Sculpting a goal: Sheree Paltridge flexes muscles on world stage
Meet Highfields lady Sheree Paltridge who recently represented Australia in Las Vegas for body sculpting
Highfields lady Sheree Paltridge is a mother-of-three, wife, personal trainer and lover of fitness — from a career as a full-time travel consultant to an international figure and body sculpting competitor, she has inspired and encouraged people across the globe.
Sheree recently returned from representing Australia on the world stage at the Fitness America Weekend in Las Vegas on November 19, 2016, where she placed fifth in Ms Physique America and seventh for Ms Figure International.
“I am still struggling to believe how my ‘out of my comfort zone’ fitness goal has become a dream come true and I have walked away with the ultimate dream result as I continue on this surreal wave of success,” Sheree says.
Her taste for a healthy lifestyle had always been rife, but Sheree only began her fitness journey in 1996 when she took out third place in a team event at the Queensland Aerobic Championships.
After the competition Sheree decided to make fitness a part of career — she took on a second part-time job as a group fitness instructor behind her position as a full-time travel consultant in Brisbane city.
“I can still remember my thoughts at the age of 19 that I would hold onto this job as it would be great to have if I have children to keep me inspired with my fitness,” Sheree says.
In 2009 Sheree moved to the Sunshine Coast from Brisbane with two daughters and husband, and had her third daughter, who is now six-years-old. Her fitness journey, however, has not always been easy. At 20 weeks pregnant she suffered from symphysis separation of the abdominal muscles, where she struggled to walk 20 metres to the mailbox at a very slow pace.
This slowed Sheree down, and it was three months after giving birth that she was able to attempt a 20-minute run.
She had heard of a five kilometre fun run happening around the corner from her home, and with the safety net of being able to walk if it became too far, Sheree decided to participate. It was here that her love of long-distance running was born. “It made me feel free as a bird — that I was flying — as I had my shoes on and [I could] go!” Sheree says.
“No child, nappies, food or pram to take, just me and my shoes on.”
As a mother-of-three — not to mention a newborn — Sheree was inspiring others around her, training for half marathons and maintaining impeccable fitness standards.
Within 18 months Sheree had competed in five half marathons with a personal best time of one hour and 49 minutes.
In 2012 Sheree and her family moved to Highfields, where she began teaching a Body Pump class each week to meet new people.
She has now been teaching group fitness classes for four years at the Highfields Fitness and Recreation Centre, however she chose to further her career by studying a Certificate Four in Personal Training.
It was November 2015 that Sheree decided to start walking the path toward her body sculpting dream.
Sheree believed that taking on her new goal would allow her to experience the same feeling that many of her clients went through when they approached her for personal training to become fitter or lose weight — she could now relate to those that were out of their comfort zone, and where taking big steps in their lives to change themselves.
Sheree explains that her fitness journey has really embedded and taught her how strict and disciplined you need to be with your nutrition and training to make a real difference to your physique.
“It has been a challenge as a mother of three daughters to fit my training sessions in, however this is when it became a positive change for myself as a mother and wife as I commenced my heavy weight training with my husband, Ian Paltridge who has helped support me and get out of bed four mornings a week at 5am to train,” Sheree says.
“I thought, this is a win-win situation as I was striving towards a goal and also helping my husband to stay fit training with me.
“I also became a good role model to my daughters with healthy eating and exercising most days.”
At her first competition Sheree had four first place wins, and after that she entered in two more competitions, where she gained
‘ I am still struggling to believe how my ‘out of my comfort zone’ fitness goal has become a dream come true and I have walked away with the ultimate dream result as I continue , on this surreal wave of success. — SHEREE PALTRIDGE
huge success, qualifying for and receiving second place in Pro-league.
Her time competing in body sculpting, particularly her time on the world stage, Sheree is nostalgic.
“I now enjoy looking at the photos from the event [Fitness America Weekend, Las Vegas] — it still all seems surreal, as if the person in the photo is someone else and not me,” Sheree says.
Sheree is currently teaching group fitness classes at the Highfields Fitness and Recreation Centre for Les Mills Body Pump/balance/step, Pilates, Barre and Mat-work, personal training and some small group sessions.
With some competition preparation coaching and motivational speaking happening as well, Sheree has a lot to give — and a lot to look forward to — in 2017.
Sheree Paltridge at her first competition, the INBA Queensland Brisbane Classic, in May 2016.
Sheree took out first place in every category she went on stage for in her first competition.
Sheree competing at the Fitness America Weekend in Las Vegas in November 2016.