A local bodybuilder won his professional card after a recent tournament in Florida, his first competition.
Damenian Maxwell won his pro card through the International Federation of Physique Athletes at the Organization of Competition Bodies Orlando Championships.
Maxwell took first place in the men’s physique novice and men’s physique open categories.
By winning the open category, Maxwell earned the right to compete in men’s physique competitions.
This was a “natural” competition as the IFPA has stringent drug testing measures. It is a highly respected organization for having “clean” competitors. They have to submit to a polygraph test prior to the event and also a urine test after placing, in order to screen for banned substances.
Other forms of drug testing may be requested of competitors at any event at the promoter’s discretion and expense. IFPA athletes are subject to random, unannounced testing throughout the year.
Maxwell is now training for the IFPA Yorton Cup – Pro World Championships – in Washington, D.C. in October.
He said he has had numerous invites to compete in various natural bodybuilding federations, but he is focused on competing in IFPA events.
Since the big win he has become something of a celebrity. “I’ve had tremendous support from the [Cayman] fitness community and the community in general,” Maxwell said. “I received a standing ovation at the Powerhouse Gym on my first day back at training and had numerous people tell me that I’ve inspired them to train.”
He added, “It’s overwhelming to stand on stage, heart pounding, nerves rattling, and to ultimately earn the title of professional physique athlete.” For anyone considering taking up bodybuilding, the 32-year-old police sergeant said that “through consistency in diet and exercise, there’s no limits in what you can achieve. Fitness is a lifestyle.”
He was working out at Powerhouse Gym at the Kings Sports Centre until last October, inspired by a friend who is a competition veteran. “So I decided to give it a shot and the rest is history.”
He added, “I’d like to thank my wife Kristina Bramwell-Maxwell, my coach Kingslyn Mitchell and the members and staff of Powerhouse Gym at Kings Sports Center.”