19 2 / 2013

Amanda Dunbar Spotlight

I’ve always been athletic throughout my life. I started training as a gymnast at the age of 4 and had to retire from the sport at 17. I competed as a national level gymnast and my ultimate plan was to go to college on a full scholarship for gymnastics but had a career ending injury and had to turn down all scholarship offers. I had fractured/dislocated my ankle in approx 20 places and so far I’ve had 5 surgeries to correct the problem, including a cartilage transplant from knee to ankle.

After having to quit gymnastics, I needed something that would keep me fit. I was used to training in gymnastics 6 days per week and was now starting to gain weight from being in a cast/crutches for almost a year, nevermind the lack of exercise. I decided it was time to get back in the gym and start lifting again. Once I started seeing real progress, I decided I wanted to train for my first bodybuilding show.

I competed in my first bodybuilding competition at 21 and was very pleased how I looked on stage. I dieted/trained myself for my that competition which was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. It took so much time and dedication, not just for training/cardio, but to figure out how my body works and responds to different foods/diets. Once I saw what I looked like on stage at my first show, I realized how much I had accomplished and how much I really loved bodybuilding.

I have never had this much motivation to train before in my life. Over the past few years I have watched my body evolve and develop into something I never thought I could attain. I am still extremely young in this sport and cannot wait to see what I will look like in my 30s like most of my fellow competitors. It only gets better with age. This is a sport of time and I can’t wait to continue GROWING! I am trying to really make a difference in the sport and become a person that can make it marketable once again… Like it used to be when Cory Everson dominated it. There is no reason why we can’t go back to that look. I am ready to BRING IT. :) I do believe it can be attained… Size, symmetry, and beauty and I want to be the one to do it.

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