MERRILLVILLE | For most people, getting to the gym to workout regularly can be rather cumbersome. But for Universal Fitness Owner Alex Mossbarger, it's her way of life.
On Saturday, May 18, Mossbarger will compete in the National Physique Competition (NPC) Junior USA Championship in Charleston, South Carolina.
"I'm ready both physically and mentally," said Mossbarger. "I have been working hard to get into competition shape and am excited the time is finally here."
Mossbarger has been training twice a day for two and a half hours, seven days a week since January. The top three will receive a pro card, which can potentially mean modeling contracts, cash prizes, endorsements and sponsorships.
"Obviously we want the best results but no matter what she's worked extremely hard and looks and feels great," said Denny Finnearty, Universal Fitness co-owner and fiancé. "I am proud of her determination and perseverance."
Mossbarger is currently pursuing a degree to be a Physician's Assistant at Indiana University Northwest and has been balancing studying, training and family time as skillfully as she handles her workout reps. She is scheduled to graduate in the Spring of 2014.
"It's not always easy but I am fortunate to have a great support system and we are all on the same page," said Mossbarger.
She feels her dedication and self-motivation is the key to her success. She has quite an extensive food plan, which includes plenty of fish and vegetables because "a solid nutrition plan is essential."
"I know it sounds a bit cliche, but I just try and be the best I can and that's the honest truth," said Mossbarger.
Mossbarger smiles when she says "after the competition, I'm going to order a steak."