People say they don’t have time to workout. Well, imagine being at work for 12 hours a day and your hobby involves you staying at work even longer.

This is the life for one local Baylor grad who is hoping her discipline in the gym will pay off big next week in the state spotlight.

“People who come up to me and are like, ‘You have muscles. Girls shouldn’t have muscles.’ It’s like, ‘I don’t do it for those people. I do it for me. Because this is how i feel healthy,'” says amateur bodybuilder Kenzie Dunn.

Kenzie shows up each morning, smiles and helps others get in shape. But it’s her own fitness level that will be dissected next weekend.

“I work 5:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with clients. So it gets exhausting. And that’s when you kind of have to be creative with your workouts, and when you have to do cardio, I go outside and go to Cameron Park,” Kenzie says.

Kenzie is one of hundreds who will take the stage at the National Physique Committee Texas Cup in Waco.

“A lot of people usually do about a year or two years’ prep. Gosh, I think i’m only doing about a three-month prep,” Kenzie says.

She has 90 days to drop the carbs, add the weight and get to work. It’s the former Bear’s second shot on stage after going against her professor’s advice last year.

Kenzie spontaneously signed up and took third place as a first-timer.

“So I went into his office, and I was like, ‘I want to do a show.’ And he was like, ‘Yeah, we could totally do a show. Let’s look at one in a year.’ And I was like, ‘No, let’s look at the next one,'” Kenzie says.

Gold’s Gym in Waco has become her escape inside a building she just can’t seem to escape.

“And I completely fell in love with the prep – the whole leading up to the point. And so, the working out every day, the dieting, the exercising, just totally being immersed in the gym,” Kenzie says.

The amateur bodybuilder is so dedicated, she even bypassed Thanksgiving dinner to focus on her flexing form. She says to her clients, “Nobody’s perfect.”

“Know that you’re going to have some up and some down days, but don’t let the mirror or the scale define who you are,” Kenzie says.

As Kenzie prepares to suit up for the Saturday show, her support group remains – even if they’re a bit mixed.

“Actually, my boyfriend does not like bodybuilding. He hates it, actually. He thinks it’s not the best thing. But that’s also good, you should have people who are like, ‘Yeah, bodybuilding is so great.’ and people who are like, ‘Why in the world do you do this to yourself?,'” Kenzie says.

This competition will take place December 8 at the Waco Convention Center.