Costa looks into the future

HARARE - Leading Zimbabwean female fitness figure champion Hellen Costa is not looking to join mainstream bodybuilding yet but happy to extend her dominance in her category.

Costa made it two championships in a role, having won her maiden Ms Zimbabwe fitness figure last year before she successfully defended her crown at the Harare International School in Mt Pleasant last month.

Unlike bodybuilding where judges looks for the most muscular individual on the day with a well-balanced and proportional frame, in figure, they are concerned with beauty, poise and general impression, healthy appearance as well as symmetry and proportion.

“I was overwhelmed with the victory, I had done well to warrant victory even though I was up against an intimidating line-up on the night,” Costa told the Daily News.

“I’m happy to compete in the fitness figure for as long as it takes and don’t think I will be crossing the floor to participate in the mainstream bodybuilding.”

The 34-year-old Body Active gym athlete saw her determination to succeed taking her to South Africa where she competed in the Rossi Classics prior to the Mr and Ms Zimbabwe contest.

“It was a tough contest, to be honest, and couldn’t get a podium finish but that motivated me even more to take up my career seriously, got back to Zimbabwe and worked tirelessly in the gym and as they say, the rest is now history.”

Costa also paid tribute to her training partner, Irvine Dekeya, who is also a recognised male bodybuilder.

“Irvine has been a great help and the reason why I still compete at the highest stage,” she said.

“After competing in man6y contests and results going the other way round I thought of giving up but he encouraged me and so did my husband.”

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