Body builders compete in NPC Heart of Alaska competition

FAIRBANKS, AK-On Saturday night Sheilla Bratten Productions had their annual NPC Heart of Alaska Body Building Championships at Pioneer Park Theatre.

These athletes just make you want to do some pushups or something. We highlight some local winners who received  Excalibur blades too. Now that's a trophy.

Rebecca Leivdal, a Fairbanksan, came away with three awards including women's overall. Gee Jackson was the overall men's physique winner and Ken Stevenson won the over 5-8 men's physique category.

The overall men's winner was Torrey Plunk which was his first overall title in six competitions.

For the body builders this is just a way of life. However, one winner wasn't thrilled with body building at first.

"I actually hated working out," Leivdal said. "But I wasn't taught it when I was a child so it was kind of hard for me to get into to but once I got into it, it was amazing. I was really excited, regardless of what my placement was gonna be just because I love it, it's like a major passion of mine."

Men's overall winner Plunk who also won the best poser award along with the open bodybuilding 5'8" class is always ready to compete because of his active lifestyle.

"I'm always active, and always physical and I always want to challenge myself whether it be improving my handstands or improving muscle-ups; I do different things and the body building show is coming up 'hey, maybe I'll enter a show', you know," Plunk said. "I feel like I'm always in range to be ready to compete at something because I stay in pretty good shape all the time."

Ashley Walley, who won the overall bikini title liked that the competition was in the Golden Heart City.

"It was nice to do it in Fairbanks, in my home town, because it's been in Anchorage before and that is even more hectic; you can't go home and rest. It's nice to go home and take a nap and come back and bring A game for overall," Walley said.