Athlete Profile: Megan Groves

Age:  46

Location: Townsville, QLD

Years Training: 8

Day Job: Personal Trainer

Recent Competition History:

  • IPE World Championships (Kansas City)

    • 1st Place Pro Women's Bodybuilding​

  • ANB Nationals

    • ​Overall Champion 

    • 1st  Place Women's Bodybuilding 

  • ICN Nationals

    • 1st Place Women's Bodybuilding

  • ICN Queensland State Titles

    •  1st Place Women's Bodybuilding

  • ICN Townsville Tropix 2016

    • 1st Place Women's Bodybuilding

Competition Achievements to Date: Undefeated National Champion since 2010 in both the ANB and ICN. 11 National Titles and 6 World Titles 

What is your background?

My love of sport and fitness began back in my school days where I played many sports and made the North Queensland representative sides for netball, softball and athletics. My career in the fitness industry extends back to 1998 when I first started teaching group fitness classes (or aerobics classes as they were called then lol) in my spare time while working full time as a legal secretary. I was an aerobics instructor for 12 years until I felt the need for a change and moved into personal training. I began personal training in 2009, working under another trainer. This eventually led to me starting my own business in 2013 and it’s a move that I have never regretted. 

How did you get started in bodybuilding and when did you first decide to compete?

Itwas February 2009 and my two beautiful children were then aged 7 and 4. I had been an aerobics instructor for 11 years and was reasonably fit, however I felt that I could be in better shape than I was, so I decided to start weight training. I began training with a PT at my gym and was eating healthier and I started to see some really positive results. After a few months my PT mentioned the idea of doing a bodybuilding competition, however I was hesitant about it. I had never even been to a competition before and I had no idea what it was all about. However I decided it was a goal to work towards so I thought I’d give it a go.

In September 2009, at the age of 39, I competed in my very first bodybuilding competition here in Townsville and managed to place second. A week or so later I travelled to the Gold Coast to compete at the Queensland State Titles where I placed third. After those two experiences I knew that competing in bodybuilding was something that I absolutely loved and I was certain of two things: 1) I wanted to compete again and 2) I wanted to win. I competed again the following year and a week before my 40th birthday, I won my first National Title and then the following month went on to win my first World Titles. 

What does competiting look like for you so far?

Competing so far for me has been a journey of growth, not just physically but mentally. It has been about discovering what I am truly capable of. 

What inspires you?

My family inspires me as I always want to do my very best and make them proud. Also my clients inspire me. They inspire me to want to be a better trainer. I just love watching them achieve their goals and seeing the hugely positive impact it has on their lives. 

What is your advice to a new competitor?

My number one piece of advice would be to get a good coach, but make sure you do some thorough research before choosing one. Then trust their advice, have faith in the process and most importantly, remember to enjoy the journey. 

What does a typical training week look like for you?

It really depends on the program that

I’m doing at the time. But generally I train 6 days a week and train each body part twice in the week. The first half of the week would, for example, focus on heavy weights and low reps and the second half of the week would be lighter weights with higher reps. 

What is your favourite exercise?

I have a number of favourites but I guess my most favourite exercise would have to be deadlifts. 

What is your least favourite exercise?

Because I have a dodgy left shoulder from a couple of old injuries, I find overhead presses fairly difficult. I can do them, it’s just not a strong exercise for me which is why I don’t like it all that much. 

Do you have a training tip you can share?

Particularly if you train on your own, which I do, make sure that you are honest with yourself and recognise when you can push that little bit harder. Always, always train with intensity. 

What is your favourite Cheat Meal?

This is a tough one, because I love pizza! Haha. But for a real treat I can’t go past a yummy hickory steak with curly fries and some garlic bread from Hog’s Breath. 

What are you planning on doing next?

I only compete every second year so I’m taking this year off and will look to compete again at the end of 2018. In the meantime I’ll be focussing on my training and my business. 

How can people contact you?

People can contact me by sending a message to my Facebook business page at Synergy PT Townsville