SportsLife 2016, Issue 2 - Page 24

198, and still I finished second. I told Joe Weider that I wasn’t going to mess with the drugs and that I’d come back in a year with 10 more pounds of muscle and win everything. That was 1982 and I won my first Mr. America (light-heavyweight class) in San Jose, Cal., and subsequently the Mr. Universe in Singapore in 1983 at 198 pounds. I was called The Prophet of Muscle Mass by Muscle and Fitness Magazine for predicting my results a year in advance.” And that’s when his story gets interesting. “How did I get to Winkler?” he laughed. “Well, outside the norm, I guess. It either involved money or a woman. Right? “About 30 years ago I met a lady who was a student at Life University in Marietta, Ga., the chiropractic college. We became very close and I was training in both Kung Fu and bodybuilding, and I’d started my undergrad program at the time. After winning the Mr. America in San Jose, CA. I was invited to go to Singapore for the Mr. Universe competition and then go to Guam for the World Kung Fu Championships. I told her I’d be right back after the competitions. And as it turned out, I never came back to Georgia, instead I moved to Laguna Beach, Cal., for 30 years. “During the NPC Mr. America, I met IFBB pro bodybuilder Jesse Lujan, soon to be a three-term United States senator, from Guam and one thing led to another, we became close friends, and my career path changed.” It took awhile to come back to the U.S. but when he did, his career path had changed, he went back to his roots 24 / sportslife – speed, power and tenacity. As a former New Jersey 100-metre sprint champion, he decided to work with professional athletes improving their speed, power, and mental approach to sport. He became one of the finest speed coaches in America, a sprints and hurdles coach with the U.S. track team, an accomplished endurance track coach and eventually one of the most sought after private coaches and trainers in the U.S. “I saw this email. “It said, ‘Do you remember me? Can you come to Winkler?’ ‘Where is Winkler? I asked’ Needless to say, I didn’t go to Japan, and now, well, here I am five years later. Last September, we were married” “I’d spent a couple of years on the professional tennis tour training two women, Sloane Stephens and Coco Vandeweghe,” he said. “I wasn’t their tennis coach, but their speed and conditioning coach. We went to all the tournaments: Indian Wells, Italian Open, French Open, Australian Open, U.S. Open, and a few years ago, I returned from Wimbledon and went back to California before we were scheduled to go to Japan for the Asian WTA tour when I saw this email. “It said, ‘Do you remember me? Can you come to Winkler?’ ‘Where is Winkler? I asked’ Needless to say, I didn’t go to Japan, and now, well, here I am five years later. Last September, Former Mr. America and Mr. Universe Bodybuild ing Champion/IFBB Professional we were married and she runs Heartland Chiropractic Clinic in Winkler, and I help out and do my thing.” He’s worked with the Winkler Flyers and other young Manitoba athletes and offers a full range of services from beginners to the pros. “I utilize a hands-on approach with every athlete to ensure their road to success,” “I utilize a hands-on approach with every athlete to ensure their road to success,” he said. “I am not a salesman. I do not try to sell the athlete into a workout. What I really sell is productivity, success, results and achievement.” l