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The SPC – March 2018

Apart from one other very special event (my birthday, just in case you’re interested!) Saturday 17th March was also the fifth MASS SPC held in the Anson rooms of Bristol Student Union.

 

Nearly 40 competitors spent weeks training hard and fine tuning their diets to ensure they were in the best condition. If you’re interested in how to prep for such a competition, check out our article here with pro tips from Paul Rimmer, MASS  Head of Fitness Education.

Thanks

We wanted to start by saying a huge thank you to the entire MASS team, who pulled off what might have been the most well run SPC to date. The show went smoothly, the atmosphere was electric, we got some great video and photo content and our Instagram story was on point! If you missed the action then head over to Instagram and watch the highlights @massspc.

Women’s Bikini

This year we saw a very high standard in the women’s bikini classes. So, competition was strong between the ladies competing. Honourable mention to Zoe Panaretou, the only Fresher competitor, who was entered into the Women’s Short competition.

 

Bikini Short

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Aston, Anna and Helen

All eyes were on Aston Worsfold in the Bikini Short category who impressed all of the judges. Aston won first place, with Anna Kukkola in second and Helen Winpenny placing third.

 

Bikini Tall

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Greta, Sophie and Hattie

Greta Supinaite won the Bikini Tall category, with Sophie Keeble a very close second. Sophie’s posing was especially impressive, her t-walk blew the audience away and put her in contention to win the medal. Hattie Pearsey placed third.

 

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Overall bikini winner: Aston Worsfold

The overall female winner was Aston but Greta definitely gave her a run for her money! In the end Aston’s evident experience, confidence and stage presence  pushed her to the top.

 

Figure

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Hattie and Liza

The judges had a tough time with the Figure category as both competitors had very different strengths. In the end Hattie Pearsey took first place, with Liza Druce a very close second. The judges felt that Hattie had superior condition (and great shoulders!), though Liza with her posing and size has fantastic potential.

 

Men’s Physique 

Let’s not forget the men, and there were definitely some strong physiques in all of the male categories. The general consensus was that the Freshers were especially good, considering their age. Sadly, there were no Men’s Short competitors this competition.

Physique – Fresher

 

 

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Ahmed Radi in first place, with Marwan Atwya in second and Marc-Sebastian McGovern in third

Physique – Medium

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Serag, Will and Jack 

We were very pleased for Will Wheelton who was back for his second year competing. With lots of support in the audience he won 2nd place. The abs and condition on Serag  Buhaweia meant that he won a deserved 1st place in the Physique Medium category.

 

Physique – Tall

 

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Allen, Dominic and Lloyd

For the Men’s Tall, close behind Allen Imegwu was Dom O’Connor. Dom had a great look, posing and proportions but was lacking on fullness going into the second half of the show. Lloyd Phillips came an honourable third. Allen winning male overall was a unanimous decision by the judges. He had an amazing physique; we can see great things for him in the future!

 

Classic Bodybuilding

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Alex, Robert and Jack

Men’s Classic Bodybuilding saw some beautiful classic physiques and equally beautiful posing routines. Alex Kent won this category with a fabulous physique and Robert Kelly came a close second. We also wanted to give a notable mention to Jack Brown who competed in both classic and physique, winning two 3rd place medals. Arguably, Jack brought the best condition of the day with perfect symmetry but lacked a little in size.

Men’s overall

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Men’s overall physique was won by Allen Imegwu

Public Vote

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Abdul striking a pose

Abdul Rehman of Brighton University won the public vote with over 500 Likes! He’s bagged himself a professional photoshoot alongside the overall category winners. Thanks to everyone who voted for their favourites on our Facebook page

Uni team winners

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The Leeds Beckett team claiming their trophy from Mike Tennant

The three main players for the University Team awards were University of East Anglia with 4 competitors, Coventry University with 5 competitors and Leeds Beckett Uni with 3 competitors. Coventry and UEA both brought great teams with some good athletes. Coventry were the biggest team of the day with 5 competitors, but Leeds Beckett played it smart and had two of their three competitors entering 2 categories which equated to them having 5 competitors in the points system. And so, on that basis, their 5 competitors won more points than Coventry’s overall – pipping them to the title. Jack Brown of Leeds Beckett definitely had a part to play in this by winning 3rd place in the two categories he took part in.

 

 

What a day!! Thank you to the competitors who put in the hard work, this was evident in the way you presented yourselves on the day.

 

Our sponsors, Maximuscle, were awesome and made a huge impact on the day! All spectators received a T-Shirt and protein bar; all competitors got a full goodie bag and winners took home products proportionate to their placings. Maximuscle ambassador Wole sat on the judging panel and served, not only as an excellent spokesman for Maximuscle, but also as an inspiration for all of our competitors. Ambassador Jenner mingled with the spectators where she passed on advice and answered questions on Maximuscle products.

 

Team Box awarded two sponsorships to competitors who they a) thought they could work well with and b) saw as having the potential for future success. These lucky people were… Aston and Greta. The sponsorships are for 6 months of online contest prep coaching, worth £1250 each. Well done ladies!

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Greta and Aston with Team Box

 

Last but not least, we wanted to express our appreciation to all judges who did an excellent job and awarded some worthy champions. They were ambassadors for the sport and role models of career success in the fitness industry. Thank you, we couldn’t have done it without you!

 

David Bissell, MASS President, was the ever enigmatic MC for the event has a few final words to share…

“The quality of the SPC competitors was really high this year. The energy in the room was high and I think this was our best event yet. As always, we learn a lot from putting the show together and we’re looking forward to putting together an even better event next year!”

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All photographs courtesy of Matt Marsh Photography

Article by Helen Fream

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The 2015 MASS Student Physique Championship qualifiers

Tans radiated, smiles glistened and bodies rocked: How our students battled it out in attempt to qualify for the Mass Student Physique finals in London this April.

 

This March saw an array of talent in both the Midlands and Southern SPC Regional qualifiers. More than 100 of the best student physiques flocked from across the country to each show, managing to sell out both Leicester’s O2 Academy and Southampton’s Student Union in celebration of the student athlete. Both heels and standards were set sky high, filling our stages with professionalism, sportsmanship, and a positive example for students everywhere to follow.

Posing was in full force, with Manchester’s medic Sam Parsons and Exeter’s Adam James impressing the judges enough to take home awards for best stage presence of the day. The talent displayed in the Women’s bikini categories proved particularly hard to judge; finalist Rosie Williams, Serife Ustuner and Liberty Pullen demonstrated incredible presentation skills in the Southern qualifiers, while Nikita Scholes, Holly Couzens and Sarah Baron shone for our Midlands judges.

 

 

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Emily Wilson & Feyi Oyebode, Midlands regional overall champions

 

Bournemouth served to be the South’s hottest Uni, gaining overall best team of the day as well as celebrating Tom Vessey’s victory in the Men’s Athletic category. Other successes included George Morgan, Roehampton’s winner in the Men’s Fresher’s category and Nathan Etherington, Plymouth’s short physique victor.  Daniel Olusina, former self-confessed “stick-thin” physique, was announced proud winner of both the Men’s Tall and overall Men’s Physique of the day. All praises for the healthy lifestyle, Olusina urges anyone to get involved,

“With hard work, dedication and consistency you can build the body you want!”

Other athletes, who are living proof of the latter, included Midlands overall Men’s champ of the day, Feyi Oyebode and both Women’s bikini winners, Hattie Moran of Westminster and 20 year old Emily Wilson of Coventry.

Each student has undergone an incredible individual journey throughout the SPC process, proving the mental discipline required to compete at this high level. Best friends and gym buddies, Duncan Barry and Jake Sales, demonstrated that physique competitions delve far deeper than surface looks

“It’s changed our mentality towards all aspects of life, and it’s great that we can do it side by side”

 

 

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Unlike professionals in the industry, the students have had to juggle their rigorous training and nutrition with the hardships of student life. First time competitor, Megan Coldicott, who studies adult nursing at De Montfort University, told us,

“I train twice a day; I start with fasted cardio followed by a weights session later. It’s been hell but so worth it-I’ve never seen my body like this!”

Coventry’s 23 year old Josh Sainsbury-Bow, who gained 2nd place in the Men’s Athletic Category, believes the healthy lifestyle is well worth the time and money

“It can definitely be expensive, but I’ve saved a lot on alcohol!”

When asked to advise other students wanting to compete, Josh Bridgman, winner of the Men’s Physique, insisted,

“Just get out and do it! It’s the best thing you’ll ever do!”

 

 

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Congratulations to all our inspirational competitors, who proved being a student doesn’t have to mean sleeping all day and drinking all night: we can’t wait to see what you can bring to the championship next year!

 

By Britta Zeltmann
Cardiff University

 

Links
Midlands Scoresheet
Southern Scoresheet
Finals Scoresheet
Competition Page

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Daniel Olusina – Banishing Gym Myths

With a new wave of bro science and sub optimal gym advice being circulated throughout uni gyms I feel it is necessary to distinguish which pieces of advice are beneficial and which are pure fiction…

So below I’ve listed 8 of my least favourite myths and how to combat them.

Name: Daniel Olusina
University: Kent
Course: Actuarial Science 
Year: Graduated in 2015

 

1. “Monday should always be Chest day”

  • In actual fact you’ll find the squat rack is surprisingly empty on Mondays.
  • Avoid the 30minute queue for a bench and train another body part instead to avoid delays.

 

2. “Doing lots of cardio will make you toned”

  • My definition of being toned is for a person to have a physique that has a fair amount of muscle and a fairly low body fat (on average under 12% for guys 22% for girls),
  • This cannot be attained through cardio alone.
  • To achieve a more toned physique a person must be prepared to gain an adequate amount of lean muscle in a caloric surplus for an extended period of time (10 months – 1 year for example) before dieting for a period of time (around 6-8 weeks) in a caloric deficit.
  • This cycle also known as bulking and cutting will enable you to gradually become more “toned” over time.
  • It has also been known that doing multiple bulks and cuts over the years will improve the distribution of fat around the body and make your look even more toned during the bulk part of the training cycles.

 

3. “If you’re muscles aren’t completely sore the day after you haven’t worked hard enough”

  • A LOT OF PEOPLE use how sore their muscles are as an indicator of how well their previous session has gone.
  • This soreness is known as DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) and is a result of your muscle adapting to a new exercise or routine.
  • As you continue to grow stronger, continue to do the routine more often and train that muscle group more frequently the DOMS will eventually decrease and you may end up receiving hardly any doms after your sessions.
  • Instead, a better measure of progress should be if progressive overload is being achieved each session (either in the form of slightly heavier weights, more reps or more sets).

 

4. “High volume single body splits are more optimal for muscle gains than more frequent upper lower body splits”

  • Studies have proven that our muscles are able to fully recover 72 hours after being trained
  • So after you’ve trained your chest for 16 sets on a Monday, it may have completed recovered by as early as Thursday.
  • As part of this process our muscles breaking down, repairing and growing back slightly stronger and/or bigger (muscle protein synthesis)
  • Therefore instead of training a body part to ‘death’ with high volume (16 sets for example) it may be more optimal to adjust your routine so your training that body part twice a week (more frequently) with lower volume (about 8 sets).

 

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5. “The mandatory 30 minute anabolic window post workout shake”

  • It’s widely believed that you should consume a post workout meal/shake within 30 minutes of your session ending to reap optimal muscle gains.
  • However unless you’re an endurance runner doing multiple glycogen depleting events in a day then there is no rush to rapidly replenish glycogen levels post workout.
  • The average routine does not deplete glycogen levels to an extreme amount and therefore there is no need for urgent replenishment.
  • Studies have shown if you’ve had a meal prior to workout then depending on the size of the meal, the meal could still be being digested and amino acids being released throughout and after your workout.
  • So don’t be in a rush to neck that post workout shake!

 

6. “whey protein is a must to building muscle and strength”

  • Supplements are called supplements as they aid to us building muscle and strength but they are not mandatory.
  • Whey protein is an easier way of consuming protein in your diet if you are struggling to consume enough protein across your daily meals
  • It can get quite expensive on the student budget to hit your protein targets from ‘whole’ foods such as chicken, mince, tuna etc… Which is where Whey protein can come in!
  • It may be a cheaper option to have a shake that has 30g of impact whey protein instead which will has roughly the same amount of protein as 100 grams of diced chicken.

 

7. “If you’re not working up a sweat you’re not working hard enough”

  • Sweating is not necessarily an indicator of exertion.
  • Sweating is your body’s way of cooling down.
  • It is possible to burn a significant amount of calories without breaking a sweat.

 

8. “Constantly pyramiding up to a one rep max builds strength and muscle”

  • Pyramiding up to a heavy set allows you train at many rep ranges which may allow you to build strength and muscle in the short term
  • However, all that is happening is that you are merely testing your max reps at each chosen amount of weight… Which may not be optimal for reaching your goals!
  • A more optimal way of training would be to train at a certain percentage of your 1 rep max using given sets and reps and slightly increase either the weight, reps or sets each session (progressive overload)
  • This will allow more volume to be achieved each session and thus allow you to become stronger in the given exercise.

 

 

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