Native health coach advances in competitors, however nonetheless wants native assist

Jo Lawrence of Idaho Falls hopes to win a national fitness contest and appear on the cover of Muscle and Fitness Her magazine. | Courtesy Jo Lawrence

IDAHO FALLS – A local fitness trainer is one step closer to winning a national competition.

Last month, Jo Lawrence entered a fitness competition sponsored by Muscle and Fitness Her Magazine. The winner who will be crowned, “Ms. Health and Fitness ”will be awarded US $ 20,000 and will appear on the cover of an upcoming issue of the magazine.

The competition relies heavily on fan votes, and thanks to the support it receives from many fans in eastern Idaho, Lawrence has continued to advance to the next level.

“I have until Thursday to get into the top five,” Lawrence told EastIdahoNews.com. “Thanks to everyone who voted for me to bring me this far.”

Once the top five are determined, voters will choose a tentative winner in each category who will advance to the quarter-finals on July 16. The voters then decide who will advance to the semi-finals on July 23. The final winner will be determined on August 5th.

“This thing has too many laps,” says Lawrence jokingly.

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Lawrence, who worked with hundreds of clients as a personal trainer at the YMCA in Idaho Falls, first heard of her from a friend who suggested that she apply. Lawrence isn’t a huge fan of social media, but once she looked at this, she decided to give it a try.

“I thought what the heck! Why not! ”Lawrence told us in June. “For example, I try to stay fit and strong and healthy for my customers, my family and my children.”

Lawrence is also the Athletic Director of Melaleuca.

Physical fitness was important to Lawrence since childhood. One of the things that drew them to this lifestyle was the example of those around them.

“My stepmother was a tall woman. I loved exercising and running, but I also loved eating. She said, ‘If you keep doing this, one day you will look like me.’ I saw how unhealthy she was and I didn’t want me to be. I swore to myself at the time that I wouldn’t be like that, ”explains Lawrence.

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Lawrence says she was a cardio junkie during her early adult years to stay lean and fit. She never really had a specific goal in mind until she turned 39.

Then their expectations grew much higher.

“When I was 39, my goal before I was 40 was to compete. I wanted to reshape my whole body. I’ve been addicted ever since, ”she says.

Lawrence is now 51 and after that competition her next goal is to start training to climb to the base camp of the mountain. Everest.

Lawrence wants to win the competition and needs your help to do so. The voting for the top 5 is open until July 8th at 8 p.m. If she makes it into the top 5, voters will have until July 15 to help her advance to the quarter-finals. There is no limit to how often you can vote, she says, but you can only vote once a day.

To cast your vote or learn more, click here.

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