Shirlee’s Ultimate Women’s Gym in Upland is proud to announce that two of our members placed in the the Vintage Swimsuit Class at the Muscle Beach Competition held in Venice Beach on July 4, 2019. Jennifer (last name), 56, of Claremont and Darcie (last name), 36, of Upland both received medals. It was the first time either had competed in a fitness competition.  Both have been working out and training for the competition at Shirlee’s Ultimate Women’s Gym in Upland since the first of the year. 

The competition for physique type “fit and curvy” requires two poses, “flirty” and “over the shoulder,” while wearing a vintage style swimsuit circa the 1940s and 1950s. Accessories such as hats, gloves, sunglasses, and vintage jewelry are allowed.  

“I like the style and thought it would be a fun way to celebrate exceeding my goals,” said Jennifer, who lost 40 lbs, toned her muscles, and gained confidence over the past six months of training at Shirlee’s.  

“I’ve wanted to compete in figure or bikini for about 12 years now, before I got married I was close at one point, but life happens,” said Darcie. “Then I learned about the Vintage Swimsuit Class at Muscle Beach, and I knew that it was more realistic for me to compete in a class that requires the girls to be ‘fit and curvy.’ I still had to work hard and the confidence was not always there, but I did this competition to prove to myself that I can work hard even when life gets in the way and the results will come with the work I put it.”

“Everyone at Shirlee’s Gym is proud of these two amazing ladies who worked hard for months to compete at Muscle Beach, said Kon Jystad, owner of the gym. “The competition is a fun way to motivate members to set goals and work to meet them.”  

Shirlee’s Ultimate Women’s Gym offers two acres of indoor and outdoor fitness and offers an extensive schedule of classes as well as personal training.  Shirlee’s offers a positive atmosphere for women of all ages and fitness levels. The gym is located at 1275 West Foothill in Upland. More information on the gym can be found at or by calling (909) 985-6400.