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SPC ’19 – The Write Up

After months of strict dieting, constant hard work in the gym balanced with studying for their degrees, 40 students from across the UK amassed in Bristol on the 16th March for the MASS Student Physique Championships 2019.

 

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With several returning competitors, many newcomers and equal amounts of resilience and talent from both camps, the competition was fierce as all fought for the huge selection of prizes, including Maximuscle supplements and the coveted Men’s Overall, Women’s Overall and University team trophies. The show wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the volunteers running things backstage and front of house, Bristol SU providing a stunning venue, the judges carefully selecting worthy winners, the sponsors Maximuscle and Only the Fierce, Get Bronzed tanning, Matt Marsh’s photography and the audience for traveling to support Britain’s student-athletes athletes.

 
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With competitors arriving at 8 am for the second layer of tan, it was the start of what proved to be a challenging day for all. Focused and in the zone, they followed the numerous different stage day diet plans as they waited for their turn on stage. Yet despite the competitiveness of all the athletes involved, the atmosphere was relaxed pre-show – numerous Instagram exchanges were made as students from different universities with a shared passion were brought together.

 

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With doors opening for the public at 12, the host and founder of MASS David Bissell introduced the show and the judging panel; which featured several celebrity fitness models and bodybuilders, including WBFF Pro World Champion Williams Falade & PCA Competitor Laura Baker.

 

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After the all the athletes went on stage for the group photo the competition kicked off with a round of pre-judging for all categories, with Women’s Bikini and Bikini Fitness the first in the list. For each category the students perform an I-walk with a pre-made posing routine, followed by completing a series of quarter-turns as a group.

 

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After all the categories had performed in the pre-judging there was a short interval offering a chance for the competitors to see their families and supporters from the crowd before the final round of judging commenced. For the second round, the I-walk, a series of quarter turns and then a posedown between all competitors in their respective categories was performed before the top 3 winners were announced.

 

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On a personal note: The show offered a great opportunity to both excel in the sport and the fitness industry – I’ve been weight training for several years without a real goal in mind. This show offered a chance to focus on achieving a healthier lifestyle whilst allowing me to see if I was comfortable performing on stage – a dream of mine since I was fifteen and first picked up a dumbbell (and watched Pumping Iron!). Mass SPC is a great introduction to a physique competition, which maintains a friendly and constructive attitude that appreciates the difficulty in balancing studies with sport and resisting the stereotypical aspects of student life. I’d strongly recommend everyone, no matter the fitness level to consider competing in the 2020 show!

 

Results

Women’s Bikini

 

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  • Winner: Natasha Palmer (left)
  • Runner Up: Charlie Warwick (right)


Women’s Bikini Fitness

 

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  • Winner: Amy Clark (left)
  • Runner Up: Hattie Pearsey (right)


Men’s Physique Transformation

 

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  • 1st Place: Charles Tran (centre)
  • 2nd Place: Rob Angel (right)
  • 3rd Place: Sam Chen (left)


Men’s Physique Fresher

 

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  • Winner: Jack Booker (right)
  • Runner up: Matt Mooney (left)


Men’s Physique Short

 

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  • 1st Place: Tom Teixeira (centre)
  • 2nd Place: Kyle Colin (right)
  • 3rd Place: Steven Qi (left)


Men’s Physique Tall

 

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  • Winner: Jordan Canepari (centre)
  • 2nd Place: Austen Hills (right)
  • 3rd Place: Jack Booker (left)


Men’s Classic Physique

 

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  • Winner: Tom Baddeley (right)
  • Runner up: Makhosi Makhetho (left)


Men’s Open Bodybuilding

 

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  • Winner: Ismael Onilearan (right)
  • Runner up: Daniel Thorne (left)


Women’s Overall

 

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  • Winner: Amy Clark


Men’s Overall

 

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  • Winner: Jordan Canepari


University Team

 

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  • Winners: MASS UWE


Public Vote

 

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  • Winner: Kyle Colin

 

By Charlie Thompson
SPC Competitor and Journalism Student
MASS Leicester

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MASS Student Physique Championships 2016

Bristol played host to the UK’s annual bodybuilding competition for students. 85 Competitors from over 50 universities across England, Scotland and Wales flexed their muscles to compete in the annual MASS Student Physique Championships. After a gruelling 8 hours Jake Berney a 2nd Year Physical Education BA student at the University of East Anglia was crowned the overall Men’s Physique Champion and Sebastian Wolsoncroft-Dodds, a 3rd Year Chemical Engineering MEng from the University of Derby was crowned the Men’s Classic Bodybuilding Champion. The show also ran ladies categories at the competition with Phoebe Hagan who studies International Business at the University of Brighton taking the overall Women’s Bikini title and Mia Holmes, a 3rd Year Pharmacology student at Nottingham Trent University winning 1st in Women’s Figure. Our University team winners with 4 outstanding athletes were the University of Reading.

 

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Hosted at the Bristol SU Anson Rooms, the show took place on Saturday 12th March, with celebrity fitness models sat on the judging panel, including Men’s Health cover model and international physique competitor, Matt Sallis. The show was a roaring success with the venue packed to the rafters and 500 people from around the UK turning up to watch the live show that was sponsored by Protein Dynamix.

 

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To catapult their careers the lucky winners received a photo shoot with renowned fitness photographer Matt Marsh. They also received an array of prizes from the shows sponsors Protein Dynamix, and a career workshop with Matt Sallis at ESTR personal training studios

Humble in victory, Men’s Physique winner Jake summed up the show as “the perfect presentation of dedicated and ambitious students who all supported and encouraged each other” with Women’s Bikini winner Phoebe Hagan adding “maybe we can change the stereotype from lazy to lean!”.

 

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The involvement of Protein Dynamix helped the MASS SPC to take its competition to new heights this year with increased promotions, bodybuilding figurine trophies, the large stage banner that you see in the pictures, competitor goodie bags and much more. The competition organisers and all of the competitors would like to express their sincere gratitude to Protein Dynamix for supporting the show. Ambassadors Deek, Mustafa and Alex represented the brand on the day where they manned a well presented Protein Dynamix stall, giving out free samples to spectators, awarded the winners their medals and supported competitors backstage. We have no doubt that Protein Dynamix is going to continue to become more and more popular in the student market after their involvement in the SPC.

 

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Other notable mentions include the audience, who showed outstanding support by cheering on our competitors throughout the full 8 hours. All of our judging panel including Matt Sallis, Laura Baker, Stephen Box, Holly Welch, Josh Bridgman and Stephen Olagoke who had extremely tough task on their hands to separate winners from a very competitive line-up. Our guest posers Stephen and Feyi with a dazzling performance, ambassadors Deek, Alex and Mustafa from Protein Dynamix, Bristol SU, our tech staff, DJ Harry Raven, Photographer Sam Bondarenko, Management Omar Barakat and all of our volunteers who made the event run smoothly.

 

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Last but not least a huge congratulations to every single competitors who stepped on stage at the 2016 MASS SPC. It takes a lot of courage and dedication to compete and every single one of them is a champion. We’re expecting big things to come from all of the MASS SPC 2016 graduates!

 

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Category winners

View the full scoresheet here.

 

Women’s Fresher winners 

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1st Paula Botelho Bonamigo

3rd Simi Ahmed

2nd Olivia Hill-Mathieson

 

Women’s Bikini Short (Up to 163cm) winners 

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2nd Sarah Barron

1st Cassidy Mackenzie

3rd Liz Smith

 

Women’s Bikini Tall (Over 163cm) winners 

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2nd Jessica Guy

1st Phoebe Hagan

3rd Liberty Pullen

 

Women’s Figure winners 

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2nd Martina Efremova

1st Mia Holmes

 

Men’s Athletic winners 

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2nd Jun Wei Tan

1st Jake Berney

 

Men’s Fresher winners 

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3rd Lubomba Munkuli

1st Antonny Cordeiro

2nd Megum Muhic

 

Men’s Physique Short (up to 170cm) winners 

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2nd Del Fadipe

1st Ashwin Gurung

3rd Marcus Williams

 

Men’s Physique Medium (170cm-178cm) winners 

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3rd Anwar Stephenson

1st Stelio Antonas

2nd Payum Pourzadeh

 

Men’s Physique Tall (Over 178cm) winners 

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3rd Mo Samuels

1st Michael Tennant

2nd Jake Doan

 

Men’s Classic Bodybuilding winners 

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3rd Lubomba Munkuli

1st Sebastian Wolsoncroft-Dodds

2nd Matt Dove

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Interview with shredded student Josh Leader

University: Leeds
Degree title and year of study: MBCHB MEDICINE AND SURGERY (3RD YEAR)
BSc CLINICAL SCIENCES (CARDIOVASCULAR MEDICINE) 2014
Age: 21
Height: 170cm
Weight: 160lbs

 

How long have you been weight training?

3.5 years

 

What got you into weight training?

I was a keen sportsman at school and wanted to improve performance.

 

How did you get into competing in physique?

I did a fair amount of fitness and underwear modelling when I was 18; one of the photographers suggested I considered competing so I looked into it chose the class that suited me best and the rest is history. Only those who have also competed will truly understand the reason why. The feeling you get after weeks of dieting, intense training and prolonged cardio are all worth it when you have the opportunity to display your physique and the improvements you have made.

 

 

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What have you gotten out of competing?

First and foremost, competing has allowed me to meet so many amazing people who all share the same passion for bodybuilding and fitness like me. Through competing I met Pat Warner, CNP professional sponsored athlete and 2009 UKBFF British Championship, who I class not only as a mentor, a training partner but most importantly also a very close friend. Competing has given me a lot of discipline and allows me to remain focused. Following a strict routine has actually allowed myself to be more successful at University as my busy regime means that I have to utilize my time very efficiently in order to ensure that everything gets done to my best ability. Competing has also taught me how to present myself with confidence without appearing arrogant.

 

 

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What are your goals for the future?

In 2015, I have the UK Nationals event on 12th April where I aim to qualify for the European Championships in both the open and junior classes, the British Finals, the Arnold Madrid as well as the Amateur Olympia being held in Liverpool later this year. My goal is to be the youngest ever IFBB Physique Pro from the UK and seeing as I am only 21 years of age, I still have 4 years to make this a reality! I am deeply passionate about the science surrounding bodybuilding/fitness and wish to utilize my status as a qualified doctor to help educate others.

 

What are some of the difficulties in achieving the ideal physique as a student?

  • Balancing workload with time available to train
  • Restricted budget to afford the correct nutrition, gym membership, supplementation, competition fees, tanning, posing courses etc.
  • Becoming isolated from other students, as those who do not compete do not often understand the reason we go to the lengths we do
  • Furthermore, competition prep can often prevents us from eating/going out socially

 

 

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How is university conducive to concentrating on your physique?

 

University is the ideal time to concentrate on my physique as I have total independence of what I do. The structure/routine that is required for competition prep helps me to remain productive and organized whilst on placement too. I tend to find the busier I am, the more I achieve.

 

What are some of the misconceptions held by students who want to get ripped?

Students often believe you need to do copious amounts of cardio and to do very low carbohydrate diets in order to get ripped. This is not the case at all. There is not a set formula; everyone has different genetics. You just have to find what works best for you. You should remember fitness is a lifestyle and should not feel like a job. It is a continuous process of progression so whatever you chose to do should be maintainable for your circumstances.

 

 

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Who do you go to for training/nutrition advice?

I have always read about different training/nutrition protocols on the Internet, on websites such as bodybuilding.com or musculardevelopment.com.

As previously mentioned, Pat Warner, is currently mentoring/prepping me for my upcoming competitions this year. We call him ‘The Illusionist’ due to the dramatic changes in the shape and condition he has helped make possible in such a short period of time. Mr. Warner is an extremely smart trainer and no session is ever the same. We hit the muscle with different tensions, from different angles and with different tempos. This way the body never knows what is coming next and has to constantly adapt. I feel this is the secret to stimulating optimal muscle hypertrophy as well as achieving as much detail as possible.

 

How do you feel about the stereotypes of students leading unhealthy lifestyles?

I feel that stereotyping in general is an extremely negative aspect to society and we should all try not the band certain groups of people together. Everyone is unique and should be treated this way with no labelling or stigma attached. I personally think that due to the emphasis being placed on aesthetics and body image in the social media, that everyone is becoming a lot more body conscious. This is reflected in the increasing number of students who attend the gym and are beginning to implement healthy diets. The poor habits tend to occur in Fresher’s at University but once the novelty has worn off, people soon alter their lifestyle. I also find that medical students tend to have better habits due to the larger load of work, which makes it difficult to go out on a constant basis.

 

Five foods we would find in your kitchen:

Cod, rice, oats, supplements, broccoli

 

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