The Heart of the Lifter
Six pack...ripped back
Clunk... Clunk... Clunk. The noises of weights being pumped by people in the gym are the only sounds heard over soft-toned music.
For Bartosh, who is stationed aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), Lifting weights, let alone being physically active, was just a daydream years ago.
She had to overcome severe physical limitations that required open-heart surgery and the possibility of never being able to workout again.
She was determined though, and now recently trained for her first bodybuilding competition, the 2015 Northwest Competition Coloring National Physique Committee Northern Classic Championships in Tacoma, Wash., on Oct. 10, where she entered and competed in the 'physique' class portion of the show.
"I was born with my left coronary artery in the wrong spot, so when I would over exert myself I would have an episode."
According to Bartosh, an "episode" consisted of her getting lightheaded, seeing purple, and feeling like the world was spinning.
"I ended up getting corrective surgery and had to see a cardiologist every year, once a year, until I was 18," she said.
The surgery occurred when Bartosh was only 11 years old. She had open-heart surgery and was unable to do physical activity for a year, both pre and post operation.