A muscle man from Accrington won the best newcomer award in a tense evening of competition.
Jacob Taylor, 26, of Moss Hall Road picked up the accolade at an International Federation of BodyBuilding competition in Germany on Saturday, November 2.
Jacob, who has been serving with the British Army in Germany for the past four years, was delighted with the win.
The Royal Engineer said: “It was my first show and I won the newcomer award, it was great.
“I was on a 21 week diet to build up to the show, it was low carbs and a lot of good quality meat. The diet was hard at times, but it was a real experience and a good test of my discipline.
“I was training three times a day, I would get up at 5.30am and do my first lot of exercises before breakfast, then I would go back in the afternoon and do weights and then again before bed.”
Jacob fell in love with body building after signing up to the army four years ago, he said that after his basic fitness training he began pushing his body further.
He said: “After basic training I got into power lifting and then I went from there and stared building up.”
Jacob praised the army for supporting him throughout his training and said he was cheered on by army colleagues and family from Accrington on the night of the competition.
He said: “The army were amazingly supportive of me, they allowed me to go the gym and achieve what I have.
“At the competition I had army mates there and friends and family flew over from Accy. Everyone was chuffed.”
His long term goal is to emulate Arnold Schwarzenegger and become Mr Olympia but for now Jacob is setting his sights on competing in the UK ahead of his return in February.
He said: “I am looking forward to coming back home now, I'll be looking to start entering into UK competitions.
“I'm also doing a diploma in personal training so I will hopefully be a personal trainer soon.”