Derek Rafla

OPA BODYBUILDER


Stats

BORN
Guelph, ON, Canada

BIRTH DATE
December 7, 1989

RESIDES
Guelph, ON, Canada

HEIGHT
5´8˝

LEVEL
Amateur

ARMS
19˝

WAIST
31˝

THIGHS
31˝

CALVES
18.5˝

NECK
18˝

CHEST
48˝

CONTEST WEIGHT
215 lbs

OFF-SEASON WEIGHT
230

Contest History

2014 OPA Gala Championships 2nd place Heavyweight

2013 Arnold Amateur Classic Europe , No Placing

2013 CBBF Natural Nationals 1st place Junior, 1st place light heavyweight, and Overall winner

2013 CBBF Natural Nationals 1st place Junior, 1st place light heavyweight, and Overall winner

2012 OPA Natural Provincials 1st place Junior, 1 place light heavyweight, and Overall winner

2012 OPA Natural Provincials 1st place Junior, 1 place light heavyweight, and Overall winner

2011 OPA Henderson Thorne Natural Classic 1st place light heavyweight and Overall winner

2011 UFE Spring Bash 2nd place junior and 3rd place light heavyweight

2011 OPA Henderson Thorne Natural Classic 1st place light heavyweight and Overall winner

2011 UFE Spring Bash 2nd place junior and 3rd place light heavyweight

INSIGHTS

The person I most wanted to be when I started was...
Dorian Yates

The supplements I can't live without...
AGENT M, OMEGA OIL, STRONGMAN, and GLUTAMEND

The best thing about training is...
The direct, noticeable results and adrenaline rushes after setting new PR’s (personal records).

The one thing every bodybuilder should know is...
Compete for yourself…don’t let others determine if, why, or when you should compete.

Two things I would change about bodybuilding are...
The mainstream popularity and stereotypes regarding bodybuilding: In my opinion, everyone who steps foot into a gym or any training facility can consider themselves bodybuilders in one way or another as they are “building” their “body” regardless of what the desired outcome or goal may be. 

The politics: Unfortunately, in any sport or organization there is always going to be unfair politics or biases playing a role. The more fitness organizations can cut down on politics, the better this sport will become.

My ultimate goal is...
To become an IFBB pro bodybuilder and be competitive among the pro ranks.

One thing every gym rat should know is...
You most likely will never reach the point of “overtraining”. If you think you are “overtraining”, chances are you not giving your body adequate amounts of sleep and/or nutrition.

Years I’ve been training...
Going on 11 years of solid training.

The last new bodybuilding thing I learned is...
Take care of and be pro-active with ANY injuries or pains before it turns into something a lot more serious.

The one question I’d ask a pro is...
If you had the chance to do it all over again, what would you do differently in your path to becoming an IFBB pro?

What I enjoy most about competing is...
The intensity of the training and lifestyle leading into competition…and winning.

 

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