20 Questions with Cover Model and IFBB Figure Pro Inga Neverauskaite
1) Please introduce yourself? What makes you special? Who is Inga Neverauskaite?
I do not consider myself to be special. Inga Neverauskaite is me - a person with standards who wishes to do well in all aspects of my life, with consideration for others.
2) Please tell us a bit about your family, friends and surroundings?
My parents still live in Lithuania whilst my sister resides in London UK. My husband Robertas and I visit them whenever we can. We live in Mansfield Nottinghamshire a town which was in a coal mining area. It is on the edge of Sherwood Forest which is famous as the haunt of the outlaw Robin Hood. Here we take our Toy Terrier dog Timmy for walks. As well as many English friends we have other Lithuanians close by. Contact helps us not to be too homesick.
3) How did you start competing in figure?
I started out in Fitness. I actually got my Pro card winning the British Fitness Championships. Although I have a fitness background. I knew I would never be good enough to compete with the exceptional standard of fitness girls in the USA. Those girls are awesome! I decided to try figure and I’ve never looked back
4) What is your personal policy (not what the judges want) about conditioning and muscularity when coming into a show? Soft or hard?
I like a harder look, with a full rounded muscle, but I think that symmetry and presentation is very important.
5) What is your idea of what judges want in a Figure competitor? Do you think judges are clear enough with competitors about how they want you on stage? It seems in Canada they are very clear unlike in the USA.
I’m still not sure what the judges are looking for as there’s always a difference in size and condition between the top place finishers.
6) For the next shows what do you think you need to work on physique-wise/conditioning-wise? If anything!
I will continue to work on all aspects. There is no limit to improvement.
7) What is your typical training routine in the gym (per day, include sets and reps!) How much cardio do you do before a show?
I train on a 4 day split, each body part once a week, I vary my rep range between 8 – 15 with 3 – 4 sets per exercise and 3 – 4 exercises by body part. Before a show I start with 20mins CV 4 times a weeks and it gradually increases to 45- 60mins 6 times a week.
8) What is your pre-contest diet? (per day, 1 week before the show)
I will vary my diet according to my condition, on how close my show’s are together and if the judging and show is over two days. One week before Olympia this year I trained on a diet just of turkey, rice, vegetables and some fruit ( such as bananas).
9) How do you go about dropping your water before the day of the show? How much water do you drink the day of the show. Please be specific.
I usually increase my water through the week drinking as much as 6 liters the day before the show. I stop my water prior to the show, sipping just a little when I need.
10) What motivates you to train/diet and compete? Are there any competitors you looked up to?
My aim is to improve. Most Pro girls inspire me as they are of such high standard.
11) Please tell us an interesting experience you had at a show recently, be it a fun thing or something rather not so fun?
Met Bill Dobbins and did a photo shoot at Red Rock Canyon. A beautiful experience!
12) What is your personal opinion about the figure, fitness, bodybuilding industry we are in? Anything you would like to see changed?
I would definitely hold more Figure shows in Europe to give some of the European girls more of a chance to compete and get known. It’s really expensive having to travel to the US for the best shows.
13) From the shows you have competed so far during your career which one was the best (or most fun) for you and why?
California 2004 because it was my first show as a Pro in the USA. A new experience!
14) Did you make any changes to your contest prep for the Olympia 2007? Water intake, carbing up, etc...
I had to work harder this year to get into condition not sure why. My body wasn’t responding as it usually does, so I added more cardio and changed my training routine to a 2 day super set routine. I did upper and lower body every other day with CV in between. My diet was a lot stricter. I don’t usually drop my carbs as much as this year and I had less carbs before the actual show too.
15) What is your opinion about the 20% rule the IFBB issued to some female athletes? Why do you think they did it? Do you think competitors will follow it? Or it will get lost around somewhere?
Honestly I don’t know much about it. I think it will get lost somewhere! Some may follow it and then the judges could start placing the more muscular girls ahead…….Who knows?
16) Being from Lithuania how different are the competitions over there than in the USA?
In Lithuania the atmosphere is different because of no language barrier. The emphasis is on the athletic side. Pro girls in the US are very friendly but glamour pays a bigger role than in Europe.
17) Please tell us about how you were raised and did you have any interesting experiences while growing up? Being from a different country on the eastern part of Europe there must be plenty of different things.
There are many differences between Lithuania and the UK. Some better, some worse. Recent history plays a part as does the rising cost of living at home. There are big differences, as elsewhere between the wealthy and the not so well off. This a worry to many people and it shows. People are more reserved.
Lithuanians certainly have a much healthier natural diet without fast food shops at every corner. Even small towns in the UK are built up with industry and you don’t get the smell of the outdoors that pervades at home.
I had a very happy childhood in Lithuania in a loving caring family. My sister and I were taken to the theatre and ballet and there were trips in the countryside. Summers were very hot and winters very cold but both good. Many of my school friends had similar interests and were good company.
I was brought up having to do as much as possible for my self. This promotes self reliance whilst UK children seem pampered and get more material things at the asking.
18) Do you have an athletic background? Gymnastics, soccer, volleyball or what?
I was active from an early age. Did dance, aerobics and gymnastics.
19) What is a typical day in the life of Inga Neverauskaite? From waking up to until going to bed?
Typically breakfast about 8am. Then to the gym for my work out, after this I go home to answer emails, housework etc till lunch at noon. Prep and leave for work 1pm until 9pm minimum. Home and need 8 hrs sleep to recharge.
20) What is your current occupation? Please tell us more about it, what do specifically do in your job?
I work as an order processor for Allied Boots a major Company supplying medical goods throughout the UK and Europe. My work involves selecting some orders and checking others. As a major drug supplier to chemists, controls are very strict.