Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Charles High Senior Builds Body, Future

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Charles High Senior Builds Body, Future

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When Adrian York started lifting weights in the fifth grade, his aim was to improve his performance in wrestling and football.

"It helps you build strength, obviously, and you also can improve your endurance," said York, 17.

But weight-lifting serves a different purpose for York these days. An incoming senior at St. Charles High, York still competes in football and wrestling, but his real passion is bodybuilding.

"When I first started lifting and I saw the results, I was hooked," he said. "I found that the harder I worked, the more results I saw. I liked the way it made me feel and I liked seeing my body improve.

"I joined a gym and I've been working at it ever since."

York recently took part in his first bodybuilding contest, finishing as runner-up in the teen lightweight division of the Mr. Missouri State Championships at Landers Theater in Springfield.

"I talked to a couple of people at my gym, but I really had no idea what to expect," said York, who stands 5 feet 10 and weighs about 171 pounds. "At first, I was really nervous. Back in the pump-up room, everybody was wearing sweats, so there was no way to see what I was up against.

"But the minute I hit the stage, it all felt so natural to me. I knew this was something I wanted to do again."

The competition was divided into two sessions. In the morning, York and his fellow competitors went through a two-minute compulsory posing routine before a panel of National Physique Committee judges.

That night, the competition featured a 90-second routine played to music and followed by a side-by-side posedown.

"I don't know if you've ever seen bodybuilding competitions on ESPN, but it's just like that," York said.

"Every competitor is trying to steal the show - they'll step in front of you or they'll try to show you up - but it's all part of the sport. You try to show off your better body parts and at the same time, disguise your weaknesses."

Weaknesses?

"Sure, I have body parts that need more work," York said. "But I'd rather not talk about them."

York said the competition in Springfield was a real eye-opener.

"Now that I've been through a competition, I can't wait to try again," he said. "The guy that beat me had more experience and he had a professional trainer helping him - that was the difference. But it was a real learning experience for me and it's really pumped me up.

"In the gym, I'm working harder now than I've ever worked before. Now that I know what competing is all about, I'm really pushing myself."

York continued: "I'm looking forward to competing again, but I'm not sure when or where. Next time, I'd like to compete as a heavyweight, so I need to add some size. If I can add 10 or 20 pounds and stay lean, I think I can do even better in my next tournament."

York is somewhat of a student of bodybuilding. He reads books and watches videotapes on the subject. And he's always talking to people at his gym, Vic Tanny.

"The more I learn, the better I can be," he said. "It's an on-going process and I realize I still have a lot to learn about the sport."

The keys to bodybuilding are discipline and dedication. York, who prefers a heavy-weight, low-repetition routine, pays strict attention to his form.

"My workout mainly involves power-lifting - bench press and squats - and I try to go as heavy as possible," he said. …

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