By: Julie Lohre, IFBB Fitness Pro, www.julielohre.com
No Nonsense Magazine Volume 15 # issue 4
"One day my grandchildren will be able to see that it’s never to late to embark on a new and exciting journey, no matter what your age." Angie Davis
Fitness has always been a part of your life. You played sports competitively through high school and college. As your children grew, you were always the mom in the mix whether tossing ball, shooting hoops, practicing cartwheels... whatever their sport, you were their biggest supporter. Over the years, you have tried to make fitness a priority, but have seen the scale slowly climb each year. While you have always dreamed of competing, it is one of those things that did not make the priority list between kids, family, jobs and church.
Well, now is the time. If you have dreamed of taking your fitness to a new level and looking better at 40 than you did at 20, setting your sights on a Master’s Figure Competition may be just the motivation you need!
What is Master’s Figure?
Master’s Figure is simply a division of the Physique shows that allow competitors 35 and over to compete against one another. Many shows offer 45 and over or 50 and over divisions as well. Since the Open classes begin at 18 years old, the Master’s class helps to even the playing field by grouping competitors by their age.
Let me introduce you to 2 of my clients who began their successful competitive Figure careers after 40.
Meet Angie Davis.
Angie is a 58-year-old mother of 2 daughters with 2 grandchildren. Five years ago she was 30 lbs overweight and decided she wanted to get into better shape. Angie enlisted the help of a personal trainer, Aaron Harrison, and made significant improvements in her body. She decided that she wanted to get into even better shape and set a goal to compete in a Figure competition. At that point, she sought out my help to prepare for her figure show and come in at her personal best. I work with many women around the world taking them step-by-step through the contest prep process for Figure & Bikini.
Angie’s hard work and dedication paid off when she swept the NPC Kansas City Bodybuilding and Figure show. She placed first in both the Master’s over 50 and the Master’s Over 35 classes. Angie is such a phenomenal competitor that we decided she should compete in the Open category as well where she placed 2nd against women half her age!
Meet Melissa Jackson
Melissa has been a part of the FitBody Contest Prep Team for three seasons and is an incredible asset to the team. She began competing at 41 after many years of working out and not seeing much change in her body. She felt it was time to take her fitness to another level and knew competing would be great motivation to get her where she had always wanted to be. Well, motivation is right! Melissa has completely transformed her body and as she says – she feels better at 42 than she did at 22! Now with 4 shows under her belt, Melissa’s last showing was at the NPC Northern Kentucky where she placed 2nd in one of the country’s most competitive Master’s Figure Classes! If you want to be inspired, look for Melissa to be stepping on stage this fall again at the NPC Kentucky Muscle show.
How You Can Get Started?
Diet, exercise and targeted supplementation are the key components to preparing for a Master’s Figure Competition.
Training programs vary based on your current conditioning and your goals. To be competitive in Master’s Figure you need to have a good amount of muscle mass and low bodyfat. The following program works well for a woman that needs to gain muscle while losing fat with the emphasis on gaining muscle.
Injuries are more common as we age, so be sure to listen to your body and push yourself within your safe limits. Warm-ups are critical, so be sure to take 5-10 minutes of light cardio exercise to warm-up followed by a muscle group specific warm-up exercise for that training day. Rest for 30 seconds between each exercise and be sure to stretch after each training session.
How did you come about working with Julie in the Online Contest Prep Program?
I was searching online for some competition tips and ran across Julie’s website. I contacted her and she responded right away. She listened. She asked me my goals and what I was trying to accomplish. She immediately sent me training routines, diet and supplement suggestions as I progressed through the 12 weeks before the competition. Any questions I had she answered them right away. No question was too small or insignificant.
Years Training: 15 years
What motivated you to begin training for a Figure Competition?After many years of working out and not accomplishing much change in my body, I just felt it was time to take it another level. I knew competing would be great motivation to get me where I have always wanted to be.
Are there specific supplements that have helped you the most?
I have been taking several of the Beverly supplements over the past year. I really believe that has helped me get the edge that I didn't seem to have initially. I have seen great results with the Density, Lean Out and Glutamine Select. And, the UMP tastes great!
How have you transformed?
I have watched my body transform completely. Not only has my appearance changed, but my self esteem and the way I carry myself has changed. I am more confident. In addition, I feel like I could do anything I set my mind to at this point. I may be 42 years old, but I feel better now than when I was 22 years old!