Sam's got a body fit to meet Arnie
WITH only 4.5% body fat and a gruelling regime most people could not stick to for more than a few days, Sam Kinnish, 25, is one committed athlete.
The Sydney-based bodybuilder and former Northern Rivers resident is the daughter of Richmond Valley councillor Donella Kinnish.
She has just returned from the US where she competed in the Arnold Sports Festival in the fitness division of body sculpting.
Ms Kinnish was one of the favourites in her division, however there is some controversy surrounding the judging which saw her take 7th place.
The Northern Star has been told, although Ms Kinnish would not confirm, her score card was lost.
"I am the sort of person who just gets on with things, so I won't be saying anything about it," she said.
Despite the controversy, Ms Kinnish said competing at the Arnolds was an amazing experience.
"I loved it. It was just amazing to represent your country," she said.
This is not the first time Ms Kinnish has had to rise above disappointment. As a gymnast at the Australian Institute of Sport she was a strong contender for the 2004 Olympics after making it into the training squad.
Unfortunately a ligament injury dashed her chances of competing at Athens.
The athlete begins her day at 4am with a 45-minute cardio training session.
She then goes to work as a personal trainer until lunchtime when she undertakes a one-hour weights session.
She trains a few more clients in the afternoon before finishing off her day with another 45-minute cardio session.
The strict regime extends to diet. She eats six high-protein meals a day, does not eat any sugar and never consumes alcohol.
"It takes 100% commitment," she said.
Ms Kinnish said she had a team of people who supported her and undertook regular blood tests to ensure her body was coping with being pushed to the limit.
"I wouldn't recommend what I do to the average Joe," she said, "but I am constantly monitoring my health and I am in good health."
The Arnolds is a sports festival started by Arnold Schwarzenegger and is held in Columbus, Ohio. More than 18,000 athletes compete in 45 sports.