Splitting 10 months of training and college has made Brooke Merritt tops in her class.
Merritt placed first in her height class and first overall in the junior figure division at the National Physique Committee Muscle Heat, a figure competition in Greensboro, N.C., on Aug. 25.
It was the first figure competition for Merritt, a Grovetown resident and graduate of Augusta State. She attended ASU while training at The Family Y in Augusta. She graduated in May.
“It was a positive experience,” she said. “It was my first, so I didn’t know what to expect. But everyone was very supportive, and everyone encouraged each other.”
Because it was her first figure competition, Merritt competed in the junior division. With the win, she moved to the open class, where she competed Saturday in Greensboro.
A top 2 finish would qualify her for a spot in one of the six height classes at the National Figure Championship in Atlanta Friday and Saturday,.
Judges in figure competitions look for a number of components in determining a winner including muscularity, shape and symmetry, stage presence, poise and presentation.
There are five national events, the first four leading up to the event in Atlanta. A different group plays host each one, with the national event in Atlanta hosted by the National Physique Committee.
“The events are such a rush, but people are there to lend a helping hand,” she said.
“It’s something I enjoyed and would like to continue doing.”
Merritt’s husband George said competing in figure events is something Brooke has wanted to do her whole life.
Strict workout schedules and diets are staples of any weight or figure competitor.
Merritt’s 10-month figure training consisted of full-body workouts broken up throughout the week. Her unique workouts include plyometrics and cardio.