Diet of fish and broccoli the secret to success

PUBLISHED: 14:24 08 September 2010

Body builder Declan Flynn

Body builder Declan Flynn


A gruelling period of strict dieting and hours of gym work has been rewarded as the owner and manager of a gym made it to the national finals of a body-building competition.

Rhino’s Gym boss Kevin Davenport of Railway Street, Northfleet won the over-40s category at the Kent Klassic held at the Woodville Halls while gym manager Declan Flynn, 24, of Pelham Road, collected first place in the under-80kgs category recently.

The pair will now compete at the UK championships in Nottingham on October 9-10.

Mr Davenport, 43, said; “I came second both last year and the year before so it was satisfying to make the step up.”

A body-builder for 29 years, he said a diet of just fish and broccoli for 17 weeks, combined with vigorous training helped him to success.

He added: “It wasn’t easy. People say it will get easier with time because you get used to it, but I can tell you it doesn’t.”

Mr Flynn entered his first body-building competition in November last year, winning the First Timers class at the NABBA UK Championships and was delighted to collect his second victory in as many competitions.

He said: “It was really pleasing. I felt having that experience in preparation really helped.”

The diet is designed so the body uses all its body fat and all the exercise is fuelled entirely from protein eaten that day.

Co-manager Joanne Cutts is a former body-builder and she helped the pair prepare for the Woodville Halls event on August 29.

She said: “They were a miserable bunch two weeks before. I had calls from Declan at 3am complaining he was hungry. I’m really proud of them though and hopefully they can succeed at the nationals.”

She is in training herself to compete in a UK strong woman competition next year and said: “I keep telling myself it will be my last.”

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