A HEALTH and fitness enthusiast from Rotherham is out to show people that anything is possible in middle age and beyond.
Shiraz Mirza, aged 46, has just completed ten bodybuilding shows in 16 weeks, taking nine first places, two second places, two third places and three fourth places, including a British final.
“People think that after a certain age you should settle into life and adopt a dad bod and you can't do things you can do in your 20s,” said Shiraz, from Kimberworth Park.
“The purpose of this year was to show people that anything is possible. It is my first year of fully competing and to do as well as I have done hopefully it can inspire other people. It is never too late.”
Shiraz is an online mind and body fitness coach as well as a qualified life coach.
What he has learnt is that healthy living is as much in the mind as in the body.
“I help people from a mindset point of view as well as physically,” he said.
“I have realised that the reason either people fail to make changes or make changes and put the weight back on again is because internally their identity hasn't changed. Internally they still see themselves as that person who doesn't like going to the gym.
“Mentally I help them change their identity as well so that once they get the results, they keep the results.”
Shiraz also won an invite to the World Natural Bodybuilding Championships in Las Vegas, British finals and Universe championships.
Only recently he secured his first ever Pro World championship title in both Men's Physique and Men's Physique over-35's.
He joined Rotherham's JD gym this year.
He added: “I did my first show in November 2019 but then Covid hit in 2020 so nothing happened.
“This year I thought, 'let's go for it and see what we can do'.
“Most people spend 16 weeks getting ready for one show. I thought I'd make it a little bit harder and do ten shows in that time period.
“I do hope my story helps promote a healthy lifestyle to more mature people.”