Flexing her muscle
When Gretchen Altier, 28, of North Syracuse, started working out Feb. 1, she had one goal in mind: Train hard enough to enter the Ironman Classic 2004, a local bodybuilding competition.
So she trained twice a day, six days a week, for the next four months. Her eating regimen changed, too. Four days a week, she consumed 150 to 175 grams of lean protein, 50 grams of carbohydrates and 40 grams of fat. Three days a week she doubled her carbs and cut her fats in half.
It was quite the sacrifice, considering Altier works as a waitress at the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que when she's not training.
On Feb. 1, Altier weighed 173 pounds. On June 5, the day of the annual competition at Henninger High School, she was a muscled 136 pounds.
It turns out she was just the right size for the light-heavyweight division of the Ironman. She walked away with the trophy and a hug from her husband, Joe Altier.