Unis Middle School
There are bodybuilders all over he world, and they come from many kinds of jobs. One of the best in the world is Ladawn McDay, a special education teacher at Ella Fitzgerald Elementary School in Detroit.
McDay, 37, attended Wayne State University. She said, “I got interested in bodybuilding from watching it for years on TV and being around competitors gave me the urge to compete.”
McDay won second place in the National Physique Committee’s National Bodybuilding Bikini and Figure Championships in 2009.
McDay’s biggest accomplishment was at the 2010 International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness North American Championship, where she placed eighth in North America.
“If some competitors don’t see results, they lose the urge to keep going,” said McDay. “I believe that bodybuilding is a sport often ignored by girls because of the negative thoughts of the use of steroids.”
McDay has a very busy schedule. She goes to the gym at 5 a.m. and trains with Team Infinity. She works out on the weights for one hour and does her cardiovascular routine twice a day and walks at work during lunch.
She said it took her only 16 weeks to achieve her goal of becoming a bodybuilder.
McDay competes as a light heavyweight, where the weight requirement is 125-140 pounds. She also competes at the national level, for which someone must qualify by winning at the state level.
“I have not yet made money being a body builder due to the fact I have not become a professional,” said McDay. “But I will still be competing for years to come.”