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Leslie Rae Newton: Body Building and Professional Writing

by Kathryn Martin

Leslie Rae Newton is a Professional Fitness Competitor for the International Federation of Body Builders. She is also a business owner, personal trainer and fitness model/spokeswoman. Newton competes in three to five shows a year, which take her all over the United States. You might be asking yourself what in the world bodybuilding has to do with an English degree.

Stepping stones

Newton came to Western Carolina University with the full intention of attending law school. She decided to major in English because it was the most common major for law school acceptance. During Newton’s career at WCU, she wrote for the newspaper, belonged to the Alpha Chi Omega honors fraternity, participated in a model United Nations, and served in student government. Newton also cheered for basketball, played and worked for the intramural sports department, and was co-founded the women’s rugby team. “While playing rugby, I was led to a strength coach who introduced me to a fitness competitor who planted the seed for competing,” says Newton in an enthusiastic email interview.

Professional writing and versatility

You may still be wondering how Newton’s present career coincides with professional writing. She has used professional writing to create her website, www.leslierae.com, which illustrates her job and features pictures of her attending competitions. She also publishes a health and fitness newsletter distributed in gyms and businesses throughout Phoenix, Arizona.

Newton is a prime example of a person’s career not necessarily connecting directly with her degree. However, Newton's English degree constantly comes in handy when she writes articles and creates company handouts.

Newton says that WCU “taught me the value in creating the environment I wish to be a part of.” She is a successful woman putting to full use the benefits of an English Degree.



These profiles were created by the Karen Greenstone's English 303 class (spring 2009)
and edited for the web by Mary Adams's English 303 class (summer 2009).

Students in Mary Adams's English 303 class (fall 2009) wrote additional profiles.