SEEN: 'I like being stronger than everybody else'
BY MIKE SIMONS World Staff Photographer
Sunday, July 01, 2012
8/01/12 at 9:42 AM
Editor's note: Seen is a weekly feature showcasing the work of a Tulsa World photojournalist.
A small grimace appears on Anna Trammell's face as she leg-presses 270 pounds a hundred or so times.
Her coach, Vince Hess, is working her hard at Symmetry Gym in south Tulsa. But she won't give him the satisfaction of grunting or groaning during the hour-long workout.
So that grimace, "that's the most you'll get out of her," Hess said.
The Bixby High School senior quit her volleyball ball team to take part in a new sport - figure competitions.
"During sports, my favorite part was always the workout. It was like, 'Who can I show up in the gym?' I like being stronger than everybody else." So she found a sport that is mostly working out.
In figure competitions, she is judged on her muscle tone. This isn't bodybuilding, but the sports are similar. Judges want figure competitors to have slight muscle separation but look softer than a bodybuilder.
Trammell eats every three hours starting at 7 a.m. She takes what looks like a handful of vitamins and supplements in the morning and the evening. "You're not going to get all of the nutrients your body needs, especially when you are training really really hard. You can't have holes in your diet," she said.
On competition day, Trammell covers herself in PAM cooking spray and spray tan. Later in July, she'll head to Pittsburgh to compete in the NPC Teen, Collegiate & Masters National Championships.
But on this day, as she prepares to walk on stage at the Union High School Performing Arts Center for the 2012 NPC Oklahoma Bodybuilding and Fitness Championship, she stops to lift weights. One more workout before being judged.
She never stops.
Anna Trammell works out at Symmetry Gym. "During sports, my favorite part was always the workout. It was like 'Who can I show up in the gym?' I like being stronger than everybody else." MIKE SIMONS / Tulsa World
Anna Trammell competes in Figure at the NPC Oklahoma Bodybuilding and Fitness Championship. MIKE SIMONS / Tulsa World
Anna Trammell prepares to take her morning dosage of vitamins and other supplements at her home in Bixby. MIKE SIMONS / Tulsa World
She gave up volleyball to take part in a new sport — figure competitions, which are similar to the sport of bodybuilding. MIKE SIMONS / Tulsa World
Trammell is a senior at Bixby High School. MIKE SIMONS / Tulsa World