Cutler pumped and primed for international contest
DAVE Cutler has conquered Australia - now he has the chance to rule the Universe.
The Rockhampton body-builder was crowned Mr Australia after being judged the overall national champion in Melbourne last weekend.
Next Tuesday, he flies to England to prepare for the National Amateur Body-Builders' Association Mr Universe competition on October 31.
This is the prestigious title previously held by the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno.
Cutler, 44, is pumped about the prospect of competing against the world's best - but he is realistic about his prospects.
"The Universe is the pinnacle of the NABBA," he said. "I'm not going over there to lose but realist
ically, a top-six finish would be fantastic, top-three would be awesome and winning it ... I would be in shock for a couple of days.
"The Europeans are in a different class altogether. But I'll do the best I can do and see what the judges think.
"It all comes down to what the judges perceive as the best physique on the day - and there are a lot of different shapes and sizes."
Cutler, who weighs in at about 96kg, said winning the national title evoked a wave of different emotions.
Shock, excitement and relief were among them.
"I thought to myself, finally, I've done it; finally I've won an overall," he said. "That was such a good feeling.
"They also have a trophy which lists all the winners. My name will go down in history, which is pretty exciting."
Cutler, whose diet is strictly monitored and measured to the final gram, celebrated his victory with a steak and vegetable dinner at a restaurant with friends - and a cup of coffee with milk.
"It was just so nice to have a meal that I hadn't cooked myself," he said.
"Usually I drink coffee without any milk in it because I have very little dairy, so it was nice to have a milky coffee with sugar in it."
Cutler embraces the incredible discipline that body-building demands.
"I thrive on the structure of it. I really enjoy the training. It's an escape for me. It's like going to the pub with the boys but rather it's at the gym with the boys.
"I enjoy the challenge of seeing how big I can get and how lean I can get.
"As for the diet, it's just second nature to me now. I've been doing it for so long, I don't know any different, to be honest."
Cutler's training regime generally includes two cardio sessions and one weight session a day.
And leading into a competition, it is all about getting as lean as possible and that's when diet and cardio training are key.
So important, in fact, that Cutler will take his own prepared meals with him on the flight to England.
"Preparation is the key; if you are prepared, it makes life a lot easier," he said.
MENU FOR SUCCESS
Dave Cutler's daily menu:
First meal: 150g of oats, 40g of egg whites
Second meal: 350g of chicken, 200g of vegetables
Third meal: 350g of chicken, 200g of vegetables
Fourth meal: 300g of meat, 100g of rice, 100g of vegetables
During training: 100g of carbohydrates and 20g of Cyborg Sport amino acid complex
After training: 300g of fish, 100g of rice, 100g of vegetables
Before bed: 40g of egg whites, 100g of green vegetables