PICS: Meet Mr Muscles - a 70-year-old bodybuilder from Cape Town

2019-07-23 14:04
Dennis Titus. (PHOTO: Supplied)

Dennis Titus. (PHOTO: Supplied)

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Dennis Titus might be in his seventies, but he’s got no plans of slowing down on his fitness.

In fact, this Cape Town marketer, who was an avid soccer player for many years, spends a lot of his time in the gym, but he only recently started taking part in bodybuilding competitions.

May, his wife of 49 years, says he’s very dedicated and disciplined.

"He was already mister muscles when I met him. His friend, Melvin Moses does bodybuilding and asked him to take part as well."

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She adds that Dennis is actually quite shy and he doesn’t like to show off his body.

It all happened coincidentally. Dennis just went to support Melvin in a bodybuilding competition he was a taking part in in Mitchell’s Plain, when the master of ceremonies asked for three strong men out of the audience.

His friends encouraged him to go on stage and strut his stuff. Next thing they knew, Dennis walked away with second prize in the senior category. Little did he know, this was only the start of bigger things to come.

Dennis Titus. (PHOTO: Supplied)

It took much convincing from friends and family, but eventually Dennis caved and decided to enter the South African Natural Bodybuilding Association bodybuilding championships – a competition for amateur bodybuilders.

Dennis trained with David Isaacs, a former bodybuilding champion, at the Athlone Training College to prepare for the competition.

"I’ve got a hip replacement and I had a spinal fusion with two bolts in my spine. That’s why I decided not to compete in any bodybuilding competitions," he says.

But Dennis was too modest.

He gave an excellent performance in the master’s category of the competition for people over 60. The event was held in Bellville and he won first place. And just as he was about to leave the stage, the master of ceremonies challenged him to stay and take on the winners of the over forties and fifties categories.

Dennis Titus. (PHOTO: Supplied)

The contestants had to do three different poses to show off their muscles but the crowd went wild for Dennis. They chanted his name and wanted him to win.

"The three of us had to fight for the title and when I won, all I thought was ‘Wow! This is a huge trophy plus a bucket full of supplements.

"I won so many prizes, I couldn’t even carry all of them," he laughs.

And how does he motivate himself to still take such good care of his body at his age?

"I’ve always been that guy who likes fitness. I’ve played soccer for a number of teams up until I was 55. After that I joined the gym to stay fit," he says.

May adds that Dennis is nowhere near slowing down.

Dennis Titus. (PHOTO: Supplied)

"He gets stressed at work and that’s also why he goes to the gym. He said he was going to retire at 70, but there’s no stopping him."

Besides his fitness, Dennis also has other goals to achieve in his golden years.

"I still want to buy a car so that I can drive my wife around, so I’m currently saving for that. I also want to go visit my brother and brother-in-law in Australia."

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