Barossa's body building champion

Anytime Fitness Angaston and Nuriootpa co-owner Rick Wager recently won two categories at the ANB SA State Competition.

Anytime Fitness Angaston and Nuriootpa co-owner Rick Wager recently won two categories at the ANB SA State Competition.

There is no slowing Rick Wager down.

Last Sunday, he competed at the Australasian Natural Bodybuilding South Australian state competition in the Master’s Men over 40 years and the 80-90 kilogram categories.

He won both of his categories and narrowly missed out on an overall win.

This was also the first time that Rick had competed in that weight class, coming down from 92kg to dead on 90kg to make the category.

Rick said he had two options, come down a class or compete on his own in the over 90kg category, but was happy with how the competition went.

“Not many people are over 90, most of them are between 60 and 70, and 80 to 90 is okay,” he said.

“We came in lighter than I normally do, we came in leaner than I normally do but I thought this one went well.

“You learn things each time you compete lie how your body responses to carbohydrates and all that kind of nutrition.”

Rick has been involved in the bodybuilding circuit dating back to the turn of the century.

He stopped for a number of years in between when he entered a weight loss competition about seven years ago, however he became sick after losing a lot of weight rapidly.

A change of mindset meant that Rick started to take his weight seriously, focusing on eating the right foods and gradually beginning to lift heavy as his muscle grew.

It was not until about two and a half years ago that Rick began to compete again.

His first competition back was a Nationals meet with Rick finishing first overall in a triumphant return to the sport.

Rick said his dedication to bodybuilding stems from knowing how far he has come on his journey in the fitness industry.

“To me being the age that I am and knowing where I have come from to do what I do, I would like to think I am really dedicated,” he said.

“I compete because I know where I have come from, and these competitions keep me in check and create timelines so I keep my diet properly so I do not backslide into 120kg.

“Unfortunately I have that body type where if I was not dedicated and committed I could play Santa Claus at a kids party quite easily.”

As well as bodybuilding, Rick is a co-owner of two Anytime Fitness franchises in Angaston and Nuriootpa alongside wife Kerrie-anne.

Rick said that that the husband and wife duo had a genuine passion for the fitness industry.

“We just know what we get out of it and what it brings to our life,” he said.

Last Sunday’s competition brought Season A of the bodybuilding circuit to a close.

Rick will now turn his attention to Season B which begins later this year in September.

He will compete in Nationals three weeks later after the season commences.