The heaviest IFBB pro bodybuilder to ever grace the stage of the world’s biggest bodybuilding competition is coming to town.
The Egyptian beast known as Big Ramy will meet fans and give tips on muscling up at the Team Flex store in Wollongong on Tuesday.
Ramy, real name Mamdouh Elssbiay, who placed fourth at last year’s Mr Olympia event, is one of the most followed boydbuilders in the world.
He’s never been to Wollongong before and it’s doubtful he will come again, says Team Flex owner Reece Kawalla.
“Regardless of whether you are into bodybuilding or not it’s an opportunity to just come and admire the sheer size of Ramy,’’ Kawalla said.
Regardless of whether you are into bodybuilding or not it's an opportunity to just come and admire the sheer size of Ramy
‘’He is a man mountain.’’
Elssbiay won his pro card by claiming the overall title at the 2012 Amateur Olympia in Kuwait City, just three years after he started training. In 2010, Elssbiay joined Oxygen Gym in Kuwait then by 2011, he weighed 90.7kg.
When he stepped on the 2012 Amateur Olympia stage, he weighed 286kg and was declared the champion. In 2013, Elssbiay made his IFBB Pro debut at the New York Pro, where he won.
He will be joined by USA physique athlete Sadik Hadzovic – arguably one of the best Men’s Physique athletes in the world – and Bikini Pro Janet Layug.
Sadik’s family found refuge in the US, escaping war-torn Yugoslavia. His credits his drive and work ethic to his no-nonsense upbringing.
He started weight training at an early age and has stuck at it his whole life.
Mr Kawalla said the world-class athletes were giving up two hours of their time to share their stories.
They’re in the country to compete in the Arnold Classic in Melbourne.
’’They have never been to Wollongong and the only opportunity most people will ever get to meet them is at a large fitness expo like the Arnolds where they have to battle thousands of other people to meet them,’’ Kawalla said.
‘’This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for fitness enthusiasts to meet some of the best in the world.’’
The bodybuilders will be at Team Flex in Crown St on Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm. Everyone is welcome.