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2015-02-26 / Local News

Building to win, man enters Mr. Buffalo Competition

by JENNIFER WATERS
Editor


Posing to show definition and cut, Scott Quinn competes in the Mr. Buffalo Competition for bodybuilders. On March 14, he will enter the contest for the fifth time. Posing to show definition and cut, Scott Quinn competes in the Mr. Buffalo Competition for bodybuilders. On March 14, he will enter the contest for the fifth time. Winning often comes at a price, as competitive bodybuilder Scott Quinn knows from dedicating the last five years of his life to the Mr. Buffalo Competition.

As a child, he said, he was unhealthy and overweight. When his father got him a paper route and he took to it naturally, it opened the door for a more active and fit lifestyle.

Quinn, a 25-year-old West Seneca resident, said he began lifting weights when he was 11 years old. He began training for the Mr. Buffalo competition five years ago.

He said this may not be the case for every competitor in this type of competition, but he has been determined to win this year despite setbacks.

“I’ve had my stumbles in between,” he said. “I’ve had a lot of mishaps in my life. Broken bones, car accidents and such. I’m coming back up and trying to bring myself back up so I can show, and then take a rest for a couple months after.”

Quinn said many don’t realize the toll that bodybuilding takes on a competitor’s body or how tiring it can be.

“It’s constantly beating my body down. I love doing it, but I want to take a week and just sleep,” he laughed.

For this reason, it’s important to maintain health when working to win a competition, Quinn said.

“[The competition] is about the competitors’ basic overall definition,” he said.

This includes the cut and balance of muscles on each competitor, or “slice, symmetry and size,” according to Quinn. This is determined for each of several weight classes.

“Then it’s definitely about if you can pose,” he added.

Last year, nearly 150 bodybuilders entered the contest from across Western New York.

“People travel for this show. It just became a national qualifier a few years ago,” Quinn said.

From this, the competition has gained respect within the bodybuilding community.

The competitors will weigh in the night before the competition and then will participate in both a morning and afternoon show for judging during the show on Saturday, March 14.

At this point of the competition, Quinn said the focus is keeping body fat in mind with strict diet. Closer to the show, competitors will don the iconic tan, which Quinn said helps in displaying for the judges.

“I’ll get two, three coats of spray tan to make myself appear darker, which also brings out the definition a little more,” he said. “It’s all about what you can show on stage. Some guy might look better, but if he doesn’t know how to show it on stage, then he’s not going to look better to the judges.”

One of Quinn’s inspirations for winning is his uncle, who previously won the Mr. Buffalo Competition.

“I figured, I’d bring another one home and try to make him proud,” Quinn said.

The Mr. Ms. Buffalo Competition will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Niagara Falls Conference and Event Center.

For more information, visit www.mrmsbuffalocontest.com.

email: jwaters@beenews.com

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