|Yvonne is 56 years old and lives in Sacramento, CA. She's 5'2" tall, weighs 112 lbs and has
13% bodyfat. Thanks to Vonnie for sending us her pictures.
|"I have been lifting weights, heavy duty, for about a year now. I started at 24 Hour
Fitness in Davis in October of 2001, right after I relocated back to the Sacramento area.
Prior to that, I had lived on the Central Coast and had done some weight lifting but not to
the extent I do now. I had never competed before I moved up to Sacramento. After being in a
bad 30 year relationship with someone who mentally degraded me by telling me I was never
good enough, this has been my greatest achievement.
|"When I first started lifting, several of the trainers there asked me if I had ever
considered competing as a bodybuilder and I said no. Then, the more I worked with my trainer
and started increasing muscle mass, the more I thought about it. I decided life was too short
and we should grab the opportunities when they are there. I agreed to do my first show in
May of 2002 in Chico, CA. I was the oldest competitor and competed in the open class,
placing 2nd in a group that consisted mainly of 20 and 30 year old women.
|"Everyone I came in contact with after that told me what an inspiration I was to them,
especially people my age. I had other bodybuilders come up and tell me the same thing. The
greatest award of all is the encouragement and feedback I get from other people who tell me
how I have had an impact on their lives.
|"I did my 2nd show in Folsom, CA in August of 2002 year. Again, I was the oldest
competitor in the show. I entered in my age group but there was no one to compete against so
I competed in the Masters Class made up of women who have all been doing this for years.
I was the only rookie. I placed 5th and was happy with that. After the morning show, a
photographer from Women's Physique World Magazine did a photo shoot for the magazine.
|"I continued to receive encouragement and feedback from other bodybuilders and judges
who told me I should keep doing this, that I was a natural and was so inspiring to people.
I hear that from people I work with and work out with. Many times I'll be out in public
and someone will ask me if I lift weights. When I tell them what I do they are shocked and
|"I have a new trainer, a professional bodybuilder, who has stepped up my workout. He is
helping me put on more mass and also puts together the posing routine. I'm still at 24
Hour Fitness, but it's a different facility in Sacramento. I'm on a 2 day on, 1 day off
routine, with cardio 3-4 times a week. I have the ability to stay pretty lean between
shows, so it does not take much to get me contest ready.
|"I told my trainer, Brad, that the next time I step foot on stage, which may be in
March 2003, I plan on walking off with the 1st place trophy. This is a strong motivator
for me when I workout. I have always been athletic, running, hiking, bike riding, anything
outdoors, but I have definitely found my niche with bodybuilding. I love it and plan to
keep on doing it as long as I can. I've been told if I stay with this I could be
competing on a National level before too long. I would love that. That is a goal of mine!"
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