A woman from Morley fought in a battle of the ‘poses’ to be crowned an award-winner in a national bodybuilding competition.
Professional dancer Emma Hyndman, 27, moved to Leeds from Newcastle to study at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance before deciding to focus on fitness,
“It was when I broke my foot that made me think that I needed something work on as a back-up,” said Emma who now works as a personal trainer.
Emma made the “wise choice” early on in her career to stay up north in Morley, rather than battle it out with lots of competition down in London.
“I stopped dancing as much, it was the right time to open a new door,” said Emma who now spends up to 40 hours in the gym each week, training clients.
It was spending so much time in a gym environment which spurred her on to try out body building.
“I’m always looking to improve myself,” said Emma, who lives at Peel Mills.
It was whilst training clients and herself at the nearby gym, Fusion Fitness, when she decided to try-out as a body-building competitor.
“I have always been athletic but as I was in a gym environment all the time, I was surrounded by people who compete.”
And late last year, Emma competed in two National Amateurs Bodybuilders’ Association competitions (NABBA).
In her first competition, NABBA UK, she won the award for Best Presentation for her posing routine.
Then shortly after she came second place in the NABBA Novice competition for Miss Toned Figure First Timers. It had been a draw between Emma and another woman, as they both scored the same points but the judges had to make a decision after a final “pose-off.”
Emma said: “I was more than happy with second place!”
She is now working towards NABBA North East Area Show on May 11 at Batley Frontier, which will lead on to the NABBA Britain Finals.
For more information on Emma, go to www.facebook.com/Emmapersonaltraining or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org