Central Saanich athlete goes pro with the NPAA

Myndi Rhodes is Alberta bound this weekend after recently capturing pro status with the NPAA

Figure athlete Myndi Rhodes at the recent NPAA B.C. Classic.

A Central Saanich athlete is Alberta bound this weekend after recently capturing pro status with the Natural Physique and Athletics Association (NPAA).

Figure athlete Myndi Rhodes, 29, placed first in the Women’s Open Figure category at the recent NPAA B.C. Classic on May 4 in Vancouver, garnering her a pro card with the association. This weekend, on Sunday, May 18, she will compete at the NPAA Canada Classic in Calgary.

“I’m hoping to place top 10 at the Canada Classic for my pro debut,” said Rhodes, adding that she is looking forward to taking the stage after Calgary in the International Drug Free Athletics B.C. Classic on July 5 and the World Beauty Fitness and Fashion Vancouver Show on July 26.

Rhodes said she has been training and competing for roughly three and a half years and loves the inspiration and motivation the sport brings her.

“I entered my first competition in March 2011 as a bucket list item,” she explained.

“During the prep for the show, I fell in love with the process. At my first show I placed third, which was really the cherry on top. After years of being a dancer when I was young, it felt great to get back on the stage.”

And so began her love of the sport to which the Keating Elementary School teacher now devotes much of her free time.

“On an average day during contest prep, I wake up at 5:30 a.m., do a cardio workout at home, go to work at Keating Elementary and then head to Quadra Sports and Fitness for a second cardio workout and weights,” Rhodes explained of her pre-competition regime.

Although Rhodes admits the preparation process can be tough, it doesn’t change her love for the sport.

“I’m really looking forward to the next couple of months,” she said. “After July it will be back to the drawing board for an off-season of shoulders, back and legs, but right now I’m just focused on competing.”