By Candace Lord, Co-Owner, Certified Personal Trainer & Nutrition Coach at Integrated Fitness of Dover
Between October 24th and November 21st, I entered three bodybuilding shows in three states. Here is a quick recap.
Granite State Open
On October 24, I competed in my first of three bodybuilding shows starting with the Granite State Open (GSO) in Dover, New Hampshire. The GSO is a natural bodybuilding show that is part of the WNBF natural bodybuilding organization located in Dover, New Hampshire. Since this was my first show in two and a half years, I was thrilled to place second in Fit Body and third in Bodybuilding.
OCB New York Natural
After the GSO, I moved on to my first professional show, OCB New York Natural, on November 14. I am very happy to have placed top 3 in the Women’s Physique Pro Open Overall, which was my initial goal. I felt proud to have placed so well in my first ever Pro show. The competition was tough!
Just one week later, on November 21st, I competed in the INBF NaturalMania show in Boxborough, Massachusetts, where I won three, first place spots and earned two pro cards in that organization—one in Fit Body and one in Women’s Bodybuilding.
It Takes a Village
I want to say thank you to the promoters and judges of these shows for making them safe and for running them so well. Even with all of the changes, it was enjoyable and I am ecstatic to have been able to finally show off all of my hard work!
Thank you, Coach Royce for your knowledge and preparation; Michele Welcome for posing miracles; and I also want to thank my husband Jim, not only for supporting me in this crazy sport, but also jumping on the bandwagon and competing himself. It takes a village and I am truly grateful for everyone who has been supportive over this last year!