Diyaan Ford, a professional bodybuilder, a personal trainer and a budding businessman, believes that if you think you can achieve something, you will. “It is all in the mind,” says Ford who wants to encourage the youth to fight for their dreams.Ford (23), married and the father of a three-year-old son, wishes to help the youth in his community by sharing his love for bodybuilding with them X something, he feels, that saved him from the influence of the ills in his community. The Hazendal resident says he never thought he would end up in bodybuilding and fitness but he was inspired by David Isaacks, a local gym owner who utilises space at the College of Cape Town‘s Crawford campus. Ford went for a few gym sessions and after noticing positive changes in his body, he decided to take bodybuilding more seriously and to turn it into a career.“(After matric) I originally wanted to go to the Navy, but a few things went wrong. I was told I needed to have mathematics. “I found another passion, bodybuilding, and my love for it just kept on growing,” says Ford.He completed matric at Spes Bona High School in Athlone in 2014. He was unable to study further so, in 2015, he started to research bodybuilding competitions. That same year, he took part in the Cape Peninsula competition in Bellville, where competed in the u19. He placed eight.He also took part in the David Isaacs Classic and SA development Champs.In 2018, he entered a bodybuilding competition under the auspices of the Western Province National Amateur Body Building Association of South Africa (Nabba). He also competed in preserve Bermuda Bodybuilding (an international bodybuilding federation) competitions. He qualified to compete in Johannesburg, but, due to personal reasons, he could not go.“I had family matters I had to attend to,” he explains.The disappointment of not being able to compete in Johannesburg did not break his spirit. He guides small groups in Isaacks’s gym, assisting them to lose weight and tone their bodies. He says he encourages them to live healthily.In 2018, he started a gym-wear clothing line called Apparel Clothing.He sells track pants, sweaters, T-shirts and oversized sweatpants. “I work with a designer who understands my ideas. We sit down and discuss them,” he explains.He hopes the range will expand to become not just a national brand, but an international one. As his business grows, he wants to create employment opportunities for the youth, encouraging them to be ambassadors and entrepreneurs.He also wishes to inspire them to push harder. He says that his past is not perfect. Once he hung out with the wrong crowd and ended up smoking and drinking. “I would like for young people to be taught to believe in themselves. I want them to stay motivated. There have been so many negative stories about the youth. That must change,” he says. V For more information on the clothing range, call 072 825 3349.