A SOUTH Derbyshire personal trainer will be putting his years of hard work in the gym to the test when he takes part in a fitness model competition this weekend.
If Nick Lewis, 23, of Skinners Way, Midway, finishes in the top five in the Miami Pro Model Championship, in St Albans, he will then have the chance to compete in Las Vegas.
Unlike traditional bodybuilding shows, athletes competing in fitness model shows must have an ‘athletic’ look, said Nick, who works at the Unique Physique gym, in Burton.
He said: “I have done model bodybuilding before and I have done a few professional photo shoots but I have only really just got into the industry.
“With the model championships you have to be as big as you can but be really well-conditioned as well.
“It’s not about being a big bodybuilder, but you have to have size and six-pack. I’m really looking forward to it because it’s a great competition.”
Nick said the contests he competes in are ‘natural’ shows which mean athletes are not allowed to take performance -enhancing drugs.
He said: “It’s very hard to get in this condition. I don’t take any drugs so to keep all of your muscle it takes a lot of hard work.
“It’s harder than bodybuilding because you have to have an athletic look that’s also marketable in the industry.
“That’s what the big companies and photographers look for.”
Nick had previously secured a basketball scholarship in the United States and turned to the fitness industry after returning to the UK.
He said: “From that I had a good body and people were saying why don’t I do something with it.”
In the last 12 months Nick ranked fifth in the Hercules Olympia fitness contest and set up his own personal training supply company ID Training and Nutrition Ltd.