Meet South Africa’s Arnold Schwarzenegger


“I’ll be back!” So said Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1984 film Terminator.

And back he will be, next week, in Jozi for the first Arnold Classic Africa, a sporting event involving 47 different sports from gymnastics to archery.

Schwarzenegger is well-known as a Hollywood action hero from movies including Commando , Predator and Terminator , and more recently, as the governor of California.

But in the muscle world, he is famous for being Mr Universe at the age of 20, and for holding the title of Mr Olympia seven times.

He is a hero to many across the globe, and no one is more excited about his imminent arrival than Pretoria-based bodybuilder Vusi Njisane.

He will compete in the super heavyweight bodybuilding category at the competition next week.

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Njisane (31), originally from Kokstad in KwaZulu-Natal, developed an interest in bodybuilding when he was 21, thanks to his brother, Dakhile, who was a bodybuilder.

The bodybuider is intrigued by muscleman Kenneth “Flex” Wheeler who won the Arnold Classic a record four times.

In order to chase his dreams, he moved to Pretoria in 2013 to gain more experience and look for sponsorships to further his passion. Fast-forward 10 years – Njisane is now at the top of his game, weighing in at a staggering 125kg.

To be at competition level he must hit the weights from Monday to Friday and eat seven meals a day.

His diet includes 10 egg whites and 100g of oats for breakfast. The rest of his meals must include a few chicken breasts, veggies, rice, steak and a wash down of 12 egg whites and two yolks.

Asked what he can bench-press, he laughs and says “all of them”, meaning an impressive 200kg.

When it comes to training, there are three elements Njisane says are non-negotiable – hard work, diet and supplements.

He is a personal trainer at his gym when he isn’t pumping iron.

Following his 2011 heavyweight national win, and coming sixth out of 12 in the world champs of the same year, he aims to be Mr Olympia in three years time.

For wannabe musclemen, he says: “Y ou need consistency and work hard. Believe in yourself and have a target. Work toward it, and no one will stop you.”

The Arnold Classic Africa 2016 is a multi-sport festival and the expo will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre from May 27 to 29.

Source: Sunday Times

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