A TyneMet College student has won a national bodybuilding title.
Fitness-loving Abou Konate has become the winning British finalist at the NABBA British Bodybuilding finals.
The (National Amateur Body – Builders Association) NABBA, was formed in 1950 and historically has featured some famous contenders including Arnold Schwarzenegger, who won the Mr Universe contest four times over.
Konate, 18, who is studying a level 3 diploma in fitness at TyneMet, has been transforming his physique for over six years with intense training sessions and a strict diet.
He said: “Bodybuilding is a lifestyle choice, I’ve always had a passion for sport and fitness. Initially I wanted to pursue football but due to injuries I discovered bodybuilding, I’m now completely hooked.
“Training is intense but I’m more determined than ever, and winning this competition has made me even hungrier for success and I am now preparing for my next competition in the new year and one day I hope to compete for Mr Britain.”
Konate trains six times a week, mostly at TyneMet’s Flex Fitness Gym with a combination of physical, weight and cardio training alongside a healthy diet to maintain muscle mass.
He added: “My studies are really important to me – the course I am studying is helping me get the skills, qualifications and experience to pursue a career as a personal trainer.
“I’d love to set up my own business one day and I’ve got the drive and passion to do it.
“The teachers at TyneMet are extremely supportive of my bodybuilding competitions and they are really knowledgeable, which means I learn the professional sports and fitness theory alongside practical work.”
Tyne Metropolitan College’s deputy head in sport, Jonny Rees, said: “Abou has done a fantastic job, we’re all very proud of him at TyneMet.
“Abou has a real passion for both bodybuilding and fitness. He’s done very well on the course so far, both in the classroom and on his work placement.
“He is also doing excellent in terms of his bodybuilding, what a result.
“He’s a fantastic endorsement of how hard work pays off; we wish Abou the best of luck.
“This is who the course is made for and I have no doubt that this time next year he will be employed as a personal trainer.”
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