Following on from her success at the NPA Bodybuilding Championships in Taunton earlier this year, Penzance’s Michelle Humphrys claimed fourth place in the NPA British Finals, held in Coventry last weekend.
It was a tough line-up showcasing the current high standard in women’s natural bodybuilding in Britain.
Michelle started her preparation in February, and having not competed for seven years, she admitted that it was totally different this time round.
She said: “I had to be very organised, fitting in weight training, cardio and food preparation, along with running a business and being a mother.
“You also have to practice the mandatory poses and choreograph a 60 second posing routine to music.”
Michelle explained that the hardest part was the diet, eating five or six meals a day of clean non-processed foods in specific quantities, which required planning, monitoring and readjusting.
“If you don’t strip the fat, nobody is going to see the muscle you have underneath,” she said.
“I’m very grateful to my support network, family, friends and gym members. It has not always been plain sailing and there were times that I thought I might not get there. But my goal has always been to be the best I could be working with my responsibilities.
“The day itself wipes all the hard work and sacrifices away. The adrenalin and excitement of being on stage is amazing. It is a journey and the positive affects spill out into other areas of your life.
I was aiming for a higher placing, but the competition was tough. I now have a constructive plan and after an initial splurge, will continue to train hard and eat clean to get a better placing in the future.”
After spending some much needed R&R with her husband and four-year-old son, Michelle is now turning her attentions to helping a group of ladies at Oxygen train hard to make their own debuts in competition next year.
She said: “I enjoy helping others achieve their dreams, particularly women and am available every Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon and evening offering encouragement and motivation on nutrition and generally making that lifestyle change. It’s never too late. I’m 42, if I can do it, you can to!”
* If you would like to know more, whatever your fitness goals, Michelle and Ian can help give you the competitive edge. Visit them at Oxygen Strength & Fitness, 4 Market Jew Street, Penzance, visit the website www.oxygengym.co.uk or find them on Facebook: Oxygen Health Club.