BODY BUILDERS STRUT THEIR STUFF

Go! & Express - - FRONT PAGE - AMANDA NANO

THERE were mus­cles ga­lore in King Wil­liam's Town as the in­au­gu­ral House of Le­gends body­build­ing com­pe­ti­tion took place at Dale Col­lege Boy's Pri­mary School in front of a crowd of ex­cited spec­ta­tors on Satur­day evening.

The body­builders flexed them­selves for a chance to win R10000 on the night.

Mr Uni­verse Italy win­ner, mul­ti­ple In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Body­build­ing and Fit­ness (IFBB) body­build­ing cham­pion in South Africa, and Fear Fac­tor SA win­ner, Shameen Adams, was on the panel of judges for the com­pe­ti­tion.

“We're look­ing for the com­plete over­all pack­age of physique, stage pre­sen­ta­tion, mus­cle build that's in pro­por­tion, and the bot­tom half of the body needs to bal­ance up with the top half,” said Adams.

The brain­child be­hind this com­pe­ti­tion are young en­trepreneurs Landile “Milo” Makubalo and Samkelwe “Sammy” Bal­in­tulo of Sup­ple­ment House.

“I'm a sports man­age­ment grad­u­ate so I've al­ways had a pas­sion for all sports. That's why we started this com­pany. We have part­nered with Ul­ti­mate Sport Nu­tri­tion [USN] and the De­part­ment of Sport, Recre­ation, Arts and Cul­ture,” Makubalo said.

Bal­in­tulo said she “loves fit­ness” and they aim to grow the sport of body­build­ing.

“I grew up play­ing all sport­ing codes that a girl could get in­volved in, so I’m glad this show was a suc­cess,” she said.

Guest poser and 2016 IFBB Arnold Clas­sic heavy­weight win­ner Earl “The Beast” Abra­hams flexed mus­cles and showed off his guns to the ex­cited au­di­ence.

Charity ben­e­fi­ciary, St Thomas School for the Deaf just out­side King Wil­liam's Town, re­ceived sports equip­ment such balls, bats and golf clubs. 2018 Nel­son Man­dela Bay champs over­all win­ner Them­be­lani “Terra” Dlodlo said the com­pe­ti­tion looked set to grow even big­ger.

“There are a lot of big names within the body­build­ing fra­ter­nity that are here, even from out of town. A high stan­dard has been set here and gives in­ter­est for the shows to come,” Dlodlo said.

Pic­ture: AMANDA NANO

WIN­NING POSE: Bule­lani Jola’s elec­tri­fy­ing pos­ing rou­tine that bagged him a ti­tle at the com­pe­ti­tion in King

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