Thursday, July 9, 2009
The "Mackay" Machine - Bodybuilding
Having been told at the age of 20 that I had some potential for Natural Bodybuilding, I figured that since the friendly advice was given by Mr Natural Olympia Champion, Alfred Pitt, he may actually be onto something. So 15 years and three kids later, I decided to have a crack at it after going to my local gym to get some ‘me’ time.
Even though I had been physically active and casually doing laps at the local pool for a couple of years between having kids, this didn’t stop me feeling nervous when I walked into the gym on that first day. It didn’t take long before training and the social contact with other like minded people had me keen to add more days to my training schedule.
Although I was keen and had the strength to lift good weights, I had lousy form. So with the help of Personal Trainer, David Cook, we set about making a program that had me lifting decent weights, with added cardio, and thankfully reducing injury. Dave also gave me one great bit of advice which has definitely got me through those rough days when I would finish night shift, the kids were barking at my heels and the coffee just wasn’t working. When I first said I wanted to compete in a Natural Bodybuilding comp he said, ’The first thing to do is set the number of days you need to train (in my case it was six days) then simply turn up…no matter what.” So that’s what I did…and very soon it just became as natural as waking up. There were days, and still are, when I struggle to tie my laces let alone drive to the gym with three kids in tow, but I find if I ‘simply turn up’ then training just takes over now. I may only do a light session, but I know it is still better than doing nothing. (Thanks Dave)
In September, Alfie contacted Gavin Saron, another exceptional guy who Alf trained and competed with ten years prior, and we set about getting to my first Natural Bodybuilding Competition. Gavin and I decided that it would be best to ‘dip my toes’ in a regional competition so in January 2009 I told anyone who would listen that I was going to enter the Coral Coast Natural Bodybuilding Competition in Townsville on May 24th 2009.
First – Overall Womens Figure Coral Coast Natural Bodybuilding Competition, Townsville QLD – 24th May, 2009.
First – Masters Womens Figure Coral Coast Natural Bodybuilding Competition, Townsville QLD – 24th May, 2009.