Cenia Bock’s unlikely journey to bodybuilding champion

When bodybuilder and trainer Jeni Briscoe asked Cenia Bock in November of 2017 if she could train her, Bock didn’t have to think twice before saying yes. Before long, Bock made it her goal to compete at the 2018 CPA Northern Classic, and a frantic seven-month life-changing fitness journey culminated in Bock winning four of the eight classes she competed in on May 19.

Bock, who lives in Fort St. John, came first in Grandmasters Figure, Novice Masters Bikini, Grandmasters Bikini, and Masters Novice Bikini.

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“It was incredible. It was an honour to have Jeni want to train me. I wanted to win, and feel like a winner, and I did,” Bock said.

Bock is proud of her journey, and enjoyed every step along the way. She was in the gym every day, and was disciplined with her diet, doing what Briscoe asked of her.

“I kept taking pictures of myself, as if I was 20, as I saw the changes to my body,” said Bock, who is 53.

Briscoe said she was blown away by Bock’s work ethic.

“She’s the hardest working, most focused women I know. No matter what I threw at her, she would do it. The tougher it got, the more she was up to the challenge,” said Briscoe.

Bock was also voted by her peers to receive the Best Sportsmanlike Award.

“I didn’t even know these people, and they gave me that award. I loved helping people out, whether it was calming them down or duck taping their shoes so they wouldn’t slip on the stage,” she said.

Bock has a positive personality, and as much as she enjoyed winning, she made sure that she and others felt like a winner no matter what the judges said.

“As long as we do our best there’s nobody like us out there. We’re all beautiful, and just need to think about ourselves and nobody else,” Bock said.

It was a big accomplishment in another sense, as Bock’s mother was a model, and Bock’s daughter Heidi an accomplished figure skater.

“I never thought I could compete with them or accomplish something like that, but now I’m very happy and my family is too,” said Bock.

Bock plans to get back in the gym, and see where she can go from here. Ideally, she would like to continue to compete, possible turning pro.

“It’s been quite the journey and I don’t want it to stop,” she said.

Briscoe thinks Bock has what it takes.

“Cenia is very focused and will do well continuing on in our sport,” Briscoe said.

Email sports reporter Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca.
 

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