Athelete Profile: Candice Smith, Chad Woodall

January 12th, 2012 | By Marjie 2 Comments

Most people lift weights and do strength training to either improve their performance in a sport, lose weight, or to increase their muscle tone and strength. For two local athletes, lifting weights is the core of the sport that they compete in, and their recent success has put them in the top of their respective sports.

Candice Smith is Georgia’s Physique Champion (bikini division) and recently placed very well in her first National Competition held recently in Miami. To compete at her level, Candice has to spend hours training every day, which is made a little easier because she is the general manager for Body Plex Fitness of Athens.

Chad Woodall holds the titles of Georgia’s Strongest Man / Grip Strength Champion and U.S. Grip Champion for the past three years. To train for contests, he does grip training for 90 minutes a day, five days a week. When Chad isn’t training himself, he helps others with their training in his role as fitness coordinator for St. Mary’s Wellness Center.

Generally you cannot compete in these kinds of sports until you are at least 18 years old, but well-planned and supervised strength and conditioning programs can improve your health and athletic performance.

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