In this episode, Whitney interviews IFBB Pro head judge Becky Clawson. Becky started judging in 2010 when she considered what she would do after competing. Her love of the sport and her analytical brain made judging the perfect avenue to stay active in the bodybuilding community.
As a former Pro bikini and figure athlete, Becky wants to break down the barrier between athletes and judges. Becky is known for her show recaps on her Instagram page. She believes by helping athletes understand the judging process, they can have more faith in the placings.
Becky speaks to the claims of politics affecting placings. She believes blaming politics is just a cop out. Rewarding someone who doesn’t deserve it hurts the sport. She encourages athletes to stay after shows to get feedback instead of emailing judges. The judges want to help competitors improve and are happy to give feedback.
Whitney shares the most common listener question: what is the criteria for Wellness? Becky explains because it is a new division in the US, competitors are still working to fit the division standards. At local shows especially, the placings may be confusing, but the judges can only judge who shows up.
Answering more listener questions, Becky explains the importance of posture on stage. Keeping your posture the whole time you’re on stage can help hide loose skin and help maintain your shape. The judges are always watching! Becky also answers if shape or conditioning is more important.
The conversation ends with Becky offering her best advice to new competitors and how they can make the most of show day!
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[0:04] How Becky got started in bodybuilding
[2:11] Early days of competing
[4:04] Deciding to judge
[5:40] Becky’s life outside of judging
[6:40] Experiences expediting
[9:19] Giving information on Instagram, posing misconceptions
[10:00] Ideas of politics in judging
[13:14] Getting feedback
[14:29] Wellness criteria
[18:19] Importance of proper conditioning
[21:09] Having loose skin on stage
[24:45] Advice for new competitors