Amateur Bodybuilder Of The Week: Blessing In Surprise

This Ireland native is primed to take the RIBBF by storm. He harnesses motivation from Kai Greene videos and hits the weight room with a vengeance!

Name: Blessing Awodibu
BodySpace: FigureFITT1
Location: Ireland
Age: 20  Height: 5'9"  Weight: 90.6 kg
Years Bodybuilding: 2 years

How Did Your Bodybuilding Journey Begin?

I was extremely thin as a young guy and refused to take my top off at the beach. I was self-conscious of my skinny body. This led to me the gym— a makeshift one in the garden shed—at an early age. I had plans to attend college and worked really hard at school. The gym was my only hobby until, unfortunately, things didn't work out and my dreams of college were dashed. I couldn't get a job. I didn't know what to do with myself.

In need of something to do with my energy, I found a lifeline in bodybuilding. At age 18, I hit it hard and started training seriously. I decided to compete in the RIBBF's first timer's category in October 2011. I came in fourth and later discovered I should've been in the junior category. I received positive feedback from the judges and talked to Tony Freeman about improvements.

I was over the moon and knew I'd be back with a bang. In April, I entered the junior category in another RIBBF competition and won. I was thrilled.

How Did Your Passion For Bodybuilding Emerge?

Bodybuilding is a competitive sport that pushes me to get better. If you want to keep at it, you have to work hard and improve; otherwise you're not going to make it.

What/Who Motivated You To Be A Bodybuilder?

I love the gym. Being a personal trainer, I want to look the part and want people to look up to me. I have great friends and family who support and assure me that I can be whatever I want. They push me to achieve my goals in life.

Where Did You Go For Inspiration?

When I need inspiration, I watch videos of Kai Greene or replay my favorite movie of all time, "Pumping Iron."

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

I'm training for nationals at the moment, which are coming soon. Hopefully, they go well and I can take it from there.

What Is The Most Important Bodybuilding Tip?

Never give up. Just keep pushing no matter what. No pain, no gain.

Who Is Your Favorite Bodybuilder?

My all-time favorite is Kai Greene. He's very inspiring. It's great that he likes to teach others as well.

How Did Help You Reach Your Goals?

I just started with, but it's going to be a great help to my future bodybuilding career.