You don't hear of someone giving birth to triplets all that often, and when you do, you might not associate them with fitness modeling competitions, but why not?
Victoria Steede, 30, who lives in Stockport, is a mother of triplets and a personal trainer. After winning the regional heat in Manchester, she has now qualified for the world finals of a fitness modeling competition called the Pure Elite World Championship which takes place in Kent next week.
Her partner, Mark Dewhirst, who is a Royal Marine, is very supportive of her training, while her six-year-old girls Scarlet, Gabriella and Macey Rose, inspire her constantly to work as hard as she can.
And while there's no knocking her accomplishments, Victoria still says that people criticize her for her physique. "When I first started competing I found people were quite judgmental - people are very quick to judge. There probably are still people who say they're not quite sure about what I do, but I also find I get a lot of respect - you have to be dedicated," she said.
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Of her fitness level, Victoria says she has always been an active person. "I've been competing for about three years now. I'm very busy looking after my triplets, but I'm very organised and I love doing what I do - it's my passion, so it's easier to be motivated. I've always been into my fitness; I was sporty when I was younger. I'm really excited about being in the finals but I am a bit nervous as there will be more competition. I train hard but I love it. The hardest thing is the dieting. I have a wonderful partner, Mark, who has served 14 years with the Royal Marines, and who supports me in all my training and competing and helps with my girls too."
Victoria hopes that being so fit will rub off on her children, inspiring them to work hard and reach their goals, like she has done, clear in her achievements, one of them being her awards. For instance, she won the title of "Mums who Lift" at a Pure Elite event.
Her toughest challenge will be the finals in Kent, however, which will feature athletes and models worldwide with the same end goal in mind.
"I really enjoy the more 'girly' side to being a fitness model - it's like a hybrid between a beauty pageant and competitive fitness," Victoria said. "We have to wear make-up and different outfits so that element of it is fun." The competition will occur on November 22.
What are your thoughts on fitness competitions?
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