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251K Lincoln Road

Waitakere 0610

22B Cavendish Drive

Manukau 2104

4 Aranui Road

Auckland 1060

1 Wagener Place

Auckland 1025

Interview with Balance Sponsored Athlete: Irshad Ali

PNBA Pro Men's Physique Athlete. New Zealand's first Natural Pro.

What are your career goals? My major career goal is to be crowned the PNBA Natural Olympia Men's Physique Champion and I believe I'm on the right track. Another ongoing goal for life is to shed light on natural bodybuilding, to motivate others to live a real healthy lifestyle through pure nutrition and supplements.

Biggest career influence: My family, friends and followers drive me to do what I do best. I believe having positive people around me allows me to push through the difficult contest prep and puts my mind to ease.

What are your favourite Balance products? I really like to mix it up and it also depends on what products I need in different stages of my contest prep, as different products have different functions.

Hobbies outside of training & competing? I have done a few acting courses so I enjoy working as a Part-time actor and love the camera as I have worked on a few commercials and TV shows. I really like being active hiking, Soccer and also played Cricket competitively. 

What are your two training tips you would give to aspiring athletes? 

  • Learn from the people who truly practice what they preach and don't follow just anything you see on the internet.
  • Whenever you set a goal work hard, do everything you can to the best of your ability and never leave a "what if". So even if you fail you know you did all the rights things in the time you had and gave it your best.

Contest History:

6th Place Pro Men's Physique - PNBA Natural Olympia
1st Place Mr Fitness Model - INBA Southern Lakes Classic
1st Place Open Men's Physique - INBA Southern Lakes
1st Place and Mr Fitness - NABBA Bay of Plenty
1st Place Men's Physique & Overall Winner - INBA South Pacific Championships
1st Place Open Athletic BB & Best Male Performer - NABBA Christchurch Classic
1st Place Open Athletic BB - NABBA Auckland Championships
Overall Mr Hawks Bay Athletic BB, 1st Place Open Athletic BB & Best Male Performer - NABBA Hawks Bay
2nd Place Open Athletic BB - NABBA Waikato Championships

1st Place Novice Athletic BB - NABBA Nationals
1st Place Novice Men's BB - INBA Southern Lakes Classic
4th Place Novice Athletic BB - NABBA South Island Champs
3rd Place Novice Athletic BB - NABBA Christchurch Classic