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Christine Muller punched her ticket to the 2019 WFF Pro Am Universe Championships with a strong showing in the recent NABBA/WFF Pretoria Classic.
Months of intense training and dedicated dieting led the Leisure Bay athlete to the Theo van Wijk auditorium, where she commanded the stage and finished second in the under 1.63m/over-30 sports model category.
It was a case of double delight for the 34-year-old as the excellent result also saw her qualify for the Universe showcase in Seoul, Korea on 22-23 June.
“I’m very happy with my silver medal and qualifying for Universe. I have been training since January and really wanted to bring my best form to the stage,” Muller told eHowzit.
“It was a difficult line-up. I found out later from the judges that I would have scored higher if I’d worn the right criteria shorts [she was unaware that she had to compete in a cut-away bottom].
“It’s disappointing that something so small cost me my pro card, but I’m still pleased with my second place. It was a well-organised event with stunning athletes. [NABBA head] Alet Lenmer always puts together a wonderful show.”
Muller is only two years into her fitness journey and has enjoyed a highly successful start to her career. Remarkably, she’s a ‘self-made’ success story.
“I’ve always enjoyed being fit, but I first started to seriously train for competitions in 2017. I did all my planning myself. I coached myself and learned all that I could about bodybuilding.”
Her approach may be unconventional, with most athletes employing personal trainers to prepare them for events, but the results speak for themselves.
She scored the biggest win of her career to date at the NABBA/WFF South African Championships in 2017, and has secured silver medals at the provincial championships and at IFBB shows.
She’s competed on the international stage as well, flying the South African flag at the 2017 NABBA World Championships in Cyprus. “That was a great experience. A lady from Korea won; Korea boasts a lot of good athletes, so going to Universe in Korea, I’ll need to bring my very, very best.”
The impact she’s made in such a short period of time is a testament to Muller’s beaming passion and dedication. “I enjoy the thrill of the stage and presenting your hard work,” she said of her love for the sport. Somehow, the sculpted Muller manages to train rigorously whilst juggling work and being a mother.
“I train twice a day, up to 90 minutes a session, six days a week. It requires loads of discipline,” she said of her training schedule. “Diet wise, I eat clean. Egg whites with peanut butter has become a weird mix I enjoy as it gets the results,” she laughed, adding, “chicken and broccoli is also on the menu, as well as some simple salads.”
Having qualified for the WFF Pro Am Universe Championships, Muller now has to raise approximately R20 000 to make the trip to Korea a reality.
“I’m beyond excited…I’ve always wanted to be on a Universe stage. It would mean so much for me in my fitness career and it would be a dream come true if I’m able to go. I get goosebumps thinking of it.”
As part of her fund-raising efforts, Muller is running a raffle competition. The prize is a photoshoot with Zoranne Lottering, complete with hair being styled by Mariks Hair Studio, a R1000 gift voucher from Pretty Things Boutique, gin and tonic and Rooibos Cape gin.
Tickets cost just R50 and the winner will be announced on 14 June. To enter, contact Muller on 082 642 2538.
Businesses and individuals can also help the South Coast star realise her dream through monetary donations using the following banking details:
Account name: HC Muller
Account number: 62125674384
Branch code: 250655
Watch how Muller (centre stage, in blue) performed at the NABBA/WFF Pretoria Classic below (start, then from 11:40):