NI Pump! would like to welcome our newest Contributor from Omagh, Co. Tyrone, Danny McCrory, below is a little bit about Danny...
Name: Danny McCrory
Height: 6ft 1"
Weight (On): Currently 92-95kg
Years Training: 6 proper years
Favourite Body Part: Shoulders or Back
Sponsors: Contracted fitness model with Belfast Style Academy
Competition History: First competition, Irish Muscle Power Expo 2014, taking 1st place in "The Body" Category.
What is your background and how did you get started in fitness? I've always been interested in weights, like most teenagers with older brothers there was a rusty bench always about somewhere with a few dumbbells and barbells never too far away either, then through University I started training a little bit more as I was never the type to go out all week drinking, would rather spend my nights eating decent and hitting a late night gym session. It's only been over the last 2years I would say I've became more focused a goal orientated towards my training as Joining my local gym which already had a competitive community in it directed my focus more towards competing although body building was never really my niche, however with the increase in Men's Physique categories in local competitions an opportunity presented itself and I took it and so far I haven't looked back with everything going from strength to strength.
In regards to workouts, can you give us an overview of a typical week? Well the last 15 weeks I have either been preparing for a show or have been relaxed dieting enjoying my first rebound... but my training has remained the same, early mornings 8 a.m in the gym getting it done no matter if it's rain snow or sunshine and with many times coming straight from a 12hr night shift, try to keep my training Monday-Friday based as consistency in the routine for me is crucial, try to give each body part there own individual day aim to hit core & calf's also 3 times a week with which ever day I feel is most appropriate depending on my recovery. Honestly I try to listen to my body as much as possible, yea I push through the D.O.M.S and days my muscles are sore but always listen to how your body feels.
If you have to pick only 3 exercises, what would they be and why? 1) Squatting, for the purpose of it being an overall fantastic compound exercise and if done to the right intensity should leave you crawling home. 2) Dead-lifts, for the exact same purpose as number 1. 3) Wide-grip pull up's as I find its another brilliant exercise which helps separate the men from the boys.
What’s the best training tip you could give to others? Consistency... 1) Consistency in training, not missing it when feeling tired or because you've convinced yourself there's a reason to skip it for a day. 2) Consistency in the kitchen, preparing your meals on time and if you have a crazy work schedule like me, this just means getting up an extra hour earlier than you should to sort out your meal preps for the day. 3) Consistency in recording your meals and your nutritional intake or like me planning your nutritional intake for the next 7-10 days at a time, yes initially this may seem like a lot of work but after a while you will have nutritional reference points you can look back on and this is invaluable coming time to cut for competitions.
What are your favourite meals and foods? I love my Grilled Salmon and Asparagus, never truly appreciated it until the my first prep, although I had to choose my favourite meal when I'm allowed would be my Omega Eggs in the morning pouched with slices of Butchers Gammon and Cracked Black pepper over the top with my mug of filtered coffee in hand, when you have 5 a.m starts all week that tastes like heaven on a plate.
Favourite cheat food? If you know me well then you will know my favourite cheat meal is Pizza... it's my weakness, my addiction, my pleasure lol.
Top 3 supplements you could not live without? Easy 1) Glutamine 2) Amino Acids 3) Whey Isolate
How do you stay motivated? How do I stay motivated? I have my aim's, my goals and I like to think of myself as well educated, so I am realistic about the amount of work and effort involved to achieve where I would like to be, so I stay motivated by always knowing every goal I achieve I have another one right in front of me and to be satisfied is to be perfect...and no one is perfect.
What shows have you got coming up, where can we see you compete? Just coming off my rebound from the Irish-Muscle Power Expo in August, I've decided one week ago to compete in WABBA, leaving me only 5 weeks to prep, so that will be my next show competing in Men's Physique category on the 1st November 2014. 2015 however, I have big aspiration's competing in either the Miami Pro worlds or the BodyPower Expo in the early half of the year, with the UKBFF Qualifiers in August then covering the Irish-Muscle Power Expo again in 2015 promoting my category as the face of last year's winner.
Who Do You Respect Most In Fitness? I honestly respect every single individual that under takes competition prep, as the small every day sacrifices we as competitors make is very rarely seen or acknowledge by other sports or people for that matter, so my hat goes off to everyone who has the determination to go through weeks of prep and daily sacrifices and then has the courage to step foot onto the competitive stage.