Blessing Awodibu

Blessing Awodibu is an Irish professional bodybuilder known for his huge and aesthetic physique. ‘A force of nature,’ as he’s called by some people, Blessing is a highly successful bodybuilder – boasting 2 Arnold Classic Titles, along with 4 IFBB Overall Champion Titles.

However, Blessing wasn’t always a picture of strength or success. He was underweight growing up. The gym was initially only a hobby through which he hoped to gain some strength and size. At the time, his priorities lay in academia – Blessing hoped that he’d enroll in a great college after his high school graduation.

But after his dream of becoming an academic was shattered and he realized he couldn’t join a college that he wanted, Blessing turned to the only outlet that he had left – bodybuilding.

This is his story:


 

Blessing Awodibu flexing shirtless with his medals and trophies

“Social media is an extremely important, valuable tool to any athlete – especially a bodybuilder who’s hoping to do well in the industry in the future. The sport needs an influencer, a role model for both older and younger generations. Without social media, it’s nearly impossible to reach or communicate with these people.”

Athlete Statistics

Full Name: Blessing Awodibu
WeightHeightAgeDate of Birth
235 - 245lbs (106.6 - 111.1kg)5'10" (177.5cm)26September 20, 1991
NationalityProfessionEra
IrishProfessional Bodybuilder, Personal Trainer2010
Weight235 - 245lbs (106.6 - 111.1kg)
Height5'10" (177.5cm)
Age26
Date of BirthSeptember 20, 1991
NationalityIrish
ProfessionProfessional Bodybuilder, Personal Trainer
Era2010


 

Blessing Awodibu flexing his ripped and huge back in a gym

Accomplishments

Career Awards and Accomplishments

  • 2x Arnold Champion
  • 4x IFBB Overall Champion
  • IFBB Pro Card – IFBB Diamond Cup Czech Republic overall winner (2017)

 

Blessing Awodibu doing a side triceps pose in a professional photo shoot

“My first international show, and PRO Qualifier was IFBB Diamond Cup in the Czech Republic in May 2017. Here I won the super heavy weight class and the Overall title, winning me the Pro card – I can’t describe that feeling of happiness but I did not stop there!

A week later I flew to Portugal where I competed at the IFBB Diamond Cup, Espinho. I also won the super heavy weight class and the Overall title, winning my second Pro Card – 3 Overall’s in 2 months – not too bad some might say!”

Biography

A Makeshift Gym in Garden

Blessing Awodibu grew up as a “thin” child who couldn’t seem to gain weight. He remembers being afraid to take his shirt off on the beach because he felt others would judge him for his ‘skinny looks.’

In a search for a way to improve his size, Blessing decided to try weightlifting. Since he couldn’t afford himself a gym membership at the time, Blessing improvised by building a makeshift gym in his garden shed.


 

Blessing Awodibu flexing his ripped muscles in a bodybuilding photo shoot


Academic Pursuits

Blessing soon saw great results on his physique from working out. However, despite this, he still considered working out a hobby – not something he’d concern himself with too much.

Blessing’s main priority at the time was pursuing academia. His plan was to graduate from high school with top grades so he could enter a reputable college. However, his priorities quickly changed once he discovered he couldn’t join a college he wanted.

In the own words of Blessing; “The gym was my only hobby until, unfortunately, things didn’t work out and my dreams of college were dashed. I couldn’t get a job. I didn’t know what to do with myself.”

Turning to the Gym “Full-Time”

With his dreams in academia shattered, Blessing only knew of one place that could help him vent his frustrations – the weight room.

From that moment on, he decided to take the bodybuilding lifestyle more seriously, and even try to pursue it as his career if the right opportunities would arise.

By the age of 18, his physique started looking muscular and strong. Thrilled with his own progress, Blessing decided to test his improved physique by competing in a bodybuilding contest.

Training hard day in and day out, along with practicing the traditional bodybuilder’s poses, Blessing ultimately ended up in the 4th place in the contest. He said; “I came in fourth and later discovered I should’ve been in the junior category. I received positive feedback from the judges and talked to Tony Freeman about improvements.”


 

Blessing Awodibu doing a most muscular pose on a bodybuilding stage


Growing into a Success

From the moment he stepped on the bodybuilding stage for the first time, Blessing knew there was no turning back. He was ‘hooked.’

“I was over the moon and knew I’d be back with a bang. In April, I entered the junior category in another RIBBF competition and won. I was thrilled.”

Throughout the years, Blessing achieved a huge success as a bodybuilder. He’s grown into an IFBB Pro, with 2 Arnold Classic and 4 IFBB Overall Titles to his name. In the process, he’s become known for his incredible genetics – featuring small waist, along with big and round shoulders. Some people even went on to dub him ‘a force of nature.’

With his outstanding physique and thirst to be the best, there’s a lot more to hear and see from Blessing Awodibu.


 

Blessing Awodibu posing shirtless in a photo shoot, looking huge and ripped

Training

Blessing’s training regimen consists of two workouts per day. During each workout, he focuses on one muscle group with maximum intensity. He starts each workout with a warm-up set followed by 15 minutes of intense ab exercises.

He trains only once on Saturday, and takes Sundays off. In total, that’s 11 workouts per week for Blessing.

“Cardio isn’t part of my regimen because I have an active lifestyle. Sleep is very important, but I don’t get much because of my work schedule.”


 

Blessing Awodibu flexing his back and arms in a photo


Blessing Awodibu’s Workout Routine

Day 1 – Session 1: Shoulders/Traps
  • Upright Rows, 3 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Shrugs, 4 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Standing Behind The Back Shrugs, 4 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Seated Behind The Back, 4 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Seated Dumbbell Shoulder Press, 4 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Dumbbell Front Raises, 3 sets to failure
  • Seated Shoulder Press, 5 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Barbell Front Raises, 4 sets to failure
  • Bent-Over Lateral Raises, 5 sets of 15-20 reps
  • Seated Bent-Over Lateral Raises, 5 sets of 15-20 reps
  • Incline Bench Lateral Raises, 3 sets of 15-20 reps
  • Incline Bench Barbell Front Raises, 4 sets to failure
Day 1: Session 2: Legs
  • Calf Workout, 15 minutes of various exercises
  • Lunges, 3 sets of 20 reps
  • Squats, 6 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Lying Leg Press, 4 sets of 15-20 reps
  • Leg Extensions, 6 sets of 15-20 reps
  • Leg Curls, 8 sets of 15-20 reps
Day 2 – Session 1: Back
  • Pull-Ups, 6 sets of 15-20 reps
  • Lat Pull-Downs, 5 sets of 15-20 reps
  • Lat Pull-Overs, 3 sets of 15-20 reps
  • Barbell Bent-Over Rows, 3 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Seated Cable Rows, 3 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Dumbbell Bent-Over Rows, 4 sets to failure
Day 2 – Session 2: Chest
  • Incline Dumbbell Press, 6 sets of 8-10 reps
  • Incline Bench Press, 4 sets of 15-20 reps
  • Bench Dumbbell Flyes, 3 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Incline Dumbbell Flyes, 4 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Dumbbell Bench Press, 3 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Pec Decks, 3 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Bench Press, 6 sets of 12-15 reps
Day 3 – Session 1: Arms
  • Barbell Curls, 9 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Seated Barbell Curls, 3 sets to failure
  • Seated Dumbbell Curl, 4 sets to failure
  • Standing Hammer Curls, 4 sets of 15-20 reps
  • Seated Hammer Curls, 4 sets to failure
  • Cable Triceps Extensions, 4 sets of 15-20 reps
  • Barbell Triceps Press, 3 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Decline Skull Crushers, 3 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Cable Triceps Extensions, 3 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Skull Crushers, 3 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Dips, 4 sets to failure
Day 3 – Session 2: Lower Back/Glutes/Hamstrings
  • Lunges, 3 sets of 20 reps
  • Leg Curls, 8 sets of 15-20 reps
  • Back Extensions, 3 sets of 15-20 reps
  • Deadlifts, 5 sets of 15-20 reps
Day 4 – Session 1: Shoulders/Traps
  • Repeat Day 1 Session 1
Day 4 – Session 2: Back
  • Repeat Day 2 Session 1
Day 5 – Session 1: Chest
  • Repeat Day 2 Session 2
Day 5 – Session 2: Legs
  • Repeat Day 1 Session 2
Day 6: Arms
  • Repeat Day 3 Session 1
Day 7: Rest
  • Full body recovery

 

Blessing Awodibu doing a front double biceps pose in a photo

“Diet is a big aspect of bodybuilding, as a matter of fact, it’s the hardest part of bodybuilding! Being in great shape isn’t just about training in the gym, the gym is only a small part of it. Being very smart with your diet and supplementation plays a major role in the life of a bodybuilder.”

Nutrition

Blessing eats a lot of lean proteins and complex carbs. These include tuna, duck eggs, lean beef, and oats. He also makes sure to drink enough water to keep his muscles hydrated and energized.

There’s also time and place for ‘cheat meals’ in Blessing’s diet regimen. He’ll usually have something from the Chinese cuisine once or twice per week.

Blessing Awodibu’s Meal Plan

Meal 1: Pre-Workout

  • Oatmeal, 75 grams
  • Milk, 10 ounces
  • 4 Eggs
  • Whey Protein, 2 scoops

Meal 2: Post-Workout

  • Tuna, 129 grams
  • Whey Protein, 2 scoops

Meal 3: Pre-Workout

  • Pasta, 550 grams
  • Ground Beef, 8 ounces
  • Whey Protein, 2 scoops

Meal 4: Post-Workout

  • Chicken Breast, 500 grams
  • Whey Protein, 2 scoops

Meal 5

  • Noodles, 170 grams
  • Duck Eggs, 4 eggs

Meal 6

  • Pasta, 550 grams
  • Grilled Chicken, 8 ounces
  • Cashews, 100 grams

Meal 7

  • Cereals, 100 grams
  • Milk, 10 ounces

 

Blessing Awodibu lifting heavy weights in a photo shoot, his back looking big and strong


Supplements

Blessing isn’t a big believer in supplements. For him, whole food is more important when it comes to building muscle.

As he says; “Supplements aren’t the key for me. It’s all about the diet. My only supplement is whey protein.”


 

Blessing Awodibu flexing his big and ripped muscles in a professional bodybuilding photo shoot

“I set goals and will do whatever it takes to achieve those goals and make my dream a reality. I also hope that one day I will be able to inspire and prove to the younger generation that dreams do come true. You can either find an excuse or achieve your goal! “

Idols and Influences

Blessing Awodibu’s biggest influence in bodybuilding is Kai Greene. Here’s Blessing talking about his idol, Kai;

“My all-time favorite is Kai Greene. He’s very inspiring. It’s great that he likes to teach others as well. When I need inspiration, I watch videos of Kai Greene or replay my favorite movie of all time, Pumping Iron.” – Blessing Awodibu


 

Blessing Awodibu flexing his arms chest and abs in a photo shoot

What we can learn from Blessing Awodibu

The main lesson we can learn from Blessing Awodibu is that everyone starts somewhere. Every professional bodybuilder was once an amateur.

So if your passion is to become a bodybuilder, remember that it’s a long road and it takes time. With enough patience and commitment, you too could become a successful bodybuilder, just like Blessing Awodibu.

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