BY LEE WARD
THE DAILY INDEPENDENT
ASHLAND It was a shock to Lindsey Seaton when she won the teen division/bikini category of the 2018 National Physique C ommittee Northern Kentucky Grand Prix Championships in Covington.
It also was a shock to her that she even tried.
“At first, I had no interest at all,” the 18-year-old Russell High School student said. Her athletic interest was in swimming. As a member of her school’s swim team and a tumbling student at with Tom Pack at K.C. Diamond Sports Studio in Ashland, she began working out with Sunshine Spring Moose, a trainer at Tri-State Rehab in Ashland. Moose suggested the competition to her.
“We’d just be working out and she’d bring it up to me and I’d say ‘No way. I don’t want to do that.’ Now, here I am after my first competition.”
Lean and mean
The regional championship, which was in March, is a qualifier for the National Physique Committee’s national competition, where categories include bodybuilding, physique, fitness and classic physique, as well as the bikini competition in which Seaton placed first as a teen.
The bikini contest requires competitors to display a lean body.
“They look for rounded delts (shoulders) and roundness of the glutes,” Seaton said. “The other competitions look at muscle overall. Figure competitors have different bathing suits so judges can see back muscles more. Bodybuilders have super- muscular legs.”
Seaton said the experience wasn’t as nerve-wracking as one might expect.
“I was nervous, but we practiced so much that our practice was really like it was onstage,” she said.
Moose said Seaton has a great work ethic and has tremendous self discipline, especially considering she spent her 18th birthday preparing for competition.
“What an excellent example she is for other young ladies,” Moose said.
Seaton has swim practice five days a week, but skips on Wednesday to get her strength workout with Moose. She also attends tumbling class twice a week while making honor-roll grades.
To make her days even more challenging, Seaton follows a strict diet that must serve the carbohydrate needs of a swimmer and the protein needs of a bodybuilder.
“When I’m going to the gym before school, my mom makes me egg whites and turkey,” she said. “I have a protein shake later. For lunch, just before competition, I eat three ounces of meat and six cherry tomatoes, then the same thing for dinner.
“You just have to be really on key with your diet because it plays a huge role,”
she said. Even though her diet keeps her on grilled chicken while her friends get burgers and fries, she said she doesn’t mind.
“I love the process leading up to it, watching my body change, and I like the strict diet,” she said. “Of course, it’s difficult, but after so long, you get used to it.”
Seaton said her friends and family probably thought she was crazy when she decided to compete.
“Once they realized I was actually going to do it and be bull-headed about it, they were supportive,”she said.
Her mother, Lee Sparks Seaton, noticed how much bodybuilding has benefitted her.
“The strength she gained from (working with Moose) made an incredible difference in both her swimming and tumbling,” Mrs. Seaton said. “I’m extremely proud of her dedication and willpower. She does what most adults can’t do, including me.”
Mrs. Seaton also said her daughter’s accomplishments are all her own.
“I didn’t push her. She got up on her own and right at it at it at 5 in the morning,” she said. “She told me what she wanted for food and we got scales to weigh the portions. It wasn’t unhealthy or starvation. In fact, Spring was on her to eat more and get more calories.”
Seaton said she’s still amazed at her own change of heart about the competition.
“It’s crazy how I had no interest at all and Spring convinced me it was so much fun. She was right,” she said.
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