COMMUNITY JOURNALISM: Hamerlinck wants to be "Best in Midwest"

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By Megan Lehman, community contributor

CEDAR RAPIDS — Krissy Hamerlinck has been training and competing for about 18 months with one hope — obtaining professional status and title of Best of The Midwest.

“It is a commitment,” Hamerlinck said.

This Saturday she gets her shot at the Best of the Midwest title in a North American Natural Bodybuilding Federation event that includes bodybuilding, figure, powerlifting and an endurance challenge at McKinley Middle School.

Women and men from all over the Midwest have been training for 12 weeks or more for their 60 seconds on stage in the Best of the Midwest competition, which consists of three parts — physique and prejudging, powerlifting and endurance competitions before the final show of 60-second individual presentations.

The endurance competition requires competitors to demonstrate skills in successfully completing different lifts.

A variety of titles will be on the line, highlighted by the The Beast Award for the competitor who wins the physique, powerlifting and endurance portion of the competition.

A working mother, Hamerlinck’s training consists of 45 to 60 minutes of daily cardio and 45 minutes of weightlifting. She also concentrates on eating properly.

“I’m definitely not eating banana cream pie with my family after dinner,” she said. “I’m not going to Dairy Queen every night.”

Hamerlinck focuses on cutting out artificial sweeteners and junk food and eating lots of protein, fruits, and vegetable.

Her favorite part of competing is being on stage and meeting people.

“I have always been active,” she said. “I’m going to be in the gym every day anyway, so I thought I might as well try.”

To receive a pro card and earn monetary awards, she will have to win a sanctioned competition with at least 28 women. This weekend’s event is about being the Best of the Midwest.

“I encourage everyone to come watch,” Hamerlinck said.

Saturday’s competition starts at 8:30 a.m., and the final show is 6 p.m. Tickets are available at Nutri-Sport on Blairs Ferry Road in Marion or at the door Saturday.

Watch a Sports Desk about the event here:

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