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Thursday, 18 September 2014

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Mark’s body wows judges

MARK Ogilvie, of Howgate, has come third in the UK Body Building Federation British Finals.

Mark, 51, returned three years ago to fitness training after a 30-year absence.

He said: “ I had reached middle age and felt I had to do something about it. I went to see Ian Chambers at Powerhouse Gym and he said I could go there and train or you can clear off down the pub. I decided to do the former. Ian is such a good instructor and motiviator and he fired me up.”

Mark, a supervisor at Iggesund, trains four days a week for 30 to 35 minutes. He has lost three stone since he re-started training.

Mark says that’s all you need to do as long as you don’t stand around chatting – something Ian won’t let him do!

He had to qualify for the championships by taking part in an event at Whitehaven’s Civic Hall. Now he’s hoping to qualify again next year and improve on his third position.

Mark said: “I owe Ian so much. He’s a Federation of Body Builders’ judge and what he doesn’t know about training and nutrition isn’t worth knowing.

“If you are prepared to work hard he will work as hard as you.”

Ian Chambers, of Powerhouse Gym, said: “Mark came to me about three years ago. He used to train 20 years ago. Everyone goes through the menopause - women get their HRT and men just get left alone. Mark said if I start to train again I might feel better. It’s all about eating healthily and getting fit. He was gettting up at 5am. This was like the superbowl for the fitness world. He could still take part in the Masters and World Championships as he has a classic build.”

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