Taking on the world

LIHU‘E — Kaua‘i resident Kevin Jones is ready to take on the world. At last week’s Hawaiian Islands Body Building Championships on O‘ahu, Jones took home first place honors in the Men’s Masters Division. The win will send Jones to Reno, Nevada, this November to compete in the Natural Mr. Olympia competition.

In Jones’ 28 years of bodybuilding, it’s the first time he’s qualified for the Mr. Olympia competition, and at 48, he is proving that age is just a number when it comes to fitness.

“I’ve been competing a long time and you never know what’s going to happen,” Jones, a personal trainer, said of the competition. “I just went in with confidence and the best shape I possibly could.”

That’s the strategy that Jones said he will take to Reno this fall. In an event that features over 2,000 participants from 50 different countries, Jones needs to be in prime physical shape if he wants to bring home a win. In order to do that, Jones is beginning a five-month workout program which consists of cardio twice a day and heavy lifting to compliment a strict diet.

Even if he doesn’t win his division at the Mr. Olympia competition, Jones’ goal is to help promote a drug-free lifestyle to the youth of Kaua’i.  The division that Jones competes in is sanctioned under the International Natural Bodybuilding Association, which uses strict International Olympic Committee drug testing standards.

“There’s no way to beat the drug test which really evens the playing field,” Jones said. “I want to show the kids that it is possible to get muscle drug free. People always ask me what I’m taking or what I eat. I just tell them that I eat a lot of chicken and take some protein. That’s all you need.”

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