LAYTON -- With the marks of carrying five kids and the lines of 44 years of age on her body, Brenda Ward wasn't sure she wanted to wear a bikini in front of judges and spectators. But she'd seen the changes in herself since getting fit with a personal trainer and wondered about the possibilities.
But it wasn't until one of her five kids, Brady Ward, agreed to sign up for a bodybuilding competition with her that the Top of Utah woman decided that competing in the figure portion of the National Physique Committee Utah Open and Ironman Natural Bodybuilding Figure Bikini Physique Championships could be a reality.
"I've kind of always wanted to do a competition but never had the courage," said Brenda, who works at the front desk of the Ogden Athletic Club. "This year I was chatting with my family saying I wanted to try for this competition, so my son said, 'I'll do it with you if you want to do it.' "