DAVID O'BYRNE - British Body Building Champion, 2012
David, a company director, has lost five-and-a-half stone since January, and competed at qualifying events, followed by the British finals at the weekend.
He said:“I went on a strict diet to get ready for the competitions.
“It meant that I was not able to play rugby for a year. Some of my team-mates saw me recently and could not believe how different I was, and even asked if I was ill.
“I went to the qualifiers with a mohican and a Hulk Hogan moustache, because I did not expect to do anything in the Masters Over-50s.
“I knew I would be competing against people who have been doing it all their lives, so I did not expect to win.
“It was great to win, and then I went to the British event and won that too.
“I was hoping that my diet might have finished, but with all the competitions, it means that I am still training.”
David trains at the X-fit Gym, off Friday Street, in Chorley, and admits it has been tough challenge.
He said: “It has been difficult, especially when you have had no carbohydrates and trying to hold a meeting on a Monday morning.
“It makes me feel a little bit guilty when I think that, years ago, Dawn was training for events while she had to cook me my egg, bacon, sausage and then my bucket of Doritos, when she was drinking water and eating rice cakes.”
The full article from the paper is here, well done Dave, proud of you bro ;) xx