WNBF Pro World Champion David A. Galan

WNBF World Champion
WNBF World Champion

Name: David A. Galan

Age: 31

Height: 174 cm (5’9″)

Contest Weight: approx. 75 kg (165lb)

Offseason Weight: approx. 83-85 kg (182-187lb)

Social Media Pages: Facebook– David A. Galán Wnbf Instagram– davidagalan50

Sponsors: I’m very fortunate to have several sponsors that have helped me in 2015. They are almost all local companies; Starlabs Nutrition, Rainbow Seafood, NAX – North Atlantic Xperience, Yndi Fitness, Faroe Marine Products, Bilasølan, SMS, EIK, Kallkyn, MBM, Sport 24 and Bakaríið hjá Jórun.

Coach: My trainer is Jákup Jacobsen, owner of Yndi Fitness gym in Tórshavn, the capital of the Faroe Islands.

Contest History: 

  • 2014 Faroese Athletic Fitness: 1st Place
  • 2014 Danish Natural Power Fitness: 2nd Place
  • 2014 UKDFBA: 1st Place Men’s Physique International Class
  • 2015 Faroese Power Fitness: 1st Place
  • 2015 Danish Natural Power Fitness: 1st Place
  • 2015 Danish Natural Physique: 2nd Place Men’s Physique
  • 2015 UKDFBA: 1st Place Men’s Physique International Class & Pro Card Winner
  • 2015 WNBF World Championships: 1st Place and World Champion Men’s Physique

Training Split:

  • Back/Biceps/Abs
  • Shoulders/Chest/Triceps
  • Legs/Abs/Biceps

*Training split varies. Rest days taken as needed.

Aesthetic muscular development
Aesthetic muscular development

NatBod.com: Share some general info about yourself for our readers?

David A. Galan: I’m 31 years old and was born and raised in The Faroe Islands, a small group of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean. I’m a police officer in Tórshavn, the capital of The Faroe Islands. I love working out and I play basketball at one of the local basketball clubs.

NB: When did you first start lifting weights and why?

DG: Back in 2001 I lived in Madrid in Spain for a year. There I played basketball. I got a leg injury that prevented me from continuing playing basketball, so I started lifting weights. I got hooked right away and have been lifting weights ever since, with some periods of no training in between. These last 5-6 years I have been working out more seriously, especially now that I compete in fitness and bodybuilding competitions.

NB: If you could what advice would you give yourself back then?

DG: Diet is key! Understanding how and what to eat to get the maximum out of your training is alpha and omega. Find a diet that fits your needs and stick to it. This is surely the best way to make some serious gains. Dieting doesn’t have to be boring, you can try flexible dieting or even “if it fits your macros” dieting.

NB: What is the natural bodybuilding and fitness scene like in the Faroe Islands?

DG: There is an annual fitness competition here in The Faroes. It’s called Fitness Føroyar. Fitness competitions are fairly new around here, so there aren’t that many competitors. Fortunately the number of competitors is growing each year and new classes are being introduced. We’re expecting and hoping to have a lot of athletes competing in may this year. Typically 1st prize winners get a paid trip to Denmark to compete in natural fitness competitions there.

NB: What training principles do you apply to your workout routine?

DG: I’m a strong believer in lifting with strict form. There is no cheating or lifting with bad form. You only cheat yourself when doing this. I’m good at leaving my ego behind when it comes to training. Good form will put the maximal strain on the muscle you’re working on. I also like to keep rest periods between sets short to keep intensity high during my workouts.

Impressive back pose
Impressive back pose

NB: What do you think is the biggest mistake people make in the gym?

DG: The majority of people know that they’re doing. But every once in a while you will see someone that doesn’t quite seem to get it. They’ll try to throw around weights that they just can’t lift properly for one or two sets then move on to the next exercise and do the same. In these cases they should get more structure in to their routine. If you can’t manage this on your own, then ask a member of the gym staff. They ought to know.

NB: How do you balance your commitments in the gym and to your nutrition with the rest of your life?

DG: During on-season dieting I’ll stick to a strict diet. It’s very hard, but I know it’ll be worth it in the end. I’ll prep my meals for several days and bring it with me so they’re ready to eat at any given time. That way I avoid getting hungry and don’t start to crave other things on the no-go list.

NB: When was your first competition, and what was your motivation for getting up on stage?

DG: My first competition was back in May 2014 at the Faroese Athletic Fitness competition. At that time I’d been working out for several years, so I thought it was time to take it to the next level by competing. It also started making more sense to workout since it was to better myself for competitions. It became my biggest motivation ever.

NB: How did it feel winning the professional World Championships last year (2015)?

DG: It was an amazing experience! I put a lot of time and effort into preparing for the competition, so it was an amazing feeling to win. To begin with I entered the WNBF Worlds as an amateur, but since I received a Pro Card about a month prior to the Worlds, I competed in the Men’s Physique pro class. The bigger the class, the better the feeling when you win.

NB: Competition wise, what do you consider your strong points?

DG: When it comes to competing one of my strong points is my mental state. I don’t get very nervous. I’m quite calm and relaxed and I mind my own business. It will take a lot to make me nervous and mess with my state of mind. I’m well aware of my strong points on stage, and I don’t care about the other competitors, I can’t do anything about them anyway. So I focus on myself and only myself, and on what I can do to win.

Looking great on stage
Looking great on stage

NB: What improvements do you plan to make for the next time you step on stage?

DG: In my mind a good athlete is an athlete that is always out to better themselves. I feel that way myself. Even though I was satisfied with my physique on stage this year, I always strive to look even better for my next competition. There are some points on my physique that I’m currently working on to be better for next time. I worked hard on some areas last year and that hard work paid off. My plan is to do the same thing for later this year.

NB: Competitor numbers are growing every year, especially in the Men’s Physique divisions. What do you think is driving this growth?

DG: The thing with the Men’s Physique division is that we’re chasing a look that the average man sees as obtainable. The look isn’t as raw and insane as a bodybuilder. And what gym enthusiast hasn’t been chasing that beach-body from the minute they stepped in the gym for the first time? Everybody wants to turn heads when passing by someone, and now finally there’s a reason to workout so much. Having a Men’s Physique division in competition gives the serious gym goer a reason to workout and he gets to show off his hard work on stage.

NB: There are some awesome natural competitors at the moment. Do any stand out to you in particular?

DG: I’ve met some people who have very admirable physiques. I have had the privilege of meeting Miles Stovall, WNBF Pro Bodybuilder and 2x WNBF World Champion. A great athlete and an overall great guy. I like his philosophy of “get fit, stay fit and live fit”.

NB: If you could give only one piece of advice, what would it be?

DG: If you decide to compete, then go for it. You might not win the first time, but then you learn your weak and strong points for next time. If you feel like you need to make improvements then take a year off from competing and come back stronger. And remember to have fun on stage. “If you make it on stage, you´re already a winner” – Miles Stovall.

NatBod.com: Thank you for your interview. Is there anything else you would like to add?

David A. Galan: I’d like to thank my girlfriend and better half for always supporting me. They say behind every strong man there’s an even stronger woman, and that’s true. A shoutout to my coach, Jákup and my teammate, Jórun. And last but not least a special thanks to all my sponsors. Without you, I wouldn’t have won the title of World Champion.

World Champion Men's Physique
World Champion Men’s Physique

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