2005 U.S. Forces Europe MWR Bodybuilding Championship

Christine June, Story and photos
U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern

***image2******image3******image4***KMC body builders had a good showing at Saturday’s 2005 U.S. Forces
Europe Morale, Welfare and Recreation Body Building Championship at KMC
Onstage on Kleber Kaserne.

Ramstein’s Valerie Sullivan and Troy Saunders took home the women’s lightweight and men’s middleweight titles, respectively.

This year’s competition saw 26 competitors throughout the U.S Forces
Europe footprint, from local talent to Incirlik, Turkey, said Robert
Bigelow, U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern Sports and Fitness chief.

Heidelberg’s Tracey Briggs captured the women’s overall and heavyweight
titles. Daron Lytle from SHAPE, Belgium took home the men’s overall and
heavyweight titles.

“We look at muscularity, balance from top to bottom, appearance, posing
abilities, muscle definition, symmetry of the right and left side, and
even how they put on the tanning lotion,” said Bobby Windley, a
personal trainer at Rhine Ordnance Barracks Fitness Center and one of
the five judges at this year’s championship. “Everything they do is
viewed by the judges.”

***image1***Kaiserslautern’s one competitor, John Sweet, earned second in the heavyweight category.

Ramstein’s Kenyatta Wilson and Horace Youson took second- and third-place honors in the men’s lightweight category.

Ramstein’s Debbie Hutchins garnered third-place in the women’s heavyweight category.

Vogelweh’s one competitor, Antoine Washington, took fifth in the men’s heavyweight category.

Three of the local competitors were from the Ramstein power-lifting
team, said Saunders, who is also a member and won overall titles in
2005 European and military national championships.

Another member, Youson, was participating in his first body building competition.

“Body building is so much different from power lifting because it takes
more than just going to the gym and lifting,” said Youson. “Everything
is a factor when you are competing: your diet, the way you flex your
muscles and even the lighting.”