Bodybuilder for Life now don’t get confused with Bill Phillip’s mass marketed Body-For-Life contest. Yes, while massive Chris Myers might meet that demographic – 32 years old, married, two children – that’s where any viable comparison ends.
Why? Well, the Chris Myers story starts long before MET–Rx or Bill Phillips and EAS made their first grand. Chris’ roots in weight training go back to the more primitive days of concrete weights homemade benches and cold, wet and dark basements.
Training is his life
When I first met Chris, he was 15 with 4 years of training behind him already. First with concrete weights in the basement, then at 12, with his first coach, Tom Geimeier, doing basic power lifts. It was the summer of 1984, 17 years ago when Chris walked into my gym, saying he wanted to be a bodybuilder.
Chris came to the gym everyday. He was a hungry 15–year–old who NEVER missed a work out. He was so into training that as a part of a school shop assignment he made a commercial quality, steel seated press bench frame (with racks) – upholstered leather seat and backrest. That Spring Chris competed in his first bodybuilding contest, taking 5th in the open teenage class at the Northern Kentucky. The next year he won it.
Then came a 14–year contest hiatus. He became a "local legend always close to contest shape but never entering another contest. Chris’ training was his life. Competition was not necessary. He was in competition with himself. Throughout the 80’s into the early 90’s Berry DeMey had the look Chris desired, (lately Kevin Levrone has the combination of size, symmetry and conditioning that Chris tries to emulate).
Chris continued to train regularly (he’s missed just ten days training in 15 years) and focus on the basics. Periodically he’d enter a Powerlifting Meet and man this guy is REALLY strong, squatting 800 or more for five consecutive years.