Friday, April 30, 2010

Building a better body: Bodybuilders stress healthy lifestyle - Sturgis, MI - Sturgis Journal

Building a better body: Bodybuilders stress healthy lifestyle - Sturgis, MI - Sturgis Journal

By Fran Perritano
Posted Apr 26, 2010 @ 01:15 PM
In the late 1990s, Nancy Rowe was worried about diabetes.

“I was predisposed to it,” said Rowe, 56. “My mom has it, my dad has it and my uncle died from it. I wanted to take precautions and stop it. I decided it wasn't going to happen to me.”

What Rowe did was change her lifestyle. She started eating healthy and began bodybuilding.

 “A bodybuilder's diet is very much like a diabetic diet - small meals often, five to six times a day,” said Rowe, who lives in Sauquoit, N.Y. “No refined sugars, but you can have protein, fats and carbs with every meal. At 46 years old, I was prediabetic, so these types of eating habits fit right into my lifestyle. I am now 56 and diabetes free.”

Ten years ago, the 5-foot-5 Rowe weighed 122 pounds. “But 40 pounds of that was fat,” she said.

“I was clinically obese for a 122-pound person. Now, I'm 119 pounds, but my body fat is 10. … I finally allowed myself to be proud of myself.”

Dave Kingwater is affiliated with the Organization of Competitive Bodybuilders.

“The OCB is a natural bodybuilding group,” said Kingwater, who operates Kingwater Chiropractic in Whitesboro, N.Y. “All competitors are drug tested for the event. It is one of the largest, most prestigious organizations in the country.”

Kingwater, a certified strength and performance coach, said the purpose of competition is “to promote natural health and fitness.”

“By giving people a competition or a goal to shoot for, you give them a reason to go to the gym,” he said. “You give them a reason to watch their diet. But most of all it's fun.”
One of the competitors who is found often in a gym is Joanne Maly, a physical therapist who owns ADK Physical Therapy in Barneveld, N.Y.

“I started bodybuilding while in college in North Carolina in 1981,” said Maly, 47. “I later set a goal after years of weight training to win a bodybuilding show and graduate physical therapy school. I graduated, and competed in 1988 and took two first places.”

It's been 22 years since Maly was involved in bodybuilding. Now, the mother of two is back into competition.

“I chose to get back into bodybuilding and competing again to be a role model to my children and be an example for all my clients at the gym,” said Maly. “With a goal to compete again, it is easier to be disciplined in training and nutrition.

“I have weight-trained for years and I am competitive in marathon canoe racing, so I only needed to return to clean eating. Nutrition is the one of the most important aspects of bodybuilding and healthy living.”

Outsiders sometimes stereotype bodybuilders as steroid users.

“People that think everyone who is in bodybuilding takes steroids are ignorant in the importance of nutrition and weight training,” Maly said. “Most competitors take some supplements such as protein powder supplements, vitamins and minerals and amino acids. … As a physical therapist, I educate people every day on the importance of building lean muscle mass to prevent injury in sports and recreational activities, to maintain a healthy body weight and to achieve all the benefits of health, nutrition and wellness.”

Extensive body of work | Recordnet.com

Extensive body of work | Recordnet.com
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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Holly Wiloughby & Phillip Schofield punch above their weight | The Sun |Showbiz|TV

Holly Wiloughby & Phillip Schofield punch above their weight | The Sun |Showbiz|TV

World Games suspends bodybuilding - Taiwan News Online

World Games suspends bodybuilding - Taiwan News Online

More events should be canceled until they fix the sport.

Anna McCloskey never stops | Philadelphia Inquirer | 04/22/2010

Anna McCloskey never stops | Philadelphia Inquirer | 04/22/2010

Her efforts are amazing.  She's not wasting a bit of her talent. 
Shot-putter Anna McCloskey will make her first appearance at the Penn Relays.

Mum of two is powerlifting champ (From Oxford Mail)

Mum of two is powerlifting champ (From Oxford Mail)
Gurdeep De-Meis

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TrinidadExpress

Q & A with female fighter, Heather Martin

Q & A with female fighter, Heather Martin

Michelle Obama : Flexing goes even bigger

First lady Michelle Obama led by example as she flexed her muscles for students yesterday at the River Terrace Elementary School in Washington at an event to promote physical fitness.

Pretty Sure Eleanor Roosevelt Never flexed.

Don't Mess With Ernestine Shepherd-- Body Building Grandma Benches 150 - ABC News

Don't Mess With Ernestine Shepherd-- Body Building Grandma Benches 150 - ABC News

YouTube - Jessica Biel's Giant Back Muscles

YouTube - Jessica Biel's Giant Back Muscles

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The Archives: CrossFit Live — Episode 2 - CrossFit Journal

The Archives: CrossFit Live — Episode 2 - CrossFit Journal

CrossFit Spartanburg: CROSSFIT LADIES

CrossFit Spartanburg: CROSSFIT LADIES




Crossfit Glory Box Video from Ben Weger on Vimeo.

The Sentinel Online : News : Local : Fitness model has local roots

The Sentinel Online : News : Local : Fitness model has local roots
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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Bodybuilder helps get others in shap

CullmanTimes.com, Cullman, Alabama
April 10, 2010
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By Benjamin Montgomery
The Cullman Times Connie Gardner

— Connie Gardner is 58. She has been the state lightweight bodybuilding champ three years in a row. Gardner has been a fitness specialist at the Cullman Fitness and Aquatic Center for those three years as well.

She creates fitness programs for clients, shows them how to use equipment, proper breathing and form, and helps them reach their fitness goals.

“I think fitness has to be a lifestyle. If you’ve got it, then it’s there all the time,” said Gardner.

Gardner started bodybuilding as a stress reliever in the 80s; she had a new job and the new responsibility of caring for a family, and the exercise was a release for her.

“I tell people who don’t want to lift to come in and beat the crap out of that dummy,” said Gardner. “There are days when you just want to put a pillow over your head and scream, and for those days I tell clients to head for the dummy.”

Four years ago her son Jeremy encouraged her to join him in professional bodybuilding, and she started dieting with him to see if she could pull it off.

And pull it off she did. In addition to being the lightweight state bodybuilding champion, she has won several other shows, including the prestigious Miss Alabama in August.

“Last year was my year. Everything hit right,” said Gardner. She has also competed twice in a national competition in Pittsburgh, winning seventh place one year and sixth in another. She hopes she will break into the top five next time. She said she is usually the oldest competitor in the state shows; the oldest local opponent she is aware of is in her 40s.

Competitions consist of contestants showing off a series of poses and flexes set to music. Her song at the national competition in Pittsburgh this year will be “You are the Light of My Life.” It has sentimental value to her and her husband, and she was supposed to use it at the last national competition, which coincided with their wedding anniversary. Unfortunately, she didn’t make it into the top five and didn’t get the chance.

Many members of Gardner’s family are bodybuilders, but Gardner said she doesn’t feel responsible for inspiring them. She has a sister who body builds and a grandson who “works out religiously.” She encouraged him to compete in shows, but he was starting baseball at the University of North Alabama.

“I inspire more people here than in my family,” said Gardner. “I think I inspire more people because of my dedication and discipline.”

Typically, her first step in working with a client is to set the equipment based on the client’s body type and fitness goals. Then she teaches them breathing techniques, first and foremost being to hold one’s stomach in while breathing. Next she finds out what kind of weight they can handle, and then create a detailed workout plan according to their goals. She doesn’t advise people on dieting or nutrition, but there are two other trainers at the center who are qualified.

“The only [dieting] I know how to do is what I do as a body builder, and nobody wants to survive on that,” said Gardner.

She sticks to a strict diet to burn fat and build muscle during competition season. Her diet isn’t as brutal during her off-season, but she still has to closely watch what she eats. She can cheat a little in the off-season, and when she does she goes straight for Mexican. She said the worst part of dieting is getting tired of eating the same thing over and over again. There are some things she can’t have at all, like sodas.

“I don’t know the last time I had ice cream,” said Gardner. “I’m glad coffee’s still there… I drink coffee all day long.” Her workout routine is equally thorough. She said she generally works a body part per day.

She said part of her attraction to fitness comes from her childhood.

“We played outside all the time…now kids sit around more, playing video games and watching TV,” said Gardner.

She and her husband, Daymon, have raised chickens for 20 years. They have around 44,000 broiler chickens. Daymon is a full-time farmer. Gardner said he once worked out as much as she did, but the farm takes up too much of his time, now.

Gardner said she is close to her co-workers, and that they are like a family.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

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Express.co.uk - Home of the Daily and Sunday Express | UK News :: Businesswoman breaks powerlifting record

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Lifting the weight of her goals - Niagara Falls Review - Ontario, CA

Lifting the weight of her goals - Niagara Falls Review - Ontario, CA

Brothers in Arms - Times LIVE

Brothers in Arms - Times LIVE

South grad Rahe brings bodybuilding show to Sheboygan | sheboyganpress.com | Sheboygan Press

South grad Rahe brings bodybuilding show to Sheboygan | sheboyganpress.com | Sheboygan Press

Tallmadgeexpress.com - DeShon, Radwany fare well at Bodybuilding competition

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Stockton mom finds daily strength to make fitness milestones | Recordnet.com

Stockton mom finds daily strength to make fitness milestones | Recordnet.com