Leslie Cockwell, 46, is not new to the world of bodybuilding. Leslie stopped competing years ago to focus on her career, one that has been successful in helping others reach their fitness goals, personal trainer and gym owner. She just recently stepped back on stage at the International Drug Free Athletic’s (IDFA) fifth annual Canadian Classic competition, that took place on Nov. 7 in Toronto.
“I have met a lot of women in their forties who say they used to be this or they used to be that. I thought I was starting to sound like that, that I used to be a competitive bodybuilder. So I wondered if I could still do it and I wanted to show women in their forties could do something like this if they set their mind to it,” Leslie said.
Leslie’s return to the stage and first time in the IDFA was rewarding. She walked away with the women’s masters’ and women’s open amateur titles earning her professional status in the federation.
“All I wanted to do was go and have fun. When I was competing I was very serious but this time I went in with a different attitude and really enjoyed myself. I know I will definitely compete in the pro division, with the next event in July.”