Ms. Namita Nayyar: Tell us more about your endeavor “Lougars Gym”?
Ms. Clare Taubman: Lougars Gym is owned by My Husband Dr Ian Hendy, also a Pro Natural Bodybuilder. In fact Ian has just won the INBF World Masters Natural Bodybuilding Championships and is a new WNBF Pro bodybuilder. Lougar’s Gym is one of the most unique gyms in Portsmouth, with an amazing history dating back to 1982. Originally owned by Bob Woolger, the gym hosted such Bodybuilding legends as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Platz, Lee Haney, Rich Gaspari, Dorian Yates, Dexter Jackson and even the current Mr Olympia, Phil Heath! Dr Ian Hendy has owned the gym for the past 23 years. The gym is so unique, we have a wonderful motivational and inspiring atmosphere.
Myself and Ian love what we do, training people, and helping them to get the best out of themselves is what makes the long days all worth while. We have so much energy and passion that it is infectious to those around us. We pride ourselves on having over 50 years experience between us, and have amazing members and clients, both in the gym and online. It does not feel like work, it is a great place to be! We are also both now Judges with the UKDFBA a new and up and coming natural federation in the UK, along side this we run competition workshops, which we aim to become more mainstream and help any one of any level wishing to make a change to their lifestyles. We also have a Lougar’s Gym team competing every year at various fitness and bodybuilding shows in the UK and abroad which offers a great support system to those who compete. Our gym is for everyone, we don’t only train athletes, in fact we train many beginners and people from every aspect of life.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Who has been your biggest influence and motivation in your path to success ?
Ms. Clare Taubman: Initially it was Monica Brant, and Cory Everson they both epitomised to me what a female physique should be. Then I met Ian (My now Husband). Ian has inspired, and motivated me to become the best I can be, in every aspect of my life. From his dedication to bodybuilding to his academic achievement of getting his PhD.
Over the past two years (due to injury) I have taken time off stage and been on the other side of competing. I helped support Ian win the British and World Championships and realise his dream in becoming a Pro Natural Bodybuilder. We are each others biggest supporters and have both lived this lifestyle since we were 13/14 years old. Ian has supported me through the hardest two years of training and ups and downs due to my injury, and I know he will support my come back to stage in the future. Watching Ian win the World Championships only inspires and fuels me further to do the same!
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Tell us about a memorable experience you still remember about one of the fitness competitions that you wish to share?
Ms. Clare Taubman: This one is easy, it was standing on stage at the WBFF Pro world figure championships next to my idol Monica Brant. She was lovely, in fact all the girls were, we had such fun backstage, and to see Monica Win was amazing! I couldn’t think of a more deserving winner.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: What you wish to say about the website Womenfitness.net and message for its visitors?
Ms. Clare Taubman: Womenfitness.net is a fantastic source of inspiration, motivation, and knowledge for all women wanting to learn more, and keep the passion to lead a healthier lifestyle. Education is key, so never stop reading and experimenting. Remember keep consistent, keep motivated, and keep up to date on the latest training and nutrition advice online, more importantly womensfitness.net will help you enjoy your fitness journey!
To know more about Clare Taubman (Hendy) check out: http://www.lougars.co.uk/
Women Fitness Team thanks Clare Taubman (Hendy) for giving her valuable time for this interview and quenching the thirst of her fans to know more about her.