My name is Jimmy Sadek and I just wanted to introduce myself. I have been weight training since I was 16 years old. I’m 25 years old now, so that’s 9 years of training and have been competing for 5 of those 9 years. My first competition was when I was 18 and the last time I competed was when I was 22.
I won the ANB Teenage Mr. Australia in 2002 and also the IFBB Junior Mr. Australia in 2005. Below I will tell you a little bit about how I got into weight training, my first competition, the Australian Titles that I won and what I want to achieve next year.
Before I do any of that I would like to thank Myopure for bringing me on board and making me apart of the team and for providing the high quality products to get me started on this new phase of training.
WHERE DID I START?
I first started lifting weights when I worked in a local gym when I was 15. When I say lifting I did the occasional workout once a month! I cleaned the squash courts and tidied up the weights area during peak times Monday to Wednesday. I trained every now and again but I didn’t know what I was doing and it wasn’t very consistent. Back then I was also a competitive swimmer.
My first gym membership came at the start of year 11. I had just turned 16 and my family had moved house about a 30 minute drive away from where I grew up, where all my friends were. I chose to give up swimming because I knew I was too short and those who I had beaten all of my life started growing taller and improving and I was almost at a stand still. Because I had a whole 6 week holiday over Christmas when I knew I wouldn’t be able to see many of my old friends because they lived too far away, I joined the local gym. A 30 minute drive was hours on the old push bike!
So, I joined the gym and started training 5 days a week, reading everything online that I could get my hands on and trying different things. I was weak! But I was a swimmer so I did have something to build on. That year Darling Harbor held its first Fitness Exhibition in in March. I went with a couple of my new training buddies down to have a look. They had guest posing and some pro bodybuilders standing around. I introduced myself to an amateur bodybuilder who had just finished guest posing and we chatted for a while. He asked me how old I was and when I told him I was 16 he said I was big for my age. He then introduced me to a man named Rob Powell. He is the guy who runs things in the ANB. Rob said I should compete in the state show coming up in September. I said ok and after a brief chat I went on my merry way.
I then went home and started looking up diets and training articles and I realized I didn’t know anything! So I stopped eating junk food (well, I cut down) and I started eating more chicken and started using the protein I had bought at the expo. September rolled around and I decided to cut my hair into an undercut, bleach the top and slick it back for the show. The reason I did this is because Lee Priest was my favorite bodybuilder at the time and I saw a magazine cover with his hair like that. His hair looked way better than mine did though!
I turned up at the show and I had no idea. I registered and signed in. Then I went back stage and saw Duncan (the bodybuilder I spoke to at the expo) he was excited that I had showed up. First thing he said, was “Ok. How is your tan?”
I showed him and he said, “ Ok, you’re white!”
I thought I was black but looking around I did not have enough colour having only put one coat of tan on so Duncan put a coat of Dream Tan on me and I was ready to pump up.
The rest is a blur but that day was a definite highlight of my life so far. I had no expectations, no pressure. I just enjoyed the day and would recommend everyone to compete at least once just for the experience. After that I had the bug: I wanted to compete again.
Stay tuned for Part 2!