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Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Strong Women Lead Strong Families
Angie finally learned to put herself above others to achieve success, self confidence, and the transformation of a lifetime.
Section: Training :: Jun 18, 2014

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Competition Addition At 41!
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!
Section: Training :: Jun 18, 2014

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Super Mom Competes At 49.
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?
Section: Training :: May 21, 2014

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Barbara-Mae Hits The Stage
Age doesn't faze this grandmother of four grandchildren from hitting the competition stage.
Section: Training :: May 07, 2014

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: ''Gym'' Stands For Get Yourself Moving
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!
Section: Training :: Apr 16, 2014

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Look Better Than Ever At 50 Years Old!
Dean Colfax has been bodybuilding for over a decade. At age 50, he still plans to compete and continue his pursuit of perfection.
Section: Training :: Apr 09, 2014

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Jodi Shows No Signs Of Slowing Down
Jodi combines two fitness philosophies, CrossFit and bodybuilding, to help prime her body for the stage. How does she do it?
Section: Training :: Mar 05, 2014

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Cynthia Beat Depression With A Set Of Abs
Cynthia bounced out of a bad point in her life with the help of bodybuilding and she hasn't looked back since.
Section: Training :: Feb 26, 2014

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Never Settle For Mediocrity
His years of experience have taught him the virtues of being humble and having respect for others: his two ingredients for success.
Section: Training :: Feb 19, 2014

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Steely Cut Out Vices And Hardened Her Body
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!
Section: Training :: Feb 12, 2014

Case Closed: This Attorney Is Jacked!
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!
Section: Training :: Feb 05, 2014

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Randy Goes Hard At 54!
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!
Section: Training :: Jan 29, 2014

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Sandra Lives In Hard Body Heaven!
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!
Section: Training :: Jan 15, 2014

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Kelly Needle Lives To Lift!
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!
Section: Training :: Jan 02, 2014

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Susanne's Competition Comeback!
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!
Section: Training :: Dec 27, 2013

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Rachel Owns A Primetime Physique
Rachel invested in her body and dominated the figure stage at age 42. Get the training and nutrition that plans that built her physique!
Section: Training :: Dec 12, 2013

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Donna Extended Her Lift Life!
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!
Section: Training :: Nov 20, 2013

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Rose Mary Fries Breathes Fitness At 46!
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!
Section: Training :: Nov 01, 2013

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Augustine Unleashed A Fitness Fury!
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!
Section: Training :: Oct 17, 2013

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Tracy Is A Fit Brit
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!
Section: Training :: Oct 10, 2013

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Delphene Balan Lifts To Live!
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!
Section: Training :: Oct 02, 2013

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Macho Muhaluk!
Anthony strives to improve and isn't afraid to fail. See how this 44-year-old fabricated a body surrounded by impenetrable steel!
Section: Training :: Sep 26, 2013

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Full Of Life And Beauty!
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!
Section: Training :: Sep 20, 2013

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Pumped Up Pam!
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!
Section: Training :: Aug 29, 2013

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Mature Muscle!
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!
Section: Training :: Aug 22, 2013

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Ripped Russian At 40!
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!
Section: Training :: Aug 15, 2013

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Iron Workhorse!
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!
Section: Training :: Aug 08, 2013

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Going Hard At Age 54!
Dale is living proof that bodybuilders have no shelf life. A strict diet combined with a hardcore work ethic never gets old!
Section: Training :: Aug 01, 2013

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Fitness Fury!
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!
Section: Training :: Aug 01, 2013

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Wise Beyond His Size!
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!
Section: Training :: Jul 22, 2013

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Ruling With An Iron Fist Past 40!
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!
Section: Training :: Jul 11, 2013

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: The Fighting Irish!
Full-time work and motherhood add a dimension to Dawn that makes her superhuman. What doesn't kill her only makes her stronger!
Section: Training :: Jul 03, 2013

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Mass Production Past Age 40!
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!
Section: Training :: Jun 27, 2013

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Ectomorphs Can Grow Too!
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!
Section: Training :: Jun 19, 2013

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Laughing In The Face Of Age!
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!
Section: Training :: Jun 13, 2013

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Angel Flies Better With Muscle!
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!
Section: Training :: Jun 06, 2013

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Bodybuilding Is A Form Of Art!
Bodybuilding and art share many similarities in Margarita's eyes. She started with a blank slate and turned her body into a muscle masterpiece!
Section: Training :: Jun 06, 2013

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Bernie Stands Strong At Age 72!
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!
Section: Training :: May 23, 2013

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Old Enough To Grow Better!
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!
Section: Training :: May 15, 2013

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Falling In Love With Fitness
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!
Section: Training :: May 10, 2013

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Rob Got Stronger With Age!
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!
Section: Training :: May 10, 2013

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: German Engineered
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!
Section: Training :: May 10, 2013

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Felicia's Fitness Destiny
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!
Section: Training :: May 10, 2013

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Shredded Abs At Age 43!
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!
Section: Training :: Apr 25, 2013

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Stronger And Sexier At 47!
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!
Section: Training :: Apr 18, 2013

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Paul Put Age In Its Place!
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!
Section: Training :: Apr 12, 2013

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Exception To The Rule
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!
Section: Training :: Mar 14, 2013

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Try This On For Size!
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!
Section: Training :: Mar 06, 2013

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Total Health For A Better Self
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!
Section: Training :: Mar 06, 2013

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Muscle Miracle
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.
Section: Training :: Feb 20, 2013

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: 44 And Ready For More!
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!
Section: Training :: Feb 13, 2013

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: 'Mirin Merlini
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!
Section: Training :: Feb 08, 2013

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Down To The Core
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!
Section: Training :: Feb 01, 2013

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: 52 And Growing Strong!
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!
Section: Training :: Jan 25, 2013

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Fitter Than Ever At 41!
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!
Section: Training :: Jan 17, 2013

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Larger In Life
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!
Section: Training :: Jan 10, 2013

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Building With Age
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!
Section: Training :: Dec 27, 2012

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Swole Model
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!
Section: Training :: Dec 20, 2012

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Lifetime Lifter
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!
Section: Training :: Dec 07, 2012

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Ripped Reflection
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!
Section: Training :: Nov 28, 2012

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Ageless Wonder
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.
Section: Training :: Nov 15, 2012

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: The Power Of Perspective
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.
Section: Training :: Nov 09, 2012

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Feminine Force!
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!
Section: Training :: Nov 01, 2012

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Training Tracks
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!
Section: Training :: Oct 17, 2012

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Always Grinding
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!
Section: Mind :: Oct 04, 2012

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Come To The Light!
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!
Section: Training :: Sep 26, 2012

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Bikini 360
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!
Section: Training :: Sep 19, 2012

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Leading The Charge
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!
Section: Training :: Sep 12, 2012

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Nifty After Fifty
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!
Section: Training :: Sep 06, 2012

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Muscle Man!
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!
Section: Training :: Aug 30, 2012

Removed 11-7-2013
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!
Section: Training :: Aug 22, 2012

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Addiction Adjustment
Cigarettes used to consume his time and energy. Kevin kicked the habit, replaced his addiction with fitness and hasn't looked back!
Section: Training :: Aug 16, 2012

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Surfer Trainer
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!
Section: Training :: Aug 09, 2012

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Cutting Corners
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!
Section: Training :: Aug 01, 2012

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Fitness Parenting
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!
Section: Training :: Jul 26, 2012

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Muscle Mom
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!
Section: Training :: Jul 18, 2012

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Fountain Of Strength
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!
Section: Training :: Jul 12, 2012

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Saved By A String
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!
Section: Mind :: Jul 05, 2012

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Master Plan
College football taught him discipline. Bodybuilding kept him motivated when his successful gridiron career ended. Now he plans to dominate the Masters heavyweight division.
Section: Training :: Jun 27, 2012

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Susan Cantone
A friendly guide showed Susan how to operate in the weight room. Once she was comfortable, this teacher achieved a superior grade!
Section: Training :: Jun 20, 2012

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Joe Tete
Joe's an old pro whose fire for fitness is still burning bright. At 67, Joe is 200 pounds and lifting strong.
Section: Training :: Jun 13, 2012

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Shyrlena Bogard-Williams
Shyrlena was just too tough to be a weak girl. See how battling the boys prepared her for a life in fitness!
Section: Training :: Jun 07, 2012

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Heidi Halm
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!
Section: Training :: Jun 01, 2012

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: David Diboll
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!
Section: Training :: May 24, 2012

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Angie Langley
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!
Section: Training :: May 16, 2012

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Dani Mattisson
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!
Section: Training :: May 10, 2012

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Cornel Nitache
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.
Section: Training :: May 03, 2012

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Doug Amburgey
Competition has been driving Doug most his life, from the Marine Corps to Highland Games to Bodybuilding. This guy fights!
Section: Training :: Apr 25, 2012

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Julia Keirse
An injury forced Julia to abandon the tennis court for the weight room floor. See how she maintains a lean physique year-round!
Section: Training :: Apr 19, 2012

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Yolanda Rosato
Yolanda yearned to compete the moment she attended her first Figure show. Build a stage-ready body by following her plan!
Section: Training :: Apr 06, 2012

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Kimberly Dickson
Kimberly reached the next level with help from Kim Oddo, the master blaster of women’s fitness training. The results speak for themselves.
Section: Training :: Mar 28, 2012

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Timothy Roach
Tim struggled to accept his aging body, until he began bodybuilding. He found acceptance and works to inspire others!
Section: Training :: Mar 22, 2012

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Ninette Terhart
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.
Section: Training :: Mar 15, 2012

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Daryl Farrell
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.
Section: Training :: Mar 07, 2012

Over 40 Amateur Of The Week: Colleen Holiday
When life gets hard, Colleen trains harder. She's an incredible example of what BodySpace, determination, intelligence, and hard work can create.
Section: Training :: Feb 22, 2012


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