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Hospital employee named ‘Ms. Figure’ fitness champion


Bolingbrook – When Brittany Ramsey was born three months premature and weighing less than 2 pounds, doctors told her parents she’d never be able to function normally. In the 23 years since that moment, the Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital employee and Bolingbrook resident has overcome those obstacles in a major way, recently winning the “Ms. Figure” title at the 2009 ABA Natural Illinois Bodybuilding, Figure and Fitness Championships.

Although she has spent most of her life dedicated to physical fitness, Ramsey had never entered any professional contests before this one. Beating out seasoned professionals to take the top prize in her first-ever competition was a proud moment for the outpatient rehabilitation technician. The competition took place April 25 at Brooks Middle School in Bolingbrook and was organized by two-time Natural Mr. Olympia John Hansen.

“The whole experience has been so exciting,” Ramsey said. “And I’m so grateful for the support of my boss, my colleagues and everyone here at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital.”

In addition to her job at the hospital, where she has worked since June 2008, Ramsey is a personal trainer at L.A. Fitness in Bolingbrook. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2008, earning a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology with a focus in physical therapy. She plans to pursue a doctorate in physical therapy.

Ramsey plans to enter more competitions and hopes one day to have her own physical therapy/personal training business with a fitness clothing line. She can squat 275 pounds.

As its title implies, the ABA Natural Illinois Bodybuilding, Figure and Fitness Championships promotes strength training, weight lifting and fitness the natural way – that is, without chemical assistance. Athletes are required to pass a five-year polygraph asserting that they’ve been drug free for at least five years.

The figure category of competition, which Ramsey won, is closely related to bodybuilding but is judged solely on symmetry and muscle tone, with much less emphasis on muscle size than in bodybuilding. It features different poses than bodybuilding.

The contest was featured in Iron Man magazine and other national industry publications.