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7/29/2019 10:22:00 AM
Thomas competes in Body Building Championships
Fitness and living a healthy lifestyle have been very important to Dodgeville Native Kerby Thomas, which factors into his success in body building competitions.
Fitness and living a healthy lifestyle have been very important to Dodgeville Native Kerby Thomas, which factors into his success in body building competitions.
Kerby Thomas is a 2008 Dodgeville graduate, attended Madison Area Technical College for one year and has been a co-owner of Tri-State Custom Windows for the past 10 years.
Fitness and living a healthy lifestyle has always been a big thing for Thomas after graduating. He has been working out for roughly six years before deciding to try and compete.
"The main reason I started competing was to push past my current physique, mentally and physically to see how my body would react," said Thomas. "You truly can't see all the hard work you have put in until you cut out a lot of the excess fat and show lean muscle."
Thomas's first competition was in 2017. He started dieting in December of 2018. The challenge began when he cut out macros, or otherwise "fats, proteins and carbohydrates." He hired nutrition/posing coach Lisa Feran, owner of Custom Fitness Specialists of the Madison area.
"My diet was slowly adjusted each week for roughly 18 weeks until my first show," Thomas said. "This year between the four shows, I had a total of 23-24 weeks of dieting."
There has been a lot of preparation for the stage. That preparation includes meal prepping each week, doing monthly practices and sending his progress through photos to his coach on a weekly basis. Watching his diet also included eat five to six meals a day.
"Every piece of food I consumed was weighed and portioned out through the day," Thomas said. "By weighing every food item, you are able to accurately measure the amount of fats, carbs, and proteins that specific food."
There were many restrictions in his diet, which meant he couldn't have alcohol, junk food, soda, limiting his caffeine intake, and no bread. That caused many challenges for him.
"Any parties, graduations, birthdays, or weddings, you can't eat any food or can't have any drinks," Thomas said. "Going out to dinner with friends or family I would either choose to skip out on or go and never eat." This sometimes prompted him to bring his own food along for the ride.
He was commonly asked during the preparation, "why."
"Having to reiterate yourself almost everyday to someone new can be a little stressful at times," Thomas said. "Getting sick of the same type of food, like Asparagus two to three times a day can also be taxing on the mental state after so long."
However the challenges were outweighed by the benefits.
Thomas signed up for two classes in the men's Physique division in Dekalb, IL (novice and open). Novice is where a competitor has not won, and open is for anyone that wants to compete. It had taken him 18 weeks of preparation for stepping on the stage. The five to eight minute stage time in that competition lead him to earning first place in both of his divisions, and he earned his professional card. By earning his card, Thomas then was able to move on to other competitions as a pro, competing against others. There are different things that judges look for when evaluating a competitor like Thomas.
"During this time you need to be constantly flexed, keeping good symmetry and smiling all while making it look as effortless as possible," Thomas said. "Judges will have you stay flexed in one position for as long as they need you to, in order for them to properly gauge everyone."
Thomas then signed up for the Men's Physique competition and walked away finishing third place. He then signed up for his first professional Pro Men's Physique Show in Peoria, IL. While he went up against many others, he then walked away with another first place title and earned a $500 check. The next Pro Men's Physique Show in Bloomington, MN was a much larger show, however out of 300 competitors, he walked away with a top five finish.
Thomas is now in an off season, a time when a competitor like Thomas can grow or change their physique and to better his chances next time around.
"I plan on competing again in the future," Thomas said. "I plan on building for the next two to three years before I do compete again."

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