Mon Valley YMCA Member, John Wallace, was the big winner at the NPC Mid-Atlantic Cup body building competition. It all
started at the YMCA when John was 19 years old. With his father being a powerlifter, John had dreamed of being a body builder from a very young age. He also grew up idolizing 80’s action stars such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and Lou Ferrigno.
John trained hard, but could not focus on his diet because of his job. After he had his daughter his priorities changed and he let himself go. On May 25th, 2016 John lost his job of 14 years. It was a blessing in disguise. John was finally able to chase his dream!
John’s first show did not go as well as he had hoped. He didn’t hire a coach and relied on the internet to show him all he needed to know. It was a huge learning experience.
In 2018 John hired a coach from Cincinnati, Ohio and was more successful, competing in 2 classes and taking 2nd in both. With the progress he had made, John got the attention of a local coach, Mike Kamdar.
Mike took John under his wing for the 2019 season. On February 1st, 2019 preparation started for the NPC
Mid-Atlantic Cup. The National Physique Committee (NPC) is the largest amateur bodybuilding organization in the United States. Amateur bodybuilders compete in competitions from local to national competitions sanctioned by the NPC.
John’s coach Mike started him out on a strict diet and gave him a brutal workout split. When prep started, John was 237 lbs. with 16 weeks out from the show. John dropped from 225 to 220 in the next couple weeks and was at 5% body fat. The week of the show had arrived. Mike had John cut carbs and sodium. His water intake was also slowly decreased. He was depleted and tired. John asked himself, “What the heck am I doing this for?” Then he remembered that it was his dream.
The big day was now here. John weighed in at 215.2 lbs. and felt very confident. John knew he brought the best version of himself. In his opinion he had already won. He competed in 3 classes; Novice, Open, and Masters, 35 yrs.- 45 yrs. John placed first in all 3 classes and won novice overall. John also took home the prestigious award for most muscular. It was a dream come true. John said it was one of the best days of his life.
John could have never accomplished his dream without the support of his closest friends and family. His coach has big plans for him in the coming season and John can’t wait!