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Angie finally learned to put herself above others to achieve success, self confidence, and the transformation of a lifetime.
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Karen's intense ballet training as a young girl carried over to weightlifting and made her a strong woman. See what drives her passion for competition!
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Darla is a mom with five kids, runs her own personal training business, and still finds the time and motivation to compete (and win!). What is her secret?
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Age doesn't faze this grandmother of four grandchildren from hitting the competition stage.
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Gina's outlook on life and fitness keep her built and happy. See how this sizzling bodybuilder gets stage-ready while still enjoying things like rollerblading on the beach!
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Dean Colfax has been bodybuilding for over a decade. At age 50, he still plans to compete and continue his pursuit of perfection.
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Jodi combines two fitness philosophies, CrossFit and bodybuilding, to help prime her body for the stage. How does she do it?
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Cynthia bounced out of a bad point in her life with the help of bodybuilding and she hasn't looked back since.
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His years of experience have taught him the virtues of being humble and having respect for others: his two ingredients for success.
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Steely plans to tear up the pro stage within a year and has the body to back up her claim. See why this 44-year-old disregards age and focuses on mind, body, and soul!
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David found a mentor who instilled unwavering drive within him to succeed. See how this 49-year-old plans to attack future competitions and leave no doubt!
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Randy committed to bodybuilding as a teen and never let his fire burn out. See what drives him to promote competitions and live ripped at age 54!
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At age 49, Sandra has the body of a goddess and uses her gift to guide others on their fitness journeys. Check out the plans she created to get ripped and stay that way!
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Kelly's stellar physical condition saved her life in a horrible car accident. Now she lifts like her life depends on it. See why this 46-year-old fighter refuses to quit!
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Injuries and medical problems couldn't harness Susanne's competitive spirit. See how she grabbed heavy weight and hit the bikini stage with a bang at age 46!
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Rachel invested in her body and dominated the figure stage at age 42. Get the training and nutrition that plans that built her physique!
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Heavy weights added the finishing touches to Donna's body before she competed against women half her age. See how this 50-year-old earned her place on NPC stage!
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Rose has been to every corner of the fitness universe. See how her exercise journey went from weights to marathons and evolved into figure competitions at age 46!
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Former IFBB pro Jeff Box Long introduced Augustine to bodybuilding years ago. See how basic bodybuilding fundamentals propelled him into competition shape at age 43!
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Fitness is a permanent fixture in Tracy's life and it shows. See how this 45-year-old British beauty shaped a body that hauls in first place trophies!
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Delphene battled intense migraine headaches that affected her quality of life. See how health and fitness propelled her out of a rut and onto the stage at age 49!
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Anthony strives to improve and isn't afraid to fail. See how this 44-year-old fabricated a body surrounded by impenetrable steel!
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Debraelizabeth makes age 43 look strong and sexy. She's not afraid to hit the stage and her age! See what made fitness skyrocket up her priority list!
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Pam bucked mainstream trends to become a chiseled bodybuilder at age 46. See what struggles she overcame to accomplish her dreams and dominate women's bodybuilding!
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Bill reentered the competition scene after taking decades off. See how quickly he rebuilt his muscular frame and won a pro card at age 45!
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Anna was afraid of muscles until she saw their true power. Now she has shape, volume, and definition at age 40! See how you can too!
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Joe went through hell and high water to become a brute beast at age 42. See how he used every ounce of expelled energy to build a brickyard body!
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Dale is living proof that bodybuilders have no shelf life. A strict diet combined with a hardcore work ethic never gets old!
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Tina combines CrossFit with Olympic lifts to sculpt a body worthy of podium finishes at age 41. See what drives her to compete against the best!
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Christopher is on the cutting edge of the weightlifting scene in South Korea. See what motivated this 41-year-old into the weight room and onto the competition stage!
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Don't interpret James as cocky, enjoy his rare views on bodybuilding, and realize that he doesn't need recognition to justify his hardcore lifestyle!
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Full-time work and motherhood add a dimension to Dawn that makes her superhuman. What doesn't kill her only makes her stronger!
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Karl is more than a super ripped 42-year-old. He's a fitness ambassador for Sri Lanka who wants to leave an engrained mark on the industry!
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Basketball was his first love, but after an ugly divorce from the sport Andre found sanctuary in the gym. It wasn't easy, but his body type grew to love lifting!
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Holly describes herself as retired, but her resume says different. This 59-year-old trains 40-50 clients out of her garage and shows them no mercy!
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Angel walked the same path for so long that it left a rut miles long. Change came when she built a knowledge base full of muscle and nutritional power!
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Bodybuilding and art share many similarities in Margarita's eyes. She started with a blank slate and turned her body into a muscle masterpiece!
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People are blown away to hear that Bernie is 72 years old. He defied Mother Nature and overcame massive injuries with heavy iron and a strict diet!
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It's not a mistake that Frank is ripped at age 57. He visualized this moment, believed it was possible, and committed to a journey based on hard work and sacrifice!
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When fitness is your job and your hobby, it's an obsession. That's how Lisa likes it. She's constantly focused on her body and driven to help her clients!
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Years of boxing and military training made Rob grow mentally and physically. This Canadian is prepared for battle on the competition stage at age 42!
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Germans are known to take something and make it better. Marc took it a step further. He studied bodybuilding from every angle and constructed an almighty physique!
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Felicia used to watch people lift weights from the treadmill. Eventually, she got tired of wishing her body looked strong and went into action. See how her decision paid off in big ways!
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Semi-pro basketball taught Nick to work hard and be disciplined as a teen. That dedication transferred to the gym where he built a cut physique for more than 25 years!
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Joan's road to fit was long and windy with several unexpected turns. She had to fight hard for her beautiful body and doesn't take it for granted. This 47-year-old deserves respect!
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Mother Nature is in for a fight against Paul. He's on a mission to defy time and get better with age. By the looks of his shredded physique, he appears to have the upper hand!
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According to bodybuilding standards, Ken's best years are behind him. But he's on a mission to defy the odds at age 48. See how this competitor keeps winning!
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Joe left his corporate job at age 38 to become a full-time fitness trainer. It was risky, but he made it work by stretching his capabilities and pushing his body beyond its limits!
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LauraLee is on a mission for optimum health. The journey transformed her from a cardio queen, marathon runner, into a serious figure competitor. At age 46, she's just getting started!
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A brain tumor had Kim on the ropes early in life. She fought tirelessly for a decade, won the battle with cancer, and gave birth against all odds.
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Lifting has always been there for Steve. Injuries derailed his competition dreams temporarily, but the weight room always took him back. See how his competition goals became reality!
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The world leads us to believe a 40-year-old woman can't have the body of her dreams. Try telling that to Raquel. This all-around babe throws expectations out the window!
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Some people say fitness is a way of life; some people prove it. Patricia fits the latter category. She's been pumping iron for 20-plus years and gets recognized for her accomplishment!
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A girl once told Matt she wouldn't date him because he was too skinny. That turned one man's quest into a crusade. His grandchildren call him Super Grandpa because he's not normal!
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Michelle loves challenges. When her 40s started approaching, she kicked it into high gear. This gourmet cook knows how to burn through the weights and sizzles onstage!
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For those who like using their age as an excuse, meet Tony. He exemplifies what it means to go hard without making excuses. This 48-year-old got a late start, but made up for it in a big way!
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Sometimes it takes criticism from your mom to wake you up. Christian needed to be told he was obese so he could see it for himself. Years later, he still uses those words as motivation!
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Shannon left her career of 17 years to become a personal trainer after falling in love with strength training. Her goal is to help others reach their fitness potential!
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Matt's bodybuilding journey began 39 years ago when a tumor in his back forced him to work out or wear a brace for life. The choice was obvious. He grabbed iron and never looked back!
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Maggie refuses to let herself regress. She worked too hard to be where she is today. The competition bug bit hard and infected her with a passion to better than the day before!
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The gym is an extension of Melissa's life. She loves bodybuilding, competing, and being in control of her body, but most of all, she wants to be a better mother, hygienist, and Christian.
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Cope with life after the death of her sister hit Laurie hard. She wasn't ready to deal with it, but had to for her family. Now, she looks a life through a different lens.
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She didn't have a healthy upbringing and was oblivious to overtraining. But that didn't stop Colleen. She put the past behind her and created a future full of happiness and health!
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Shellane saw Lenda Murray strike a pose on ESPN years ago and was stunned. Murray's ripped physique sparked Shellane to become a personal trainer, and a competitor!
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He stays ahead by being two weeks behind. That’s how Merrit motivates himself to push forward through good days or bad. In his mind, nothing is done and everything is to come!
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Elaine's life was filled with dark days and weight swings until a divorce from her ex revealed the light. She set a goal to compete, switched the women's physique, and built a massive frame!
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Crystal was determined to never feel uncomfortable in a bikini again. She set specific goals, rallied around her family, and stood proudly on the NPC bikini podium!
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Zumba only takes you so far. If you want to lose more than a few inches off your waist you're going to need iron. Victoria hit the weights with reckless abandon and showed her peers how it's done!
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Weightlifting made her to be better in every way. She changes lives and inspires hardworking wives to get fit, healthy, and on track mentally, professionally and personally!
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BodySpace has a way of motivating people. Its innovative options allowed Kenny to realize that he's not alone. This proud dad can say he's thriving well into his 40's and beyond!
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Our Amateur Bodybuilder of the Week has the extraordinary qualities to endure the pain and discipline of bodybuilding. Of course, he/she also receives all the extraordinary benefits!
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Cigarettes used to consume his time and energy. Kevin kicked the habit, replaced his addiction with fitness and hasn't looked back!
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This jump jockey turned surfer rides nasty barrels by day and hits heavy weights by night. Age means absolutely zilch to this award winning personal trainer! Get on his wavelength!
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Mark found a way to stop time. This 53-year-old looks younger and healthier with age. He's the George Clooney of fitness! See what motivated him to get in the best shape of his life!
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Amy Jo won't take a chance on her children's future. Her daughters won't be subjected to unhealthy living. This, ladies and gentlemen, is parenting by example!
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Calling all mothers! It's time to take notes! Being a ripped mom isn't easy, but somebody has to do it. Tricia has a reputation to uphold and she has no problem leading the charge!
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Erika DeJesus says she looks better now than she did in her 20's. See what she went through to get to sculpt her physique and how she plans to continue excelling!
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Paramedics gave Jim 14 minutes to live after a major heart attack. His peak physical condition probably saved his life, with only one minute remaining. Now, he takes nothing for granted!
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College football taught him discipline. Bodybuilding kept him motivated when his successful gridiron career ended. Now he plans to dominate the Masters heavyweight division.
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A friendly guide showed Susan how to operate in the weight room. Once she was comfortable, this teacher achieved a superior grade!
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Joe's an old pro whose fire for fitness is still burning bright. At 67, Joe is 200 pounds and lifting strong.
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Shyrlena was just too tough to be a weak girl. See how battling the boys prepared her for a life in fitness!
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After her children left the roost, Heidi found time for herself and made remarkable changes to her body. She chose to try, and she succeeded!
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David was always comfortable in the gym, but he got more comfortable making excuses. Eventually, he realized he was only cheating himself. He started lifting again and hasn't stopped!
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Angie didn't think about competing until her childhood friend encouraged her to. Now, she's just beginng what will no doubt be an incredible career in the fitness world!
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A cancer scare sent Dani scrambling. After she knew she was healthy, Dani started to re-evaulate her life. See how she began living the fit existence!
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When the body breaks down, the mind withers. Rebuild the body, like Cornel has, and the mind recovers. That is true strength. That is bodybuilding.
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Competition has been driving Doug most his life, from the Marine Corps to Highland Games to Bodybuilding. This guy fights!
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An injury forced Julia to abandon the tennis court for the weight room floor. See how she maintains a lean physique year-round!
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Yolanda yearned to compete the moment she attended her first Figure show. Build a stage-ready body by following her plan!
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Kimberly reached the next level with help from Kim Oddo, the master blaster of women’s fitness training. The results speak for themselves.
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Tim struggled to accept his aging body, until he began bodybuilding. He found acceptance and works to inspire others!
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Originally an aerobics instructor, Ninette knew it would take some serious work to become a competitive bodybuilder. With her boyfriend's help, she transformed her physique.
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Daryl may have been a shy guy growing up, but lifting weights transformed his physique and boosted his confidence. Now, he's ready to compete and will storm the stage in 2012.
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When life gets hard, Colleen trains harder. She's an incredible example of what BodySpace, determination, intelligence, and hard work can create.
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