Sculpting success at WA champs
There is perhaps no bigger ambassador for body building than Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose sculpted body earned him the Mr Universe title aged just 20 – and the eventual role of one of sci-fi’s most imposing villains.
While ‘The Terminator’ may be pulling people into the sport on a world level, Geraldton-born Shay Bloxsidge is enticing prospective competitors in WA.
It’s coming on the back of his success at the recent World Fitness Federation and National Amateur Bodybuilders Association’s State Championships.
The 24-year-old personal trainer was judged first in the athletic body-building division and first place overall, earning him the title of Mr WA.
Association president Tony Bates put the win down to hard work and dedication.
“I attribute my success to staying disciplined and dedicated 100 per cent to my training and nutrition, and more experience,” he said.
“Training was six days a week twice a day — one cardio session and one-weight training session.
“Diet consisted of wholesome healthy foods high in protein, like chicken, steak, eggs and fish.
“Good sources of carbs like rice, potato, oats, fruit and veg and healthy fats like avocado, salmon and coconut oil.”
The competition was not the first time Bloxsidge impressed judges.
Having finished fourth in Australia at the 2016 Federation nationals, the muscle man is used to securing wins at fitness events.
His interest in fitness started about seven years ago, when his best mate attended gym to help him recover from a knee injury and Bloxsidge tagged along.
At 19, Bloxsidge began to study personal training and lifting weights.
“My career goals are to continue to work in the fitness industry, to help change people’s lives and help them live a healthier lifestyle.
“And I would like to help coach people to get on stage if that’s what they want to do.
“It feels good to know all the hard work has paid off, but it’s good to get back into normal life, spending time with friends and family.”
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