Name: Benoucha Makengo
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Age: 22 Height: 5'9"
Weight: 190 lbs off-season, 172 lbs contest
Years Bodybuilding: 1
As a kid, I loved cartoons like Dragon Ball Z,Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Power Rangers. I loved their muscles and power and used to try and draw the characters. I've always been fascinated with great muscles and conditioning.
Roughly two years ago, a friend of mine told me to watch Pumping Iron. As I was watching, I kept comparing myself to the bodybuilders. I want arms like that, shoulders like rocks, and to be as ripped as possible.
I had no clue about training or nutrition, but I had desire. So, one morning I just woke up and started running twice per day and doing push-ups, sit-ups, and pull-ups. I lost a few pounds and trimmed my waist a bit, but I had no size.
About six months later, my dad told me to join a gym. I joined my local gym and it was love at first sight.
I usually switch my training depending on my goals. I play around with cardio in the off-season to include boxing, kickboxing, basketball, and sometimes rugby, but for contest prep I do moderate low-intensity cardio for about 45 minutes.