Muscle man from Halifax prepares to compete in Mr Universe

Bodybuilder Paul Robertshaw with two of his recent trophies.
Bodybuilder Paul Robertshaw with two of his recent trophies.
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This Halifax bodybuilder has been busy pumping iron as he gears up to take part in the Mr Universe contest this weekend.

Paul Robertshaw, from Ovenden, has won over 40 trophies in just five years of competing in bodybuilding competitions.

His most recent title was top of his calss in the NAC British Chamionships earleir this month, which qualified him for the Mr Universe contest.

“I’m looking forward to taking part,” said the 40-year-old, who works for National Grid.

“I really enjoy the buzz of competing and the feeling of being in shape.”

Paul trains at Halifax Body Station at Ackroyd Place.

As well as spendingaround two hours in the gym, five days a week, he follows a strict diet.

“I drink eight litres of water a day and eat six meals of 150g of fish and then 150g of carbs, which is sweet potatoes or rice,” he said.

Paul started training 18 years ago but only started competing five years ago.

He said he hopes to come in the top three of this year’s Mr Universe contest.

Then he plans to take a year off competing and start again by winning next year’s Mr Universe competition.

He thanked his wife Abbie, 15-year-old son Kyle, mum Molly and the rest of his family for their support.

“My wife is my number one supporter, and my mum,” he said. “They come to every show.”

“My son Kyle also loves i. although he says I’m grumpy when I’m dieting.”