BSc, MSc, PhD
Zak was born on the 6th April 1970 in London UK. His family moved to Cyprus when he was 2 years old where they lived until Zak turned 13.
It was in Cyprus where he fell in love with martial arts, he idolised Bruce Lee and spent years learning Shotokan Karate, Zak wanting to learn as many different martial arts styles so he then moved on to JUDO.
On his return to the UK as a young teenager, he joined a Shaolin Kung Fu school where he studied for many years until one day he noticed a small bodybuilding gym situated next to his Dojo, where he noticed a few big guys training. After watching the guys train for a few months he decided that’s what he wanted to look like! and Zak’s passion for bodybuilding started.
Being a skinny teenager Zak decided to turn his parent’s garage into a home gym where he trained for many years before he built up enough muscle to feel confident enough to join a proper bodybuilding gym. He became a member of Tower Gym in Edmonton (in North London, UK).
Zaks first bodybuilding competition was “Mr Tower Gym” where he easily won 1st place in his class (of which the average age of contestants was 29) earning him free membership for a year. The following year he re-entered the same show again winning the title for the second time, he was subsequently told he wasn’t allowed to enter that show again, so he decided to compete at the “Mr London and south-east EFBB” which he won and qualified for the British Title (Zaks full contest history can be seen below).
Zak is academically qualified with a BSc Degree in Medicinal Chemistry, an MSc in Biochemistry and a Doctorate PhD in Endocrinology. He worked as a Scientist for over 9 years as a Team Leader for GE Healthcare (previously Amersham PLC), before he decided to follow his dream and passion and open his own gym, Dr Zak’s Pumping Iron Gym.
Zak is Married to Emily and has 2 boys Nicholas and Johnny. When asked if his boys will follow his footsteps he replies: “A bodybuilding lifestyle is a sacrifice and takes a lot of commitment and dedication to be successful. You have to love the sport so much to be able to live this lifestyle. If my boys want to follow me in this I am here to encourage and help, but I will not push anyone into this.”
He is happy to see that his older son Nick (now 22) has taken more of an interest in his training and nutrition over the last few years…
So watch this space!!
1999 TOWER GYM OVER 21’S & OVERALL – WINNER
2000 MR TOWER GYM OVER 21’S & OVERALL – WINNER
2002 EFBB LONDON & SOUTH EAST FIRST TIME – WINNER
2002 EFBB MR BRITAIN FIRST TIMERS – 2ND PLACE
2004 EFBB LONDON & SOUTH EAST INTERMEDIATES – WINNER
2005 NABBA SOUTH EAST CLASS 2 – WINNER
2005 NABBA MR BRITAIN CLASS 2 – 2ND PLACE
2005 NABBA MR UNIVERSE – TOP 7 FINISH
2006 IFBB MR CYPRUS GRAND PRIX HEAVYWEIGHT & OVERALL – WINNER
2007 IFBB MR CYPRUS GRAND PRIX HEAVYWEIGHT & OVERALL – WINNER
2007 WABBA MR CAPITAL CITY CLASS 2 – WINNER
2008 IFBB MR CYPRUS GRAND PRIX HEAVYWEIGHT – WINNER
2008 MUSCLE MAYHEM MENS OPEN & OVERALL – WINNER
2008 EUROPEAN IFBB BODYBUILDING CHAMPIONSHIPS – TOP 10 FINISH
2009 IFBB MR CYPRUS GRAND PRIX HEAVYWEIGHT & OVERALL – WINNER
2010 IFBB MR CYPRUS GRAND PRIX HEAVYWEIGHT & OVERALL – WINNER
2010 UKBFF LONDON & SOUTH EAST MASTERS – WINNER
2010 UKBFF BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIPS MASTERS – WINNER
2010 UKBFF MR HERCULES CHALLENGE ROUND – WINNER
2011 NPC JAY CUTLER CLASSIC LAS VEGAS HEAVYWEIGHT & MASTERS – WINNER
2013 ARNOLD CLASSIC EUROPE MADRID SPAIN – 4TH
2013 NPC JAY CUTLER CLASSIC LAS VEGAS HEAVYWEIGHT – WINNER
2013 UKBFF BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIPS MASTERS – WINNER
2014 ARNOLD AMATEUR INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS COLUMBUS OHIO USA – 4TH
2014 NPC JAY CUTLER CLASSIC LAS VEGAS HEAVYWEIGHT – WINNER
2015 NPC JAY CUTLER CLASSIC LAS VEGAS MASTERS – WINNER
2016 NPC JAY CUTLER CLASSIC LAS VEGAS HEAVYWEIGHT & MASTERS – 2ND
2017 NPC JAY CUTLER CLASSIC LAS VEGAS HEAVYWEIGHT & MASTERS – 3RD
2017 NPC JAY CUTLER CLASSIC LAS VEGAS IRON MAN AWARD