A natural bodybuilder who was crowned British champion last month says all you need to achieve your dreams is lots of ‘hard graft’.
Daniel Osborne, 32, of Long Chaulden, Hemel Hempstead, won the Natural Physique Association’s (NPA) British Champion title last month after sticking to a gruelling exercise routine and strict diet.
But just as he was psyching himself to go up on stage, he was pulled aside for an on-the-spot lie detector test to make sure he was not using steroids, unnatural diuretics or growth hormones, which he says was ‘a nerve-wracking experience’.
Dan, who works a freelance 3D animator, said: “I’d never come first in anything before, so I was shocked and overwhelmed when I won.
“I was so proud because everyone was there supporting me.”
“I had to convince myself that I would win and that I would do everything humanly and naturally possible to achieve this. Nothing would stand in my way.”
Ahead of the ultimate win Dan won the novice class at the NPA Mike Williams show, before going on to win the whole event – when he got an invite to the British finals.
He was crowned Novice British Champion before going on to win the overall competition.
Dan, who trained at Eddie Abbews Olympian Gym in Hemel, said: “To have my family and friends see me give everything I had on stage and almost drop to my knees in exhaustion between competitive stages, and then to finally win, was the most emotional experience of my life.”
Daniel’s dad Glyn, a former Hemel firefighter, said: “As a father I was proud when Daniel entered the world and my pride is still there in seeing his achievements and awards, as are his family and many good friends.”
Dan, who has lived in Hemel all his life, will continue to train but says he will take a break from competing until 2017.