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Monica Placed 1st In her first Figure Show!

We would like to congratulate Monica on her 1st place win in the NGA 5th Annual natural Muscle Figure Bikini Showdown on March 5, 2011. Keep training hard!

We would like to say thank you to Makecia Whitfield for helping Monica with her stage preparation/posing, this was her first show and she was great on stage!

June 18-19th 2010 Bodybuilding Championship & Junior National



We would like to congratulate Makecia Whitfield for all of her hard work in and out of the gym. Makecia and LaDarren started this year with a different plan. We did a pre warm up show on Saturday May 8, 2010, The NPC Eastern Seaboard Bodybuilding & Figure-Bikini.  We placed 3rd. This had us train much harder because last year we placed 2nd in that show. So we started preparing for the Junior Nationals in Chicago June 18-19th, 2010. However, there was a schedule conflict.  LaDarren had a show the same weekend as Makecia’s Junior National show but that did not stop their focus, they kept training for the two shows.

LaDarren & Makecia would like to thank Gina & Roc for their help on her stage presentation and helping Makecia while she was in Chicago for the Junior Nationals. We thank you guys from the bottom of our hearts.

Makecia Placed 2nd in The Women Open Figure E class.


While Makecia was in Chicago, LaDarren was in Gadsden, Al. For the Southeastern N.P. C Gold’s Gym Classic Bodybuilding Championship. He placed 1st in the Light Heavy weight class then he took the overall placing of the show.

In 2009, LaDarren met IFBB Pro Jonathan (Jay) Rowe. Jay started training LaDarren in November, their goals were to add size and a more defined physique and that is what they accomplished for the show. Gadsden, AL was a warm up to get ready for the Nationals. To do the Nationals, LaDarren feels that with Jay’s help they can make a great appearance for a spot in the top 5.




Atlanta Journal-Constitution Success Story August 4, 2010

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Success Story August 4, 2010

August 14th, 2010

For the AJC

Former weight: 169 pounds Current weight: 119 pounds

Family photo Stephanie B. Murphy weighed 169 pounds when this photo was taken in May 2009. After seeing a video of herself, she realized she was in denial about her weight issue.


Family photo Stephanie B. Murphy weighed 119 pounds when this photo was taken in January 2010. She has lost a total of 50 pounds by working out with a personal trainer who also created a diet plan for her.

Pounds lost: 50 pounds Height: 5 feet Age: 29 years

How long she’s kept it off: She started in June 2009 and has maintained her weight loss for eight months.

Personal life: “I am a first-grade teacher with [the] Clayton County Board of Education in Clayton County, Ga.,” Murphy said. She lives in Clayton County.

Turning point: “The turning point in my life was after I watched myself on video teaching a math lesson to my second-grade students,” she said. “I was in total denial about my weight until I watched the video, and I was blown away by what I saw. At the age of 28, I weighed a whopping 169 pounds at 5 feet and [was] living an unhealthy life with high cholesterol and borderline hypertension. As soon as summer break began at the end of the school year, I sat down with my laptop and Googled a personal trainer in Atlanta.”

Diet plan: She worked with LaDarren J. Tyler ( “He made me accountable for exercising daily and eating healthier,” she said. Tyler devised a low-carbohydrate, high-protein eating plan for Murphy.

Exercise routine: She started out with strength training and cardio for an hour four days a week. Now she works out twice a day, six days a week. “I have combined more cardio with strength training,” she said.

Biggest challenge: “The biggest challenge was changing my eating habits and getting over the embarrassment of how my body looked overall,” she said.

How life has changed: “I have always been confident within my own skin, but I am even more comfortable in my skin now that my body looks better overall,” she said. “Ultimately, I feel better now that I prepare my meals in my home instead of dining on fast food daily. My unhappiness with my body, poor diet [and] lack of exercise had begun to spill over into my personal life and my job. My weight was an isolated thing that made me feel I couldn’t be happy about anything around me. I am now encouraging others to eat healthy and exercise — it makes a world of difference.”



2010 NPC Nationals October 15-16, 2010

After our success in June at the Jr Nationals, LaDarren and I decided to prepare for the NPC Nationals. We started training in August. The workouts were really intense and the cardio seemed to NEVER end. Even though I was happy with the progress we were making, LaDarren continued to be dissatisfied until I achieved the look he felt would allow me to be successful. Fortunately, all of the hard work paid off! We finished in second place! So next year we’ll try again and hopefully get that elusive pro card!! Thank you so much, LaDarren! You’re the best!







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