The Obusforme NPC IRON MAN Figure competition has only been around for three years, but it's become one of the most significant figure events in the land due to its role in the annual IRON MAN FitExpo weekend, which takes place in February, and the very special prize that goes to the winner. For one thing, the show gets national exposure in IRON MAN; for another the overall champ earns a photo shoot with one of the top photographers in the business, IM's Michael Neveux.
The more popular a contest, the harder is it to win, but sexy Alexis Ellis rose to the challenge in 2005. With the grace, talent and ambition she exhibits, you can expect to see a lot more of her, starting in these pages.
Sample bodypart program: legs
Deep squats 4 x 10
Weighted stepups 3 x 10
Walking lunges 4 x 20
Stiff-legged deadlifts 4 x 10
'I train with weights five to six days a week for one to two hours per session. I follow each workout with an hour of cardio.'
Current residence: Alta Loma, CA
Hometown: New York, NY
Occupation: Entrepreneur, physique model and co-owner of Gourmet Fitness Food, a healthful-food delivery service
Favorite foods: Healthful: Chilean sea bass and spinach. Less healthful: anything chocolate
Beauty/anti-aging secret: 'I believe you are as young as you feel, so I have a pretty strict regimen. I eat clean year-round, drink at least a gallon of water every day and get a facial on a monthly basis. Having a positive self-image will take you a long way, and, of course, laughter is very important. Laugh out loud at least once a day.'
Factoid: 'I love dancing mambo and salsa. I danced with a professional salsa dance troupe called the Salsoneros before I started competing in figure.'
Web site: www.AlexisEllis.com
Congratulations to '05 NPC IRON MAN Figure champ Alexis Ellis!
Editor's note: Wardrobe provided by Fresh Peaches of Rancho Cucamonga, CA. For more information about Alexis, visit her Web site, www.AlexisEllis.com.