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Muscle man Bryan calling it quits?

Mike King

Muscle man Bryan calling it quits?

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Carmichael?Bryan, one of the best bodybuilders in Barbados and the Caribbean, may never step on stage again.
Bryan, who earned his pro card when he won the Central American and Caribbean (CAC)?title in Guyana in 2004, has not flexed muscle since and acknowledged that he has lost that drive and determination.
Based in Bermuda where he has resided and worked as a personal trainer for more than five years, the 41-year-old Bryan, who is back home for a brief visit, said his emphasis was now purely on producing fitness and bodybuilding champions.
“As a bodybuilder, I normally put 150 per cent into training and I have found it tough trying to prepare myself and help those I am working with. I get my glory from training athletes and taking them to the next level.
“My passion is bodybuilding but the training of athletes has been a distraction for me and I have not been able to focus on my own training. I just have not been able to give it my all these days. I?am not into bodybuilding like before. I have found it hard finding that balance,” said Bryan, who represented Barbados at the World Championships in Egypt and India in 2002 and 2003, respectively.
In 2008, Bryan had wins by way of fellow Barbadian Tamesha Lewis and Bermuda’s Sandra Simons in the Body Fitness competition, but his biggest success to date is having worked with Canada’s Ryall Graber-Vasani, who was fitness queen and the inaugural winner of the Arnold Classic Brasil in Rio De Janeiro last month.
“I work with athletes in both Bermuda and Barbados. I visit my athletes when I am home [in Barbados] and keep in touch via the Internet,” said Bryan, who admitted he had not trained for the last three months.
Bryan was doubtful whether he would recapture that hunger and fire he had as an amateur when he had memorable showdowns on the national stage with heavyweight rivals Roger Boyce and Jerry Nicholls.
“I have a fear that if I start focussing on myself, I am going to take away from my clients. That’s how I feel. I feel I should compete. It is a feeling that I have almost every year, but I don’t do anything about it.
“I train and get to 260 pounds and then I stop because I don’t really have that vision. I don’t know where to go from here because I am not hungry anymore,” said Bryan, who is spending time with his 11-year-old daughter Danielle.
Winner of the last edition of the Bernard Sealy Classic (1996), Bryan, is one of only two men to lift the coveted Mr CAC title without winning Mr Barbados, the other being David “Noddy”?Alleyne.