Victorian bodybuilder places fourth at Chicago contest
Kaylee Rae Flanagan devoured a half a hamburger and a red velvet cheesecake the night a body building competition in Chicago wrapped up.
She also spent three days on the couch.
"I was so bored. I didn't know what to do with myself," she said, chuckling. "Sometimes, one day off from the gym is nice, but any more than that and I am about to go crazy."
Flanagan, a 22-year-old originally from Victoria, placed fourth in a height class with 25 participants at the National Physique Committee's Junior Figure Bodybuilding Competition on June 15.
The outcome was not bad for her first competition outside of the Lone Star State, but it means she did not earn her pro card.
Flanagan is a figure bodybuilder. Figure bodybuilders look more feminine and don't weigh in beforehand.
She vowed to earn a pro card earlier this year for her deceased brother, Jeremy, who struggled with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Flanagan is not giving up on that dream.
On July 27, she will jet to Las Vegas with family members to pop her muscles for judges on another big stage. Then, the top two slots of each height class will win a pro card, doubling her chances.
"I was happy with how I looked, and I made many improvements from my last competition," Flanagan said, noting a nutritionist recorded her body fat at 5.97 percent days before the Chicago competition.
"That's really what it's about for me, being better with each and every show and seeing how far I can push my body," Flanagan said. "I'm not going to be satisfied until I get my pro card. I'm going to do whatever it takes to make it happen this year."