Sunday, December 27, 2009

Beaumaris woman’s big body-sculpting win

Beaumaris woman’s  big body-sculpting win

BEAUMARIS lovely Lesley Maxwell proved you can be over 50 and fabulous when she won a World Body Sculpture title in New York last month.

Ms Maxwell, 53, was thrilled to pick up the International Natural Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation Pro-Am title in the women’s open segment - an award she called “the big one”.

“It’s always fun beating the 20-odd-year-olds,” she said.

A mother of three 20-odd-year-olds, Ms Maxwell said a strict diet and exercise routine kept her in shape.

It includes daily walks, weight training and a high protein, low carbohydrate diet. And strictly no alcohol, although she admitted to downing “half a glass” of champagne after winning the title.

“It’s not about looking good for your age, it’s just about looking good,” Ms Maxwell said.

“Age is just a number.”

Madonna to Get Professional Help for 'Stringy' Arm Muscles

Madonna is one of the fittest celebs, but gets more hate for that then her personality or wealth. Why?

Check out this article and comment on it on their site. Muscles need the PR!

County shows love of lifting weights

By Evan Mohl
The Daily News

Published December 24, 2009

It seems there has been a recent weightlifting boom.

And I don’t mean just lifting weights, but competing in powerlifting and bodybuilding events.

I don’t have statistics to back my claim, but it seems a lot of people I meet are doing what I would call competitive weightlifting, for lack of a better term.

And it’s all age groups. Last week I wrote a story on 67-year-old Lucilla McMahon of Galveston. Back in August, I met Nestor De La Fuente, 19, from Hitchcock. There are many more stories out there, too.

Gyms dedicated to, or at least with a focus on weightlifting, are sprouting up throughout the county. Champions Gym is thriving in Texas City. The Warehouse Gym just opened in League City.

So what’s with all the heavy lifting? Why powerlifting instead of running or basketball?

I have an educated guess after talking to a handful of weightlifters. And those who actually participate in the sport can correct or agree with me.

Just about every sport tests endurances, pushes the athlete and builds strength. But competitive weightlifting offers a lifestyle.

The sport doesn’t just start and stop at the gym. It’s what you eat — which strangely makes up a big portion of who we are. McMahon gave up all meat products while De La Fuente eats six meals a day.

Competive weightlifting is also how you act. Bodybuilders breed confidence and poise. Chris Darby said he often walks around how he might at a competition.

Perhaps, most importantly, competitive weightlifting changes a person’s look. Athletes are cut and chiseled, and it’s noticeable. Walking around that way sends not only a message to society but also to one’s self.

In short, competitive weightlifting is a regimen that someone must follow throughout the day and weeks from eating to sleeping to tanning (bodybuilders) to workouts.

At least, that seems to be the common denominator among competitors whom I talk to. They all talk about the sport as a way of life. And I can see why some find that lifestyle attractive.

Darby Gets Second At Nationals

Chris Darby, of Texas City, got second at the NPC National Bodybuilding Championships in November for bantamweight. He missed getting his professional card and first place by just three points.

Darby, 25, will go into next season with the No. 1 ranking in the country. Pretty impressive.

“It’s a big accomplishment at such a young age,” Darby said. “Next year, hopefully, I’ll get there.

Recreational Achievements

If you have a recreational achievement or story you’d like published, feel free to send it to or call 409-683-5211.

I’m always looking for people’s stories or accomplishments. Every month, I’ll do a recreational notebook where I run down some of the top achievements in the area.

And who knows, it might just make a great story.

Bodybuilder qualifies for Miss Olympia, Universe

Bodybuilder qualifies for Miss Olympia, Universe

Nicole Simien strikes a winning pose at the Yuma, Ariz., National Federation of Natural Bodybuilding competition. (courtesy photo)

By John Gavin
Hi-Desert Star
Published: Saturday, December 26, 2009 1:58 PM CST
YUMA, Ariz. — In her second bodybuilding event, Nicole Simien of Twentynine Palms struck gold again, winning the “tall” class in the National Federation of Natural Bodybuilding held Nov. 21 here.

The completion is open only to bodybuilders who have not used performance-enhancing drugs for at least three years.

Her win qualifies Simien to compete in the Miss Olympia completion to be held in Los Angeles in August 2010 and in Miss Universe, also in Los Angeles, in November 2010.

“This is a testimony to her commitment,” Simien’s trainer, Shane Friederich, said.

“She went the extra minute of cardio, did the the extra set of weights and was rewarded with a win.”

In the four months before the competition, she arrived at the Five Star Gym in Yucca Valley at 5 a.m. and worked out for two hours.

After each workout, she drove back to the Twentynine Palms Marine base, where she works as a dental hygienist.

“The final two days prior to the events, she restricted her water intake to almost nothing and ate dried fruits. Competitive bodybuilders do this to shrink their skin and enhance their cuts for the show,” said Frederich.

“It’s not easy, but Nicole adhered to the regime.”

Frederich reported his trainee was happy to win, but she was looking forward to eating regularly again.

Simien will take a couple weeks off to give her joints and muscles time to repair. Training will begin again in January as she ramps up for the Miss Olympia and Universe events.

In a previous interview, Simien said, “It takes a lot of self-discipline to compete and keep to a training schedule. You have to push your body to limits it’s never reached before. I’ve learned that it takes an inner strength to gain the outer strength that shows through in competition.”

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