Macho men: Gary Vollhoffer, left, Heinz Nussbaumer and Ray Walkerdine strike a pose on stage as the top three winners in the grandmaster category at the Sandra Wickham Fall Classic Show on Nov. 8 in New Westminster. Nussbaumer and Walkerdine from Sorrento and Enderby placed first and third in the event, respectively.

Macho men: Gary Vollhoffer, left, Heinz Nussbaumer and Ray Walkerdine strike a pose on stage as the top three winners in the grandmaster category at the Sandra Wickham Fall Classic Show on Nov. 8 in New Westminster. Nussbaumer and Walkerdine from Sorrento and Enderby placed first and third in the event, respectively.

‘Team Shuswap’ flexes muscles

On Nov. 8, Heinz Nussbaumer from Sorrento placed first in the Sandra Wickham Fall Classic Show in New Westminster

On Nov. 8, Heinz Nussbaumer from Sorrento placed first in the Sandra Wickham Fall Classic Show in New Westminster.

Nussbaumer and body-building friend Ray Walkerdine are both over 50, and competed in the Grand Master category.

Walkerdine fought his way to a third-place finish in the contest.

Nussbaumer says his preparation for this last competition was not as gruelling as his previous competition.

“My preparation for this championship was not as hard as the first championship of this year, because I tried to keep in shape and looked very closely at what I was eating so I didn’t gain too much weight over the month.”

Nussbaumer says Walkerdine wasn’t originally planning to  attend the fall classic show, but was eventually convinced to compete as well.

“I told him to come with me to fight as the Shuswap Team,” said Nussbaumer.

He credits his and Walkerdine’s success to their hard work and dedication.

“To do well in these competitions you need way more than just working out and eat right,” said Nussbaumer.

“Everything around you is so important too. Like being happy with the work you have or the work you do.”

He is adamant the most important part behind his and Walkerdine’s success is the support of their wives.

“Both our wives walk on our sides throughout the competition season – you girls are our rock,” said Nussbaumer.

He says his goal for next year is to attend the National Championship in Toronto, and to compete in the master physique class as well as the bodybuilding class.

 

Salmon Arm Observer