Trio of Biloela athletes build up for competition
THREE Biloela fitness enthusiasts are training hard as they prepare to compete in the North Queensland fitness and bodybuilding championships in Townsville later this month.
The trio, Amanda Munroe and husband-and-wife team Luke and Lacreesha Trevithick, are training with coach Jason Rewita ahead of the ICN Tropix North Queensland Championships to be staged on September 29.
Munroe will be making her debut in the competition, having nominated in the first-timers' division in both the Miss Sports Model and Miss Fitness categories.
The 25-year-old only began competition training three months ago, focusing on weightlifting and some cardio.
She said Rewita had convinced her to get involved in the competition and she agreed to enter, if only to get out of her comfort zone.
"I could do with a goal to work towards,” Munroe said.
"It has been really great. It's definitely a lot of thanks to Lacreesha, she has been very supportive and Jason is a support in the gym sessions.”
The trio are members of PCYC Biloela and complete all their training at the facility.
"The PCYC themselves show a lot of support of what we are doing,” Munroe said.
Munroe said she was not concerned about where she placed at the championships.
"To know I have been able to achieve something is enough,” she said. "It gives me a bit more drive in achieving goals.”
Mother-of-three Lacreesha Trevithick will be lining up in the championships for the second time, having entered the Model Mum, Fitness Mum in the 30+ division.
She said Rewita had been a major help getting ready for the competition.
"The amount of experience Jason has been able to bring to us, the wealth of knowledge, having him to be able to guide you through what is going on, it is really great,” she said.
"We are very lucky to have him in town to help us out.”
Lacreesha said a big part of preparing for the all-natural event is avoiding protein or supplements.
"Going through the process, you have to start 'leaning off' and you start looking critically at the food,” she said.
"My calories are like my dollars, do I want to spend them on simple carbs like protein or something like a wholefood that is rice or vegetables?
"You do really look at what you are taking in, whole raw food, the nutrients, the fibres.”
With both her and her husband preparing for competition, Lacreesha joked it has been a bit tough on their children.
"The calories are lower, nerves get frayed quicker,” she said.
But she said the hard yards would be worth it.
"We're very much looking forward to showing the kids hard works pays off,” she said.
"There is nothing I love more than my eldest daughter, for her growing up saying she wants to have muscles.”
Lacreesha said she now has the competitive bug and insists there will be more events in the future.
For her husband Luke, the Townsville event will be his first. He has entered the first timers' division in the Physique, Physique 30+ and Mr Fitness categories.
A keen triathlete, Luke said it had been a "180 degree turn” entering the Tropix competition with the event all about building body mass.
"Which doesn't go too well to being fast in a triathlon,” he said.
"It has taken a fair bit of concentration in my head to take that on.”
Luke said the change meant triathlons were now on the "back burner”.
"I quite enjoy the feeling of the strength and the strong look you get from body building, pushing it to the next level and getting the intensity right,” he said.
Luke said he had enjoyed his new training schedule, which included a lot of weight lifting, but was unsure how he would go performing on stage.
"After the comp I will have a good indication of where I will go,” he said.
"See how I go on the stage in that aspect of the sport. I am enjoying it so far.”
Rewita has been training in the gym for 35 years and competed in the sport for 10 years. His mantra is "competition is the end result, the journey there is so much more important”.
"You are learning so much more,” he said.
"It is not so much about the weights, it's about eating, sleeping -, training is the last thing you should think about.”
While Biloela is a small town, Rewita said there were no limitations.
"If anything, because it is a close-knit community, it is easier to get involved,” he said.