I started going to the gym at the age of 16. At that time, I was as clueless as my friends who went to the gym with me. The worst part was that the gym was always crowded, and I felt like I did not belong there because everyone around me was huge. I remember just picking up some dumbbells and curling them. There was no training plan and of course, I was not concerned about the food that I was consuming.
At the age of 17, the school that I went to had a gym, the good thing was only students could enter the gym and there was no fear of being judged. Slowly, I began to develop a passion for bodybuilding. Being a student, it is normal to be stressed especially when work starts to pile up and exams are round the corner. Bodybuilding and fitness are the avenues that I turn to whenever I need to destress. I believe that fitness does play a part in my studying too as it helps with my concentration.
I remember someone asked me this question:” Why do you love gymming so much? Is it just to look good?” It is no doubt that every guy that enters the gym wants to look good, they want to lose weight and they want to build muscles. I won’t deny that I go to the gym to look aesthetically pleasing. However, that is just the tip of the iceberg. Bodybuilding has helped me through insecurities and disappointments in my life, when I was a teenager, I was very shy, and I had no confidence to talk to people as I was constantly doubting myself. Bodybuilding gave me that confidence boost and it has taught me that I can be a better version of myself and how you must learn to love yourself before you can love others. I will end off with a quote that I came across recently, “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson. It all depends on the choices you make in your life, of course, things will definitely happen which are beyond your control, whether you are going to let it affect you is your decision to make.
7 years ago, I was a party goer who decided to do some fitness thing. My only reason is to look good. Without thinking if I feel good when it comes to my general health, bad diets, unprofessional guidance, improper training routines, in short, just anyhow.
When I first came to Singapore and settled down my life, I got interested with sports activities. I started to love intense trainings and started competing as a Dragon Boat athlete, spartan race, outrigger canoe, kettlebell competition, etc.
In 2019, I got into bodybuilding. I had a bad struggle with my emotional and mental management. I got disappointments and it really drowned me slowly, but something is telling me I cannot let myself down. In late 2019, I told myself that I have to start something new in 2020. That is when I decided to commit into bodybuilding, knowing that I have to be more committed and more disciplined in bodybuilding. It has been tough at first because of Covid19, lock down and some personal issues). But it does not stop me from doing what I have decided to do in bodybuilding.
In July 2020, I was in my very bad phase of life. I suffered a disorder called phonophobia (a bad reaction when hearing unexpected noise. Despite that condition I am in, it does not stop me from what I want to pursue as I am in a well-planned year.
I overcame every obstacle by doing trainings in my vacant time, making sure that I keep myself occupied to avoid over thinking.
In conclusion, bodybuilding is the best thing that has happened to my life. Not only physically but most importantly, mentally, and emotionally. I am more disciplined (Quitting of smoking, Drinking just occasionally). Mentally, I am more able to control and learn to let go things that are not meant for me and move forward better and stronger.
Here’s few final words from me.
1. People will not believe in you, drown you. But don’t let them push you deep more. Instead, work hard and lift yourself up for them not to reach you to drown you back again.
2. Seek for guidance and advice. Either it’s fitness or mental issues. Don’t be afraid to talk, ask if you need help. Reach out!
NBFA is pleased to announce the official launch of an 8 weeks fitness challenge that leads to the NBFA Sports Model 2020 to be held on the 28th Nov 2020 Saturday, 6pm @ Sports Lifestyle Initiatives, Sports Lifestyle Centre, 3500A Bukit Merah Central Singapore 159837.
This event is held jointly with Republic Polytechnic | Big Boss Asia | Sports Lifestyle Initiatives under the #BEYONDtheLABEL : CommunityᄅCampus initiative funded by the National Council of Social Service.
The NBFA Sports Model 2020 is part of the event Big Boss Asia Presents : The Next Big Superstar 2020
The aim of this event is to create social awareness of mental health stigma and encourage support and acceptance of persons in recovery from mental health conditions. To share our message of hope and resilience by encouraging youth to establish an active lifestyle to build a #STRONGER BODY STRONGER MIND.
It is with regret that we have hereby to notify of there having been an adverse finding by the Anti-Doping Authorities to the sample tested from the champion of the Bodybuilding category in the competition event held on the 4 August 2018.
The LADI-Indoesia Anti-Doping Institition, Anti-Doping Discipline Board, which is obliged to hold a RESULT MANAGEMENT for violations of the Anti-Doping Rules as delegated by the Singapore Anti-Doping Institute (ADS) on September 14, 2018, has taken several actions as follows:
1. Juridical review of the anti-doping violations by the Anti-Doping Discipline Board;
2. Adverse findings in the sample A of the athlete as mentioned above;
3. Substances found are included in the list of 2018 prohibited substances issued by the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) which are prohibited inside or outside competition;
4. The presence of the found substance in the athlete’s sample is a violation of the Anti-Doping regulation in WADA Code Article 21.1 which reads as follows:
”Presence of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an Athlete’s Sample.”
5. LADI’s attempt to contact the athlete is fruitless, so the e-mail and official letter from the Board has received no answer at all.
6. Therefore the Board determines that the athlete has committed an anti-doping rule violation as regulated in WADA Code Article 2.1.1 and 2.1.2 and with the following sanctions:
a. Disqualification of all personal results in the NBFA Singapore championship event with all the consequences.
b. Prohibition of participation in sports activities for 4 (four) years.
7. Issued a notification letter of violation of the Doping Rules by athletes in accordance with the provisions in WADA CODE via email dated 11 February 2019;
8. Athlete was given a chance to appeal to the National Anti-Doping Appeals Board under the Minister of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Indonesia no later than 21 (twenty-one) days after the decision is received.
9. The Decree of the Anti Doping Discipline Board shall come into force as from the date of stipulation.
Set in Jakarta on: February 28, 2019
10. Given the stipulated time limit, Mr. Dhani Wiguna did not give an answer and therefore the LADI Anti-Doping Disciplinary Board issues a decree concerning a case of violation of the Anti-Doping Rules by Mr. Dhani Wiguna.
11. Decision of the Anti-Doping Discipline Board was submitted to:
1. Minister of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Indonesia in Jakarta;
2. SEA Regional Anti Doping Association in Singapore;
3. Singapore Anti-Doping (ADS);
4. Natural Bodybuilding & Fitness Association (NBFA) Singapore;
5. Anti-Doping Institution (LADI);
The Association receives the results management notification from ADS dated 3rd April 2019 at 09:58 hours
Accordingly, in accordance with Article 10.12 of the World Anti-Doping Code 2015 (as amended 2018), the results as declared on 4 August 2018, as champion of the said category, along with the medals, trophies, points and prizes conferred are hereby revoked.
The Association hereby declares and award the Champion of the Bodybuilding Category of the competition held and adjudged on 4 August 2018, to the 1st Runner up – Mr. Fidauz Abdul Gahni and confer all accompanying medal, trophies and prizes to him. All placing and subsequent positions of athletes are accordingly moved upwards by one position as follows:
Fidauz Abdul Gahni – Men Bodybuilding Overall Champion
Aldrin Harvey Mercado – Men Bodybuilding Over 80kg – 1st Place
Chin-Chang,Chiou – Men Bodybuilding Over 80kg – 2nd Place
Lim Ken Yee – Men Bodybuilding Over 80kg – 3rd Place
Zhao Heng – Men Bodybuilding Over 80kg – 4th Place