2009 NPC Washington State
Lauren King - Figure (Medium Class) & Fitness
I wasn't really sure what to expect in covering this show, a last minute decision.
To my pleasant surprise there were three fitness competitors, two of which had
significant experience (and worthy of their placings) and Lauren King who was making
her debut in the sport. Being in gymnastics from the age of 10 and weight training
from 14, it's obvious she has the skills for fitness. Her first training partner
now plays for the Seattle Mariners. Lauren holds the University of Virginia intramural
record for strength-to-bodyweight ratio in the bench press (benching 155 at 130lbs),
and is an ACE-certified personal trainer. Apparently she's put guys to shame in pushup
and dips contests :) Add to that she's smart as a whip (think Elle Woods) and took
to her first photoshoot like a duck to water! She's part of Tanji Johnson's 'Save
Fitness' team and came through the experience with flying colors. Looks like she's
caught the 'bug' so we may see more of her in the future.
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