Barming champion bodybuilder Frances Amies-Winter aims for world and universal titles

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A Kent mum who is a British champion bodybuilder now has her sights set on a world title – then the crown of the universe.

Frances Amies-Winter, of Barming, near Maidstone, eats up to eight meals a day and exercises two hours a day, six days a week, to maintain her shape.

Frances Amies-Winter is a British bodybuilding champion. Photo: Steve Amies-Winter

The mum-of-two fell in love with bodybuilding while trying to lose weight, having weighed 16 stones at one point, and thanks to her husband and trainer Steve, 51, who finished second in Strongest Man from Great Britain on several occasions.

She said, “I loved it. I love empowerment. It’s a lot more interesting than cardio, it actually shapes my body.

“Women’s bodybuilding in the UK is pretty poorly represented. We’re a bit like unicorns. In Europe it’s huge.”

The 39-year-old spoke to KentOnline in 2019, after placing second at the International Bodybuilding Fitness Association (IBFA) world championships in Rome, Italy.

It was only his fourth competition.

Maidstone female bodybuilder Frances Amies-Winter with husband Steve in 2019 Photo: Matthew Walker
Maidstone female bodybuilder Frances Amies-Winter with husband Steve in 2019 Photo: Matthew Walker

In August last year, competing against around 50 other women, she became the British NPC Women’s Bodybuilding Champion.

Commenting on her victory, Frances said: “I felt delighted, I have been training for five to six years now and it has always been aimed at a British title, finally getting one was a dream come true.”

Each day, in order to maintain her physique, she will eat 200ml of fried egg whites in the morning, followed by a chicken meal, with the chicken the size of her palm, another chicken meal two hours later. , a post-workout protein shake, then a steak meal, then a chicken meal, followed by a last meal of chicken, and finally, a meal of egg whites.

When she eats carbohydrates before a competition, she will have 200g of rice with each meal.

“Strength training takes control of your life – you have to sleep and breathe,” she explained.

Frances Amies-Winter is a British bodybuilding champion.  Photo: Steve Amies-Winter
Frances Amies-Winter is a British bodybuilding champion. Photo: Steve Amies-Winter

On Christmas Day and Boxing Day, Frances and her husband took a break from their strict diet, but they have since reverted to their methodical plan.

“Because it’s a passion, it’s very easy to obsess over it,” she said. “I never get to the point where I think I don’t want to.

“It’s definitely something you have to love and it’s what guides you.”

Friends support her bodybuilding, but sometimes she gets negative comments when she goes shopping, for example.

“Bodybuilding is a bit like Marmite, you love it or you hate it,” she said.

“I am really proud of what I have accomplished with my body.”

The couple owned a Redemption Fitness gym in St Peter’s Street, but they sold the site after the pandemic started and are now coaching classes online, through their company, the Minister of Muscle.

Frances is currently working on qualifying for the NAC World Championship in Turkey in June 2022 – then the next step will be universal competition.

She said: “I am really proud of what I have accomplished with my body. I always look at it and say I want it to be different. I have aspects of my body that I still don’t like, but i work for it.

“It’s about being psychologically strong in bodybuilding.”

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