Extol Celebrating Health

MAR 2017

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By Angie Fenton Sometimes it takes a loss to finally gain. After grabbing my fanny pack and tying my shoes, I walked into the Louisville Athletic Club in New Albany, checked in and greeted my coach, Ryan Schrink. "Let's get this workout started!" I enthused, as I breezed by him, hoping he'd follow. He didn't. Instead, he said the words I've — thus far — come to dread: "Let's get your measurements first." Nuts. I've really struggled with fitting in workouts while establishing a work-life balance and knew I was about to be confronted by failure in my quest to be fit and healthy again by October, when I plan to compete in the Kentucky Muscle bodybuilding contest at the age of 42. Measurements don't lie. Neither does the scale, though I'm far less interested in the latter. While I look for to the competition, my main goals are to decrease body fat (which currently sat at an unhealthy 30.4 percent), build muscle and strengthen my cardiovascular system, mostly so I can run and play with my one-year-old without gasping for air. Head down, I walked into a door-less room Finally A Loser visible from the main area and felt my anxiety increase as Ryan pulled out his measuring tools. "Don't let anyone see, OK?" I implored. I pretended not to watch him as he measured but peeked at the numbers he wrote on my chart and couldn't believe what I was seeing: Despite my struggles, I was finally a loser — as in I'd lost a total of 6.75 inches, including 2 inches of belly fat and half an inch off my thighs and hips, resulting in a one-percent decrease in body fat, which was now at 29.4 percent. "Just think where I'd be today if I had made every workout and cardio session a priority," BodyBuilderMom .COM POWERED BY EXTOL SPORTS, LAC & WHAS 11 I said. Yes, Ryan replied, but at least this was proof I had made progress. It was also motivation. Fo r t h e n e x t 4 5 m i n u t e s, Ry a n p u t m e through the most grueling leg workout I've ever experienced — and I'd already trained for and competed in several bodybuilding competitions more than a decade ago (in fact, I won my class the first time I stepped on stage). Even though there were moments of that workout that brought me to tears and almost caused me to fall over (I loathe you so much, 42 EXTOL SPORTS / MARCH 2017

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