I have been an avid exercise-aholic since about 1981, when I graduated from High School. I changed from a rebel-without-a-cause to a productive and dedicated individual when I started bodybuilding at a gym near my house the summer before I started Junior College.
My first inspiration began when I saw a picture of Rachel McLish. At that moment, I knew that I could build muscles and look better than 90% of the women I had admired for their skinniness. Skinny was out - muscles were in.
I spent the next 10 years of my life devoted to the bodybuilding
lifestyle. I haven't found anything on the 'net to link to in
regards to Women's Bodybuilding. Maybe I'll build my own someday
since I'm still a big believer
In the years since my bodybuilding career officially ended (with a win at the Midwest Open in Rockford, Illinois in 1986), I had two kids in 1992 and 1994 and needed desperately to get back into shape after a long layoff (6 months before pregnancy, then 9 months pregnant, then 12 months nursing, then back to pregnant for another 9 months!).
Before that, I had maintained some semblance of regularity about my workouts which included :
Following is the workout routine I used to go from a 135-lb post-pregnant woman to a 110-lb woman in only 4 months (also the current routine I'm using to get back into shape again after having been doing nothing but creating web pages for the last 6 months - - ouch!) :
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