Costa lands title in seven weeks of preps

HARARE – It’s a feat she will live to remember, but one which she is sure cannot be repeated.

Helen Costa claimed the Ms Musclemania Figure in the ladies category, beating four other contestants on Saturday night at Ochi City.

The line-up was not an ordinary one as it comprised of last year’s runner up in the Musclemania bodybuilding contest Regina Jonga, the young and energetic Ruvimbo Musere, a determined Stella Mugore and debutant Hannah Rudland.

“I’m feeling great joy although I was in a bit of a joyful shock. Training every single day with five seconds rest in between workouts in a single circuit every day for seven weeks was not an easy task,” Costa told the Daily News.

“Then came removing of carbs (carbohydrates); that was the worst experience, but funny enough my body responded. Combining every day work and training was a tough balance but thank God my husband and kids were there all the way helping out.”

For winning the title, Costa received a medal, trophy, hamper and an upright refrigerator. Musere came second and got a four plate stove while Jonga slumped to third place.

“Am now preparing for November, Mr and Ms Zimbabwe, so I am back to dieting and training with effect from Monday. I can’t wait for the contest but I believe the next competition is going to be hard,” added Costa.

Costa’s win was also a milestone for her personal trainer Otis Goredema, who to date has helped a total of eight ladies major title wins in the bodybuilding circles.

An ecstatic Goredema said: “Well it was a big milestone for me because it puts to eight the number of women I have helped to the wining podium since 2000 including one international podium finish courtesy of Merna Moore Cremer,” he said.

“It was hard to train her in seven weeks as I couldn’t give her a break. The good thing though is that she’s also a personal trainer hence diet was quite easy for her to follow.”

The other ladies that came through Goredema’s training and guidance include Inonge Malumo, who was Ms Zimbabwe runner up in 2000, Hilde Westwood in 2001 and 2002 Ms Zim Pearl Thompson.

Claudia Muvhuti won the Ms Zim in 2003, Merna Moore was the winner in 2011 while Gina Nichole was 2011 Ms Pro Fitness runner up. Both Moore and Nichole qualified for the World Championships in Australia where the former finished in third place while the later failed to travel out for the contest.

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