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