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Before he started to get seriously into training, Brian Choi’s life consisted of studies and computer games. It was, for Brian, an unfulfilling existence, and he felt he had no direction in life. His inactive lifestyle led to multiple health problems which jolted Brian into action. After completing his studies and becoming a qualified personal trainer, Brian fell in love with his career of helping people transform their bodies. Now he has found his passion, the WBFF Pro is determined to continue smashing goals and taking his physique to the limit and beyond.

Hi Brian, can you tell us the reason you decided to enter your first bodybuilding competition?
I entered with my friend just for fun. After placing second at the show I was hungry for more. I had just finished my last powerlifting competition prior to this; I then changed every aspect of my training and nutrition to suit my new goals. After every show I compete in I become more motivated to do my next. My first show really ignited my passion for competing, and I feel this was the pivotal point of my fitness career.

Do you remember your first training session? How different is your training today?
My first ever training session consisted of my friends and I at the school gym. We had absolutely no idea what we were doing! I wish I could travel back in time and teach my former self how to train with the knowledge and experience I have today. After training with many other coaches and trainers I have gained so much more knowledge than I had back then. I now know how to structure my workouts in order to make them more effective toward achieving my training goals.

What has been the most rewarding aspect of competing for you?
Seeing what I can bring to the stage. As I spend months preparing for a competition, structured training, and watching what I eat, I love displaying what hard work and dedication can produce. I love meeting other competitors and hearing about their fitness journeys, and sharing experiences. It is awesome to meet such like-minded individuals, and to create memories with them.

What have you had to overcome to get to where you are today?
The greatest thing I had to overcome was my old lifestyle, and going through a lifestyle change. During my university years, I was so used to a sedentary lifestyle and horrible eating habits. I feel that not pursuing a career in business after graduating with my bachelor’s degree in commerce was the greatest decision I ever made. Since pursuing my career in fitness I have become so much more active, have dramatically improved my eating habits, and I have never been happier with myself and what I do.

What is the number one lesson you have learned about health and fitness through your training?
Consistency is key. There are no shortcuts to success. Set your health and fitness goals, stick to them, enjoy the grind, and see the results that you can achieve by staying consistent and committed.

Who inspires you? Why?
Bruce Lee inspires me. Although he is not a bodybuilder, I believe his outlook on training can teach us all a thing or two. I hope to one day be a role model and inspire people the way Bruce Lee has.

What advice would you give to any MMH readers who want to get into the best shape of their life?
If you want to get in the best shape of your life, and you’re having trouble, seek help! Personal trainers and other health professionals are there to help you; it’s their job. If you’re not too sure what you’re doing or even where to start, you are just wasting time and it’s likely you won’t achieve your dream body. The first time I got a personal training session was the day I realised how useless my old training routine was - my technique was all wrong!

What is the most important thing guys need to remember when training?
Technique and tempo are key while training, not only from a safety standpoint, but also because performing an exercise correctly will target the right muscle. Performing an exercise with good tempo is vital in loading your muscles with a good time under tension.

What is your career highlight and why?
It’s no doubt when I received first place at the WBFF Australia show earlier this year, where I earned my prestigious WBFF Pro Status. Placing first in a fitness show has been a big goal of mine for years and earning a pro status was a dream. Getting both in one night was the most rewarding feeling.

How do you conquer nerves on the stage?
The only way I’ve been able to conquer my nerves on stage is conquering any doubt that I have about myself. The way I look at it, all the hard work has been done, the hard workouts, and the strict dieting - I’m not going to let all my hard work go to waste from simple stage fright. Walk out confident and with a smile on your face and show off all your hard work.

What do you have in store for the future? What do you want to improve on?
Right now I’m focusing on growing my business and my profile. As now I’m a WBFF Pro in New Zealand I have to travel at least halfway across the world to compete. In terms of my training, I want to put on a little more lean mass, and target some weak areas such as my arms to bring in a much more complete physique for my pro debut.

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