Overweight mother inspired by Jodie Marsh loses four stone in six months and transforms her figure to become competitive bodybuilder
18:07 GMT, 7 November 2012
An overweight mother who used to gorge on junk food has transformed her figure to become a competitive bodybuilder.
Rachel Turner, 40, was inspired after seeing how former glamour model Jodie Marsh had completely changed her body shape after taking up the sport. Rachel contacted Jodie's trainer, Tim Sharp, and asked him to help her to become a bodybuilding champion.
At the time the mother-of-three from Thorpe Bay, Southend-on-Sea, weighted more than 12 stone.
Transformed: Rachel Turner used to weigh 12 stone but has lost four stone and transformed her body shape since taking up bodybuilding
Expert advice: Tim Sharp, who worked with Jodie Marsh, trained Rachel so she was ready for bodybuilding competitions
On a typical day, she would eat chocolate crossaints with a large cappuccino with full fat milk and three sugars for breakfast, followed by a mid-morning snack of digestive biscuits with another cappuccino. For lunch, she would eat an egg mayonnaise sandwich, crisps and chocolate, washed down with a fizzy drink, while dinner would be pizza, curry or fried chicken with chips.
She would snack throughout the afternoon on cake, chocolate and pastries and indulge in more crisps and fizzy drinks for supper. She said she felt trapped in a cycle of unhealthy eating. 'I was unhappy so I ate, I ate so I was unhappy,' she said.
Power: The 40-year-old has toned and defined every muscle with Tim's help
After seeing a TV show on how Tim, who has held numerous
bodybuilding titles, transformed Jodie's figure, Rachel felt it was time to ditch her sedentary lifestyle and was inspired to become a bodybuilder.
'I decided it was time to change, not just for my sake but for my children's,' she said.
Rachel tracked down Tim and asked if he would train her.
He recalls: 'In December 2011, I received a call from Rachel. She had a goal, to change her body fast and hopefully compete in a bodybuilding show. She had kept my number for a month and had thought about deleting it but built up the courage to call.
'A few days later we met and I assessed Rachel's body fat, lean mass and we set our goal. Rachel was 12 stone and 20 per cent body fat and would have to lose significant fat and gain muscle to compete at the highest standard.'
Weights regime: Rachel works out daily in the gym doing lunges, crunches and bench presses
Tim put Rachel on a high protein diet and told her to drop all the sugary snacks
in favour of supplements and protein drinks to help her build muscle.
She lost more than four stone in six months.
In conjunction with her new diet, she also undertook daily intense workouts in the gym doing squats,
lunges and bench presses with weights so that she's now toned
and defined every muscle in her body.
After six months, she was ready to compete in her first bodybuilding competitions. She entered the National Amateur Bodybuilding Assocation (NABBA) trained figure class competitions where she placed second, earning a spot in the British Championships.
Diet change: The mother-of-three ditched junk food in favour of a high protein meals
She then continued to work out harder so by the time of the British champs, she had gained 10kg in muscle and had less than five per cent body fat. She finished in sixth place gaining qualification to the NABBA Universe competiton.
Nearly a year on from when first took up the sport, Rachel has gained sponsorship from LA Muscle and a TV show on The Active Channel will feature her transformation.
Rachel said she loves her new lifestyle and body shape.
'I love showing off my new figure. I don’t wear a one piece, I wear a two piece bikini, the smaller the better,' she said.
RACHEL'S DIET BEFORE AND AFTER
Lean: Rachel has helped increase her muscle tone with a high protein, low fat diet and supplements
BREAKFAST: Chocolate crossaints, large cappuccino with full fat Milk and three sugars
MID MORNING: Digestive biscuits with a cappuccino as above
LUNCH: Egg mayonnaise sandwich, two packets of crisps, chocolate bar and fizzy drink
AFTERNOON: Family size chocolate bar with another cappuccino
DINNER: Pizza, curry, or fried chicken with chips
SUPPER: Crisps with fizzy drink
BREAKFAST: Turkey with sweet potato, one dessert spoon of flax oil, one scoop slim whey protein, one capsule Couture Curves by LA Tone, one vitamin mineral, Vit C 1000mg
ONE HOUR AFTER: One SlimGum appetite suppressant
MID MORNING: Turkey or chicken breast, one scoop slim whey protein, one capsule Couture Curves, apple, 5g l-glutamine
LUNCH: Turkey, and sweet potato with raw broccoli, one dessert spoon of flax oil
MID AFTERNOON: One scoop slim whey protein, LA Tone supplements
DINNER: Turkey, broccoli and carrots, one dessert spoon flax oil, LA Tone supplements
SUPPER: One scoop slim whey protein
THROUGHOUT THE DAY: Three to four litres of water and 2000mg of L-Carnitine
Now the mother intends to compete in British Natural Bodybuilding Federation competitions as well as NABBA ones. She'd also like to compete in America in 2013.
Rachel's story will be featured on Winning Figure Toning and Nutrition on The Active Channel (Sky 281) or online at www.theactivechannel.com on Saturday 10 November at 7.30pm.
Click below to watch a preview of the show…