Strong bodies perform for Yongsan strong
November 7, 2012
YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea -- Bodybuilders of Yongsan captured an opportunity to show off their natural beauty of human body and compete during the 2012 U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan Fall Classic Bodybuilding, Figure and Bikini Competition here, Nov. 3.
USAG Yongsan's Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation set-up the event as four female and three male bodybuilders vied for the top three spots for each gender category.
Families and supporters of the competing bodybuilders packed the R & R Bar and Grill Underground, shouting and cheering as the competitors displayed their aesthetically built-up bodies. Each competitor posed a series of quarter turns and specific positions that highlighted one's muscle, so judges composed of four bodybuilding experts could evaluate their results of hard work and perseverance.
The night was particularly special for one contestant, Spec. Brenda R. Anderson, a Soldier assigned to HHC, 41st Signal Brigade. She was injured in basic training dismounting a vehicle, broke the right side of her pelvis, and went through a long recovery period over the last 24 months.
"I subsequently was reinjured as a result of my first injury where I tore the tendon of left side of my pelvis too. So I had two separate injuries and recovery period over the last 24 months," Anderson said. "I found out about the competition in the beginning of August, and I went to doctor and got my medical clearance. I began weight training since then."
She did not hesitate to express her excitement and satisfaction as she won 3rd place.
"It's an honor to be here to compete," Anderson said. "It's been a long journey as far as my recovery goes, so I am really happy that I am able to get out here and put my best effort."