Firey shapes up for Mr Australia
TERRANORA'S Luke McNally hopes that training four hours a day seven days a week, and eating every two hours, will help see him crowned Mr Australia in the national bodybuilding championships in Sydney next month. McNally, 23, who flies every four days between the Tweed and Sydney for family reasons, is in his "on-season", shedding a whopping 20 kilograms in 26 weeks as he %prepares for the country's biggest bodybuilding tournament. In that time he has pretty much given up eating anything that could add the slightest amount of fat to his muscular frame, which he has developed from 56 kgs to as much as 118 kgs. "I've still got a couple of kilos of fat to lose before the contest in Sydney," McNally said yesterday. "Hopefully, in four weeks I'll be at my peak condition and will have hit my ideal weight for the comp. "The trick to getting that way at the moment is to eat every two hours, pretty much religiously, and there's no missing meals. "It comes down to making a habit of eating, and eating right when you do." McNally, who works in Sydney as a professional firefighter, took up bodybuilding three years ago, and is fresh from a second placing in the Open men's novice section at the Queensland State Bodybuilding Championships in Southport on Sunday. It's a result he was more than pleased with. "Had I turned up there at my peak weight and condition, then by the time the Mr Australia contest comes around I would not be at my ideal goal weight," he said. "I wasn't expecting anything on Sunday, but I had to see how I'd go in competition and the plan went well for me." After that success, McNally treated himself to a meal to break the boredom of dieting. And what a feed, it was, "a couple of hamburgers, some donuts, a bar of chocolate, some chocolate biscuits, a seafood platter, a large meal of calamari and punnets of both ice-cream and yogurt, all washed down with two beers. "I went out and just ate after the competition, but I know I'll still lose the weight I gained in time for the Mr Australia titles," McNally said. "It's pretty much eating to lose weight. It's a lot of work for a couple of minutes on stage, but I enjoy it. "I hold muscle well and I'd just like to knuckle down and win the Mr Australia title. "I reckon I can, and then I'll decide from there what I'll do next in the sport."