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Blocker now bodybuilding

By Michael Butler

Will Blocker excelled in football and baseball in high school. Now, the 2020 Tallassee High School graduate has moved into bodybuilding.

Blocker competed in his first competition on July 30 in Montgomery with solid results. He was first in the debut division and was third in the men's classic physique category.

"You have to get your competition tan, which is interesting in itself. It's like a spray tan, but they get you about ten times darker than the regular one," Blocker said. "I talked to the judges. They said I have the body. I just didn't quite hit the poses. It tells me I need to put in a little more work and come back stronger next time."

Putting in the work has not been a problem for Blocker. He is in the gym six days a week.

"This is the extreme side of things, the bodybuilding side. I got tired of being overweight and fell in love with lifting and learning how to diet."

Blocker said the dieting part is the main ingredient in bodybuilding.

"It's about 80 percent of it. It's more important than working out."

Prior to a couple of egg whites for breakfast, Blocker spoke of his daily nutritional intake.

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"Before I started prep which is about 16 weeks out of a competition, I was sitting at about 3,000 calories per day. As you get closer to the competition, you slowly start working back calories to about 1,700 a day. I went from about 197 (pounds) to about 174 on show day. I haven't weighed this since about 13."

For the naysayers...

"I want to prove them wrong, just put the hard work in and let your work talk."

Blocker says this is just the beginning.

"I've fallen in love with it. I can't wait to go back."

That means more competitions and an ultimate goal for Blocker.

"The dream is to be on the Mr. Olympia stage someday."