It's about hard work - Woodend

HARARE - Gerald Woodend has called on all aspiring bodybuilders to embrace hard work saying there is no better secret to a successful pursuit of a well-built frame.

The Harare-based athlete broke new ground at last weekend’s Muscle Rage Novice Zimbabwe 2018 championships winning both the junior men and senior men bodybuilding titles on his maiden competition at the Zimbabwe College of Music.

“I have been training at Empire Gym from mid-January they aren’t my sponsors though, been actually looking for a gym willing to sponsor me, before that I trained at home. Currently, I am doing a bit of work here in Zimbabwe, last year I was in Mozambique wanted to study hydraulics there but put it on hold and came back to Zimbabwe to start competing,” Woodend told the Daily News on Sunday.

“Bodybuilding is something I have a major passion in and I hope to pursue a career in one day and the Novice show was just the kick-off and winning the junior bodybuilding and senior men’s bodybuilding only motivated me more. I can’t wait to get back on stage.”

It all began with a movie. As a young boy he would see himself glued to a television set watching muscle and fitness related movies and it so happened that it was the incredible hulk Arnold Schwarzenegger who played a huge role to inspire the budding bodybuilder from a tender age.

“My passion for bodybuilding started at a very young age at the age of 13 I took a liking to it after watching a show called Pumping Iron based on the golden era of bodybuilding featuring the likes of Schwarzenegger and Franco Columbu,” the 18-year-old says.

“From that day I fell in love with it and the passion got stronger once I got in the gym and started seeing results and how my body was changing. I have been training for five years from the age of 13 and three years of that has been consistent.”

He insists there’s no secret to success in bodybuilding but only hard work.

“To be honest when it comes to bodybuilding there’s no secret at all it’s all about hard work you have to make sure you are training like a champion and eating like one too,” he says.

“It takes a lot of sacrifice and discipline as well. Your dieting has to be dialled in properly because a lot of people think it’s hard to go to a gym and work out that’s the easy part when it comes to this sport, the dieting is the hard stuff and any bodybuilder will tell you that.”

In preparing for the Novice contest, virtually all his days were spent in the gym.

“I was in the gym twice a day, six days a week and my diet was six meals a day that involved boiled broccoli, boiled chicken breast or steamed fish and plain white rice, boiled egg whites and six to eight litres a day of water,” Woodend says.

“I cut out all my salt, all my sugar and my oil, everything I ate was either boiled or grilled, I ate like this every day for six weeks. It was the hardest part of my journey but it paid off in the end.

“I was inspired by former pro bodybuilder Schwarzenegger, who moved from his country to America to pursue his dream in bodybuilding, he was someone that came from nothing and had a very poor background but never let it stop him. He put his mind to it and to me the sport wouldn’t be what it is today without people like him.”

And bodybuilding being such an expensive sport in terms of dieting, Woodend had to rely entirely on the few earnings that he made in order to prepare for his debut.

“I didn’t have much from family, I didn’t judge them though because it’s not something everyone understands, and it’s something you have to go through to understand it,” he says.

“I didn’t really have any sponsorship but I had people that helped me where they could and supported me from the beginning. These people are my personal trainer Gerry Noble and Mark Vassilatos.

“Vassilatos is the man that helped me with a bit of my supplements and introduced me to my trainer, unfortunately I didn’t manage to find a sponsor to pay for my gym fees or my dieting so whatever little money I made, it all went to my food.”

The 18-year-old is happy with the strides local bodybuilding is taking and has advised aspiring bodybuilders to follow their hearts and not let people’s negative perceptions wear them down.

“I don’t think I will be going to Arnold Classic this year unfortunately, I don’t have enough time to prepare for it so I will leave it for next year and clean out all the competitions we have here in Zimbabwe that’s my goal. The local bodybuilding has grown and still is growing more people are coming in to participate and support the industry,” he says.

“My advice would be just keep pushing don’t listen to people with negative things to say about you. I had a lot of people that would tell me I would never be able to compete and look what happened just this past Saturday.

“I had fun and won two competitions in a day so my advice is don’t give up there’s no limit to it; you can only go up just put your mind to it.

“You don’t need anyone to believe in you to succeed in bodybuilding; you just need to believe in yourself because only you can see the bigger picture, never be disheartened by the negative things people may say because truth is ‘they hating but they taking notes too’.”

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