build as much muscle as possible on my skinny frame; so getting the extra calories help me hold the muscle and put on more weight. However the last few years have been essentially me fine tuning different areas (hamstrings and glutes) there is no set training structure it is just heavier compound movement with a focus on bringing up specific areas especially around competition time. I will factor more into my training in the last few weeks of a contest prep”

In a somewhat comparable progressive strategy when it comes to her nutrition Rach will commence her prep on higher calories. “At the beginning of my prep I will start off with approximately 2500 calories, and this will slowly decrease down as the week's progress.” She says “I have learnt from my mistakes in the past when it comes to nutrition and I have paid the price for that but I guess that is the only way... that is to learn from your mistakes”

Being one of the more experienced and decorated champions in the sport today, it is no surprise that Rach is extremely proficient at posing. Possessing marketability as well as grace, coupled with her phenomenal physique makes her a legitimate threat to her contemporaries when she has the stage to herself. Rach explains “For me posing is an art form therefore I like to go for something more graceful and elegant, I have always liked Kai Greene’s approach to posing.” Undoubtedly onlookers judge's audiences can see that Rach has mastered the art of making meaningful transitions between poses and never falling into the trap of becoming to robotic. Indeed, her background in ballet (during her formative years) has contributed to what is essentially a very graceful showing whenever she is on stage. As Rach asserts “Having a background in ballet has helped with my timing when I'm on stage, as well as my choreography'

Surprisingly irrespective of her Pro win at the recent Arnold classic Australia, it was a astounding to discover that Rach had a back injury that did prevent complete freedom in his posing. In true form, this injury was blatantly evident nor obvious to anyone, as the judges and the audience all which marveled at her stylistic approach and superb physique. To achieve greater competitive scope, Rach had to manipulate her physique to not only mask the pain best extenuate her signature parts. “There was a loss of activation through glutes and hamstrings because of the back injury” she says

she says “I was unable to twist my waist from the side, so I had to basically work around those” Yet despite this hardship, it was still a sight to behold seeing her strike her signature pose – a formidable front double bicep with the added tweak of extending her leg to show off the front quad. Yet another example of how an experienced and knowledgeable athlete like Rach can utilise her idiosyncracies to afford her more memorability and pressence “I love the ability to be able to show the lines in the legs as well as in the biceps... it gives you that beautiful traditional shape, it's a real old school bodybuilding look” she says “In fact my experience within the WBFF did help me improve my posing for the ice baby stage when I made my return. There were a few very minor moves such as a flick of the rest that you would see in the WBFF, that I deliberately used in my transitions”

And her uniqueness is not solely limited to her sporting prowess but more of the layered elements, and her traditional approach to the sport that has garnered her acclaim. Citing her 16 year history in the sport Rach refers to the limitations of the era in which she began lifting. It was an era that compelled her own developmental phase as a thinker as well as an athlete. “When I started back then, the information was just from bodybuilders” Rach says emphatically “It wasn't from bikini or sports model athletes, nothing against those... but I learned from old school basics and I still carry on the tradition to this day. It basically makes me who I am in the sport today and you don't get that for many females in the sport as it is today” Her commitment to time honoured traditions have afforded her the ability to craft a physique that boasts more volume in the muscle, with a fullness which is enough to make anyone pause and be in absolute awe. It is indeed a look that we see on the international Circuit but certainly one that is rare within the confines of this Great Southern Land, a look that can be described as ‘Rach White' if we could use that as an adjective.

But even the best of the adjectives also have some sources of inspiration especially at the genesis, where impetus is discovered and inspiration becomes action. For Rach in the early phases, she sought influence from IFBB Figure Pro and business woman Larissa Reis, saying: “It was when I started training I was flipping through the pages of Planet Muscle magazine and I saw Larissa and I said to myself this is exactly what I want to look like! It's important to know that not only is she a fantastic athlete but she's also a very successful businesswoman as well so she is someone that I look up to. She build an empire but also created the ultimate version of herself”

Closer to home however, it comes as no surprise that one name she raises is that of Tony Doherty - the man whose revolutionary and evolutionary approach is to the sport have given greater respectability and scope to the sport of Australian Bodybuilding and beyond. For Rach, there are multiple reasons why the sport needs Tony: “He (Tony) has been so passionate about this sport, he has built-up and enormous Empire... which is now international. He really gives back to the athletes as much as he gives back to the sport. The reason he's so successful is because he walkthrough the gym, he always acknowledges his members, he will strike up conversations with the athletes and they appreciate his time just as he appreciates them. One thing I always respected about Tony is that when he said he's going to do something he actually will do it!”

In a truly momentous achievement Rach was awarded her Pro League Pro card at the Arnold Classic Australia 2019 in front of hundreds of people. Yet despite this incredible achievement carrying praise and adulation, the ever humble and gracious Rach White valued the pressence of her family and friends, as much as she savoured the victory. She explains “When you compete overseas it can be isolating because you don't have your loved ones around you but at this event it was so nice to be on home turf and seeing friends and family supporting you. coming off stage and seen my Mum and Dad there, was by far the best part for me...but being awarded the Pro card was a real surprise too! I went in on the day not knowing and not expecting to win the division; especially since the women I was up against of the day presented me real challenge and a true competition to be proud of. I have been of the mindset that if you go in with expectations you may be disappointed. But on the day it worked out well'

Rach is currently coached by the founder of Alpha Ethos, the genius mind that is Chris Thomas. For Rach, having the highly accomplished and highly intelligent Chris Thomas in her corner is a perpetual blessing and someone that she also considers a close friend as well as valued mentor. “I have known Chris for a number of years even being on a number of his training camps to Thailand and I'm proud to call Chris a great friend as much as he is a great coach. We've always had a very agreeable relationship; his thought processes are exactly in sync with the way I'm feeling and therefore he knows how to gauge what is best for my body. Because of this we never have had any disagreements and we work extremely well together. Whenever I need help from him he's always there he's so punctual; he's logical and very knowledgeable, he always offers something constructive and that has made me the athlete I am today. Whenever I am going through a period of self-doubt he always uplifts me with encouragement, he's an incredible man”

With her reputation and the level of success that it is no surprise that various companies would be vie for her ambassadorship; by choice and by design Rach has most notably remained with ATP SCIENCE for the last few years, speaking enthusiastically of the founders Matt Legge and Jeff Doig “Every year whenever I'm at the Arnold Classic the one thing I look forward to the most is working at the ATP Science Booth with Jeff, Matt and the rest of the team because they always make me laugh and I always have a great time.”

Having been with the boutique company now for just over 4 years, she has seen the company grow exponentially over the years from humble beginnings into a true industry juggernaut. Seen by many as the poster girl for this company, Rach speaks highly of this lucrative partnership and their impact on her competitive career. “They (ATP) have always supported me with whatever I needed, they are a fantastic company” Rach says “It's impressive to see the amount of information they offer to their consumers as well. Just like with Mick I only use products that I believe in and that work well for me, that is why I have remained with ATP. I am extremely happy to promote their products because they do work very well for me.” Of particular importance to Rach is ATP’s revolutionary GUTRIGHT product as she explains: “The main reason I like GUTRIGHT is that I do suffer from body inflammation and that does stem from stress; even with a little stress, my body reacts dramatically to the point where a somewhat of a chronic fatigue sets in and it can result in being bedridden. It is something that I have dealt with over the years but I have found that monitoring my consumption of red meat, which in larger amounts increases inflammation, has helped; this is something that Matt Legge determined through a fecal matter test. Coupling this with GUTRIGHT, and managing my stress levels through various strategies, I have found that this has really reduced my body inflammation overall, as well as improved my digestion”

She is, paradoxically, a modern athlete with vintage sensibilities one who has retained her own sense of self and never compromising her ideals to fit with perceived external norms.
The drastic changes in the sport over the years have seen the introduction of new divisions and logistical changes, such presenting the obvious obstacles to the more established champions like Rach. However it is not a challenge to which she will yield “I was thinking about this the other day, initially I struggled with the changes in the sport and felt a little bit isolated and was doubting who I was. I guess I was trying to fit in with the new age of the fitness industry... I even thought that it was no longer bodybuilding and I need to refer to it as purely the ‘fitness industry’. I thought my look, my approach and my mindset was unrelatable to everything else. But then I realized in thinking this way I might have been trying to change myself as a person, trying to get everyone’s approval (especially through social media) it wasn't until recently I decided to take a step back and look at myself as a person; I realised that I had never allowed this industry to change me as a person, and I never will. There is a minority of female athletes that still hold the values of old school bodybuilding and I want to remain part of THAT minority”

In many ways Rach's own philosophical self-evaluation had yielded an important epiphany that has in many ways pushed her towards the upper echelon is of the sport. At no juncture has she enabled environment to alter her individuality, as that self belief and respect for tradition enables her to remain just as she is – an acclaimed champion and IFBB Pro, whose electrifying talent truly has the world at her feet.

Vance Ang

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