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Leading athletes gear up for PCA Universe weekend

May 24, 2024

Buchanan's war cry: 'I'm coming for them...!"

ATHLETES are gearing up to do battle at the PCA Universe tomorrow and Sunday – with one competitor saying: "I'm coming for them."

The PCA host the Universe qualifying event in Hull on Saturday, the last possible chance to gain a spot in Sunday's main event. Most invitations have been awarded during the PCA's regional shows so far this season. Tickets sold out during the week.

Lee Buchanan, an athlete in the Bodybuilding Medium class, is hoping for a first call out on Sunday.

Buchanan, above, finished second place at the PCA North West – a result which many called into question. He then went on to win his class and the overall at the PCA North East just seven days later.

He said: "It’s been hard trying to prep with a one year old who is teething and working a full-time job! But I’m coming for them though regardless. I want first call out at the weekend and I’ll be happy – but it's going to be stacked though!

"After that I'm going to have a break, then drop back in for the PCA Britain on October 20."

Class 1 and Men's Physique also set for Universe stage

Dan Baldwinson, below, is set to try his luck in the qualifier just a week on from winning his class and the overall at the NABBA South East.

Baldwinson, 32, is a Class 1 bodybuilding – Bodybuilding Tall in the PCA – and packs a good deal of muscle on his frame. He should find no trouble qualifying for Sunday's main event.

He told frontdouble.com: "I have to do the qualifier, which is a shame as a two day peak is needed. But it will be a different package this week. Much more tight and a little lighter due to actually manipulating this week as a peak.

"Sunday I just hope everyone brings the best so it’s a good show. I’ve never gone into a show thinking I won’t place, so we will see."

Adam Nugent qualified by winning his Men's Physique class and the overall at the PCA Saxon Classic on April 7. That has allowed him a decent amount of time to prepare after that successful prep.

He said: "Things have been going great. Its been a different challenge maintaining condition from the Saxon Classic for the best part of seven weeks. I had a week away to Egypt at the beginning of May. But it's allowed my body to freshen up and dig a little deeper this last two weeks.

"I'm hoping to bring an even more conditioned look but with maximum fullness. I've front loaded my carbs this peak week, which is a different method for me. But it seems to have worked well."

The PCA were contacted for comment.

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