The Machine Gun – Willem Smit

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The Machine Gun – Willem Smit

The Chief in charge of the Machine Gun Crew is none other than 29 year old Willem Smit. This kid has a thirst for bodybuilding like an old school veteran. Although fresh on the competitive circuit, Willem spends his days changing lives through online coaching and taking some of the coolest training pics on the Gram. Sponsored by the boys at TNT Mercury, this is one athlete you’ll want to keep your eyes on in the near future.

By Andrew Carruthers, Editor-In-Chief.

Vital Stats:

Full Name: Willem Smit

Born: 7 June 1991

Lives: Sandton

Trains: Planet fitness

Years Training: 7

Years Competing: 3

Federation of choice: NPC/IFBB Pro League

Off-season weight: 120kg

Current Competitive Weight: 99kg

Most Notable Achievement/s to date: I count my highest achievements in the fact that I’ve helped hundreds of people in the industry achieve their dream physiques. Improving other’s lives will always rank higher to me than any trophy.


What do you do for a living?

I am an online coach and graphic designer

How do you split up your training days weekly?

Currently doing a 3 day on 1 day off split: legs, chest, back, rest, legs, arms, shoulders, rest.

Favourite body part to train:


Favourite Exercise:

Dumbbell shoulder press

Favourite Diet Food:

Protein pancakes

Best Cheat Meal:

Gotta be a prego kota from kota joe

Other Interests, Hobbies etc:

Photography, avid gamer

Future Goals:

Currently pursuing my classic IFBB pro card and will be traveling to a few international shows in 2020

Favourite International and Local athletes:

Frank McGrath was the first ever bodybuilder I ever saw in a magazine and currently I’m a big fan of international classic physiques like Chris Bumstead and Steve Laureus.

What motivates you?

I’m extremely motivated by a fear of mediocrity. I do everything in my power to be above average in everything I do.

How do you stay motivated?

Motivation is fleeting and should never be your driving factor as it comes and goes. Instead I try and create habits that assure my success. When eating clean and training hard is a habit you don’t need to be motivated to do those things because they come naturally.

What do you believe to be your number one character trait that makes you successful in this sport?

My stubbornness has kept me from quitting, even when others have tried to bring me down.

What encouraging words do you have for up and coming athletes that look up to you?

Never compare your chapter 1 to someone else’s chapter 4. Take your time and don’t rush for progress. People who attain a great physique over years last in this industry much longer than those who seek quick fixes.

Famous Quotes you live by?

Never Quit (I have that tattooed on my arms)

Famous Last Words?

Remember that even the best in the world were once amateurs.

For more on Willem, check him out at:

Instagram: @machinegunwillem

Facebook: Machineguncrew


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