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Introducing...Kathy McElroy
Turning The Table on Nature
15 Apr 2007

 

 

As we mentioned in last month’s Introducing… feature on Cheryl Mitchell, the new Athlete Communications Manager for the WNSO (World Natural Sports Organization) and FAME, the competition and exposition division of the WNSO and a talent agency representing athletes and fitness models for print, television, radio and personal appearances, the WNSO/FAME people have been super in forwarding us info on their athletes and models.  This month, we have yet another FAME personality – Kathy McElroy.

 

As is typical of the FAME athletes and models, Kathy was very responsive and professional in furnishing us with the requested information for a feature article, including a detailed look at her current nutrition and training.  What is not so typical is that while the majority of females experience difficulty losing weight, Kathy had the reverse problem.  Due to hyperthyroidism, she was severely underweight.  But, with the help of the man who was to become her husband, she turned the table on nature through weight training and proper nutrition.  Here, in her own words, is a profile of our April cover model, Kathy McElroy:

 

 

I am a 31 year old married mother of two boys, Christian age 11, and Alex age 9.  I was born and raised in Orangeville, where I still reside and work.  I have struggled all my life with my weight, having a hyper-active thyroid, I was always extremely underweight and skinny.  Just over six years ago, I met the most wonderful man, David, who introduced me to working out to help me put some size on and become healthy again.  David, who is now my husband, has supported me and pushed me every step of the way,  At the gym we attended I made friends with a woman named Sue Cronwell who was just on her way to training to compete at FAME in women’s bodybuilding.   Sue worked hard with me, changing my program, and helping me along the way to put size on and definition.  She was the one that got me interested in competing.  I owe everything I have, and all I have accomplished, to Sue, my family, and most of all my husband, who has to put up with my dieting, and training, and continuous talk of competitions.  I have competed in two Fame shows in 2006, and plan on competing at the FAME March show, and IDFA in June. 

This has been the biggest struggle of my life, but I have never in my life been as healthy and strong as I am now.  When you hear about people struggling with weight, everyone assumes it’s to lose, but there are a lot of people out there who struggle the opposite and can’t gain and I hope that I can inspire them, to show that with the right dedication and hard work, nothing is impossible.  After this year, my goal is light weight bodybuilding, as for now, I will continue with competing in the Fitness Model/Figure levels.

My training right now consists of trying to build up. I have a 6 day program, pyramid based training and I try to go 6 times a week.  My program is: Legs,

Back, Shoulders, Chest and Arms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 1

Exercise

set 1

set 2

set 3

set 4

set 5

 

LEGS

Leg Press

15/90 lbs

12/180 lbs

8/270 lbs

12/180 lbs

15/90 lbs

 

Lunges

16/40 lbs

12/50 lbs

6-8/60 lbs

12/50 lbs

16/40 lbs

 

Extension

12/90 lbs

10/105 lbs

6-8/120 lbs

10/105 lbs

12/75 lbs

 

Hamstring

14/60 lbs

12/75 lbs

6-8/110 lbs

12/75 lbs

14/60 lbs

 

Day 2

Exercise

set 1

set 2

set 3

set 4

set 5

 

BACK

Bar pulldown

14/60 lbs

10/75 lbs

6-8/90 lbs

10/75 lbs

14/60 lbs

*=per side

isolated pulldown

16/30 lbs*

12/40 lbs*

6-8/50 lbs*

12/40 lbs*

16/30 lbs*

 

isolated row

16/45 lbs*

12/50 lbs*

6-8/60 lbs*

12/50 lbs*

16/45 lbs*

 

chin up

no weights 6-12 reps per set/ doing 5 sets

 

dumbbell row

10/30 lbs*

8/35 lbs*

6/40 lbs*

8/35 lbs*

10/30 lbs*

 

Day 3

Exercise

set 1

set 2

set 3

set 4

set 5

 

SHOULDERS

front raises

14/17.5 lbs*

10/20 lbs*

6-8/25 lbs*

10/20 lbs*

14/17.5 lbs*

 

butterfly raises

14/15 lbs*

10/17.5 lbs*

6-8/20 lbs*

10/17.5 lbs*

14/15 lbs*

 

arnold press

14/20 lbs*

10/25 lbs*

6-8/25 lbs*

10/25 lbs*

14/20 lbs*

 

shoulder press m/c

14/40 lbs

10/45 lbs

6-8/50 lbs

10/45 lbs

14/40 lbs

 

shoulder press f/w

14/20 lbs*

10/25 lbs*

6-8/25 lbs*

10/25 lbs*

14/20 lbs*

 

Day 4

Exercise

set 1

set 2

set 3

set 4

set 5

 

LEGS

Squats

14/90 lbs#

10/110 lbs#

6/130 lbs#

10/110 lbs#

14/90 lbs#

#=plus bar

Seated Leg Press

14/90 lbs

10/140 lbs

6-8/220 lbs

10/140 lbs

14/90 lbs

 

Inner Thighs

14/80 lbs

10/90 lbs

8/100 lbs

10/90 lbs

14/80 lbs

 

Outter Thighs

14/70 lbs

10/80 lbs

8/90 lbs

10/80 lbs

14/70 lbs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 5

Exercise

set 1

set 2

set 3

set 4

set 5

 

CHEST

Bench Press

14/10 lbs#

10/20 lbs#

6-8/30 lbs#

10/20 lbs#

14/10 lbs#

*= per side

Dumbbell Fly

14/20 lbs*

10/25 lbs*

6-8/30 lbs*

10/25 lbs*

14/20 lbs*

#=plus bar