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Supermodel Supermuscle! IFBB Pro Leonie Rose is a female bodybuilder with the cover girl looks

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IF Vogue magazine ever publishes a 'muscle women' issue they need look no further than female bodybuilder Leonie Rose for a cover girl.

The 46-year-old personal trainer, and women's physique competitor, describes herself as a 'late bloomer' – something of an understatement for a female muscle athlete who looks half her age, photographs like a movie star and has built a body to die for!

Leonie, who hails from Jamaica but lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has been pumping iron for 12 years.

Like so many female bodybuilders Leonie started training after the birth of her third child (astonishingly her eldest is now 27!) to shed the baby weight.

She said: “My goal was to just to lose weight and get healthy but I fell in love with working out and went on to become a certified trainer.

“Competing came naturally after that. I love pushing my body to the max – and what better way to do it than bodybuilding.”

Now the 5ft 6ins, 160lbs bodybuilding beauty can boast peaked 16 inch biceps and the bodybuilder's holy grail... muscular quads which are bigger than her waist (29 inch quads and a 28 inch waist.)

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Understandably Leonie has set her sights on the Olympia stage – especially now the focus is on 'women's physique' rather than the 'Ms Olympia' female bodybuilder category.

She told realfemalebodybuilding.com: “Physique is perfect for me as I never really wanted to stay in the female bodybuilding class as I didn't want to get too big. Even now I'm still trying to make adjustments so as not to cross over.

“When I started competing I was considered too muscular for figure so I stepped up to female bodybuilding. But I only did one bodybuilding show then, fortunately for me, physique came along. Now I'm 100 percent a physique girl.”

At the age of 46 we have no doubt Leonie will make a serious impact at Olympia level.

But, over and above that, we think her dedication to fitness and bodybuilding and her impossibly youthful looks will be an inspiration to any woman thinking of picking up a dumbbell.

She said: “People do say the the weights seem to keep me looking young but I really don't know... I thinks is my determination to be the best that keeps me young. I'm a very late bloomer!

Full Profile of Female Bodybuilder and Physique Competitor Leonie Rose


Name: Leonie Rose

Age: 46

Job: Personal Trainer for over 12 years

From: I was born in Kingston Jamaica, now reside in Fort Lauderdale Florida

Height: 5ft 7ins

Weight: Currently 160 lbs

Body Type: Physique

Measurements
Chest....36C
Waist. ....28”
Quads.....29”
Biceps. ....16”
Calves.......15”

Lifts
Chest press....200lbs
Squat....315lbs
Dumbbell Shoulder press 65lbs
Curls...135 lbs

Competitive History

Pro shows
2013 Europra Cup12th place
Chicago Wings of Strength 11th
Tampa Wings of Strength 16th

What contest are you prepping for now?
Currently off season

How many years have you trained?
I've been training For 12 years

Why bodybuilding?
Initially I started as a figure competitor and placed fifth in my first show at the Southern States Bodybuilding Competition in 2007. I won my second show the Debbie Kruck Classic that same year and won my show as a bodybuilder later that year too. Then I stopped competing for three years – I don't know why, I just did! I returned to competing in 2011 as a physique competitor and placed tenth in the Jr Nationals and fifth in the Florida Nationals. I then went on to win the Masters National in Pittsburgh in 2012.

How and why did you start ?
I started training after the birth of my 3rd child. ..my goal was to lose weight and get healthy. I fell in love with working out and went ? on to become a certified trainer. Competing came naturally.

What is your dream?
Its my goal to reach the Olympia.

What keeps you motivated?
I'm motivated by the fact that I'm older than most of my competitor's and that I can do things girls half my age cannot or guys as well. Lol

What do you love most about bodybuilding?
What I love most about competing is the challenge of changing my body to look the way I want it to.

And what do you hate the most?
The hardest part would have to be dieting and the discipline it requires.

What is the biggest thrill or moment you have got from bodybuilding?
My biggest moment came when I won my Pro card in Pittsburgh 2012

Training

How often do you train?
I train 5-7 times a week, depending on the season. Usually one body part a day, but legs twice a week. I have tried not to work my biceps over the last year or so.

Favorite bodypart to train and why?
Favorite body part would have to be my back....it hurts less and looks freaking great lol!

Improvements you are targeting ?
I keep working on improving my entire body as a whole. With special focus on my waist and my legs.

What tips would you give to newbies?
I would tell anyone who is looking to compete or just starting that they should that one step one show at a time. Don't get discouraged by disappointments but be inspired.
The key to my success I believe is variety but I'm a old school kinda girl. ...

Kids: I'm a mother of 3 beautiful kids aged 27, 25 and 14.

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