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Levy’s balancing act - Doctor cuts distinguishing figure as bodybuilder

Published:Saturday | September 3, 2016 | 9:28 AMShayne Fairman
Lisanne Levy

Having competed on the Jamaica Amateur Bodybuilding and Fitness Association (JABBFA) circuit for just two years, Dr Lisanne Levy has a total of nine titles to show.
The medical doctor contends body building is “about accepting your challenge” and “balancing the act of pushing myself to the next level”, however.
While her patients might not know of her exploits in the sport, Dr Levy says staying fit helps her on the job.
“I don’t know if it makes the work easier, but it helps me to be focused in carrying out my daily tasks. The discipline carries over in other aspects of my life,” she told The Gleaner.
At last Saturday's Supligen National Championships and Fitness Expo at the Alfred Sangster Auditorium at UTech, St Andrew, she won five titles. They were the Bikini Tall class, Best Legs, Best Presentation, Best Figure and the Overall Bikini fitness champion.
“My work hours, yes they are demanding, but there is time for me to train and also prepare because there is a lot of preparation outside of the gym that goes into maintaining your physique and there is a lot of sacrifice involved as well,” she reasoned.
Levy made her debut in 2015 and copped Best Figure, Best Presentation, first place in Tall Class and Overall Bikini fitness, while placing third in her Bikini class division at the 43rd Central America and Caribbean (CAC) National Championships in Nassau, Bahamas.
Levy works out at the Fit Farm Fitness Club in Kingston and says she has the support of her gym, as she seeks to compete in the CAC National Championships in the Dominica Republic, this year.
“In terms of landing the top prize, I definitely push myself, but also recognise that the competition is different when you go overseas. There are other girls who work just as hard and they have been competing for years and, of course, they have muscle maturity, which comes with years of training,” she highlighted.
Although she admits to not being very active during medical school, Levy says as a professional fitness is an important part of her being.
“It’s my lifestyle and I will always be in the gym and finding ways of keeping firm,” stressed the doctor.