Local bodybuilder goes pro

Asha Hadley strikes a pose and wins in the physique division at the NPC National Bodybuilding Championships in Atlanta.

Asha Hadley strikes a pose and wins in the physique division at the NPC National Bodybuilding Championships in Atlanta.

Asha Hadley has gone pro. The female bodybuilder placed first in her division at the recent National Physique Committee (NPC) National Bodybuilding Championships in Atlanta. With this top ranking, Hadley earned her International Federation of Bodybuilders (IFBB) pro card.

“Only competitors who place first and second in these competitions earn their pro cards,” said Hadley, a Miami native and Jackson South Community Hospital dietitian. “Now I will be competing as a professional competitor in the IFBB league.”

Competition classifications for women are body building, fitness, figure, bikini and physique. Hadley’s conditioning, symmetry and shape definitely solidified her great finish in the Physique Division. She has worked extremely hard to achieve this success.

With support from her trainer Randy Scoates and husband Harry Guerrero, Hadley endures grueling daily workouts that include three hours of cardio training and one hour of heavy weightlifting. To maintain her perfect muscle definition, she adheres to a strict healthy diet, eating lean proteins such as chicken and fish, and complex carbohydrates four to five times a day.

Hadley, who works in healthcare at Fresenius Medical Care in Cutler Ridge, says she was “always into sports growing up,” but the inspiration to begin training for the sport of bodybuilding came when she was a student at the University of Florida majoring in nutrition and food science.

“I decided to do what I could to be in optimum shape and get my body into top physical form, like the women I admired in magazines,” said Hadley.

Now, at age 32, the five-foot-seven inch, 160-pound powerhouse is looking forward to competing as a pro in 2013 and beyond. Her first pro competition will be the Europa Get Fit & Sports Expo in Orlando in April 2013.

“My long-term goal is to compete for the title of Ms. Olympia – the ultimate contest in female bodybuilding,” Hadley said.

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