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Over 40 Bodybuilder of the Week: Melanie Redington

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  • Name: Melanie Redington
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  • Age: 40
  • Where: Wasilla, AK
  • Height: 5'7"
  • Weight: 125 Lbs
  • Years Bodybuilding :1
  • Favorite Bodypart: Abs
  • Favorite Exercise: Running
  • Favorite Supplements: Whey Protein

How Did You Get Started?

I started lifting weights in May of 2010 with the goal of entering my first figure competition on Oct 2nd, 2010. I ended up switching from figure to bodybuilding because it was the best fit for my personality and physique. I have been involved in different aspects of physical fitness my whole life. As a child growing up in Minnesota, I was a competitive figure skater. I taught PE for 10 years, teaching skating basic skills, coaching cross-country skiing and running for several years too.

In 2009 I received the Presidential Physical Fitness Council's Community Leadership Award for my contributions to improving the overall health of the children I worked with in interior Alaska. This is one of my most treasured accomplishments because less than a dozen of these awards are given annually throughout the US. I began running in 2005 and have been completing races ranging from 5k's to a full marathon for 2 years now.

Melanie Redington.
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Melanie Redington.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

Workout plans that fit into my family schedule work best for me. I like to head out the front door and run on the Joe Redington Sr. trail (a bike path with my family name - The late Joe Redington Sr. is the Father of the Iditarod) when conditions safely allow, which is about 8 months of the year in Alaska. I figure I run at least a full Iditarod (1, 049 miles) every year on that bike path. Additionally, half of our living room is a weight room, which, works for us.

I also have a stationary bike for when the weather is terrible and the Alaskan darkness dominates and the garage is filled with more weights. In the summer we camp and fish around the state toting running shoes, bikes and chasing the race circuit to keep the competitive edge.

I currently follow a 7-day routine and take Wednesdays as my rest day. I work full time so having a break on Wednesday is a good mental boost for balancing work and fitness.

Day 1: Chest/Back/Calves/Shoulders

Day 2: Biceps/Triceps/Shoulders

Day 3: Hamstrings/Thighs/Calves

Day 4: Off

Days 5-7: Repeat Days 1-3

I do a minimum of 30 minutes to a maximum of 90 minutes of cardio daily. This is a mix of stationary biking and running.

Melanie Redington.
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Melanie Redington.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

Eating real food, which is hard to find nowadays is the best nutrition plan for me coupled with lots of whey protein. Eating real food requires a lot of planning and preparation. I spend Sundays cooking and prepping food for lunches and have washed and cut more vegetables plates than I care to admit. I am lucky because my husband hunts moose and fishes for salmon both very healthy and hormone free sources of proteins.

My family is behind my diet 100% and as a family we have all changed the way we eat for the better. Also I try to drink a gallon of water daily.

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Meal 5: Before Bedtime

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Melanie Redington.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

Whey Protein. Beyond that, I am too inconsistent with supplements to give any credit to them. My favorite is chewable tablets of just about anything, but I just have not focused on making that a consistent part of my overall routine. If any company out there wants to reform me, they can feel free to get in touch. Haha!

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

Speaking as a woman, I love that I have finally made myself a priority! In general we females are natural caretakers and can end up focusing so much on everyone else that we compromise our own health. At the age of 35 to life changing events occurred. My mom passes away after a lifelong battle with diabetes and I quit an on and off 18 year habit of smoking. Surviving both of these events hinged on a developing replacement habits and I chose fitness.

It started innocently enough with push-ups when I wanted a cigarette and evolved into running, diet change and basically a whole lifestyle overhaul in slow incremental steps. At 40 I feel like I am the strongest and healthiest I have ever been!

What Motivates You To Follow A Healthy Lifestyle?

Without a doubt my mom and my family motivate me most. My mother suffered from type 2 diabetes her whole life. I watched the toll it ravaged on her body until I was 35 and at the tender age of 62 my mother lost her life to diabetes. For the first year after my mothers' death I walked hand in hand with deep sadness and depression. Thankfully my husband stood by me and helped me through that period of intense emotional pain.

I knew after a year of grieving that I needed to pick myself up as my mother would expect. My family needed me. Out of respect to my mother, family and myself I aim to attain the he highest level of fitness and wellbeing possible. I want my son to see the living proof of how dreams are attained, by setting goals and following through day after day. Eventually, I would love to give to diabetes and/or quitting smoking through advocacy when the opportunity arises.

What Made You Want To Achieve Your Goals?

I have always been a goal oriented and self-driven person. Personally, it is easier for me to stay on task if I commit to a bigger goal - like competing. When you know you'll be standing on a public stage in a bikini and paying to do it to boot - that make sit much easier to complete daily work-outs and refrain from entire half gallons of ice cream!

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I plan to continue exploring various realms of fitness for the rest of my life. I enjoy exploring and testing my physical limits. Through competitive figure skating, backcountry hiking, biking, swimming competitive running and bodybuilding I have met a myriad of fantastic athletes and expanded my ideas about life in general through sports. Specific to bodybuilding, I plan to continue competing in state level events and ultimately would like to move on to the National level to earn a pro-card. That is the ultimate goal in bodybuilding. Beyond that I would also like to complete an Ironman triathlon in my lifetime.

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Melanie Redington.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Surround yourself with people who love and support you. Maintaining a competitive level of fitness is a full time job that is a mix of proper diet, training and rest. I could not attain and maintain the level I am at without the support of my family.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

Let's see, of course there are Ava Cowan and Jamie Eason. Really though who inspired me to kick it into high gear was the Olympic swimmer, Dara Torres, who medaled at 41 in the 2008 summer Olympics. I was mesmerized by her grit and phenomenal physique. I remember telling my family that I still had time to shine in the sports arena.

At that time I was running 5k and 10k races. Now I have finished a marathon, won a state level (ABFF) Bodybuilding competition and qualified to compete in Nationals for the next year with the National Physique Council NPC with a 2nd place finish.

What Features Do You Use On

I use BodySpace for networking. As someone who is new to the sport this website has been a great way to meet people, ask questions and find inspiration. I also enjoy the forums and am a regular visitor to the store.