Regina bodybuilder says dream of pro career made possible by support of community

When Abimbola Aina arrived to Regina from a small town in Ogun state in Nigeria, he had very little far more than a human body and a desire.

“My intention was to turn into a excellent bodybuilder, but it would not have took place if I was not in a good place like Canada,” Aina stated.

“Coming to Canada transformed my life.”

He was already a health and fitness enthusiast in Nigeria, but entire-fledged bodybuilding was out of reach.

“I arrived from operating out at the again of the household health and fitness center in Nigeria,” he explained. “I could not afford to aid my aspiration in Nigeria because it is expensive.”

Aina identified a supportive setting in Regina’s bodybuilding local community.

With their help, the Nigerian-Canadian received his IFBB Professional Card very last year, formally earning him a professional bodybuilder.

Aina’s first big victory in activity came in 2016 when he was named Mr. Saskatchewan.

“It was far more than joyful for me,” he remembers. “I know how privileged I am to be living in Canada and executing wonderful points.”

In 2021 he travelled to Vancouver for a professional qualifiers exhibit. His plain physique gained him the Open up Heavyweight course. He went on to earn the in general title, which gained him his professional card.

“To earn normally takes all you received, the full acceptance to be not comfortable at instances being aware of fantastic things can materialize. Currently being in an not comfortable placement could be difficult but that is the rate to pay,’ he claimed.

Aina reported he finds inspiration in a healthier way of living.

“I consider using care of your overall body is a duty, and my dad and mom have constantly instructed me health and fitness is prosperity. Bodybuilding tends to make me fully grasp how important the human body is to sustain a healthier way of life,” he reported.

“When you do what you really like, you will do it with passion and your determination to it will be unquestionable.”

Abimbola Aina works out five to six times a week. (Submitted by Abimbola Aina)

Jaime Otitoju, a certified personal Trainer and WNBF qualified bodybuilding coach. explained achievements in this area requires two items: regular perseverance to doing work out and a proper diet program.

“It necessitates a ton of rest, fewer tension and also persisting even when matters are hard,” Otitoju explained.

Food plays a important part in bulking up.

“You consume at least six occasions a working day. A mixture of diverse courses of food. The foods you eat for the duration of the season is distinctive from the food stuff you take in for the duration of the offseason,” Otitoju explained.

Abimbola is no exception.

“I make guaranteed I’m operating out five to 6 times weekly and consuming clean up food stuff. I try not to miss a meal,” he said.

Abimbola suggests earning his professional card is just the beginning of the journey for him, as he now plans to acquire his occupation to the world phase.

“My upcoming stage as a new IFBB pro is to continue working tricky. I’m planning my professional debut in 2023 and by then I will be all set to struggle it out with the finest in the world.”

He stated his story is evidence for other immigrants that a superior potential is doable.

‘Some people have been permitted to occur to this amazing nation and have under no circumstances comprehended what their goals are,” he said.

“I have observed my route and I am succeeding at it.”


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(CBC)