Mum-of-eight’s squat record
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 email@example.com.