Big build-up for appearance on world stage

BRIDGET Freeman left last year's natural physique competition with some goals: more size to her shoulders, biceps and quads and some width to her back.

After achieving her aim in time for this year's International Natural Bodybuilding Association competition, the Launceston 43-year-old will represent the nation at the Natural Olympia in San Diego next month.

The competition is the largest drug-tested event in the world.

``I love the aesthetic of it, the look of it,'' Freeman said.

``It's strong women but they haven't lost their femininity.''

Freeman said competing, something she has done on and off since 1997, was physically and mentally draining.

``You have to train when you don't want to train, diet when you don't want to diet,'' she said.

Breakfast is egg whites, rolled oats and blueberries followed by a day of vegetables and chicken. Training is done under the guidance of husband Damien six days a week at Launceston's Health and Fitness World.

She said Mr Freeman and their daughter Jade were incredibly supportive.

``There is an element of obsession to achieve,'' she said.

``There are always obstacles so you need to be flexible and have a really good support network.''

Mrs Freeman will compete on November 8 and 9 with about 1000 athletes. She is the only Tasmanian in the international competition.

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