Feb 28, 2011

Neil Gardner: Arnold Amateur

Another Aussie (well British ex-pat) with a sense of humor, Lightweight competitor Neil Gardner, the 5'2" "MonstaDwarf."

The 44 year old owner of the Winning Physique Gym in Ferntree Gully, Victoria has actually competed in the IFBB pro ranks in the days before the 202 class. Consequently being a smaller guy he didn't place at the 2005 IFBB Charlotte Pro (routine below) or 2005 New York pro, was 7th at that year's Australian Grand Prix (which was won by Lee Priest), didn't place at the show in 2006 and then came 11th in 2007 (which was won by Dexter Jackson).

As an amateur Neil has competed in numerous World Amateur Championships, including the 2009 (he was 7th) and 2010 (he was 12th), and of course many Australian show. As a couple of example he placed 2nd at the 2008 Australian Bodybuilding Championships (clip below) and won the under 70kgs class at the 2010 IFBB Nationals & NSW bodybuilding championships held last October.

Neil was on the cover of the November issue of Hardcore Aussie Muscle and also appeared in LIFE Magazine in a 2007 IFBB Australian Bodybuilding Grand Prix VII spread.