HUNTER ARMY AIRFIELD, Ga. - Spouses, Soldiers and friends cheered wildly for the three Tominac Fitness Center female athletes as they stepped onto the Savannah Civic Center stage at the Southern Isles Bodybuilding Championship competition, June 17.

"We didn't take all the trophies, but we definitely had the strongest support," said Sudan Salaam, a bodybuilder and personal trainer at Tominac, who took second place in the "over 40 masters' division" and third in the women's heavyweight competition. The three competitors are proud of achieving their fitness level "with what God gave them," and without steroids or other performance enhancers.

Tiffany Mitchell, a 260th Quartermaster Battalion spouse and amateur bodybuilder, placed fourth in the heavyweight women's competition and has reason to be proud of her performance in her first bodybuilding competition.

"She's a natural," said Salaam, who has encouraged Mitchell over the last three years of bodybuilding at Tominac. Mitchell, a former Soldier and paralegal with a three-year-old son, spends about two hours each day in the gym working with weights and equipment.

"Competing on stage was fun but I was really nervous," said Mitchell. "I'd do it again even if I hadn't placed."

She said the Tominac trainers have inspired her in her quest for fitness but it is their encouragement and friendship that make it fun.