Friday, August 8, 2008

The Territory's lean, mean fitness machine

Northern Territory News

ANDREW ALOIA

TOP SHAPE: Louisa Burnett shows her Ms Fitness form Picture: DANI GAWLIK

TOP SHAPE: Louisa Burnett shows her Ms Fitness form Picture: DANI GAWLIK

MEET the Territory's newest sporting glamour girl.

Louisa Burnett, 22, last month shot to national acclaim by winning the Ms Fitness INBA Australia.

The fitness category is a little known division of bodybuilding but, according to Burnett, is the most complete of any sport.

"It's more glamorous,'' she said. TOP SHAPE: Louisa Burnett shows her Ms Fitness form Picture: DANI GAWLIK

"This category is about proving fitness so the routine is just as important as looks.''

Bodybuilding in the traditional sense is countless hours spent in the gym toning and preparing to pose for judges.

A fitness routine in the same fashion demands a lean, muscular physique but victory is judged on competitor's 90-second acrobatic routine in which they have to display a high level of strength, flexibility and endurance.

Burnett, who made her mark on the Australian scene as a self-taught gymnast, is keen to seek out professional help so she can take her routine to the world.

"I have high hopes and have been told that I have great potential with these competitions,'' she said.

"For this same event next year I'll be putting in a lot more work to lift myself to another level so I can be of international standard, but somewhere along the way I need the help of a gymnast coach.''

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