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List of Achievements:

  • 2011 INBA NT - Novice
  • 2011 WFF Mr Australia Class 2
  • 2011 NABBA/WFF Mr NT Overall
  • 2012 INBA NT Men's Open - 3rd
  • 2012 INBA Australian Titles DNP (Last I reckon, maybe second last!)

DAVID JAMES POTAE

BODYBUILDER

 

PLACE OF BIRTH: Darwin
 
HEIGHT: 180 cm
 
CONTEST WEIGHT: Mid 80's, would say 85kg I guess, have never weighed myself around comp time.
 
OFF SEASON WEIGHT: Hmmm, last off season weight was 115kg, I'm gonna aim for about 100kg next time, maybe even lower. its not fun looking like a sumo wrestler.
 
 
FAVOURITE BODY PART TO TRAIN:

Toss up between legs and chest
 

TOP 3 FAVOURITE EXERCISES:

  • Squats
  • Dumbell Press
  • Deads or Handstand Push Ups
 
 
WHAT IS YOUR ULTIMATE CHEAT MEAL?

Lamb and potatoes, Greek style.
 
 
WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO YOU LIKE TO TRAIN TO?

Ranges from Rap to Rock to Trance and Dance - in the one session.
 
 
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING TO DO WHEN YOU ARE NOT TRAINING?

Computer games - I'm a certified nerd, travelling, cooking (baking)
and spending time with family...and thinking about what I'm going to train next.
 
 
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN TRAINING FOR?

Consistently about 9-10 years. At 15 I trained for 4 weeks with an older mate who use to pick me up and drop me off as i had no car, we trained at the old uni gym and I used to use his access card to get in, he stopped taking me so I stopped going. I then started with gym again 3 months before I turned 18, I remember this vividly as I was training for a Baseball Tournament and my school exams were right at the end of the 3 months. I had no idea what I was doing, but followed a friends program who dragged me to the gym just to get me there sometimes (as I found gym ridiculously boring) of training upper body 3x per week - Monday, Wednesday & Friday and NO legs!!!!
 
I moved to Adelaide after school to pursue Baseball, I was pretty broke and couldn't afford a gym membership so I spent my first tax return on a home gym, read Bill Phillips 'Body for Life' and thats probably where the bug bit me for weight training, as I was inspired by what I saw.
 
I moved back to Darwin at 20, had access to a gym and started using some heavy weights, and the rest is history as they say.
 

WHAT KEEPS YOU MOTIVATED?
 
I hear from a lot of people that people who train and watch what they eat are obsessed with themselves or care what people think too much, or do it for girls to look at them...blah blah. I can honestly say to you, I started weight training for no other reason than to have a MASSIVE CHEST and crack the concrete when I walked!!! Everything else kinda grew when i picked up the weights except for my chest and even to this day, I'm still chasing that big chest I never seem to have! 
 
As the years progress, no motivation is needed other than to continually better myself in and out of the gym, bringing up my weaker parts and moulding the stronger ones. I do this for no-one other than myself, as there is nothing better than visually seeing improvement within yourself and mentally reaping the rewards.
 
My thoughts are; if you look to improve yourself, why would you do it for other people???
 

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE WANTING TO COMPETE?

I saw myself get lean in my first comp year and lean for the first time in my life, it really helps you to see where your stronger and weaker body parts are, especially when your so lean, so anyone aspiring to compete. DO IT, you will learn a lot about yourself and realise you can acquire whatever you want if your willing to put in the work.
 

DO YOU HAVE AN INSPIRATION? 

I don't really have one inspiration in particular, or person. I admire the physiques of the golden era of bodybuilding, and thats what I always envisioned in my head and for some weird reason I wanted to do it naturally, I didn't want to rely on anything more than myself. 
 
The more I trained, the more comments I got, good and bad. Even though my expectations were unrealistic, it still put me ahead of the game as far as what I thought was possible for myself. 
 
My inspiration slowly became the thought of breaking down what a majority of people seem to make unrealistic for themselves, if they would only try and give it a go, how do they know whats possible if they won't even try. Nothing good or sweet in life rocks up at your doorstep and says "hey, here I am", you have to go out and get it.
 
I try and help people along the way with my own journey, as there seems to be far too many egotistical people in this industry. There is just no need to be like that and in my opinion ego makes you weak. I have also found in helping people, that truly want to be helped, a lot of inspiration can come from that, and that makes me happy.
 

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE SUPPLEMENTS?

I read many years ago in a muscle magazine as a teenager, an article on Dave Draper the golden boy of California. He was asked if he could only pick one supplement what would it be, he answered "protein powder". I found this answer unbelievably boring and was like, what about some secret magic pill that lets you gain like there's no tomorrow.

Still quite inexperienced myself, I finally understand why Dave Draper said that, what I've found is the basics are the best. You need to be consistent with your training, you need to challenge yourself within your training and you NEED to have solid NUTRITION. 
 
You need to have fuel in a car, batteries in a remote control,  some type of fuel to start a fire. Without this, the car will go nowhere, the remote control won't work and your fire won't start. Nutrition works much the same way for the bodies output in exercise and even homeostasis. 
 
After a solid nutrition calorie surplus program is taken care of, I would recommend a protein powder, glutamine, amino acids, healthy green supplements (vital greens, spirulina, chlorella, wheatgrass, Kale) anything that assists your body in growing or running optimally for growth, or creates an environment to facilitate growth! 
 
I would also recommend a pro-biotic and fibre, over 80% of your health is 'organised' and 'distributed' in your stomach!
Your fuel gets broken down in your stomach. Take care of it.
 
I also like dabbling in pre workouts, not a must at all but I do use them, even if its a strong cup of black coffee. I try anything that the guys at Wicked NRG recommend. Most recently NGORGE has been a favourite.