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The total athlete - Fox grad prepares for the national spotlight

While the days of high school gridiron and track & field stardom are far behind him, King George grad Travis Smith has his sights set on competing nationally in the sport of bodybuilding. At six foot two, 225 pounds, and barely an ounce of body-fat, and a physique that rivals a professional bodybuilder, Smith may be well on his way to competing nationally.
After taking third place in the 2008 Mount Rogers Natural Bodybuilding competition in Woodbridge, Virginia, Smith competed in the Maryland Natural Bodybuilding Fitness and Figure competition in Annapolis, Maryland on June 28, 2009. Depending upon his success at the Mr. Virginia bodybuilding competition, Smith will take the next step in his quest to compete at a national championship in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2010.
Aside from the notoriety of national success, Smith realizes that the only way to the top is through a rigorous seasonal and off-season weekly conditioning regiment. During the off-season, he will lift three times a week, twice a day [5:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.]. “There is a lot of power-lifting involved, with a focus on repetitions and lifting sets,” Smith said. “The repetitions range from low to explosive lifts.”
In preparation for an upcoming show, Smith and his fellow competitors will accelerate their weekly training to six days a week, twice a day, which will equal 12 workout sessions a week. The not for the faint of heart sport, also includes two sessions of cardio-physical fitness a week. In every workout session Smith pushes his body to the limit with a full body workout. “It’s more beneficial to work the entire body, because you have more free flowing growth hormones and testosterone in your bloodstream—when you work large amounts of muscle groups in one session,” Smith said.
Smith’s nutrition compliments the grueling pace that he has set for himself. He eats six to eight times a day, which includes three replacement shakes. His total calorie counts ranges from six to eight thousand a day. “If you’re going to body-build, you have devote a lot of time to it,” Smith said.
During competitions, judges look for body symmetry, proportion, clarity of muscles and conditioning. The rules of posing are stringent. “Even though you’re in a relaxed position, you’re still have to maintain a certain pose,” Smith said.
The 2001 Fox graduate left a legacy of success both on the football field and on the track venues associated with the Battlefield District. Smith led the Fox varsity football team to berth in the Semi-Regional championship against Lafayette in 2000. His heroics on the gridiron honored with the following awards: All-Region linebacker, All District running back and linebacker and the best defensive player on the team.
As a standout track & field athlete, Smith holds the school record for the discus, at 174’. In addition, he earned All-State honors in the discus, shot put and 4x100 men’s relay team [anchor]. In a national high school track & field competition at North Carolina State, he finished 12th.
Nowadays, you can find Smith working as a personal trainer at Fredericksburg Four Mile Fork Sport & Health in Fredericksburg. Aspiring fitness enthusiasts, who have interest in defining their bodies, can contact Smith at 540-710-9500.

Leonard M. Banks, Sports Editor



 

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