Taylor Redding began her body building career a year ago and was a fourth-place winner in the Teen Bikini division.
Recently, Redding entered the Axis Labs' Northern Colorado Show at Colorado School of Mines. Her dedication to becoming the best at what she was working for paid off as she won the Teen Bikini Division.
During last year's competition, Williams placed fourth in four separate divisions; Teen Bikini, First Time Novice and Open Bikini. She became a brand ambassador for Smart Body which promotes a line of health and fitness products.
Redding is still enrolled at Colorado Mesa University and is carrying 18 credit hours this semester which extends her credit load to 34 hours this year. She will graduate in May from the program she is pursuing.
According to Redding's mother, Kari Williams, Redding will stay on at Colorado Mesa after graduating from the Medical Assisting and Surgery Technician program (with internship).
"I will continue with my internship this summer, finishing my 18 credits, and move right into the fall semester in August along my path for a bachelors' degree in Kinesiology. I hope to go into grad school where I plan to work as a medical assistant and a surgical technician," noted Redding.
Redding continually focuses on health science and has an ultimate goal of becoming a sports medicine physician.
Blending a college lifestyle with a budding bodybuilding dream has been an arduous endeavor for Redding.
"My life mostly consists of school, homework, gym, sleep and repeat it again. After my first bodybulding competition a year ago, my coach (Sarah Kornhauser) and I decided to take a few months off to really focus on putting on more muscle to bring a bigger package to my next show."
Redding began prepping for her recent competition in January. There were strict diets and exhausting workouts, which included drinking two gallons of water each day and eating five to six times a day (at the same times each day). The routine began at 5:30 a.m. and finished with school at 3 p.m.
After a period of time, the real grind began with decreased calories and increased cardio workouts. A diet consisting of 30 grams of protein a meal was adjusted by staggering carbohydrate and fat intake. Diets changed about every two weeks and workouts and cardio grew longer.
To make time for the day's activities, Redding prepped all her meals a day in advance with many late nights for cooking and finishing homework.
The closer the show, the more strict the diet and an average of four hours a day for lifting and the stair climber.
Redding put on an extra 13 pounds for this year's competition.
Part of Redding's show preparation included workouts at CMU, lifting at Gold's Gym and weekend posing meetings in Montrose.
"On show day, April 9, preparation included tanning, makeup and having hair done. They glued me into my suit and to the stage I went."
"I placed first in Teen, got second call outs in Novice and Open Class. It was such an amazing high that was like nothing I've ever felt," quoted Redding.
There was a celebration of food face-stuffing following the show, then back to the gym the next Tuesday. "I am on a reverse diet right now and sights are being set for my next competition after qualifying for nationals," says Redding.
Redding, and her coach, want to focus on a lean bulk training plan for her next competition. "I am really excited to put on more muscle and see what a better body physique will do for my next competition."
Redding's thanks go to many people, including her mother and Coach Kornhauser. Also on her list of appreciation was Team Elemental.