ALMOST two years of training, healthy eating and discipline is starting to pay off for rookie Kirkstall bodybuilder Mikala Todd.
The 22-year-old has capped off a remarkable body transformation in the past 18 months with encouraging results in her first two competitions.
She earned a third and a fourth in two classes at the International Natural Bodybuilding Association all female classic on June 22.
She backed up with another promising effort in the International Federation of Bodybuilding’s Amanda Doherty all female classic on the weekend. “I’m definitely happy. What I’ve achieved in 18 months of training has been really good,” Todd said yesterday.
“The thing I lacked with the IFBB event was I didn’t have the same amount of mass as what the other girls were holding.
“They have been competing for longer than what I have. Give it another 18 or 24 months of growing, the judges’ feedback was I’ll be more competitive.
“My focus is on growing a better package for when I get up on the stage next.”
Todd, a former Brauer College student who works in Warrnambool, said bodybuilding was a natural extension of her already healthy lifestyle.
She adheres to a rigorous training regime of cardio and weights, coupled with eating whole foods — chicken, broccoli, salmon and sweet potato among them.
“I’ve always enjoyed doing weights in other sports. It was something I thought I always wanted to do,” she said.
“When I met my coach and did my first training session, I found out what was possible. It was a lifestyle I was already living, so it was a natural progression.
“I met my coach in January last year and set my sights on competing and left it in his hands.
“As soon as he thought I was ready to go into comp prep, I’ve gone with that. I’ve trusted him 110 per cent. It’s something I definitely want to pursue in the future.”
Todd said she was unsure when she would next take to the stage, although more competitions next year loom large.
She was confident she had the motivation to take the next step in the sport.
“It hasn’t been hard to stay motivated at all. I lead that healthy, clean lifestyle as it is. It’s my routine and a holistic way of living anyway,” she said.
“As an ordinary person it might seem hard but if it’s something you enjoy doing and you’ve got your goals and it’s the way you like to lead your life, it’s not hard.
“There are times you don’t want to get up early in the morning but when you see the achievements and the changes in your body, it motivates you anyway.”