Body beauties light up stage
TECHNICAL PROBLEMS with the lighting couldn’t dim Keisha Squires’ shine on stage.
Her second appearance during the Sparkling Ice Inter-Gym Fitness Competition, hosted by ABC Fitness Studios at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre on Saturday night, was a clear enough image for the judges to crown her winner in the body fitness category once again.
The 32-year-old fitness enthusiast and dancer who has been a member of the gym for a year and a half, graced the stage with her usual confidence to show off her broad back, toned limbs and rock hard abs accentuated by her turquoise blue, bedazzling triangular bikini.
Overall bikini fitness winner Geanna Jules of ABC also emerged the winner of the bikini fitness short class division.
In a red two-piece number, the 30-year-old flight attendant, who has been in the gym for two years, flaunted her lean figure which she was working hard on for the contest since January.
“It was quite tedious. I was working out five days a week and I am also a flight attendant, so sometimes I would work out at the gyms in the hotels. I’ll probably do four days at ABC fitness and the others at the hotel.
“I try to get my meals in as much as possible. Sometimes I’m very busy with work and I’m not able to prepare, so I just package my stuff and walk with it,” she told NATIONSPORT.
Dawn Bowen of Lifestyle Fitness wasn’t a first-timer to the stage but a first-timer to competition onstage.
The 42-year-old, who is accustomed to modelling costumes, won the bikini masters, which is a newly added segment.
Though she pointed out that the stage wasn’t so much the frightening part, she came into the competition struggling with her poses.
“Other than the posing, it was exciting. My trainer Michael Knight is somewhat of a perfectionist. As I am a taxi driver, early morning was the only time I could get the work in. I usually work out but the extreme side of it was focusing on upper body getting the definition and the diet,” she said.
Last year’s winner of the bikini fitness overall title, Andrea Cumberbatch, of Body Shapers, took the prize for the bikini fitness tall class category, while Rachel Hinds of ABC seized the bikini wellness competition.
Tyrell Forde of Body Shapers captured the men’s physique title. He pointed out that his goal was to come away with the victory, even though he was a first-time competitor.
Forde, 26, who began his preparation from last November, said he trusted the process.
“I really got into my diet four weeks before the competition and did some water depletion the week of the competition.
“To me my back was my best feature on the night, but that was my weak point when I started preparing. I had to work really hard on that to try and make it as wide as possible.”
Shone Springer of Kraken Gym won the men’s physique Masters category. (RG)