First time out... ...First Championship Title

Posted: Tuesday, July 29, 2003

Amy George is now the reigning Northern Lights Body Building & Fitness champion, taking 1st place in the women's heavyweight division, and 1st place overall at the Northern Lights Body Building & Fitness Championships held recently in Fairbanks. George is a personal trainer at Healthy Changes on K-Beach Rd., and the Fitness Pace in Soldotna. She says she had been working out at the club for several years but really only got serious about body building a year ago. The Northern Lights Competition was her first time ever to pose in public at an auditorium full of spectators. "I was nervous, but the people were really nice and friendly and made me feel right at home," said George.

The competition required seven compulsory poses that show all muscle groups of the body and a 90-second choreographed routine that is put to music for the evening show. "You actually hit all the compulsory poses, but you do it to your own music at your own pace, style and flare that you have choreographed yourself, where with the compulsory poses you have to hold them until the judges are finished," explained Amy.

According to Amy, the most difficult part of the training was the dieting. "My poor husband will attest to that; the planning on what to eat each meal, counting every calorie, every fat gram, every carbohydrate, every protein, so for the last 4 months I've been on a regimented diet eating six times a day and only certain calories," said Amy. She has been training seriously at an entry level for the last year and a half to get to the level she was at for the competition in Fairbanks. Amy has plans to continue her training and hopes to compete nationally in the future.

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