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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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Are your Resolutions on Track?

So we’re now well into February and the mad January gym rush has quietened down somewhat…

Hopefully, you have all set yourselves realistic (but still aspirational)  goals and are on track to achieve them in 2018. Many of us fall into the trap of setting ourselves unrealistic New Year’s resolutions, rushing to sign up for gym memberships, diet plans and magic pills promising us to give us the body we want as quickly as possible. But at MASS we know that getting a better body comes from hard work, clean nutrition and lots and lots of sweat. There are no quick fixes or easy solutions.; getting lean, strong and fit is hard work, but totally worth the effort when you can look in the mirror and say ‘I did that’.

 

One of the highlights of the MASS calendar is the SPC (the Student Physique Championships), which showcases the best of the best bods from our MASS societies. Entries opened in December 2017 and will close on March 9th ahead of the completion on 17th March 2018. To enter find the details here along with the rules, previous winners and preparation tips. Download the rulebooks for the categories in order to find out the judging criteria.

 

Do you have what it takes to become the next SPC champions? Have you been working hard to get leaner, stronger and have abs that most people can only dream of? Then sign up and put yourself in the game… you’ve got to be in it to win it.

 

And that’s exactly what MASS founder David Bissell has done … this year his resolution was to be the best he could be. And when you are the best, you have to compete with the best, so David will be competing in the WBFF World’s in Las Vegas in August this year. We’re sure that he’ll bring home something nice and shiny (and not just his winnings from the slot machines!).  

 

Looking for pro tips on how to prepare for the contest? Then check out the recording of the contest prep webinar we hosted last week. Find the webinar details and recording information here.

 

Helen 

 

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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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From left to right

2nd Sarah Barron

1st Cassidy Mackenzie

3rd Liz Smith

 

Women’s Bikini Tall (Over 163cm) winners 

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From left to right

2nd Jessica Guy

1st Phoebe Hagan

3rd Liberty Pullen

 

Women’s Figure winners 

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From left to right

2nd Martina Efremova

1st Mia Holmes

 

Men’s Athletic winners 

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From left to right

2nd Jun Wei Tan

1st Jake Berney

 

Men’s Fresher winners 

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From left to right

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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From left to right

3rd Anwar Stephenson

1st Stelio Antonas

2nd Payum Pourzadeh

 

Men’s Physique Tall (Over 178cm) winners 

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From left to right

3rd Mo Samuels

1st Michael Tennant

2nd Jake Doan

 

Men’s Classic Bodybuilding winners 

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From left to right

3rd Lubomba Munkuli

1st Sebastian Wolsoncroft-Dodds

2nd Matt Dove

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