OMAHA, Neb.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Saturday, August 31, Omaha native and professional lifetime body builder Todd Smith competed in and won the prestigious title of Mr. Natural Universe, World Champion - Masters Division.
“I have been training and competing for over 30 years and continue to do so because I love the competition”
Impressive as that sounds, this isn’t the first world title held by Smith. In 2011 Todd Smith also earned the title of Mr. Natural Olympia, Masters Division, and is only one of four people globally to own both titles.
“I have been training and competing for over 30 years and continue to do so because I love the competition,” said Smith. “It takes months and years of preparation to be able to compete at this level but you still never know who is going to show up. Each year the competition is different but each year I get better. I’ve dedicated my life to the sport which gives me the foundation from which to continually progress.”
Smith is a natural body builder. This means he trains and competes without the use of drug enhancements of any kind. Prior to a natural body building competition, competitors can be asked to participate in polygraphs but all must submit to urinalysis testing. This is the same testing administered at the Olympics to identify such substances as human growth hormone, anabolic steroids, asthma medication and any other drug which could be used to enhance growth or performance.
Each year hundreds of hopefuls enter the International Natural Bodybuilding Association’s (INBA) Natural Mr. Universe Competition - the largest natural bodybuilding sanctioning body in the world.
Alongside Smith were 75 competitors from over 50 countries, all vying for the title across numerous age and height classes, and divisions. Smith’s division – the Masters - is the over 35 age group and is host to some of the most consistently fierce competition in the world.
“I am proud to have reached this next goal in my professional career,” said Smith, President of Todd Smith Fitness. “I have many other goals in sight and plan to continue my pursuit of future world titles.”
About Todd Smith Fitness
Todd Smith Fitness is guaranteed to deliver positive, life changing results. The founding philosophy places equal emphasis on nutrition, weight training and cardiovascular conditioning. Smith has led thousands of people successfully past their preconceived physical limitations by addressing psychological obstacles that have kept them from attaining their ultimate happiness. Motivation, accountability, and direction are the cornerstones of Todd Smith Fitness.