Muscle & Fitness Male Model 2013: Month Two Co-Winner
Mario will compete at the 2013 Muscle & Fitness Model Search in Las Vegas during the Joe Weider’s Olympia Fitness & Performance Weekend for the overall title.
Name: Mario Schafzahl
Height: 6 ft.
Weight: 194 lbs.
Birth Date: 09/01/1990
Current Residence: Vienna, Austria
Hometown: Upper Austria
Years Training: 9 years
What do you like best about working out?
I love my muscles when they are pumped and the veins are popping. It's very nice to see my body growing over the years and getting positive feedback about what I am doing. I love challenging myself every day with workouts and setting new goals. Fitness and sports turned me into the person I am today.
What or who got you started working out?
Jean-Claude Van Damme was my big idol. I admired his ripped body and martial arts techniques. So, I started lifting in my home gym and began training in karate. When I turned 18 I became a member of the Austrian Karate National team. I never stopped lifting weights.
Who influenced you to start working out seriously?
I always admired people with ripped and massive bodies. One of my greatest idols is definitely Jean-Claude Van Damme, but also Arnold Schwarzenegger who is from Austria as well. I was also influenced by fitness models like Greg Plitt and Rob Riches.
What's your favorite meal when you are getting lean?
Definitely chicken breast with vegetables like broccoli.
What's your favorite cheat meal?
For breakfast I love croissants, and for lunch I prefer pizza.
What are your goals in the fitness industry?
My goal is to have a career like Arnold Schwarzenegger - not in bodybuilding, but in fitness. It´s my dream to become a well-known fitness model worldwide and ultimately be on a fitness cover.
If you win the M&F Model Search, what would that mean and what would you do with the title?
It would mean a lot for me. It would be a very big step forward towards achieving my goal.