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Bodybuilding 'a great way to get fit'

Sixty one-year-old Valentine Payne of Winnipeg lifts weights to pump up his muscles backstage prior to competing in the International Drug Free Athletics Prairie Classic bodybuilding competition at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium on Saturday.

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Sixty one-year-old Valentine Payne of Winnipeg lifts weights to pump up his muscles backstage prior to competing in the International Drug Free Athletics Prairie Classic bodybuilding competition at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium on Saturday.

Bodybuilders took to the stage at Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium Saturday to show off their muscles.

Women exercise and practise their poses backstage prior to competing at the WMCA on Saturday.

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Women exercise and practise their poses backstage prior to competing at the WMCA on Saturday. (TIM SMITH/BRANDON SUN)

Errin Strain of Brandon shows off her physique during the International Drug Free Athletics Prairie Classic bodybuilding competition at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium on Saturday evening after taking part in the IDFA transformation challenge.

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Errin Strain of Brandon shows off her physique during the International Drug Free Athletics Prairie Classic bodybuilding competition at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium on Saturday evening after taking part in the IDFA transformation challenge. (TIM SMITH/BRANDON SUN)

Dino Camire visits with his wife Kyla and their daughter Ella after competing in the novice men’s bodybuilding category at the IDFA Classic bodybuilding competition on Saturday.

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Dino Camire visits with his wife Kyla and their daughter Ella after competing in the novice men’s bodybuilding category at the IDFA Classic bodybuilding competition on Saturday. (TIM SMITH/BRANDON SUN)

Ashley Todosey checks her phone in the dimmed auditorium prior to competing on Saturday.

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Ashley Todosey checks her phone in the dimmed auditorium prior to competing on Saturday. (TIM SMITH/BRANDON SUN)

The 2014 International Drug Free Athletics Prairie Classic brought out lots of first time competitors from across the province.

The event was put on by International Drug Free Athletics focussing on the practice of bodybuilding without the use of drug enhancers.

"Every sport has a stereotype," said trainer Katy Unruh. "That does not mean that every athlete fits that stereotype. I do not use drugs when I compete and neither do the people I train."

Unruh trained four competitors for the classic, including Gill Smith from Minnedosa.

Smith began training to compete in January because she wanted a goal to get fit and lose weight.

"This was a great way to get fit," Smith said. "Not only am I building muscle through the weight training, but I am eating healthy and eating more because the muscle is able to burn more calories."

Smith placed second in the women’s novice fitness model tall competition.

Unruh said bodybuilding is easier to get into if the person is already fit and athletic.

"I didn’t start competing until I was 36," Unruh said. "But it wasn’t too hard for me to do because I had been fit for most of my life."

The training process for bodybuilding events depends on what shape athletes are in to begin with and how hard they are willing to work, said Unruh.

"Gill started training about five months ago and worked extremely hard to get to this point," Unruh said. "She looks fantastic and her hard work has paid off."

Brandon’s Errin Strain started working as a trainer in September 2012 and has been approached to train people for bodybuilding.

"I have had to turn people away because I didn’t know what they needed," Strain said.

She says her experience competing in the classic will now allow her to train people.

Strain competed in the overall transformation challenge and the novice fitness model.

"I don’t know if I will do it again," she said. "I want to focus on roller derby, but never say never."

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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition June 9, 2014

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