Mike Benoit, a 37 year old bodybuilder has made history as the oldest competitor to win the title of ‘Mr. Newfoundland and Labrador‘ at the recent Newfoundland and Labrador Amateur Bodybuilding Association Championships.
- Placed first in the Light Heavyweight Division (176-198 lbs)
- Placed first in the Masters Class (35 years and up)
- Won the Top Poser Award
- Captured the overall title of Mr. Newfoundland and Labrador
I count it as a particularly impressive accomplishment because if his age. However, it goes to prove my point that you should NEVER set your age up as a self-created barrier. Age is nothing – you can do anything you set your mind to.
What didn’t surprise me was his nutritional approach to cutting for the competition. Let’s hear from the man himself,
“I was the only one at the show that did fat burning; every other competitor there avoided fats to get lean where I consumed mostly fats, essential oils and protein. So I did a modified fat diet for the show and at 37-years-old, I was the leanest one there with doing the least amount of cardio. Many people have heard of the Atkins diet, well I basically did a modified Atkins diet.”
I love that line, “I was the leanest one there with doing the least amount of cardio” – a man after my own heart. Well done Mike!