Bodybuilders from Gloucester will be taking on the world’s best at a fitness competition in Hertfordshire on Sunday.
Personal trainer at DW Fitness in Gloucester, Swen Rowsell, is competing in the over-40s category, whilst Sam Smith and Josh Harrison are taking part in the under-23 fitness event.
Sam's dad Ian used to play rugby for Gloucester, so competition is in his blood.
Each has been through a punishing fitness regime to prepare for the Miami Pro World Championships to be held at the Civic Centre in St Albans.
The event is a 1,300 sellout and is in its fourth year of competition.
Swen,45, is hoping to improve on his performance last year when he finished sixth in the over-40s.
“I’ve been involved in the fitness industry for 25 years,” he said.
“This is my second attempt at competitive modelling. Miami Pro is a great organisation which caters for every type of fitness model for male and females and age related category's as well.
“So for myself its over 40s fitness which is the lightest and smallest in over all size.
“This year’s completion is a total sell out with over 300 athletes from all over the world looking for the top spots.
“I have also been involved with helping two guys Sam and Josh in the final stages of their preparation.
“They are both in amazing shape and in the under 23 fitness category which is a very hot title to win.
“I totally encourage anyone to have a go at getting into better shape for any reason. I love doing my job even if its just to help some one lose some weight or feel a bit more confident.”
Competitors can enter into 12 different categories to show off their fitness levels.
There is a junior model contest for those aged 17-23, as well as older muscle and fitness model categories.
There is also a Miss Bikini title up for grabs, along with an over 35s section and another entry called Yummy Mums. The over 40s and over 50s can also enter the competition in model and fitness sections.
Entrants have been told that ‘dream tan’ for an all over mahogany look is banned. They are also advised to ‘keep smiling’ on stage to catch the eye of potential talent scouts for fitness magazines.
Josh, 21, lives in Podsmead and works for Endsleigh Insurance. He got into bodybuilding after injuring his knee playing sport.
“I torn my anterior cruciate ligament when I was 17 playing rugby and haven’t been able to take part in sport since my operation,” he said. “That led me to the gym. I am in there seven days a week and have got completely addicted. I decided to compete as a fitness model as gym was now the sport I needed to keep the competition going in my life, I’m a very competitive person.”