In conversation with... Ruby Sephora
Some time ago the Editors at MYSPORTLONDON made the acquaintance online (how modern), of Australian IFBB figure competitor and gym goer extraordinaire Ruby Cherié. Last week on the 28th January 2018, Ruby competed in the GPC Sydney Summer Showdown and broke the Australian deadlift record with a 170.5kg deadlift. In the 55kg bodyweight class. Really. This woman is INCREDIBLE and her achievement is more than spectacular. We asked her to give us the lowdown on her career and she agreed. Ruby's story, and the resulting interview is so good that we have serialised it into two parts. This is MYSPORTLONDON in conversation with Ruby Cherié.
How did you get into weight training originally?
Well I was a twig, unhealthy, weak, unfit and I looked like a clothes hanger in clothes... kids clothes. haha
What is the progression to compete in weightlifting and bodybuilding comps for aspiring lifters?
I would never suggest going into powerlifting until you have got a base in the gym and found your bodybuilding style — get the form and technique and then build up your lifting capacity, training age and muscle size - neural adaptations to strength; then you can easily transition into powerlifting 😊
Bodybuilding by comparison isn’t hard at all for a novice – you just aim to progress from session to session with weights or reps or intensity – to increase total training volume.
Aim more for the 6-15 rep range, where you have about 2 reps left in the tank.
Why did you start competing?
I was really close to the manager of my local Anytime Fitness who was addicted to bodybuilding – I was studying exercise science and taking my PT certifications at the time. He and I really got into talking every day, and I sort of aspired to be like him but he was really “bro” with everything and the thought of 6 meal prep Tupperware containers or days of just fish, sweet potato and broccoli didn’t seem like something I could do with the way I liked to graze. And eat!
Before I knew it I ended up in a partnership at a supplement store with this owner and was thrown more into the competing world as a result. We had a resident IFBB* coach who we allowed to use our back room for his business, as well as a gym attached with a PT in there who was also a competitor.... and we bought it off of a big IFBB name as well... so I was sort of forced into the IFBB world. I didn’t know any different and the resident coach never prepped anyone for anything other than IFBB – it was his only love.
That’s how I started.
What do you do when it is not working i.e. the inevitable off days?
I’m an online coach so literally everyday is work for me but I love what I do so it’s enjoyable. I try to compartmentalise my coaching time so that I have set days for client check-ins. I put half my clients on either a BIG or SMALL programmes, so it’s easier to get through all the feedback, I do 2 times a week with either the big or small group.😊
In addition I allow clients to communicate with me daily (yes DAILY), to talk about anything they need, questions, tips, if they need motivation or tough love or buttering up to feel good. 😊
Outside of that I LOVE to research and put up good content on my socials, as well as learn for myself and I’m currently looking into more courses I can do just to be better as a coach and athlete.
I occasionally have down time but I find it pretty hard to fit into the schedules of others with the way my coaching and training are. My closest friends are in other Australian states, but I get out for coffee and catchups a couple times a week or organise training sessions with other lifters 😊
I’m also getting into Drawing 😊
Next Up: What Ruby eats, her approach to life and her inspirations.