Lisa Giesbrescht

Lisa Giesbrescht

Langford’s buff and tough mom

Provincial body building champ aims for national title in October

Provincial body building champ aims for national title in October

Lisa Giesbrescht is no ordinary mom. Standing five-foot-eight and sporting bulging muscles, this Langford woman is ripped.

“I am definitely unique, I am not like the other mothers (at my children’s) school,” Giesbrescht said.

The mother of two girls and seven-year body builder is training for her third trip to the national body building championships, this year in Montreal on Oct. 9.

“I’ve been training since the last show (in August 2010). I only took a week off and then I’ve been right back at it,” Giesbrescht said.

Giesbrescht competes in the master (over 35) class and the open heavyweight class.

“I am considered small as a heavyweight,” said Giesbrescht who tips the scale at 175 pounds.

Despite ample 40 centimetre biceps and 60 cm quads, she is pumping a lot of iron to gain more muscle mass for the nationals.

To sculpt her body, she trains five days a week in the gym totalling about 10 to 15 hours of high intensity weight training and a minimal amount of cardio.

“I combine free weights and a few machines,” Giesbrescht said.

Sticking to a tough training regime does mean her family has to make some sacrifices.

“I can’t do spontaneous things with the family,” Giesbrescht said. “I need to have my food and my workouts.”

She eats small meals every few hours. In the morning she has two small breakfasts of egg whites and oatmeal, two hours a part. During the rest of the day she eats chicken and brown rice with vegetables.

“Food is huge issue when it comes to getting in shape and how it affects your life,” Giesbrescht said.

Training is important for Giesbrescht, but says when comes to priorities her family always comes first.

During the week Giesbrescht’s husband works out of town and leaves Giesbrescht juggling the challenges of family, training and her job. On top of her workout schedule, Giesbrescht is a personal trainer at Odyssey Health and Fitness in Victoria.

“I have a wide range of clients,” said Giesbrescht explaining she coaches people ranging from teens to women up into their 60s.

While her daughters are not interested in becoming bodybuilders, they are supportive of their mother.

Last year the nationals were held in Saskatoon, and Giesbrescht placed seventh in the open heavyweight class. At the 2009 national competition she placed second in the masters division and seventh in the open heavyweight class.

Last July Giesbrescht  won the overall competition for the provincial body building competition  in New Westminster.

“With that (win) I can go to the national level forever, and I don’t need to qualify,” she said.

While over the past few years of training Giesbrescht has transformed her body into a lean build with rippling muscles, she said the biggest change in herself is the confidence she has gained.

“You learn what your body can do and learn what you are capable of doing,” Giesbrescht said. “If you set a goal you’d be surprised that you are able to achieve it”

Even before she was a body builder Giesbrescht loved working out. After seeing a retired female body builder working at a fitness gym, Giesbrescht was intrigued. “I always admired her look and I just wanted more of a challenge,” she said.

“A misconception is that female body builders are not feminine and that we are very masculine, but a female can have muscles and still look feminine,” Giesbrescht remarked. “Body building should be for everyone.”

sports@golstreamgazette.com

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Debra Sheets, a University of Victoria nursing professor, is starting Victoria’s first Memory Cafe program for adults with dementia and their caregivers. (Photo: Debra Sheets)
Memory Cafe Victoria hopes to connect local dementia community

Adults with dementia and their caregivers will participate in weekly Zoom socializing and activities

Several BC Ferries sailings are cancelled Friday due to adverse weather. (Black Press Media File)
UPDATED: All B.C. Ferries sailings cancelled due to wind, weather

Adverse weather causes cancellations across several BC Ferries routes

Metchosin council introduced a bylaw at a special council meeting Wednesday, which, if approved, would limit further subdivision of a 40-acre portion of the Boys and Girls Club property. The proposed bylaw amendment will come to public hearing on March 15. (Black Press Media file photo)
Metchosin council introduces bylaw to limit subdivision of Boys and Girls Club property

Proposed bylaw amendment will come to public hearing on March 15

The Habitat Acquisition Trust has secured a biodiverse 23-hectare parcel of land in Highlands through a donation from Anne and Jim Ganns, who owned the property for 50 years. (Photo by Jeremy Da Silva/Courtesy Habitat Acquisition Trust)
23-hectare land donation in Highlands extends permanent habitat protection

Anne and Jim Ganns pass on property purchased 50 years ago to the Habitat Acquisition Trust

The Sooke Fine Arts Show will be online again this year, showcasing unique artworks from Vancouver Island and B.C.’s coastal island artists from July 23 to Aug. 2. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke Fine Arts Show goes virtual for second year in a row

Art exhibition and show set for July 23 to Aug. 2

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature. (B.C. government)
B.C. reports 10 additional deaths, 395 new COVID-19 cases

The majority of new coronavirus infections were in the Fraser Health region

Anyone with information on any of these individuals is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit the website victoriacrimestoppers.ca for more information.
Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Feb. 23

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

(Black Press Media File Photo)
POLL: Are you struggling with Greater Victoria’s cost of housing?

While Victoria remains one of the most expensive cities in the country… Continue reading

Bryan Adams with his mom, Jane Adams Clark, at Lions Gate Hospital. (Bryan Adams)
Bryan Adams gives shout out to North Shore hospital

The singer’s mom was in Lions Gate Hospital for care

Shoppers will be able to get their hands on signed bottles of Ryan Reynolds’ new gin at B.C. liquor stores this summer. (Twitter/Ryan Reynolds)
Ryan Reynold’s new Aviation Gin autographed and coming to B.C. stores

This summer 100 bottles will be available to the public for purchase across five B.C. liquor stores

Wayne Allen's graduation photo from Chemainus Secondary School. (Photo submitted)
Brother charged with murder in Vancouver Island teenager’s Ontario death

Jesse James Allen stands accused in the death of Wayne Allen, a 2020 Chemainus Secondary grad

An official investigation will be launched after VPD officers were recorded posing near a dead body at Third Beach on Wednesday morning, Feb. 24. (Screen grab/Zachary Ratcliff)
VIDEO: Vancouver officers under review for allegedly laughing, taking pictures next to dead body

Two officers were caught on video by a local beachgoer Wednesday morning in Stanley Park

Kim McGregor died in the Feb. 14 hit-and-run accident in Chemainus. (Photo submitted)
Victim identified in Valentine’s Day Chemainus hit-and-run

Kim McGregor grew up in Chemainus and had recently returned to be close to his parents

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature. (B.C. government)
‘Stay local’: Dr. Henry shoots down spring break travel for British Columbians

B.C. is reportedly working with other provincial governments to determine March break policies

Most Read