Nigerian Bodybuilder, Alex Ikenna Is On The Rise To Greatness

Solent University Student, Alex Ikenna has high aspirations of competing, to become the next Mr Olympia.

The bodybuilder has a strict diet to follow, as he needs to consume between 3,000 and 5,000 calories per day.

Nigerian Bodybuilder Alex Ikenna.
Photo: Kelechi Okorie

Without this, he is at risk of not achieving his peak physique, which would ruin his progress in winning the competition.

Foods that contain a high level of protein and carbohydrates are essential, in helping him train with a high intensity.

“I don’t really like calling it a diet, because it makes you less motivated to do it, but it’s more to do with getting what food you need to make your goals”.

Ikenna added: “Getting your meats in, getting your protein in, making sure you eat enough carbs to sustain your energy levels, calorie deficit and calorie surplus, making sure there’s a sustainable balance, then making sure that’s progressive and maintained over the long run.”

The Nigerian’s first official bodybuilding competition, came at Bodypower Birminingham in May 2019.

Alex Ikenna executing pull-ups in the gym.
Photo: Kelechi Okorie

The 20 year old impressed the judges and put his name on the map, as he finished in third place out of over 20 participants.

Ikenna believes the best way to build a perfect physique is through hard work, not with the use of performance enhancing drugs.

He expressed it comes with many negative side effects and also gives fellow competitors an unfair advantage.

“What I would say as someone who’s gifted, it is best that you push what you have naturally.

Most people have more drive than others, some people want to take steroids to push their genetic potential, other people don’t need it, it’s really dependent what you want to get out of it.”

Ikenna is now looking ahead, to win his next competition at Bodypower in May 2020.