Apr 29 2007
Victoria Savile will likely stop by the Dairy Queen for a Blizzard sometime today.
It will be a well-deserved treat considering what the 21-year-old Vernon woman went through before gracing the stage Saturday night in the B.C. Figure Competition in Kelowna.
For several months, Savile juggled four jobs, massage therapy school classes and a major training regimen under personal trainer Alexis Chapman at Breakaway Fitness. She lost approximately 15 pounds, cut her body fat by 15 per cent, and gained renewed confidence.
"It definitely lets you know you can do whatever you set your mind to," said Savile. "It gives you lots of empowerment."
At 5-foot-3 and 115 pounds, Savile was entered in the Short class at the provincials. The Williams Lake high school grad credits Chapman's "expertise" and training partner Cailen Lochhead's support with boosting her energy.
"Alexis has told us to go up there and just shine your little face off," laughed Savile, who Chapman calls her "darling brunette."
Chapman, of Nu-Life Fitness, also trained 33-year-old Shauna Slobodin, her "blond beauty,” for the provincials.
Slobodin moved to Castlegar to open a gym a year ago so has kept in contact with Chapman through the Internet.
The 5-foot-7, 139-pound Jasper high school grad was entered in the Tall category at the Kelowna Community Theatre. She lowered her body fat to 11 per cent by following Chapman's program.
"You sort of get this clarity of what you want," said Slobodin. "I just realized I can anything, and I can pass it on to my clients. Everybody has a roadblock in what they want, and it comes down to who goes the extra mile. We've literally worked our asses off."
Slobodin's sacrifices over the past several months will allow her to pretty much eat anything she wants today.
"I love cooking so I'll cook whatever my boyfriend feels like eating."
Jackie Stewart was scheduled to celebrate a milestone birthday by making her debut on stage Saturday night.
Saying she feels fit, 50 and fabulous, Stewart juggled long hours at her esthetician business and training under the guidance of Paulette Barry (Ladies World).
"With the added challenge of living with diabetes type 1, Jackie stayed focused and determined," said Barry, who praised Chapman for being generous with posing lessons and competition dieting tips.
"Weight training, cardio and nutrition were tools she used to sculpt her 5-foot-4 frame. She has inspired women of all ages."
Stewart, who trains out of Breakaway, watched women's bodybuilding on TV in her teens.
"I remember thinking how great it would be to have a fabulous toned body, maybe not quite as big as those girls, but toned," said Stewart, who in her 20s, hired a trainer and got in great shape before having children and "dropped out of the whole being fit thing."
Added Stewart: "I've had to fight my weight my whole life so after my third daughter, I started back at the gym, just to stay in shape. But there was always that thought of competing in the back of my mind."