Noemi Pelegrin-Tudor - Physique Competitor

I got scouted in the parking lot of my daughter’s elementary school by my daughter's friend’s father, and a National bodybuilder, Tyrone Ashmeade. He asked me if I was interested in checking out a show. I asked, what kind of show and he said, "a bodybuilding show” At the time, I was a martial artist that had lost her sense. Needed something new. So I said, sure. I attended my first WBFF show and was totally amazed at what I saw. Especially from the, let’s just say, more mature women. I was blown away! Those arms! Those shoulders!

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Being 38 at the time, a wife and mother of two I was immediately interested in what I could do with my body at my age and after kids. However, I never in a million years thought that I would become a National bodybuilder. After the show, Tyrone asked me what I thought, and I said “fucking amazing” excuse my french. The next thing he said was “Great!, you have two weeks to get all the shit food out of your system.” I asked what he meant by that. He said, "you will start prep two weeks from now for the next show.” I asked, “When is the next show?” He said "90 days!” I am a woman that likes a challenge. 90 days later I stepped on stage at the Sandra Wickham Fall Classic in the figure category and placed 7th. Two spots out of the top 5. I figured if I can do that well in 90 days, what could I do if I had a whole year? I gave myself a week off and then went right back to hard training and dieting for the next year. I took control of my own diet by researching and reading and learning. My husband trained me as he had been a non competitive bodybuilder for years. Together we became are own team. I never went to a public gym. I trained at home in my home gym.

As I said earlier, I started in figure. However, after training for a straight year and being hugely disappointed after placing 2nd to last because I was too ripped, I was convinced to move into bodybuilding. I was not happy about that. As I had my own opinions and preconceived notions of what it meant to be women bodybuilder based on the stereotypes. However, I did it, my way. Building my body the way I wanted it to look win or lose. I was one of the highest decorated athletes at my first bodybuilding the show in 2010. Taking home first place in the women’s lightweight, masters and the overall win. In 2012 they came out with the Women’s Physique category. I felt this was more my style. I stayed in that category until I retired in 2016. I always placed in the top three. Retiring after achieving 3 best physique in B.C.

My diet did not change for the first year. As I wanted to see how far I could take my body. There was no off season for me. I never really believed in the whole off season look. Getting fat or bulking up as many refer to it, was not an option After my second show, I always maintained my weight to be no more than 10lbs off from stage weight. I did the typical 6 meals a day 5 days a week and enjoyed my cheats on the weekends. Becoming a Flight Attendant during my first bodybuilding show changed things drastically. I brought my food with me wherever I went. Never eating plane food or drinking alcohol. Many things changed throughout the years. I switched to intermittent fasting when I was drafter to another program that would take me away for up to 7 days if needed. Bringing 42 meals with me would be impossible. I researched it and found it to be the best way to continue to compete and fly at the same time. I continue to this day to do intermittent fasting.

I learned that eating 6 meals a day was not always the best way to diet, even though that is what most people do. I was all about real food. No protein shakes or bars for this girl. Everything, in my diet was real food cooked by me. Supplements were few and far between. I did not do pre-work out drinks, I did not do many things that others did. I was under a Dr. supervision that did blood test to tell me if I was deficient in anything during my training. And supplemented based on what I was told. Needing more good fats was what I was told. Also, I am a Spanish woman that was raised to cook delicious and tasty meals. My meals had tons of flavour. I was not about to hate my food for the sake of competition. I think that is why I lasted as long as I did. I enjoyed the lifestyle. Not really ever complaining about the diet or exercise. On a side note, before martial arts and bodybuilding I was not the healthiest person. I smoked and didn’t care much about diet. I rarely ate veggies. And exercise…what was that? Lol. Totally different person now. My mom was in shock she saw me eating broccoli and cauliflower. Lol! When I say I was a National Athlete, it still blows my own mind.

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I have always been a self confident woman but, when I saw my new body for the first time in a mirror my self confidence went through the roof. It was easy to get on stage with a body I was proud to show off. Doing a routine for my first body building show was the scariest though.

I incorporated martial arts with weight lifting and did 90 minutes of cardio a day when I first started. As the years passed I realized I did not have to do so much cardio. My martial arts and kick boxing helped me define my muscle and I enjoyed it much more than running on a treadmill or elliptical. I did use the stair climber often. It gave me great glutes.

My experience in the bodybuilding world was great as I took care of me and never relied on anyone else. My husband spent countless hours training me and helped sculpt my body to where it was. Although, there are many pitfalls in the competition world. Many politics. There are some not so nice people out there. Bad coaches. I am thankful that I took control of me and my own outcome. However, there are many young women out there that are convinced to compete or it became a fad. Not realizing the damage this lifestyle can do to young and impressionable women if they don’t do their research and leave it to someone else. Some did it to lose weight, some did it for a better self esteem and some did it just because someone convinced them to. Many ended up with worse self esteems after competition when putting the weight back on. Some ended up in the hospital because their coach disappeared and did not teach them how to reverse their extreme diet to go back to normal slowly. Some ended up with eating disorders. Although performance enhancing drugs are a big part of the competition world some were given performance enhancing drugs by coaches that did not care about the side effects it could cause a woman and only cared about their client winning.

Other than having to change my body 3 times to please the judges, I had a great experience and it remains to be a major accomplishment in my life. If I could give one piece of advice to those wanting to compete, I would say, do your research know what you are getting yourself into, take control of your own body and learn and understand what your coach is telling you to do, if you don’t feel you can do it on your own.

Now, at 48 years old I maintain a fit body by continuing to train 6 days a week and maintain a clean diet. Although, at times it’s hard not to see myself at my leanest, I also see that I look and feel better than most women my age. After retiring, I organized a yearly themed photo shoot for fit women over 35. Encouraging women to be the best that they can be regardless of age.

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