GRACEMERE'S Tayla Wills no longer wears a bikini just to the beach.
The local bikini model now struts her stuff in glamorous, shimmering, glittering bikinis on the podiums of Queensland stages.
Tayla, a fitness instructor and personal trainer at Activ Gym Gracemere, took out first place in the National Amateur Body-Builders' Association's (NABBA) Bikini Junior category and Overall Bikini category at the Gold Coast.
Tayla, 21, said it was her first body building competition but it wouldn't be her last.
"I've always lived a healthy lifestyle in terms of eating healthy and exercising but I wanted to set myself a goal and experience the body building side of fitness," she said.
"At first, I just wanted to achieve the goal of getting my body in the shape I wanted and better myself, but after I started the training my goal changed to wanting to win the competition.
"The competition prep was about 20 weeks' long and it was the most mentally and physically challenging thing I've ever done but getting up on stage and winning was the most rewarding feeling. It made it all worth it."
In what was once considered a "man's world", the sport of body building has rapidly changed into an industry that sees an equal number of female competitors.
Tayla said she had a lot of outside influence to compete.
"I kept seeing how good these women's bodies looked and was really motivated by them," she said.
"Health and fitness in itself has become so popular amongst women.
"I just love the feeling you get after doing all the hard work and sacrificing all the things you do during the preparation then seeing the results. It starts to become a bit of an addiction and it gives you a real sense of wellbeing."
Tayla will compete again next year in the Fitness Model category of the competition.
TAYLA'S TOP TIPS
Be positive and have a positive mentality
Keep your dieting and exercising interesting, give yourself variety
Keep motivated and don't give up
Drink lemon water every day and eat protein after a workout
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