By Andrew Carruthers, Editor-In-Chief.
Jaco De Bruyn has firmly established himself as the most well known South African fitness icon to date. As a personal fitness brand and global influencer, the name Jaco De Bruyn in synonymous with global success. Having traveled all over the world to represent some of the biggest brands on the planet, Jaco is the poster boy for success stories when it comes to building yourself as a brand and marketing yourself, to influence millions of aspiring people around the globe.
Full Name: Jaco De Bruyn
Born: 15 December 1983
Lives: Kempton Park
Trains: Moove Motion Fitness Sunninghill
Years Training: 11 years
Years Competing: 7 years
Federation of choice: NPC
Off-season weight: 102kg
Current Competitive Weight: 94kg
Most Notable Achievement/s to date: WBFF Pro Card
Shortlist of competitive highlights: Body Beautiful 2011 1st place , BodyBeautiful 2012 1st place, Fitness South Africa 2nd place 2011 , Fitness South Africa 2nd Place 2012, WBFF Worlds Pro Status 2013, WBFF Worlds 3rd place 2013, WBFF Worlds 4th place 2014, WBFF Worlds 4th place 2018, NPC Amateur South Africa 3rd place 2019
What do you do for a living?
I own a few businesses: Fitness Runway Model South Africa, JDBFitness Coaching, Juiced Media Agency, Enteoslife Ryderwear South Africa, Ultimate Pet Care
How do you split up your training days weekly?
I train 7 days a week, where my splits will vary weekly. I try and incorporate each muscle group twice a week where one would be your primary muscle group with a secondary muscle group per day and vice-versa.
Favourite body part to train?
Bench press and bicep curls
Favourite Diet Food?
Best Cheat Meal?
Other Interests, Hobbies etc?
Spending time with my beautiful boys.
Future Goals: Short term and long term goals?
Short term is always trying to improve my physique and daily goals to improve my personal life and businesses. Long term goals are owning the biggest fitness show in SA, creating the biggest Media agency in SA and biggest mobile pet care grooming salon in SA.
Favourite International and Local athletes?
AJ Ellison and Morne van den Berg
What motivates you?
I think the new generation motivates me. Bodybuilding has come such a long way and SA has really developed some incredible physiques. I’m so empowered by the younger generation who wants to excel in this sport.
How do you stay motivated?
It’s never easy but once my goals are set I have a purpose so its always important for me to set them. Then the results are my motivation
What do you believe to be your number one character trait that makes you successful in this sport?
Being humble and helping people achieve their goals.
What encouraging words do you have for up and coming athletes that look up to you?
That this sport is growing and always remember that you are doing this for yourself and nobody else. Always be humble and never think you are bigger than the sport. People are so lost these days because of social media statuses and forget what this sport is all about. Do what improves you and the rest will fall into place.
Famous Quotes you live by?
If you have a vision and it plays over and over in your head, there is nothing that can stop you from achieving it
Famous Last Words?
Never give up, you never know what opportunities might be around the corner.
For more on Jaco, check out his social media on:
Instagram handle: @jacodbruyn
Facebook Page: Jaco de Bruyn Official
Twitter, IG, Snapchat, Tiktok, FB all @jacodbruyn