Mutare body builder keeps eyes on the prize

By Tinotendaishe Mawoyo

NO guts no glory, goes an old saying in reference to the reality in life and the fact that for one to be successful they are supposed to be brave, determined and highly focused on their vision to make it every aspect of life. Such is the story of Collen Chikodzi, one of the best bodybuilding and fitness model from Mutare. Collen Chikodzi, a father of three is happily married to Ivy Gillian Zimunya also doubles a part time transport and logistics officer with an interregional bus company based in Mutare and a fitness trainer at Sakubva Fitness Centre.
Born thirty five years ago in the city of Mutare, Chikodzi shifted from being a soccer player to become a bodybuilder due economic hardships. Chikodzi also mentioned that after leaving the soccer field, he started to train after his hustles during the evening in 2017.He also stated the challenges of not having enough body building supplements.
After an intensive training, Collen Chikodzi’s breakthrough came about on the 26th of November last year when he had his maiden appearance at the highly rated Manicaland Classic Bodybuilding Extravaganza held at Golden Peacock Hotel on which he participated in the Men’s Fitness Category where he came out third, scooping a bronze medal prize. Collen Chikodzi said his confidence was boosted and he was very proud to settle on the third position out of twelve experienced bodybuilders from all over Zimbabwe. The first and the second positions were snapped by Paul Bako from Harare and Tatenda Makoto from Beitbridge.
The Manicaland Classic is an annual Bodybuilding Fiesta in which fitness models converge for competition in different categories such as Men’s Physique, Senior men bodybuilding, Women Bikini Fitness and Junior Men Bodybuilding to mention but a few.
With the upcoming Manicaland Classics event billed for divergence in the next two months, Collen Chikodzi mentioned that he is eyeing for the crown of this year’s contest and he is highly confident that he will be crowned the king in the category that he will be participating this year. He also mentioned that he is looking forward to participate in international competitions.

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