A former pub landlord has won through to the British bodybuilding championships just a year after taking up the sport.
Nick Hindle secured his place in the prestigious finals after clinching a runner-up spot in his first ever contest.
He was up against eight others in his category at the National Amateur Body-Builders’ Association (NABBA) UK 2013, held in Batley.
“There were about 80 competitors in total from across the country taking part in different classes,” said Mr Hindle, co-owner – with Rousel Chowdhury – of NRGym, in Worth Way, Keighley.
“About 100 members from the gym came along to give me support, which was great.
“With it being my first show, I wasn’t really expecting to do too much, so to get through to the British finals was just fantastic.
“It’s such a prestigious thing.”
Mr Hindle, 42, ex-licensee at the Fleece in Haworth, said he had a long-held interest in fitness, but was only a relatively recent convert to bodybuilding.
“I used to be in the army physical training corps, so I’ve always been keen on keeping fit,” said Mr Hindle, who set-up NRGym with his colleague in July last year.
“I do a lot of personal training and started talking about bodybuilding, which I’d always wanted to have a go at but not had the bottle to do it!
“I began working on more weight training and examining in greater depth my diet, and there’s been a real transformation.
“I’m hoping other people may be inspired to have a go. I’m just a normal 42-year-old guy who’s got himself into the best possible shape – if I can do it, anyone can.”
His sights are now on the British finals, taking place at Southport in May next year. “It’s a great privilege to be taking part,” he said. I’ve worked hard to get here. I’ll go there and see how I get on.”