Zimbabwe: The Bodybuilding Federation will hold its first competition

Sports journalist

THE National Federation of Zimbabwe Body Building and Fitness will hold its first competition of the year when the country’s up-and-coming bodybuilders invade the TrySupps Fitness Academy Fife Avenue branch in Harare to compete in Mr Novice Zimbabwe 2022 this Saturday.

The competition is expected to bring together a total of 50 athletes drawn from across the country to battle for the top honors in a competition sponsored by TrySupps Zimbabwe.

Novice Zimbabwe is used as a benchmark where bodybuilders are promoted to become top competitors in the country.

The competition will consist of five categories from which the winners will be crowned, including Junior Bodybuilding, Women’s Fitness, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Physique and Senior Bodybuilding.

Mr Novice is arguably the most important competition on the calendar as it helps expose novices to the fitness industry in terms of training, nutrition and career progression.

Most athletes who don’t get such exposure end up not reaching their full potential.

Shantel Batch from Bulawayo is expected to bring just one athlete, while Simon Gama, who is also from Bulawayo, is bringing 10 athletes, while five athletes, who will come from Manicaland, have already confirmed their availability.

Blessing “CC Banks” Sithole coaches two athletes, as does Godwin Mhaka. The organizers are also expecting two athletes from Tarirai Chirume as well as one from Tinotenda Ryan Gumbo.

Former Ms Zimbabwe Claudia Muvhuti is also expected to bring her daughter.

Mr Novice is for beginners who need exposure to the big stage.

This year, organizers will host a series of packed seminars on career progression, nutrition, training and AMA.

Teresa E. Burton