Surinamese bodybuilder Daes Burgzorg became the first ever Flex Night International Men’s Physique winner when the event was held here last Sunday.
Amid the fitness booths, bodybuilding, Ms. Bikini and Ms. Best legs contests, the tanning spray was on and board-shorts tied as several competitors vied to shine in the men’s physique category which was introduced for the first time at the Flex Night International Body-building and Fitness Show held at the National Cultural Centre last Sunday.
It was not an easy choice but the judges awarded the Men’s Physique trophy to Burgzorg with locals Emmerson Campbell and Yannick Grimes copping the second and third spots respectively.
The Men’s Physique category is meant to award those physiques that are shapely and defined without being too massive or dry. Among a group of 15 hunks, Daes brought the shape and stage presence the judges most wanted to see.
Campbell was well-proportioned, well-muscled, not overly conditioned, and brought all the tools necessary to present a winning physique but perhaps lacked Daes’ stage flair.
It was a long confirmation round. The judges called back Grimes, Burgzorg, Chaitram Nagessar and Campbell for one more round of posing. Burgzorg and Campbell were alone in the top spots as they should have been before they were all sent to the back of the stage.
After a long judging period, the stakes always seem a little higher. For their final decision, the judges called out Steven Bagot in fifth, Nagessar in fourth, Grimes in third, Campbell in second and gave Burgzorg the win.
Each guy demonstrated the aesthetic, classic lines everybody loves but the top two stood out clearly as the best under the bright lights. The future will be particularly interesting in this division as the number of competitors is large and would be growing.
Managing Director of Flex Night Inc., Donald Sinclair dubbed the show a success and stated that he envisions seeing many more Men’s Physique athletes on stage next year. This augurs well for the future and will certainly raise the bar for Flex Night International.
Winning the Men’s Physique title is only going to get tougher. (Emmerson Campbell)