- Created on Thursday, 24 May 2012 02:20
- Written by Angel Cordero, IFBB MP PRO
Hey guys thanks for taking the time to find out a little more about what drives me to push myself as hard as I can in the weight room and life itself. I strive to do great things because what has been instilled in me from my childhood and life experiences. The story goes a little like this:
I was born in Cleveland, Ohio and spent most of my childhood in the suburbs of the Cleveland area. Growing up my father played the biggest role in helping me get to where I am today. He competed as an amateur bodybuilder in the early 50’s, and used to take me to the YMCA when I was around 7 years old. It’s crazy to sit and think about it because back then I was just playing with the weights and had no idea what impact this would have on my entire life. Having that sense of ease in the weight room allowed me to pick things up quickly. With his help and the support from my mother and siblings, it built a solid base for me to flourish as a fitness enthusiast. I was always active growing up playing baseball, football, and basketball. I had a smaller frame and had a tough time trying to put on muscle. I stayed with the weights casually until I got into high school. I then realized I needed to get bigger. That is when I started to take it serious which gave me and my father a way to bond. I've been doing it ever since and have never looked back.
I went off to college at Ohio University and studied Sport Management, eventually earning a Bachelor of Science in Sport Science. I spent a lot of my time in the gym and playing intramural sports there and really blossomed and grew into that athletic physique a lot of us strive to attain. After graduating my plan was to try and become strength and conditioning coach. I soon came to the realization that the dream of being a S&C coach was far from becoming a reality so I switched course and attained a personal training certification. I began training clients and trying to teach them everything I had learned throughout my years of exercising and living an active lifestyle. The great thing about fitness is there is always something new coming out and there is always a constant learning curve, which makes the fitness industry a great field to be in. I am now the Regional Training Director for a couple clubs in the Northeast Ohio area.
As far as the bodybuilding world, it wasn't till I met a friend of mine at the first gym I worked at after graduating college that I realized the potential I had in the bodybuilding world. He told me I had great genetics and a great physique. He felt I should look in to doing a show. I worked my butt off for the next couple years and attempted my first show. I've been hooked ever since, working on getting bigger and consistently making improvements to my physique. Then MP came around and suddenly I had more muscle mass on my frame than a lot of guys on stage. Now my focus is on leaning out and getting as tight as I possibly can. My goal is to achieve my dreams of becoming the first Men’s Physique Olympian, being a great fitness/role model to young kids everywhere and help everyone realize that the only thing holding them back from their dreams is themselves!