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Local trainer finding success in bodybuilding events

By Jimmy Carter jcarter@news-journal.com
Aug. 1, 2013 at 11 p.m.

Jeff Enoch decided to take up bodybuilding and physique competition last summer.

It didn't take long for the 33-year-old Longview resident and personal trainer to establish himself as one of the top competitors in the region.

Enoch is fresh off a strong showing at the Purebody Nutrition Extravaganza in Tyler on July 20 where he won the Men's Physique division and placed second in the Men's Novice Bodybuilding division.

He will compete again Saturday in the Oklahoma City Classic, a prominent drug-tested North American Natural Bodybuilding Federation event that served as one of his first competitions last year and one that he enters with high expectations this year.

"I would like to think I have a good chance to win," Enoch said.

Enoch, who has been a personal trainer for eight years and is sponsored by GymBox, was competitive in his first event last summer, placing third in his bodybuilding debut shortly after he decided to take up the sport.

"A lot of people come up to me when I'm working out in public and ask, 'Are you a boxer? Do you compete? Are you a gymnast?'" Enoch said. "So that all just started racking my brain over the years. Then someone said I ought to do the competition stuff, and so I jumped on board a year ago and ended up third place without even preparing.

"It honestly just kind of comes naturally. A lot of people ask what I eat and how I diet. And this is bad to say, but I went and ate a pizza buffet (Wednesday) and I know I have to compete on Saturday. But I just have the confidence in myself."

He followed up his debut with a second-place finish in Oklahoma City last year, then finished fourth in Houston this spring before competing in Tyler a few weeks ago. He had previously only competed in the physique division prior to the Tyler competition, but decided to also participate in the bodybuilding division at the event.

"For bodybuilding you have to be big and bulky," Enoch said. "It's about mass and size. For men's physique, it's about being lean, cut and really defined. It's not about mass size. It's kind of like Abercrombie & Fitch models."

The Oklahoma City event only allows competitors to enter in one division. So Enoch had a decision to make for this weekend.

"You can't be big and bulky as well as lean and thin," Enoch said. "So I'm choosing to do men's physique since I've done it for a year now and I've had pretty good rankings in that."

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