From the dark of the operations room to the bright lights of the stage, first time body building competitor Seaman (SMN) Sam Greenland of Training Systems School, HMAS Watson strutted his stuff at the Melbourne International Natural Bodybuilding Australia (INBA) Competition on 2 March.
The INBA novice rising star and rookie of the year competition has become the biggest event of its kind in the world with almost 300 competitors over 32 divisions. This competition caters exclusively for new and rising competitors.
Seaman Greenland placed first in the novice division and was judged fifth in the rookie open on stage at the Moonee Valley Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria.
During preparation for the competition Seaman Greenland’s discipline was unwavering.
“You want to be on that stage knowing that you did absolutely everything you could to get the best result possible,” he said.
“One of the biggest challenges was when I was doing a huge leg session and I could only eat six almonds while my body was screaming for more food.
“During these moments I visualised being on stage, looking back with no regrets and just pushed through the pain and hunger,” said SMN Greenland.
SMN Greenland achieved a body fat percentage of just three per cent on competition day, down from 12 per cent at the start of training.
“Training was intense,” he said.
“Every day came down to that two and a half hours, walking into the gym, putting my headphones in, switching off and just putting in 100 per cent every time.”
SMN Greenland said it was an amazing feeling, leaving the venue at the end of the days’ competition.
“I felt euphoric walking out the door in just my track pants and thongs with my two trophies under my arm, into the fresh air with my stomach full of my favourite food,” he said.