Mum-of-eight’s squat record

Franklin County News - - FRONT PAGE - KEL­LEY TANTAU

A Waiuku mum-of-eight has qual­i­fied for the Nat­u­ral Uni­verse body­build­ing cham­pi­onships.

Run­ning on a diet that in­cludes 38 egg whites and 600g of white fish, Fran Wil­son, 40, is in peak form four weeks out from the com­pe­ti­tion.

The Waiuku res­i­dent trains in Hamil­ton and re­cently held a squat fundraiser to help get her to the champs.

Held at Fit Fu­tures, Hill­crest, Wil­son broke her per­sonal record of 201 squats by 24.

She will head to the INBA/PNBA Nat­u­ral Uni­verse com­pe­ti­tion on Septem­ber 30.

Wil­son said she found her­self in body­build­ing and was at­tracted to set­ting and com­plet­ing goals.

‘‘Long story short, I did at­tempt body­build­ing 16 years ago and then I had quite a few chil­dren and never went back to it,’’ she said.

‘‘I went through some quite per­sonal chal­lenges and found my way back into it and picked up a huge pas­sion. ‘‘You can gain self-con­fi­dence and self-es­teem. ‘‘There’s so many pos­i­tives.’’ Wil­son has eight chil­dren. Her el­dest is 21 and her youngest is three-years-old.

She said they have also ben­e­fited by liv­ing a healthy life­style. ‘‘They’ve been on the whole jour­ney with me. When I suc­ceed, I’m happy, and they’re happy for me.

‘‘A lot of mums think they can’t do it but they can do it.

‘‘You’ve got to pri­ori­tise your­self some­where, and I do that when they’re at school. House­work’s a jug­gle but it’s al­ways go­ing to be.’’

Body-con­fi­dence was an­other fac­tor Wil­son took into con­sid­er­a­tion be­fore par­tic­i­pat­ing in com­pet­i­tive body­build­ing.

She said there were a lot of ‘‘young ones’’ and women over 50 who com­pete, and tak­ing the step on to the stage re­quired courage.

‘‘You’ve got to put it all out there. It takes a lot of con­fi­dence. ‘‘For me, it prob­a­bly is the fact I’ve had kids. ‘‘My body’s not per­fect and I know my weak­nesses but, what you learn is, when you do go on stage you’re only com­pet­ing against your­self.

‘‘All you want to do is be bet­ter than you were last time and get­ting on stage is a mas­sive ef­fort. That in it­self is an achieve­ment.’’

Fundrais­ing is on­go­ing to get Wil­son to the Uni­verse Cham­pi­onships. To do­nate, email fm­

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