Rose Hendricks Heading Home for First of Two Guest Performances

Fitness Pro Rose Hendricks

In the first of two big dates on her calendar, Rose Hendricks joins an elite cast of guest performers at the NPC Midnight Sun Championships, the flashy and fantastic fitness pro told me yesterday. The show—a national qualifier for bodybuilding, figure, fitness, physique and bikini—will be held this Saturday in Anchorage, Alaska.

It’s a return home of sorts for Rose, a native of Ketchikan who now lives in Seattle, and a chance to catch up with her good friends, the dynamic husband and wife trainer and promoter team of Shawn and fellow pro Cinzia Clapp, pillars of Alaska’s contest scene.

But this guest routine will be anything but routine for Rose, 41, who has unfortunately been battling a number of injuries (hamstring tears, dislocated thumb from gymnastics, sprained elbow and torn labrum in her hip that will require surgery) since winning her pro card at Team Universe in ’08.

The injuries and long layoff have her a little nervous about performing—she hasn’t been on stage in more than two years—but Rose remains excited about this weekend. “Should still be fun,” she said, “I was born and raised in Alaska and I’m always up for a trip north.”

The fitness star’s second guest spot later this fall is set to include a special twist.

“On October 15th,” Rose explained, “my daughter Kenzi and I are guest performing at the 2011 NPC Northern Classic in Lakewood, Washington (Michele Mayberry and Chris Algeo’s show) as a mother/daughter super fitness duo—the first of its kind! My daughter won junior fitness this year at the Vancouver Naturals/Tanji Johnson Classic in April. She also won last year (her first show). We’re having fun with ideas for the routine and I’m excited to be onstage with my little mini-me!”

Peak Performer: Rose will be in Anchorage, Alaska this weekend for a guest routine at the NPC Midnight Sun Championships.

Speaking of Vancouver Naturals, here’s a clip of the charming Rose showing her polished interviewing skills while chatting backstage with new figure pro Kiana Phi of Oregon. Also be sure to check out the latest footage on the Studio from her ’09 shoot at the Emerald Cup, featuring more posing and a treat for bicep measuring fans.

Will we see Rose on the pro stage one day? “My current injury situation may keep me out of competing indefinitely,” she said, “which makes me sad, but I’m hoping for a miracle.”

We are, too. Rose is a terrific talent and consummate ambassador in the thriving Northwest fitness scene and throughout the sport. Hopefully, this is the beginning of a great comeback.

~ by Dean Sucich on August 16, 2011.

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