How This Man Lost 50KG And Entered His First Bodybuilding Show

After months of training and dieting, Shaun stood on his first bodybuilding stage, with his body to a level that he was proud of.


Thaaqib Daniels |

The rugby field is a place where big boys thrive – everybody knows it. Even the “skinnier” members of the Springboks are still bigger and fitter than your average fellow. And because of this, a lot of aspiring players are on a mission for mass. But bigger may not necessarily be better – for your health. Just ask 25-year-old Shaun Ray.

Shaun Ray

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  • Location: Cape Town
  • Occupation: Client Success Executive at DataOrbis
  • Age: 25
  • Height: 1.75m
  • Weight Before: 125kg
  • Weight After: 74.4kg
  • Time To Goal: 2 years

For as long as he can remember, Shaun has been a big eater. He wasn’t really clued up on the nutritional value of certain foods, but he made size his prize and ate what he could.

“I was trying to gain as much weight as possible during this time, for rugby; but I didn’t realise that I was adding fat, and not muscle.”

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“Due to injuries, I had to stop playing rugby, which made me reassess my health. Staying heavy was no longer a priority,” he remembers. He realised that he wanted a healthier and stronger physique. But in order to achieve this, he had to switch up his diet, training and lifestyle.

“It began with a Google search. I read up on nutrition, and learned the role it plays in achieving a muscular body. Through this, I was able to lose a lot of weight.” This feat led Shaun to push for greater heights.

“I decided to enter a bodybuilding show, to see how far I could go. I found myself a bodybuilding coach, and together we came up with a nutrition and training programme to help me achieve my new goals.”

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After months of training and dieting, Shaun stood on his first bodybuilding stage, with a body transformation that he was proud of.

“It took months of hard work and sacrifice, not only for me but also those closest to me. My first time on that stage made it all worthwhile. It has opened up a new world for me, and I have developed a passion for the sport. I am now more confident as an individual, and mentally tougher, because of this journey.”

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The lesson: “My journey taught me that when achieving goals, it’s only you against yourself; and as long as you are consistently getting better each day, you will eventually achieve what you set out to. Remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.”

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