Bio: I have been training since I was 14, 20 years in all. I began training in 1990 under the guidance of the late Bob Scilley at the Atlantic Barbell Gym in Coleraine. This was the original hardcore gym and many a champion as come out of that stable. I have competed as both a powerlifter and a strongman. In 2001 I placed 4th in Ulsters strongest man and 4th in Irelands strongest man, weighing a light 16st which was my powerlifting weight. I hold 4 Irish powerlifting records set in 2003 and won the all Ireland bench press championships in the same year. In 2004 I placed third in 105kg class of Britain's strongest man, won by Darren Sadler now a force at Worlds strongest man. I attempted to take my powerlifting to another level and in the process sustained too many injuries, so I decided in November 2008 to train more as a bodybuilder and maybe compete. After watching a few shows in the South of Ireland and the professionals guest posing I was motivated but lacked confidence to step on stage.
My training partner Adrian Gamble and I met with Al Smyth (2nd place NABBA Universe 2006), and he advised me to compete in the 2009 NABBA Novice Northern Ireland show. I won and in March 2010 won the Class 2 NABBA Mr Northern Ireland, in May placed 5th at the Mr Britain finals, unfortunately 5 weeks out from the Mr Universe I tore my left quad and my condition suffered as a result. It was all quite an adventure in only 18 months of competition.
Tips: It takes a lot of discipline, time and mental drive to compete if you want to win or at least try too! My fiancé Ruth prepared every single meal for every show and still cooks in the off season, prepping food in quantity for 3 days, making it so easy to get those calories in. To all the young guys or beginners out there, eating is the real key to size!!
Having a good training partner is vital, Adrian Gamble has stuck by me since my 1st competition and always lifts my mood when the heads low and keeps me focused.
Surround yourself with a good team of positive friends and stay clear of the “you cant“, “your wasting your time”, kind of people, they only try to bring you down.
Focus, consistency, discipline and tenacity the keys to a good bodybuilder!!!

Plans

To make a big impact on the 2012 NABBA Britain stage.


Recent Interview with Andrew:-

Mr NI 2010 prepares for Mr Universe from Derry Web on Vimeo.



Name : Andrew McBride
D.O.B :
33 Years
Height : 5FT 8" (Class 2)
Off season weight :
19ST
Competition weight : 16.5 ST