- Name: Steven Segers
- Birthday: 27/06/1972
- Birth place: Turnhout (Belgium)
- Length: 180cm
- Off-season Weight: 126 (275 lbs)
- Contest Weight:112-115kg (245-255 lbs)
- Profession: gym owner, personal trainer
- Status: girlfriend, Carin
- Favourite car: Hummer
- Favourite music :R&B, soul, hip-hop
- Favourite food off-season: ice cream
- Favourite diet food: I like everything on my diet.
- Favourite exercise: leg extension
- Least favourite Exercise: French press
- Best muscle Group: I think the complete symmetry
- Worst muscle group: everything must improve, but I think my back thickness.
I was born in Belgium, on June 27 1972
My dad, Eddy is from Belgium and my mom Agnes was born in Canada.
I started with sport, soccer, when I was 8.
We lived close to a soccer field, after school I was there all the time
with some friends.
1988 At my 16th,
I was more interested in other sports and I wanted to do kick boxing,
but my parents didn't like that. After one lesson I had to stop.
Because I was ice skating a lot, they asked me to play ice hockey.
As it was a team sport like soccer, I loved the ice hockey.
After 2 years with the White Caps, unfortunately this club moved away
from Turnhout. I was only 17 and without a car, it was too far to go
with my bike and my whole equipment. So I had to quit the ice hockey
1990 At that
moment I was working in my fathers business.
Because I was not so interested in learning hard, it was better for
me to stop with school and work with my father.
The work was very hard, making roofs en bring al the materials to the
roof. That was the foundation for my big legs I think.Of course I had
money to buy some things and after saving my money I could buy me a
In my neighbourhood there are some motor cross circuits,
so at my 18th I had my first car and I could drive with my car to the
circuit and there I could drive with my motorcycle.
Because f my new hobby I needed some extra strength and
started training on the machines of my dad. He had a bench press, lat
pulley, leg machine and some dumbbells and barbells. The improvements
came very fast, I started to like the weight training more and more.
My dad and uncle trained already for a long time and they teach me some
things about training and nutrition.
After a few months I wanted to go to a real gym, 10 months later I did
my first bench press competition. I ended up on the 3rd place in the
Belgium championships for juniors in the class 18 - 21 years, with 105
kg (231 lbs).
After an accident with my motor I had to stay in the hospital for a
week.When I came back home, staying in bed was the message because I
had a back problem en a broken shoulder. That day I decided to stop
motor cross. And that day was also the day I decided to start with bodybuilding.
The doctor told me that it was impossible for me
to do competitions because of my broken shoulder. So I was ready and
motivated to prove him that he was wrong.
At that time I also changed from gym, because I was more interested
in bodybuilding than in weight training. That new gym owner had a lot
of good athletes, so I wanted to train there. My weight at that time
was 80 kg (176 lbs).
He was also a good friend of my dad and after a few months of training,
the owner asked me to compete in the "new faces classics".
When I started with my diet for the first contest I weight 90 kg (202
pounds). It was a local show and again I ended up the 3rd place in the
junior class. I was 19 at that time and my body weight after my diet
was 76 kg (167 lbs). At that moment I was very happy with my shape and
physique. When I see those pictures at this moment, I really have to
laugh a lot.
1990 was the
year I had to go to the army; it was a very hard time for me because
I could not train for about 11 months. But I learned a lot there. After
those 11 months without any training, I started training in a new gym
near my home. The owner was a "big" guy and he is the one
who taught me all the basic stuff to get as big a he was.
With al the good advice about training, nutrition and the best machines
it was a very good start for my further development. Sometimes I could
train with him and we started to be good friends. In 1991 I wanted to
compete again and he prepared a diet for me. I was at a healthy 110
kg (242 lbs) when I started with my diet and already a pretty big boy
for my age (21). I stripped of the fat to 89kg (195 lbs) and won al
3 contests where I competed.
That year I also won the IFBB award of "best junior of the year".
It was a big honour for me, especially because of the doctor who tried
to pull me down with saying that I could never be a good bodybuilder.
After 1991 I wanted
to gain some more size, it was my last year as a junior.
My next goal was to compete again in 1993. It was a small gym where
I trained, but very hardcore. The year before, the owner of the gym
won a big Belgium contest and wanted to help me.
As from that day we started to train together and he also prepared my
He also arranged the first contact with Freddy Robyn for me. Freddy
Robyn, better known as the manager of Performance Nutrition became my
supplements sponsor and he still is now.
Freddy lived and worked for several years in the States; he was a trainer
in the Gold Gym in Venice and helped a lot of very good professional
1993 was my debut
year at the nationals and there I won my first contest as a new guy.
With the weight of 102 kg (224 lbs) I was in a good shape for a 22-year-old
boy. 3 weeks later I went to another contest and I lost from all the
guys that I had beaten 3 weeks before. So I knew my muscles where not
mature enough for this level.I started to train heavier and changed
some things in food and supplements.At the end of that year I competed
in the finals and ended up 3rd at the heavyweights.
My interest in starting an own gym was growing and I told this to
my dad, he was a little surprised of my decision, but he said that
he understood me. So in April 1995
I opened my first gym. For me, a dream came true. The name of my gym
is DO IT.
The only thing I didn't know, was when you have your own gym, you
can not train when you want. Always when I was training, people came
to me and asked me to explain some machines or an exercise. That's
why I always make an appointment with new people. I can plan my own
training better. New people that come for the first time I guide to
the program that I made for them. I think that this is a good and
very imported thing to do, so they learn to do the exercises correct
right from the start.
When I opened my gym, I was the only guy who did
bodybuilding contests. But after a while, more people got interested
in the sport, and wanted to try a diet, and changing their training.
There were some guys with potential, so I tried to motivate them. In
1997 in wanted to compete again, and I had 2 other guys, who wanted
to diet with me. It was working very well, and they placed both in the
finals from there first contest.
One won his class, and the other was second in his own class. I placed
third on my contest, and that was one for me, because I still had a
lot to learn before I could move to a higher level.
In 1997 we organized
a DO IT show.
This was only a show for people that are training in my gym, and the
audience was also only for people from my gym. I had 21 people that
participated, and it was a big success. This was just a show, and
not a contest. 5 guys from this group where ready for contests, so
they competed in a grand prix, 2 weeks later. This was the body art
classic and the do it cup. It was an organization from Ferdy, the
boss from Performance, Michel Heirman, a gym owner from Antwerp and
me. We had a lot of prices for the top 3. The first one got a video,
the second a hot air food cooking machine, and the third a blender.
The overall winner got a TV. So we did this for the athletes. Every
competitor got a can of protein powder and a T-shirt. So everybody
went home with something, even the last one.
From then on, I knew more from diet and training, and helped other
athletes, to reach their goal.
In 1998, I wanted to
compete again, but I had a lot of work in the gym. So my shape was
not as hard as I wanted. I was bigger than ever, but not hard enough.
I placed 5th in Holland, 3th in Belgium, and a few days later I was
in Holland with Michel, because he was a judge in a contest. I wanted
to look there, and the promoter came to me, if I wanted to compete.
So why not, I said. And they arranged music, posingtrunk, tan and
a towel. So after the prejudging, I was 3th by the heavyweights. I
was there to look, and I competed, great day man, I didn't even know
the song I was posing on. The same year, I wanted to compete again,
because I started to like it, and Michel helped me with my nutrition.
I was hard like hell, and competed at 195 pounds. I won the light
heavywheigts and got second in the overall with one single point from
the winner. From then on, I knew how to diet.
The year after 1999,
I went on a diet with my athletes. If I am on a diet, I know how they
feel, so that was the reason. I was in great shape, so I decided to
compete in the b level in Holland.
I was 7th, in a line up from 20 athletes. I was glad with my place and
I called Mr. Blommaert that I wanted to compete semi finals from the
Belgium championships. I came a lot harder, because I wanted to compete
here. I won the heavyweights and the overall, at a bodyweight from 212
pounds. The same day, I won my ticket to the European championships,
so for me a dream came true.
At the European champs, I stood next to Francisco Bautista. Men,
he was big and hard. I never saw legs like that before.
I placed 9th, and was very glad with my place.
At the end of that year, I was the favorite for the Belgium title,
so that was a little stress for me.
But I had a good support from my dad, girlfriend, Ruud and Fery, my
sponsor. I came fuller and sharper than in the beginning of the year,
at 242 pounds, and won my class and the overall with only ones at
my scorecard. I was crying, when they said my name. All the hard work
and stress was falling from my shoulders. At the international contest,
after the Belgium championships the same day, I placed second. I was
glad, because there where a lot of guys in the line up, who where
idols for me, and I won from them. Some of them are competing now
as IFBB professionals.
In 2000, I was trying
to gain some weight, and I couldn't compete at the spring shows, because
I was an international athlete from now on, because I won the overall
in 1999. I competed at the October shows.
My first show was in Luxembourg, and I won my class and the overall.
The fed cup was the second contest, a week after, and placed 3, after
world champion Thomas Schue, and a big black guy from Sweden, Gabriel
Onydium. I was 230 pounds, and was very glad to place that high. It
was a line up from 21 athletes and all of them where from other country's.
For me it was important to place as best Belgium guy.
6 weeks later, there was another grand prix in Charleroi. I placed
third again, but now behind Tommi Thorvildsen and Marc Gijs, who won
the world championships a week before. I was 8 pounds heavier then
on the fed cup and sharper. Both are IFBB professionals now.
In 2001 I brought Tommi
Thorvildsen to Belgium, and he stayed here for almost 2 years. He got
a contract from Performance, and we started to train together.
I changed my diet and training. More protein, lower carbs and really
Tommi is the strongest guy I ever trained with, and very focused. So
he taught me how to train the way Mike Mentzer did. I taught him some
things from diet and food combination, togheter with Ferdy.
In April I competed again and my contest weight was again heavier,
and my muscle got more mature.
So I placed second, behind Thomas Schue, with 3 points difference. My
weight was 245 pounds, and I gave Thomas a hard time for his money.
After that contest, I went with Tommi to Toronto and New York.
We got e great time there, and Tommy placed 4e at Toronto, and 6e at
New York. He was in the best shape of his life.
The day after the Night of the Champions, we had a photo shoot at central
park, with Raymond Ceasar, and an article with Rosemary Hallumn from
It was a great weekend.