Bodybuilder to represent SA

Brian Cele posing on stage.
Brian Cele posing on stage.

AFTER chasing his dream of winning the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) South Africa Men’s under 80 kg competition for over seven years, Brian Cele’s hard work finally paid off when the personal trainer won the event and qualified for the world competition, which will be held in Benidorm Alicante, Spain in November.

“It all felt so overwhelming that I actually lost it while on stage and cried, realising that I had finally won this competition and was most likely going to be selected to compete in Spain,” said Cele.

He added that although he won this competition the work doesn’t stop, it is just a step in the right direction. Cele, who has been training for over 10 years, said that he hadn’t always had a dream of becoming a bodybuilder but that he started training in Grade 11 as he only weighed 45kg and wasn’t happy with his physique.

“In the beginning it was never about being a bodybuilder but, after about two years, I had put on a bit of size and one day I picked up a Muscle Evolution magazine and finally decided to start taking bodybuilding seriously,” said Cele.

Cele is no stranger to winning competitions but says that this victory was the one that he had been chasing for a long time.

“I have had a lot of help along the way, with countless people contributing to getting me to where I am today.

“Winning this competition does not mean that I am by any means the best. I still have a long way to go, but I am happy and more motivated than ever to continue on this journey,” said Cele. He credits bodybuilding to the life he is currently living, stating that had it not been for the gym he probably wouldn’t be where he is today.

“It has not been an easy journey. Everyone is quick to look at the end result but people don’t realise the effort that goes into this. This is a very expensive lifestyle as healthy food is not cheap and over the years your body starts taking a beating. There were many times when I felt like giving up,” said Cele, who added that as much as bodybuilding affects you physically, it also affects you mentally.

Going forward Cele said that he is not sure what to expect in Spain but he is happy not knowing because that way he will not put any added pressure on himself and will continue to do what he does in the best way possible, and hopefully place in the top six in the world in the process.

“I just want to reiterate to everyone that I am far from the perfect bodybuilder out there but, for anyone who wants to get into this sport, I would like to say that nothing happens overnight and you have to believe in yourself while working hard and being positive to achieve your dreams,” ended Cele.

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