Sunday, December 30, 2007

Jennifer Broomfield

Jen was a terrific bodybuilder in the making with beautiful looks and a natural looking physique. Not to mention the natural red locks that seem very rare in the art of bodybuilding.

Top Swimmer Gets 2-Year Ban for Doping

By Kim Tong-hyung
Staff Reporter

With the Beijing Summer Olympics just around the corner, South Korea picked the worst time to have a drug problem.

Shin Hae-in, considered among the country's top female swimmers, was slapped with a two-year ban from the Korea Swimming Federation, after she tested positive for testosterone at October's National Sports Festival in Gwangju.

The 18-year-old had claimed a gold in Gwangju by setting a new national record of 59.64 seconds in the women's 100-meter butterfly.

However, Shin was found to have excessive levels of testosterone, an anabolic steroid, according to tests conducted by the Korean Anti-Doping Agency (KADA), and will be stripped of her record and title.

KADA, which tested 328 athletes who participated in the National Sports Festival, also issued warnings for Lee Ki-san, a male weightlifter who tested positive for methylephedrine, a banned stimulant, and Kim Min-ji, a female weightlifter who tested positive for triamcinolone.

Under Korean anti-doping rules, athletes tested positive for specified substances, which are included in the World Anti-Doping Agency's prohibited list but are susceptible to unintentional violations due to their general availability for medical purposes, receive warnings and a max one-year ban for a first-time offense. The violations of Lee and Kim fall under this category, KADA said.

However, the rules are tougher for performance enhancers, such as anabolic steroids, with a first-time offense requiring a two-year ban and a permanent ban following a second positive test.

Shin blamed her positive test on oriental medicine she took before the Gwangju competition to treat her shoulder pains, according to the swimming federation, which did not identify the substance.

thkim@koreatimes.co.kr


Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Uplifting athlete

Uplifting athlete
Despite busy life, Mitchell finds time to become champ

By Bob Jarzomski
bob.jarzomski@timesnews.com

Cathi "GG" Mitchell lifts life's weights in her waking hours, and even in her dreams.

How else to describe the 42-year-old single mother of two who is employed fulltime to help special needs children, spends up to 50 hours a month with an integrated song and dance group, sings country music and dabbles in jazz vocals, is a certified personal trainer, runs in 10K races, and manages to squeeze workout sessions into her spare time?

With all that, Mitchell, who weighs all of 124 pounds, set a world record for her weight and age division with a deadlift of 264.5 pounds at the World Natural Powerlifting Federation Championships last month in Atlanta. With less than two years in the sport, her quest is for more competition.

"I was told that there's no way you can powerlift," Mitchell said. "I believe if there is something you want to do, don't let anybody tell you that you can't."

Mitchell, a Pittsburgh native, came to the area from Quaker Valley High School in the late 1980s to compete in track and field for Edinboro coach Doug Watts.
Mitchell was a standout in the javelin, long jump, triple jump and sprints before tearing an anterior cruciate ligament in her freshman year.

"You mean little, skinny, tiny Cathi Mitchell won a powerlifting championship?" Watts said -- in jest, not disbelief. "I actually can see that because as a sprinter, she could be a powerlifter because of fast-twitch muscle fiber that makes an athlete contract muscles at a faster pace for explosion, rather than slow contraction like distance runners."

Watts, 65, who has coached cross country and track and field for 39 years, said Mitchell's personality fits the marathon of life.

"Cathi was a social work major who was not a one-dimensional person. She was a good, serious kid," Watts said. "I can see once she got focused, she could get into something and make a serious effort to succeed. I can see that she carried part of her track experience into her life, and learned that you can do more than you think you can do."

Her nickname, "GG," is shortened from the God Girl of her high school days.
"I used to sing gospel music and talk about God all of the time, so my friends called me God Girl, and it stuck," said Mitchell, who has long since developed a wide spectrum of ideals.

Diversity is the core of Common Ground, a talent showcase that Mitchell directs, and which performs for charitable functions and celebrations throughout the area.

"We have people from all races, creeds and social status that don't realize they not only have talent, but they can perform in other kinds of song and dance," Mitchell said.

She sang and played percussion instruments in high school, then began singing professionally in her senior year at Edinboro.

"There's a lot of talent in Erie, but they only sang hip-hop, or rock, or gospel music, or a certain kind of dance," she said. "With Common Ground's diversity, they find out that there are other forms of entertainment they didn't realize they could do, and they found out that they were good at it and liked it."
Mitchell, who works with special needs students at the Achievement Center, was inspired to lift by a 21-year-old who had Down Syndrome.

"He is overweight and drank Diet Coke, and I told him he could only drink water if I could lift something like 110 pounds," she said. "A bunch of people gathered around, and somehow I lifted it. He helped inspire me, and yes, he drinks water."

Mitchell, whose goal as a personal trainer is to create a fitness program for special needs kids -- "I've coached in Special Olympics and I can see these kids try so hard to get better," she said -- began her pursuit of powerlifting in March 2006.

"I saw a flier about a bench-press competition, and he said I could do this, and that really motivated me to try it," she said.

Another inspiration was the death of her mother, Ruthie, on Nov. 8, 2006, her 73rd birthday.
"She was the mother of six children, and worked in the same field as I do. She died a year before the competition, and I dedicated that to her."

At the WNPF meet in Atlanta, Mitchell competed in the 40-to-49 masters age division at 132 pounds and under. At 124, she was the lightest at that weight class, but pound-for-pound, one of the strongest.

"I competed in the Raw Division, which means that I had no equipment or suits to help me lift weight," Mitchell said. "There's the single-ply, double-ply and unlimited divisions, all with types of suits that help contract muscles to lift more weight."

With three attempts at each lift, Mitchell had a combined overall total of 501 pounds, which included 154 in the squat, 99 in the bench press, and 248 in the deadlift, where the weight is lifted off the ground. Competitors close to a world record were allowed one more lift, and she hoisted 264.5 pounds for the record.

"Another girl tried 260 and she missed. I was elated with getting the opportunity and the record," said Mitchell, one of 22 women in the 360-competitor event. "I had wonderful people like the Team USA coaches who were very informative and helpful."
Mitchell works out a Nautilus Fitness and Racquet Club -- when she can.

"The toughest thing for me is find the time to work out, and to train for lifting weights," she said.

Mitchell knows time management.

"Once she gets focused, I can see how Cathi could get into something and make a serious effort to succeed," Watts said.

Twice divorced, Mitchell encourages her daughters Micah, 17 and Ciah, 9, to pursue their goals.
"Micah is a senior at McDowell and is singing with Pride, a national anti-drug and alcohol team performance group," she said. "And both girls have competed for Millcreek cheer and dance all-star cheerleading squad."

Mitchell was a cheerleader in high school, and her daughters seem to possess her determination.

"Everything I do is to pave the way to make the world better for my daughters, and I tell them they can do anything that they strive for," she said.

That powerful philosophy is definitely uplifting.

http://www.goerie.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?Date=20071225&Category=SPORTS13&ArtNo=712250365&SectionCat=SPORTS40&Template=printart

USA Women's Weightlifting

Here's some video of a portion of the 2007 Women's Weightlifting Open.


Sunday, December 23, 2007

Fitness matters: Working out pumps up mental strength as well


Carrie Riggott works on weight training at the Anytime Finess gym in the TJ Maxx Plaza.
Jerry Olson/Post-Bulletin

Working out isn't just so Carrie Riggott can maintain her figure.

With all the responsibility she has in any given day, she needs to maintain her mental and physical strength and stamina through her daily workouts. As a licensed police officer in Minnesota for more than 14 years, regular exercise has become a way of life for her.

"Workouts are my stress reliever before work. It prepares me for what's to come in my day and helps me stay focused."

Her exercise plan helps her feel strong and confident.

"My job can be very physical at times, and I need to be strong to take control of some situations, especially if I have a subject that is under the influence of drugs or alcohol."

Proper defensive techniques as well as strength come into play, especially being a 5 foot, 6 inch woman. Maintaining control of a situation requires her to think clearly and remain calm even while her adrenaline may be racing. As an instructor for defensive tactics, she teaches handcuffing techniques, pressure points, take-downs, escort holds and weapon retention.

Even with her long shifts at work, she maintains her eating patterns by planning ahead and bringing what she needs from home.

Riggott's source of inspiration came in her teen years, when she remembers seeing (bodybuilder and actress) Cory Everson on magazine covers as an image of strength and beauty.

Carrie Riggott works on weight training at the Anytime Finess gym in the TJ Maxx Plaza.
Jerry Olson/Post-Bulletin" src="http://www.postbulletin.com/imagegallery/gallery/Post-Bulletin_photos/News/oirynmeew3cu8t12232007171342.jpg">As a teenager fighting a battle with cancer, Riggott had plenty of setbacks with treatments and surgeries, but by her mid-20s she was hitting workouts harder than ever. She knew it was a choice between feeling exhausted and unmotivated or energetic and healthy.

Last year, Riggott became a pole fitness instructor, and for 2008 she is looking forward to competing in her first fitness/bodybuilding competition.

For now, she continues her 90-minute workouts five days a week at the gym. She has a four-day lifting pattern that combines muscle groups, challenges her abdominals, plus 30 minutes of cardiovascular activity four to five times a week.

Yoga and pilates complement the program.

"Seeing definition in my body is a huge motivator for me. I don't pay too much attention to the scale, but I look at how my clothes fit."

Exercising with her work partners has helped her stay accountable and motivated over the years, especially after coming back from a surgery. "My partners have taught me proper lifting techniques, and they push me to get that last rep when I think I've had enough."

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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Leap of faith

Alex Croak's poise hides a terror that should paralyse her every time her heels hang over the edge of the 10 metre platform and the instant her muscles twitch before she launches herself into the great nothingness.

Regardless of whether it's a training session or an international meet, the 23-year-old defies the fear factor every time she climbs to her launch pad.

When Olympic medallist Loudy Tourky first saw Croak compete at the nationals two years ago she described her as a "very pretty" diver. Croak called herself "pretty scared".

"I find the height quite intimidating, but I'm getting used to it," she said. "I find having fear always keeps me on edge and that helps with my performance."

Such is the demands and the complexities of her sport the university student shouldn't even have time to dwell on fear.

"You climb up there after having your previous dive corrected by your coach thinking about what he has said, what needs to be fixed," she said. "When you stand on the edge of the platform you think about what it is you're trying to achieve ... but fear sneaks in. I use that to my advantage, I use it so I don't take each dive for granted.

"In diving you have to be aware of your body position and everything your coach has taught you to do."

While her sport appears to be fast-paced and frenetic, Croak said her mind was so wired during competition it pinpointed the slightest involuntary body movement as she free-falled.

"You're aware of how fast you are spinning," she said. "You feel if you've done something wrong. For instance, you might be spinning slower than normal. If that happens you might need extra rotation before kicking out ... if you're spinning quicker you might need to kick out earlier."

Her rise and rise from leaping into the unknown has been extraordinary and swift.

When Croak retired from gymnastics at 18, after having represented Australia at the 2000 Olympics and winning gold at the Manchester Commonwealth Games in 2002, she pursued diving for "something to do".

"I just wanted to finish my last year of high school and move on, but diving interested me," she said. "I had no expectations ... though, if someone had've asked me what I wanted out of it, I'd have said a chance to compete at Beijing. I didn't make last year's Commonwealth Games a goal because it was only two years away at the time, it seemed too close for someone who'd just started diving."

The biggest transition was adjusting from landing off a 10 centimetre-wide beam to plunging 10 metres and smacking the water headfirst.

Yet, last year when Croak was matched with 13-year-old Melissa Wu at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games they won what was described as an "improbable" silver medal in the 10m synchronised event. After overcoming the problems associated with their height difference - in an ideal world synchro divers would be the same size to mirror each other - they came within 7.68 points of the gold won by the more experienced Tourky and Chantelle Newbery.

Wu, who finished the Games the new wunderkind of Australian sport, gave an insight into Croak's ability to focus on the moment..

"Being up there doesn't really scare me, it's what I'm doing off it that's scary," Wu said."I'm always nervous, especially now that it's the Commonwealth Games, but having Alex by my side really helped me."

Croak, who is studying occupational therapy at Sydney University, credits her time in gymnastics as helping to prepare her for the disciplined life of diving.

"I started gymnastics when I was four and by the time I turned 10 I left the family home at Coffs Harbour and moved down to Canberra on my own to take up a scholarship at the AIS," she said. "I didn't see my residency as a sacrifice; I loved gymnastics.

"I developed a sense of independence. My nephew is 10 and when I look at him I can't believe I moved away at that age. It brought out different traits in my personality, including strength and determination. I had a vision to do something at 10."

Croak has entered the history books as the first Australian woman to compete at consecutive Commonwealth Games in different sports. And while other divers such as Olympic medallist Tourky and Wu cut their teeth on the gymnastics mat, none were quite as "old" as her.

After she wrote to renowned diving coach Chava Sobrino at the NSW Institute of Sport asking for him to take her on, he promised only brutal honesty because he reasoned she was coming into the sport at an age when others were leaving.

Sobrino, who represented Mexico at the 1980 Olympics and coached Tourky and Rebecca Gilmore to a bronze in the 10m synchronised event at the Sydney Olympics, impressed Croak with his honesty, and then his knowledge.

"He's a good coach; a great coach," she said. "He was the coach of the divers who won Australia's first diving medal since Dick Eve won gold in 1924, and he helped get me to the Commonwealth Games."

It's because of her trust in Sobrino that Croak has resisted overtures to relocate to Brisbane and train alongside the nation's elite in the lead-up to the Olympic qualifiers.

"Chava told me he was going to be really honest and have a look at me," Croak said. "If I didn't have it he was going to let me know because I was considered old to be starting diving. But he got me to the Commonwealth Games after only two years. I trust him, that's why I've stayed in Sydney."

Croak trains twice a day, works part-time and attends uni. Apart from her medals, she described a recent sponsorship deal as a reward.

Some may not see it as quite enough for her dives into the great unknown.

Source: The Sun-Herald

This story was found at: http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2007/12/22/1198175408167.html

High achiever ... Alex Croak on the 10m platform. 'I find the height quite intimidating, but I'm getting used to it,' she says.

Gold medal the reward for a fine body of work

Adrian Proszenko
December 23, 2007
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KAREN Flaherty is officially the buffest woman in the universe. The 43-year-old single mum Karen Flaherty trains with the weights at Cranbourne. "It's a 110% commitment," she says.from Cranbourne has a gold medal to prove it.

Just two years after taking up the sport of bodybuilding, Flaherty beat the world's best — many half her age — at the Natural Olympia Bodybuilding titles in Greece last month. For those not au fait with the muscle game, this is the Olympics of bodybuilding.

"I walked out there as if I owned it; I thought, 'I'm going to do this today'," Flaherty said of her winning posing routine. "Once I have something on my mind, I have to do it.

"I'm 43 years old. I think I look pretty amazing for my age."

The achievement is almost as amazing as the journey itself. A couple of Christmases ago, a friend suggested she give bodybuilding a go. Her friend soon realised Flaherty doesn't do things by halves and from that moment she became a mean, lean bodybuilding machine.

Up to four hours of gym work every day. Ninety kilometres of walking a week to make sure there wasn't a skerrick of fat on her body. Preparing every meal the previous day to strictly regulate her fat and calorie intake. And if that wasn't enough, she got herself a second job. The former amateur jockey returned to the track to work for trainer Michael Kent.

A typical day starts at 4.30am when she rides up to nine horses during trackwork. Then it's time to get her two daughters to school, head to the gym for a couple of hours, squeeze in some clients from her beauty therapy business, pick up the kids, more gym/walking, more clients, then dinner, chores and bed. All in a day's work for Miss Olympia.

"It's a 110% commitment," said Flaherty, who is just 154 centimetres and weighs 47.5 kilograms. "The training is the easy part. It's the other 20 hours a day and what you don't put in your mouth — you have to be extremely strict with your diet.

"You don't lose all contact with your friends but they stop asking you out and you feel a bit isolated. You can't go out to dinner, you stop drinking alcohol, you stop partying — your life is about stops."

Her trainer, Mick Thornton, knows a bit about the pain game. Having himself competed at the highest level for 17 years, he pushes Flaherty to the limit to get her into shape. Even lets her train with him and his mates. "I have been in the car park literally throwing up — and she's been fine," Thornton said of their workouts together. "Her ability to push is amazing. If you ask her to walk for three hours, she'll do four. If you ask her to train seven days a week, she'll try to do eight."

So why do it at all? Unless you're Arnold Schwarzenegger, there's no money in being buff. In fact, Flaherty had to scrimp and save just to muster the airfares to compete in Greece. The answer can be summed up in one word: self-satisfaction.

"I'm a single mum doing my best. I'm not running around the pubs, I'm not out getting drunk or doing the wrong thing. I'm doing something that's good when I could be doing something that's bad," she said.

This story was found at: http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2007/12/22/1198175413752.html

Sunday, December 16, 2007

PG East: Penn Hills woman eats up bodybuilding

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07340/839275-139.stm
Thursday, December 06, 2007

Cheryl Szarmach has found plenty of advantages to working in a restaurant.

She has gotten to meet plenty of people, have a lot of fun, make a few dollars and been able to eat just about whatever she wants.

Her career, though, made pursuing her hobby more difficult than expected. Szarmach, 46, of Penn Hills, won the 2007 Organization of Competitive Bodybuilders Yorton's Cup National Women's Bodybuilding Championship in Bowie, Md., Oct. 27, just a little more than a year after she started taking the sport seriously. She took first place in the 35-and-older age group and the overall competition.

She never knew when she started how difficult her full-time job at Mohan's Restaurant in Penn Hills would make winning a championship.

"The weightlifting for something like this is the easy part," she said. "The diet was the hard part, especially when you work in a restaurant and nibble all day long. I used to eat and drink whatever I wanted. Changing my lifestyle, my eating habits, was the hardest part,"

Szarmach dabbled in bodybuilding for about a year during her mid-20s. But she was married and eventually had five children, and the time it took raising a family took her out of the sport.

She continued to work out with friends, though and started training more seriously about a year ago with Tina Randazzo, a friend from Penn Hills and former bodybuilding champion. She also was motivated by a comment from trainer Cecil Rice, who saw her in the gym weighing 170-pounds and realized she had great potential.

Szarmach always enjoyed lifting weights, saying she found it a therapeutic hobby. She began working out more seriously with Randazzo and Penn Hills' Doreen Harris, who won the Yorton Cup two years ago. She also got a hand from Tracie Tucker of Wilkinsburg, who taught her how to pose in competition.

"I was always kind of afraid to compete on a national level," Szarmach said. "It was stage fright more than anything else. But they convinced me that I could do it and really worked hard with me. I figured I was 46, my kids were grown -- my youngest was 19 -- and why not try it? I wasn't getting any younger.

"I decided to do it, and I told people I was going to do it. Once you start telling people something like that, you can't go back. I was fortunate because everyone -- all my friends and family -- were really supportive."

Szarmach rewarded that support with outstanding performances, although she never had participated in any significant athletic competitions in the past. She was in the marching band at Plum when she was in high school, playing the clarinet, but never was involved in any team sport in school.

She eyed national bodybuilding competitions this fall as her first serious attempts at winning and came away with victories in the heavyweight and masters divisions of the Cardinal Classic in Youngstown, Ohio, Oct. 13 before winning her first Yorton Cup two weeks later.

Szarmach began training seriously about 12 weeks before the Yorton Cup, altering her diet from pastas and fried chicken to one that included baked or grilled chicken, grilled no-fat steak, steamed broccoli and other natural foods. Once she thought her body was getting the right nutrition, she was able to concentrate on the other facets that lead to bodybuilding success.

"The mental approach is huge," she said. "But one of the hardest parts is posing. It's unbelievably difficult. I had to practice posing every day. It's hard, and it hurts. But you have to stand up there and do it and keep on smiling."

Szarmach said her goals for the future include participating in professional bodybuilding events. She competed in both the Cardinal Cup and Yorton Cup as an amateur, but earned her pro card with her performances.

Now, she wants to spend a year dieting properly, working out and preparing to enter next year's Yorton Cup as a professional after a year of doing everything right.

"I just want to see what I am capable of," she said. "I enjoy the camaraderie of being out there. I enjoy being with my friends. There is a good group of people in this sport who have helped me a lot. There are a lot of benefits to it -- self-esteem and better health. But I really want to see what I can do."

Pumping Iron with female touch

Pumping Iron with female touch

Lyudmila Tuboltseva holds the title of World Champion in Female Bodybuilding. She's dedicated her world to a daily grind of training, dieting and supplements. But there's one thing that she's now become more dedicated to – her family.
Almost every day for the past thirteen years has been spent in the gym for Ludmilla. A grueling regime of training was designed to hone the perfect body.She was lifting heavier weights than many men, but also combined the femininity needed to impress the judges and become the woman dominating her sport.More than a decade of dedication that this year culminated in a moment at the World championships that still burns brightly in her memory.“When I was a child I often watched the World Championships on TV. When I saw Russia win, and how they stood proudly on the pedestal as the flag was raised and the anthem played I dreamt I would one day be there. So when I won in Athens my dream came true and I wept with joy on the pedestal as the anthem began,” Lyudmila Tuboltseva said.But the pinnacle of her career she's decided to quit...

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Bodybuilding: She’s small, strong and a world champion

http://www.tv3.co.nz/News/BodybuildingShessmallstrongandaworldchampion/tabid/209/articleID/41776/cat/41/Default.aspx

Auckland based body builder Jo Stewart has done something no other kiwi female has achieved.

Two weeks ago she won an International Federation of Body Building World title.

Now she has her sights set on an even more prestigious prize.

The successful personal trainer and aerobics instructor is now a world champion.

Stewart out muscled 22 competitors to win the world masters bodybuilding title in Budapest in the open category, and weighing just 55 kilograms.

The tiny 47-year-old proved that big is not always the best.

“I kind of always dreamed about getting first. But never dreamt a hundred percent that that was going to happen, I couldn't believe it, I kept on waiting for them to say they had got the placings wrong,” Stewart says.

Mark Stewart doubles as Jo's husband and trainer.

As her husband he is proud, as her trainer - there is no time to reflect on past glory.

Jo is about to compete at one of most prestigious events in the world - the Arnold Schwarzenegger classic in the United States.

The competition is by invitation only, and it is only three months away.

“I just didn't know it would be this close. He's not going to let me have Christmas dinner now, and he is going to have me out running on Christmas Day or something,” Stewart predicts.

The Christmas season may not be as festive for Jo Stewart but she intends to make it all worth it come next March.

Auckland based

Auckland based body builder Jo Stewart has done something no other kiwi female has achieved.

Two weeks ago she won an International Federation of Body Building World title.

Now she has her sights set on an even more prestigious prize.

The successful personal trainer and aerobics instructor is now a world champion.

Stewart out muscled 22 competitors to win the world masters bodybuilding title in Budapest in the open category, and weighing just 55 kilograms.

The tiny 47-year-old proved that big is not always the best.

“I kind of always dreamed about getting first. But never dreamt a hundred percent that that was going to happen, I couldn't believe it, I kept on waiting for them to say they had got the placings wrong,” Stewart says.

Mark Stewart doubles as Jo's husband and trainer.

As her husband he is proud, as her trainer - there is no time to reflect on past glory.

Jo is about to compete at one of most prestigious events in the world - the Arnold Schwarzenegger classic in the United States.

The competition is by invitation only, and it is only three months away.

“I just didn't know it would be this close. He's not going to let me have Christmas dinner now, and he is going to have me out running on Christmas Day or something,” Stewart predicts.

The Christmas season may not be as festive for Jo Stewart but she intends to make it all worth it come next March.

body builder Jo Stewart has done something no other kiwi female has achieved.

Auckland based body builder Jo Stewart has done something no other kiwi female has achieved.

Two weeks ago she won an International Federation of Body Building World title.

Now she has her sights set on an even more prestigious prize.

The successful personal trainer and aerobics instructor is now a world champion.

Stewart out muscled 22 competitors to win the world masters bodybuilding title in Budapest in the open category, and weighing just 55 kilograms.

The tiny 47-year-old proved that big is not always the best.

“I kind of always dreamed about getting first. But never dreamt a hundred percent that that was going to happen, I couldn't believe it, I kept on waiting for them to say they had got the placings wrong,” Stewart says.

Mark Stewart doubles as Jo's husband and trainer.

As her husband he is proud, as her trainer - there is no time to reflect on past glory.

Jo is about to compete at one of most prestigious events in the world - the Arnold Schwarzenegger classic in the United States.

The competition is by invitation only, and it is only three months away.

“I just didn't know it would be this close. He's not going to let me have Christmas dinner now, and he is going to have me out running on Christmas Day or something,” Stewart predicts.

The Christmas season may not be as festive for Jo Stewart but she intends to make it all worth it come next March.


Two weeks ago she won an International Federation of Body Building World title.

Now she has her sights set on an even more prestigious prize.

The successful personal trainer and aerobics instructor is now a world champion.

Stewart out muscled 22 competitors to win the world masters bodybuilding title in Budapest in the open category, and weighing just 55 kilograms.

The tiny 47-year-old proved that big is not always the best.

“I kind of always dreamed about getting first. But never dreamt a hundred percent that that was going to happen, I couldn't believe it, I kept on waiting for them to say they had got the placings wrong,” Stewart says.

Mark Stewart doubles as Jo's husband and trainer.

As her husband he is proud, as her trainer - there is no time to reflect on past glory.

Jo is about to compete at one of most prestigious events in the world - the Arnold Schwarzenegger classic in the United States.

The competition is by invitation only, and it is only three months away.

“I just didn't know it would be this close. He's not going to let me have Christmas dinner now, and he is going to have me out running on Christmas Day or something,” Stewart predicts.

The Christmas season may not be as festive for Jo Stewart but she intends to make it all worth it come next March.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Student is a world record-breaker

Girl power

by: LYNN JACOBSEN World Sports Writer
12/3/2007 12:00 AM

Student is a world record-breaker


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Haley Bird’s migration into weightlifting was innocent enough.

The Kansas, Okla., middle schooler got into the sport to help her gymnastics career.

Instead, it has taken Haley to new heights.

“I bypassed two levels in gymnastics and I wanted a way to compete with the older girls,” she said. “So Mom (Wendy O’Leary) suggested I take up weightlifting.”

The sport has become her first love.

And she’s good at it. One might say she is in a class by herself.

The 119-pound Haley set four world records in October at the AAU World Powerlifting Championships in Orlando, Fla., in the 123-pound class.

  • She set a record with a 264- pound squat, which is when a lifter has the bar across the shoulders and stands from a squatted position.


  • She had a 137-pound bench press, which is pushing weight upward from the chest while reclining.


  • She had a 275-pound dead lift, which is lifting the weight from the ground to a standing upright position. The weight isn’t raised above the head in dead lift.


  • Her total weight was 676 pounds.


“It’s been really fun,” Haley said. “The trip to Florida was my first time to fly. The championship was fun; flying was just OK.”

In just three years of competition, Haley has rewritten nearly every state powerlifting record.

“I knew she was special the first time she started to lift,” said Jon Hanna, the school’s varsity football and powerlifting coach. “In 1981, we started going to the Cascia Hall state powerlifting tournament, and our girls team has won it every year since 1999.

“The first year she won it, she competed in the 95-pound class.”

Haley comes by her athletic prowess naturally. Her mother was an outstanding basketball player at Kansas, and her father, Stacy, was a standout football player and a state champion powerlifter.

“I really only got into powerlifting to help with gymnastics, but I really love it,” Haley said. “Coach Hanna really pushes us. He’s awesome. I’m just having fun.”

Her attraction to powerlifting even caught her mother by surprise.

“Did I expect her to love powerlifting?” O’Leary asked. “No, I did not. I had no clue. Her uncle, Cory Steele, took her to the gym to lift weights, and that’s how it started.”

Haley and her mother travel an hour one way, four times a week, for three-hour gymnastics workouts in Springdale, Ark. In addition, Haley competes in track and plays guard on her eighth-grade basketball team.

“We get a lot of bonding time in the car,” O’Leary said. “We kind of laugh about that. It’s good because we can talk to each other. (The travel) is tiring, it’s hard on her physically, but we enjoy the time together.”

Haley’s powerlifting training is limited to weekends or when she isn’t competing in gymnastics.

But she still finds time to go to the movies with friends, take care of her younger cousins and just hang out at home.

“I’m a typical teenager,” she said. But there is no mistaking which sport is her favorite.

“Without a doubt, powerlifting,” she said.

Hanna foresees a bright future for Haley in powerlifting if she continues to work hard.

“She’s already the best in her weight class,” he said. “Eventually, she will make money in the sport if she wants to stay with it. Right now, she just does it for fun.”

Trips to places such as Orlando or Detroit, the site of the 2008 Junior Olympics, are a plus.

“We didn’t get a chance to go to Disney World in Orlando because we so busy with the tournament,” said Haley, who made the trip with her mother and uncle. “It was a lot of fun, but it was business. I went there to lift.”

Haley’s mentality in competition is simple.

“I just clear my head and focus on what I have to do,” she said. “I keep telling myself I have to get this weight.”

The Strongest Girl-world record set by Jacqueline Wickens

Dec 6]ELKO, Nev,USA--13-year-old Jacqueline Wickens set a world record for her age group by deadlifting 308 pounds.Now, she's aiming for 400 pounds by the time she's 18.
Not bad for a Spring Creek Middle School eighth-grader who didn't start lifting barbells until June and didn't begin competing until August.

Photo:Spring Creek's Jacqueline Wickens lifts 225 pounds during practice. Wickens' trainer Teddy Gray looks on. (Ryan Hope/Elko Daily Free Press) -
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"This is just the beginning,'' her personal trainer, Teddy Gray, told the Elko Daily Free Press. ``She has just put her foot in the door. She can hold a world record for as long as the wants if she works hard enough. She's just that gifted.''

Wickens set the world record at the World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters championship in Anaheim, Calif.

She was among 11 competitors in her age group (12-13) and weight class (181 pounds), and most of the others had far more experience.

``I wanted to do one competition and see if I liked it,'' she said. ``I didn't expect to be holding records like I do now.

On her first lift, Wickens hoisted 270 pounds. She added 22 pounds and broke the previous world record of 281 pounds on her second lift. Wickens then lifted 308 pounds, but fell short in her final attempt at 314 pounds.

“I never thought I was athletic enough to do many sports,” Wickens said. “When I found this, it did relieve me to find something I was good at.”

Wickens is also thinking about scholarships and how it might help her achieve her goal of becoming a pediatrician. Participating and doing well in the throwing events of track and field will further help her chances.

Powerlifting, and especially deadlifting, isn't the most engaging sport. It requires a lot of repetition and discipline to do well. Workouts are often done alone and the travel to competitions is long. Music and crossword puzzles help Wickens get through the down time at competitions and while traveling.

The women's WABDL world record is 501.5 pounds set by Kayla Taueli in 2005.

Broderick moves up after competitor fails drug test

http://www.caycompass.com/cgi-bin/CFPnews.cgi?ID=1027008

Agueda Broderick recently represented the Cayman Islands at the WNBF World Amateur Bodybuilding Championship in New York City. She competed in the open lightweight bodybuilding class and reached the finals, placing third. It has now been announced by the World Natural Bodybuilding Federation that the winner of the lightweight class has been disqualified due to her having failed one of their required drug tests. As a result of this, Ms. Broderick has now been awarded the second place position, and the second place athlete has been moved up to first.

“When I was moved up to second place I was completely overwhelmed and speechless.” Broderick said. “I truly felt my efforts were not in vain and that hard work and being a natural competitor does have its rewards at the end. I think the drug testing is a great procedure to have in place as it ensures a fair competition in proving that all competitors are natural in the sport. I feel proud to be a part of an organization that promotes a drug free life style and knowing that I will have a fair chance to show my hard work off and be judged accordingly as a natural competitor. My next championship will be the WNBF Mr. & Ms. Universe Bodybuilding & Figure Championships here in the Cayman Islands on Saturday, April 19, 2008.”

To learn more about the sport of Natural Bodybuilding, Figure and Fitness, contact the president of the Cayman Islands Natural Bodybuilding Association at cinba345@hotmail.com or 916–5662.

Agueda Broderick

Andrea retains her Welsh body fitness championship

A HEREFORDSHIRE sports teacher has been crowned the Welsh body fitness champion for the second year in a row.

Andrea Evans won the trained figure class at the UKBFF Welsh Championships in Port Talbot, South Wales.

Thirty-year-old Evans has also just won the trained figure section of the EPF UK Open Championships in Halesowen.

She carried off the title from fellow Herefordshire competitor, Natalie Rouse, who took the runners-up spot.

Evans completed a double at the Halesowen event - she won the best presentation for her posing and fitness routine.

Evans, who is a PE teacher at John Kyrle High School in Ross-on-Wye, said: "Retaining the Welsh title has definitely been the highlight. It meant more to me this time around because I felt I had to prove that I was in a better condition than the previous year. I was thrilled because I was told that I had a nice lean body condition and good body symmetry. I had been training hard for the competition for the past year - and it certainly paid off."

Evans has been weight training for the past 12 years and was the British female powerlifting champion in 2002.

She gave up powerlifting after picking up too many injuries and decided to take up body fitness two years ago.

Evans, who lives in St Weonards, has been given advice on the sport by her brother, Mark Evans, a former Welsh bodybuilding champion.

She is hoping to be part of the English team for April's European Championships in Germany.

Evans keeps in peak condition by training around six times a week at Ross Health and Fitness Centre.

She lifts weights and does cardio work. She keeps her diet high in protein, moderate in carbohydrates and low in fat.

"You have to try to be as lean as you can and you have to be fully focussed on training and diet about 14 weeks out from each competition", explained Evans, originally from Llanelli, South Wales."My partner, Gary Wells, has the patience of a saint - he puts up with everything I put myself through and has been incredibly supportive."

Evans has introduced light resistance fitness classes to the staff at her school and is thrilled that it is having a positive effect.

Evans said: "My overall goal is to see how much I can achieve in the sport over the next two or three years and be a positive role model for the children and staff at the school."

She added: "I am absolutely thrilled with the way things have gone so far because I have entered three competitions - and managed to win each of them."

Natalie Rouse, from Hereford, has announced she will be moving up to the physique class for her next contest.

Rouse entered the body fitness section of the UKBFF Stars of Tomorrow competition in Hayes but was not placed in the top two.

"The judges have recommended that I should move up to the physique class - they thought I was too muscular for the body fitness section," she said.

"I am pleased because I now know what I have to do. I will start doing more weight training and less cardio."

The 24-year-old gym instructor wants to compete in the physique under-65kg section at the UKBFF South Coast event in Portsmouth in April.

12:17pm Thursday 6th December 2007

http://www.herefordtimes.com/misc/print.php?artid=1886116

Pole Dancing Bodybuilder

Jayne's in pole position


7/12/2007

WHEN single mum Jayne Tingle used her love of fitness to become a top bodybuilder she opted for the most extreme exercise she could find - pole dancing.

The 28 year-old mum studied American DVDs for all the latest moves and adapted them to create new routines.

The tough regime of stretching and movement has paid off for the sports science graduate - at the National Amateur Body Building Association championships earlier this year she won the Miss Figure Toned title.

She found she was hooked on her new hobby. So now Jayne, from Brownlow Road, Horwich, Bolton, is taking a year off from bodybuilding competitions to teach other women her own brand of pole dancing, which she calls Polefunk.

"I'd always loved going to the gym," said Jayne, who has a four-year-old son, Kail.

"I got into bodybuilding but was looking for a really good all-round exercise.

"I used to think pole dancing was sleazy, like stripping, until I tried it for myself. It's the ultimate workout because it involves all the muscles."

She also finds that women of all ages enjoy pole dancing. She said: "I've got teenagers and ladies in their 50s in my classes and they all love it."

Jayne runs Polefunk classes at Bolton Arena and Virgin Active in Bolton.
Jayne Tingle

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Bodybuilder banned for after drugs test

December 4, 2007 - 12:04PM
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A female bodybuilder has been suspended from competition for two years after testing positive to banned diuretics.

Heidi Strohschon, who won the women's master figure category at the national titles last year, was suspended by the International Natural Bodybuilding Association.

Ms Strohschon tested positive for the presence of amiloride and hydrochlorothiazide in a sample collected by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) at the Brisbane Natural Physique Titles in April.

ASADA chairman Richard Ings said the use of diuretics was a very serious offence.

"They can be used to mask the presence of prohibited substances such as anabolic steroids," he said in a statement.

"While there are legitimate medical uses for diuretics, they can also be used as masking agents for other prohibited substances."

Strohschon had no therapeutic use approval for the presence of the banned substances in her sample.

"As a result (she) now faces a two-year sanction from all sporting competition," Mr Ings said.

The sanction, which was backdated to the day the sample was collected, means Strohschon will not be eligible to resume competition until April 30, 2009.

http://www.theage.com.au/news/Sport/Bodybuilder-banned-for-after-drugs-test/2007/12/04/1196530637556.html

Encouraging

Here's a clip from a NPC official touching on the topic of steroids and the "sport" of bodybuilding. Word is that once congress and whomever else is has any power finishes with investigaing baseball they'll be turning their focus to pro-wrestling and bodybuilding. WWE has already begun testing and suspendng. Bodybuilding will have a difficult time hiding from the government in the future.

Something really needs to be done as steroids have gotten really out of control. I want there to be female bodybuilders on magazine covers again. It's not going to happen with the latest crop of pros. Even I wouldn't be buying it.