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Marlesford mum wins bodybuilding prize aged 56


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4:00 PM September 14, 2022



A mum of six from Marlesford hopes to encourage different girls to be happy with what they’ve, after her personal weight-loss journey led to competing as a pure bodybuilder.

Fran Smith’s journey to the bodybuilding podium began ten years in the past when she noticed “a horrible picture” of herself.

After shedding 9 and a half stone, Ms Smith was motivated by her private coach, Karen Thomas, to participate in a pure bodybuilding competitors that excludes utilizing steroids or any enhancements.


Fran Smith before the transformation

Fran Smith earlier than the transformation
– Credit score: Personal archives

The 56-year-old stated: “Karen is an ex-bodybuilder, and as soon as I jokingly stated that I might love to do this in the future.

“After I misplaced sufficient weight, it gave me the boldness to go to the fitness center.

“Karen bought me on a food plan with extra energy. It was an enormous change for my physique. Then I began the preparation for the bodybuilding present.

“I nonetheless ate carbs and had loads of protein, simply in a lot smaller quantities. I went on stage weighing 9 stone six.”


Fran Smith during the natural bodybuilding competition

Fran Smith through the pure bodybuilding competitors
– Credit score: Personal archives

Throughout the 18 months of preparations for the present that passed off two weeks in the past, Ms Smith needed to learn to pose.

She stated: “Throughout posing, I’ve to have interaction sure muscle teams, which is usually actually difficult, particularly once you’re very uncovered in a bikini and excessive heels.”

Ms Smith, who received third place within the novice class, stated: “I used to be competing with women who have been an terrible lot youthful than me.

“After menopause a lady’s physique adjustments dramatically. Girls normally quit on these competitions after childbirth.

“I strongly consider in girls’s well being and being happy with what you’ve got bought. Typically I nonetheless wrestle. My weight drawback hasn’t gone away utterly.

“I want to say that I am controlling the meals fairly than the meals is controlling me.


Fran Smith during the natural bodybuilding competition

Fran Smith through the pure bodybuilding competitors
– Credit score: Personal archives

“If my journey and my story can encourage girls to attempt the fitness center and even go for a stroll, I wish to give them this confidence.”

Ms Smith stated that she all the time struggled along with her weight.

She stated: “I’d discover any excuse to eat one thing, whether or not I used to be comfortable or unhappy or no matter.

“I began reducing weight alone as a result of I used to be too embarrassed to ask for assist.

“However reducing weight is the simple a part of it. Sustaining the burden is tougher.”

The mum of two and step-mum of 4 stated that shedding the 9 and a half stone in weight was “a bodily and psychological battle with herself”.

Ms Thomas, the non-public coach, stated: “Fran has exceeded all expectations. She had an actual problem on her palms, however did not let something cease her.

“She confirmed true willpower and perseverance. She’s proof that with the proper mindset something is feasible and that ladies have alternatives open to them it doesn’t matter what their age or historical past.

“I believe she’s an actual inspiration to girls on the whole.”


Fran Smith lost nine and a half stone and took part in a bodybuilding competition

Fran Smith misplaced 9 and a half stone and took half in a bodybuilding competitors
– Credit score: Personal archives

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