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A grandmother who loves bodybuilding has found more than just a healthier lifestyle in her local gym — she also found love. Sue Bettridge first took up the hobby at 40, and she was shaking with fear in her homemade bikini during her first competition — but to her complete surprise, she won. Sue says fitness training also helped rebuild her confidence after her divorce, and she has now found new love at the gym — where she still works out 90 minutes a day, six days a week — with sporty fiance Simon Roelants,
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But bodybuilding later gave her a boost after her year marriage, to her high school sweetheart with whom she had three sons, ended in divorce in We both love bodybuilding and nutrition, and physically our bodies have a similar definition — people often say we mirror each other! Having seen her own life transformed by bodybuilding, Sue is keen to show other women of all ages just how empowering fitness training can be.
She was also named the Southern Hemisphere Champion after competing in Australia that same year, crowned the WWF Asia Pacific Champion after competing in Singapore inand won the New Zealand Nationals champion title six years in a row between and And these days Sue is still competing at the top level in New Zealand and abroad — with plans to enter the national championship again in and compete overseas representing her country if Covid restrictions allow. Facebook Twitter. Luckily, Sue had worked in fashion and de, running her own clothing brand throughout her 20s and 30s, so the turquoise bikini, made from stretchy velveteen fabric and embossed with diamante, which took her around a month to make, looked the part.
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Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice. And she also works as a nutritionist and body transformation coach based at the local gym where she herself trains using free weights, dumbbells, cable resistance and plate-loaded machines six days a week.
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Bodybuilding grandmother Sue Bettridge was shaking with fear in a homemade bikini the first ever time she took part in a bodybuilding competition. And her moves — from rear back poses, to front, side and abdominal flexes, showing off her biceps, qu and abs — clearly did the job too because she won.
Most Read Most Recent. A bad tear in one of her hamstring muscles caused by overtraining meant Sue needed eight months of physiotherapy in She has also torn muscles in her shoulder and her back from pushing herself too hard — but has only had three major injuries in her career so far.
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Keep up to date with the latest stories with our twice daily WalesOnline newsletter Invalid Something went wrong, please try again later. Sue offers online nutritional consultations and assessments — including a full daily meal and snack plan, with recipes, then subsequent follow-ups.
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