A Cornwall bodybuilder has more hardware for his mantle piece.
Robin Ruest captured the overall title, as well as the master’s division and light heavyweight crown at the Ultimate Fitness Event (UFE) “Montreal Chaos” show at Concordia University.
Ruest, a special constable with the Cornwall Community Police Service, has a flair for drama and dressed as a Maori Warrior from New Zealand, complete with makeup, special-effects contact lenses and a sword, during part of his routine – something the UFE encourages.
“I didn’t sleep the night after at all,” said Ruest of the win. “It didn’t sink in for a few days.”
Ruest is now in talks with supplement companies regarding potential endorsements.
He has been a bodybuilder for 30 years, but only three years ago took to the stage and won both the novice (beginner) and masters sections at the International Drug-Free Athletics Eastern Canadian Classic.
In 2009 he also went to the IDFA nationals in Toronto, where he finished second in the masters and fourth in the open category against others who were in their prime.
Ruest is hoping for more impressive showings in the future.
The 47-year-old father of four is looking to the UFE North American Championships in Hamilton in November where he will be competing against other elite athletes – including pros.