The tipping point " Vicki Hisaw |

The tipping point " Vicki Hisaw

For her 50th birthday, Vicki wanted to lose a few pounds and look better. With a six-month lead time, she added something new each month ” like a facial, teeth whitening, etc.

She also worked with a trainer once a week at Monster Gym, gradually increasing to three times a week. When she reached the milestone birthday, her trainer, Brandon Bergeron, had an idea: Vicki should compete in body-building. Her response was less than enthusiastic.

The seed, nonetheless, once planted, began to grow. Vicki began working with David Williams, a personal trainer who had both competed and coached others. With David’s encouragement, Vicki increased her training to five times a week, saving weekends for aerobic exercise.

She also changed how and what she ate. “No more cookies!” she said. Her family and friends were wonderfully supportive.

“At first my 14 year old daughter and 17 year old son thought it was a bit weird to have Mom up on a stage in a posing suit,” she says, “but now they are getting used to the idea!”

Vicki’s first competition was in Reno, Sept. 30. She brought home a first place trophy for the Grand Masters’ Women’s division. Her next competition is scheduled for Oct. 28 in Elk Grove.

Competitions are highly structured. During the morning pre-judging, competitors in specific age and weight categories are called on stage. With other participants, Vicki does mandatory poses and a 60 second routine without music, wearing a daytime posing suit.

Finalists for the evening event are then chosen. The evening routine consists of a 90 seconds choreographed routine set to music performed in an evening posing suit. (Teresa Cull worked with Vicki to design her routines.) Competitors are judged on muscle size, symmetry, and posing routine.

Vicki assures us that women achieve a nice clean look — rather than bulking up ” from weight-lifting. She has less fat, more lean muscle, and greater bone density. Vicki says “I feel better, and probably look better, than at any other time of my life. Plus, I really love weight-lifting.”

She adds, “This is one of the hardest things I’ve ever accomplished. But worth it!”

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