Nyree Kinghorn, 45, spinning instructor at Crowborough Leisure Centre, is celebrating reaching the Pure Elite World Championship finals having taken part in their annual bodybuilding contest last month.
Mum of two boys, 21 and 11, Nyree turned 45 this year and wanted to take on a new challenge. Having entered triathlons previously, she was considering a marathon but it was the nutritional aspect of the bodybuilding journey that attracted her to taking part in the Pure Elite competition. Nyree completed the Hever Castle triathlon in September 2014 and then started her training for the Pure Elite competition in the gym the very next day.
Nyree said: “Going from triathlon training to bodybuilding training was a completely different experience for me. I had to train different body parts on different days in order to build muscle as well as increasing my calorie intake.”
After Christmas, Nyree introduced cardio to her routine. It was this aspect of the training that she found to be her biggest challenge as her energy levels were low at this point. Luckily though Nyree has very a supportive family and colleagues.
“I can’t thank my family enough, their support has really got me through my training and my youngest son is an elite gymnast, so he was always giving advice on good exercises for getting a six-pack.
“I’m lucky to have access to the excellent gym at Crowborough Leisure Centre and my Freedom Leisure colleagues have given me great advice and support too,” she explained.
Nyree won four trophies at the Pure Elite Championship qualifiers in Margate, Kent. She came second in the over 35s bikini category, over 35s fitness model and over 45s bikini and achieved a magnificent fourth in the over 45s fitness model category.