Gateway graduate captures title at first bodybuilding competition
Gateway graduate Jordan Sukay made the most of his first bodybuilding competition.
The 19-year-old student who is taking classes at CCAC-Boyce toward a physical therapy degree, placed first in the Teen Bodybuilder division of the National Physique Committee's Pittsburgh Bodybuilding Championships on May 4 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland.
“It's hard to describe the feeling,” he said. “It felt good that all my hard work paid off in the end.”
Sukay bested three other competitors in his division.
“I just wanted to go into it bringing the best that I could,” said Sukay, who works in the nutrition bar at LA Fitness in Monroeville and did a lot of his training at the facility.
“I wanted to have fun and see where it could take me. I went in with nothing to lose and a lot to gain. I dieted down and felt good.”
Sukay said that he really ramped things up in the final weeks before the competition.
“It made things more complicated,” he said.
“I definitely had to change my diet — my carbs, my proteins, my fats, my water intake. I had to watch my sodium intake. I had to be on time about eating my meals throughout the day.”
Sukay, a 2012 Gateway grad, was no stranger to the gym or weight training through wrestling and playing football in high school.
He said he got really serious about bodybuilding and the thoughts of competing just within the past year.
“Since I wasn't playing any sports, I wanted to get into something,” Sukay said. “Bodybuilding seemed the best bet for me.”
Sukay said he has received help and advice from people at the gym.
“A friend of mine has really helped me with my diet and my water, because I didn't have a good idea of that,” he said. “He guided me through it every day.”
Sukay credits his older brother, Aaron, a 2008 Gateway grad, for getting him in the weight room more as a freshman in high school and getting him on a path that led him to the competition success earlier this month.
Sukay said he wants to continue competing.
“I plan on doing some next year,” he said.
“I hope to work on some of my lower points and bring them up.”
Sukay said he gained some valuable knowledge at the competition that will take him into training for when the next event comes around.
“I didn't talk to anyone personally, but from seeing the photos from the competition, I noticed some weak points on my body that I definitely need to work on,” he said. “I need a little bit more size in my legs and my back. I think I need to be a little bit leaner next time and get some more water out.”
Sukay was quick to point out all the support of family, friends, co-workers and everyone else who helped him get to the point of being able to win the bodybuilding title.
Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.