From The Payson Roundup, Arizona:
"A combination of strength training, dedication and nutrition has earned a 32-year-old Payson mother of three a third-place finish at the 2004 National Physique Committee's Bodybuilding North championships.
The competition was July 24 in Flagstaff.
To prepare herself for the challenging event, Rebecca Christenson began training almost a year ago under the watchful eye of National Council of Strength and Fitness certified trainer Don Ray at Club USA.
"She's an excellent student, willing to put in a lot of hard work," Ray said. "She dieted, trained and did everything to a T.
Christenson credits Ray with her success.
"He's a great trainer, I want to thank him for everything he did."
For Christenson, the dieting was the toughest part of her regimen.
"There were times I just wanted something like a candy bar to eat," she said.
Club USA managing partner Heather Slater, who also helped mold Christenson, praised her for the showing in the championships."