The upcoming Arnold Classic Africa, the first to be hosted on local soil, will be The Sultan’s swansong
Marius will be one of three Pro South African bodybuilders to go up against international rivals such as Dexter Jackson, Victor Martinez and Jon de la Rosa. We caught up with him as he preps for the showpiece scheduled to take place in Sandton at the end of May.
Marius, what is your strongest body part and why do you say so?
People freak out the most when they see my shoulders and traps, which is surprising because I never train my traps. Back is also one of my strong points.
What bodyweight do you plan on coming in at for the Arnold Classic?
It fluctuates between 120 and 122kg. I should come in at around that weight on show day.
Injuries in bodybuilding are inevitable. You cannot avoid them if you train hard and to failure. Injuries will come. The question is do you have the mindset to overcome yours?
What supplements do you take while prepping for the Arnold?
I believe in Arginine Alpha-ketoglutarate (AAKG) which is a non-essential amino acid that is necessary when it comes to making nitric oxide in the liver. Research shows that AAKG is popular because it promotes larger and longer lasting pumps. I also believe in taking beta-alanine and BCAAs and I mix whey protein with my oats in the mornings. These are the supplements I take at contest time to get the most out of my workouts.
IFBB judges are now judging the posing round on its own. Is that going to bring us more symmetrical and aesthetically-pleasing bodybuilders with smaller waists. Is that good for the sport?
Well, I don’t think judging the routine round will bring back the classic X-men. The judges need to reward those with smaller waists – that is how they will bring it back. At the moment the freaks are still winning contests and if the freaks are winning – then that is what guys will bring to the stage.
Tell us about the injuries you suffered in your career and how youngsters can avoid making the same mistakes?
I’ve torn hamstrings and quads a few times. I’ve torn my hamstring right off the bone, torn my patella tendon which basically attaches the bottom of the kneecap to the top of the shinbone. I have also had minor injuries in my elbows and forearms. Injuries in bodybuilding are inevitable. You cannot avoid them if you train hard and to failure. Injuries will come. The question is do you have the mindset to overcome yours?