Shel­ley Mor­gan en­ters realm of body­build­ing

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It is some­thing I al­ways wanted to do... We all have the mus­cle, you just have to see it"

Shel­ley Mor­gan

“This is the year!” Shel­ley Mor­gan is busy di­et­ing, lift­ing and tak­ing on hours of car­dio, ev­ery day, to pre­pare her­self for the North­ern Al­berta Body Build­ing Cham­pi­onships, com­ing up in just a few weeks.

Mor­gan is par­tic­i­pat­ing in the women’s Grand Mas­ters cat­e­gory.

“It is some­thing I al­ways wanted to do,” said Mor­gan of the com­pe­ti­tion on June 6 in Ed­mon­ton. “It is some­thing to see right through.”

Mor­gan has been con­sis­tently work­ing out for the last seven years. Her goals were like most who hit the gym; to shed a few ex­tra pounds she wasn’t happy with, and to im­prove her health.

A cou­ple years ago, she achieved her cer­tifi­cate in fit­ness and nutri­tion from Strat­ford Ca­reer Col­lege. She ex­plains over last year’s Christ­mas sea­son, she sort of tested her dis­ci­pline, and come Jan­uary she com­mit­ted to the com­pe­ti­tion. Go­ing in the Grand Mas­ters Class, she says she is in the best shape of her life.

The first or­der of busi­ness was to hire a trainer. A reg­u­lar at Ev­ery­body’s Gym, Mor­gan went to Pat and Mi­randa Les­sard, daugh­ter and son-in low of Judy McIl­roy of Ev­ery­body’s Gym. They op­er­ate 1 To 1 Fit­ness in Red Deer. They set her up with a train­ing and meal plan to pre­pare that in­cludes weight lift­ing, car­dio and diet plan. Even though they are miles apart, Mor­gan weighs in twice a week as her train­ers keep track of her progress.

McIl­roy ex­plains Mor­gan is the sec­ond per­son who uses Ev­ery­body’s Gym to com­pete in the Grand Mas­ters. Last year Barb Travis placed sec­ond. She said it takes con­fi­dence to get on stage of a com­pe­ti­tion, and it is ex­cit­ing to see th­ese peo­ple come out of their shell to com­pete.

Mor­gan ex­plains so of­ten more im­por­tant than bulk­ing up with mus­cle, is to shed body fat.

“We all have the mus­cle, you just have to see it,” she said.

Her rou­tine in­cludes about an hour of weight train­ing a day, with more than dou­ble the car­dio. She’s never been a quit­ter, and is en­cour­aged along by her fam­ily, in­clud­ing her son who is also an avid weight lifter.

“I am re­ally see­ing what body builders go through,” said Mor­gan.

She says she is still a few pounds away from where she wants to be at com­pe­ti­tion time.

“My goal is no mat­ter what shape I am in, I am go­ing to go through with it, and then bulk up for Oc­to­ber (the Al­berta Body­Build­ing As­so­ci­a­tion’s Mus­cle Beach Fall Clas­sic),” she said, adding af­ter that, she is not sure if she’ll con­tinue to com­pete, and can’t see it as a life­style for her­self.

For Mor­gan the com­pe­ti­tion is more about reach­ing goals and work­ing hard.

It’s not win or lose, but the jour­ney to get there,” she said. Shel­ley Mor­gan pre­pares for the North­ern Al­berta Cham­pi­onships com­ing up on June 6 in Ed­mon­ton.


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