By Claire Morgan – I began training in 2009 and competed in my first fitness competition later that year. Before then I had been going to the gym for a couple of years, however like many women, I only did cardio and had never trained seriously. I was lacking motivation to continue going to the gym, so I took up weights with the goal of competing and ultimately breaking into fitness modeling. Having those goals really gave me the drive I needed and I’ve been training ever since! I love the challenge of lifting heavy, and the shapely, toned look weight training brings.
‘A strong body is the expression of a strong mind’ is my personal motto. While your body does the hard work, it’s determination and positive thinking that gets you off the couch and into the gym, and helps you through tough workouts.
I admire successful women in the fitness industry, such as fitness model/writer Jamie Eason – she has such a great physique and attitude towards health and fitness…not to mention the best job in the world! I am continually inspired by the people in my everyday life, who I see making the effort to take care of their bodies, and striving to lead a healthy lifestyle. Last year I represented Australia at the 2010 WNBF (World Natural Bodybuilding Federation) World Championships in New York City. This has been the highlight of my career so far, and I have fallen in love with New York. I spent the majority of the year living/studying/working in Milan, Italy. All the amazing Italian food certainly made dieting and training for the world stage a challenge!
I am passionate about health and fitness and am currently studying an Advanced Diploma of Nutritional Medicine to become a qualified nutritionist. In 2010, I completed a combined BA of Arts in Communication/International Studies. I aspire to apply my knowledge to promote a healthy lifestyle and inspire others to achieve their health and fitness goals. I want to establish myself as a successful fitness model and writer for health and fitness publications, and have set a goal to move to New York in the not too distant future.
In 2011, I am competing in Fitness Model competitions being held throughout Australia, and recently won the INBA Sydney Overall Sports Model Champion title. I am also aiming to qualify for International events again this year, and return to the United States to compete in November.
Name: Claire Morgan City: Sydney, Australia
Occupation: Student of Nutritional Medicine & Fitness Model
Photos By Andrzej Jaworski, AJ JAWA Photo