Bodybuilder scores a first

HARARE - Owning an academy in this current economic environment in which sponsors are hard to come by is no mean achievement, more so in a sport like bodybuilding which on its own is still fighting for recognition.

For bodybuilder Lewis Tembo who is still in his prime as a competitor, success is not just about what one accomplishes personally in life but how one inspires others to achieve better.

Having been born and bred in Plumtree far from the major cities where bodybuilding is less popular, Tembo always dreamt of achieving success on two fronts, one as a competitor and the other as a motivator.

This gave birth to the Gain and Loss Fitness Academy which not only seeks to groom bodybuilders but also impart life skills to young athletes.

“I had a passion from a young age to be able to compete at the highest level and at the same time be able to inspire others to achieve even better than me.

“So this idea of having an academy is something that I always had for a long time and brought it into fruition this year.

“I came from a remote area and managed to make it here in Harare, so I want to give a chance to other disadvantaged kids who are in a similar situation like I was in,” Tembo tells the Daily News on Sunday.

“What I envisage is a situation whereby athletes have the right training and grooming from young age.

“They must be taught to aim for the best from the start and not all of us make it to the podium but we must all be winners at the end.

“So that’s the reason why at Gains and Loss we also have an aspect of life skills that touches on life after sport through injury or retirement and also those that fail to realise it later in sports.”

Tembo who is the reigning Mr Bulawayo Western Men’s Physique and Mr Novice Zimbabwe Men’s Physique 2018 says his academy will also incorporate other sporting disciplines such as hockey, football and basketball.

He is working with former Zimbabwe national taekwondo coach Ricky Tembo (not related) and former Bantu Rovers footballer Tadele Titiya.

“I have these two gentlemen who come in with a wealth of experience from other sporting genres and fuse with my bodybuilding and fitness knowledge.

“Titiya is also an academy graduate having attended the same DC football academy with the likes of Thomas Chideu, Melvin Gaki while Ricky Tembo is a former national taekwondo team coach and worked as a fitness trainer with Bantu Rovers and Chicken Inn.

“I believe together we have a winning combination,” Tembo added.

Tembo who currently trains at Olympus gym in Harare says he is now taking aim at international fitness and physique contests, making his success a marketing vehicle of his G & L Academy.

He has audacious plans of building a multi-sports complex in his home town of Plumtree just like what boxer Charles Manyuchi did by building a sports complex in Chivhu.

“For Tembo, he believes being the best version of himself, inspires others to have the best version of themselves.

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