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Friday, April 25, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
There was one reward the female contestants anticipated more than the trophies: cupcakes.
More than 300 audience members filled McLeod Theater for the final round of the 18th annual Mr. and Ms. SIU competition Saturday night. For the audience, the event was entertainment, but for the 19 competitors, it was a celebration of an end of an expensive, draining lifestyle - and a time to eat junk food.
Cupcakes awaited the female competitors after the show, while others made plans to chow down after months of vigilant dieting.
"It's an ending of all that hard work and effort. It's a celebration at the same time," said Clayton Cates, one of the four executive officers who organized the event.
Ryan Lott, a graduate student from Jerseyville studying exercise science, said he celebrated after the competition by going out to dinner with family and friends, and eating half of a pizza.
"You think, 'Oh, half a pizza, that's not a lot.' But when you're not used to eating that much at one time, it is," Lott said.
Several of the competitors said there's a lot more to being involved in the competition than people might assume.
Each contestant was allowed 60 seconds to pose for the judges.
"Having a competition that is a little more feminine looking is a lot more attractive," said Christina Weise, who won the women's division. "I would never do actual full blown bodybuilding."
Weise, a graduate student from Edwardsville studying behavioral analysis and therapy, said there are a lot of costs involved with these competitions. She said she spent money on tanning, oils, healthy food, competition suits, fingernails, toenails and exercise tapes to prepare for the competition. Though the competition was at a collegiate level, Wiese said she treated it as though it were a professional contest.
Training affects every aspect of a person's life, mental, physical and social, Lott said.
"It's like a second job how much time you spend. Not just exercising but preparing meals, and eating every two to three hours and all the grocery shopping," Lott said.
Alexxa Condon, a sophomore from Channahon studying political science and pre-law, said there's one piece of advice beginners need to keep in mind.
"Be patient. You'll see the results. Don't expect to see the results in the first month or two," said Condon.
Lott said he'd been training for the competition for about 14 weeks. On the women's side, Wiese said training began about six weeks ago.
Almost every day featured two workouts for the competitors, with each practice session running an hour and a half to three hours. Workouts included a mix of lifting weights and using cardio machines.
The SIUC Weightlifting club is considering making a calendar next year with photos of the competitors or members of their club, Cates said.
"I think it's a great idea, but paying for it up front and getting it all coordinated and printed, it'd be a good question if we could pull it off," Cates said.
The group is also looking into selling T-shirts to the audience members next year and is creating a DVD of Saturday's event.
Cates estimated the competition cost more than $2,000. Funds were raised through the $40 entry fee, the one-time $10 membership fee for the weightlifting club and sponsorships from Gold's Gym, Golden Corral and the Recreation Center Sports Shop.
"It was awesome. The thing for me that made it even better was the interaction between the competitors and the crowd. The crowd was amazing … I went to last year's show and it was nowhere close to that," Cates said.
Cates added it definitely helped to have the fraternities in the crowd because of how much they support each other.
"I just want to thank all the people that came," said Lott. "I'm sure everyone else wants to thank them as well. We appreciate their support."
Bikinis, Speedos and flexing muscles filled the stage in a packed Hughes-Trigg Theater on Wednesday as contestants vied for the coveted titles of Mr. and Ms. SMU.
Fans, family members, sorority sisters and fraternity brothers all cheered on their favorite candidates through all three stages of the bodybuilding competition. For both the men and the women, the contest began with a mandatory posing stage, followed by individual posing routines and concluding with competitive posing.
The contestants showcased their months and years of hard work on stage while judges tallied points for categories ranging from posing to appearance. When all the votes were tallied, the judges claimed that this was the closest competition for both the guys and the ladies in the seven-year history of the contest.
At the conclusion of the contest for each sex, the awards were given out and a winner crowned.
Kim Alverez took home the award for best poser as well as the coveted title of Ms. SMU. She was closely followed by Tina Deljavan who took second place as well as Carrie Pinkley in a close third.
For the men, Jonathan Jones took home the title of best poser as well was awarded as Mr. SMU. Jones, a bodybuilder by hobby, is a world-renowned clarinet player by trade, and even used some of his own clarinet music in his individual competition song.
Mere points separated the next three contestants from the winning title. Taking the silver second-place trophy was Kevin Lavelle, with a narrow margin over third-place Jordan Bolch and fourth-place winner Daniel Montenegro.
After the competition, some of the contestants were seen devouring McDonald's Big Macs and Krispy Kreme doughnuts to celebrate their accomplishment as well as the end of their extreme diets
"I don't like snakes and I don't like spiders," he said.
Watters began to cover his body during the end of the competition, and he didn't work at Irving Gym because he didn't want his competition see him, he said. So, he worked out at the YMCA, he said.
The Mr. and Ms. Ball State competition had repeat winners, with Watters winning the crown for a second year in a row and senior exercise major Erica Gilkerson winning it for the fourth time.
Watters said winning the title of Mr. Ball State for the second time was a great feeling, and it left him speechless.
"I almost lost it at the end," he said.
Watters began lifting weights after graduating from high school, he said. He was athletic since childhood, he said, but a friend on his high school's track team told him to lift because he had a large chest.
Watters prepared for the competition since last year's, working out an hour a day, five to six days a week, he said. Each day, he would train a different body part, he said.
He said his diet consisted of lean cuts of meat and brown rice, and he couldn't wait to eat pizza and drink milk.
Gilkerson said she was excited to win her fourth Ms. Ball State title. She was excited because both her parents came from Minnesota to watch her, she said.
Her mother has seen Gilkerson compete all four years, but her father came for the first time because he retired from teaching in the past year, she said.
Although she enjoyed winning the competition, Gilkerson always second-guessed if she would compete in the upcoming bodybuilding competition until her senior year. She said competing this year was a given.
Gilkerson said she was grateful for her gymnastics teammates because no matter what happened, they would support her.
She said she gained most of her build from gymnastics, but she has two weeks after it ends until Ms. Ball State to get into shape by eating chicken and dehydrating herself.
"It's hard, but it gets you pretty cut," she said.
During gymnastics and the bodybuilding competition, she said she focused on a biblical verse that said people are not timid creatures but are bold and strong.
"God doesn't want you to be anxious, he just wants to hear you pray about it," she said. "God won't give you anything you can't handle."
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Kingsley turns advice into national powerlifting title
By Susan Shemanske
Journal Times sports editor
Kingsley, a 46-year-old Franksville resident, took some well-meaning advice from her husband and turned it into a national championship in powerlifting in less than three years.
Kingsley, an underwriter consultant for HumanaOne, a health care specialty company, won the 114-pound weight class in the Masters II Division (ages 46-49) at the 2008 USA Women’s Nationals Powerlifting Championships Feb. 15 at Kileen, Texas.
In the competition, Kingsley topped out with a squat of 243 pounds, a dead lift of 292 and a bench press of 148.
What may have been most impressive, though, about Kingsley’s achievement was that it came in her first national meet and in only her fourth competitive powerlifting meet overall.
Kingsley was a three-sport athlete at St. Francis High School in the late 1970s, participating in basketball, track and volleyball. After high school, she had even dabbled in bodybuilding and had won a Miss Wisconsin contest.
But Kingsley had gotten away from athletic competition while she and her husband were raising their son, Brandon, now 19 and a freshman at the University of North Texas in Denton.
While Brandon was in high school, Dan, a high school state powerlifting champion at Kenosha Tremper in 1981, tried to introduce his son to the sport of powerlifting. But Brandon chose to stick with hockey, the sport he had been playing since middle school.
When Jennifer mentioned to her husband that she was thinking of training for a triathlon, Dan suggested she try powerlifting instead.
Jennifer took Dan’s advice and the rest, as they say, is history.
“I think it’s a combination of her work ethic and discipline,” Dan said of his wife’s success. “And she’s open-minded. There are a lot of new things that even I had to learn, about the equipment and training and nutrition. A lot has changed over the years.
“She’s just very disciplined. She’s got an athletic, driven, disciplined background.”
With Dan serving as her coach, Jennifer competed in her first powerlifting meet in June 2006, taking second at the Badger State Championships. She competed in two meets in 2007, then decided to try the national meet in February.
Now Kingsley is looking ahead to the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) Master Worlds in Palm Springs, Calif., in October. Kingsley received a verbal invitation to the meet after her finish at the national meet.
“I just want to go in and do as well as I can at the worlds and learn from it,” Jennifer said. “There’s so much I have to work on. I’m still new. I’m still learning. I just want to see how far I can go and keep competing as long as I can.”
Jennifer trains at the World Gym Fitness Center, 3701 Durand Ave. Dan serves as her coach and she also works closely with Frank Jones and Dustin Merritt, who coach the Case High School powerlifters. “They help me out a lot,” Jennifer said. “They’re up on the equipment and they’re very helpful.”
Jennifer trains four times a week, alternating workouts to focus on specific muscle groups. For instance, she trains shoulders and triceps on Tuesdays, back and biceps on Thursdays, chest and bench press on Saturdays and legs, squatting and dead lifts on Sundays. She also works out on a treadmill about three times a week, mostly to help keep her back loose.
“In a typical week, I’ll put in 8-10 hours (training),” Jennifer said.
And what has she gotten out of the sport?
“Overall, it gives you a lot more confidence,” Kingsley said. “That’s something my husband has seen in me. I feel better about myself. I did a lot with my son’s sports while he was growing up. Now, it’s my turn. This is something for me.”
Dan agreed. “She had done some competitive bodybuilding years ago, but that was a 13, 14-year gap,” said Dan, a police officer for the Town of Silver Lake in Kenosha County. “As her interest (in powerlifting grew), her strength grew and her body composition changed. Her body’s been kind of revitalized.”
Jennifer admits there are days when she wakes up “feeling like I’m 100 (years old)” because of aches and pains. But that feeling doesn’t last long.
“There was a woman at the national meet who’s 67 and she’s still going strong,” Jennifer said. “I’m just going to keep going until I physically can’t do it anymore.”
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Here's some links to articles. She took steroids. It wrecked her life. She has a deep voice and has to shave her face. She sounds like a pro bodybuilder waiting to happen. What a shame. Can we start testing PLEASE.
Tom McVay, a doping-control officer for the United States Anti-Doping Agency went to test Tammy Thomas in March 2002, in Chula Vista, California. She answered the door with shaving cream plastered down the left side of her face, evidently shaving excess facial hair.
She was later found positive for illegal substances (steroids) and banned from competition. She also had chest hair, male-pattern baldness, a deep voice and a gain of sixty pounds - but maintains she had "no idea" she was being given steroids.
-from the Irish Times, article by Tom Humphreys
WHEN Olympian pole vaulter Tatiana Grigorieva was offered the chance to compete in this season's Gladiators, she did what came naturally and jumped at it.
The theme music is blaring, biceps are bulging, cameras are rolling.
It's game time for Gladiators.
Former Olympic pole vaulter Tatiana Grigorieva is accustomed to the energy of the crowd, the expectation, the excitement of competition. And it has little to do with her own stellar sporting career.
‘‘I remember this show Gladiators from years ago, back when I was living in Russia,'' she says.
‘‘I can't remember whether it was the American or British version, but I was very impressed by it. I wanted to be there. I wanted to be one of the challengers.''
‘‘In terms of competition, I was very well prepared for it. But it was so physically and mentally challenging,'' she says.
‘‘I was in boot camp for 3 1/2 weeks and had to learn new skills such as tackling and wrestling.''
There is a lot of expectation surrounding this incarnation of Gladiators. The first version, which ran on Seven from 1995-97, was a ratings hit.
There have been some changes -- production has shifted from Brisbane to Sydney -- but the premise remains the same.
Essentially, it involves super-fit male and female challengers competing against the show's own supreme machines, the Gladiators.
The ultimate prize for the male and female winners is a share of $100,000 and a Subaru Forester each.
Fittingly, Grigorieva has taken on the persona of Olympia for the show.
Her teammates include Amazon, Angel, Bionica, Destiny, Nitro and Viper. On the male side are Hunter, Nomad, Outlaw, Scar, Tank, Thunder and Kouta (former AFL star and Dancing with the Stars contestant Anthony Koutoufides).
The original show was hosted by Aaron Pedersen and Kimberley Joseph, with Mike Hammond later taking Pedersen's spot.
This time, Dancing with the Stars winner Tom Williams and former McLeod's Daughters star Zoe Naylor front the show. The referee is retired National Rugby League official Bill Harrigan.
During filming, Williams seems composed, but he later reveals he was battling acute nerves.
Williams is no stranger to the feeling - it was something he dealt with as a contestant on Dancing. This time the nerves are far worse.
‘‘With Dancing, it was 1 1/2 minutes on stage and then you were backstage before you knew it,'' Williams says.
‘‘That hardly prepares you for standing in front of a live audience for hours on end.''
Standing backstage with co-host Naylor, panic began to set in.
‘‘We'd be ready to go and I'd feel like I was going to have a nervous breakdown,'' he says.
‘‘I'd say to Zoe, ‘I feel a bit crook, can we postpone this?' And she'd be like, ‘Dude, everyone is ready for us'.''
Williams understands why viewers loved the show the first time and why they are into it again. The first episode of the new season smashed its opposition in the ratings, attracting 1.8 million viewers.
‘‘It's total escapism. It's very easy for viewers to sit down and watch,'' Williams says.
‘‘Everybody likes a bit of good old-fashioned punch-on.''
Each show takes challengers through four gladiator games to test their physical and mental strength.
The games range from the swinging Hang Tough to the tackle-heavy The Gauntlet and Pyramid, and the one-on-one battle of Duel.
And there will be three new games this time -- Pendulum, Vertigo and Sumo Ball.
Hayley hits beach with a bang
HAYLEY Bateup is back.
After three months self-imposed absence from the sport Bateup, 28, won four gold, a silver and a bronze medal representing her new club Kurrawa.
Her gold medal count included one for her pet ironwoman event -- her 120m win bringing a broad grin to her face.
The ironwomen struck Kurrawa at its toughest with white water at the turning buoys and dumping waves hitting the sandbar about 60m from the beach.
She powered through the initial ski leg, blitzing her opposition to finish 100m ahead of Alyce Bennett, of Burleigh Heads-Mowbray Park, and Northcliffe's Elizabeth Pluimers, and was then never really questioned.
Bateup drifted off track on her final run to the finish line to slap 'high fives' with her cheering supporters to beat Maroochydore's Allira Richardson with Kurrawa teammate Terri Sullivan in third place. She had earlier teamed with Sullivan to win silver in the open female double ski.
Bateup also won gold with Shannon Porshe in the mixed double ski and easily won the open women's board race before joining Sullivan and Brianna Newson to win the board relay.
She also won a bronze medal with the Kurrawa ski relay team.
Sullivan, who won a board and ski double in the second preliminary final of the Ocean Assault series, was well back after the ski leg but paddled into fourth after the board leg and then claimed the bronze medal after the swim.
Bateup had time off after having trouble with SLSA over personal sponsorship.
She missed the Kellogg's series and had commitments with Channel 7 for the Gladiator series which will be aired next month.
"It was good winning the individual board race but the ironwoman is always the one I want to win because it always such a tough race," said Bateup.
"I had a good start and I managed to hold everyone off and with surf like this you just never know what might happen so I was glad to win. Being away from the sport for a few months has really been good for me because I really enjoy racing again and having a bit of fun.
"My bad luck in the ski race I had to put behind me so I got away really quick in the ironwoman," she said.
Bateup said three months out of the water got her excited to return after some new training techniques freshened up her mind and body.
"During that race I knew I couldn't relax in any part of the race because I knew I had a good lead from the ski leg," she said.
"But with the surf like it was anything can happen and in that final swim leg I didn't catch a wave so I'm just glad no one caught me.
"Right at the very end of the swim I caught a little shore break runner and it felt good."
NOT many mums can boast they have taken on Gladiators.But that's exactly what SA fitness fan and mother of two Janere Reid can trumpet.
Gladiator mum goes into battle
The 37-year-old's performance on Channel 7's Gladiators will air tonight, making her the second South Australian competitor to hit the arena this series.
And her children Sheldon, 15, and Xavier, 11, couldn't be prouder. "They love it," Janere said. "They're running around saying `are you ready?'. That's why I like doing this stuff, to inspire my kids. Hopefully being 37 and a mother, I get to inspire other women to get in the gym."
She said she had mixed feelings about the original Gladiators series in the 1990s.
"I thought it was funny and scary. I can remember Vulcan for some reason, but now I've been in it, I know how real it is," she said. "It took me out of my comfort zone, which is what I needed."
Janere is a personal trainer at Fitness First, where she works alongside boyfriend and fellow trainer Maz Mallak. For the past three years, she has competed in both the state and national body building titles and this year has her eyes set on the world titles.
And if you're wondering what it's like behind the arena, according to Janere the claws were put away. "I think we all bonded," she said.
Tonight, win or lose, Janere says she won't let go of the Gladiator dream. "I wouldn't mind becoming an actual gladiator later on," she said.
- Hannah Silverman
Friday, April 4, 2008
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Tuesday, Apr 01, 2008 - 03:38 PM
Augusta, GA -- By day, This is where Rhonda Sams educates young adults. By night, her classroom is here...at the Python Gym.
Rhonda Sams, powerlifter: "By day, I'm a Glenn Hills schoolteacher, and at night, I'm here sweating away..."
Rhonda "Big Kuntry" Sams started weightlifting to drop some weight and improve her softball swing. The Augusta State grad didn't expect she'd turn into a world champion until she met Tee "Skinny Man" Meyers, an 18-time World Champion and record holder in his age and weight class.
Last year, Sams beat the defending World Natural Powerlifting Federation Champ and brought the trophy back to Augusta. Her 355-pound squat and 400-pound deadlift are something that even the guys in this competition are jealous of...
Tee Meyers, powerlifter: "They try to beat her."
Sams: "All the guys..."
"Big Kuntry" Sams competes completely drug-free. Her World Champion status is from hours of sweating and pushing through tough training.
Meyers: "This is what you can do, drug-free."
Big Kuntry will compete in state competitions until she reaches the World Championships, later in the year. She's hoping to keep the world title in Augusta for years to come...