TAREE bodybuilder Nathan Carmichael will head to the national championships in Sydney later this month on a high after strong results in two lead-in competitions.
Carmichael, 33, is in his first full year of competitive bodybuilding.
He contested the national titles last year, but a lack of experience hindered his chances. He admits to being disappointed with his performance.
"It was one of my first competitions,'' he explained.
"I probably wasn't ready.''
However, he wasn't disillusioned, instead knuckling down to training as well as working on his performance with his coach, Luke Peressini.
He was third in the novice tall and men's under 90kg classes at the ANB Asia Pacific Inter national. He followed up a strong performance at an event in Newcastle where he won the men's novice and was second in the 90kgs. To round off his preparation for the nationals he took part in an event on the Central Coast, where he won the men's under 90kgs.
"The feedback I received from the judge after the Central Coast has given me confidence for the nationals,'' Carmichael said.
"I'm confident I'll be competitive.''
He's been hard at training in the weeks leading up to the Central Coast competition either lifting weights or in cardio sessions. However, he'll taper off slightly now to ready himself to compete against the best in the country.
Carmichael has wanted to be a bodybuilder since he was a young boy and he's relishing the opportunity.
"This is my first full year of competition and I'm happy with the way I've progressed,'' he said.
"I'm looking forward to the nationals now.''
He trains at Dobe's Gym, Taree.