Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Top Form at Right Time Brings York Physique Title

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Top Form at Right Time Brings York Physique Title

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Adrian York has always wanted to be big. Real big.

"When a bodybuilder walks into a room, all eyes are on him," said York, a recent graduate of St. Charles High. "The bigger you are, the more attention you get. And that's what I'm working for. I really enjoy the way bodybuilding makes me feel and I want to take it as far as I possibly can."

In just his second bodybuilding competition, York won the 19-and-under teen lightweight division championship and the overall best in show title at the 1995 National Physique Committee Ozark Bodybuilding Championships in Cape Girardeau last month.

The regional title qualifies York for the NPC Nationals in California this summer.

"At this point, I plan to go to nationals to watch the competition and to see what I'd be up against," said York, 18. "I still have a lot to learn about the sport of bodybuilding and the last thing I need to do now is rush into a national competition. Right now, I'm taking a little time off to add some bulk and to fine-tune a few things. I still have more than a year to compete in the teen division, so I can afford to be patient."

The competition in Cape Girardeau consisted of a 15-minute prejudging in the morning followed by a 90-second choreographed routine set to music in the evening. York chose the music from "Superman."

The competitors were judged on form, proportion, symmetry, fat/lean ratios, cuts and gracefulness. A two-minute posedown was used to determine the best in show. There, York, the lightweight champion, outposed the teen heavyweight champion.

"To be honest, I really didn't know what to expect," York said of the competition. "But I felt real, real good about myself as I went into the competition. I knew I'd trained and dieted well and I really felt like I was peaking.

"I can't say I expected to win, but I knew that I was a lot more prepared for this competition than I was for my first."

Last summer, York placed second in the teen division of the Mr. Missouri competition in Springfield. But his bodybuilding career has taken major strides since then.

A self-taught bodybuilder, York read a lot and picked up bodybuilding advice wherever he could. But that first competition last summer was a real eye-opener. …

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