Several pieces of literature linked low-self esteem and depression among mothers with post-pregnancy weight. But 12 years after delivering her son, Marisa Khan-Lutchman will hit the stage at the World Women’s Physique Elite Pro Championship in Barbados this weekend.
Khan-Lutchman’s success is not a show-off but proof that mothers can achieve the body they want with hard work and determination. The 40-year-old from Claxton Bay participated in her third regional competition at the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium in St Michael, Barbados. Bodybuilding for the past 12 years and competing for the last eight, her trainer Wazim Mohammed said she was in the best form of her life.
In a sitdown at Health and Fitness Gym in Gulf View last week, Khan-Lutchman revealed her funny beginnings in bodybuilding.
“Someone commented, basically saying that I had been training for so long and did not have abs. We decided to show them we have abs. I ended up on the stage. It was nerve-wracking initially, but I got accustomed after several competitions,” Khan Lutchman said.
Khan-Lutchman is the proud mother of Zachariah Khan-Lutchman, 11, who also follows his mother’s lead with gym training and karate. After giving birth, Khan-Lutchman wanted to tone her body and build muscle, so she embarked on a healthy diet and exercise regime. She is not alone as a mommy bodybuilder, saying she met others who love the fitness life. Therefore, she believes mothers low on self-confidence because of extra body fat can achieve a toned body. She said it was not about building big muscles but getting a fit body that provides confidence and overall health.
“It is achievable. Just do not be lazy about it. Once you want it bad enough, you will work for it and achieve it. Once you have a goal, work towards your goal. There are a lot of women whose self-esteem is very low because of how they look. They tend to compensate for it in other ways. Just get up and get it done. The hardest thing is to get up and start. Once you start, it gets easier.”
Khan-Lutchman and Mohammed left for Barbados on Thursday, confident of a good placing. She has been preparing her body since January, eating a diet of fish, beef, chicken and vegetables. She did two hours of cardio workouts before hitting the weights six days a week.
Mohammed said he never thought Khan wanted the stage but pushed her after seeing her potential. He said when people want to make a statement with their training, they could show the country. He said the key to her winning was remaining feminine while having a tight physique.
“This is the most confident I have ever been since training her. I am 100 per cent sure that she could win this. If she does not win, it just happens that the person who did was better,” Mohammed said.
Mohammed said women’s bodybuilding was more about physique rather than mass. He encourages everyone to get into the gym and lift weights for the health benefits.
“It does not have to be for bodybuilding but for body evolution.”