MEET mini-muscle man Tommy Campion – the world’s lightest bodybuilder.
The 55-year-old from Pennywell has just lifted a trophy after beating his own record at the British Natural Bodybuilding Federation (BNBF) competition.
Tommy weighs in at 55.5kg – 8st 5lbs – but packs a powerful figure thanks to his hard work and dedication.
Tommy, who won in the over-50s category, said: “I’ve been competing for 30 years, this is my first, first place win.
“I feel good about everything I’ve done and I feel really passionate about being able to compete in natural, healthy bodybuilding.”
Tommy puts his success down to “a clean healthy diet, no processed food, only food from the ground and food from an animal”.
Tommy’s win was matched by fellow Wearsider Kristian Kerr in the “best legs” category.
Kristian, who stands at 5ft 10in and weighs 72kg, said: “I couldn’t believe it.
“I’ve never felt anything like it in my life, my family and friends were all crying.”
The event was Kristian’s first major competition win, having placed second in previous contests.
He describes his success in a competition which featured men 20 years his senior, as “rare for a junior”.
As part of its preparations for the challenge, he ate a high-carb diet.
He added: “A lot of bodybuilders are afraid of a high carb diet.
“I think they are really important in any bodybuilding regime.”
Kristian, from Atkinson Road in Fulwell, is a construction management student at Northumbria University, but has dreams of pursuing a future career as a professional body builder.
He said “Later on in life, I’d love to turn pro. It’s a lifestyle, you’re up every day before 5am training, prepping meals every night before bed. “People don’t understand the work that goes in to prepping for a show, the pain you go through.”
Kristian set out on a 13-week preparation programme ahead of the Newcastle show, but felt ready to tackle an earlier competition this month.
Tommy, from Presthope Road in Pennywell, beat his world record weight in 2009 by one kilogram, making him the world’s lightest bodybuilder once more. It was the first time that a BNBF show has featured in the North East since it launched in 2000.
Tommy and Kristian will compete at the British finals in Liverpool.