Austinmer residents Kelly Mulder and partner Ryan Buchanan are spending this week eating.
Kelly is best-known as a trainer with Body Balance, teaching fitness and yoga classes at Austi Beach and Coledale, and now, along with partner Ryan, are head trainers at their gym Stronger Athletics in Corrimal.
This week, Kelly and Ryan are recovering from a punishing schedule which has rewarded them with multiple medals at the recent INBA South Coast Classic at Woonona.
Ryan took gold in three categories:- First Timers, Novice and Overall Physique.
Kelly placed first in First Timers and Novice, taking silver in Overall Fitness.
Kelly is a mother of two, and coincidently, the pair share a birthdate, both turning 28 in October.
“We started preparing for the competition in January,” says Kelly. “It’s a complicated process that involves ‘Reverse Dieting’ where you slowly elevate your daily calorie intake, so when it comes time to cut down, you’re starting from a higher base level.”
Kelly says it essential to make your preparation period as healthy as possible, so your training doesn’t suffer.
“We ate a strict diet which scientifically balances carbs, fats and proteins. By the end it was pretty much chicken, salads and pumpkin as we tried to cut body fat.”
The pair also undertook a punishing training routine to ensure maximum muscle in time for the event. “I did 5 hours a week of cardio and six of strength training,” says Kelly. “We took up the challenge to see what we could get our bodies to do and it’s been a huge learning curve!”
Next week, Kelly and Ryan begin the process again as they prepare for the Muscle and Models Fitness Supershow in Sydney on October 17.
“Because Ryan took gold in the Overall Fitness category, he’s won the opportunity to compete for his pro card,” she says. “But we are just happy to enter and give it a go.”
Once that’s done, the pair will take a 12 month break from competition.
It’s pretty gruelling to maintain this lifestyle for an extended period,” says Kelly. “After the next comp we have to start the whole reverse dieting process again as we ease out of this low-calorie lifestyle. People who go back to normal eating straight away tend to gain a lot of weight very quickly.”