Quintin van Jaarsveld
All the hard work and preparation paid off in the best possible way for a dedicated duo of South Coast athletes in the IFBB KZN Open Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships in Durban on Saturday.
The Playhouse Opera Theatre played host to the biggest and best bronzed bodies in KwaZulu-Natal – exceptionally driven men and women who’d spent weeks sculpting each body part, following calculating diets and practising their poses in pursuit of provincial honours.
Two South Coast powerhouses shone under the bright lights and realised their goals, Tyronne du Toit triumphing in the Men’s Classic Physique category and Njabulo Cele clinching the Men’s Under 80kg crown.
As a result, both booked places in the KwaZulu-Natal team for the IFBB South African Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships, which will be held in the Rustenburg Civic Centre from 13-16 September.
Umtentweni-based Du Toit left no stone unturned over the course of a physically and mentally demanding 15-week training camp for the provincial showcase.
The Posityve Fitness ace first tasted victory in the 2015 SSN Team Universe Show. A provincial title, however, had been just out of reach, his best showing prior to the weekend’s championships a third place in 2016.
This added further fuel to his fire, and he used the experience he’d gained to tweak and fine-tune every aspect of his training leading into this year’s competition.
He trained and dieted seven days a week – with an average cheat meal every second week – and changed up his cardio, reserving it for the last week instead of throughout his prep as he’d previously done.
The road wasn’t without a few potholes and speed bumps, but the 26-year-old stayed the course and reached his desired destination as he claimed his maiden KwaZulu-Natal title.
“I’m so excited and overjoyed,” Du Toit told eHowzit.
“This title means the world to me considering everything that was put in and every obstacle I faced in and outside of the prep itself. I had injuries on top of injuries and fell sick a few times.
“It’s a complete overflow of emotions to have been able to achieve this. It’s by far the best time I’ve had on stage to date. It was a lovely competition and very well co-ordinated.”
An equally dedicated Cele, who represented BodyArt Fitness, was thrilled to come away with the Men’s Under 80kg trophy.
“We did it!” he exclaimed. “Thank you Almighty for keeping me healthy and strong right through winter during my prep. Thank you – this would have not been possible without great health.
“Thank you Mites Ampersand for your behind the scenes help and last but not least, thank you Jared Read for your input about prep – you have always given me the right advice. Time to go represent KZN with a bang.”
Photos by Andre du Toit/Envisions Photography