Claire Burton dominates natural bodybuilding after turning 50.
They say 30 is the new 20. Well, Claire Burton backs the notion that it’s 50 that’s the new 20. Claire Burton is a British professional natural bodybuilder and competes in the most prominent natural bodybuilding league – International Natural Bodybuilding Association/Professional Natural Bodybuilding Association (INBA/PNBA). In March of 2021, Claire Burton turned 50, and despite moving into a new age decade, she’s had quite the year.
Claire Burton had to say this on Instagram (IG):
“The plan was to take this year ‘out’ and celebrate my 50th Birthday. But the 2020/21 Covid-curveball changed those plans! I hit the BIG 50 in March, the gym reopened 12th April and prep officially started 5 weeks later.”
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In 2021, Burton snatched many titles in natural bodybuilding, including first place in Pro Women’s Physique at the United Kingdom Drug Free Bodybuilding Association (UKDFBA) UK International Championships and first place in Pro Women’s Physique at the INBA/PNBA World Championships. And to end her 2021 season on a high note, she snagged the Women’s Physique Masters gold medal at the 2021 Natural Olympia. Then shortly won Pro FitBody at World Natural Bodybuilder Federation (WNBF) Worlds Championships 32 a week later.
Furthermore, at The Pinnacle of Natural Bodybuilding – Natural Olympia – she placed second place in Pro Women’s Physique Open. The difference between the Women’s Physique Open and Masters is the Masters are women age 40+, while the open has no age barrier. Earning a medal – especially silver – in an Open division is an impressive feat for a Masters’ competitor.
Natural Olympia is the most significant event in natural bodybuilding – the Mr. Olympia of the International Federation of BodyBuilding and Fitness (IFBB) league. All competitors participating in Natural Olympia – INBA/PNBA athletes – are thoroughly drug tested by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) – caliber drug testing in professional sports.
Women’s Physique Division
Claire Burton has competed in both the Women’s Figure and Physique divisions. Women have slightly more muscle mass than the figure class in the physique division – the figure division is more concerned about exhibiting a V-taper from the shoulders to the hips and thighs. However, the physique division has less muscle mass than Women’s Bodybuilding. Both figure and physique classes depend on muscularity, definition, and stage presence.
Claire Burton gives her success back by being a personal trainer at Third Space and coach at Fit2Fite. Her passion for fitness and helping people began decades ago as a group exercise instructor and former British kickboxing champion.
She believes in Viper Fitness supplements for nutrition, and she has no shame in admitting her sweet tooth. She stated on social media, “There is nothing nutritionally healthy about this Deep Dish Malteser Pie…BUT it was sooooooo good and it made me smile. I did share some of it.”
She believes you should set sustainable goals and not accomplish everything overnight. The whole “Rome wasn’t built in a day” motto resonates with her deeply. Furthermore, Burton recognizes that personal training is about people above all.
Generation Iron would like to congratulate Claire Burton on her tremendous year in 2021 and wish her a Happy Belated 50th Birthday!