Athlete Profile: Mik Bouma

Age:  22

Location: Darwin, NT

Years Training: I have been training in a gym since April 2016, but prepping for comps since December 2016 until now, October 2017

Day Job:For the past 7 years I have been employed as a qualified lead educator in the early childhood education sector – I recently left this and now work at Wicked NRG Supplements and Nutrition in the NT which is run by the ICN President of the NT – Vanessa O’grady – also one of my sponsors. This was an amazing decision and I am learning so much more in the industry I have become so passionate about.

Recent Competition History:

  • Darwin Tropix

    • 1st Place Angels

    • 2nd Place Fitness Novice

    • 3rd Place Fitness Open

    • 4th Place Sports Novice

    • 5th Place Sports Open

  • Thailand World Amatuer Natural Titles

    • 2nd Place Angels

    • 6th Place Swimwear

    • 1st Place Fitness Novice

    • 1st Place Opens -  Fitness Pro Card

    • 2nd Place Sports Model Novice

    • 4th Place in a line up of 5 pro fitness models 

  • Muscle and Model Championships and Night of Pros

    • 4th Place Sports Novice 

  • Bali Natlympia

    • ​3rd Place Angels

    • 4th Place Runway

    • 5th Place Sports Model

What is your background?

I am located in Darwin NT but was born in NSW, began my childhood in QLD and have been in the NT between Darwin, Katherine and an aboriginal community called Kalkaringi Wave Hill over the last 16 years as my dad is a very honoured police Officer and my mum a dedicated paramedic.

How did you get started in bodybuilding?

2015 was a rough year. I had always been overweight as a child and teen and young adult and due to immense stress and a lot of under eating I found I lost 30kg in the space of 6 months – weight Id been desperate to shred – without even knowing until I had some medical issues that prompted questions and investigating - declaring me with a eating disorder. Once I got this somewhat under control - I joined a local gym to fill my excess skin with muscle and quickly fell in love with the life. My trainer took me to see the Season B Darwin Show and I fell in love all over again and knew this was my next lifestyle step. I began prep in December for an April show with my coach Ryan – Fiction Physiques by my side and the rest is history…

When did you first decide to compete?

October 2016 after watching the Darwin Season B Show I just knew I had to jump up and give it a go in my next possible opportunity and that’s exactly what I did

What does competiting look like for you so far?

Competing looks like a whirlwind for me – this year has just TAKEN OFF! Ive smashed goals I set and achieved my pro card in my first season and there is still so much to come. The relationships and networks I have built and create will always be the biggest reward.

What inspires you?

Hard times. Looking back and seeing what ive made it through and what others have achieved despite road blocks and speed bumps. Nothing is impossible until you believe it is.

What is your advice to a new competitor?

First, GET A COACH! If not for the knowledge but for the mentoring and to keep you accountable, then STAY TRUE TO YOUR COACH. Stay true to you, and remember that you just have to make it to that first show to find out if this life is for you – if you don’t, you’ll never know if it was, or wasn’t. Don’t let other people tell you what you should/shouldn’t be doing. Stay positive where possible – times will be hard and painful but think of the end game – that euphoric feeling. BE KIND – everyone has their own battles. DON’T MAKE ASSUMPTIONS!!! Don’t set yourself up to win the whole show, just remember to do your best. Stay level headed and don’t get a big head – yep you look amazing but so will everyone else who has put in the effort – it’s a COMPETITION for a reason. Finally, don’t be disheartened if you don’t place, stay true to you and be kind to those who did place. Judges know what theyre doing and their decisions should be respected.

What does a typical training week look like for you?

I train 6-7 days a week, 6 days of heavy weight and the 7th is only when required or when I feel I have some energy to disperse. I do fasted LISS (low intensity steady state) cardio in the form of walking. While id love to perfectly time my meals – they just go in when I can fit them.

What is your favourite exercise?

CHESTTTTTT! Anything chest gives me a mad pump through my upper body – this used to be my least favourite body part but its grown to become my favourite and where I have a lot of my peak strength – go figure!!!

What is your least favourite exercise?

Vertical leg press.. man this thing is the devil! You can feel everything in your lower body being stretched, torn, used and abused and the plate alone is heavy AF! Never the less, I do 4x20 reps every week!

Do you have a training tip you can share?

Everyone always asks me how I got my quads – WORK!! I had my boobs done in october 2016 and from then to December I only trained legs, EVERYDAY. I couldn’t move a lot with the constant training but the growth that happened when I was doing this was incredible and fast! If you have a body part requiring drastic improvement – focus on that the most.

What is your favourite Cheat Meal?

PIZZA!!! I rarely get treats but you can bet your bottom dollar that’s what im eating as soon as Natlympia is over!

What are you planning on doing next?

Natlympia and then a GOOD OFF SEASON. My body and myself are tired and im beginning to accept and understand this, and I need a break. Ill still be training and my coach will still track my macro’s but it will be a lot more relaxed and NO CARDIO.

How can people contact you?

I can be found on my Instagram @mik_lil_beast or you can find me on my personal FB Mik Bouma or my athlete FB Mik “Lil Beast” Bouma – PRO ICN FITNESS MODEL