Longtime Fitness Icon Returns to Stage

Back in Action: Deidre Pagnanelli placed fourth in figure tall at the NPC Excalibur on Saturday.

Deidre Pagnanelli, celebrity of the fitness and bodybuilding scene throughout much of the 1990s, made a surprise return to the figure stage on Saturday at the Excalibur in Culver City, California. And while her footage here on the studio proved she can still work it for the camera, placing fourth in the tall class at the NPC season finale — flashing a radiant smile and mingling classy with a hint of sassy — declared the 41-year-old competitor and coach hasn’t lost a step in front of a live audience either.

As many longtime fans will remember, numerous television appearances and magazine features turned the exquisitely sculpted, blazingly feminine and exceptionally photogenic Deidre into a household name during the early days of Fitness America and Miss Galaxy events. The athletic former track star was even a professional cheerleader for the NFL’s Rams when the franchise was still located in Los Angeles.

She's Got Game: Deidre prepares to show off some athletic prowess during her shoot this summer.

She stepped away from the spotlight the last several years and is now the proud mother of four children. But clearly the challenging vicissitudes of raising a family haven’t stopped Deidre from maintaining a healthy lifestyle, which actually is a theme in a series of YouTube clips she created for busy parents struggling to find time to stay in shape.

The Trainer to the Moms’ motto for working out — “A little bit of something is better than a lot of nothing.” Welcome back and congrats, Deidre!

More news and notes from the Excalibur coming up later.

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~ by Dean Sucich on December 6, 2010.

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