A battle of the fittest heads to Wichita Falls next weekend

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KAUZ) — The Global Bodybuilding Organization will present the Natty Nights Bodybuilding Show in Wichita Falls on March 5 at Mpec.

It will be the first of its kind for the city where bodybuilders will compete against other athletes from across the country for titles and prize money.

“We will have amateurs competing to earn pro status, and then we will have professionals in classic men’s bodybuilding and women’s form. They will compete for cash prizes and qualify to compete in the Altus at the end of the year, which is our world championship,” said Bob Johnson, president and co-founder of Global Bodybuilding Organization.

The competition will invite over 100 athletes to compete in over 7 different classes, including female form, female figure, men’s and women’s classic, standard and beach body for amateurs, and men’s and women’s professional form for professional status.

“The goal for me this year in 2022 is to get my pro card. If it’s not that show I’ll do another one and then I want to go get that Altus to win the money and the prizes that they were talking,” said Stephanie Barton, a contestant on The Natty Nights Bodybuilding show.

Barton entered the gym to embark on her bodybuilding journey two years ago.

“I went through some rough times and I wasn’t as emotionally strong as I should have been as a young adult woman. So you start thinking about what I can do to pick myself up,” said Barton.

To prepare for next week’s competition, Barton is spending six days a week at the gym alongside Crystal Bragg who will also be a judge on the show.

“You are tired and you do your cardio on an empty stomach. You’ve manipulated your macros to be as lean as possible and you’re putting the last minute finishing touches on your costume. It’s funny, everyone gets super nervous, but “I wonder when it’s my turn to go on stage!” Barton said.

“The problem with competition is that it’s tough, it takes sacrifice, it takes discipline, but everyone who comes onto our stages has a story,” said Bragg, judge on The Show. Natty Nights Bodybuilding and owner of Forever Fit.

Barton says one of his biggest sacrifices has been spending time away from his family, who call him a rock star.

“I think people don’t realize the inner strength they have. They don’t give themselves a chance and they have these negative discussions with themselves “oh, I can’t do this, but guess what, but you can do this!” said Barton

Bragg said they also want to take this opportunity to help other local businesses who will be at Mpec next Saturday as vendors.

All interested athletes have until March 4 to register and for more information on The Natty Nights Bodybuilding Show visit their website.

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Teresa E. Burton