Bodybuilder breaks the ‘unwomanly’ stereotype

FITNESS FREAK: Wendy Lamprecht shows off her healthy body. Picture: TERENCE CLARENCE
FITNESS FREAK: Wendy Lamprecht shows off her healthy body. Picture: TERENCE CLARENCE

A TIGHTER, more toned body, increased strength, confidence and a positive outlook is bodybuilder Wendy Lamprecht’s inspiration to her sisters who want to start a healthy lifestyle this Women’s Month.

Jeffreys Bay beautician Lamprecht, 30, will be competing this weekend in the Eastern Province Championships for bodybuilding at the NMMU campus in Summerstrand.

The soft-spoken fitness freak advises aspiring bodybuilders to “start with small changes to your lifestyle”.

“Limiting junk food, for example, will yield great results for so many people. Cook your own food. Don’t put yourself in a situation where you are starving and the only option is a fast-food retailer.”

Her hobby began after she trained one day with her biokineticist husband, Sven Lamprecht, in October 2009 – the year their son, Alexandre, was born – and since then she has won many fitness competitions.

“I have always liked fitness activities. I was a sprinter at school and progressed into biathlon.”

Some of the competitions she has won include the 2012 International Federation of Bodybuilding (IFBB) Friendly City Challenge beach bikini and last year’s IFBB provincials fitness bikini, where she came first.

The “bikini” divisions range from very little muscle to well-toned athletes, allowing for a larger range of competitors in different divisions.

Saturday’s competition is aimed at creating awareness and exposure for women taking part in the sport.

Lamprecht said female bodybuilders had to overcome certain stereotypes, “such as being called bulky!

“You get to push yourself to your limits not only physically but also mentally.

“Not just anybody can compete in a sport like this. It requires hard work and discipline. If it was easy everyone would be doing it.

“As for training, you should not be put off by weight-lifting. Lifting weights will not make the average female bulky.”

Lamprecht trains six times a week and said it had great health benefits for women, such as weight loss, healthy eating, and maintaining a healthy mind and body. – Yonela Mgwali

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