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Inverness bodybuilder Jack is in with the big Gunns after winning heavyweight British finals qualifier at Slough’s Braywick Leisure Centre

By Alasdair Fraser

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Jack Gunn, who co-owns The Forge Gym, with his medal.
Jack Gunn, who co-owns The Forge Gym, with his medal.

An ambitious Inverness bodybuilder is muscling in on his dream of turning professional after a big victory in England last week.

Jack Gunn, who co-owns The Forge gym on Carsegate Road, took a significant step towards his goal after being judged top heavyweight at the 2BrosPro MK Classic at Slough’s Braywick Leisure Centre.

After winning his regional qualifier, the 25-year-old – also a business change manager with power company SSE ­– will return to the same venue on August 1 for the British finals.

2BrosPro is the only platform through which UK and Irish amateur bodybuilding athletes can achieve professional status within the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) Pro League.

“It is definitely my best success,” Mr Gunn.

LISTEN: Jack describes his success in our latest Health and Lift Ness podcast (episode 5)

“By winning my class, I earned an invite to the British finals, an amalgamation of all the class winners, and that’s the level where you can eventually move on to win your pro card.

“I’m excited, big-time. It was a good win. I’m a little fish in a big pond, really, having taken two or three years out to put on some size.

“To go back in and win tells me the hard work has paid off. My ambition, down the line, is definitely to turn professional.”

Having worked his way up from humble beginnings in the last five years this, his sixth show, has propelled him to a new level. It has taken a great deal of dedication and hard work.

The Inverness competitor finished best ‘heavyweight’.
The Inverness competitor finished best ‘heavyweight’.

“It is every day – all of your food, training, sleep and rest,” he said. “You live and breathe it, 24 hours a day.

“Probably for the first time, I wasn’t nervous at all at Braywick. Even the might before, I slept soundly. There was no audience because of Covid, so that probably helped as usually there would be three or four hundred people in attendance.”

Mr Gunn’s only decision, now, is whether to aim for heavy or super-heavyweight status.

“Super-heavyweight is my ultimate goal. In that category, competitors can get as big as they can, so you face some monsters!” he added.

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