Q’town body­builders pumped and primed

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - RHYS CHAM­BER­LAIN NZIFBB Auck­land Body­build­ing Champs

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).

RHYS CHAM­BER­LAIN

Body­builders Daz Sch­wal­ger, left, and Danny King both placed first at the Auck­land champs re­cently.

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