Most 17-year-olds would not be disciplined enough to learn about nutrition, make their own meals and commit to eating healthily.
And most wouldn’t have the dedication to train in the gym five or six days a week either.
But Charlotte Boyd isn’t like most 17-year-olds.
And her attitude, maturity and devotion to sport has paid off and earned her the title of Miss Teenage Toned Britain in the NABBA (National Amateur Body-builders’ Association) England championships.
Charlotte, of St Annes, was delighted with her achievement – especially as she was the youngest competitor and she only started training for the event about five months ago, when the idea was suggested to her by fitness instructors at the St Annes YMCA.
The former Carr Hill pupil said: “I started off in the gym just doing cardio training, which everybody does, just for health and fitness reasons.
“But then one of the instructors suggested weight-training to me, so I thought I would give it a try and I really enjoyed it.
“They suggested to me I had the right sort of physique to compete in fitness physique contests, so I started lifting really heavy weights and had to change my diet too, and I decided to go for it.
“I’ve learned so much about nutrition and the science behind it, it’s so interesting.
“I learned I needed to eat more in general, have more protein and so on.
“When I first started training for it, I gained weight, but I have lost inches and body fat – everything is tighter.”
Charlotte, who is currently studying fashion and business at Blackpool Sixth Form College, said preparation had been the key to her success.
“The few days before the competition were the hardest.
“I had to drink loads of water to hydrate, then reduce the amount I was drinking to two small bottles, then just little sips, to dehydrate.
“I was a bit nervous on the day of the competition, but more excited than anything really.
“The other girls were all older than me, I was the youngest there. They were really friendly and helped me, giving me tips, lending me the body oil and stuff.”
And when Charlotte was announced as the winner of the teenage category, she was delighted.
“I was very proud. I was pretty emotional really because of all the time and energy I had put into it. All that hard work paid off.
“The judges said it was unusual for someone my age to do so well. They have emailed me to ask me to take part next year in an over 18 category.
“I would definitely like to do it again.”