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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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From Strength Wars to MASS Wars

MASS Reading president and all-around athlete Michael Tennant sheds light on what it was like to compete in Strength Wars and what he’s looking forward to most at MASS Wars

Michael Tennant
University of Reading
MASS Reading President

 

Where and when did you compete in Strength Wars?

I competed in Strength Wars November last year 2016 at a gym in Berlin, Germany. The Youtube video of the battle was released a month later and now has over 3 million views.

 

 

 

 

What is Strength Wars?

It is a lifting competition comprising of a mix of exercises which all have to be completed for a certain number of reps. The competitor who can finish all the exercises in the shortest amount of time wins.

 

 

 

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You were put against the most feared competitor, The Faceless, were you scared? And how did it go?

I was very nervous to battle against the faceless as he is extremely strong. I got beaten fairly quickly but it was still an incredible day and it was great fun to compete. I was happy with how I did considering the crazy challenge I was up against!

 

 

 

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What and when is MASS Wars?

MASS Wars is MASS societies take on Strength Wars. Whilst a competition, MASS wars is mainly an opportunity for MASS athletes to meet up and test out their strength in a competition style setting. Instead of a single battle, there will be heats that will lead up to the main event, so whatever your ability it will be a quality day and a chance to learn some new things and meet likeminded people.

 

 

 

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What advice would you give to people unsure about competing in Mass Wars?

Just go for it. In my first year at University, joined MASS and went along to my first ever lifting competition with the society. I wasn’t sure what to expect and didn’t really know anyone else in the society, but I ended up having the best day and I made some great new friends. I am pretty sure I would not have competed in the MASS Student Physique Championships or the British Powerlifting Finals if I hadn’t first competed for my MASS society as it gave me so much more confidence and training motivation. I would encourage anyone to give it a go as you will be surprised how much more you can achieve with the right goal!

 

 

 

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What are you looking forward to most at MASS Wars?

Mostly I am looking forward to meeting people from other MASS societies, as this has always been the biggest highlight of every MASS event. However I am definitely also looking forward to watching the final heats!

 

 

 

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Any tips for training towards MASS Wars and for on the day?

It will definitely help to practice the exercises, which are available on the MASS national Facebook page. The weights of the competition are not yet determined but will be based on a questionnaire of each competitor and the weights they are able to use for each exercise. This means you shouldn’t be asked to lift a weight which you are not able to do, at least in the early heats.

 

 

 

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What are your future training/competition goals?

My goal for 2018 is to build strength and fitness whilst maintaining my size and balancing out my physique. I am also looking to compete in the British Powerlifting National competition in just under a years time. I competed last year and did OK but this time I am hungry to get a podium finish!

 

 

 

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For more info and to enter the MASS Wars head to the official event page: EVENT PAGE

 

Questions

 

For Further Details:
Facebook page: MASS Wars
Facebook group: MASS Wars
Instagram: www.instagram.com/masswars
Tickets page: bit.ly/mass-wars

Get ready for war!

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