Ma­gaya in­spires body­builder

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Sport/leisure - Mehluli Sibanda Se­nior Sports Re­porter

AS he pre­pares to de­fend the Mr Bu­l­awayo body­build­ing ti­tle he has won five times in a row since 2012, Love­more Mun­ya­mana is draw­ing in­spi­ra­tion from his church leader, Prophetic Heal­ing and De­liv­er­ance Min­istries founder Wal­ter Ma­gaya.

A mem­ber of PHD Min­istries since 2012 and at­tends Sun­day ser­vices at the Large City with his fam­ily, Mun­ya­mana be­lieves Ma­gaya’s teach­ings on dis­ci­pline have been the cor­ner­stone to his suc­cess over the years. Mun­ya­mana has never met Ma­gaya in per­son but his guid­ance is what he takes with him ev­ery time he goes on stage.

“I have been a mem­ber of PHD Min­istries since I won my first Mr Bu­l­awayo ti­tle. My prophet Wal­ter Ma­gaya al­ways teaches us to be dis­ci­plined, it doesn’t mean that you are on top of ev­ery­thing. So ev­ery time, wher­ever I go, I go with his teach­ings in my mind. That’s where my dis­ci­pline comes from. I have never met Ma­gaya, I just love him and love the way he teaches us,’’ Mun­ya­mana said.

Mun­ya­mana, a tee­to­taller at­tributes noth­ing but self re­straint to his achieve­ments in body­build­ing since 2012. He of­ten gets pro­voked when walk­ing the street of his high den­sity sub­urb of Mpopoma but de­spite be­ing mus­cu­lar, he never gets tempted to get into a fight.

“The key for me to win­ning the past five Mr Bu­l­awayo ti­tles is dis­ci­pline, some­times when you are well known, you must con­trol your­self all the time. Peo­ple some­times pass com­ments in the streets meant to pro­voke me see­ing that I have mus­cles but I ig­nore them and carry on work­ing,’’ he said. Mun­ya­mana has been hard at work at Body Works Gym pre­par­ing for Mr Bu­l­awayo to be held at Elite 400 on Satur­day even­ing. His fine tun­ing also has Mr Zim­babwe, to be held a week later, in mind. He will be tak­ing part in the mid­dleweight sec­tion at the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion where he was a run­ner up to Garikayi Mu­juru last year. His best at the na­tional event was in 2014 when he fin­ished num­ber one in mid­dleweight which qual­i­fied him for the Mr Zim­babwe over­all which was won by Cham­pion Chien­der­amwano. “I am work­ing hard, I am pre­pared for any show right now. Mr Bu­l­awayo is a warm up for Mr Zim­babwe, I want to thank Bu­l­awayo Met­ro­pol­i­tan Body­build­ing for or­gan­is­ing this show and my coach Si­mon Gama and Nathan Green­land for al­low­ing me to use his gym for free,’’ Mun­ya­mana said. His di­etary re­quire­ments are com­ing at a huge cost for Mun­ya­mana who has no per­sonal spon­sor. Lo­cal busi­ness­man, Lin­neth Magig­wana bankrolled him from 2012 un­til 2015 but is un­able to fund his diet at the mo­ment. His diet, if fol­lowed, costs $200 a month be­cause he has to share with his two sons. The 33-year old gets most of his funds from his elec­tri­cal gad­gets re­pairs which he runs in Mpopoma. Some of those ex­pected to give Mun­ya­mana a tough time on Satur­day are his Body Works Gym coun­ter­parts, Them­binkosi Lunga, Give­more Marufu and Dur­rell Hamil­ton. “I am pre­pared for Mr Bu­l­awayo, al­though there are chal­lenges in terms of food sup­ple­ments. I don’t have a spon­sor, I spon­sor my­self. I ex­pect a strong chal­lenge from peo­ple like Themba, Give­more and Dur­rell, all th­ese are guys I train with at Body Works Gym,’’ said Mun­ya­mana.

He trains for four hours on Mon­day, Tues­day, Thurs­day and Fri­day with all his ses­sions start­ing at 6am. Be­cause he over-trains, he gives him­self Wed­nes­day off. With com­pe­ti­tion time draw­ing closer, Mun­ya­mana is fo­cus­ing on deep cut­ting his body which means he has to avoid any fatty food. In terms of meat, he eats chicken and fish only.

“Early morn­ing, I eat sour por­ridge, two ba­nanas, one or­ange and one ap­ple be­fore train­ing. In be­tween ses­sions, I take six boiled eggs, one full then other five white only mi­nus the yolk.

Af­ter ses­sion, I take my break­fast, black tea, three slices of bread with peanut but­ter. In be­tween lunch and break­fast, I eat any type of fruits. Lunchtime I eat brown rice and fish or beans with­out cook­ing oil. In be­tween lunch and sup­per, I take mashed pota­toes with six eggs, one full, five whites and fruits.

“Sup­per is made up of light sadza with chicken breast. This sport is very ex­pen­sive, it’s dif­fi­cult when you don’t have a spon­sor,’’ he said.

His ad­vice to those who have tried and failed to dis­lodge him over the years is that they should not let public­ity get into their heads as well as avoid harm­ful sub­stances.

“My ad­vice to my chal­lengers is that when you get public­ity don’t think you are now at the top be­cause those below you will be train­ing harder to get to where you are. Avoid harm­ful sub­stances like drugs, don’t take too much al­co­hol and avoid smok­ing. My win­ning is guided by dis­ci­pline. You have to learn to con­trol your­self,’’ Mun­ya­mana said.

Last year, Mun­ya­mana saw off com­pe­ti­tion from four other con­tes­tants to land his fifth Mr Bu­l­awayo which saw take home a Sam­sung Tab 3, $150 plus 5kg bucket of sup­ple­ments. Vet­eran John Lunga was the first run­ner up with Delvin Paige in third place. City busi­ness­man, Thomp­son Mpala who is also a body­builder hav­ing won Mr Bu­l­awayo in 1995 pro­vided the prizes. Mpala is the main spon­sor again this year.

Shantel Green­land is ex­pected to de­fend her Ms Bu­l­awayo crown she has won since 2015. Selina Manuel, Mitchell Mat­sito and Du­moluhle Ndlovu have been work­ing hard at the gym with a good com­pe­ti­tion ex­pected in the women’s sec­tion.

Par­don Dube is the favourite to land the men’s physique where he will go up against Marvelous Ganda, Paige, Tapiwa Zimhamba, Diego Khu­malo, Keith Mombeshora and Michael Alimu.

Chuk­wue­meka Ojukwu is de­fend­ing his male ju­niors ti­tle with com­pe­ti­tion from him to come from Bless­ing Tim­burwa, Dean Grant and Zibu­siso Khu­malo.

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