Name: Jody Boynton
Occupation: Personal Trainer/Bodybuilder
Jody Boynton has got it, but isn’t one to flaunt it — except when he’s winning bodybuilding competitions. Two first place wins last month (one at the FAME National Championships in the advanced lightweight category, the other as the middle weight champ at the IFDA Toronto Classic) add to an impressive average comprising six Top 3 titles from six competitions.
“Since I was a kid, I’ve always liked that superhero He-Man and Hulk larger-than-life persona,” says Boynton. “I honestly started with a small cable machine, some bricks and a bar that I would lift after dinner before I started my high school homework.”
That boy from Brussels, Ont., came to the big city nearly two decades ago and found himself posing for fitness magazines, calendars, postcards and even art classes. A full-time personal trainer for the past five years, Boynton is quick to dispel the misconceptions of his sport.
“Most bodybuilders or fitness competitors are driven, professional and smart. Very few dumb muscle guys or girls actually exist,” says Boynton, who’s in his 30s.
His vast knowledge of weight training, nutrition, holistic health and fat deposition related to hormonal imbalance has paid off with a heavily booked schedule, which sees him training clients from as early as 7 a.m. to as late as 9 p.m.
A staunch proponent of all things natural, Boynton is adamantly against steroid use, a recent headline news topic since the death of WWE wrestling champ Chris Benoit. “I’ve tried many times to warn young guys against (steroids),” says Boynton, who at a buffed 5’6” surprisingly only weighs around 169 lbs.
He has never “juiced,” a street term for the drug which is often bought illegally for hundreds or even thousands of dollars by guys gunning to accelerate their quest to look like Hercules. Short-term steroid gain lead to long-term pain, explains Boynton as he spews off a string of potential side effects like hormone imbalance, depression/aggression, hair loss/gain, enlarged organs, skin thickening, acne, as well as liver, colon and digestive tract damage. The list goes on.
While it’s great to be a gym bunny, Boynton admits that narcissism and insecurity are motivating factors for a lot of fitness buffs. That becomes dangerous when one is afflicted with bigorexia, a condition described as reverse anorexia or muscle dysmorphia. It is characterized by an obsessive pursuit for muscular perfection and is often associated with steroid use.
“I am and will always be natural, and like to set the example,” he says. “There are no quick fixes in life. Working hard and being true to yourself with the future in mind serves you best.”