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Littlebigman
01-01-2010, 05:36 PM
INTERVIEW: LAZYDAYS & ROJOBO

It’s been nice over the years to see many competitors among us post their results and show pics. This interview highlights two members on two different continents who took us along with them on their journey to the stage in 2009. I hope you will agree with me that what they have to say is worth reading and inspiring to all of us even if we never aim for the stage.
Before getting to specifics about their shows, let’s look at where our figure girls Rojobo and Lazedays came from and how they arrived here to be among us.

To Rojobo:
Most of us know you from in the land “down under”, but can you tell us more about where you live, your work and what your daily life is like?
Rojobo:
"Yeah, I live ‘down under’ in the city of Brisbane, also known (with tongue in cheek), as Brizvegas! I work as an architect, running my own practice. I also have a bit of a sideline business, making jewelery, though that has taken a real sideline the last couple of years with other interests (i.e. training and bodybuilding) taking priority. I am single at present and don’t have any children, so my life is pretty much free to do what I want, which usually means working, training and going out (not so much of the going out during comp prep though!). My social life revolves around going out for dinner or to see movies or live theatre. I also love live music, so I try to get to gigs and music festivals fairly regularly as well."

To Lazedays:
You live in the NE corner of the states and I know you wear many hats. Can you fill us in on where you are, your work and daily life?
Lazedays:
“I live in upstate NY halfway between Niagara Falls and Rochester, in a small town Called Gaines, about 15 miles South of Lake Ontario. My days start early!
4:30 arrives and the smell of fresh brewed coffee rolls me out of bed. By 5 am with second cup of coffee in hand, I hit my gym (home that is!) Workout till 6, then get the kids up to start the day. My Husband and I own our own consumer electronic repair business where a majority of my day is spent running the counter, fielding calls and all accounting for the Co. Tues and Thurs I now have an excellent job working with all the silver sneakers at our local health club. And of course I welcome all newcomers, show them the ropes and answer all fitness and machine type questions.
I am also a group fitness instructor where I teach fitness boxing and a hybrid cardio class (designed by me and taught only by me) 3 to 4 times a week, usually evenings and Sat mornings. When I'm not working at the gym, our shop, or running the kids all around I design custom fitness and nutrition programs and study for my personal training cert. Oh, and I will soon be certified to be a self defense instructor for women.”



Questions To Both Lazedays & Rojobo:

Why did you come to BBR? How has it helped you?
Lazedays:
“ I was a lost pup over @ MH and needed real direction. A truly kind moderator What has it helped? Wow, a heck of alot! If it weren’t for learning how to lift and how to eat I wouldn't be competing, teaching, or working towards my cert.
I'd still be stuck in the cardio and yo yo diet syndrome”

Rojobo:
"I think I first came across BBR when I was doing a google search to find an answer to something (what that was, I can’t remember) and thought it seemed an interesting website with lots of incredible information, so I signed up. I lurked in the background for quite a while before I made my first post. I have gained a lot of knowledge and had so many questions answered (even ones I didn’t even know that I needed answers to!)"

It’s been a lot of fun having both of you around BBR, what do you get out of the forums?
Rojobo:
"It has been great fun for me as well, being part of it. BBR is a fantastic community of people with like-minded interests, but from so many different backgrounds and countries. I love the camaraderie that is so obviously present between the members, so not only is it a source of knowledge; it is a source of friendship, even if only in cyberspace."
Lazedays:
“Mostly positive feedback and help from those much wiser than I”.

What made you want to be a figure athlete?
Rojobo:
"I probably would class myself as a bodybuilder rather than a figure athlete. I think the divisions here are slightly different to those in the USA. The figure division here is still very muscular and the body fat has to be as low as in the physique division (physique division being equivalent of the ‘bodybuilding’ division in the USA). From what I can see in photos of competitions in the USA, figure competitors have a slightly softer and less cut look than here. The main difference between figure and physique here, is that figure competitors are usually less bulky and they also are meant to express more femininity with the wearing of the high heels, hands remaining open rather than clenched when doing the poses and generally being a bit glitzier with the use of hair adornments and jewellery (with a lot more long blonde hair and fake boobs on show as well!)
Anyway, after that ramble, the decision to compete was the continuation of a process of wanting to challenge myself. In my mid to late 30s, I became lazier and fatter (which I can’t even blame on childbirth), so I decided to join a gym and change things before I turned 40. I did their 12-week challenge and won that by losing just under 12 kg in the 12 weeks. I was fortunate to have a trainer who loved the strength training and when it became apparent that I had an affinity for that type of training and put on muscle relatively easily to start with, when I decided I needed another challenge, he encouraged me to do a bodybuilding competition. It took a bit of time and persuasion, as I am far from the being the exhibitionist type, but I eventually did my first comp in 2007. When I first started, I actually was in the physique division, which probably suited me better personality wise (wasn’t so keen on 5” stripper heels), but during one of my
Competitions last year, it became obvious that most of the competitors in physique are shorter and broader than I am, so next comp, I changed to figure."
Lazedays:
“My fitness-boxing instructor told me about her journey to the fame stage. I knew it would be a tough journey. If I was to be like her, I had to fight the inner demons of dieting and body perception and learn to do things the right way, how to workout the right way, eat the right way and be more disciplined than I could ever dream I was capable of”

Does being a figure competitor make you feel like you are different than other women? Has it changed your outlook on life in anyway?
Rojobo:
"It has definitely changed my outlook, though that has probably more to do with feeling so much healthier and stronger from the training, rather than the competing. Doing the competitions have given me more confidence. As I said, I am far from the exhibitionist type, so being able to pose in front of a crowd in a bikini, has made me much more accepting and proud of my appearance. Like competitors in any sport, I think the main difference to other women who don’t compete in anything, is probably just the ability to be really disciplined. Over the last few years I have discovered that I can be very disciplined and very goal oriented, whereas previously, I didn’t think I had those attributes."
Lazedays:
“No not really, just the same old girl just stronger! Being a figure competitor has boosted my confidence and made me a stronger person both mentally and physically. I feel on top of the world most of the time, like I can achieve anything that I desire”

How do you like being up on stage? Did you have any fears to overcome?
Lazedays:
“I love it, and can't wait to go back up there
When they told me that my # was up to walk out, I kinda freaked and got real scared at being 1st to walk out, 1st in all lineups and 1st to start the night show. But once I was out there, it all changed, the fear washed away and the smile came out.”
Rojobo:
"I still have fears to overcome! I think I said in my journal about stage fright getting to me at the Queensland titles again this year and hence, stuffed up my posing. That was a lot to do with having such high expectations of myself and worrying too much about the other competitors. My experiences on stage have varied from absolutely loving it, to wishing it was all over and I could just go eat!"


Are you ever concerned about being leered at?
Rojobo:
"Not at all. Apparently a lot of people do a double take when I am at my leanest and looking ripped. A good friend of mine said to me just before the last comp when we were walking down a street, ‘They’re doing it again!’ I didn’t notice it, but people when I walked by, would turn back quite often for a second look, but I don’t think it was in a leering way. I’m not sure whether it was a compliment or just a shock reaction, as my physique in comp time does stand out in comparison to others in our mostly overweight community. I try to take it as a compliment! I also seem to get lots of comments from shop assistants. One of the guys serving at the supermarket said to me just after my last comp, ‘You’ve got bigger arms than I have!’ which, considering he was pretty scrawny, wasn’t that difficult."
Lazedays:
“No and this is one reason why I mostly work out at home. I avoid confrontation and want to be respected first before they find out what I truly look like and what I do.”

How far in advance will you decide to do a show?
Lazedays:
“Depends on how my body looks. I could decided as far as 6 months away or find a show only 2 weeks away and want to do it because I can be ready”
Rojobo:
"The last couple of years, I have decided at the start of the year, which shows I intend to do, but I don’t put an entry form in until a few weeks out when I am pretty certain my body fat will be low enough. Last year (2008), I competed in 4, which I found was too many for my body and sanity, so this year (2009), I just did the 2, one of which was Natural Olympia."

I’m sure a lot of care and concern goes into the costume. How did you decide on what to wear?
Rojobo:
“This side of comp prep was always a bit difficult for me. I am not the kinda girl who is into sparkles and glitz and glamour (most of my clothes are black!) And even though I make jewellery, I very rarely make it with sparkly diamonds. Most of the bikinis worn by competitors are covered in diamantes and sequins, but I just couldn’t go that way. My first costume was a deep red velvet bikini (no sequins whatsoever). My second one was designed by me and was meant to be a bit like camouflage. It was made with two layers of fabric, the bottom one being black and the top one a metallic grey/silver. I tore holes in the top layer to give it the mottled look. I was going to add big silver studs to it, but thought that may be pushing the difference a bit much. When I changed to the figure division, I was persuaded to wear the fake fingernails and fake long eyelashes. For my friends who know me, this was hilarious!"
Lazedays:
“Bling without costing a fortune! I choose something that isn't like the others, something I haven't seen on others before. I want people to see the suit and say wow, I want one just like her's”

On show day if you actually did sleep the night before, how early are you up to start getting ready? Can you tell us all the things you have to do up till pre-judging?
Lazedays:
“Sleep??? HUH?? No sleep! I was a wreck. Restless night and then kept waking every half hour. I finally got up at 3:45, had a teeny cup of coffee to calm my nerves, triple checked my list and bags, loaded up the truck, put on final coat of tanner and then was off to the hair salon at 6:30.
Check in was 10:30; athletes meeting were at 11 am. Then you buy your backstage pass for your trainer/friend/husband/wife or whom-ever your helper is. I was a wreck after the athletes meeting, like a women in labor to her husband while your having contractions and he’s doing something annoying.
I chose to not travel with my suit on, so I had to change, glue on my suit, fix hair and make up, pin on numbers, get oiled, nibble on protein and carbs. Consuming your sugar is very helpful! About 30 before prejudging, 5" heels go on and you get behind stage to pump up. Fun thing to do while all oiled and in spiky heels! But when you catch a glimpse of yourself in the brightest sparkly suit, perfect hair, face and your rock hard abs, pop’n delts and pumped bi's and tri's, the rush of "it's finally here" washes over you and all fear go away. The adrenaline rushes, warming you like a flood of hot water running through your veins. You become the only person in the room as you focus on pumping your hard earned muscles, and cameras flash all around you. You are only aware of one thing, the desire to win.”
Rojobo:
"The organization (the Queensland division of INBA) whose competitions I enter, have done away with the separate prejudging and final show. We go on stage once and do the symmetry and the mandatory poses rounds again and again, until the judges decide on the placings. The top 3 are announced and are given the opportunity to do their routines to music (they don’t have to do them if they prefer not to as it doesn’t affect the results), then the order of 1st, 2nd and 3rd are announced. It is so much better this way, as you don’t have to hold your condition all day and can peak for one time on stage. And you get to go pig out earlier!
But up until the time on stage, the process for me is, after waking, to eat a small meal (rice and chicken). At some stage during the day, depending on what time I am on, I will get the final coat of tan on, start doing makeup and hair, put on the false nails and lashes etc. As the dehydration process is still underway, I will only be having very small sips of water to keep my mouth moist. Once I am at the venue, I will go back stage about 45 minutes before my division is due on stage. I will eat some high GI carbs such as lollies, throughout the time back stage while fixing makeup, tan etc and pumping up and practicing the posing. Last thing before I do before I go on stage is down a shot of alcohol. I don’t think it really helps that much with vascularity, but it tastes great!"

In between the prejudging and show, what do you do?
Rojobo:
"See above remarks."
Lazedays:
“Find my hotel, check in, funny thing, there was a ladies red hat auction there and loads of old ladies running around, they all stop to look at me in my half zipped track suit made up to look like a runway star and they all stop and stare. I smile sweetly with only one thing on my mind, well two actually; food, then the weights in the hotel gym. I refuel with small bits of pan-seared tuna on crispy wanton wrappers and sip a glass of water. Then I hit the weights till I wanna cry. My friends came over and we all had a stiff drink, and then we were off for the night show.
Same as before, shoes, hair, make up retouch, a bit more body glaze for the night show, pumping up backstage then the line up. Then Jerry Marsala tells me I'm up. Ok, the stage walk, sold out night time show, the crowd, the cheers, striking your fav pose to rocked out tunes. I so wanted to do it again, and again.”

What advance indicators can you look for to know what “ideal” condition the judges are looking for? For example: Bikini model, hard, soft, most muscular?
Lazedays:
“It was hard to tell. The last show I went to in this federation the overall winner had a harder edge to her. She was perfect, so I tired to aim my looks towards a more muscular upper body look. I still prefer the harder look, to me it fits the figure criteria more than a soft bikini like look”
Rojobo:
"I don’t think there are too many advance indicators. Based on previous shows, the judges in INBA for the figure division are after a muscular, quite hard and dry look. I think you just have to decide yourself what you are aiming for and do all you can to get there."

Do you think that the judging criteria at your figure shows have been consistent, fair?
Was the advance information released by the promoters accurate enough?
Rojobo:
"I think at the time of the competitions this year, I was feeling that the judging criteria hadn’t been consistent and not fair all the time, but looking back at the results now, I don’t think that was true. I probably felt a bit hard done by at the Queensland titles, as my physique was as good as the ones who placed. But the judges can only go by how you perform on the day and I didn’t quite get it together on that day. Such a balancing game is needed: getting dehydrated enough, making the tan just the right depth of darkness, getting the pump right and holding it for the time on stage, then getting the posing right and having a standout attitude on stage."
Lazedays:
“Actually I didn't understand how they judged and didn't think it was fair at all. The look that they were looking for in 1st time a novice division was a much softer bit high bf look. When it came to judging the open division the one with the hardest look won. So they were looking for 2 completely different looks between divisions. It didn't make any sense to me. But I'm going to open next time where the harder look will be appreciated. Besides there's a new bikini division in 2010 so I'm hoping that they will judge all figure girls by the same criteria”

What are your plans as far as competing in the future?
Rojobo:
"I won’t say I won’t ever compete again, but I don’t intend to in the foreseeable future. If I do, I probably will go back to the physique division. But for now, I think I need another challenge. I am a little bit jaded with the competition side of bodybuilding. The training and dieting I still find fascinating, to see how much a body can change over a period of time, but I think I now need a challenge that has more tangible and less subjective results. I’m not sure what that will be as yet, but something will occur over the coming months I am sure.
Lazedays:
April 10th and April 24 are my next 2 shows. Not sure if I will do just one or both, but definitely in the spring of 2010

Some Finishing Touches:
To Rojobo:
You did a body art project recently, what was that about and how did you like it?
Rojobo:
"I have done a few body art projects, but I think you may be asking about the ‘nude and chair’ photographic series that a friend of mine is doing. He has a passion for mid-century modern design, in particular chairs, so he decided to combine that with his love of photography and people’s bodies. He wanted all different body types, so I posed for him. It was great fun and the results were quite good. I may be leered at if I show one of the photos, even though they are quite discreet. I’ll leave it up to your judgment about whether to include it.
Another project I did was when I had my body painted (mostly my belly and back) to be a mutant crocodile/human. Another good artist friend had done a series of artworks inspired by crocodile and other reptiles’ scales, so I was painted up to help promote her work at the exhibition opening. Funny isn’t it, going from being a bit inhibited about my body, to being able to wander around half nude amongst people I don’t know? The process of getting painted was quite fascinating. The woman who did the body painting was an amazing artist in her own right. Yet again, I’ll leave it up to you whether to include it, though this time it is only of my back, so even less on show."

In the chair scene, you actually look like a part of the furniture, were there any challenging moments during that pose? How long did your portion of the art project take to do?
Rojobo:
“I actually had a beam over my head to hold onto for that particular photo, so it wasn’t that hard a pose to do. Some of the other poses I did were a bit harder, one in particular where I was kneeling, leaning back, twisting and tensing all at the same time.
The photo shoot only took a couple of hours at the most, so wasn’t that difficult or time consuming. The body painting was a bit more time consuming.”

The body painting view has a reptilian appeal.
How extensive as far as body coverage was the painting. What did it feel like?
Rojobo:
“ It didn’t cover too much of my body, the back as you pretty much see in the photo, then over my belly and boobs and a bit on my arms and hands. Here are a couple more photos showing the process of painting my belly.
Once I was painted it was fine, I could barely feel it. Getting painted was a bit more difficult, as I am a bit ticklish, so being airbrushed was a quite tortuous!”

Before you go, will you say “Littlebigman is an outstandingly superb great guy, that is so hot he can’t use a heated gym” for us in Australian slang?
Rojobo:
“Mmmm, this isn’t quite the same, but….
“LBM is a bonzer of a bloke (for a seppo), who is such a hottie, that he should train in an esky!”
Now, am I being fair dinkum, or maybe I’m telling a porky? Maybe LBM is just figjam!”


Final Notes from LBM:

Rojobo actually had two shows, the first was on September 19,2009 and the second show was same day as Laze’ show on October 17, 2009.
If you haven’t already done so, you must read her journal of her training leading up to the show
http://www.bodybuildingrevealed.com/members/showthread.php?t=10100
Here is her BBR gallery of show pics:
http://www.bodybuildingrevealed.com/members/album/showgallery.php/cat/500/ppuser/14411/sl/r
Note from LBM: See Rojo's body art photos attached below

Lazedays first ever figure show was October 17,2009. Here are some links that give some extra views

In this one see if you can find her in the sea of body parts, lycra and lotion: http://www.naturalmuscle.com/assets/images/2010canam.JPG
Here you can follow her BBR journal of the process:
http://www.bodybuildingrevealed.com/members/showthread.php?t=9462
Check out her BBR gallery here:
http://www.bodybuildingrevealed.com/members/album/showgallery.php/cat/500/ppuser/14602
You can also catch more of Laze here:
http://blog.bodybuilding.com/Lazedays


Thank you Laze and Rojo for sharing so much with us.

There is much more to tell and I leave that opportunity open for the viewers to ask the girls even more questions.:cool:

Irishdeerhunter
01-01-2010, 06:59 PM
Great stuff!

Good balance on the chair rojobo!:hammer:

WillBrink
01-01-2010, 07:39 PM
Great idea LBM, thanx for that! :D

elissalowe
01-01-2010, 08:27 PM
Great way to start the new year, LBM! Nice interview, Rojobo and LD! Hope all of you stay strong and productive in 2010.

alwaysimprove
01-01-2010, 09:14 PM
Double interview this time. Good work. I'm loving these...

Ron
01-01-2010, 09:17 PM
Excellent interview and very interesting. I still say you competitive bodybuilders are nutz! The diets alone would kill me.

rojobo
01-01-2010, 10:04 PM
Thanks LBM for giving the opportunity to share some of my journey. Great to read LDs as well, to see different paths to a common goal.

I still say you competitive bodybuilders are nutz! The diets alone would kill me. So true! It can be a bit extreme, but its not forever, as I can attest to. My diet since the comps has left a lot to be desired! Think I've got to clean it up now that it is 2010....New Year's resolutions and all that...

Littlebigman
01-02-2010, 12:18 AM
Thanks LBM for giving the opportunity to share some of my journey. Great to read LDs as well, to see different paths to a common goal.


Your'e very welcome m'dear.

I'm just chuffed to be your figjam;)

JKN
01-02-2010, 10:49 PM
Thanks for the interesting interviews, Littlebigman, Lazedays and Rojobo! Good work! :clap:

Wes
01-04-2010, 08:52 AM
Bonza Bloke? haha must be a QLD thing :-)
Great work again to all involved & happy belated NY to all (i have been on holidays)

Irishdeerhunter
01-04-2010, 12:11 PM
Bonza Bloke? haha must be a QLD thing :-)
Great work again to all involved & happy belated NY to all (i have been on holidays)

You seem to be always on holidays Wesley.:D

Wes
01-05-2010, 02:13 AM
I wish, i live about an 11 hour drive from Rojo & was holidaying only 1-2 hours away from her (Byron Bay). Back at the gym y/day, ouch! Rediscovering the Hybrid in 2010.

rojobo
01-05-2010, 08:12 AM
I wish, i live about an 11 hour drive from Rojo & was holidaying only 1-2 hours away from her (Byron Bay). Back at the gym y/day, ouch! Rediscovering the Hybrid in 2010.

Lovely place to holiday, though was it raining most of the time?

My first day back at the gym after the holidays, I felt as though I was sweating alcohol and fat out of my pores! Detox big time!

Wes
01-05-2010, 09:17 AM
Yep raining the 1st half of the week, but was still warm so all good.
Bit of beach football in the rain always fun.

erp7e
04-03-2010, 09:54 PM
LBM -

Well done!

Interesting to get some more insight on the lives of different members and what makes them tick.

rbtrout
09-03-2010, 09:35 PM
I finally read the interviews, cool stuff, ladies (and LBM).