Bodybuilder equals Arnie’s record

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A Welsh bodybuilder has followed in the footsteps of Arnold Schwarzenegger by prevailing a sixth consecutive title at Mr Olympia.

James ‘Flex’ Lewis from Llanelli won the 212 lb weight category in Las Vegas on Saturday.

The 33 -year-old started bodybuilding as a teen in a bid to improve his rugby playing.

But it soon turned to his athletic of option and ‘Flex’ is now a bodybuilding celebrity in the United States

His success in the athletic has led to him appearing on publication encompasses and television in the US.

Yet, his fame has barely effected a ripple in his home country.

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Image caption Mr Lewis with his Mr Olympia honour
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Image caption Flex Lewis croaks from an off-season heavines of up to 240 lb to the 212 lb category in competitors

“I get a lot of adore of all the countries. I’m on US television, on the front comprise of publications, but in my country I get a small editorial in my daily newspapers, the Llanelli Star, ” he said.

Mr Lewis took up bodybuilding when he was a student. He was a keen rugby actor and had daydreams of playing for Wales at rugby, making the name of Flex after ensure that they are able to dodging tackles as a winger on the pitch.

In a dictation to improve his rugby knowledge, he started hoisting weights.

“It was a fluke truly how I got into bodybuilding, ” he explained.

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“When I was 19, the owner of the neighbourhood gym said if I enrolled one competition I’d get free membership.

“I just envisaged ‘how hard can it be? ‘ I was just thinking of the money I’d save and getting it over with so I could feed a big pouch of chocolates.”

But when he won the competition in Port Talbot and was offered the chance to to represent Wales, his appreciation of national dignity took over.

By 20, he had prevailed junior Mr Wales and junior Mr Great Britain twice, and junior Mr Universe. By 22 he was contesting against followers in their late 30 s in the elderly category and had turned professional by 24.

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Image caption Coach Neil Hill recognized Flex Lewis in his first competitor and has been with him ever since

Describing it as “a whirlwind”, he said: “Even looking back to my nickname playing rugby, I conclude I had a path to follow.

“Being a Llanelli boy moulded me as well, being from a hardworking town “ve given me” that focus and determination.”

Mr Lewis settled in America after going on a trip to Muscle Beach in Santa Monica and Gold’s Gym, California and now has a family and various jobs he operates as well as training for the competitions.

He said he has “a love-hate relationship” with the gym, with every develop daylight like “groundhog day” – his adage is “get in and get it done”.

In 2012, he acquired his first designation at the Mr Olympia competition.

But it took a journey back to Llanelli for him to realise the significance.

“I had left home at 19, slept on sofas, chased the reverie, ” he said.

“It was perhaps not until two week ago that prevailing it it sank in.

“I’d gone back to Llanelli; I was strolling the dog along the coast and it unexpectedly hit me and I had snaps streaming down my face.”

Five years later and he has claimed a sixth deed and imitated his hero, Arnold Schwarzenegger, who triumphed seven entitlements overall.

“I used to watch WWF, but then I visualized Arnold’s cinemas, and he blew my subconsciou. he ogled un-human, like a caricature, ” he explained.

“There is nothing better than encountering someone you idolise. But I already have one up on him.

“We were on stage( at an phenomenon) and he tried to attract a joke on me. But I got to the punch line first. So it’s 1-0 to Flex on jokes.”

Before the competition, Mr Lewis hoped his success would be shared by his followers, some of who travelled to the tournament from Wales.

“There are no better followers in the world than the Welsh – it won’t has become a Conor McGregor gather, but I will have an area in Vegas that will be the loudest, ” he said.

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Mr Lewis said subsequentlies he was “buzzing” to have defended his title for another time.

“My accomplishments are a true testament to what devotion and hard work can get you, ” he said.

“If you miss something bad enough and determine your imagination to it, it can be achieved.”

He contributed: “To equal Arnie’s record of consecutive triumphs at Olympia is a dream come true for me as I have always been inspired by him.

“I am so thrilled to have obliged Wales and the person or persons of Great Britain proud”.

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