Today, Sally, 51, looks rock-solid and ripped from her long hours in the gym and months of an extreme diet. At the April show, she won the masters 35-and-older class as well as the short class in order to take the top title. Not bad for the mother of two grown children, Jen, 17, and Sara, 22. In fact, Im also a grandma, since Sara has two boys, ages three and one, she says.
A resident of Kalkaska, where she lives with six pet dogs and operates her Champion Cleaning Company, Pomante has always been attracted to physical pursuits. She raced stock cars as an 18-year-old back in the day when she was running a 68 Camaro around the track in Elmira. She also tried figure skating and still enjoys kick-boxing.
But its body-building and sculpting where she really shines. She started weight-training in the wake of a divorce at the age of 38, winning both the Miss Grand Traverse title as well as first prize at the Bentleys Gym show in Petoskey in 1997.
A member of Fit For You gym in Traverse City since 1995, she trains with owner Jeff Gauthier as well as personal trainer Steve Rife.
Steve says Im an extremist, but I feel that if Im going to train, Im going to make sure I win, she says with a laugh.
Her win was literally a dream come true.
Last year I had a dream that I should get back in competition, she recalls. And the dream was so real. I was at the gym and Jeff said in my dream: You need to get back to training and get back in the gym, so I started training for the show on October 7th.
That meant an hour-long workout Monday, Wednesday and Friday, isolating specific muscles for training. Shes continued her training beyond last months show: Monday its chest, biceps and calves; Wednesday means emphasis on the back, triceps and abs; and Friday its shoulders, legs and abs. On the between days, she does an hour of cardio, usually kick-boxing.
But weightlifting is only half of what goes into winning a bodybuilding contest. I started an intense nutrition program last November for the show on April 5th, she says.
That meant a regimented diet that typically included 12 egg whites and oatmeal for breakfast; a snack of no-fat cottage cheese and yogurt in mid-morning; a lunch of chicken breast and potato; afternoon snack of a rice cake and peanut butter; and dinner being grilled fish and fresh green vegetables.
Then at the end of your training, you dont eat any carbs at all, she says. The only sweet I was allowed to have was from a yam.
Two days before the show, things got really extreme, with Pomante being unable to drink any water for 55 hours. Cutting off liquids dehydrates the body enough to provide maximum muscle definition. After the show, I went and chugged a liter of water.
Currently, shes weight-training with her daughter Jen, who is a junior at Central High School in Traverse City. Shes quite an athlete, Pomante says, noting that her daughter is in varsity basketball and is a catcher for the softball team. Once the summer comes, were going to train together with Jeff at Fit For You, where Im gearing up for body-sculpting. I dont know if Ill compete in Miss Grand Traverse again, but I might compete in Grand Rapids or Detroit.
Kimberly Purdy Update:
TV 9&10s Kimberly Purdy was the subject of an article by Rick Coates in April, regarding her competition in the GT Bodybuilding and Figure Championship. How did she do?
Kimberly took first place in the tall women competition and second place in the masters women, ages 35-and-older.