Over the past 2 decades, John Leslie has become nothing less than a monster. The sheer thickness and muscle density on his frame is unsurpassed by any other athlete in South Africa that is still currently active on the competitive scene. His kind and humble nature has established him as one of the most well respected athletes in the business and today, with so much history behind him, he is still hungry for more. This is the formidable John Leslie.
By Andrew Carruthers, Editor-In-Chief
Full Name: John Johannes Leslie
Born: 24 November 1981
Lives: Kempton park
Trains: The Terminator’s Office. I have my own fully equipped gym/studio at home.
Years Training: 20
Years Competing: 17. I started in 2003
Federation of choice: I am for any Federation that takes care of their athletes!
Off-season weight: 120-136kg
Current Competitive Weight: 108-112kg
Most Notable Achievement/s to date:
2 x Mr Universe titles
10 x SA Bodybuilding Champion
2 x Pro cards: World Bodybuilding Federation (WBBF), International Bodybuilding And Fitness Federation (IBFF)
4 x Pro LINE-UP wins
Shortlist of competitive highlights:
WPF Jr Mr Universe 2004
WPF Senior Heavyweight over 95kg and overall Mr Universe 2008
10 x SA Bodybuilding Championships (WPF, Nabba, IFBB, WBBF) 2004-2012.
2005 Dis-Chem Excercise awards overall winner (beating the legend Shameen Adams)
*2x Muscle Evolution over 90kg and overall winner 2010,2011
*2012 IFBB World’s 6th place
*4x Pro LINE-UP wins(2*WBBF, 2*IBFF) 2015,2017,2019
What do you do for a living? I am a full time professional Bodybuilder and online Coach.
How do you split up your training days weekly?
*ABS,lower back, glutes and Calves are trained in the morning.
Favourite body part to train? Chest.
Favourite Exercise? Incline Barbell bench press.
Favourite Diet Food? Woolworths extra lean beef mince.
Best Cheat Meal? Double beef and chicken cheeseburgers, chocolates or anything sweet!
Other Interests, Hobbies etc? Food (haha) eating out, spending time with like minded people/friends, setting up gym floor plans (planning gym layouts, selecting and sourcing best gym equipment).
Future Goals. Short term and long term goals?
Short term goals to still compete a few more years on international level and do well.
Long term goal to be an international successful online coach and to be remembered as a Bodybuilder who came back from career ending injuries and showed that hard work and passion for the sport can help you overcome any setbacks. I want to be a good example for up and coming Bodybuilders!
Favourite International and Local athletes:
(Current: Hadi Choopan, Zack King Khan) Historic: Ronnie Coleman, Dorian Yates, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jay Cutler.
Tiana Flex, Morne Van Der Berg & Marelize Stander.
What motivates you?
The passion I have for Bodybuilding still ignites me and I still have that fire inside me, that wants me to get bigger and stronger like when I started. I love the feeling of lifting heavy weights and pushing myself to the limit!
How do you stay motivated?
When I’m low on motivation or have to come back after an injury I look how far I have come and try to be a good example for up an coming Bodybuilders with a never quit attitude. I also look at the top Bodybuilders motivational Training videos for inspiration, etc!
What do you believe to be your number one character trait that makes you successful in this sport?
That I always come back and I don’t give up.
What encouraging words do you have for up and coming athletes that look up to you?
Enjoy what you are doing, lifting weights should be your passion and let the fire of getting bigger and stronger fuel and motivate You! Don’t give up and always be the hardest worker in the room!
Famous Quotes you live by?
“I’LL BE BACK.”
“NO HALF REPS.”
“GO BIG OR GO HOME”
Famous Last Words?
How bad do you want it? Do it for yourself and don’t let anything or anyone stop you from achieving your goals. When you get setbacks, believe in yourself when no one else will.
For more on John, check out his:
John Leslie Pro Bodybuilder