One on One With Bodybuilding Champion and Gym Owner, Freddie Klopper

Quick Stats

Name: Freddie Klopper
Age: 27
Height: 1,73m
Competition weight: 102kg
Current weight: 109kg
Current city: Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa
Occupation: Gym owner (business man), Bodies Under Works (my own studio)

When did you start training and how did you get into this lifestyle?

I started training for rugby and also because I was a very skinny boy in high school. My dad did some body building in his younger years and showed me the ropes… I just never let go of those ropes!!! Look where it got me today!! Thank you dad!

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What do you love about it and what keeps you motivated?

My friends and family keeps me motivated. I surround myself with good, true and positive people! People that will take a bullet for me any day!!

I also love to see the results that take place on my physique and this in turn just makes me want more!!

Tell us a bit about your new sponsorship with Big OX.

Eben of big ox approached me and Jeanine Killian to do a shoot for the product and one thing lead to another. We are both competitive athletes in the fitness and body building world and we will like to expand the sport in every way that we can.

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What competitions have you competed in and your placings?


  • IFBB Gauteng Provincials, junior 0/21, 2nd
  • IFBB SA’s, junior 0/21, 3rd
  • WPF Gauteng Provincials, junior 0/23, 2nd
  • Worlds, junior 0/23, 2nd


  • WPF Diamond classic, junior 0/23, 1st
  • WPF Rainbow classic, Overall Winner
  • WPF Gauteng provincials, junior 0/23, 1st
  • WPF SA’s, junior 0/23, 1st
  • WPF Mr.Universe Worlds, junior 0/23, 1st

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  • Wff-Wbbf North Gauteng, Over 90kg, 2nd


  • Wff-Wbbf SA ALT X Sports Grand Prix, 2nd


  • IFBB Millennium Rudx Gold plate, Overall Winner
  • NABBA Pretoria Classic, Overall Winner

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What are your future plans?

Competing in the Wbff and going to Las Vegas to try and turn PRO.

What are some of the mistakes you made when starting out?

Listening to too many people.

When NOT competing do you try to bulk up and put on as much size as you can or do you prefer to stay lean year round and build up gradually from there?

I like to build lean muscle so my body fat never goes over 12%.

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Take us through an average day of yours:

  • Wake up, shower,breakfast.
  • Off to work and meal 2
  • Morning training
  • Meal 3, meal 4, meal 5
  • Afternoon training,
  • Meal 6
  • Rest in front of the TV
  • Meal 7 before bed

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What 5 food items do you always walk out with at the supermarket?

  1. Steak
  2. Chicken breast
  3. Pineapple
  4. Paw paw
  5. Chutney

 What supplements do you use if any?

I use:

  • Protein shakes as snacks
  • Amino acids
  • Potent pre workout shake
  • Vitargo for post training
  • Glutamine for recovery

Give us a brief description of your philosophy on your training and on average how long do you workout for?

With every training session one should give it your all because you are not at the gym to talk, you are there to push yourself beyond your own limits and when you get there, go a few steps, and reps more!!

I train a total of 3 hours a day, mornings and evenings.

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Do you do a lot of cardio?

Hate to do cardio…

What would you say are the best exercises you can do to really bring up your biceps?

Any form of concentration curls in a combination with preacher curls.

Favorite bodybuilder(s):

Phil Heath

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Favorite female athlete(s):

Monica Brant

Which do you prefer and why.  Today’s bodybuilders like Jay Cutler and Phil Heath, or the smaller physiques like Frank Zane.

Phil, because we as bodybuilders strive to get the best x factor shape with the muscle thickness.

Favourite Quote:

“I have beliefs, I have dreams, and I believe in living my dreams and if you want to take that from me you will have to fight me all day every day, because I won’t give in, I’ll stand swinging to the end.”

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What are your top tips for the small guys wanting to gain muscle and add some size to their frame?

Eat! Get yourself a good diet with a good training programme and make it a part of your life!!

Advice for someone wanting to start competing?

You have to make gym and dieting a lifestyle. This is not something that comes easy and it’s not everyone who can go and stand on a stage!! Believe and strive to be the best!

Where can people get hold of you?

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