Bodybuilding eyes next step

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Team Samoa Bodybuilders pose ahead of their trip to American Samoa.

The Bodybuilding Federation of Samoa is on a roll with a competition in American Samoa to continue the momentum.

President and Coach, Benjamin Tamanikaiyaroi, says the main focus of this trip is to establish a relationship with their brothers and sisters in American Samoa.

Through that, they hope to open another door to allow local talent to be developed in a different country.

 “This is a great opportunity for Samoa in terms of developing the sport and building a relationship with American Samoa,” he said. 

“We are going to be heading to American Samoa to compete and also American Samoa will travel here to compete in Mr. Samoa.”

Team Samoa is set to leave on 15 February 2018. 

Tamanikaiyaroi shared that bodybuilding is not just about lifting weights, the key factor of this sport is eating healthy and training, which for many bodybuilders becomes part of a lifestyle.

The President said there is a competitor who will be flying from New Zealand to join their four member squad.

In terms of their preparation, he says they are making slow progress, but as a coach, he is happy with the commitment the boys have for the sport.

Team Samoa Bodybuilders pose ahead of their trip to American Samoa. Photo / Misiona Simo
Team Samoa Bodybuilders pose ahead of their trip to American Samoa. Photo / Misiona Simo

He believes that they have a future in bodybuilding.

“This is a different sport from the rest like rugby where you can rely on your teammates, but with bodybuilding you are on your own. 

“Your results, your diet, nutrition and training will eventually show on stage and you cannot hide it. If people do not see your abs, it comes to show that you have not diet properly.

“So far we are going really slow, slow progress it all depends on the individual and their commitment because as a coach, you can only do so much, but at the end of the day ,they have to do their homework, it is up to them how much they want it. If they want it, they would turn up for training. So far they have been really good,” he added.

He is certain that all his trainees all stand out because most of them are just beginners and their main objective is to motivate body builders to keep in the sport.

“We have a lot of young people joining in which is a good thing, keeping them busy instead of being on the streets, where they could showcase their muscles in the proper place and not show it everywhere else. Show their self-worth on stage.”

They have one motto within their team and that is united we stand, divided we fall, which he said portrays what the body building life is all about and the sport is open to anyone who is interested. 

“Right now we are just trying to bond. We invite anyone who is interested; it is also opened for the ladies as well.”

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