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"After sitting at a desk for 4 decades with lots of rollercoaster dieting along the way, I retired at 55 years old overweight and out-of-shape. My first priority in retirement was to lose weight and get fit so I could do the things I loved to do like hike and climb and travel. So the first year, I lost 40 pounds by joining Weight Watchers and walking my dogs. The second year, I joined Bodybuilding.com and worked through several of their programs like Jamie Eason’s LiveFit Trainer, James Grage’s Rewired, and Lee Labrada’s 12-week Lean Body Daily Trainer. I lost 10 more pounds and got fairly lean and fit, but still wasn’t satisfied. Then I set some strength goals like deadlifting 200# and adding weight to pullups and triceps dips. Although I became very fit and very strong, I was still unable to create the physique I had always dreamed of. My upper body totally overpowered my lower body. And although I thought I was training my lower body effectively, I was not. I still had no glutes! I needed help to go further. So I entertained the idea of finding an experienced competition coach who could show me the formula for building a balanced and aesthetically pleasing physique. Although more than one fitness professional told me I would probably have to use PED’s (Performance Enhancing Drugs) to build muscle at my mature age, I could not bring myself to do that since I promote health, balance and sustainability. So, I went looking for a NATURAL competition coach. I found Jay Horn through a link on the OCB website and the rest is history. After 15 months of consistent, persistent, INTENSE work, I now have the physique I’ve always dreamed of. My new physique was even good enough to step on stage for the first time at 60 years old. What a rush!
PS. In the middle of all this, I became an ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer, and now have a thriving personal training business in Mesquite, Nevada called “Fitness & Fun.” Last year I also went on to acquire certifications in Fitness Nutrition and Bodybuilding. I am thrilled that my ISSA education to date, coupled with 15 months of rigorous training with Jay, plus the competition experience at OCB Hollywood in December 2018, gives me a unique skill set that I can use to serve my clients in the years ahead." - Deb Campbell
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