22-year-old Collin Clarke has Down Syndrome. But he didn’t let his condition get it in the way of achieving his dreams.
Recently, Collin joined the Kentucky Muscle Competition in Lousiveville, Kentucky. What’s even more amazing here is that he eventually won the fifth place in his class.
Tammi Hargett, Collin’s neighbor, praised him saying:
“We’ve always been really close with Collin, he’s such a great kid. But to see this transformation in his physique, it’s so great for his health. He’s just done such an outstanding job.”
On the other hand, coach Glenn Ubelhor added:
“The improvements in his cognitive abilities, his social skills, his diction has improved. And a lot of people have the misconception that bodybuilding is done out of vanity, or it’s self-serving, Collin has proved that is not the case.”
Collin is determined to keep at it and said, “I’m gonna keep on bodybuilding. It’s my dream. In a long time, the Arnold Classic. I’ll keep on doing this.”
Kudos to you, Collin. You are an inspiration to us all!
Bodybuilding Tips for Beginners
If you have been itching to start losing some fat and building your muscles, LifeHack has some practical tips for you.
First off, it the site says it is best to stick with dumbbells and barbells if you are a newbie. Also, doing basic exercises is most ideal. Squats, deadlifts, and barbell bench presses are highly recommended. Make sure that you use the correct form when doing the exercises and then grdually increase the weights as you progress.
Avoid the temptation to train every day because that will surely wear you out. As a rule, you should o at least 3 to 4 workouts every week. The remaining days should be spent resting and recovering.
LifeHack also points out that eating right plays a huge role in your goal. “Protein is essential when it comes to building muscle and can be found in chicken, fish, eggs, milk, dairy products and some nuts and vegetables,” the website said.