Kim Lord will compete in an International Natural Bodybuilders Association competition next month.LUKE MCMANUS February 14, 2014 4:54am
Former boxer Kim Lord possesses an unshakable hunger for competition.
Seven years on from her final professional bout, the Echuca resident is planning a long-awaited return to the big stage, this time swapping her gloves for the glow of a figure model.
Alongside district bikini model Brianna Cook, Lord will ‘‘step out of my comfort zone’’ and showcase her distinctively toned physique in the Ms Novice Figure category at next month’s International Natural Bodybuilders Association Novice Rising Star and Rookie of the Year competition, at Melbourne’s Mooney Valley racecourse.
After taking up the sport in August 2012, Lord has endured months of specialised training in preparation for the March 2 event, on top of conforming to a strict diet which has tested her willpower and her self-proclaimed sweet tooth.
Lord said despite all the hard work, she had enjoyed returning to full fitness after ‘‘ballooning out’’ following her retirement from boxing.
‘‘I went from training as a professional boxer to not really doing anything,’’ Lord said.
‘‘I was putting on weight and needed to do something.’’
‘‘It’s been extremely hard and quite a journey. You learn a lot about yourself and learn what you should be doing and eating.
‘‘People say it takes 21 days to break a habit — I think that’s a load of crap.
‘‘It took me 13 weeks to actually not feel like my throat had been cut and I wasn’t depriving myself of something.
‘‘It’s all been worth it in the end as I feel fit and healthy and feel as though I’m looking good again.’’
Lord attributed her ‘‘mind change’’ and transformation to coach and district gym owner Adrienne Tibbals.
Lord said training with a locally-based coach helped put an end to the copious amount of travel needed to compete in the sport, a problem which confronted Lord towards the end of her boxing career.
‘‘(Adrienne’s) been terrific,’’ Lord said.
‘‘I didn’t have a lot of options but having Adrienne up here has been wonderful.
‘‘As far as experience goes, she’s done plenty of competitions herself and helps with my training at Next Level (Fitness) and my diet.
‘‘The diet makes up for 85 per cent of the preparation. There’s a science behind it all and Adrienne really knows what she’s doing.’’
Boxing remains close to Lord’s heart and she still takes her gloves to every gym session.
While a return to competitive boxing is off the table, Lord said focusing on her new-found sport had unearthed her fierce competitive nature, which helped her achieve an undefeated professional career.
How long she will continue as a figure model is a question unanswered for the time being.
‘‘I went into boxing wanting to do one fight, then competed for five years,’’ Lord said.
‘‘I can’t answer that question right now.
‘‘All I know is that I’m craving some pizza and chocolate.’’
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