Sandy Williamson Shares Her Journey from Obesity to Anorexia to IFBB Judge
Once you’re at a bodybuilding present that options ladies’s competitions, there’s a superb probability you’ve heard the voice of Sandy Williamson. The NPC and IFBB Professional League head decide is normally the one calling for the poses of all the feminine divisions on the massive reveals, together with the Olympia. Whereas her presence at reveals is sort of anticipated at this stage of her profession, it might come as a shock that she was overweight as an adolescent.
“I grew up actually heavy,” admitted Williamson. She recalled that at one level, she weighed over 250 kilos. Despite the fact that she resolved to shed weight whereas she was in nursing college, the science round diet wasn’t as superior as it’s in the present day. Despite the fact that Williamson misplaced substantial weight, she discovered herself on the opposite finish of the intense.
“After I graduated from nursing college three years later, I weighed 72 kilos,” she mentioned. The change was so drastic that docs even thought that Williamson could have had leukemia. Despite the fact that she struggled with anorexia, her husband on the time took her to a bodybuilding present in 1980. That was when Williamson’s give attention to wellness, and the course of her life, modified.
“We went to a present in Philadelphia, not realizing it was the primary Ms. Olympia,” she recalled. “I noticed Rachel (McLish) and all the ladies stroll out. Then once they obtained dressed and got here out to speak to everybody, and I noticed Rachel, I used to be on the Y that Monday morning.”
Despite the fact that ladies couldn’t prepare with weights in that YMCA throughout that point, Williamson would ultimately get to pump iron with mentor Sweet Csencsits, and has been bit by the coaching bug since. That was when she was first granted the chance to evaluate a present as effectively.
“Sweet requested me if I needed to evaluate, and I used to be like ‘I’m working full time as a nurse, attempting to get pregnant, I used to be married, I’ve no time to do this.” After some convincing, she agreed.
“I really fell in love with judging,” she shared. Little did Williamson know after seeing the historic first Ms. Olympia, that she would go on to evaluate the competition herself, calling the poses for a lot of nice champions over time, starting from Murray to present Ms. Olympia Andrea Shaw.
Sandy Williamson talked extra about judging and what the judges are in search of on the contests this season. Catch this and all episodes of Femme Flex Friday over at www.wingsofstrength.net. Episodes air each Friday at 6 p.m. Japanese time. Don’t overlook to observe @femmeflexfriday on Instagram.