Arnie fan Shaun mus­cles his way to Mr Uni­verse ti­tle joy


Sunderland Echo - - News - By Katy Wheeler Twit­ter: @KatyJourno

A Sun­der­land body­builder has fol­lowed in the foot­steps of Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger to win the Mr Uni­verse ti­tle.

Shaun Joseph-Tav­ernier has brought one of the world’s big­gest body­builder awards back to Wear­side af­ter pos­ing his way to glory at the NABBA Uni­verse com­pe­ti­tion, in Birm­ing­ham.

The 41-year-old, who lives in Grindon with wife Kelly, com­peted with the best of the best from around the world and says lift­ing the tro­phy has been the pin­na­cle of his ca­reer.

“I’m not sure I could ever top Mr Uni­verse, this was a ma­jor goal for me,” said the body­builder, who hones his physique at Fit­ness 2000 gym in Roker.

Shaun, who jug­gles com­pet­ing in in­ter­na­tional body­build­ing con­tests with be­ing a per­sonal trainer, added “This ti­tle is the biggy, it’s the one every­one has heard of. Hear­ing my name be­ing called was amaz­ing, it’s the best feel­ing in the world.

“Arnold was the most fa­mous per­son to win it and I re­mem­ber watch­ing my first Arnie film, which was Co­nan the Bar­bar­ian in the 80s. He was an in­spi­ra­tion but I would say what re­ally got me into it was my un­cle, who was a body­builder in the West Indies.”

The award caps off a busy year for Shaun, which has seen him com­pete in South Korea, Kuwait, China and Aus­tralia, and win­ning ti­tles in­clud­ing the PCA Body­power Expo.

Speak­ing about his rou­tine to pre­pare for a show, he said: “It’s very reg­i­mented ev­ery day and I train for three hours a day. I’ll get up at 5am and do an hour of car­dio, then I pre­pare my meals for the day and train clients. They I do an hour of car­dio and an hour of weights each night. Af­ter Mr Uni­verse one of the first things I crave is cake as that’s my favourite food. “I’ll be giv­ing my­self a break now over Christ­mas then get back into train­ing next year and get back to the grind. I’ve been in­vited to a sem­i­nar next year in New York with some of the big­gest names in the busi­ness, then I have shows in France and the USA lined up.”

Body builder Shaun Joseph-Tav­ernier with his Mr Uni­verse tro­phy.

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