Sports column: Fitness competition season returns with local competitorsThe season for fitness competitions is once again in full force and Duluthians and others who have been working hard around the Twin Ports are showcasing what they’ve been working on in numerous local shows.
By: Sarah Packingham, For the Budgeteer News
The season for fitness competitions is once again in full force and Duluthians and others who have been working hard around the Twin Ports are showcasing what they’ve been working on in numerous local shows.
Duluth native Jessica Alstead competed in her first-ever competition on March 23, in Fargo, North Dakota. Alstead competed in the NPC Upper Midwest Bodybuilding Competition in the bikini division.
Alstead, although new to competing, has been around the sport for a long time.
“My mom competed professionally as a bodybuilder, so growing up
I was always around the lifestyle and at competitions,” she said.
Last spring, Alstead was dating someone who competed in his first bodybuilding show and she was extremely supportive of him throughout the whole process, including attending his show.
“Following that I went to the Olympia in Las Vegas and it was a done deal,” Alstead said. “The spark of interest spread like wildfire.”
Eating “clean” and working out has always been part of Alstead’s life, but she still found difficulty in the training process, especially when it came to drinking water. For a few days of her training, she had to drink up to three gallons of water per day.
But the water intake is something Alstead had to do, and she knew that from working with an experienced group of trainers and athletes who have all competed and trained local athletes before, which she said is a must for anyone who wants to get into the sport, as the preparation is so involved it’s hard to do on your own, she said.
“I am part of Team Training out of Peak Fitness,” she said. “It’s an amazing group of men and women working their butts off to compete in every division from bodybuilding to bikini.”
Weekly, the athletes and trainers come together for posing practices and words of advice.
“We are blessed to have such a great group of individuals,” she said. “I would really just like to thank my trainer, Leif Anderson, as well as all the other trainers and members of Team Training. I could not have done this without the support of them or my friends or family.”
Competing in the bikini division was a perfect fit for Alstead because she was able to put together all the things she enjoys about fitness and a healthy lifestyle, and it paid off. She won her division.
“The day of the competition went by so fast,” she said. “Before I knew it I was at prejudging and about to walk on stage. Surprisingly I wasn’t nervous until I stepped out on the stage, and then it hit me.”
In regards to her teammates and competition, Alstead was very humble and excited about everyone’s accomplishments.
“We all rocked that stage and I will never forget a second of it,” she said.
Alstead plans on competing again in May in Duluth at the Iron Viking, Duluth’s first-ever bodybuilding show. The Iron Viking takes place at the DECC on May 11.
Duluthian Sarah Packingham writes about sports for the Budgeteer. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.