Raceview model a Classic winner for Australia title

SUCCESS: Jade McKee has tasted success in the first Arnold Classic Australia contest by winning the Overall Bikini title. Photo: Ignazio Ťśè
SUCCESS: Jade McKee has tasted success in the first Arnold Classic Australia contest by winning the Overall Bikini title. Photo: Ignazio Ťśè Ignazio Ťśè

TO MOST of us, bikini model Jade McKee's fitness regime sounds like torture.

For at least five times a week, the 30-year-old wakes up early to hit the gym for at least an hour.

She's also on a strict, high-protein diet where she eats six meals a day - and no junk food.

Her hard work has paid off though, with the Raceview physiotherapist winning a title at the Arnold Classic in Melbourne.

The international event, which was held in Australia for the first time, featured bodybuilding as well as fight, athletic and endurance sports.

It is named in honour of bodybuilding champ, politician and action movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger, who attended the event.

Mrs McKee muscled in to win the Arnold Classic Australia Overall Bikini title.

The achievement has now made her eligible to receive her Pro Card and - if inclined - pursue a pro bodybuilding career.

Mrs McKee said she became interested in the sport through her husband Adam, who trained for bodybuilding competitions as well.

After watching him compete, Mrs McKee said she was in awe of the sports models on stage and became determined to join their ranks.

She began her fitness journey in 2011 and competed in her first competition in 2012, with help from her husband and her personal trainer Marian Leonard of Body Boutique Personalised Training.

"Diet is the biggest challenge," Mrs McKee said. "You have to be so disciplined with it.

"When you reach your personal goals though, the experience is so rewarding."

Before her success in Melbourne, Mrs McKee flew to Spain to compete in the Arnold Classic Europe, where she placed fifth in her division.

The fitness fanatic said the Arnold Classic Australian was her 17th competition in six back-to-back seasons in three years.

Mrs McKee said she was keen to continue her success in the sport and was looking at competing in upcoming shows in the US.

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