Sue knows what it's like to spend Saturday nights curling bars rather than drinking in them, she knows what its like to diet when every one else is pigging out, and she knows what it's like to drag herself to the gym to lift weights when lesser mortals would be slumped in front of the TV!
Sue Kennedy knows the tough regime and the iron discipline required of any woman who dreams of becoming a competitive female bodybuilder.
But the 44-year-old businesswoman also knows the incredible, life-changing, feeling of having transformed her skinny teenage frame into a powerful, muscular, and sexy physique – the physique of a serious female bodybuilder.
She knows the sense of achievement that only bodybuilding can bring. She knows the confidence that comes with being physically strong and fit, and she knows the simple, inexplicable, joy of what she calls “lifting heavy weights!”
Today, after a quarter of a century, Sue has retired from competitions but this remarkable muscle woman is confident she's leaving competitive female bodybuilding in much better shape than she found it.
She told realfemalebodybuilding.com: “When I started bodybuilding very few women competed in the physique classes, in fact the UKBFF - or EFBB as it was in those days - amalgamated the classes because there were so few entries.
“I'm really pleased to say that's no longer the case and over my time in bodybuilding I've seen a healthy increase in the amount of women coming to the stage. It's a pleasure to see and I hope it continues to grow in popularity and attendance.
“Female bodybuilding is gradually becoming more well known and, although there will always be those against it, at least the women get the coverage they deserve now, and in a much more positive light, on sites like realfemalebodybuilding.com.
“It's starting to feature more heavily and more admirably and that's lovely, its hard enough training and dieting without having to deal with ignorance.”
- Female Bodybuilder Sue Kennedy at her muscular best! Female Bodybuilder Sue Kennedy at her muscular best!
- Female Bodybuilder Sue Kennedy bulking up for the SE Britain bodybuilding show Female Bodybuilder Sue Kennedy bulking up for the SE Britain bodybuilding show
- Baby got back! Female Bodybuilder Sue Kennedy's rear biceps pose Baby got back! Female Bodybuilder Sue Kennedy's rear biceps pose
- Big, confident and muscular - the gorgeous lines of female bodybuilder Sue Kennedy Big, confident and muscular - the gorgeous lines of female bodybuilder Sue Kennedy
- Bam! Another fab rear biceps pose from bodybuilder Sue Kennedy Bam! Another fab rear biceps pose from bodybuilder Sue Kennedy
- Sexy! Female bodybuilder Sue Kennedy shaking her booty! Sexy! Female bodybuilder Sue Kennedy shaking her booty!
- Beautiful muscle: Female bodybuilder Sue Kennedy relaxed between poses Beautiful muscle: Female bodybuilder Sue Kennedy relaxed between poses
- Muscle mirth! Sue Kennedy and fellow bodybuilder laugh on stage Muscle mirth! Sue Kennedy and fellow bodybuilder laugh on stage
- Big girls: Bodybuilder Sue Kennedy out muscles the competiton Big girls: Bodybuilder Sue Kennedy out muscles the competiton
- Lady In Red: Bodybuilder Sue Kennedy hits a big double bicep pose Lady In Red: Bodybuilder Sue Kennedy hits a big double bicep pose
- Outmuscled: Sue Kennedy brings the most muscle to the bodybuilding show Outmuscled: Sue Kennedy brings the most muscle to the bodybuilding show
- Ab fab! Bodybuilder Sue Kennedy's spectacularly sexy abs! Ab fab! Bodybuilder Sue Kennedy's spectacularly sexy abs!
- Winner! Bodybuilder Sue Kennedy on the winners podium (check out those quads!) Winner! Bodybuilder Sue Kennedy on the winners podium (check out those quads!)
- Classy Muscle: Female bodybuilder Sue Kennedy dressed to kill in figure hugging dress Classy Muscle: Female bodybuilder Sue Kennedy dressed to kill in figure hugging dress
- The whole package: Big legs, huge triceps, rippling abs - Sue Kennedy on top form The whole package: Big legs, huge triceps, rippling abs - Sue Kennedy on top form
- Showtime: Female bodybuilder Sue Kennedy out-muscles the competition Showtime: Female bodybuilder Sue Kennedy out-muscles the competition
- Gun show! Massive double biceps pose from female bodybuilder Sue Kennedy Gun show! Massive double biceps pose from female bodybuilder Sue Kennedy
- UK female bodybuilder Sue Kennedy at her very best UK female bodybuilder Sue Kennedy at her very best
Sue was inspired to pick up her first weight, like so many female physique athletes, after seeing pictures of Lenda Murray.
She said: “I saw a photo of Lenda Murray and wanted her physique. I went to a gym to tone up and got hooked. I loved muscle and grew quite easily so carried on.”
The pictures below show just how astonishingly successful Sue was at building muscle. She owned and ran gyms in her home town of St Leonards on Sea on England's south coast.
She lived on the premises and ate, breathed and slept bodybuilding.
As a result the 5ft 4ins (162cm) Sue muscled-up to a rock hard 185lbs, flexed a 42 inch chest, 15.5 inch biceps and some of the most amazing 17 inch calves in the whole of female bodybuilding!
And along the way she picked up more than he fair share of accolades and trophies. A a gym owner, coach and mentor, she has also helped countless other people, from bodybuilders to mums who just wanted to get fitter, achieve their dreams.
Like many female bodybuilders however she is appalled at the recent IFBB decision to scrap the Ms International and has added her name to our petition to have the competiton reinstated.
She said: “I think its sad – these women bodybuilders need more exposure not less and they seem to bowing to this ever increasing 'totty call' that appears to be inflicting itself on bodybuilding.
“If I want to watch a tits and arse show I'll go to a lap-dancing club! And they wonder why numbers decline when they cut show classes this way? It may not be a popular notion but I thought bodybuilding was about physique - not popularity!”
But Sue remains optimistic as to the future of female muscle and women's fitness and training generally. She says that over her time as a competitive bodybuilder women have become more comfortable with lifting weights and more conscious of their health. But there is always more to do.
As Sue says: “When training and taking responsibility for your body and health becomes as acceptable as getting pissed or coked up on a Saturday night then maybe there will be some hope for humanity!”
Female bodybuilder Sue Kennedy – Full Profile
Name: Sue Kennedy
Job: Self employed property cleaner for estate agents
From: Born in Canterbury, moved to St Leonards on Sea when I was 20
Height: 5ft 4ins (162cm)
Weight: 156lbs (70.5kg)
Body type: Physique
Squat: Best pb was 310lbs (140kg)
Bench: Best I hit was 220lbs (100kg)
DB shoulder press: Log press 65kgs (143.5kg)
Contests and results
I competed five times between 2002 and 2009 at amateur level (qualifiers for the UKBFF British finals) I won three, came second once and third once. My only regret is that I never competed at the British finals as work always kept me too busy.
How many years have you trained? 24
I saw a photo of Lenda Murray and wanted her physique.
How and why did you start?
I lost weight and went to a gym to tone up and got hooked , loved muscle and grew quite easily so carried on
What is your dream?
To have a peaceful happy love-filled life, which I do.
What is your short term goal right now?
To expand my business
What keeps you motivated?
I want to be riding a motorbike when I'm 60 not a mobility scooter and look good doing it!
What do you love most about bodybuilding?
Lifting heavy things !
And what do you hate the most?
The assumption that its all steroids, and the ignorance from the general public.
What is the biggest thrill or moment you have got from bodybuilding?
Meeting some amazing people and getting on stage. Not many people do that and it rocks !
How often do you train?
Less now, just to stay in shape and reasonably strong - about three times a week.
What is your program/split?
Heavy compounds and a mixture of strength training and a little bit of bodybuilding
Favorite bodypart to train and why?
Back - I love deadlifts.
What tips would you give to newbies?
Mass Muscle doesn’t grow overnight, it takes time, be patient and be consistent.
Any training secrets or amazing exercises which have worked for you?
Train hard and make the muscle do the work.