A FITNESS enthusiast from the Isle of Man narrowly missed out on a top three placing in a prestigious competition in Toronto.
Jo-Anne Cowin, whose mother lives in Ramsey, was taking part in the World Body Federation Fitness championships and came fourth in her class out of 32 other entrants.
‘I missed it by one spot,’ she said.
‘Very happy with my results, but I am already planning ahead for next year’s championships.
‘I met a lot of amazing people in the fitness industry and many of my idols who were in the same changing room as me, now that was a very humbling moment, and that I had reached my destination after eight months of hardcore training.’
Jo, 38, is a hairdresser by day and has lived in the Cayman Islands for the past 17 years.
She entered the competition’s Diva Bikini Model category which she described as ‘a model-type look but with an ultra-toned body still remaining sexy and womanly’.
Competition winners receive their WBFF professionals’ card, which she described as a ‘golden ticket to the fitness world’.
She already has a professionals’ card for the World Natural Bodybuilding Federation.
‘But I was not allowed to enter this event as a pro because it is a different federation,’ she explained.
To prepare for the championships Jo-Anne has been putting herself through a rigorous fitness routine which saw her rise at 5am so she could train until 6.30am.
She then worked with a client as a personal trainer before starting her day job as a hairdresser.
After this she stepped once again into her personal trainer’s role before starting another training session in the gym for herself.
Her evening meal, when she finally has time to eat is a carefully controlled balance of protein, carbohydrate and greens.
Before the competition she said: ‘Since January I have completely locked myself away and have trained the hardest I ever could imagine. The WBFF is one of the most powerful stages in the fitness industry and if I am getting on that stage I need to know in my heart I have given it my all.’
Commenting when the competition was over she said: ‘All of my family and friends made a night of it and watched it live on pay per view, so they saw me on that huge stage. Next year I will get it; nothing is going to stop me train even harder and bring an even better package in 2013.’
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