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👋 Hi! Tell us about yourself and your training[/speaker-emphasis][/speaker-voice]
My name is Georgie Massey and I am 27 years old! I live in Melbourne with my partner Steven, who I have been with nearly six years. I am a primary school teacher, currently teaching grade one.
I have been weights training for nearly five years now. It was actually my partner Steven who first introduced me to weights training. He was into training and I had put on a lot of weight and wanted to get back into shape.
I didn’t know at that stage I would end up competing! I now compete with the WBFF as a Figure model. Even if I didn’t compete, I would still train, it is my way of relaxing haha.
I train most days, more during comp prep. During prep, I would spend upwards of two to three hours in the gym each day, nut at the moment my sessions are about an hour.
I love competing and the opportunities brought me, including getting to work with active wear brand Stop it I like It.[speaker-voice name='en-US-Wavenet-D'][speaker-emphasis level='strong']
⏱ Describe a typical day of training[/speaker-emphasis][/speaker-voice]
My training really depends on what my goals are at the time. I try and do some sort of exercise every day, even if it is just a walk, but I train weights six to seven days a week.
When I am in prep for a show, my weights sessions are around one to two hours, then cardio on top of that (how long this is for depends on how close I am to a show and how much I need to lean out).
At the moment, I am not in prep for anything so I train weights six days most weeks, for about an hour each session.
Generally, my weights sessions are broken up into body parts, with my current split being 3x upper, 3x lower body sessions a week.
My feedback from my last show was to grow my legs, specifically glutes so that is my focus at the moment.
Occasionally, I train with friends, but I enjoy training by myself – the gym is my “relaxation time” and I love putting my headphones on and forgetting about everything else.[speaker-voice name='en-US-Wavenet-D'][speaker-emphasis level='strong']
👊 How do you keep going and push harder?[/speaker-emphasis][/speaker-voice]
I am big on goal setting as a means if motivation. The main reason I started was competing was to give myself a goal to work towards in the gym. This is my biggest piece of advice for anyone, have a goal or something to work towards.
Training also makes me feel good. Even if I do not feel like it, I always feel better after training and reminding myself of that helps on days where motivation is low.
I think having a trainer and/or coach is great too, especially for beginners. Not only will they give you guidance and tips on how to get the most of your workouts, but also hold you accountable!
I work full time, so finding time for the gym can be hard. I think making it a priority is important. I schedule into my day like I would any other appointment.[speaker-voice name='en-US-Wavenet-D'][speaker-emphasis level='strong']
🏆 How are you doing today and what does the future look like?[/speaker-emphasis][/speaker-voice]
I have recently started a new job so at the moment my bodybuilding goals have taken a bit of a backseat. I am still training and dieting, but until I get into the new routine I am trying to not put too much pressure on myself.
While I don’t think I will compete again this year, I hope to compete again with the WBFF next year and one day go pro, allowing me to compete all over the world.
Outside of bodybuilding, I want to continue to learn and grow as a primary school teacher, while also travel with my partner Steven. One day I would love to start a family but that is down the track haha – there is a lot I want to do before that![speaker-voice name='en-US-Wavenet-D'][speaker-emphasis level='strong']
🤕 How do you recover, rest and handle injuries?[/speaker-emphasis][/speaker-voice]
I have been pretty lucky that I have not had any major injuries. Rest is something I am not great at, a goal of mine this year is to learn to relax and rest more.
I get regular Myotherapy, and use supplements to help with recovery including Protein powder post workout. I also try to get at least seven hours sleep each night (does not always happen haha), and drink lots of water!
I enjoy training. It makes me feel good, so I do tend to still workout while I am away on holidays. But I definitely don’t make it a priority. If I can fit it in, I will, but I don’t stress if I miss days. I have never travelled in prep to be honest so I don’t know how I would handle that![speaker-voice name='en-US-Wavenet-D'][speaker-emphasis level='strong']
🍎 How is your diet and what supplements do you use?[/speaker-emphasis][/speaker-voice]
I diet pretty much year round. I like to maintain a lean physique, but I also just feel better when I eat well! I find if I am having lots of processed food my skin breaks out and I just sluggish.
At the moment, I am tracking my macros, sitting at around 2,000, which is maintenance for me. During prep, I follow a meal plan, which is put together and adjusted by my coach. I generally eat five to six times a day.
When I first started training, I used to struggle with social events and would get really stressed about eating off my meal plan. I have found tracking macros so helpful for balance. It feels good to be able to go out and enjoy a meal with friends without feeling like you are ruining your day of eating and put on fat haha.
I get cravings. That’s the hardest part about prep for me! But when I am not in prep, I allow myself a small amount of what I am craving (within reason). I know myself and if I don’t enjoy a little bit I just end up binging later!
I used to use heaps of supplements but now I only just use a few. And to be honest, I don’t notice any difference! The supplements I still use though are a fat burner called Valkyre and a greens formula called Zen.
I also use protein powder post workout. Everything I use is from Slimtum. I am currently using SlimTum Lotus Plant Protein, which I really like. In terms of whey protein, I used Body Ripped Evolution Whey for ages and I still really rate it.[speaker-voice name='en-US-Wavenet-D'][speaker-emphasis level='strong']
👍 What has inspired and motivated you?[/speaker-emphasis][/speaker-voice]
Instagram has been a huge source of motivation for me. I follow lots of great athletes who inspire me. Hattie Boydle would be my number one inspiration. I love her physique, but she is also caring and kind, and works hard.
I used to spend a lot of time on Instagram for inspiration but now I am more motivated by myself and beating my previous physique.
I think it’s important not to compare yourself to others. I used to do this, try and look like the people I followed on Instagram and found I was never ever satisfied because I was chasing something unattainable.
I’ve been lucky to have had a few great mentors who have all helped me and given me so much great advice! I think the best advice I have been given though is to just believe in myself. One coach also said to me “I can give you the tools and support, but it’s up to you what you do with them”. That really stuck with me.
I listen to the biggest, most random mix of music at the gym. Some days I will listen to deep house, others club bangers, sometimes musicals haha. Normally club sets on SoundCloud though.[speaker-voice name='en-US-Wavenet-D'][speaker-emphasis level='strong']
✏️ Advice for other people who want to improve themselves?[/speaker-emphasis][/speaker-voice]
Just take it day by day – Consistency is key. I think where people make the mistake is they focus on a goal that is so far away, they end up giving up.
Have a long term goal, but also set mini goals along the way to keep you motivated. Make sure you celebrate those mini goals too! Also, don’t forget to look back and remember how far you’ve come!
Having worked in both a supplement shop and in gyms, I have seen a lot of dumb stuff haha. I think lifting too heavy and completely losing form is a big one. Putting too greater importance on supplements is another. You will not lose muscle just because you forgot your BCAAs one day haha.[speaker-voice name='en-US-Wavenet-D'][speaker-emphasis level='strong']
🤝 Are you taking on clients right now?[/speaker-emphasis][/speaker-voice]
I am not. Working full time as a teacher, I don’t have the time.
“What should I eat”
I get asked this all the time. And I generally just answer with make healthier choices – and give them some guidelines about what that like.
I find the majority of people do not stick to strict meal plans and that’s totally fair enough. So by helping them make healthier choices, it will help them maintain their habits ling term.
When I am super lean, I always get asked what it feels like and that is a hard one to answer haha.[speaker-voice name='en-US-Wavenet-D'][speaker-emphasis level='strong']
📝 Where can we learn more about you?[/speaker-emphasis][/speaker-voice]
My Instagram is __gmass