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Danny Banks competes in national event


WATERLOO (KWWL)-- Waterloo native and five-year Oelwein Police officer, Danny Banks, is about to challenge for a national title in his first bodybuilding competition. Danny describes this week's upcoming experience in his own words. (Watch the kwwl.com video) 

My name is Danny Banks. Born and raised here in Waterloo, Iowa. Getting ready for my first competition.

I'm heading out to Las Vegas, Nevada. It's basically a bodybuilding competition. Mr. Olympia. The Christmas of body builders. I'll be competing in the Muscle & Fitness 2010 model search. I'll be competing with 16 other contestants around the U.S.

About 3-4 months ago, I entered an online contest with Muscle & Fitness Magazine. Out of 166 contestants, I was picked, and that basically takes me straight to the finals, which will be on Friday at 2 p.m.  I'll be in stage, posing & flexing.

Basically, if I win this competition, I will be on the cover of Muscle & Fitness Magazine.

Gives me the opportunity to share, with the rest of the world, my passion for fitness.

I started my athletic career at Waterloo East, Class of 1997.  I earned a scholarship at the University of Northern Iowa to play football there. After that, I went straight into law enforcement and have been a police officers for 8 years and currently, I'm an Oelwein police officer; I've been there 5-years and one month.

I've been working out here at Gold's gym going on three years now. Came in here to Gold's gym at 245 pounds; now, I'm currently at 265.

It gives me the opportunity to see where I compare to the rest of the world, when it comes to fitness and bodybuilding. It also gives me the opportunity to get my name out there.

I think, after this I'll be able to set my goals a little higher. I'm going to be competing with the best. The Jay Cutler, the Dexter Jackson's, I mean, those are the best in the world. I don't know if I'll ever get there, but it just gives me an opportunity to see where I fit in with the rest of the world. 

You know, I love fitness. I have a strong passion for fitness. It's a good stress reliever, I'll tell you that. When I walk out this gym, I feel like I really accomplished something I tore my body apart. There's nothing like it. Those who work out totally understand where I'm coming from. You really feel like you accomplished something when you walk out this gym.

Win or lose, it will be a great experience for me.

Online Reporter:  Ron Steele





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