Irshad Ali (athlete)
Irshad Ali (born February 21, 1990) is an PNBA. professional men’s physique Athlete and the 2015 PNBA Mr. World men’s physique champion. Irshad is the only athlete who has won a professional men’s physique world title from New Zealand
Irshad's first bodybuilding competition was the NABBA Christchurch National Amateur Bodybuilding Association 2013, where he took 3rd. He first competed professionally in the 2014 Natural Olympia, San Diego, placing 6th respectively out of 12 world class natural athletes. In 2014 Irshad signed as a brand ambassador with Balance Sports Nutrition
In 2015 at the PNBA Mr World Championships (Professional Natural Bodybuilding Association) Irshad won the title against 14 men making it a first for New Zealand. At the 2015 PNBA Natural Olympia, Irshad placed 5th and many critics said he would not likely place any higher. On September 30, 2017 Irshad placed a controversial 2nd at the prestige Natural Universe competition where natural bodybuilding legends like Mike O'Hearn have previously competed.
Irshad has been featured in many fitness and bodybuilding articles, including being pictured in New Zealand Fitness Sports Magazine and been invited on Maori Television CODE as a special guest. He has been featured in The New Zealand Story video commercial that defines the distinctly Kiwi attributes in New Zealand. Irshad has also had the opportunity to train and learn from bodybuilding legend Ronnie Coleman 8 times Mr. Olympia champion.
- 2013 1st Place Novice Athletic BB - NABBA Nationals
- 2013 1st Place Novice Men's BB - INBA Southern Lakes Classic
- 2013 4th Place Novice Athletic BB - NABBA South Island Champs
- 2013 3rd Place Novice Athletic BB - NABBA Christchurch Classic
- 2014 6th Place Pro Men's Physique - PNBA Natural Olympia
- 2014 1st Place Mr Fitness Model - INBA Southern Lakes Classic
- 2014 1st Place Open Men's Physique - INBA Southern Lakes Classic
- 2014 1st Place Mr Fitness - NABBA Bay of Plenty
- 2014 1st Place Men's Physique & Overall Winner - INBA South Pacific Championships
- 2014 1st Place Open Athletic BB & Best Male Performer - NABBA Christchurch Classic
- 2014 1st Place Open Athletic BB - NABBA Auckland Championships
- 2014 1st Place Open Athletic BB & Best Male Performer & Overall Winner - NABBA Hawks Bay
- 2014 2nd Place Open Athletic BB - NABBA Waikato Championships
- 2015 1st Place Mr World Physique PNBA World Championships
- 2015 5th Place Pro Men’s Physique - PNBA Natural Olympia
- 2016 7th Place Pro Men's Physique - PNBA Natural Olympia
- 2016 4th Place PNBA World Championships
- 2017 5th Place PNBA World Cup
- 2017 2nd Place Pro Men's Physique - PNBA Natural Universe
- 2017 3rd Place PNBA Australian Pro/AM Championships
- "New Zealand Fitness - October-November 2015 Digital Magazine from Magzter - World's Largest Digital Newsstand". Magzter.
- "2015 New Zealand Heroes". South Pacific Natural Physique Association.
- "Irshad Ali - Sponsored Athlete". www.balancesportsnutrition.com.
- "Code, Series 11 Episode 11". Māori Television.
- Irshad Ali (27 October 2017). "Training With Ronnie Coleman" – via YouTube.
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