University Student’s desire to pose on centre stage

Solent University student Alex Ikenna has aspirations to one day compete to become the next Mr. Olympia.

Although in his third year, he is able to manage his hours in the gym along with his studies and part-time job working at Café Parfait.

Alex Ikenna. Photograph: Dylan Manufor

A large amount of his income is spent on his bodybuilders diet, as he pays special attention to what he eats in order to achieve maximum results from his intensive training.

He spends an average of £120 a month on food shopping with the purpose to consume between 3,000 and 5,000 calories per day.

Foods that remain rich in protein and carbohydrates are essential to his meal preparation.

“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.

Alex Ikenna. Photograph: Dylan Manufor

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.

And then making sure that’s progressive and maintained over the long run.”

The 20-year-old who takes pride in his hard-worked natural physique is against the use of performance enhancing drugs.

“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 dependant on what you want to get out of it.”

Ikenna contested at BodyPower Birmingham in May 2019, where he finished third in his first ever official competition.