Name: Sarah Ezzideen Age: 28 Weight: 65.4kg Day Job: Student Liaison at HFPA Q: Judging from your appearance you seem to have been training a while. Was powerlifting the way you initially got into weight lifting? A: It was actually the other way, I’ve always been training, I’ve been training for 10 years now but I’ve seriously started lifting like 4 years ago. I never thought of powerlifting, I never looked at it. It was only till last year when I was deadlifting and Henk (her coach) actually approached me and he was like “You look like you have a lot of potential. Let’s train you up and you’ve gotta compete” and I’m just like “Why not?” So I set new goals for myself, it’s a new challenge, it’s something different and yeah that’s how I ended up here! (Giggles shyly and shrugs shoulders) Q: Most forms of weightlifting is traditionally seen as a male thing. What has been ...

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This post is the first in a series of posts under the banner of “Expressions of Strength”. In these articles I wish to cover the different ways that the human body can express strength and the amazing feats that are achievable through the consistent application of technical know how, self belief and genetic talent or predisposition. The different aspects of strength tie in to bodybuilding and fitness, since we know without some measure of strength an athlete cannot progress or get into any kind of shape. While muscular stimulation and contraction does depend on the ability of an individual to mobilise muscle fibres to perform a movement without the application of resistance, in whatever form (weights, bodyweight, bands etc) forced adaption and change would either be very limited or near on impossible. The first Expression of Strength I will be looking at is Powerlifting as suggested by the title of this post. ...

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If you would like to skip this intro check out my blog posts in the categories section below. Hi All and Welcome to the LaymensLament! First up the purpose of this blog is to offer what I would term an uneducated or a layman’s opinion on all things bodybuilding. I aim to attend as many shows as possible within the Gauteng, SA region as I may be privileged to. However, my posts will not be restricted to competition events. There may be an opinion piece on nutrition or training or whatever I feel I can offer an opinion on within the sphere of health, fitness and bodybuilding. Now before you go screaming through the streets “Oh No BroScience!” A brief history of myself: I studied Sport and Exercise Science majoring in Physiology, Anatomy, Biokenetics and Psychology and attended ETA about 11 years back. I was also employed at Virgin Active while attending Varsity. When prepping ...

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I attended the tail end of prejudging on Saturday. Why the tail end you ask. Well most IFBB shows that I have been to in the past have never stuck to time. So being a smart ass that I am I chose to train and take care of a few errands on Saturday morning before heading out to Carnival City. I mean the website said the prejudging would be from 10am till 4pm so hey if I showed up an hour in I would still catch most of it right? Wrong! I walked in to the bikini girls and a great view of Jen Lithgow’s butt. Next up were the Bikini over 168 which just gave me time to settle in still thinking “This is AWESOME!!!” Then the Men’s up to 100kg division which had some notably missing athletes I was hoping to see. Namely Mario van Biljon. I will reserve my comments ...

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Have you ever read any of these articles before? How to get Big Quick! Get Big Fast Get Ripped Get Lean for Summer And finally How to get Big and Ripped Fast Today! Ok maybe not those exact words but I’m pretty sure some if not all of you have read something to that effect. Through my years of training and observation though I have realised something. And this would be in regard to training natural or enhanced. Muscle takes a lot of time, energy and money to build. It is the result of consistent training over long periods of time coupled with good to great nutrition, tonnes of commitment and a lot of discipline. There are no real shortcuts in this sport. It’s not like other sports where you can be an amateur and perhaps do you 10km run, or not and still go do the 10km Nike run on the weekend. In bodybuilding you’re either in or ...

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