Local bodybuilder is Mr. Newfoundland
Brad Jones doesn’t look like most people when he’s preparing for a bodybuilding competition. It would appear the grueling work that went into making his body bulge paid off. The South River native recently claimed the Mr. Newfoundland title at a championship event in St. John’s.
Brad Jones is known for being able to hit a softball a long ways. Now, he’s known for something else. On Nov, 26, the 26-year-old from South River was given the title of Mr. Newfoundland after he beat out the rest of the field at the Newfoundland and Labrador Amateur Bodybuilding Association’s Championship held in St. John’s.
Jones beat out a field of three in the heavyweight division and was named the overall champion of the event after beating out a group of top finishers from other divisions.
“I hadn’t planned on doing it this year. I was going to wait till I was a little bit older,” he told The Compass last week. “Working out is a hobby. Doing the show is a way to get more involved in the industry. “It’s a good way to add some competition to it.” Brad now becomes a member of a select group with his win. In the 25 years the competition has been held, there has been only three other people who won on their first try.
Jones is now the fourth to win as a first-time competitor.
“I thought I’d win my class … but you never know if you’re going to win the overall,” he said. “The feeling of winning is overwhelming. It’s not explainable really.
Bodybuilding is as much a mental grind as it is a physical one. Jones started preparing his system for the competition three months out.
Aside from working out, there’s a diet component. Gradually, sugars and sweeteners get eliminated as athletes push for that last bit of definition.
Even water becomes a no-no as the competition draws closer.
“It gets really hard the closer you get to the competition,” said Brad, who is a personal trainer. “You have to avoid temptations and just stay focused.
“A lot of it is mental. You don’t even want to be involved with the public. You just kind of do your own thing because you get frustrated. You don’t realize it but you’re really agitated.” His first meal after competiting was Boston Pizza. The Brad that stepped on the stage a couple of weeks ago was vastly different from the one who attended school at Ascension Collegiate in Bay Roberts. Back then; he had zero interest in working out or heading to the gym.
His older brother Stephen was constantly pushing Brad to get involved.
“He’d always tell me, ‘ Go to the gym, go to the gym,’ but I wouldn’t do it,” said the younger sibling.
Eventually, the bug bit Brad hard. He started working out and years later it’s starting to pay off.
The Mr. Newfoundland win is as much his at it is Stephen’s.
“He’s motivated me this whole time,” said Brad. “Basically, he’s my biggest influence. He never did compete himself and it’s always something he wanted to do. He came up on stage with me once I won.
“It’s overwhelming for him and myself. It fulfilled his dreams as well as mine. It’s crazy how good it felt.”
With the win, Brad has the option to compete at the national competition for life. Although he plans on taking a year off, he’ll represent the province in 2018.
It fulfilled his dreams as well as mine. It’s crazy how good it felt. Brad Jones
South River’s Brad Jones was named Mr. Newfoundland on Nov. 26.