Michelle Freeman Figure of Fitness
It’s been a quandary for many fully grown women who have been involved in gymnastics since a young age. You’ve been competing in gymnastics since age 6, right through high school and college on a four-year scholarship. Now you’ve graduated college and are out in the real world. You’re good but not good enough for the Olympics. What do you do?
Ah, you get a job as a gymnastics instructor at one of the top programs in the state, one that takes students up to the elite level where they are eligible for the Olympics. Not enough? Still want more? What’s left for the former gymnastics competitor who still wants to compete?
Do what Michelle Freeman has done. The 26 year-old has gone the whole gymnastics route from childhood to college and yearned for more. She has become a fitness competitor.
The program is like a beauty contest in that it involves parading on stage in a bathing suit and, if you get far enough, the interview round. But there is also the talent round, in this case showing exceptional fitness. It can’t be something like juggling, operatic singing or rubbing a tune on water-filled glasses.
Freeman read about the New Haven fitness competition accompanying the men’s and women’s bodybuilding competition in a fitness magazine. She attended the competition in 1999 that drew six fitness competitors and decided to give it a try the following year. So she entered in 2000 when it drew more competitors , 13, and finished fifth, while her husband, Patrick, a corporate fitness director won the novice bodybuilding competition. Then in 2001 she won with an even bigger field, 24, while Patrick finished fourth in the open men’s bodybuilding competition.
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