SHANE SCHWULST – A GYMSPO CHAMPION!

I have a fitness diploma and currently am a fitness manager within a world-class health club. My fitness background is what got me initially interested in bodybuilding and fitness shows but my background was in no way what determined my success thus far. My job is full-time and earlier this year I got out of my fitness routine and ended up gaining fat and losing muscle mass. I made a few failed attempts to get back into shape but it was not until I decided to compete in Western Province IFBB Champs that I found the motivation to stick to my fitness goals. I sought the help of Geoff and Jess from Gymspo and their expert knowledge gave me every detail I needed regarding me nutritional needs and training routine. There are many things that they taught me and even the smallest little change in my daily routine made a huge difference.

My diet consisted of lean meat, basic carbs and fibrous and healthy essential fats. The training was based on hypertrophy in the first stages of prep and thereafter transitioned to cutting, creating a more sculptured physique and as I transitioned into that my diet changed into a leaner source of protein and lower carbs.

The one thing that kept me motivated to keep me going was the desire to bring a condition onto stage that I was happy with. There were times were I thought that I wanted to give up but with the motivation from Jess and Geoff kept me going and they helped me to be positive throughout.

Jess and Geoff are truly passionate about what they do and I believe that they aspired to truly change my life for the better, not only through my competition but my lifestyle as well. Whenever I was unsure about making a decision regarding my eating plan or training they were always there on stand by to communicate to me what I need to know.

I work a full time job with varying shifts on a daily basis and this made it challenging to prep my meals appropriately. Prepping meals is very important because as a fitness model I eat 6 meals a day, once every 2 hours, and skipping a meal means loss of my hard earned gains. This meant I had to prep my meals everyday after work for the next day and find time in my busy day to eat. To add insult to injury closer to the competition I had feasted cardio in the mornings. Initially this was very hard to do but Jess and Geoff taught me discipline in regard to my prep and helped me keep my mind on the goal.

Geoff gave me one-on-one posing lessons and made me feel confident in my posing and routine. The way he taught me was effective and I will never forget it. He customised my posing for my strengths to ensure I showed off my best assets to the judges.

My 12 week transformation was phenomenal and I couldn’t have done it without my sponsor Muscle Works who provides me with all my supplements and Gymspo for my eating plans, training regime and coaching. My body has never looked so good, going into this I could not have imagined that my body would change so much but I surprised myself, Jess and Geoff however, always seemed like they knew my potential.

I was excited, rather than nervous, at my first show, which was IFBB western province champs. I registered for athletic physique, pre-judging was in the morning and then the show was in the evening. After pre-judging I was not sure about how well I did but after the evening show I felt confident that I was going to place first after leaving the stage. It is a feeling you cant describe, maybe it was the reaction from the crowd or the judge’s faces, I just knew.

This earned me my place to compete in SA champs in Johannesburg where I placed 6th. My place qualified me to go to Arnolds next year.

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