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About Ethan Valle
Ethan’s Biography…in his own words…
I started working out and playing sports to prevent myself from getting into any kind of trouble. Plus, I enjoy being physical and challenging myself to push my body past its limit. I love the process in which the body goes through as well as giving advice to those who come to me for help. This has helped me realize what I want to do in life, which is to motivate and inspire those around me to have a positive mindset and reach whatever goals they have set for themselves.
I got into bodybuilding because it was a challenge that was given to me by a really good friend of mine, Keith Rock, who also helped me prep for a few of my shows. I didn’t know if I wanted to pursue bodybuilding to become a pro. I saw it as a physical challenge, and I love challenges. I was boxing at the time, and one day, I went to Power House Gym in the Bronx to lift some weights because that’s how I first got into working out, and it was tough leaving the weights alone, which is why it made it hard for me to pursue boxing professionally. While I was training, Keith came up to me and asked if I ever thought about competing. I never thought about it. I never saw bodybuilding as a sport. Even now, I see it as an art form. I also didn’t like how big guys had to be in order to compete, and I wasn’t digging the speedos. I was into sports like basketball, footballl, and as I mentioned before boxing. Keith still persuaded me into training legs with him one day. After that day, I loved the adrenaline and pump I got from lifting. I realized I began to get really muscular, and I ended up getting ready for a bodybuilding show instead of the golden gloves. I won’t lie, I miss boxing a lot, but I’ve made amazing progress as a bodybuilder. It hasn’t been easy. This has to be the hardest challenge I’ve taken on, but I enjoy the progress, I enjoy the hunt, and I love seeing the end results. Bodybuilding has also allowed me to inspire people around me to either compete as well or live a more active and healthier lifestyle. I have much more respect for these guys who compete because now I have more of an understanding of how much goes into achieving their physiques, and I myself have become a bodybuilder.
My favorite competition has to be the 2015 NPC Nationals in Miami. I had my best prep. I didn’t let anything phase me. I was really on top of my game. My coach and I had great chemistry in putting together a great game plan, and I enjoyed myself most importantly. You have to enjoy yourself because bodybuilding is extremely demanding. You have to give it your absolute all, your mind, body and sometimes it feels like your soul too. It takes everything out of you, and I made sure to kill everything and leave nothing. My focus was sharp and my intensity was high. I placed 13th out of 30 in my first national show as a light heavyweight competitor, and I received positive feedback. There’s always progress to be made when it comes to bodybuilding so I know there were areas I could improve on, but I was pleased with my performance because I knew I gave it my all.
|Weight (Competition)||197 lbs|
|Weight (Off-Season)||225 lbs|
|Bench Press (Max)||385 lbs|
|Bench Press (Reps)||225 lbs x 20|
|Squat (Max)||495 lbs|
|Deadlift (Max)||500 lbs|
|Deadlift (Reps)||315 lbs x 12|
|DB Press (Reps)||135 lbs x 8|
|Military Press (Reps)||225 lbs x 8|
|DB Shoulder Press (Reps)||100 lbs x 10|
|Leg Press (Reps)||1045 lbs x 8|
Bodybuilding Competition History
|2015||NPC National Championships||Bodybuilding||Light Heavyweight||13th|
|2015||NPC Steve Stone Metropolitan||Bodybuilding||Light Heavyweight||2nd|
|2014||NPC Bev Francis Athlantic States||Bodybuilding||Light Heavyweight||4th|
|2014||NPC Bev Francis Athlantic States||Novice Bodybuilding||Light Heavyweight||3rd|