Figure Competitor Lara Abend Coming Soon!
When a newcomer arrives on the scene reminding you of Olympia-bound first year pro Mindi Smith and women’s health & fitness icon Jamie Eason, it can only be a good thing. Those are just two of the big names that spring to mind when you see Lara Abend, a stunning, cover girl worthy 33-year-old figure competitor coming soon to the studio.
A personal trainer and real estate agent from Arizona, Lara’s journey on the stage began late last year at the Brown Chiropractic Western Regional in Mesa, where she made an immediate impact claiming first place in the B class. The luminous 5-foot-4, 120-pound beauty with short, chic light blonde hair, continued to impress by taking the figure overall championship in February’s NPC Desert Muscle Classic near the rugged and scenic Catalina Mountains in her hometown of Tucson.
We caught up with Lara at Jr. Nationals, where she took the stage in a highly competitive C class. The bright new star finished a strong sixth and exuded the poise and confidence of a seasoned figure veteran in her national level debut.
A longtime athlete used to being in the spotlight, Lara owes some highlights of her outstanding physique — chiseled abs, peaked biceps and powerfully defined calves and quads — to a sports background including swimming and gymnastics.
Fitness model wise, even though relatively new to photoshoots, Lara really gets the heart racing when she slowly flexes those steely, perfectly shaped biceps with that seductive, self-assured expression. She’s a natural in front of the camera and if you don’t fall in love with her after watching this tantalizing sneak preview clip from her sizzling new shoot in Chicago, you should check for a pulse.
Speaking of sizzling, next stop for Lara on the contest trail is the upcoming USAs two weeks from now in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bet on her making first call outs and don’t be surprised if the flawless figure wunderkind walked off into the desert sunset with a pro card after just her second national show.
Update: Received word today (July 19th) that Lara opted out of USAs for family reasons and also to take more time to tighten up some areas on her physique that the judges told her needed focus. If and when she announces her next show, I’ll be sure to pass it along either here or on Twitter.