Local woman competes in the Arnold Classic

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A Charlottesville woman got the opportunity to compete in the Arnold Classic last weekend in Columbus, Ohio.

Strongwoman Monica Johnson finished in fourth place at the amateur heavyweight in the competition.

Due to her finish, she is currently ranked second among amateur heavyweight strongwomen in the United States.

Despite not winning the competition, she said she had a great experience at the Arnold, meeting many professional strongmen and strongwomen.

"I met Brian Shaw, Half-Thor, who won the Arnold Pro Show, Andrea Thompson and Donald Moore from the U.K.," said Johnson. "It was really cool to see all these pros and have them on the floor with us, encouraging us to do our best."

Johnson wants to inspire women to be comfortable in their own skin, especially young African-American women.

"It is very important for me to set a good example in my interactions and remaining humble to push myself," said Johnson. "So it's really important for little brown girls to see brown woman out here pushing these weights and knowing that it's not going to make you overweight, it's not going to make you bulk. You can still be tone, you can still be lean and you can be strong and this translates into so many areas of your life."

Johnson will participate in a few competitions this year, including a national competition in Florida in September.

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