Maple Ridge bodybuilders muscle their way to the top
Months of sacrifice and hard work has paid off for Team Cutting Edge.
The bodybuilding team took home three first-place honours in Kelowna at the Western Canadian Bodybuilding and Fitness Competition.
A group of 14 Maple Ridge competitors made their way to the largest event in its history, with more than 230 competitors.
Graham Chan and his brother Richy of Cutting Edge Nutrition sponsored the area’s largest team to compete in the event.
“We’re really proud of how our team performed,” said Graham Chan.
“Bodybuilding is not your typical team sport. The group atmosphere behind the team allows competitors to hold each other accountable to their strict diets and training regimes. The camaraderie has produced some of the best bodies in the province.”
Riley Chambers took top honours in the junior division in his first competition.
Sean Young combined a unique display of break-dancing and symmetry to take top spot for best poser.
Andrew Johnson walked away with the middleweight crown, as well as top bodybuilder overall.
Chambers came a close second.
Trevor Koehler debuted in second place in the heavyweight division.
Chan said while the sport has evolved over the years, the principles of aesthetics, symmetry, conditioning and proper posture are still relevant.
“The condition or leanness during show training is paramount, along with posing techniques, diet and supplementation.”
Other notable finishes include Heinrich Henstock, Jon Birch, and Rylan Taggart, finishing third, forth and seventh in the junior division, respectively.
Jordan Kern was fourth in the lightweight division, followed by Gobor Barcza in eighth, Adam Fancy in 11th and Patrick O’Connell in 12th.
In the bikini competition, Maple Ridge’s Ashley Severn placed seventh, while Breanna Bloom placed eighth.
(Front, left to right) Jon Birch, Riley Chambers and , Ashton Ishin of Maple Ridge pose on stage in Kelowna