Tuesday, December 13, 2005
November 19, 2005
As anyone who has tried it will tell you, competitive bodybuilding is not an easy sport. With strict and intensive training and dieting routines, serious bodybuilders dedicate several hours each day training for a competition that is merely minutes in the spotlight.
“It was honestly the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” said bodybuilder Dustin Alldredge, who recently competed in his first-ever show. “It took a lot of hard work, dedication and discipline … but it was worth it.”
With only a month of training under his belt, Alldredge, a 24-year-old Hood River business owner, won the novice light-heavyweight division of the 2005 Northwest Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships in Tacoma.
A bodybuilding competition typically consists of two parts per division. The first and most important part is a group pose-off, where all the competitors in a division pose and flex on stage at once. That is when competitors are scored and rated by several judges. The second part is more for show, with individuals posing alone on stage to music.
Of the group of tanned, oiled-up musclemen on stage, Alldredge stood out to the judges. “I couldn’t believe it when the called my name,” he said. “It was my first show and I just wanted to place. I couldn’t believe when they announced me as the winner.”
His new first place trophy means Alldredge can no longer enter the novice class at events. The next competition for him, and a few other Hood River residents, is the Emerald Cup in April, which is a big-time west coast competition that opens doors for aspiring professional bodybuilders.
“I’m going for it,” Alldredge said. “I’m going to try to go all the way with this.”
Going all the way will mean continuing his intense six-days-a-week, four-hours-a-day workout routine, as well as a low fat, low carbohydrate, high protein diet.
“I’d like to thank Eddie Dominguez at Big Gym and Golden Pursuit Tanning for their help,” Alldredge concluded.
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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge