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From Amateur to 5th Place

From Amateur to 5th Place

Embarking on a journey into the world of competitive bodybuilding was a daunting endeavour for me despite being someone who is no stranger to the gym. Having the privilege of participating in two prestigious events – the I Compete Natural Victorian Muscle and Model Victorian Championship and the I Compete Natural Australian and Oceania competition. These experiences marked the beginning of my foray into the world of bodybuilding, and the lessons I learned along the way have been nothing short of transformative.

Stepping onto the stage at the I Compete Natural Victorian Muscle and Model Victorian Championship was nothing short of a nerve wracking moment. It was my very first competition in the sport, and I had chosen to compete in the Men’s Physique category. The journey leading up to this moment was not what I had initially expected and it had me questioning myself many times. It consisted of months of gruelling training and strict dietary discipline. Diet being the hard part.

While I am not stranger to training I was in a whole new world when it came to competitive bodybuilding, the demands of adhering to a strict diet and training regimen were a whole new experience. My daily life revolved around calculated meals which also taught me a lot more about diet and foods. to step on stage I had to cut down to a low body fat percentage, which meant preparing separate meals and I developed my own method which I outline in Meal Prepping Vs Meal Planning.

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Thrills and Excitement!

leading up to my first contest I was filled with a mix of excitement and anxiety. Competing on stage, under the bright lights and in front of a crowd of people I didn’t know and fellow athletes, was a quite the adrenaline rush. The atmosphere was charged with energy, and the camaraderie among competitors was really supportive. I was prepared for some form of sledging but none of it existed in this sport, thankfully. Everyone was and are supportive and encouraging of each other despite it being a battle.

At times I felt like someone who was in over their head and had no idea where I was supposed to be or what I was supposed to be doing. There was always someone around to be helpful and point me in the right direction. Some advice I would give people who want to compete is that getting an experienced coach to handle all the decisions and manage your to do list is definitely a must. You need to focus on pumping up and keeping your shit together. Pay someone or find someone to carry that additional stress for you so you don’t have to think.

I was thrilled to hear my name get called in 5th place in the Men’s Physique category. If you have seen the video you will also notice that I am excited and shocked. It was a gratifying experience and a testament to the hard work I had put into my training and diet. The sense of accomplishment was incredibly rewarding, and it has inspired me to set my sights even higher.


After feeling I had missed a few opportunities in the state championships and needing to build on my experience, I decided to take part in the I Compete Natural Australian and Oceania competition. This time, I competed in the Bodybuilding category which was a better fit for my build. I do have shortfalls in my legs due to my past running in marathons and the transition from Men’s Physique to Bodybuilding was a significant challenge, as it required a different posing approach and focus on muscle mass and definition and only 2 weeks to learn. I had to learn fast!

I found myself on the competition stage once again feeling out of my depth however, I managed to scrap across the line in 5th place. I can not explain the feeling of making it through and seeing the boys I was up against, they were all big units!

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In the end it’s not about winning as you have already won!

These competitions aren’t just about winning, they are about personal growth and self-improvement. Anyone who steps on the stage is already in the best position of their lives. The contest is really a you Vs you one and to put your commitment and mental strength to sacrifice what needs to be done to reach your goal.

The feedback from the judges I received was invaluable in helping me identify areas where I need to enhance my performance. As I move forward in my bodybuilding journey, I am committed to utilising the feedback and become an even better competitor.

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As a caring and hands on dad, Simon devotes himself to his family, career and health.

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