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An Endless Bodybuilding Road

Mike McAllister

Staff Writer

Lifting weights and keeping one’s body in shape may seem like a chore to some people. To others, however, it comes as second nature. The Springfield College Bodybuilding Club seeks nothing less than perfection in their health, bodies and lifestyles. The club is dedicated to lifting weights, eating well-balanced and high protein meals and inspiring others to follow in their footsteps.

“You only have one body throughout your lifetime; the least you can do is take care of it,” said Ethan Grossman, president of the Bodybuilding Club.

The objective for the SC Bodybuilding Club is simple: set a goal and reach it. The club is made up of seven members, each as dedicated as the next. Through uplifting videos and personal encounters with world-renowned bodybuilders, the group finds its means of motivation and capitalizes on it.

“Every day, I’m excited to get in the gym and try to put up bigger numbers than I did last week. It’s just a never-ending competition with myself,” said junior member Seth Caron.

The club lifts together six days a week, with one day of cardiovascular work and rest. The results of this grueling workout regiment are obvious with one look at the group. Grossman, the president of the group, participates in many bodybuilding competitions annually. Just last year, he won “Mr. Teen Rochester 2011” in Rochester, N.Y.

“It was my first win, but not my last. I’ve got a lot of work to do to get where I want to be,” said Grossman.

The club traveled to Columbus, Ohio, to watch the Arnold Classic this past March. The Classic, as it is better known, is the holy grail of bodybuilding competitions in the United States. Bodybuilders such as Branch Warren, Ronnie Coleman, Jay Cutler and Bob Cicherello all took time to meet these aspiring Springfield College bodybuilders.

“These are guys that I have looked up to for years. It was an unreal experience,” said senior member Wade Haras. “These guys are the best in the world at what they do.”

The trip lasted only four days but gave all of the members fuel to keep working and training as hard as they possibly can for years to come. Perhaps one day, a Springfield College Bodybuilding Club member will be the one changing lives at the Arnold Classic.

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