This time we are making a stop in the United Kingdom to meet up with a hard working and talented girl from Newcastle, England. At her last competition in 2013, she took 1st place in the UKBFF Women’s Physique division. Even at her young age she’s dedicated to achieving even larger goals. She is pushing herself really hard through gym sessions and is aiming to become a pro one day.
Rx Rising Muscle Welcomes Georgina McConnell!
Country: United Kingdom
Division: Bodybuilding/Women's Physique
RX: Why, when it seems like women’s bodybuilding is losing ground, have you even considered moving to women’s physique?
GM: I haven't actually competed in woman's bodybuilding yet. It's always been either trained figure or physique for me, although I was planning to move up in the future.
RX: What advice would you give to younger people who want to walk the same path as you have – building muscle and later on compete?
GM: Just to stick at it, take time, don't rush things and be consistent. I think it's hard for a lot of young people because most of them want to go out partying which is totally normal, but you can't really do both. Bodybuilding is a 24-hour sport; it's all or nothing.
RX: Can you give us some of your max lifts and reps in the gym?
GM: I'm probably strongest on my back. I can row the 60kg/133 lbs dumbbells for 10 reps, squatting 3 plates a side 140kg/315 lbs. x 8 reps.
RX: What about the shoulder press?
GM: 35kg/77lbs x 8 reps.
RX: Have you got any plans to move to the United States in the future?
GM: I would love to move to the U.S. in the future. No plans to, though. Definitely would if I had the money!
RX: From your perspective, what is the best and worst thing about bodybuilding?
GM: The best thing about bodybuilding is the satisfaction you get from it, seeing the changes and putting the hard work in. It's all worth it. The worst thing, from my point of view, is probably getting rid of women's bodybuilding!
RX: Georgina, can you please tell us what got you started to train in the gym and later why you decided to become a bodybuilder?
GM: From a very young age, I have always been into exercise and fitness. I admit for all the wrong reasons at first, as I ultimately – like a lot of young girls – just wanted to be very thin, but that soon changed. Lifting weights and working out gave me a whole new reason to want to eat more food!
Without the right food, I wasn't getting the right results. And seeing my body changing and once I realized that it solved my problems and I discovered something I loved to do which was also a lot healthier for me also. I love training. I don't know what I would do without it!
RX: When are you planning to compete again, and how far do you aim when you’re thinking of your bodybuilding/women's physique career?
GM: Not sure when I'm competing next, as I'm working on things trying to improve at the moment… I would love to take it all the way and get my pro card one day. It would be a dream come true.
In the round up, if there is anyone you would like to thank or something that you might want to add, please feel free to do so.
I would like to thank my family for all their support, IFBB Pro Anth Bailes for all of his help and support (who also owns the gym I train at, Maxxmuscle Gym at 2-4 Market Street, Hetton-le-Hole, Houghton le Spring DH5 9DY, United Kingdom), the rest of the gym and my sponsors Next Level Nutrition and Xplosive Ape.
Thanks for the interview Georgina. It will be really interesting to follow your talented career ahead of you. We at Rx Muscle wish you all the best and we hope to catch up with you later in your career.