The Grand Bahama Bodybuilding Championships to Be Held This Week

While waiting for the Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation’s 40th Independence Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships, 18 competitors are expected to travel to compete in the prestigious Grand Bahama Bodybuilding Championships which will be held this week.


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After Danny Summer, President of the Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation, announced in February that Grand Bahama will be home to the National Bodybuilding Championships for the first time in 40 years, he now promises quite a show.

This show is going to be very big”, says Summer, who will head the delegation going to the championships. “We are expecting a lot of the top bodybuilders to be competing in the championships before they compete in the National Championships”, he added.

Classic bodybuilders expected to appear at the Grand Bahama include Lorraine LaFleur, David Fenton, Charles Reckley, Anna Greene, Jonathan and Nicole Richardson, Jamal Hamilton, Juliette Rolle, Tio Pyfrom, David Charlton, Donita Fry, Jimmy Norius, Lucus Leader, and Dorrinton Rolle, who have already made their mark in a few competitions throughout the United States.


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Norius, for instance, is the defending men’s national champion, and Grand Bahamian Tameka Stubbs is the defending champion in women. She also went on to win the lightweight gold medal at the Central American and Caribbean Bodybuilding Championships in Puerto Rico, where the Bahamas finished fourth. Norius picked up a bronze medal in the lightweight division.

Another awaited participant at the event is Johnnie Jackson, an American IFBB professional bodybuilder and powerlifter who is sometimes referred to as “the world’s strongest bodybuilder”. He will be a guest poser at the championships, which last year was combined with the national championships.

This year, they are having their own Grand Bahama Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships and right after them, the federation will be putting on the National Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships here on July 13 at the National Center for the Performing Arts”, said Summer.


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In total, we are expecting to see between 30-40 competitors competing in Grand Bahama this weekend. From all indications that we are receiving, it’s going to be very big. The organization committee over there, led by its president Rob Harris, is doing a tremendous job in getting the show off the ground.”, added the federation president.

According to him, the National Championships will crown the Mr and Ms Bahamas champions and will be used to choose the national team that is expected to represent the Bahamas at the 2013 Central American and Caribbean Bodybuilding Championships in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, which are scheduled September 19-23. “The team will be picked based on the overall performances of each athlete”, mentioned Summer.

The Grand Bahama Bodybuilding Championships this year will be held on Friday, July 5, at the Regency Theater, the performing arts hub of the northern Bahamas.

Personal Trainer Becomes Bodybuilder

Many people think that personal trainers and classic bodybuilders look the same, as they have the same purpose: to train. However, a personal trainer is the “lighter” version of a classic bodybuilder but, if training properly, personal trainers can also become professional bodybuilders.

This is the case of personal trainer Krystal Morgan, who has surely done a lot of “personal” training lately. In the last four months, she picked up the sport of bodybuilding and managed to become a champion in short order.


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When most people think of a bodybuilder, they think of somebody huge, so ‘oh gross’. That’s the type of people we see in Muscle & Fitness, and they have this automatic stereotype in their head, but obviously, like, I’m not huge. We’re not all huge and gross and manly looking”, says Morgan.

And she is surely right. Despite her becoming a professional bodybuilder, she has still managed to preserve her feminine size. Morgan considers that a better way to describe women bodybuilders is ‘extremely fit people’.

If you can lift your weight and a half, that’s considered strong in the world of bodybuilders. Morgan can squat 185 ponds, and in her very first bodybuilding competition, she took home first place after training for only a few months.

So, how can the physique of a woman’s body can be judged at a bodybuilding competition? “The judging is based on three aspects”, says Morgan. “So, like your symmetry, so how evenly your body is balanced on both sides, muscularity, and leanness. So, you want to have big muscles but also be lean – like, see the striations in your body”, she added.

The personal trainer turner bodybuilder also has to practice holding a pose. “You do practice, otherwise you’ll be up there shaking like crazy, so it’s definitely like, if you think about flexing your bicep for somebody, showing them it’s hard to hold it for five seconds let alone like a minute”.

Even though working out is obviously the most important part of bodybuilding (and one of the hardest ones at the same time), Morgan admits that the biggest challenge probably is watching what you eat.

My husband has been super supportive. I try not to keep junk in the house to tempt me from eating it, so he’s lost a couple pounds along the way as well”, she says.

In addition to dieting and working out, the dedication to the gym life eats up quite a bit of her social life. “Sacrifices. Definitely the time spent in the gym when your friends are all going out on Friday nights and want to go be up late, I really haven’t done that at all the last couple months training for this”, says Morgan.

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Even though she says that her bodybuilding career isn’t necessarily a long-term pursuit, Krystal Morgan will be competing in the international bodybuilding competition in the Canada Calgary Cup in May, the personal trainer aiming to take home another trophy.