Jacksonville teacher, grandmother of nine competing for fitness magazine cover | Local News

A Jacksonville woman who recently fell in love with weightlifting is up for the cover of popular fitness magazine Muscle and Fitness Hers.

Teri Ivey, a special education teacher at West Side Elementary School, said she’s been into fitness all her life, but her interest in powerlifting grew after she entered a local competition a year ago. a few years.

“In 2018, at the age of 48, I was invited to participate in the Muscles for Miracles charity meet at the MetroFlex in Tyler,” Ivey said. “I decided to enter the contest and I won. That’s all it took for my interest in the sport of powerlifting to take off.

Now 51, Ivey has won three International Powerlifting League world records as well as several state and national records in various federations.

Ivey said the magazine contacted her to offer her a place to enter the cover contest. She went there.

“Muscle and Fitness Hers magazine is a great resource for women. It’s a place to be encouraged by seeing women doing various sports like weightlifting, bodybuilding, CrossFit, strongman and more – not just participating, but succeeding in sports,” Ivey said. “…Physical activity has not only changed my body composition for the better, but I’m healthier now than I’ve ever been. I have more energy, better mental focus, and I’m just an overall happier person.

Online voting for the top 15 candidates continues until 7 p.m. Thursday. On Friday, Ivey was ranked second out of 32.

The grandmother of nine said being on the cover would be a dream come true.

“Being on the cover of the magazine would allow me to show that fitness has no age limit and there are many other aspects of fitness,” she said. “I want others to see that if you put in the work, you can reach heights you might never have thought you’d reach.”

Ivey is also in the running to win $20,000.

“I would like to provide young lifters with the equipment to start lifting, training with my amazing powerlifting coach Josh Bryant or other coaches like Stacy Burr,” Ivey said. “Then I would like to get certified to become a powerlifting coach, so I can pass on my knowledge to others.”

Ivey said that although powerlifting is an individual sport, she couldn’t do it alone.

“I train at Raw Iron Gym in Jacksonville, and it’s definitely more of a family than a gym,” she said. “My home gym, my significant other Terry, I wouldn’t be where I am now, competing for the cover of a fitness magazine, without them.”

Ivey is also training for the US Powerlifting Federation National Championship in June and the International Powerlifting League World Championship in October.

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