Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Family bonds over barbells

Lacey Telford and her father Derek give Chronicle readers a little taste of their award-winning physiques.

“How many people can say they worked out and went to a bodybuilding competition with their dad?” asks Ladysmith native Lacey Telford.

Probably not many, but that’s what Telford and her father, Derek, did in Nanaimo on May 26. Both were entrants in the Vancouver Island Western Naturals Bodybuilding Fitness and Figures competition.

And they both came home with trophies.

Lacey, competing for the first time, took second place in both the fitness model and figure categories.

Derek won his age category, the grand masters, for competitors age 50 and over. He also took home second place for all light-heavyweight men regardless of age.

“Not bad for a 50-year-old old fart,” he says.

Not bad, but also not a first for him. He won the masters division (for men up to 49-years-old) last year, in just his second year of serious fitness training.

Derek gives credit to his daughter for the final push that helped him hit peak form for the competition. He usually works out alone, but for the last week before the competition, the two teamed up.

That’s when they began a workout regimen called a ‘hyper-therapy full-body flush.’

“It’s like you do one set of bicep curls, but you do 100 (repetitions), and it’s no mercy,” says Lacey.

“It’s a lot of repetitions and it’s pretty tough to do it by yourself,” says Derek.

“You kind of need somebody there encouraging you. So my daughter and I worked together that last little bit, I’d push her and she’d push me.”

Lacey says when she doubted whether she could finish her sets, her dad pulled her through.

“It’s like, no I can do this. Dad’s standing there watching.”

After the competition, grueling training gives way to gluttonous eating. It’s called ‘fat-loading’, and though it sounds strange, bodybuilders rely on it to replenish their bodies after competitions. So father and daughter went to the grocery store and dropped $100 on junk food.

“Pizza, ice cream, king-size chocolate bars – you name it, we had it there.”

They eat in 15-minute frenzies, separated by two-hour rests. Even in the middle of the night, every two hours the alarm would ring, and it was time to hit the kitchen.

As for the trophies, they’re sitting above the TV at home, says Derek.

He says his wife doesn’t mind having them there. “She doesn’t bother dusting them though, so I guess I’ll have to dust them,” he says.

The challenge for next year? The Telfords hope to add another competitor to the family stable.

Lacey’s older sister had her own workout schedule on hold this year while studying at Malaspina University-College. But with her courses winding up, Derek and Lacey hope she’ll join them next year.

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