Q’town bodybuilders pumped and primed
Sacrificing maccas and moro bars for muscles is no sweat for Queenstown bodybuilders Danny King and Daz Schwalger.
The pair recently returned from the Auckland bodybuilding championships, where both men placed first in their respective categories.
They were looking forward to competing in the national champs in Wellington in October.
For King, 25, it was his first time in a bodybuilding competition and mate Schwalger, 43, his second.
King, a trainer at Queenstown Gym, got into the sport after working with and chatting to others coming through the gym that were involved.
He enjoyed the challenge.
‘‘To dial into something like this keeps you motivated and keeps you on track,’’ King said. ‘‘It’s sort of lifestyle thing.’’ Schwalger, who works for AJ Hackett Bungy, agreed, saying it was good to have a goal.
Both men, former Wakatipu rugby players, were keen ‘‘lifters’’ before getting into the sport, but the training and nutrition that came with the lifestyle was a change and it was tough.
‘‘The last month is when it gets really strict,’’ King said.
‘‘You’re cutting your calories back. You’re cutting carbs back.
‘‘You’re running on empty pretty much.’’
During ‘‘peak week’’ the men would drink between six and nine litres of water a day before fasting the day before competition.
‘‘You want everything to be ... tight for the show,’’ King said.
One of the toughest parts about body building was sticking to the programme, Schwalger said.
‘‘There’s so many temptations out there and you’ve got to suppress them.
‘‘Being carb depleted is quite hard mentally as all you want to do is eat, as you’re training and your body needs it,’’ he said.
Despite the challenges, both men encouraged others to give the sport a go.
People can follow King’s progress on his Facebook page: dannykingfitness.
King - first in novice physique (class A) section and third in the open men’s physique (class A).
Schwalger - first in the masters body building (class C) section and first in classic physique (class C).
Bodybuilders Daz Schwalger, left, and Danny King both placed first at the Auckland champs recently.