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Monica Brant: The enduring face of fitness

Few fitness competition stars have had the same staying power as Monica Brant, who has been plastered on industry magazines for more than 10 years. Muscle and Fitness Magazine even declared that Brant's standing in the world of fitness was equal to hall-of-famer Joe Namath's place in football: namely, a living legend.

Coveting the IFFB title of Miss Olympia? Brant competed in the first ever Fitness Olympia event in 1995, and truly made a name for herself by winning the honor in 1998. She was even invited to partake in the first ever figure competition - which, unlike fitness, does not include an athletic demonstration - held by the IFFB in 2003.

Before establishing herself as one of the first faces of fitness, she spent years riding and showing horses. Her mother was a professional horse trainer, so equestrianism ran in Brant's blood. In addition to horseback riding, Brant's website states that she was always a fitness nut, excelling at track, field and volleyball.

After college, Brant entered a few bikini competitions to improve her stage confidence before she was finally ready to enter her first fitness event in 1995. Soon after that first show - which she won - Brant decided to really dedicate herself to a career in fitness modeling. She packed up her belongings and moved to California.

Now, Brant favors an advisory role, sitting on the Mayor’s Fitness Council in Austin, Texas, and contributing regularly to fitness-based publications.

Given her background as a runner, it's no surprise that Brant established her prowess through fitness competitions, since these events put more focus on athletic agility. If you've always been more on the sporty side, this arena may be a perfect fit for you.
 

Extract: Few fitness competition stars have had the same staying power as Monica Brant, who has been plastered on industry magazines for more than 10 years.

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