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Fine Art: Ally Moyer’s Killer Body Is Just That

By Allison Moyer – It’s been a long day. Less then five hours of sleep due to random awakenings in the middle of the night, feeling my stomach starve on itself…up at 7 am and in the gym to do cardio before breakfast, before coffee. I was so blurry eyed this morning I had to continue to look down at my feet on the Stairmaster for fear I’d miss a step and slide off the machine. I was so distant I placed my Splenda packets in the refrigerator last night and spent 15 minutes this morning searching for them to put in my oatmeal. Lifting has become an effort, not only physically, but mentally as well. I try all the usual things that motivate me – listening to my music, admiring my physique in the mirrors of my Gold’s…but still I feel a certain level of mental exhaustion that is difficult to overcome.

 

Why do I do this? Tracy Mason called it a “sickness,” the desire to diet, to compete. I’ve heard that you need to be masochistic to enjoy this sport, to put your body through what I put mine through. It’s no easy thing, physical deprivation. Your physical well being – which is inherent to anybody’s sense of comfort – suddenly becomes a daily struggle, a source of pain, and you are forced to rely solely on the mind for strength. Perhaps that’s what I love about bodybuilding – the mental challenge I take on each and every time I commit to doing a show. It’s a battle with myself, a test of mental fortitude, and a trial of the mind.

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Still, each and every time I diet I swear it will be my last. Yet the moment I set foot on that stage, I am fast forwarding through time and planning out my next show, and the show after that, and the show after that. The cycle never ends. Perhaps calling the sport an “addiction” is accurate, but I think in order to understand why I compete, you need to cut deeper then that.

 

I see the changes in my physique as art. I think all of us, as human beings, need art, on one level or another. We need to feel passion, to feel movement, to generate creation. We need something that allows us to experience, grow, and evolve. Artists paint, writers write, musicians play, and singers sing. As for me, I lift.

I consider the iron my paintbrush, my body the canvas, and the end product is something far more rewarding then artwork, pretty words, or a moving song – it is manifest in my physique. The knowledge that I can control my physique through my mental strength and physical prowess in the gym is incredibly empowering. It places the ability to evolve and change in my hands. A sense of control over oneself, the knowledge that you can, in a sense, create your body, is perhaps art in its purest form. My hard work is evident in my physique, in the swell of my quads, and the carve of my abs, the shape of my biceps, and the definition in my shoulders. My veins are the roadmap of every grunted dumbbell curl, every lateral raise, every shoulder press, and every dip I’ve done. My body is my art, and the actions I take daily in the gym are the process of creation. Each time I set foot in the gym I am changing, moving, growing, and sculpting my physique.

 

This sport, this process, can perhaps have a definite beginning, but it has no end. I am what I make of it, and my body is my greatest masterpiece. So in response to the “why on earth do you do this” I have to answer with one word – art. All the late night hunger pangs, the struggle in the gym, the daily sweat and grunt over iron, and the hours upon hours spent hashing it out on cardio machines are pale in comparison to the sense of artistic achievement I feel when I step on stage as a finished product. Whether you compete in figure, bodybuilding, or fitness, I think it’s clear – the creativity of the human body we all bring to the stage is indescribable. The art of muscle, and the possibility of the human physique, is perhaps the most astounding art of all.

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I am an NPC National Level figure athlete, as well as a fitness model, web cam performer, and certified trainer. I am the real deal – my daily life is my body. My physique and the process of building my body is not only my profession, but also my art. I view my time spent in the gym as both creative and expressive.

 

I currently live in Pennsylvania, although more then likely, not forever. I’ve been an athlete my entire life, participating in softball, field hockey, cross country and track throughout my high school and collegiate years. I picked up my first dumbbell at age 18 and have been weight training ever since. I never intended on making my living through my physique, but I do enjoy what I do. I view my body as a physical expression of my creative self. I enjoy the time I get to spend in front of a camera, performing, entertaining, exploring, expressing and creating. Currently I compete in figure, although my physique has more often then not been termed a ‘tweener’ and I contemplate a switch to bodybuilding daily. I hope to be able to bring my intense attitude and my hardcore approach to my lifestyle and training through in my writing.

 

The longest love affair of my life has been with the gym – one of the only things in the world I feel brings me peace and stability. In a world where most things are conditional, my relationship with the gym is unwavering. The strength and confidence I receive from being a muscular woman is irreplaceable and inevitably a very solid foundation in my life. 

 

My personal website is www.allifit.com and from there feel free to contact me on My Space or through my personal e-mail at Allifit@hotmail.com. I welcome any and all correspondence.

 

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