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VALENTINE PAYNE, 61
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Valentine Payne has 40 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. He has been a bodybuilder for nearly four decades and has won every masters (ages 40+) competition in which he has competed (17-0) in the past 20 years. His best year was 2010 when he won the Mr. Ottawa grandmaster class as well being named the show's best poser and most outstanding competitor. Most recently, he won his class at the 2014 International Drug Free Athletics Prairie Classic bodybuilding competition in Brandon.
He began working as a personal trainer in 1984, the same year he competed in his first Manitoba bodybuilding competition. A natural competitor who is steadfastly against performance-enhancing drugs, Payne lives what he teaches.
"If you've been competing for 40 years, on steroids you don't last that long. The maximum is 10-15 years because of the complications. The guys I've known in the gym that took steroids, they're not around today who've been around with me in the 1970s and 80s."
Payne trains six days a week for one hour in addition to time spent with more than 50 clients.
As a personal trainer, he creates programs tailored to his clients' needs and will adjust his prices based on their abilities to pay. He said 80 per cent of his clients are successful in meeting their goals on his program.
"Those are the ones I see on a consistent basis, and when we're not together, they will often come in and do their own work. I try to encourage and motivate everyone as best I can, but these are the ones that want it badly."
My favourite exercise is Smith Machine squats, lunges and shadow boxing.
Favourite workout song
Songs that move me while training: Don't Stop Believing by Journey and Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson.
No Payne, no gain. And, never give up on your dreams. Period!
What's in your fridge?
Vegetables in abundance as I make juice every day, eggs and egg whites, water and fruits. I eat mostly fish, nuts, seeds and always drink plenty of water.
What's your guilty pleasure?
I indulge once a week, sometimes twice, on chocolate or pizza but never more than one slice. I buy one slice and then leave very quickly before I want to have more!
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