Classic bodybuilding in Sale

PEOPLE into health and fitness will be the winners this Saturday when Sale hosts the inaugural Gippsland Classic bodybuilding competition in the memorial hall.

The event, which will be held for the first time east of Melbourne, will be a celebration of form and discipline.

The Gippsland Classic is just one of the many events on the International Natural Bodybuilding Association’s calendar.

The INBA’s focus is on natural bodybuilding, with no performance enhancing drugs tolerated. Competitors who are found to be using illicit supplements are immediately banned for life.

The INBA operates with the full support of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.

Local competitors are nearing the end of their strict 12-week preparation, as they gear up for Saturday’s event.

Louis Armitage, 18, from Briagolong, was excited to be competing for the first time.

“The training has given me great focus,” he said.

“I have loved spending so much time at the gym and it has really inspired me to build a career in health and fitness.”

Local gym owner and Gippsland Classic organiser Rod Barbas said he was impressed with Armitage’s training regime.

“I’ve never seen these sorts of results before, particularly given Louis’ young age. He has exceeded all of our expectations,” Barbas said.

Personal trainer Sarah Vranek, 20 from Stratford, said she was initially inspired to compete by photos of bodybuilding competitors placed around the gym.

“I competed and placed in an INBA event in Melbourne last September and afterwards I was hooked,” she said.

Vranek has enjoyed her training and has noticed a huge difference in her muscles and body shape over the 12-week regime.

“Having the comp in Sale makes it much easier to compete because we don’t have all the traveling and we can prepare in our own environment,” she said.

“It’s also good for the local fitness community as it provides a great opportunity to show the locals what it is all about.”

Vranek, Armitage and the many other local competitors will be joined by entrants from across the state for what organisers hope will be the first annual event.

Saturday’s event will involved a number of Sale health and fitness businesses, from supplement, training and equipment suppliers to experts in nutrition advice. There will be deals offered on the day by each of the representatives.

Catering will be available, including healthy food and drink options.

The event will begin at 11am, with doors open from 10am.

Tickets are available at the door, at $30 for adults and $20 for secondary students, while primary school children and younger are free.