Body­builder to flex it for SA

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King Wil­liam's Town vet­eran body­builder Shane Kreusch has earned him­self the hon­our of rep­re­sent­ing South Africa at the PCA World Cham­pi­onships, which will be held in the UK in Oc­to­ber.

“It’s def­i­nitely an hon­our to have been selected to rep­re­sent my coun­try,” Kreusch said.

“It wasn’t an easy road and a lot of blood, sweat and tears went into get­ting into a po­si­tion where I was able to be cho­sen.”

He added that he was grate­ful for his wife, Kristy, who has played an im­por­tant role in his achieve­ment, as well as his fam­ily’s sup­port and motivation.

Kreusch has also had the hon­our of grac­ing Mus­cle Evo­lu­tion, a na­tional body­build­ing mag­a­zine, ear­lier in 2018. Be­ing in the in­dus­try for more than 20 years has earned him many ac­co­lades, de­spite tak­ing a hia­tus from 2004 and only re­turn­ing to com­pete again in 2017.

As part of his train­ing, he takes three days which he splits to fo­cus on all mus­cle groups, and a day to rest. Ad­di­tion­ally, his train­ing con­sists of car­dio in the morn­ing and weightlift­ing in the evening.

“My diet plan con­sists of meals made up of pro­teins, car­bo­hy­drates and fats bro­ken into six meals a day. I am a TNT- and Cic­cone-spon­sored ath­lete, so sup­ple­men­ta­tion forms a big part of my diet to reach my full po­ten­tial,” Kreusch said.

Body­build­ing wasn't some­thing that came nat­u­rally to him 20 years ago, but it's some­thing he grew pas­sion­ate about.

“As some­one who was re­lent­lessly teased about be­ing so thin, I de­cided it was up to me to change that per­cep­tion. I walked into a gym and have never looked back,” he said.

The labour law spe­cial­ist and gym owner said he would com­pete for as long as he was phys­i­cally able to.

“It's im­per­a­tive that I set an ex­am­ple for my gym mem­bers. This mo­ti­vates and en­cour­ages them to pur­sue and achieve their own goals,” he said.

Pic­ture: Sup­plied

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