I was introduced to the gym very late in my life. I was 18 years old and still trying to find my feet as a newly matriculated student. I always had an athletic frame with a wide back and legs which came from years of swimming and playing rugby. Joining the gym was honestly more of a social cause than anything else.
Having moved to a new town and not knowing many people, I messed around a few months not knowing how to train correctly until eventually stumbling upon the biggest man I had ever seen. He was an absolute giant and I needed to speak to this absolute muscular mass of a man. Up until this point I did not even know that competing was a thing. He had told me stories of bodybuilding competitions, gave me training and eating advice and slowly but surely I learned bit by bit what the fitness and health industry entailed.
The bug had bitten.
I attended a bodybuilding show a year later, and I gazed up in awe of the tremendous athletes. I knew it was something I wanted to experience. I found myself a coach and began training like my life depended on it. Being called obsessed was not unusual.
Two and a half years later I stand where I am today. Just recently coming off a 1st place victory at one of the biggest bodybuilding shows in South Africa. My first bodybuilding line up. When I was handed the trophy I knew that this was what I wanted as a career in combining my many interests.
Months before stepping on stage I was approached by a gentleman in the gym. I would later find out that he was the owner of Trinity Athletics. He had this look in his eye that I’d rarely seen before. He looked at me as if he saw a great amount of potential in me. He was kind and helpful and we exchanged contact details. Little did I know he would offer me a contract to sign with his emerging brand as an Ambassador and Sponsored athlete. I was taken back. This was a massive step for me in the industry and I was more than excited to have been recognized.
After dealing with Alex and the Trinity Athletics team for a few weeks I felt this overwhelming sense of brotherhood among the team members and I was asked on many occasions for my opinion regarding the various pieces they were designing. Trinity Athletics seemed to be all about the people. It seemed to be a brand created for the people and those who only wanted the best fitting, most comfortable and functional clothing to train in and wear casually in their dynamic lives.
When I received my first batch of training gear I was so excited to finally test the tangible products. I tried on the very first TriBlend performance shirt and went straight off to the gym. I remember it being a strenuous workout which required a lot of movement and effort. The shirt was completely effective and it simply left me in awe.
I can happily say that the Trinity Athletics performance and lifestyle range make up the most versatile garments I have ever worn and I recommend it to every individual.
After doing a couple of photo shoots with the Trinity team I also realized a sense of professionalism and attention to detail in their work. Revealing the clothing line to the public for the first time was a make or break event which in my opinion was perfected. The feedback, the sales, the comments and attitude towards this brand blew me away. People from all over the world were messaging in and placing orders.
As a bodybuilder I aim to be the best version I can be in my various disciplines. Having the support from the team at Trinity Athletics in my preparations, training and at my events gives me a sense of purpose and I am so excited to see what the future holds for myself with this amazing company.
At Trinity Athletics we all strive to be the best possible versions of ourselves and we support each other in achieving success and achieving our goals. It’s honestly a brand with an edge, it’s not just a clothing company but a lifestyle choice.
I could not be more proud and honoured to have been chosen as the ambassador to this elite performance and lifestyle company.
– Cameron Craul
- Instagram: @cameron_tyler_official
Performance and exercise have always been a huge part of my life. In school I took part in many sports but my main focus was hockey in which I competed at provincial and national levels for many years. Upon arriving at Stellenbosch university I decided I would put my engineering studies before hockey and unfortunately decided against playing for Maties. While playing res hockey was fun for a while, it just wasn’t as competitive as I would have liked it to be. I needed a new challenge.
Towards the end of my first year I became unhappy with my lifestyle. I was not pushing my body enough or eating well and I was tired of feeling weak. I wanted to be fit, strong and healthy, so I joined a gym. I soon realized that after all the years of playing hockey my posture was not suitable for lifting heavy weights. Chiropractors and physiotherapists told me I should not be lifting weights and definitely not performing compound lifts like deadlifts and squats. Despite their many attempts to fix my posture, nothing worked and I still couldn’t gain the way I wanted to in the gym.
In second year I met a sports science student who would later become my best friend. He knew so much about lifting that, being the persistent go getter that I am, I couldn’t help but allow him to train me in the gym despite what the chiropractors had said. He taught me how to deadlift, squat and bench press all with the correct form and a few months later, after working on technique, not only was my posture completely fixed but I had realized that, yes, hockey did ruin my posture but it had also developed my lower back and legs, making them extremely conditioned for powerlifting. I quickly fell in love with the lifting life and began tracking my progress in a log book, making sure I was improving by the week, as my strength increased exponentially.
Pretty soon I became so obsessed with high performance and addicted to the feeling of lifting a personal best that in February 2017 I decided I was going to take part in my first powerlifting competition in September of that year. My training regime had become more demanding and strenuous on my body than ever. I absolutely loved the challenge. Many failed lifts and even more successful ones later and I was standing on the platform at the competition ready for my first attempt. 9 lifts and 3 personal bests later and I had won the gold in my weight category. The experience opened my eyes to the endless possibilities and power of the mind and body.
Since then I have turned my Instagram account into a fitness page to try and reach out to more people and hopefully inspire and motivate them to change their lives as I have. The amount of recognition and support I have received from everyone has been overwhelming but humbling and all I want to do is to give back to them what they have given to me. I was privileged to have met the owner of Trinity Athletics, Alex, a gentleman whom I knew, after our first conversation, I shared the same passions, visions and goals with. It is an honour to be a part of such a hard working and goal orientated team.
- Instagram: @dylanbillingham
There have been many things in my life that have come and gone. But fitness has not been one of them. For me, fitness has always been a part of who I am and has been integrated into my daily life since before I can remember. Growing up, I was fortunate enough to be in an environment with parents who strength trained six times a week and partook in multiple sports. Their active lifestyles became the norm and influenced me to become involved in fitness from a very young age.
I remember the feeling of becoming stronger and achieving new PBs for the first time, being able to lift my own body weight and noticing how I could sculpt my physique to my preference. After that I was hooked. Spending hours researching the newest and latest training methods, following all the top athletes that I could find online and making notes on any scrap piece of paper I could find. I have always been able to turn to fitness in times of hardships by constructively diverting negative energy into positive actions. This way of using fitness as therapy has changed the outcome of my life to one of more positivity and goal driven direction.
Now at the age of 23, I am currently in my 4th year studying honours in BSc Sports Science, and have been fortunate enough to turn my passion into my career. I work with all spectrum’s of the population; from the elite athletes, to the general population and the sedentary high risk obese elderly. Each spectrum provides me with different insights and challenges but all rewarding in their different and multi-dimensional ways. The stories of how fitness was able to change each person’s life, from winning gold at nationals, to being able to walk their grand children to school for the first time, the impact I could have on people was overwhelming.
Once I realized the opportunity I had to make such a positive impact in people’s lives, I became determined to reach even more people. That Is when I took to social media. I started posting my daily workouts and fitness tips for all the young men and woman that were following me. The response was incredible – with daily requests and personal stories about how my fitness videos and tips had motivated so many young people to live healthier lifestyles. The fact that I am able to make a difference to people’s lives who are so far away from me is something I still struggle to believe can be true.
I could not be more grateful for fitness, it has become my therapy, my passion, my life. It has allowed me to not only shape my life but influence so many others to shape theirs. I strongly believe in making a difference and that is why when approached by Trinity Athletics I was honoured that they saw the potential in me and my image. Being a part of their team has been like becoming a part of a family, the support amongst the team is incredible and I feel more motivated now than ever to perform at my best. Trinity Athletics not only focuses on high quality for their clients, but high performance and changing the way people feel. After meeting Alex and hearing his story and the meaning behind the brand, I believe that together with Trinity Athletics we can continue to empower and influence young men and women to look, feel and perform at their best.
-Tara Tineka Charron
- Instagram: @taratineka