We caught up with Peugeot Business Manager Stewart Hooper, to chat about how he got on at this year's NABBA (National Amateur Bodybuilders' Association) Novice British Finals.
You can read our pre finals interview here
GM: So, hello again.. First off all, how did it go?
SH: It was a good day, the show was well run and I enjoyed it.
GM: Give us a little insight on to what went on during the day?
SH: Well, I got up at 5am to apply the second coat of base tan, had my first meal at 6am which was steak, eggs and pancakes with maple syrup. At 8am I had to eat again which consisted of rice cakes with jam, carbohydrate powder and baby rice. Then at 9am apply the main coat of tan. We left at about 11am and arrived at the venue at about 1.30pm. My Class was the last of the day so it was a lot of hanging about but we got to watch the rest of the show which was good and I just continued eating! At 4.30pm I had to go backstage and get ready which is when the adrenaline really kicks in! Backstage having another coat of tan and pumping up before going out on stage is such a buzz!
Q: Where did you place?
A: I placed 4th in the end, which I was reasonably pleased with. I would have liked to have been in the top 3 but it was a strong class with 9 other very good bodybuilders, so overall 4th in my class in the Novice British Finals, I should be pleased with.
Q: What was the first thing you did afterwards?
A: Eat! I had taken a bag of treats with me that I hadn't been allowed to eat for months and ate as much as I could, then stopped in the services for a Burger King and a KFC.
Q: Any plans for another competition?
A: At this moment in time no. I have been dieting pretty much all year as I started my prep for my first competition in January. I need to take some time to improve my physique in certain areas before considering competing again. But the feeling of being up on stage in the best shape you can be is a great feeling, so I couldn't rule it out!
Q: Do you have any advice for budding competitors?
A: Yes, consistency and patience is key to it all. Consistency with your diet and with your training is paramount. And patience, as the saying goes Rome wasn't built in a day, neither will your physique, but if you eat well and train hard consistently, you will see results.
A huge amount of congratulation from everyone Stewart.
More about the NABBA
The NABBA is the first and the original competitive bodybuilding association. Formed in 1950, NABBA's first Mr Universe contest was won by Steve Reeves, who went on to make over 30 Hercules movies. Top bodybuilders who won the Mr Universe title include Reg Park, Bill Pearl and Arnold Schwarzenegger (four-times winner).
The late Oscar Heidenstam was appointed Secretary in 1956 and continued to drive NABBA forward for more than 30 years. At a meeting in London in 1984, NABBA International was formed and became host to the European & World Championships. This branch of NABBA is now supported by more than fifty countries.
Today, there are ten elected area reps covering England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and they are members of the NABBA Council. Each area holds a qualifying event, which leads to the Annual Mr & Miss Britain Finals. This in turn becomes a qualifier for the European and Universe Championships. The Universe contest gets stronger every year - at the last Universe, representatives from 36 countries took part and a total of 151 athletes competed.