Hard work pays off for determined bodybuilder

Allen (left) competiting in the Men’s Physique Hammer Gym category.

SIBU: National bodybuilder, Charles Luanga from Kuala Lumpur observes a very strict diet of mostly protein and fibre and a rigorous training schedule that enables him to have a chiseled body.

On Sunday, Charles, who is a physical education teacher at Sri KDU in Damansara, Kuala Lumpur, stole the show at the Men of Hammer Physique and Body­building Championship when he won the main category – the above 70kg. He took home RM3,000 and a medal after beating Noel Ting of Solid Gym and Mohamad Rahemi Abdul Manag of Brunei to second and third placings.

The annual championship, organised by Solid Gym saw more than 30 contestants from Brunei, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Ipoh and throughout the state, compete in all the five categories.

“I am spending between RM1,500 to RM2,000 on food a month during championship time. I consume 1kg of chicken breast and other food which are low in fat but more in protein and fibre,” he said.

Winning the event was timely for him as it inspired him to do well in the Mr Malaysia Bodybuilding championship in Melaka this weekend.

Following that, he will represent the country in the Mr Asia Bodybuilding championship in May next year.

Charles (left) receiving his prizes from Lau.
Charles (left) receiving his prizes from Lau.

“I was not expecting to win this championship. I competed as I am preparing for the Mr Malaysia event in Melaka this Saturday,” he said.

Charles was the winner of Mr Malaysia title for the category three times in a row since 2015.

For Allen Lee, winning two titles – the Men’s Physique Hammer Gym and Men’s Physique (Above 170cm) was no fluke.

“I have been pumping iron for the last three months just to prepare for this championship. It was very tough and tiring having to hit the gym six times a week. But my hard work has paid off,” he said.

Like Charles, he was also not expecting to win as “the competitors from Brunei and Indonesia were favourites to clinch the titles”

A seasoned bodybuilder who has competed in the Philippines, Singapore and Hong Kong, Allen’s best achievement at the international level was fifth placing in a championship held in the Philipppines last year.

“Next Oct 13, I will be compete against the best in Bali. It will not be easy but I hope to do well,” said Allen, a salesman who weights 78kg.

Allen, who took up the sport 12 years ago, reckons that for one to do well at the international level, there are several things to consider.

“We need to have a well-built body and also a wide shoulder. During the competition, one must also have confidence in posing,” he said.

Brunei, with seven contestants compared to 15 last year, won two titles in the Men’s Physique Open (170cm and below) through Faisal Mohammad and Men’s Bodybuilding (70kg and below) through Zorizal Johari.

Prizes were given away by Lau Kah Yii and Allen Lee who are both co-proprietor of the gym.


Men’s Physique Hammer Gym

1. Allen Nee 2. Roger Wong Hing Ming 3. Franklin James

Men’s Physique Open (170cm and below)

1. Faisal Mohammad (Brunei) 2. Kishew Bunya (Sarikei) 3. MahmudBadar (Brunei)

Men’s Physique (Above 170cm)

1. Allen Nee (Sibu) 2. Mohammad Amirul Mukminin (Brunei) 3. Alfie Khan (Sibu)

Men’s Bodybuilding (70kg and below)

1. Zorizal Johari (Brunei) 2. Michael Subli (Brunei) 3. Roger Wong (Solid Gym)

Men’s Bodybuilding (70kg and above)

1. Charles Luanga (Kuala Lumpur) 2. Noel Ting (Solid Gym) 3. Mohamad

Rahemi Abdul Manag (Brunei)

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