Blackwater bodybuilder Millar muscles his way to nationals
ON FEBRUARY 2, 2014, Blackwater's Ben Millar's world was turned upside down, his promising soccer career in tatters.
An side-on, studs-up tackle broke his leg, robbing him of his footballing ability and confidence.
Rather than wallow in self-pity, Millar took to the Black Iron Gym, and with the help of good friend Anthony Manz, hit the weights. Despite being in a cast and moon boot for 10 weeks, he started to focus his efforts on his body.
Six months on, Millar was crowned the third best in the IFBD Queensland State Titles in the men's physique novice division, where a new career was born and his confidence returned.
"It was amazing. I guess I had a fairly humble approach to my physique. I was very happy, and anything would be a bonus," the 33-year-old Millar said.
"I was rapt with third though - just over the moon.
"It was pretty hard. I had played soccer all my life. My uncle and pop were all involved in the game. I loved the game.
"So I tried to take on an individual sport and decided to work on my physique and have a fitness approach."
Intense training sessions and a stubborn diet were the two most difficult parts to his weekly regime, which had him drop from 15% body fat to 3%.
"For six months and leading up to the comp, I was doing four hours a day," he said.
"Morning weights and then hour cardio, then rest, and in the afternoon I'd do a different muscle - six days a week.
"My diet was the worst, though. They call it peak week - a full carb cycle.
"Then chicken on rice and six litres of water a day.
"I have actually maintained my weight, as I was fairly lean due to soccer, still weighing 86kg, and now I am down to 3 or 4% body fat."
Millar will now hone his efforts for the nationals and Olympia titles later this month with his goal of gaining a pro card in sight. He said he owed the world to Black Iron Gym and his trainers.
"Chris and Sarah O'Brien from the gym have been a huge help, and I have to thank Nathan and Andy Page for coaching, believing and supporting me all the way through," he said.
"I am very appreciative and overwhelmed of all the support and sponsorship I have received.
"Anthony Manz has been there every step of the way; he helped me train my core when I had the cast on. I owe them all a great
You can follow his progress via Instagram - @akamillar.