Cayman bodybuilders flex their pecs in Miami

Robert Thompson won first place in the Amateur Heavyweight class.

A group of the Cayman Islands’ top natural bodybuilders traveled to Miami over the weekend to compete in the Drug Free Athletes Coalition World Finals bodybuilding competition, held at the Hyatt Regency Miami Hotel on Saturday.

In an impressive showing, first-time competitor Robert Thompson took the top spot in the Open Men’s Amateur Heavyweight class, which qualified him for the Amateur Overall Male class.

The competition included bodybuilders from the U.S., U.K., Canada, Germany, Argentina and Lebanon. The competitors are the best in their countries, winning local bodybuilding competitions in order to qualify for the world finals.

Thompson said: “I have been wanting to compete in a bodybuilding show for several years and this year I finally made it a reality. I surpassed the expectations I had for myself and it was an indescribable feeling to step on stage for the first time and win my class.… This process is about so much more than looking good, it is really a journey of self-discovery, self-discipline and challenging yourself to achieve more than you thought was possible.”

Other members of the team also found success. Hugh Cotterell competed in the Pro Masters class and came in 6th place, and Zico Herrera earned 4th place in the Open Men’s Amateur Middleweight class.

A local bodybuilding competition is planned for Grand Cayman in 2019, but details have yet to be finalized.

The Cayman team, from left: Robert Thompson, Zico Herrera, Tracey Bernal, one of the tournament judges, Hugh Cotterell and Matthew Powell.