How I Got This Body: Training Champ Christine Hodges

January 14, 2014

photo by Bre McGee photo by Bre McGee for the Star Tribune

After her pregnancy in 2009, Christine Hodges couldn’t keep the weight off. At her heaviest she weighed 267 pounds and said she no longer recognized herself in the mirror.

Fast forward to 2013. Hodges is now 150 pounds and hoping to become a professional bodybuilder. Losing all that weight took a lot of time, but the process revved up when the Eagan mom entered Life Time Fitness’ National 90-Day Transformation Challenge. She was named the winner last month, pocketing a hefty $10,000.

The journey to achieving her new body was filled with speed bumps. Along the way, she quit smoking and drinking. She joined Lifetime in 2012 but initially had a hard time taking her trainers’ advice. Still, she lost enough weight to step up to endurance training and complete a series of races: first a 10K, then a 10-mile, then a half-marathon.

She didn’t fall in love with fitness, however, until she discovered bodybuilding. Her “ultimate, ultimate” goal is to compete in figure fitness tournaments. In January, she’ll embark on months of training as she gears up for her first competition — Ms. Natural 2014.

Full story at the Star Tribune.

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