Zoom Zoom warns against steroids

HARARE - Six-time Mr Iron Man Zumailer- Eussen Mamman has warned bodybuilders from using steroids ahead of the return of the country’s second largest contest on June 1 in Kadoma.

Mamman personalised the Mr Iron Man title winning it for a record six times in succession between 2001- 2007.

Mamman, who is affectionately known as Zoom Zoom in bodybuilding circles, vented his frustration towards the practise he said was rampant in local bodybuilding.

“I wasn’t fully prepared for the contest, had stopped competing to try and give my body a rest, I have been around for quite some time now,” Mamman told the Daily News yesterday.

“Besides, I have noted people using steroids hence doing a disservice to some of us who spend hours working in the gym.

“It may appear good for a while but in the long run the after effects are so detrimental hence people should safeguard their health by shunning steroids.”

Steroids are manufactured testosterone-like drugs that are usually taken to build muscle, enhance performance and improve appearance.

Some steroids are available legally by prescription to treat medical conditions like asthma, chronic lung disease, skin conditions and allergic reactions.

Use of steroids for non-medical purposes is illegal and can have serious side effects.

Apart from winning the Iron Man, the muscleman from Empire Gym, who turns 40 in July, has several other accolades to his credit.

He announced his arrival by winning the Mr Chegutu and Kadoma titles in 1994.

The following year he was runner-up in the Mr Novice competition. Between 2004 and 2007 he won the Mr Zimbabwe middle-weight while also claiming a regional title, Mr Zambia Whisky Black middle-weight category in 2005.

Mamman also bagged the Mr Pro Fitness mid-weight title and Mr Midlands Classics in 2009.

He is motivated to participate in this year’s Mr and Ms Iron Man that will be held in his home town of Kadoma after a two- year absence from the sporting calendar.

“It brings honour in having the contest being staged in my home town but at the end of the day it would have been even better if I was well placed to win it,” he said.

“I’m taking part in the contest just to see how far my frame can take me but even though I haven’t been in the gym for some time, I’m confident that I will give the eventual winners a good run for their money.”

The contest sponsored by Coloursel Furniture will be held at the Odyssey Centre next month.

Vincent Kandiero won the contest when it was last held in 2011 at Ochi City in Harare by dislodging defending champion Isaac “Sugar” Chimuchenga.

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