GYM owner and personal trainer Cheryl Frost is not just fit, she is a body building champion.
Ms Frost currently wears the Miss Universe Super Body crown for her sculpted physique, the result of years of training and discipline most people would struggle to contemplate.
“It takes a lifetime of consistency with nutrition and consistency with training. It becomes a lifestyle and it’s something you live day in and day out,” she said.
For the past 12 years, the mother-of-two and former social worker has pushed her body to the limit for body building, a sport she said was just as focused on changing the mind as the body.
“What first attracted me to the sport was the discipline and the determination required to take your phys- ique to the next level,” she said,
“I’m a real firm believer in the power of the mind … and I think when we change our bodies it does a lot of things for our self-esteem and confidence.
“The process in itself and the journey is actually more remarkable than what you achieve at the end of the day.
“What it does to your head is just as important as what it does to your body.”
Griffith University exercise physiologist and lecturer Nathan Reeve said it was important for competi- tors to approach the sport in a considered and supervised way.
“You just need to be con- scious of taking it to that negative extreme, and that applies to any sport,” he said.
“For women, make sure your energy levels are appropriate for that level of activity, hormone pro- duction is supported and it is not impacting menstrual cycles.”
Ms Frost agreed with people who viewed body building as extreme, but said after so long in the industry she hoped she had the balance right.
“It is a very fine line and I see competitors who perhaps tip the scales and it becomes the be all and end all,” she said.
“Being in the sport for a long time now, I hope I have the balance right. Life is all about trying to keep balance.”
International Natural Bodybuilding Association state president Jason Whitworth said the number of people entering body building and fitness model competitions was growing by 30-40 per cent each year.
“It is massive. Eight years ago we had 52 competitors, last month we had 460 competitors,” he said.