Bodybuilding titles fight starts fever
LAST weekend we got into football fever.
This weekend a fever of a different type will afflict some Queenslanders.
It is the International Natural Bodybuilding Association's Queen- sland titles fight and three of our fittest and best will be flying the region's banner.
George Bennetts, Debbie Bremer and Jamie Burns will strut their stuff on stage at the Gold Coast, each aiming to outclass the other competitors.
George will compete in the grand master title, which is for the over 50s.
"This is the first time I have ever competed in such a competition,'' he said.
"It all began from a simple desire to get healthy by coming to the gym and exercising.
"Once at the gym I had to give myself a goal so I would keep exercising and this is what has happened!''
George said he was amazed at the end result and thought he would never look this good again.
"I am down to about five per cent body fat and 78 kilos!'' Debbie, on the other hand has been bodybuilding for close to five years and competing for the last three years.
Last year she came second to the current Miss Olympia, Alison Jackson.
"I just fell into this sport,'' Debbie laughed.
"Someone said I had good legs and the body for it, so I had a look and I thought yes I could do this.
"The best part about this sport is learning about nutrition. "What I really love is learning ways to manipulate the shape of my body through the food I put in it.''
Jamie Burns has been training for five years and this is the second com- petition he has entered.
"This is the best way to get the endorphins going,'' he said. "For an hour several times a week I get a drug-free workout with the effects of that workout lasting long after I have finished.''
Jamie said bodybuilding had become his recreation. "It is akin to meditation for me.''
The International Natural Bodybuilding Association is the the premier bodybuilding federation in the nation, according to spokesperson Chris Fountain.
"This weekend's competition will attract close on 100 competitors with over 50 per cent of them being women,'' he said.