Adriaan flexes muscles

2017-04-27 06:00
Adriaan Theron (31), the owner of Village Fitness Gym in St Francis Bay, took home top honours at the recent International Federation of Bodybuilding (IFBB) South Africa Novice Show in Port Elizabeth.                                               Photo:SUPPLIED

Adriaan Theron (31), the owner of Village Fitness Gym in St Francis Bay, took home top honours at the recent International Federation of Bodybuilding (IFBB) South Africa Novice Show in Port Elizabeth. Photo:SUPPLIED

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A St Francis Bay resident flexed his way to a gold medal at the International Federation of Bodybuilding (IFBB) South Africa Novice Show in Port Elizabeth - claiming his first body building title.

Adriaan Theron (31), owner of the Village Fitness Gym in St Francis Bay and a qualified personal trainer, showed his mettle in the body building arena as he claimed a first place in the Men’s Athletic Physique (1.7m and tal-ler) category.

He led the way through pre-judging and maintained his form in the final to notch a personal triumph. Winning the competition, after three previous attempts, is the pinnacle of his body building career to date.

With his passion for pumping iron reigni-ted, Theron is now preparing to slip his posing pants back on and grease up his muscles to compete at the Provincial IFBB South Africa Novice Show in August this year.

Unlike weight lifting, which depends on brawn, body builders competing in the athle-tic physique category, train to look good in board shorts - obtaining the perfect beach body. They are judged on criteria such as grace, muscle symmetry, definition and body shape.

Theron, who was elated to win, says he has always enjoyed exercising, especially body building.

“The better I look, the more I want to train,” says Theron who likes to push the envelope and take his body to different levels when it comes to training. He furthermore sees himself as a walking advertisement for his gym.

Theron says being a competitive body builder takes discipline.

“Body builders must give their best every day, you cant just walk into the gym and train. And you have to follow a very strict diet. Success depends on 80% diet and 20% training.

“An extra gram of flab makes the difference between a sizeable trophy and going home empty-handed.”

Preparing for a competition, Theron commits to 10 weight training sessions per week combined with 45 minutes of walking or cycling.

He follows a strict diet that is high in protein, contains moderate fat and is low in carbohydrates such as butternut, broccoli and spinach. Nuts, eggs and steak are also high on his menu.

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