Tell us a bit about yourself. What do you do for a living and what are you interests?

I have been in the office automation and telecommunication industry for some time and have been self-employed for 2.5 years.

How and when did you get involved in the fitness industry?

About 6 years ago my weight tipped over the 101kg mark and it was at that point that I turned my life around and made the decision to live a better lifestyle.  Subsequent to that it wasnt until I watched my first show at Mr & Miss Fitness SA that I was intrigued by the sport. In Jan 2014 I decided I wanted to compete and see what the sport was all about. I did so in March 2014 and was instantly hooked.

What is your personal motivation for achieving and maintaining your physique?

Besides being passionate about the sport and being competitive by nature, I work hard to stay in condition to let others know that with hard work and dedication it is possible to achieve your goals. I strive to be the best in everything I do but make it a point to not allow life to change the person I am.

What was it that first attracted you to the industry and the competitive stage?

Watching other athletes push their minds and their bodies to the limits in order to keep themselves in peak physical condition is what first attracted me to the industry and the competitive stage.

Where do you train and why did you select that gym?

I train at Virgin Active in Century City Cape Town, I work and live in this area and being that the gym is in such close proximity it assists me tremendously with trying to keep to a busy work schedule and fit in an active lifestyle.

How do you prep for shows?

I start 12-16 weeks out from the date of the show. My preferred method of eating plan is carb cycling with a controlled and planned cheat meal once per week. I find this approach has worked for me thus far but am always reading and researching and ways I can improve and may implement these changes depending on my progress leading up to the show.

How important are supplements in your eating plan? 

Very! I put my body through heavy physicality and as a result naturally it is constantly under pressure.  Adding the correct supplementation into your diet ensures not only that you get the correct nutrients but also aids in your recovery.

What does your Evox Advanced Nutrition daily supplement plan look like?

  • Whey Protein (Post workout)
  • Casein (before bedtime)
  • Pre-workout
  • Creatine ( Pre & Post workout)
  • L-Glutamine (included into my pre-workout, intra workout and post workout mix)
  • Vitamin C
  • Potassium
  • Multivitamin
  • Magnesium

Do you do any other sport or activities outside of the gym?

Touch rugby, 5 a side football, running, hiking.

What training tips do you think are most relevant to guys?

Focus on form before increasing the weights.  Dont worry about what others around you are lifting.  Dont allow your ego to determine your progress.

What is the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you? 

To be as patient and consistent as possible.  There is unfortunately no magic pill or quick fix.  The only way to see results is to stay focused on your goals.

Quick facts:

Favourite music to train to? Mixture of Hard house, Hip Hop, Trance

Favourite form or cardio? Stepper.  

Favourite cheat meal?   PIZZA

What's in your gym bag?  Sweat Towel, Shaker with BCAAs with L-Glutamine, Shaker with 100% Whey Protein with L-Glutamine

What do you do to relax? Spending time with my wife.

How can fans make contact with you? 

Robert Smith (FB), 

@Robsmith_13 (twitter),

@Robsmith_13 (Instagram)

Director – Office Automation Company and Telecommunication Company.
Director – Office Automation Company and Telecommunication Company.