WHEN new mum Amy Rigby decided to shed her baby weight, her ambition was to regain her ‘normal’ size.
But after catching the training bug, the 32-year-old went a few steps further – and made a successful bodybuilding debut!
Rigby won the Beach Body category of the Miss Galaxy Universe Fall Classic at St Albans.
And she backed it up with a third-place finish at the Nabba Miss Britain Toned Figure Finals in Dudley.
Rigby, who lives in Standish, is still surprised at her transformation since celebrating the birth of daughter Eva in 2010.
She said: “I used to be a ballet dancer when I was younger, but I stopped that when I was 19 and pretty much lived a normal existence until I had my little girl.
“But I put on quite a bit of weight, so after about three months after I decided to do some boot camps at RM Fitness in Wigan.
“For two years I was just doing it to get fit. Then I did a 12-week challenge early this year and really enjoyed it.
“I saw a couple of people on Facebook who were competing in bodybuilding events and I thought, ‘Why not give it a go?’
“So for the first one, I only really trained properly for six weeks before it – so I was made up with how I did.”
Rigby, who works in the IT department at Heinz’s Kitt Green plant, admits she couldn’t have put herself through a tiring training schedule without the support of her husband Ian.
“For the last few months it’s been pretty full-on, it takes up a lot of my spare time,” she said.
“I’m training six days a week, I’m up early in the morning to train, and my diet is really strict – I was eating six meals a day, mainly egg whites first and then just protein throughout the day.Ian’s been really supportive.”
Rigby took a well-earned break over Christmas but “can’t wait” to get back into the familiar routine in the new year as she targets even more success.
She thanked Longy’s Sports Nutrition for their support.