Cove mother of four seeks votes for title of Ms. Health & Fitness
By LYNETTE SOWELL
Voting is now under way through 11 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, July 3 of Round 1 for the title of Ms. Health & Fitness 2019, and Liz Pettit of Copperas Cove is in the running for the title.
The 36-year-old mother of four and Army veteran said fitness has really been a big thing for her.
“I’m prior military as well, so after I got out, I became an at-home mom I was going to a local Y, and got really involved in classes there, but home and kids were my priority first. Our youngest started school and so when he started full time, I started fitness training full time and became a personal trainer.”
Fast forward a little more than two years, and the personal trainer for Gold’s Gym in Killeen won the Gold's Gym 12-week Transformation Challenge for staff in her age group.
Now, Petit has her sights set on winning another title, that of Ms. Health & Fitness 2019, an annual contest held by Muscle and Fitness Hers, read by 500,000 fitness enthusiasts and professional athletes.
Voting takes place online at https://mshealthandfitness.com/2019/margaret-liz-pettit, and voters can cast their ballots once every 24 hours.
As of Saturday, Pettit is third place overall in her group.
The winner of the title Ms. Health & Fitness 2019 will receive a two-page feature spread in the national magazine “Health and Fitness HERS” and a cash prize of $20,000.
“The money would be a good thing, but a photo shoot with a magazine for a career like mine, would be great, especially to help women who’ve had kids,” Pettit said. “I know how it is. They have kids and it’s hard to lose weight. If I won, I could help encourage so many women.”
For Pettit, winning this title would not only be a personal win, but putting the spotlight of her community, Copperas Cove.
“I would love to bring this win to Copperas Cove. Most of the time people think about this area, they think Fort Hood, they think Killeen. Not many think Cove.”
Pettit works with clients five days a week, and works out five to six days per week.
“I get to help people. It is my job and I get paid to do it, but it’s life changing for other people. I get to help people change their lives for the rest of their lives,” Pettit said.
Voting concludes for the Top 30 of Round 1 on Wednesday, with voting continuing each week until a winner will be named after the finals on August 21.