Athlete Profile: Derek Chapman
What is your background?
How did you get started in bodybuilding?
What inspires you?
What is your advice to a new competitor?
What does a typical training week look like for you?
What is your least favourite exercise?
What is your favourite exercise?
Location: Townsville, QLD
Years Training: Not Long Started 1 January 2012
Day Job: Growing Not Big Enough (NBE) here in Australia
Recent Competition History:
INBA Tropix 2015:
ANB North QLD 2014:
INBA State Championships 2014:
ANB State Championships 2013:
ANB North QLD 2013:
INBA Tropix 2013:
Do you have a training tip you can share?
What is your favourite Cheat Meal?
What are you planning on doing next?
How can people contact you?
New Zealand Born and educated, I left New Zealand in 1982 and lived in the UK for 10 years. In that time I competed in the 1984 NABBA South England and got 4th Place at my first ever comp. I’m a hairdresser by trade and have facilitated hair in 23 countries.
In 2008, I got seriously injured as a security guard breaking up a brawl, which left me with a completely shattered shoulder and my rotator cuff ripped from the bone. Over the following 4 years of operations and court cases, my weight ballooned out of control and I put on 40kg. So after 4 years of rehab and Operations I said ‘enough is enough’ and started my mission on 1 January 2012 to get to stage.
When did you first decide to compete?
1 January 2012, is when I committed to stage.
I train 6 days on and 1 day off.
My favourite exercise is Deadlifts.
My least favourite is cable cross over as it really hurts my shoulder.
Develop mind and muscle control and keep listening to your body.
My favourite cheat meal is Chunky Monkey ice-cream.
I'm planning on taking NBE to every state in Australia, while prepping to compete in Season B 2017.
Just through my social media accounts which are as follows:
Facebook: Derek Chapman
I’m inspired by the simplest of things. The things that most people don’t even realise and take for granted such as having mobility to get up in the early morning and train because I can. After my accident, I’d dream of being able to train with my shoulder. It’s not until you are incapacitated that you realise just how lucky we are when we are fully fit. It took 6 years of rehab of my should before finally being able to do overhead resistance (i.e. Military Shoulder Press).
My advice to a competitor is to find the right mentor that is a good fit for you.
What does competiting look like for you so far?
Competing for me is my way of challenging myself to arrive at a given destination and date in the best shape physically.