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  • PATRICK'S PEOPLE: Christian Lovell earned his Pro Muscle Model Card

  • Christian Lovell doesn’t get picked on any more.

    “I was so small when I was growing up and got picked on all the  time,” said Lovell, 25, lifelong Pittsburg resident. “I decided that I couldn’t do anything about  my height, but I could do something to make myself bigger.”

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  • Christian Lovell doesn’t get picked on any more.
    “I was so small when I was growing up and got picked on all the  time,” said Lovell, 25, lifelong Pittsburg resident. “I decided that I couldn’t do anything about  my height, but I could do something to make myself bigger.”
    He said that he had a good example in his father and other relatives.
    “My dad worked out all the time,” Lovell said. “I started working out around eighth grade. My sister gave me dumbbells and a bench set. I got bigger and stronger. I’ve probably put on a steady 10 pounds every year since I started working out.”
    Now he’s head weight room trainer at MAC Fitness and a full-time Pittsburg State University student majoring in business.
    Lovell has also become involved in competition, and recently received his Pro Muscle Model Card from WBFF (World Beauty Fitness and  Fashion Inc.) at the U.S. Central Championships in Kansas City.
    “He has accomplished this at a very young age,” said Mica Dalton, MAC Fitness manager/head trainer. “The average pro is 30 years old, and Christian just turned 25.”
    Lovell said he has only been competing for a year.
    “After watching the WBFF video, seeing all the athletes and the events just really got me excited to finally take the plunge and compete,” he said. “My first competition was in Kansas City. I went there in the best shape in my life and didn’t even place, but they did ask me to take pictures with the pros. No one knew me, and that was a hindrance. You have to get your name out there.”
    Then he went to another show, did well there, and went to three more shows after that.
    Lovell did have a problem. Competition is divided into various categories, and he needed to find the right one for him.
    “I was too big for the physique category, and too small for bodybuilding,” he said. “I would have to cut down and get a lot smaller for physique, or get a lot bigger for bodybuilding, and I didn’t really want to do that.”
    Instead, he found muscle modeling, which is in between the other two categories. He has attended posing camp, which helps participants work on their stage presence, postural alignment and other factors that can impress competition judges.
    Lovell is now preparing for the Las Vegas competition.
    “I do a lot of cardio, and I can’t cheat on my diet at all,” he said. “No carbs, and I have to get the water out of my system.”
    He admits it’s rough, and requires a lot of hard work and motivation.
    Page 2 of 2 - “Some days I find myself asking, what am I doing and why am I doing it?” Lovell said. “It takes a lot of work, but this is something I can put a lot of work into. I have a passion for  working out, eating healthy and sculpting my body like an artist.”
    He said that he gets his motivation from God, family and friends.
    “I would like to thank my mom and dad for supporting me with all the great, expensive healthy food I need to get in this kind of shape,” Lovell said.
    He added that his girlfriend has urged him to compete and been very supportive.
    Lovell is also seeking sponsorships from Pittsburg businesses so that he can remain local and not have to move to gain sponsors to help with expenses.
    “In the future I would like to become a fitness professional, train people and overall continue to live a healthy lifestyle,” he said.
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