When Abimbola Aina came to Regina from a compact city in Ogun condition in Nigeria, he experienced small extra than a human body and a aspiration.

“My intention was to become a terrific bodybuilder, but it would not have took place if I was not in a fantastic region like Canada,” Aina mentioned.

“Coming to Canada changed my life.”

He was currently a fitness fanatic in Nigeria, but full-fledged bodybuilding was out of attain.

“I arrived from doing the job out at the again of the property health club in Nigeria,” he claimed. “I could not afford to assist my dream in Nigeria for the reason that it is pricey.”

Aina discovered a supportive environment in Regina’s bodybuilding group.

With their support, the Nigerian-Canadian won his IFBB Pro Card very last 12 months, officially creating him a qualified bodybuilder.

Aina’s very first major victory in activity arrived in 2016 when he was named Mr. Saskatchewan.

“It was a lot more than happy for me,” he remembers. “I know how privileged I am to be dwelling in Canada and performing terrific points.”

In 2021 he travelled to Vancouver for a professional qualifiers demonstrate. His undeniable physique received him the Open Heavyweight course. He went on to acquire the all round title, which acquired him his professional card.

“To get requires all you got, the complete acceptance to be unpleasant at times realizing excellent factors can materialize. Becoming in an uncomfortable placement may possibly be tricky but that’s the selling price to pay back,’ he said.

Aina reported he finds drive in a wholesome way of living.

“I feel using care of your human body is a obligation, and my dad and mom have normally advised me overall health is wealth. Bodybuilding makes me fully grasp how essential the human body is to preserve a healthy life-style,” he explained.

“When you do what you appreciate, you will do it with enthusiasm and your perseverance to it will be unquestionable.”

Abimbola Aina functions out five to 6 instances a 7 days. (Submitted by Abimbola Aina)

Jaime Otitoju, a accredited personal Coach and WNBF specialist bodybuilding mentor. said accomplishment in this subject requires two points: dependable devotion to working out and a right diet program.

“It necessitates a whole lot of relaxation, less anxiety and also persisting even when matters are tough,” Otitoju stated.

Food items plays a crucial function in bulking up.

“You try to eat at minimum six moments a day. A combination of unique classes of food items. The foods you eat during the season is distinct from the foods you take in through the offseason,” Otitoju said.

Abimbola is no exception.

“I make certain I am doing the job out five to six times weekly and having clean up food. I try out not to skip a food,” he mentioned.

Abimbola says earning his pro card is just the starting of the journey for him, as he now ideas to acquire his profession to the earth stage.

“My following move as a new IFBB pro is to go on working tricky. I am organizing my pro debut in 2023 and by then I will be completely ready to struggle it out with the greatest in the earth.”

He stated his tale is proof for other immigrants that a better future is possible.

‘Some men and women have been permitted to appear to this superb place and have hardly ever comprehended what their dreams are,” he said.

“I have observed my route and I am succeeding at it.”

For much more tales about the activities of Black Canadians — from anti-Black racism to good results tales inside of the Black local community — examine out Staying Black in Canada, a CBC job Black Canadians can be happy of. You can read more stories right here.


By Lois C