Bodybuilder with disability dreams of becoming world champion

08 May 2017

Meet Caleb Mutombo who at just over 100 cm tall is hoping to take the bodybuilding world by storm.

With a rippling six pack and bulging biceps it’s hard to believe Caleb (19) weighs just 35 kg. He trains at his local gym in Johannesburg five days a week, where he can squat 30kg and lift 10kg.

Originally from the Congo, Caleb suffers from an undiagnosed disability which meant he grew at a rate much slower than the average person and stopped growing altogether when he was just 14.

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Caleb began weight training at home in Congo  when he was 12, lifting anything he could get his hands on from coffee tables to bags of books.

He began training in a gym when he was 16 and has since competed in local bodybuilding competitions, recently beating competitors twice his height, to scoop third place.

“I do bodybuilding because I love it. I love to see my body grow, I love to feel full of energy and fit at the same time."

“I have come to realise that my disability is my ability to inspire. I wish to inspire people in general to work to stay fit and healthy."

Caleb is currently training to become a Personal Trainer while also training himself to one day become a professional bodybuilder.

He spends up to five days a week in the gym and despite sometimes needing assistance to walk, he continues to challenge himself to become stronger and lift more.

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“When I started out a lot of people didn’t believe I could do it. I faced negativity and prejudice but I’m very proud of everything I have achieved so far, getting into bodybuilding is exciting.

“When I’m on the stage during a competition I focus on the judges and the crowd not the other bodybuilders competing alongside me. I focus on doing my best and not measuring myself against other people’s best," he added

“I’m very happy about how far I’ve come and I’m looking forward to one day becoming a professional bodybuilder.”

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