Former resident Joe Harding crowned bodybuilding champ
Tim Brody - Editor
Hard work and perseverance have paid off for former Sioux Lookout resident Joe Harding.
Harding competed in the Manitoba Amateur Body Building Association (MABBA) provincial championship on June 9 and the Canadian Physique Alliance (CPA) Van DIJK Legacy Classic on June 24th.
Harding placed first and was crowned Light Heavy Weight champion of both competitions.
Both competitions were held at the Pantages Playhouse Theatre in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
“These were the 7th and 8th competitions of my amateur bodybuilding career. It felt so good to finally win after already competing six times prior. It’s been a long journey so far, but it’s a life long journey; one that I will enjoy for the rest of my life. My love and passion for this sport burns deep,” said Harding, who now resides in Winnipeg.
Asked about the hard work, dedication and mental toughness that go into building and maintaining a winning figure, Harding replied, “Prepping for shows is all about discipline and sacrifice. I train three to four hours a day depending on where I am at in my competition prep. Closer to the show I do two hours of cardio a day plus weight lift once.... sometimes twice. But that’s the easy part. With about six hours of sleep a night, that leaves me about 14 hours more in a day in which I have to stay disciplined to my diet and not cheat by having anything other then what’s on my plan. My meal plan consists of six meals per day. Over the course of my prep, the calories, and macros (protein, fats and carbs) change to bring myself in the best condition for my shows as well as the amount of cardio that I do. One thing I can tell you is that I eat a lot of fish and asparagus.”
He continued, “Staying mentally strong is something you have to find deep inside yourself. This is what I live for. It’s my passion and there is nothing more I’d rather do. But there are days when it’s hard, that’s when I dig even deeper within myself to push through. There is no way to explain it. You just have to want it bad enough.”
Asked how his bodybuilding journey began, Harding shared, “My bodybuilding began with my own weight lose journey; turning into me competing in bodybuilding shows.”
Harding has made a career out of bodybuilding and fitness.
He is the owner and coach of HARDFIT ATHLETICS.
“HARDFIT is an online, and in person, fitness coaching service; from competition prep, to lifestyle coaching, and everything in between, HARDFIT Athletics has you covered,” he commented.
“This past weekend HARDFIT had six clients compete, taking two 3rd place trophies, one 2nd place and my bikini girl taking 1st; one 4th place and one 5th. I am very proud of every single one of my clients. This career of mine is a dream come true. You’ll never work a day in your life when your work is your passion. Eat, sleep, train, repeat,” he shared.
“I come back to Sioux lookout often to pick up my son. Usually stopping by my old gym at the Rec Centre where it all began for me,” he confided.
“I will be scheduling a HARDFIT ATHLETICS seminar in Dryden in the coming months. I will post on my social media the date or dates. I can be found on Instagram under @hardfit85 and @hardfit_athletics. This will be a training and info seminar as well and a client recruitment,” he stated.
Asked what advise he has for anyone looking to improve their own health or maybe give the sport of bodybuilding a try, he commented, “Do it for yourself, and in the process, you will find out what you are truly made of. Anyone can achieve this. If your mind can conceive it, you can achieve it.”
“I will be competing at the Vancouver Pro Qualifier on July 6 alongside client Rae-Ann Penner from Dryden,” he concluded.”