MICHELLE DICKINSON MS. ATHLETIC BRITISH CHAMP!
November 2014 Cover Story
Photography by Tony Curley, Gerry Gaffney, & David Gillan
ONE OF THE UK’S FINEST TELLS GAINZMAG ABOUT HER LOW-FAT DIET, WHAT MUSCLE GROUP SHE NEEDS TO IMPROVE, LOATHING CARDIO, HOW SHE HANDLES HATERS, AND MORE.
Location: Tiny village just outside Edinburgh in Midlothian.
I compete with the BNBF as it is obviously for natural athletes and in my opinion is the best federation for natural athletes.
My first competition was the Scottish Championships where I competed in the Figure class. I took third place and received an invite to the British Finals. I was more suited to the Athletic class, which at the time did not exist at qualifying rounds in the UK. I went on to compete at the British Championships and managed to take first place and received an invite to the 2014 DFAC World Championships as an Amateur athlete. On the 1st of November I will take the stage.
“I ALWAYS TRAIN BETTER WHEN I’M EATING WHAT I WANT.”
My diet is a very low fat diet, and high in complex carbs. I am extremely strict with my diet and pretty much eat the same foods.
My main protein source is chicken and occasionally I will mix it up with some turkey or turkey mince.
My carbs come from my oats in the morning and an abundance of sweet potato, which used to be up there with my favourite foods but after dieting on it since February I can see it far enough. So, I sometimes substitute sweet potato with brown rice.
What little fat I do have in my diet comes from almonds. My diet is based on 6 meals a day, pretty much every 3 hours.
Whilst prepping my calories never really get that low and sit at about 1700 cals a day. During my off-season I will not really even be thinking about my diet as it has been a very long year and I really just want to enjoy eating a variety of food again and eat what I want and when I want. My focus will be my training and I always train better when I’m eating what I want.
My favourite workout without a shadow of a doubt has got to be legs. It is probably my favourite body part as well as I do spend a lot of time training them. My favourite exercise has got to be the back squat. I just love that feeling of squatting really heavy and really feeling the DOMS the next day. Makes you feel like you have worked. My weakest body part which has been pointed out time and time again has got to be my back. From feedback at shows I really need to work on my back width for next season, which isn’t going to come overnight.
I have started incorporating a lot more wide grip exercises into my regimen especially wide grip body weight pull-ups. I’ve been doing 10 sets of 10 recently and I’m really getting stronger. I’ve went from barely being able to do 1 or 2 to managing the 10 sets of 10.
“I HATE CARDIO SO I PRETTY MUCH AVOID IT AT ALL COSTS.”
When it comes to cardio that word is like a bad word to me. I hate cardio so I pretty much avoid it at all costs. I do very little cardio as I am fortunately very lucky that through just diet and resistance training I can get super lean. If I was to do any cardio it is usually a HIIT session at the end of a workout for a maximum of 10 minutes.
In this last prep I have had to actually do the whole morning LSSI cardio before breakfast as I fell off the bandwagon for just 2 days after the British and managed to gain 4 kgs. So, it has been a bit of a battle getting back into the condition I was in at the British, but I do think my mind and body needed the blow out.
In terms of body fat I never measure it. I reckon I’d be about 8%, but I always just go on what I look like in the mirror. Also, I find with body fat, it depends on who measures it and how it is measured. It can be extremely inaccurate.
“I WANT TO LOOK LIKE THIS AND I WORK MY ASS OFF AND SACRIFICE A LOT TO LOOK THE WAY I DO.”
I personally love my physique and women with muscle, as it makes you stand out from the rest of the crowd and it represents just how hard and how dedicated you are to training. Unfortunately you will always get the critics that slag you off and put you down on social media etc. But to be honest it just makes me want to train harder.
At the end of the day I want to look like this and I work my ass off and sacrifice a lot to look the way I do. I’m very proud of my body despite what anyone else thinks.
“I HAVE ACHIEVED MORE THAN I CAN IMAGINE AND TO BE ABLE TO SAY THAT I AM MISS ATHLETIC BRITISH CHAMP IS AN HONOUR.”
I feel like in this short space in time I have achieved more than I can imagine and to be able to say that I am Miss Athletic British Champ is an honour. People that have no knowledge of this sport have no idea just how hard and dedicated you have to be. Not just with training and diet, but it really does affect your social life and relationships.
I am quite lucky that I’m not a drinker apart from the occasional cocktail. The sport is very much a lifestyle. Everything changes. I am lucky enough to have an amazing husband that is very supportive of me and I think it helps that he is a Professional Sportsman so he totally gets it.
November 1st 2014 DFAC World Championships
Pro Athletic class – 5th place
September 21st 2014 BNBF British Finals
Athletic class – 1st place (invite to DFAC Worlds)
June 8th 2014 BNBF Scottish Championships Figure class – 3rd place (invite to British Finals)
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