At 50 years old, Sheila Liddle took the challenge and prepared to compete in a fitness competition for the first time on May 7th at UFE Revolution in Cobourg! The mother of two decided to challenge herself to something new and exciting for her 50th and found the perfect challenge to be a UFE competition. She realizes how important it is to stay fit. “I’ve been in health care for the past 27 years and I see on a daily basis what happens to the body when we don’t take care of it. Fitness not only strengthens the body, but the mind and spirit as well. I want to prevent, or at least delay, as many health issues as I can that come with aging.”
Contest season is approaching, and we all know how important it is to choose the right coach in order to have the best contest prep experience possible. Here is a simple checklist to go through when looking for a coach/trainer to help you get ready for a bodybuilding, fitness, figure, or bikini competition.
UFE Bodybuilding Pro Dave Avery has been competing in natural bodybuilding competitions since 2001 and had tried a number of organizations before joining Ultimate Fitness Events. In his early years, he had begun to build disdain for the fitness industry due to a lack of natural bodybuilding organizations, but when he competed in his first competition with UFE, that all changed. “When I found UFE I really felt like I found home. My competition experience since day 1 has been absolutely amazing.” Since then Dave has immersed himself in the organization, judging at a number of shows in Ontario and beyond and becoming the Event Director for UFE Revolution in Cobourg, Ontario. He and his wife, Julie are also the coaches of Team Avery (www.teamavery.ca). Together they have helped prepare over 150 fitness competitors for the natural stage – many of them for UFE.
Dave is promising big things for him and Team Avery in 2016. His massive team of fitness models, figure competitors and natural bodybuilders will be hitting UFE stages across Ontario and Dave himself plans to bring his best physique ever to the PRO stage at the UFE World Championships in Toronto this November!
Caty King competed for the first time in a natural bikini competition at the beginning of 2015 with UFE’s Australian affiliate, Australasian Natural Bodybuilding (ANB). It didn’t take her long to get noticed and with just a few fitness competitions under her belt she earned an invite to compete on the other side of the world in Toronto, Canada at the UFE World Championships in November of the same year. She called this the best day of her life- “never did I imagine that 10 months after my first fitness competition, I would come second at a world competition and earn my UFE PRO Bikini card!”
Now that she’s found her passion, Caty is more motivated than ever. In her offseason she’ll be making gains and posing, posing, posing (In fact you can see for yourself on her Facebook fanpage HERE). “My main goal is to improve my physique and stage presentation… 2016 here I come!”
Addressing the need of women who desire a category “in-between” the Bikini and Figure categories, UFE has now launched the Women’s Fitness category. For some time, it was thought that the Fitness Model category was this bridge between Bikini and Figure and often confusion was caused when, even at higher levels of competition, women from other categories were doing well in the Fitness Model category. UFE has clarified some of this confusion on our newly launched website by stating “while typically, the fitness model physique has slightly more muscle mass and is more conditioned that what is called for in bikini and is slightly less muscular than what is called for in figure, it is not necessarily the “bridge” between the two categories. For example, the cover of Oxygen magazine has featured both figure competitors and bikini competitors and while the physiques are different, the marketability and charisma of the model, as well as their fit, athletic appearance make them all suitable for magazine publication.”
For many, stepping on stage would be an amazing experience, but it remains a distant dream. Holding them back could be the fear of not doing well or not looking like they belong on stage with some of the other competitors. Maybe “fitness & bodybuilding” sounds intimidating to them and stirs up images of huge and ripped men and women.
UFE Fallsview Fury on May 28th will be held in Canada’s exciting city of lights, Niagara Falls, Ontario. Not only will the hosting city set the scene for an exciting weekend of natural fitness and bodybuilding, UFE has also teamed up with the creator of the Niagara Falls comic-con to do something extra special! This event will give competitors an opportunity to dress up as their favorite superheroes (or villians) to showcase their physiques in a creative and exciting way and have a chance to win a meet & greet and photo opportunity with the “Incredible Hulk” himself, Lou Ferrigno if they are voted to have the best costume!
All overall winners will also win a super hero shirt compliments of Unlimited Apparel! So what are you waiting for? Think of your favorite super hero and bring them to life at this exciting event!
2015 UFE PRO Figure and Physique champion, Brittany Carracher says she is already starting to prepare for the UFE World Championships in 2016, where she will be travelling from Australia to defend both of these titles in Toronto. While UFE does have a handful of exceptional competitors that have achieved dual PRO status, Brittany is the first to have ever won two PRO titles. To successfully defend in both categories would, of course, be another incredible first.
UFE Elite level competitor Ashley Bird talks about how fitness competitions have helped transform herself not just physically, but mentally as well. After a serious back injury, she had some important decisions to make. “Dealing with a major injury can be extremely disheartening and it’s easy to just sit on the couch and feel sorry for yourself. But once you realize it could be a lot worse, you turn your thinking around and start visualizing what you CAN do, rather than dwelling on what you can’t. My body now responds very slowly to diet and exercise…but I’m making changes all the time, and I’m grateful for that. This is a test of my determination and will to keep fighting.”
UFE Fitness Model PRO, Kacper Kulig from Bermuda tells us about his experience competing with UFE. “UFE has really changed my negative outlook on competing in fitness competitions. I had competed with other organizations where after the show I can say I hated the experience mostly because I was the only guy doing this naturally. With UFE the playing field is even! There are no excuses or advantages; your only competition is yourself. Unlike other organizations, UFE competitors have become a family, where I have made great friends that have made competing enjoyable.”