Local pair flex their muscles to stand tall at nationals
BUSINESS owner, mother, grandmother, world-class natural bodybuilder.
They are a few words that usually do not appear together in a sentence, or even the same breath.
That is unless you are talking about Bodyrock Fitness owner and trainer Regina Griffiths.
Regina's husband, Tom Griffiths, explained the bodybuilding competition, highlighting the fact it was a completely natural sport.
"They are smaller than the Mr Olympia-type competitions but they are completely natural," Tom said.
"The sport is 100% drug-tested. There are competitions where it's a bit of a free-for-all, but this is completely natural."
Griffiths and fellow bodybuilder Brad Clarke returned from the Musclemania Australia Championships with outstanding results, both securing entry to international competition.
"They both did so well," Tom said.
"Regina finished fourth in Figure Australia and won the Ms Bikini Australia classic division.
"It's her first comp in four years and she is ecstatic with her result.
"Brad finished second in the masters division to three-time Natural Olympia champion Bryce Cleary."
They both have now qualified for Fitness America in November and Fitness Universe next June.
While funds will not allow either to make the November trip, all focus is now on ensuring they make it to the South Beach, Miami, competition next year.
"It is a bit close to the date and we simply can't afford it in November," Tom said.
"We'll be ramping up some fundraising in the next few weeks.
"Brad's now our first ever sponsored athlete at Bodyrock, so we're keen to get him there.
"They're both already back into training after a day or two off and they'll keep at it."