Grandfather, grandson bring home trophies

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Waldo Sanchez, Xavier Sanchez and Soriano Maes (Submitted photo)

By John Hernandez

Waldo Sanchez has been body building for over 30 years. He has won numerous competitions around the country. He has been semi-retired but when his grandson was asked to compete in a competition, he decided to work out and train along with him. Xavier Sanchez is only 10 years old. He has been training for one year. In March he and his grandfather entered two bodybuilding contests.

Xavier entered his first bodybuilding contest at the Tucson Classic. Xavier finished in first Place in the Kid’s Division. Waldo finished in first Place in the Ultra Masters Division (ages 60-69). They then both entered the Arizona Copper Classic in Sierra Vista, Arizona. Xavier again took first place in the Kid’s Division. Waldo took first place in the Ultra Masters Division and third in the Heavyweight Open Division. Two other members of Waldo’s Gym in Oracle placed at the Copper Classic. Soriano Maes took second Place Novice and second Place in the Middleweight Open Class. Terry Stager finished in third Place in the Ultra Masters Division.

Waldo’s Gym is one of the few gyms in Arizona that enters bodybuilding contests as a team. Having all four members of the gym that entered the Copper Classic come home with trophies is quite an accomplishment.

Waldo says he is going to retire from competition and concentrate on training others. Waldo has another grandson and sons who have competed and placed in bodybuilding contests. He would like to see more kids get involved in bodybuilding. He said it teaches them discipline, builds self esteem, and keeps them off the streets.

Waldo’s Gym is unique in that members can work out at their leisure and a time that is good for them. Members have 24 hour access to the gym seven days a week. Family memberships are available.

If you would like to join or find out more information about Waldo’s Gym contact Waldo at 520-334-7658


Xavier and Waldo Sanchez show off their trophies from recent competitions. (John Hernandez photo)

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