Fitness trainer Ben Whitehead is muscling his way to success in the ultra competitive world of bodybuilding,
The 30-year-old from Marsden, who has been a regular at the gym since he was 17, only decided to take bodybuilding seriously in May.
Four months later, his first appearance in a competitive event saw him take second place - and win an invitation to the British bodybuilding finals.
After talking to his coach, he has decided not to compete in the national event, and instead will focus on next year.
He said: “In May I was out of shape, and wanted to give myself a target to kick-start things.
“I have done a lot of work and took part in the beginner’s category at a show in Bedworth last weekend, and came second.
“The British finals is a week after that, which leaves me very little time to prepare.
“I know I can be much better next year, and that is what I am going to concentrate on.”
Mr Whitehead runs XTND Fitness, in Huddersfield, with his partner, and is a regular at the Top Bodies gym in Huddersfield and Evolution in Rochdale.
He played amateur football for many years before deciding to try his hand at bodybuilding.
“I have always been a fan of bodybuilding, but it was only when I was overweight and out of shape in May, that I decided to take it more seriously.
“Coming second in my first event was better than I could have hoped, and I know I can come back bigger and better next year.”