A message from the owner at Personal Training 101 in Scottsdale:
My wife Maria (MJ) has always kept herself in good shape but in mid-July was encouraged by Tabitha Citro, (one of my Personal Trainers, ACE Certified) to try challenge herself and compete in the 2008 NPC Western Regional Championships Figure competition on 11/1 at the Chandler Center for the Arts. She strictly followed Tabitha's advice (Tabitha herself placed in the 2006 Arizona Natural Figure competition) and did most of her training with her for the 13-week preparation.
MJ was about a month shy of her 43rd birthday on the day of the contest and was entered in the Jr. Masters division (ages 35 to 43). She was up against some very fit women from Arizona and several other Western states, most of whom were seasoned competitors. There were about 25 women in Jr. Masters and it was broken into a tall and short class (MJ is 5'4" so was in the short class). MJ won 1st place! She also was entered in the Open class (no age limits), with was very competitive.
There were about 50 women, divided into height Classes A to E (MJ was in Class C, with 12 others). I don't believe any of the others in her class were older than 35 and she won 1st in her class!
It's almost unheard of for someone to come out of nowhere and win her first such show, not only in her age group but among all ages. She can attribute her youthful looks in large part to her healthy lifestyle and diligent skin care (she' an aesthetician by trade). We've gotten several calls from people who were impressed by her appearance and achievement and want to train with Tabitha.
ACE Certified Personal Trainer
Personal Training 101T
Click here to see the pictures at the competition: http://mikesimon.smugmug.com/gallery/6440026_k24Vg#413092730_Hzkg8