Gym instructor outmuscles seven rivals to win title for the third time

Shahrizal (front row, left) wooing the judges with an imposing pose at the Mr Penang Bodybuilding Championship 2016 at Kompleks Bukit Jambul, Penang.

SHAHRIZAL Shamsuddin beat seven contestants to win the ‘Champion of Champions’ title at the Mr Penang Bodybuilding Championship 2016.

The 35-year-old who had won the event for two consecutive years, has been involved in the bodybuilding industry for the past 15 years.

The championship was held at the Kompleks Bukit Jambul (KBJ) in Penang on Sunday.

The muscleman had earlier in the day defended his Light Middleweight (below 80kg) category, beating four others to earn a slot in the ‘Champion of Champions’ round.

Speaking to the media after receiving his prize, Shahrizal, who represented the Grand Fitness Gym Centre in Butterworth, said he was optimistic about retaining his title this year.

“I was hopeful of winning this year although there were other solid contestants.

“I did not do anything special to prepare myself as I usually work out for about two hours, six days a week,” he said, while stopping to pose for photographs with excited spectators.

The gym consultant and trainer, who works at the same gym he represented, said he had always wanted to become a bodybuilder since he was young.

“I’m passionate about fitness and have always wanted to represent Malaysia in the world bodybuilders competition.

“Last year, I was placed third in the Mr Malaysia competition and if possible I would like to clinch the title this year,” he said.

Shahrizal, who has also won other competitions such as Mr Perlis in 2012, Mr Kedah in 2013 and Mr Beach Carnival in Batu Ferringhi in 2012 and 2013, will be representing Penang at the four-day Mr Malaysia 2016 competition in Miri, Sarawak, on May 20.

The Mr Penang Bodybuilding Championship 2016 was jointly organised by KBJ, Malaysian Bodybuilders Association and Penang Bodybuilders Association.

The one-day championship event included 11 categories in three major classes – Junior, Seniors and Masters.

The two categories in the Junior class were the 70kg and below, and above 70kg.

The Masters competition was open to bodybuilders aged 45 and above.

The categories in the Senior class were Light Flyweight (below 55kg), Flyweight (55kg), Bantamweight (60kg), Lightweight (65kg), Welterweight (70kg), Light Middleweight (75kg), Middleweight (80 to 85kg) and Light Heavyweight (85 to 90kg).

The winner of each category received a trophy, medal, certificate of participation, hampers and vouchers.

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