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Jeff Behar, MS, MBA started lifting at 13, and became a natural bodybuilder, competing at the national level. He has trained with top olympia IFBB champions. He is also a popular writer, public speaker, personal trainer and the CEO of Jeffbehar.com.



Background

I first got started in weightlifting in 1979 at age 13, to try to put on weight to play freshman football. Being under 5'6" and being used as a tackling dummy for the varsity team, lifting to gain strength (and respect) was the only option.

To make a long story short, I ended up gaining a few pounds from about 105 to 135, and eventually was able to bench double my weight, and gain strength in all areas. By the time I graduated high school I weighed a whopping 150 pounds and bench pressed about 330 pounds.

I started bodybuilding by accident. It occurred this way... While in college (Rutgers) I changed my major from communications to Premed. Premed was very competitive and required endless amounts of studying to ensure that you had the higher grade.

I used lifting as a way to break up the huge amount of hours I needed to ensure good grades in the competitive Premed environment. Lifting prevented me from falling asleep with the book in my face, made me more alert, and gave me more energy... my first taste in the added benefits of lifting weights that many critical people tend to overlook.

The results of the quick focused workouts started to show, and people started to take notice. In 1986 I met Chris Confessore (broke legendary Super Heavyweight Anthony Clark's 738 pound bench press record) who suggested that I had good genetics and convinced me to train heavy with him and enter a local show. I won my weight class (lightweight) and was spotted by Mr. Ron Capadanno an icon in NJ bodybuilding. Ron owned one of the first NJ Golds Gyms.

I became one of Capadanno's regulars and Golds in Milltown NJ, eventually becoming a training partner with the legendary Riche Gapari (former Mr. Universe, Mr. Olympia runner up, Iron Classic, Night of Champions winner) I also became more interested in the sport, becoming a NJ NPC judge working with IFBB judge and NJ NPC Chairman John Kemper (A former Mr. New Jersey 1974, NPC Junior USA winner in 1983 and NPC Masters Nationals winner in 1987).

I became the Men's Athlete rep. The following year I placed in the Suburban, took runner up as a Middleweight at the NJ Championships. In 1989 I was a runner up as a light heavyweight in the NPC Empire States, while slimming down to compete at the USA Championships as a middleweight. I am also a popular writer, public speaker, personal trainer and the CEO of the following health and fitness companies: Jeffbehar.com, mybesthealthportal.com, PersonalTrainingPro.com, LeanMusclesite.com, and MuscleMagFitness.com.

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He can be contacted at info@musclemagfitness.com.

Vital Stats

Age: 39
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: Off-season: 190, Contest: 162 lbs (March 2004) lbs.
Location: Granada Hills, CA
Years Bodybuilding: 18 years, Working Out: 26 years
Favorite Body Part: Love it all!
Best Bodypart according to others: Chest
Favorite Exercises: Incline Smith Machine Bench Press, Incline Flys, Concentration Curls, Shoulder Presses

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Contest History
  • 2005, NPC Mid Atlantic States Natural Bodybuilding Classic Championships, 1st place, Mens Open Middleweight Champion
  • 2004, Team Universe, 7th place
  • 2004, GNC NPC Max Muscle Naturals, Overall Men's Novice Champion
  • 2004, GNC NPC Max Muscle Naturals, 1st place Men's Novice Lightweight
  • 2004, GNC NPC Max Muscle Naturals, 3rd place Men's Open/unlimited Middleweight
  • 2003, NPC Excalibur Bodybuilding Championships, 2nd place Men's Open/unlimited lightweight
  • 1989 NPC NY Metropolitan Bodybuilding Championships, Runner up, Open Light heavyweight
  • 1988 NPC NJ Championships, 2nd place Open Middleweight
  • 1987 NPC Suburban Championships, 4th place Middleweight
  • 1986, Mr. Rutgers 1st place Men's lightweight
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I started weightlifting in 1979 at the age of 13. Since then I've entered and won multiple competitions!
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I started weightlifting in 1979 at the age of 13. Since then I've entered and won multiple competitions!
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I started weightlifting in 1979 at the age of 13. Since then I've entered and won multiple competitions!
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