Zim body­builder shines in Kuwait

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Sport/leisure - Lance Chigodo Sun­day Leisure Correspondent

PROM­I­NENT body­builder, Sim­barashe Mhaka walked away a cham­pion in the Beach Mod­el­ling cat­e­gory at the In­ter­na­tional Kuwait Cup body­build­ing com­pe­ti­tions held in Kuwait on 20 Oc­to­ber.

After earn­ing his pro-card in May at the Pre­to­ria Clas­sic in South Africa, Mhaka’s jour­ney to his first com­pe­ti­tion dubbed Mr Uni­verse which was held in Brazil was a fail­ure due to visa de­lays.

Al­though very dis­ap­pointed and de­mor­alised the mas­ter of physique did not stop work­ing hard and looked for­ward to the next event on his sched­ule which was the In­ter­na­tional Kuwait Cup where he dom­i­nated the Beach Mod­el­ling Cat­e­gory and walked away with the grand prize and cham­pi­onship tro­phy.

“I was so hurt after fail­ing to make it to Mr Uni­verse and peo­ple made it worse by bad mouthing the whole thing say­ing I spent funds I re­ceived from do­na­tions for the event and made up the visa story. I am so happy about my achieve­ment. This was my first line up as a pro and I be­came first. I am also very happy this vic­tory si­lenced all the crit­ics,” he added.

The 29-year-old body­builder also men­tioned how tough the com­pe­ti­tion was in Kuwait and how he learnt a lot of things.

His move­ment from am­a­teur body­build­ing to pro­fes­sional body­build­ing changed a lot in his ca­reer with a num­ber of lim­i­ta­tions and de­lim­i­ta­tions com­ing with it.

“Am­a­teur body­build­ing in terms of stage is a bit strict on pos­ing com­pared to pro body­build­ing. The best part about pro body­build­ing is that an ath­lete is guar­an­teed to com­pete for good prize money and the dis­ad­van­tage is that you will be lim­ited to your fed­er­a­tion and all am­a­teur shows will be out of bounds for you,” he said.

He also ex­plained how pro-life de­mands ded­i­ca­tion, good habits, hard work and the need to be able to bal­ance ca­reer and so­cial life.

“Pro-life needs some­one to be loyal to body­build­ing val­ues, diet and a lot of focus. What you eat de­ter­mines how you look and you need to focus on that and work like a horse,” he em­pha­sised.

Mhaka also founded a suc­cess­ful fit­ness academy at To­tal Fit­ness Gym in Harare called G.S (God­win Sim­barashe) Fit­ness Academy named after him where he trains body­builders and any other clients who want to lose body fat.

He es­tab­lished the academy in 2015 with Ed­valdo Ma­teu as the ad­min and Rachel Zvidzai and as mar­ket­ing man­ager.

The cham­pion cur­rently has his eyes on the Com­mon Wealth Cham­pi­onships which will be held in Aus­tralia next year in April.

Sim­barashe Mhaka

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