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Scottsdale woman first little person to compete in figure event

Amanda Loy Amanda Loy
Courtesy: Gordon Beecher Courtesy: Gordon Beecher
Courtesy: Gordon Beecher Courtesy: Gordon Beecher
Amanda Loy Amanda Loy
SCOTTSDALE, AZ (CBS5) -

You know the saying, "Good things come in small packages."

That is definitely the case for a Scottsdale woman who's reaching new heights in the world of fitness.

"From my knowledge and Google's knowledge, I am the only female little person to ever complete in a show like this," said Amanda Loy.

Loy competed in the NPC Championship on Oct. 25 and will be in San Diego competing in the NPC Ultimate Warriors on Nov. 1.

Loy, who's 4' tall, took the stage in March in her custom bikini and heels for the NPC Natural Western USA Figure Competition at the Mesa Arts Center.

And she made a big impression on the judges - placing fourth out of nine competitors in her division and walking home with a trophy.

"My dad works on cars, and he shows his cars for people to judge and look at," said Loy prior to the competition. "So, I consider my body my vehicle that I'm showcasing and getting at detailed up for the weekend."

Since November, Loy – a 22-year-old nursing and phlebotomy student at Scottsdale Community College – has embraced a rigorous diet and training regimen.

"It just feels really great to be in shape," she said.

Loy hits the gym six days a week, giving her one day of rest.

The results are big, even though Loy is actually quite small.

"I'm four feet tall; 72 pounds," she said.

Loy was born with hypochondroplasia, a type of dwarfism that gives her a proportional physique.

"It's pretty much like an average height body, shrunk down into a smaller package," she explained.

Loy's coach, Gordon Beecher of Team GB Fitness, modified her training to fit her size and structure.

"She looks incredible," he said of Loy, who he calls his tiny titan. "I'm the architect for her program. But she's the one who put in all the work."

Loy's family, friends and her coach were at the event to cheer her on.

"Amanda was definitely the fan favorite tonight," said Beecher. "When she walked onto the stage, the auditorium erupted with cheers. People chanted her name."

Loy said she hopes to inspire people of all shapes and sizes.

"It doesn't matter what you look like or who you are," she said. "If you want to be fit and be the best you can be, it just takes dedication."

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