By Roxanne Delage
Local bodybuilder, Robin Ruest—pictured with both his Novice and Masters title trophies from the recent IDFA competition— is getting ready for the upcoming nationals in Toronto.
Special Constable Robin Ruest of the Cornwall Community Police Service, truly walks the walk, even in his life outside the force.
As an amateur body builder, in a sport notorious for drug use, 44-year-old Ruest has become a model for what can be achieved, drug-free, with hard work and dedication. He began his training 25 years ago as a way to build strength for football, but it soon became a passion and a part of his regular lifestyle.
Six months ago, Ruest put his dedication to the sport in high gear, intensifying his workout even more to see how he would fare in his first-ever competition. Beginning his days at 5 a.m., as well as his duties as one of Cornwall’s finest, Ruest, balances carefully planned out meals—up to eight a day—along with rigorous workouts five to six days a week. There’s also posing practice, tanning—of course, and, very important, getting enough sleep. It’s takes a great deal of commitment and sacrifice from he and his family, he says, to reach the 5 percent body fat required to be in shape for competition. He says he owes a great deal of thanks also to his trainer, Vivianne Malette, a pro-trainer in Gatineau, whom he sees weekly.
Most recently, Ruest affirmed his place in the world of drug-free bodybuilding by coming home from his first-ever competition at the International Drug-Free Athletic competition in Montreal, with both Masters and Novice division titles.
Now preparing to compete in the upcoming nationals in Toronto, where the average age of his competitors is 27, Ruest, is stepping it up once more. He is determined to take his passion for bodybuilding as far as it will go, but says though, that he will take some time off after the national competition to enjoy a less stringent diet and fitness schedule, and maybe indulge in some pizza.
Lean and clean
By Roxanne Delage
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