Track and Bodybuilding Go Hand in Hand for Fitness Champ!
Last weekend 20-year-old Rocheal Phillip emerged as the women's Bikini Fitness Champion in the Saint Lucia Amateur Bodybuilding and Fitness Association Championships. This came just a year after she got into the sport, which she took up to improve her fitness.
A member of Morne Stars Athletics Club, Rocheal is originally from De Breuil, Choiseul. She spent a year in England in her mid teens, before returning home. She explained how her interest in bodybuilding developed, and the process of transition from athletics.
"I always liked seeing a toned woman," Rocheal said. "And I'm also addicted to fitness, so I just decided to give it a shot. When I stepped on stage for the first time, my love for that just grew. To me it just flowed from athletics to fitness competition, one into the next so easily.
"As a long distance runner, I was already doing a lot of cardiovascular conditioning, and I just added in the weights and body weight training. Plus, being in the gym helped me focus on maintaining a proper diet, which is essential for bodybuilding."
Rocheal says she would definitely advise track and field athletes to get into bodybuilding and fitness competitions.
“If you are doing athletics and training for fitness, you will put more into it,” she explained. “It will boost your love for training and fitness. Plus, most track athletes already have a great physique!"
Although her immediate priority is preparing for September's Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Championships in Mexico, Rocheal says you can look out for her on the road and on the tracks next season.
Fundraising is also a priority, as sponsors are needed to help underwrite the trip to Mexico. But as she harbours dreams of one day becoming a professional fitness competitor, Rocheal is also excited about linking up with her track club in coming months.
"Morne Stars is the best club, for so many reasons,” she said. “We're active on social media, and the club members support each other on and off the track. They've really been there for me. I like the fact that the members are always training, and it's made up of a group of serious athletes."
Find out more about Rocheal and her teammates by following Morne Stars on IG: @ mornestars
Morne Stars Athlete Rocheal Phillip won the top spot in the women’s fitness category at the recently held Saint Lucia Amateur Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships.