‘Bodybuilding saved me’: From refugee to iron-pumping champion


It all began as a dare, however now newly-crowned NSW bodybuilding champion Ek Khammountry admits he doesn’t recognize where he could be without the sport.

“I changed into training with my mate … and he dared me to do a bodybuilding show. I had no hobby at all,” Mr. Khammountry informed SBS News.

“We made a %. He did his first competition in (his sport of) cross-in shape so I needed to back up my personal word.

“I entered my first frame building opposition, fell in love with it and got the computer virus.”
Born in a Thai refugee camp in 1985 as his dad and mom fled conflict-torn Laos, Mr. Khammountry attributes his paintings ethic to his tough upbringing.
“My mum becomes a soldier inside the Laos army,” he stated.

“We didn’t have a great deal of a [Laotian] network at the time while we arrived in Australia.

“My dad and mom needed to adapt to the Western way of life pretty speedy and they labored honestly difficult which I am very grateful for.”
With the lead as much as an opposition which includes 12-weeks of extreme training, Mr. Khammountry stated bodybuilding can be a “lonely adventure.”

“From the time I awaken everything wishes to be perfect till the time I doze off – my training, my aerobic, my nutrition,” he said.

“I live away from temptation, you may even need to placed your relationship on preserve – which I have finished before.”

Despite the grueling exercising and strict way of life, Mr. Khammountry said he “truly enjoy(s) the so referred to as ‘torture’ of comp prep.

“It’s given me a variety of shape, a number of fields,” he said.

“I understand on the give up of the day when the comp is completed, I turn into a better person [and] I will grow mentally and bodily more potent.
But Mr. Khammountry’s fierce commitment to bodybuilding has helped him in more methods than one.

He attributes the self-discipline won through the sport as giving him the electricity to “say no.”

“During my formative years, [I] could … pass in the pathway of going into underground gangs and so forth,” Mr. Khammountry stated.

“Or [I] should go into the route of fitness and stayed the direction.

“It [bodybuilding] saved me because … it made me genuinely independent, so I wasn’t encouraged by means of each person to fall into that path. I made my personal preference to shy away from that form of having an effect on.

“If I went the alternative route I could be in prison, 100 in keeping with a cent.”
Having secured the quantity-one slot inside the NSW State Arnold Qualifier inside the men’s physique division, Mr. Khammountry has his attractions set on prevailing a National identity
“My purpose is to show professional,” he stated.

“The way I see it’s miles, if I ever win my pro-card on the nationals or the Arnold’s someday, I simply see that I [will be] doing what I love and dwelling the lifestyle I need … representing my united states Australia and with any luck in the future making it to the Olympia.”