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Published March 06, 2012, 10:47 PM

Area athletes prepare for NPC Upper Midwest Bodybuilding Competition

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - We are just over two weeks away from one of the biggest competitions for athletes in the region. Along with basketball and hockey tournaments, Fargo is about to host the NPC Upper Midwest Bodybuilding Show. For those who train for the big event, there are months and weeks of disciplined eating, sleeping, and training.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

We are just over two weeks away from one of the biggest competitions for athletes in the region. Along with basketball and hockey tournaments, Fargo is about to host the NPC Upper Midwest Bodybuilding Show. For those who train for the big event, there are months and weeks of disciplined eating, sleeping, and training.

At the Casselton Veterinary Clinic Dr. Laurie Bauer today focused on golden retriever needing a little TLC. This is how she spends most of her day; healing and helping our four legged friends. But for the past several weeks, the gym has also been home for Laurie. Despite breaking an arm weeks ago, she is intensely training for the Upper Midwest Bodybuilding Show.

Laurie Bauer – Bodybuilding Competitor: “I am one of those people that if someone says you are crazy or you cannot do it, I want to show them to prove I can do it.”

Training, cutting out the food we all love to eat, trying to get the body in show shape.

Jeremy Elbert has taken bodybuilding to another level. Training for his fourth competition, he is in the homestretch. With just over two weeks to go before the show, he is up at 5 AM every day training. Cardio in the morning and at night; six meals a day; weight training with a partner. It’s a strict diet that does not include pizza and beer.

Jeremy Elbert – Bodybuilding Competitor: “The last twelve weeks I have been only on red meat. Obviously with my hobby being in the outdoors I do a lot of elk, lean venison, antelope.”

An impressive, disciplined mental challenge.

Jeremy Elbert: “When you do bodybuilding or fitness at this level you are competing with yourself trying to make yourself better. When I get up, I think about what I’ve got to eat. I know I’m going to make a decision that will help or harm my goals.”

It takes time - weaving his family time, work, and an outdoors show and training into a 24 hour day.

Jeremy Elbert: “It has improved the lifestyle at home. My kids, my family, everyone who’s around me has seen it and has made similar changes so everyone can benefit.”

Jeremy, like many competitors in the Midwest Show, don't quit working after the trophies are handed out. It has become a lifestyle that, year-round brings success not only on the stage, but daily work and living.

Laurie is looking forward to the competition being over.

Laurie Bauer: “I have a date with Sandy's donuts the Monday afterwards. I have been craving a donut for 6 months.”

The NPC Midwest Bodybuilding Show takes place Saturday, March 24th at NDSU's Festival Concert Hall. Click on the easy link tab for more information.

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