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2 April 1991
I started working out when I was in the 7th grade, I was 12 or 13 years old.. I didn’t want to be a small kid. I was very inconsistent with hitting weights at that age until I was about 16 when my dad bought equipment for a home gym.
I didn’t get into the fitness industry until I finished serving 5 years active duty in the US Army. I was 23 years old at the time and my goals honestly were never with competing. At the time, I wanted to try & follow in Greg Plitt’s footsteps. My plan was to build as big of a following as I could to reach and inspire as many people to change their lives by chasing their dreams. I wanted to be a motivational speaker and land as many fitness magazines as I possibly could. This was until I was invited to shoot with some photographers at the 2014 Mr Olympia, I watched the men’s physique category and felt I had what it takes to compete with the very best guys in the world in that division. I did my very first competition the next month , and 4 weeks after I went on to earn my IFBB Pro card by winning the overall at the NPC National Championship.
I competed in mens physique from October 2014 through March of 2019, managing to earn my way to the Mr Olympia in 2016-17-18, placing 7th, 9th, 11th. Mens physique pro shows that I won are Dallas Europa & the Tampa pro. I also competed in the Arnold Classic in 2018 & 2019 placing 4th both times, and decided my journey in mens physique was over after my 2019 Arnold Classic showing.
I felt my potential lied elsewhere, in a division that I knew would challenge me greater than anything I had done so far. I was intrigued by the new division, and wanted yo take a chance at greatness.
My Classic debut was the 2019 Tampa Pro just a few months after my final mens physique showing. I weighed 204lbs and managed to break into the top 3 for a 3rd place finish. The following year in 2020, my wife Marissa & I had our son on May 1 where I became a Dad. This took my focus and vision to a completely new level. My next competition was the 2020 NY Pro, at 214lbs I won with a perfect score on the judges scorecards, qualifying me for the 2020 Mr Olympia in classic physique where I placed 9th. After my showing I immediately got back to work, trying to figure out every way I could improve, so I got to work on my 2021 season.
I competed in the Texas Pro where I was beaten by a 1 point decision - yet managed to take home the best poser award out of the entire show. Weeks later I was invited to the Arnold Classic where I battled with the top guys of the division and placed 3rd and once again being awarded the Best Poser, beating out Terrence Ruffin. After the Arnold Classic, I turned my focus to the Shawn Ray Hawaiian Classic - where I earned my 2nd Classic physique Pro victory qualifying for the 2022 Mr Olympia.