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NICE FORM: Lynette Chambers competes in the Top of the South Body Building Champs in Nelson last Saturday.
NICE FORM: Lynette Chambers competes in the Top of the South Body Building Champs in Nelson last Saturday.

It’s never too late to try and turn things around.

Just ask 61-year-old Richmond grandmother Lynette Chambers who took up body building three years ago and is now heading to the nationals after winning her class at the Top of the South championships in Nelson last Saturday.

Chambers said she was a broken-down runner before getting back into the gym and discovering body building.

Now she has won a Top of South figure title for her age group and has never felt so fit and healthy.

‘‘I used to work in a gym and do aerobics and I’ve always done a lot of running,’’ she said.

‘‘But I got to the point where I was getting such a sore neck and back I couldn’t run.

‘‘I actually went running with my girlfriends one day and they had to take me home in a car. Then I put on weight and was really unhealthy before I finally got back in the gym and started getting fit again.

‘‘That’s when I spoke to my personal trainer (Mark Anderson) about body building and he said ‘give it a try’ so I did. The benefits were incredible, I lost weight and have more energy and started cycling and running again.’’

However, Chambers admitted her family were not too keen on the idea of their wife and mother strutting around on stage in a skimpy bikini flexing her muscles.

But she said the female body sculpting competitions were tasteful and more about posing and athleticism than bulging muscles.

‘‘My husband wasn’t keen on the idea at the start but now he’s really into it. It’s also inspired him to become more active; he used to be a marathon runner so now he’s been getting into the club duathlons.’’

Chambers wasn’t the only successful Nelson competitor last Saturday with Paula Fearnley winning the World Fitness Federation (WFF) Miss Athletic Class 2 and overall Miss Athletic title. John Pyers won the WFF Mr Athletic class 3 and overall Mr Athletic title. Terry Holland won the National Amateur Bodybuilding Association Masters Men over 40 class.

All four Nelson body builders will be heading to the nationals in Auckland on October 6.