October Athlete Of The Month – Leslie Morris

My Athlete of the Month is Leslie Morris. She competed at the Zena Collins World Cup and won her class. This was Leslie’s first show. Congratulations Leslie, it is a pleasure to work with you.

  • Height: 5’5″
  • Weight: 135lbs
  • Competition Weight: 125 lbs
  • Years Competing: just getting started

Career Highlights

1st – Zena Collins Gold Cup Class B

Why did you become interested in fitness?

In August of this year I met Adela at my gym. We began lifting weights together and she mentioned competing in an upcoming show in November and so I thought it would be challenging for me. I spoke with my husband about it and he said go for it!

When did you first start working out?

I played about every sport in high school and believe it or not was obsessed about going to the gym. It wasn’t until I had my first child and gained 63lbs that I really started getting serious about weight training.  At this point I got myself a weight lifting belt for women and my physical strength sky rocketed.

I learned more as I went along and with my next 2 pregnancies only gained 33lbs and 24lbs. After my son was born, with my husband’s help, I hit the weights and cardio hard. I also ate healthy and the weight came off. Now I’m addicted.

weight lifting with my belt

What other physical activities do you enjoy to stay fit?

I like playing volleyball and softball. I love going to batting cages. But my passion is weights and the gym. I could stay in there all day.

I also enjoy healthy cooking and of course it’s something that I have to also take seriously.

What are your goals within the fitness industry?

I would love to go pro as a figure competitor, but also would love to compete in the WTF obstacle course. It looks so challenging and fun too!

I want to become the best person I can and by that I mean both mentally and of course physically.  This is why I put so much effort into my workouts and eating the right way.

Additional Notes

There are no words for how grateful I am to Adela. She has taught me so much about what it takes to do this. She not only is a fitness icon, but she is my mentor and my friend. I also would like to thank my wonderful husband for all the help with the kids and putting up with me and my diet. Big kisses to my kids who cheer me on everyday too!

August Athlete Of The Month – Randi Post

  • Height: 5’7″
  • Weight: 145lbs
  • Competition Weight: 130lbs
  • Years Competing: 2 years

Career Highlights

In 2003 I competed at Jr. Nationals for the first time. I tied for 16th place with about ten other girls. I came back in 2004 and placed an exciting 8th!!! In 2004, I competed in the figure tall class and placed in the top three at 5/6 shows!!

2004 Competitions

2nd North American Championships Class D Figure
3rd NPC Team Universe Class F Figure
2nd NPC BodyRock Class D Figure
8th Jr. Nationals Class E Figure
1st Central USA AGF Classic Tall Class & Overall Figure
1st Illinois State Tall Class & Overall Figure

2003 Competitions

16th Jr. Nationals Class D Figure
1st Mid-Illinois Tall Class & Overall Figure

Why did you become interested in fitness?

I had been very athletic in high school, but once college started I focused on school. Once I began training with Adela in the summer 2001, she saw something in me that no one else did. The more I trained with her the more I became interested in fitness. Up until that point I had never thought about competing. I loved working out and was amazed at the transformation my body was making. So, I decided to compete for the first time in 2003.

When did you first start working out?

I began working out in high school. I played basketball, softball and ran cross-country. It was required for all three sports. Back then I didn’t realize the importance of working out. It wasn’t until I met Adela in 2001, that I seriously began working out.

What other physical activities do you enjoy to stay fit?

I enjoy running, especially when the weather is nice and I can make it outdoors. My favorite would be running bleachers at a local stadium in my town.

What are your goals within the fitness industry?

Ideally, I would love to turn pro as a figure competitor. Each year, I continue to work hard and make improvements. I just do the best that I can.

Additional Notes

I would like to thank my trainer and best friend…Adela. Her guidance and support has helped me to be the person I am today!!! Also, my husband for all his support and putting up with me when I am dieting.