Three years of training all came together late July for a Williams Lake fitness competitor in Richmond at the River Rock Casino.
Aliesha Ritter, 27, competed in the Diva Fitness Bikini class during a World Beauty Fitness and Fashion event, finishing fourth in her division of 10 — a result she said she is very pleased with.
“I love all the hard work that you invest and the reveal of all your hard work on stage,” Ritter said.
“You get to show the world what you did and how you did it. I love being on stage.”
This was Ritter’s second fitness competition. Last year she placed fifth in her division.
“This year I was more confident and it showed,” she said. “You can only improve.”
In the Diva Fitness Bikini class competitors are judged on their physique, as well as confidence on stage.
“They kind of look at you from head to toe,” Ritter said, adding participants who earn first place honours have a chance of being granted a pro card to attend professional WBFF events in Las Vegas.
Earning her pro card, Ritter said, is definitely something she has her sights set on.
“If you get first place that doesn’t necessarily mean you get your pro card — if they think there are areas you have to improve they’ll let you know,” she said. “I’m going to do it again next year and give it another shot.”
In preparation for the competition Ritter worked out six days a week with one day of rest.
“Basically it’s all weights and very minimal cardio,” she said. “You can do that with proper dieting.”
Ritter is a licensed practical nurse and care aid at the Williams Lake Seniors Village and has lived in Williams Lake for the past nine years.
“For the show I was nervous,” she said. “But afterwards I loved it.”