Quintin van Jaarsveld
South Coast bodybuilders produced strong performances in every sense of the word in the IFBB KZN Provincial Bodybuilding Championships at the Playhouse Opera Theatre in Durban on Saturday.
The sculpted bronzed bodies of Tyronne du Toit, Jessie-Dale Toweel, Shannon Walton, Travis Smith and Justin van Zyl beamed under the spotlight, and the local quintet finished among the elite in their respective categories.
Van Zyl just missed out on a placing in the classic bodybuilding division, however, he will nevertheless join his four fellow local fitness athletes who have been selected to compete in the national showpiece at the same venue from 2-4 September.
Smith showed good form to secure sixth place in the classic bodybuilding division, while Walton’s hard work in the gym saw her finish fifth in body fitness.
Toweel rose to the occasion and grabbed third place in body fitness, with Du Toit going one better than his fourth place last year, finishing third in the Junior Under-23 Over 75kg category.
“I’m really pleased with the outcome and more than happy with the result,” Du Toit, who weighed in at 80.8kg, told eHowzit.
“I feel this is probably the best condition and body I have brought to stage yet and I’m honoured to have been selected to be part of the KZN team [for the national championships].”
Du Toit’s ascent to the top three can be attributed to months of rigorous training and a scientific nutrition plan. The true difference maker, however, that fuelled his desire and led to him raising the bar, came in the unlikely form of an accident last August.
He sustained knee and lower back injuries when he fell off his bike as he tried to swerve out of the way of a vehicle loading items around a corner. Fortunately, the injuries weren’t serious and the close call served as the spark that ignited his fire.
Watch Du Toit’s routine below
“The accident was nothing major and only kept me out of the gym for a few days, then I was back in the game more driven than ever before,” he said.
“In total, I prepped about 15 weeks for this show. It was definitely a tough 15 weeks; hours of weight training every day, six to seven days a week including hours of cardio and posing practice in the last couple of weeks.
“In terms of dieting, it’s by far the hardest part of prep. Having to maintain and keep sticking to the same foods day in and day out, keeping count of the hours between meals, then dropping carbs and picking them up again is the worst thing for me to handle.
“I mostly went through it all again to prove to myself I could do it again and give it my all. Knowing I’m making my family and loved ones proud is an achievement on its own, so I do it for the love of the sport and the feeling it gives me to be on stage showcasing all your hard work.
“I appreciate all the support and love I got from everyone…it’s amazing. Thanks to everyone who supported me all the way and who continue to support me.”
Photos by Andre du Toit/Envisions Photography