An island body builder will be trying his hand in a national bodybuilding competition in the UK this week.
Karl Bruder, who works at the island’s National Sports Centre, will be taking part in his first United Kingdon Body Building and Fitness Federation Bodybuilding show at Corn Exchange in Bedford.
‘For the past three years I have competed in the National Amateur Bodybuilding Association and World Amateur Bodybuilding Association competitions,’ he said.
‘In total I have competed in seven shows and this will be number eight.
‘I got into bodybuilding after watching a friend, Nuno Figueira, compete in 2009 and this drew me into the sport.’
Mr Bruder, who lives at Baldrine, said this gave him the resolve to train for his first show in 2011 when he was 28.
‘It took a lot of hard work, discipline and patience but it paid off with a seventh place at the National Amateur Body Building Association North West contest,’ he said.
He entered a few more competitions without the same success but didn’t give up and continued training and this was rewarded with a first place in the World Amateur Bodybuilding Association Hercules Olympia competition last year.
‘The key to body building is patience,’ he said. ‘Since then I have been sponsored by the Carrefour Gym in Douglas where they have helped me to get into top shape for this show on Sunday, June 29.’
What makes this competition especially important for him is that the top two contestants will then qualify for the UK Body Building and Fitness Federation championships in October.
‘My goal is to qualify for that next stage of the contest where I would be representing the Isle of Man and hopefully further my career in the sport.
‘Bodybuilding is a sport that requires a lot of patience and time and not everybody can do it. The diets are demanding and time consuming and you give up a lot of your social time and sacrifice activities like eating out, partying and a lot more.
‘I’ve played many different sports in my life and bodybuilding is by for the most challenging with 100 per cent dedication needed, which makes this the hardest sport I have ever tried but it suits me well.’