Shelley Morgan enters realm of bodybuilding
It is something I always wanted to do... We all have the muscle, you just have to see it"
“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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