Athlete Profile: Andy Harrison

Age:  54

Location: Melbourne, VIC

Years Training: Serious training began in 1994

Day Job: Retired from the Air Force due to injury

Recent Competition History:

  • Natural Olympia 2016:

    • 3rd Place

  • Natural Olympia 2015:

    •  1st Place

  • Natural Olympia 2014:

    • 6th Place

What is your background?

Came to Australia from England in 1986 to watch the Ashes Cricket series. I enjoyed my time in Australia so much that I decided to stay and join the Austrlian Air Force.

How did you get started in bodybuilding?

In 1992 I was training for the Ironman when I was hit by a speeding car. As a result, I ended up in Hospital for over a year and a half and had to relearn everything again. My weight dropped to 43kg due to being fed by a tube. When I saw the video of me at the time this happened, I made  a promise to myself that I would never look like that again. Aerobic exercise was no longer an option due to the extensive damage done to my knees so, I joined a gym and loved it!

When did you first decide to compete?

I first decided to compete after I had seen a poster for a natural contest in a supplement store. I went along and I thought I would have a go at their next event.

What does competiting look like for you so far?

Competing has been good fun for me. I know I'm not going to be a pro champ, but it gives me something to do and provides motivation to keep training.

What inspires you?

I'm inspired by the video made of me in Hospital. I need nothing else. It works every time.

What is your advice to a new competitor?

My advice to new competitors is simple. Be consistent.

What does a typical training week look like for you?

A typical training week varies if there is a contest ahead, but generally 3 or 4 times a week, plus swimming on my non-gym days. Due to my knee injury I do not run or cycle.

What is your favourite exercise?

My favourite exercise is Bench Press.

What is your least favourite exercise?

My least favourite is Squats due to my knees.

Do you have a training tip you can share?

Do not ignore aches and pains. It could be something more series. I am talking from experience when I tore my rotator cuff. I told myself it would be alright then a couple of months later I was on the operating table.

What is your favourite Cheat Meal?

My favourite cheat meal is home made Enchiladas.

What are you planning on doing next?

I am an Ambassador for the new Physically Challenged division being introduced through ICN in Victoria. I'm planning on promoting the new division through media. So far I've made a major newspaper and now looking at Television promotion aswell.

How can people contact you?

Just through my social media accounts which are as follows:

Facebook: Andy Harris