Former Granada presenter is set to compete in a bikini fitness competition as she turns 50

A stay-at-home mum and former Granada TV presenter is getting ready to flex her muscle groups in a prestigious bikini, health mannequin, and muscle mannequin competitors in Middleton.

Super match Maria Tonge has been coaching with a coach for 2 years after discovering her love of weight coaching on the fitness center.

And now the previous journalist and Granada TV News presenter, who’s mum to Joseph, 12, and Frances, 10, is collaborating within the Pure Elite competitors at Middleton Arena on Sunday, July 4.

Pure Elite is the biggest bikini, health, and muscle mannequin federation in Europe and boasts of being the quickest rising on the planet, with rivals from 102 nations.

Maria, who was Maria Gearing in her Granada days, says her husband, John Tonge, a professor of Politics at Liverpool University, 58, could be very supportive, regardless of the coaching being so hardcore it limits what she will eat and drink and takes her away into the fitness center for hours at a time.

“The meals is restricted so we’re typically restricted in what we are able to do, like after I turned 50 in May,” she says.



Maria Tonge coaching

“I’ve not had an alcoholic drink for 9 months and so he has misplaced his boozy, enjoyable spouse – however he’s very supportive.”

Maria, previously of Chorlton, however now of The Wirral, says her important purpose on the competitors is to have enjoyable and to get pleasure from each second.

“I need to get pleasure from it and have enjoyable.

“I hope I do not really feel nervous.

“The competitors will probably be a fruits of exhausting work.

“All the sacrifices, all of the instances we stated no to the meals that we actually wished to have… we get an opportunity to point out off our exhausting work,” she says.



Maria Tonge in her bikini

“I consider all the opposite women are actually pleasant and supportive so I’m wanting ahead to assembly them,” she provides.

“If I do properly that will probably be superb however even when I do not I’m so comfortable to be there.

“The yr you might be 50 it’s nice to go on the market and present what you may obtain.”

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