“Mens sana in corpore sano’ (A healthy mind in a healthy body) is the motto of Jason Pretorius, a 24 year old educator at Jabez Christian Academy, who returned from Los Angeles in the USA last week after ending in the second place of the World Fitness Federation (WFF) Championships in Huntington Beach.
According to Pretorius, more than 300 contestants from countries which included Switzerland, Japan, Australia and New Zealand between the ages of 20 and 60 years participated in 15 categories. “I was the only South African taking part in the Sports Model Category, although our tour group included 19 other South Africans participating in other categories. We all stayed in the same hotel and the camaraderie was something that I will never forget. We became a family and supported one another to persist with our special diets and strict training schedules,” Pretorius added.
Pretorius only started with bodybuilding in 2016 and already received Gauteng colours in his first year, followed by Springbok colours in October last year when the was the winner of the National Body Building Association of South Africa title and qualified to be part of the South African team for the internationals.
Pretorius is also a personal trainer at a gymnasium in the city.
“The trip to the USA cost me more than R70 000 and I could only afford it thanks to my savings and sponsorships. I am already saving money to go to the next international competition in Mexico in December next year and my dream is to win and receive my professional colours. Then I will be paid for sponsorships,” he said.
His role model is American bodybuilder, Logan Franklin and his biggest supporter is his fiancé, Minette Janse van Rensburg, also an educator. “I follow a very strict diet and practice two hours per day, six days of the week. My diet consists of eggs, chicken, fish, broccoli, vegetables and litres of water. I occasionally treat myself to some Coke Zero,” he says.
“My recipe for success is dedication, hard work and perseverance. Never lose focus and believe in what you are doing,” he advised.
Story: BARRY VILJOEN