Nova Scotia man turns pro bodybuilder after 14 years

Keiva Bundy was a bodybuilder who failed to gain professional status before the COVID-19 pandemic.

But now the 42-year-old father of two from Dartmouth is back in the gym and achieving his goals while posing a big challenge for competition.

A national-level gymnast and personal trainer, Bundy was approached at age 28 to become a bodybuilder.

“No, it’s not for me,” Bundy said at the time. “I don’t want to pose on stage in shorts.”

But the more Bundy thought about bodybuilding, the more interesting the prospect became.

“I was a national-level gymnast, so I had a really good bodybuilding foundation,” he said. “I spoke to a lot of guys in the gym and they said they would help me with the diet, help me pose.”

In 2019, Bundy entered a national bodybuilding competition where he missed out by just one point to earn his pro status.

“My body felt really drained from doing the diet year after year, and at one point becoming a pro, it was a bit of a kick for me,” Bundy said. “It was kind of depressing. I went through a little bit of a moment where I was like, ‘I’m done with bodybuilding.’

But Bundy found inspiration in an unlikely person – one of his clients. Before passing away in January, Anne Barnes worked for 17 years with Bundy as a personal trainer.

“She always knew that I wanted to fulfill this dream of becoming a professional bodybuilder,” he said. “She always told me, ‘Do what you love Keiva and don’t let anything hold you back.'”

Now, 14 years after beginning his bodybuilding career, Bundy has received his professional card from the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB), an accomplishment he considers “the ultimate goal since I stepped onto the stage to the first time”.

“Never give up on your dreams and goals because there is always someone or something that will try to hold you back. Just keep moving forward.

Teresa E. Burton