Marnoo women to contest national bodybuilding titles

MARNOO - Tania Walter and Joanna Brown will compete at the Australian National Bodybuilding State Championships this weekend.

The two Marnoo women will take to the stage at La Trobe University on Sunday to compete at the event.

Ms Walter started competing in bodybuilding competitions two years ago and said there were plenty of benefits.

"It is really a healthy, clean living lifestyle," she said.

"This weekend is the biggest line up ever apparently. Magazines will be there and companies wanting to give out sponsorships, so it will be really hotly contested I'd imagine."

Despite the pressure of coming up against some of Victoria's strongest and fittest women, Ms Walter said she wasn't nervous and was just looking to go out there and have some fun.

"I've got a really good group of girls coming with me and I was lucky enough to have Lindy Olsen from Oxygen Fitness magazine look after my diet for the last 23 weeks, so that's why I feel pretty calm," she said.

Her diet of six meals a day, based around her body type and metabolism, along with her strict fitness regime has held her in good stead heading into Sunday.

Ms Walter said her and Ms Brown have been supporting each other along the way.

"We have both been training with Neale Anderson at a little PT gym in Marnoo," she said.

"We've been doing relatively easy cardio everyday at about 110 beats-per-minute for an hour before breakfast and then I've been in the gym doing weights four times a week."

Ms Walter will compete in the Masters Figure division (35-45 age group), while Ms Brown will enter the Short Class Figure, the category she placed third in during her first competition in May this year.

"This competition will be much tougher," Ms Brown said.

"They are much bigger fields in September/October than the competitions in May, because you are just getting into winter then and not as many people want to trim their fat down and that sort of thing.

"Training has been tiring, the last few weeks leading up to the event have been pretty exhausting and to be honest it becomes very mentally challenging, but it is all worth it in the end."

Ms Brown, who has completed a number of half-marathons, said she initially got into bodybuilding to help with her running.

"I like doing heavy weight lifting and just think it's good for muscle definition and strength, and it helps with all my other training too," she said.

"I will probably have a week's break after the competition and then keep running, but I don't know if I'll keep building and compete, I'll just wait and see."

Both women said they would have plenty of family on hand to cheer them on this weekend.

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