'Figuring' out how to win in East Volusia – Hometown News

Tammy Butt, left and Tanya Bauchman are training hard to qualify for a national figure competition title. They are pictured with their trainer, multi-title winning body builder Lee Apperson.

Tammy Butt, left and Tanya Bauchman are training hard to qualify for a national figure competition title. They are pictured with their trainer, multi-title winning body builder Lee Apperson.
Daytona Beach resident Lee Apperson is a professional bodybuilder who has taken two female championship contenders under his wing.
Tammy Butt and Tonya Bauchman aim to win national titles in bodybuilding figure competitions.
They are off to a great start. The women won first place in their age divisions Sept. 25 with Ms. Butt also becoming Open Figure Overall Champion, beating everyone in the National Physique Committee Ultimate Muscle in Lakeland.
Figure competitions are a blend of bodybuilding and fitness. Competitors line up and do a series of quarter turns to the right (front, left side, back, right side) being judged on symmetry, presentation and other aesthetic qualities, such as skin tone. While bearing a close resemblance to bodybuilding, the emphasis is on muscle definition, not size.
Mr. Apperson knows what it takes to be a champion. He has devoted 30 years to bodybuilding. He earned Amateur Athletic Union Mr. America in 1994 and 1995, National Amateur Bodybuilders Association Mr. USA in 1996 and National Physique Committee Mr. USA in 1998. In 2018, at age 60, he placed second at the International Federation of Body Builders Pro Masters bodybuilding contest in Pittsburgh.
He has been a personal trainer, surfer and model for various magazines, including People and Ironman. His entire back was rebuilt this past May but, after being laid up for 10 weeks, he is enthused to be back training his protégés.
Ms. Butt, 51, works as a nurse at Halifax Health-Brooks Rehabilitation in Daytona Beach. The Daytona Beach resident has been a nurse for 30 years and has worked at Brooks since it opened at Halifax Health.
“I’ve always been into physical fitness. I moved here in 1993 (from Canada) and that’s when I started training at East Coast Gym,” she said. “I would see Lee (there). I always worked out, but never in the body building world. About seven years ago a body builder at the hospital asked me if I would be interested in learning about it and I said yes, and so I started. I did my first competition (Figure over 40) when I was 44 and I was fourth. It was my goal to get better and do it again. I did it again at 49 and got second place.”
Not long after that she saw Mr. Apperson at Planet Fitness and they started a conversation with him agreeing to train her.
“I love fitness. It makes me happy. I love how it makes me feel,” Ms. Butt said. “I meet awesome people. I want to feel strong physically and mentally. For me, it’s a stress reliever. You do it because you love it.”
Ms. Bauchman, 46, is a personal trainer and an aesthetician. She also owns a dry-cleaning business and helps her fiance with his cabinet company. She has four children and lives in New Smyrna Beach. She also has incorporated fitness as a priority throughout her life.
When she was 13, her mother lost a lot of weight after getting involved in exercise and nutrition, she said. “From that point on I was like I love the way that that looks. That’s something in my future that I definitely want to try to achieve.”
After having her first child, she wanted to pursue fitness more intensely, including figure competitions. She also was aware of Mr. Apperson, but didn’t meet him until about 12 years ago when she asked him to train her for competition. They began working together, training three to four times a week for seven weeks. She did her first show at 36 and won second place. At 40 she got a first-place win along with winning the overall.
“It was the moment you dream of,” she said. “And here we are again, getting ready for this next one. Like Tammy said, we want to look good, we want to feel good. We feel good mentally, physically. It’s a great place to be inside yourself. There are so many people that try to achieve that, but really have zero guidance or knowledge about it. When you do run into someone like Lee and have someone in your corner, and Tammy, we are all in this boat together. It’s a great feeling.”
Ms. Bauchman admitted in the midst of Covid-19 where she couldn’t work and various surgeries, she took a hiatus for a while, but got mad at herself and vowed to come back and work even harder, which she is now doing.
Although sacrifices are made for competitions, Mr. Apperson was quick to note during the “off season” restrictions could be loosened. The overall lifestyle wouldn’t change, though, and fitness would still be important.
The women are on a strict pre-competition measured diet and work out five to six days each week at Pro Bodies in Ormond Beach, owned by Frank Fischetti. Daily workouts include morning 40-minute cardio routines before eating anything or going to work and then two-plus hour workouts after a full day’s work. Small healthy meals are consumed throughout the day.
Mr. Apperson equated figure competition to “a beauty contest with muscle.”
He said, “If you win the nationals, you could become a pro. Both of them could adjust to the pro level lifestyle. They are already doing it. They are both so focused and so strong.”
The two women will compete at the National Physique Committee/ International Federation of Body Building Daytona Beach Classic Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach.
Ticket prices vary for the Daytona championships, but the expo is free. For more information visit oceancenter.com.
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