A fitness instructor from Sheffield is celebrating after picking up an award at a bodybuilding competition - landing her a place in national final.
Rachel Saxton, aged 37, from Intake, works as a fitness and group exercise instructor for Fitness Unlimited at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre but in her spare time devotes hours each week to honing her body to perfection.
The mum-of-three came third in the Body Fitness category at the Body Power Awards held in Birmingham - after spending 16 weeks leading up to the event training intensively, with over seven hours per week weight training and over 10 hours a week cardio training.
Her accomplishment at the Body Power Awards has qualified her for the British finals in October.
Rachel, who used to be a marathon runner before taking up body building, said: “I’m always being encouraged to enter competitions by my co-workers at Ponds Forge. As a result, I have competed in three series in the space of seven months and haven’t looked back since.”
“This was a completely new category for me so I never expected to win a place on the podium. However, I won’t be accepting my place in the British Finals as I don’t feel ready for the next level.
“There are areas of my body which would need work, and with having to diet again so soon to get ready for it, I feel I would not be able to achieve the gains required in those areas.
“As well as this, training can be very intense so I feel that I need time to rest mentally and spend some more time with my family.
“I still aim to compete in the Scottish Grand Prix in August, but my ultimate aim is to get invited to next year’s Arnold Sports Festival which brings together the world’s best bodybuilders.”