Darcy makes top six in Men's Health Man competition
SWINGING a sledgehammer in up to 50-degree heat has helped prepare Yaroomba's Darcy Bowles for a chance to grace the front of a national health magazine.
The 30-year-old railway maintenance technician is one of six finalists vying for the cover of Men's Health.
Mr Bowles filled out an entry form into the magazine's Man competition late last year during some downtime at his fly-in, fly-out job based in Karratha in north-west Western Australia.
"I wasn't expecting to hear anything and then forgot about it," Mr Bowles said.
But then he got a call and after some preliminary rounds, went through to a final six photoshoot and interviews in Sydney last month.
"It was pretty intense," Mr Bowles said.
He said he exercised about five or six days a week.
"It's hard to keep going to the gym after working long hours in extreme temperatures," he said.
"It's a pretty physical job so it keeps you pretty fit as well."
He said he had given advice to some of his co-workers living in the same accommodation camp.
"I write diet plans for a few of the guys," Mr Bowles said.
"Most of them want to go have a beer and sit down after work."
When he is home he likes to work out with partner Briar Rose.
"My missus is right into the gym.
"She is probably in better shape than me."
His recent focus has been to become a bit leaner, which he has achieved through climbing Mt Tibrogargan and running up Mt Coolum.
Mr Bowles said sacrificing desserts and steering clear of alcohol wasn't too hard for him. "I've got a lot more energy with my diet," he said.
The competition winner, who will also take home $10,000, will be announced in Sydney on May 3.
DARCY Bowles follows a few eating rules to keep in shape:
- Carbohydrate-free windows: periods where only salads and other no-carbohydrate foods cross his lips.
- Carbohydrate-rich foods eaten just before and after workouts.
- Avoid the dessert cart: focus on cutting sugar from the diet.