Flexing muscles and striking a signature pose is not enough to get noticed at a bodybuilding competition.
Instead it takes hard work and dedication, commitment to training, and it means you have to change eating habits and make sacrifices along the way. But in the end it’s all worth it, said Reid Simons.
The 24-year-old Somerset West resident and bodybuilding enthusiast participated in the Battle of the Titans competition in Durbanville the past weekend.
He entered two categories and was awarded first place in the Classic division and third in the Novice division.
“It was my first time in these divisions, having previously participated only in the Physique category,” Simons related.
Ecstatic about his performance, he said he started bodybuilding only two years ago, which since then has grown into a passion.
“I used to be a fat kid,” Simons recalled days gone by. But all that changed when he started playing sports at school. After matriculating he kept active, but still felt something was missing.
“I was introduced to the world of bodybuilding and have never looked back,” Simons said. “It takes a lot of my time and demands 100% commitment. It’s also not something you can do alone, so support from friends and family is very important.”
He added that his coach has been a major factor in his growth and development. “He encourages and motivates me to do my best, and is with me every step of the way,” said Simons.
Speaking of his performance at the Battle of the Titans, Simons said he was called to stand with the overall winners – or “the Big Lions”, as they call it.
“It was a special moment for me, to be up there with some of the most impressive bodybuilders out there. It was such an honour,” he enthused.
The experience was different from any previous competition he had entered, where he was judged only on physique, said Simons.
“I’m usually a shy guy, so the thought of getting out there on stage with just a speedo was a bit intimidating,” he said.
“But when the time came I was well prepared and confident, and I just went out there and did my thing, including my signature pose which I have been practising. I told myself, win or lose, I know I’d have worked hard to do my best, so it was a real pleasure to get a trophy.”
Simons is preparing for the Western Province championships in August and has high hopes of qualifying for the South African championships.
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