Some women might be nervous about posing in a bikini.
But not Lytham mum Katie Mason.
The 32-year-old will be confidently strutting her stuff on-stage at the United Kingdom Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation (UKBFF) in October.
Katie – who recently started training at Ribby Hall Sport and Leisure in Wrea Green – was runner-up in the UKBFF North West qualifying round, taking her through to the final.
Now she is focusing on the main event and hitting the gym hard to make sure she is ready for the competition.
Katie, who started training for bikini fitness last year, does an hour to 90 minutes of exercise every day and eats as much natural, unprocessed, whole foods as she can to keep her physique in the best shape.
The freelance advertising consultant said: “I was always quite into exercise and sport at school, but then I went to university and you don’t tend to do much then.
“My son was born in 2009 and I found it really hard to lose the baby weight.
“So on New Year’s Eve 2011, I made my resolution I was going to do it.
“I started training and between the January and March, I lost the weight I needed to, just because I was so focused.
“But I was approaching 30 and noticed things weren’t as firm as once they were.
“I had noticed on Facebook and other websites people taking about bikini fitness training and found it inspired me.
“I changed my training completely – I stopped going for long runs, which I loved and started doing HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) and weights. It really changed my body.
“I did my first competition in May this year and was so pleased to get through to the finals in October.”
Katie is so passionate about fitness and nutrition, she is writing a blog on the Ribby Hall website and she is happy to share healthy recipes and training tips on social networking sites.
She enjoys training and eating healthily, no mean feat as a vegetarian and a busy self-employed single mum.
“I do have to be organised – I realised the other day I haven’t sat down and watched TV for years.
“I plan ahead with meals and when making my evening meal, I will prepare my food for the next day. I’ve always loved eating whole foods anyway.
“What I love about training and competing is the fact you can set different goals and work towards them and achieve them, transforming your body. There’s a real sense of achievement.
“And I really want to help others too with fitness and nutrition advice, and share my experience.
“I love training at Ribby as the creche means my little boy can have something fun to do while I train and then we can go swimming together afterwards.
“For me, it’s all about balance and while I love training, I also include stretching, swimming, yoga and relaxation.”
You can follow Katie on Twitter @katie_maso or Instagram flaminkatie1