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Nathan took his scrawny soccer body and rebuilt it into a legitimate muscular physique!
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Jason wanted to resume his fit ways after college. The bodybuilding stage called, and he answered!
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Alex started lifting in junior high, but envied the muscular men at his gym. He set a goal to gain mass, got on Bodybuilding.com, and is on his way!
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Since his middle teens, Tyler had worked as a model. After commercial modeling left him adrift, he found his footing in fitness modeling!
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Cody went through a lot in one year. He was in and out of school, moved towns, changed plans, and eventually found himself on stage!
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After 15 years under the iron, Tony was finally convinced that he had a winning physique. What he did next changed his life forever.
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This Kentucky native took his collegiate football experience and used it to help build an athletic physique! See how he got shredded!
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Daniel used the ethics he learned from sports to commit to an exercise regimen that prepared him for the stage!
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Daniel always had a muscular build, but when he started training with an IFBB pro, his results improves greatly!
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Anthony took a trip to the Body Power Expo and was introduced to bodybuilding culture. His life was never the same again.
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Evan found inspiration online to become a bodybuilder! He idolizes Phil Heath and seeks to take the podium at the Olympia!
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Chris knew his father-in-law needed a new kidney and was shocked to find he was a match. After the surgery, Chris found motivation to take the stage, and won!
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Gavin took incremental steps that led to the bodybuilding podium and got a taste of what's to come. Check out the training and nutrition plans he uses to go big!
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Christopher's competitive bodybuilding career started with a bet and turned into a full-blown fixation. Get the training roadmap he used to build muscle with authority!
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Henry's growth starts with the mind and transfers to every muscle fiber in his body. Learn how he stays motivated to work for the physique of his dreams!
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Michael ditched college football to become a personal trainer and never regretted his decision. Check out the methods he used to build muscle consistently and win competitions!
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Bradley lifted with his father as a teen and let the passion thrive as a man. Get the intense workout plan and spot-on dieting regimen that transformed Bradley into a beast!
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Tino started bodybuilding to overcome bullies but couldn't escape his admiration for the sport. Now he's solely focused on building muscle for upcoming shows!
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Chris sifted through bro science and built a program designed around his goals and bodybuilding aspirations. Get the training and nutrition plans that delivered his results!
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Brian isn't afraid to face the reality of bodybuilding and embraces the challenge. Get the intense training plan he used to pack slabs of muscle onto his 6-foot-3, 265-pound frame!
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Vinny took high school weight room lessons to new level when he formulated a goal to compete. See how his body became an experiment after embracing bodybuilding science!
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Ryan discovered bodybuilding when he attended the Arnold Classic and was mesmerized by the competitors. Now he's almost one of them! See how he ascended to the top!
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Bo?s turned up the intensity when Bodybuilding.com asked him to represent the company in Brazil. Now he's hell-bent on training hard to reach pro status!
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The gym became more than a hobby when Paulo unlocked the door to serious gains. Get the secret formula that he used to get shredded in Portugal!
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Tyler saw a photo of Ronnie Coleman and became fixated with bodybuilding. See how this titan built muscle with authority and set the stage for his pro arrival!
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College football training provided a foundation of knowledge for Luke to begin his bodybuilding career. See how he took weightlifting to the next level!
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Scott chose bodybuilding over athletics to solely control the outcome of his success. See how his decision impacted more than his body!
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Paul added 65 pounds of muscle to his frame in 10 years. Now he plans to make a run though the Canadian competition circuit. See how this beast maintains his 225-pound physique!
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Jay lifts with relentless consistency and maintains a strict diet to push his body to new heights. See the methods he uses to build quality muscle and symmetry!
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Derek has four years of solid training under his belt and plans to use his creation to win WBFF titles. See how he fortified his physique with intricate training and dieting!
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Brian admires Steve Cook and harnesses motivation from fitness sources to lift bigger and better. See why Brian plans to compete with a sense of urgency going into 2014!
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Men's physique competitions were the perfect testing ground for Eric's athletic ability. Get the training and nutrition protocols he uses to maintain a pristine physique!
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Kyle's body is proof that science sits at the forefront of bodybuilding. See how this student of the sport gets shredded to the core and brings home competition hardware!
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Scott's inspired by old school physiques and respects competitors who take the natural path. See how intense training sessions fuel his competitive nature!
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The fitness industry fits Andrew perfectly because he's unafraid of big weight and enjoys the spotlight. See how this Aussie plans to take the bodybuilding world by storm!
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Alif was a high school rugby star in Malaysia and discovered bodybuilding when he went off to college. Check out the programs he uses to build muscle and burn fat!
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Joram suffers from severe asthma but won't let it define him. Instead, he lifts heavy to support his powerhouse physique. See how you can too!
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Justin is the first person to arrive at the gym and the last person to leave. His dedication to bodybuilding is unquestionable. See how he maintains heavy intensity!
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Joshua manipulated his fast metabolism with mass protein and a genius diet. See the methods he used to win bodybuilding competitions and why he won't stop!
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Greg has a chiseled physique with insane proportions and won't stop until he wins an IFBB pro card. See his secrets to single-digit body fat that makes muscle pop on stage!
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Mike's physique is the product of precise programming and powerful lifts. See how this competitor stays shredded to stand out on stage!
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Sahil used to lift for respect. Now he trains for self improvement in every area. See how this WBFF competitor got shredded to the bone!
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Jeremy's body went through the ringer and came out ripped! See why a PHAT variation is his preferred method for powerful gains!
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David trains and eats like an animal. His body is proof that hardcore lifting on a regimented cycle builds championship-worthy muscle!
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Wrestling prepared Zachary for brutal competition diets and intense training sessions. See how his conditioning experience paid off!
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Mario was part of the Austrian Karate National Team and idolized Jean-Claude van Damme. See how his martial arts discipline transitioned to bodybuilding!
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Ethan's body is a big block of muscle capable of handing serious horsepower. His plans build mass with exercises that combine bodybuilding and powerlifting!
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Scotland has a monster living amongst in population in Andrew. See his list of amateur accomplishments and how he plans to infiltrate the pro ranks!
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Aramis found motivation through the power of Zen, martial arts, and bodybuilding. See how his structured lifestyle supercharged his mind and body!
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Mike enjoys lifting, eating to build muscle, and learning new techniques to make him stronger. Basically, he loves bodybuilding more than anything!
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Luis invested his energy into serious goals and left adolescent activities for the boys. The results put him in a class that only allows shredded physiques!
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The multi-talented Tawanda doesn't want to be glorified for his physique, but he would like to get the recognition he deserves!
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Louie could have sat in a wheelchair forever, but his mind was too powerful to quit. He's living proof that life's only barriers are those which we create!
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Ben lives the amateur dream. He has ties to Cellucor, an up-and-coming fitness business, and enough inspiration and motivation to power it all!
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Against all odds, Manuel survived a childhood of sickness and overcame years of weight problems as a result. See how fitness lifted him from the depths of despair!
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Behind Shiloh's massive physique is a man who recognizes that dreams aren't made in a vacuum. This beast gives credit where credit is due!
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What happens when German engineering mixes with American ingenuity? You get Maik—a well-oiled machine who's not afraid of the blunt truth!
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Marco keeps his borderline bodybuilding obsession in the healthy range with a variety of supersets, intense cardio sessions, and constant self-competition!
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A trainer told Amr the gym isn't for the weak during his first visit. Amr took him seriously and came back so often that he was given a key to the weight room!
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Anthony embraces his amateur status in the gym and in life. He realizes there's room to grow mentally and physically. See where he started and where he plans to go!
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Pro wrestlers blew Ali's mind as a child. He was fascinated about walking in their shoes and bodies. Ali never became a wrestler, but he did build the physique!
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Halid had a vision of his future self when the $100K Transformation Challenge started. That image burned into his brain so deep that he surpassed it without realizing!
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Prayer and faith gave Joe the power to focus on bodybuilding. Then he hired Layne Norton to finalize the plan and became a champion!
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Wright training sparked a prosperous modeling career for Tyler. He did work for Under Armour and moved to New York where life without lifting proved too much to handle.
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When soccer cut into his lifting time, Alex left his sport to become a bodybuilder. Now the Oregon native plans to hijack the NPC podium on his path to IFBB supremacy!
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Kyle's so close to the pros he can taste it. The 28-year-old believes he has what it takes to compete against the best in men's physique. After one more show, he might get a chance to prove it!
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The weight room is a second home to Jordan. Lifting is connected to bonds in his DNA. His innovative style and intensity come from rules formulated by Greg Plitt!
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Jeremy's infatuation with muscle dates back to childhood. He idolized He-Man and Arnold, but didn't aspire to look like them until now. His journey is far from over!
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Adding muscle to Eugene's 6-foot-5 frame was a tall task. He tried several mass-gaining diets, but found that simple methods always prevail. This former baller won with consistency and hard work!
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Lawrence channels his inner Kai Greene to overcome mental barriers and bury the competition. It starts with his mind and ends with a trophy in hand. This is the path of champions!
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Nick Olsen is an up and coming physique competitor with mammoth goals. He's not only competing in the 2013 Arnold Classic. He plans to win it and become an IFBB pro!
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Bodybuilding is in the eye of the beholder. There's no definitive way to sculpt a pristine physique. Justin refuses to live by the rules. He creates his own guidelines, and they work!
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Dublin has a new kid on the block. Benoucha waited for his time and now it's here. This self-proclaimed physique scientist won't stop until his body sits atop the podium!
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Training the mind to go beyond what seems possible separates Louis from the average bodybuilder. A trait passed down from his father guides him to glory!
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Tamer thinks of Kai Greene every time someone doubts him. He was tired of hearing that he couldn't be a competitive bodybuilder and channeled his inner-Kai to prove it!
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The mind is your most powerful ally in the gym. It keeps working when your body won't. Mada understood the power of his mind correlated to the size of his muscles!
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Louis is a testament to South Africa's growing bodybuilding scene. The former rugby player believes his massive physique is IFBB material. And it's hard to doubt him!
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With no direction and a skinny frame, John was desperate to add muscle. He got a workout partner and slowly added mass to his physique with plans to hit the NPC in 2013!
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Matthew faced serious criticism in high school for daily fast food visits. He grew tired of the haters who bet that he couldn't change. See how Matthew won the bet in a laugher!
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Jocelin is a testament to bodybuilding's worldwide growth. He incorporated weight training with thai boxing to build a sleek physique capable of handling serious weight!
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Teenage insecurities kept Brandon from realizing his potential early in life. Thanks to surgery and family guidance, he overcame those obstacles en route to fitness freedom!
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Training at the same gym as Flex Lewis allows Jeremy to see greatness first hand. He used motivation from the IFBB pro and his beautiful wife to launch a successful bodybuilding career!
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Some people know exactly what they're doing. Joe is one of those people. It didn't come naturally, though. He had to work hard and educate himself from the ground up!
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This Ireland native is primed to take the RIBBF by storm. He harnesses motivation from Kai Greene videos and hits the weight room with a vengeance!
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Nidal believes he can accomplish anything. He knows no limits. This monster snuck into gyms, scavenged for free passes, and lifted heavy iron to get where he is today!
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Bodybuilding isn't the norm in Egypt. That makes Omar rare. His days of admiring bodybuilders in magazines are over. He's one of them now. See how he did it!
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Bodybuilding isn't for the weak. It shows during plateaus and long days who has the guts to keep going. Stefan blasted barriers and learned through old-fashioned hard work!
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Bodybuilding reveals the workings of the human body. It pushes people to their limits. Paul knows this all too well. He blasts through challenges and sets bigger ones in their place!
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Marco came to America to play college football and got more than he bargained for. He became infatuated with bodybuilding and is proud to be assembled in the U.S.!
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Cody formed his body into a championship winning physique by preparing better than the competition. He shows up to win and proves that everything is bigger in Texas!
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Motivated doesn't begin to describe Kyle. This guy wakes up every morning with a plan that he executes to perfection. The only way he can be stopped is if every gym closes!
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He tasted victory at his first competition and thirsts for more podium finishes. Winning has that effect on hardcore competitors. Tyler has no plans to change his attitude!
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Bodybuilding doesn't immediately click for everyone. That was the case for Matthew, whose previous lifting stint was halted by boredom. See how he rekindled his love for the weight room!
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Nobody is going to tell Adam how hard to work. He won't be judged in comparison to other physiques. His confidence comes from an ability to see beyond muscles!
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Motivation comes in many forms. For Ben, it came with the help of a team. Tired of being skinny, he dedicated his life to Team MAP and learned the necessities of fitness competitions!
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Training with this guy wouldn't be easy. It would require some type of physical activity every day. That's what separates Tom from the rest, and he has the body to prove it!
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Jeremiah's will to win pushed him past the competition at an early age. From there, winning became habit. He plans to ambush the IFBB with the same dominating tactics!
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Layne Norton's PHAT turned Paul into a bodybuilding encyclopedia. The information equated to dominant competition performances and a successful personal training business!
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Some people get lucky. Others put in years of work. Jared is a combination of both. He met the right people at the right time, got educated, and overhauled his physique!
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Brandan represents Bodybuilding.com with class and muscle mass. He's the definition of a hard-working Midwesterner. His accomplishments are stacking up, but he's far from satisfied!
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Dean has made an impression on the competitive stage in Ireland, but he's not finished by a long shot. This 222-pound British beast is coming to a show near you!
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Lifting as a college football player wasn't fun for Emeka, but he did it to stay competitive. When he discovered bodybuilding after college, weights became his life!
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His college roommate and former Amateur Of The Week showed him the competition ropes. Now, he can't be stopped. See how Garrett learned to be better at everything!
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Benjamin knew he could sculpt a better body than Jacob Black after he saw Twilight with his girlfriend. That was more than two years ago. Mission Acomplished!
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His soccer body wasn't doing it for him, so he started to build his body better. See how Caylan prepares to set his gaze on a future on the professional stage!
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A lower-leg ailment kept James from the gym for two years, but once he made it back, he trained with a vengeance!
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Jordan stepped away from the 'gamer' lifestyle and chose to start lifting. After some sometimes painful trial and error, he found what works best for him!
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A friend got him started, a pro helped him focus, but Blake did the work himself. See what this Canadian dreamer wants to try next!
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Harvey led a successful professional life, but had always neglected his physical appearance. The man in the mirror led Harvey to start lifting and transform his physique!
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Some people were just meant to be bodybuilders. Thomas rocketed him into the fitness industry. Now he owns his own gym! See how he gets it!
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Athletes know how to rehabilitate torn muscles, but Sachin, addicted and bent, needed to rehab his whole self. See how he saved himself from himself!
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Frank needed more muscle to throw around on the ice. See how his work in the gym provided the strength he needed.
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Football training first gave Tyler an impetus to begin weightlifting, but bodybuilding became a sport of its own.
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Daniel is reaching for his dream competing in the men's physique division, so he must be ripped. See how he built a complete physique!
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In the vibrant culture of bodybuilding, nothing comes easy. Shaka earned spectacular results by paying with time, effort and discipline. See what put him on stage!
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Free running hit Nick's joints hard, so he started lifting on a break from leaping buildings. Once he started seeing results, this parkour athlete was hooked.
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Regie found joy in bodybuilding as a boy in his grandma's basement, but it waned with age. When he re-discovered fitness, he found his abs again!
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Matt Smith inherited a basement gym full of vintage equipment from his uncle. During late nights after school, he learned how to lift big and grow bigger.
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After a few injuries, Tony turned to golf to fill his need for athletics. It wasn't a perfect, hole-in-one fit. Tony turned to the gym and found exactly what he'd been missing!
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You don't realize how important your back is until it's broken. Tyler realized during rehab that weight training fulfilled the athletic desire he lost in football.
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Even though he had to start training in secret because his parents didn't approve of bodybuilding, Srigant eventually won them over and built his best body.
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After seeing Schwarzenegger on the silver screen, 7-year-old Ric decided he wanted to get ripped! A lifelong passion for health, fitness, and competition was born.
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