Kylie Holmes and Brigitte Kemp cleaned up the awards at the ICM Coffs Classic bodybuilding competition last Saturday.
The two Kempsey residents were rewarded for months of discipline, dedication and perseverance when the judges awarded them first place.
Kylie stood out to the judges and claimed first in the two divisions she competed in; the Sports Model Over 30s and Fitness Model over 40s.
Meanwhile Brigitte earned first place in the Sports Model Novice and third in both the Fitness Mumma and Sports Model Over 30s.
Once the two were over the initial nerves, they enjoyed the spotlight and embraced the opportunity to show off their hard earned gains, especially when they shared the stage in the Sports Model Over 30s division.
"I was nervous at first but once that passed I just went for it, was confident and had fun up there, it was really good," Kylie told the Argus.
"I enjoyed being up there with Brigitte. We were standing next to each other and there was a bit of banter between us as we were striking our poses, it was heaps of fun."
The two have been friends for six years, after Brigitte began attending Kylie's fitness classes at Co-Op Fitness in Kempsey. Their friendship blossomed as they embarked on the 20-week training program in preparation for the Coffs Classic.
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It marked Brigitte's second year competing at the Coffs Classic and the mother-of-three is ready for another break before preparing for the competition again next year.
"Training for the competition keeps me focused and I like to be fit and healthy," Brigitte said.
"It's nice to be disciplined with my diet and train hard but I will take a break for a while now."
The Coffs Classic was Kylie's first bodybuilding event after a 15-year hiatus from competition and the 49-year-old, alongside Brigitte, plan to set the example for other women their age.
"Women can often think that once they get into their 40s or have a few kids they are past their use-by date and that's not true at all," Kylie said.
"Everyone can still be fit, healthy and work towards having a good looking body no matter the age, you just have to want to do something about it."
The two competitors received support from their family, Co-Op Fitness trainer Lawry Jolly and Amanda Smith and Julie Stout, who do classes with Kylie, at the competition.
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