Clovis resident Rob Ward finished second out of nine competitors in the novice lightweight division of the Texas Shredder Classic bodybuilding championship on May 1 in Austin, Texas.
The novice lightweight division is for contestants at 156 pounds and below. The 25-year-old Ward, a certified personal trainer at Bodies in Motion in Clovis, said he had to diet and train for a six-week period to bring his weight down from 169 pounds.
Points are based on three categories — a muscularity round, a symmetry round and an individual posing routine.
“I was pretty humble going in,” Ward said. “I didn’t know where I’d place. I never thought about (the possibility of being) first or second.”
A native of the San Francisco area, Ward’s fiance is from Clovis and he has lived in the area for about 3 1/2 years.
Ward said he got into weight training as a means of staying in shape, but got into competitive bodybuilding after he was encouraged by peers and has now competed three times over a period of about two years.
“I had a few guys telling me I had the physique to take it to that level,” Ward said.
He said he plans to enter another show in Texas sometime over the winter months.