Ireneusz Peksa had tasted success twice before, but last month in Baltimore the third time’s the charm for Peksa who earned the state title and now seeks a national title.
Peksa, who will be turning 52 in July roughly one week after competing at the NPC Teen, Collegiate & Masters Nationals held in Pittsburgh July 20-24, recently claimed the title at the 2019 NPC Maryland State/East Coast Classic Championship at the Hilton BWI Airport.
Peksa was very confident but loose going into the Maryland State Tournament, after coming off a big win at Nationals three months earlier. He had set his sights on obtaining the Mr Maryland title and finally achieved it this time.
For two years, Peksa briefly thought about stepping away from bodybuilding and the arduous posing involved in competing onboard. But with the thrill of competition and the chance to achieve the Mr Maryland title that had continued to elude him, Peksa couldn’t possibly give up his passion.
It can be difficult to stay healthy and fit as you get older, particularly when you need to maintain a rigorous training regimen. World Gym owner Randall Peksa is swimming five times a week and using a home gym. Training with weights isn’t that tough, but staying on top of your diet and remaining competitive in his multi-day bodybuilding competitions is the hardest part of his job.”
Peksa, who immigrated to the U.S. from Poland in his early teens and is now working at BAE Systems near St. Mary’s County, has joined a local competitive bodybuilding competition in Pittsburgh later this month when he plans to make history as the first person from his country to win a national title in competitive lifting.
“I’m going to be at the Arnold Classic competition in Pittsburgh and after seeing the other competitors, I want to look like I am wrapped up tight” Peksa said. “It’s going to take even more hard work and sometimes that has a downside,” she explained. “But it’ll all be worth it when I win.”