smashing through the age barrier & beyond
2016 Australian Natural Bodz Vegas Team to represent not only Australia but a generation oof Bodybuilders which are become fewer in this age group.
The Brisbane based Psychotherapist say the intensive workouts he does keeps him in terrific nick. “I train average 5 days a week. A typical split would be Day 1:thighs, calves and shoulders; Day 2: back, biceps and forearms, and Day 3: chest, triceps and abs. And I just keep rolling through that 3 way split. I usually do a couple of heavier movements with reps 6-8, and then some isolation work with reps 10-15. Periodization plays an important part in my training. I do 2-3 weeks with higher sets, lower reps and heavier weights, and then do 2-3 weeks of lower sets, higher reps and weights with which I can effectively complete 10-15 reps. At various times, I will emphasise 1-2 specific intensity techniques. I think good, deliberate form on exercises leads to better development and less injuries over time.”
However, Paul knew his training would be crucial leading up to representing Australia at the Musclemania World Championships in Las Vegas. Paul says “I only had to rely on myself- my progress depended solely on my capacity to work. I also made sure to train minor muscle groups and certain aspects of my physique hard such as rear delts, intercostals, soleus, medial triceps head, brachialis, teres major, forearms etc. That attention to detail adds up and demonstrates quality.
Paul also follows a low carb ketogenic diet and incorporated Intermittent Fasting which he says is incredibly helpful when he decides to compete. In 2013,Paul went from “105 kgs (fat as) to 85 kgs using it (8/16). It was effortless.” He finds that tracking his calories, protein, carbs and fats on an app to be invaluable for keeping him on track “It just provides such helpful feedback so promptly – it makes a big difference”. “I always use a lot of vitamins and minerals, and Red Krill Oil. I always take BCAAs and Creatine before training and BCAAs during training. I am not a fan of “fat burners”: I think reducing your calories works better than inducing heart palpitations.”
We asked Paul what he feels are the main reasons why people struggle to see gains from their efforts in the gym these days? “A lack of consistency in training and nutrition, a failure to “nail down” a solid foundation of strength and physique, and an over-reliance on machines. I see lots of young guys at the gyms I train at, who take anabolic drugs within a year of starting to train. They don’t train properly nor have any idea about nutrition. I don’t think drugs are helpful at any time but that is a total insanity.
Apart from that sloppy form, using weights that are too
heavy, only training bodyparts once a week and not understanding macro nutrition these things are what prevent people from getting the results they truly deserve.” 2016 was a great year for Paul, making his Natural Bodz Pro League debt an placing 3rd then to be selected to be part of the Natural Bodz Vegas Team, Paul then went on to win the 2016 Musclemania Australia Grand Masters and this then being being topped off with taking a top placing in the Musclemania Worlds in Vegas.
Several countries were represented at Musclemania World Champions and Paul held his own in the Masters Division which saw other men 10-15 years younger he. Despite this Paul earned himself a very respectable 4th Place in the line up . The Musclemania World Championships increased the age group of the Masters Bodybuilding to 45 years and therefore saw Paul move into this division as the Grand Masters was not run this particular year though provided a new Masters challenge for Paul.
Paul says that the competition was a satisfying experience and that the trip was “certainly one of the best experiences I have ever had in bodybuilding (in 46 years of this craziness!). Seriously, it was wonderful fun on a number of levels. It is great to compete in another country with all the challenges that presents. Being a part of the Australian Natural Bodz Team was the real highlight though. The company was fabulous, I learnt a lot from everybody especially some fantastic advice from Musclemania Pro Marinus Van-Stolk who was on the team, but most of all the mutual support from everyone on the team was a real pleasure to experience. There were of course some very funny moments that only the team could relate to, as well as some very inspirational moments amongst the group. Whilst in Las Vegas and in his best shape yet, Paul took the opportunity to do a Photo shoot with renowned fashion and fitness Photographer GW Burns at the salt lakes of Las Vegas. “It was a real hoot and GW was great to work with.” Paul says.
As for Pauls future plans as we know that this man has many more years to come in fact maybe another 5 decades to conquer, we asked Paul what his goals are for the next 12 months and whether there are any titles he has in his sights? “I will compete in the Australian Natural Bodz Asia Pacific International and the Musclemania Australia again this year, because of the quality of the shows and production, because of the way athletes are looked after, because of the attention to detail and the genuine commitment to drug-free bodybuilding and drug-testing that these shows. At 58, I am in the more challenging end of the over 50 bracket. But the goal and aim is to get better each year, improve some weaknesses and get my conditioning sharper. If I improve and compete, I find that very motivating and rewarding.”
We are pleased to hear Paul’s intentions to continue supporting and participation in this sport and know that he owes much to his loving wife Fiona for “her support and kindness are invaluable to me, and my daughters for their relentless interest in my pursuits, and for all of the things that I have learnt from them.”
Fitness has no age boundaries my friends and as Pauls favourite quote From the legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden: “Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts”.