Hi, I'm Steve Cook and I am an IFBB Physique Pro and winner of the 2011 Bodybuilding.com Bodyspace Spokesmodel Contest.
I always have enjoyed an active lifestyle, which is how I became interested in this sport. I worked out to become better in the sports I played. Once I was done playing college football I found myself lost as my dream of the NFL was gone, my marriage fell apart and I was depressed. I turned to attention towards weight training and decided to compete in a local bodybuilding show. I ended up winning the contest and in doing I gained the confidence that I needed. I went back to school and finished my Bachelors degree, helped my father lose 60 pounds and continued to compete as a bodybuilder and fitness model.
My True Strength and ability to persevere in my sport comes from having a passion for fitness and for pushing my body to the limit. It makes me feel alive to be in the gym sweating, building my body through constant weight training, diet and cardio. I wake up every day looking forward to trials life throws at me because I know I will conquer them. It’s all about setting goals and doing everything you can to reach them. True Strength also comes from helping others find out what they are really capable of.
My advice to anyone who wants to get in shape and reach their goals would be to decide exactly what and why you really want to change. Then set a long term goal, set short term (weekly) goals, surround yourself with positive people that will encourage and help you, and lastly - help others do the same!