Sometimes life is funny. For years, a person may strive for one thing only to go after the complete opposite down the road. During his high school wrestling days, Jeremy Puszakoski did all he could to stay small and make the 130-pound wrestling weight class. But today, the 21-year-old has a different outlook.
"Now that I’m into bodybuilding, I try to get as big as possible," he says, also noting that he has added 35 pounds of quality muscle onto his 5’7" frame since the change in strategy.
"I have been working out at a competitive level for two years now," says the Cleveland, Ohio native. "I have always wanted to enter a bodybuilding contest, but the Men’s Physique Division is perfect for me to pose and show my best features."
Not wasting any time, Puszakowski entered a total of 10 shows in 2012 and was successful right out of the gate, winning two overalls and also adding four first-place (Class A) placings. But out of all of the experiences, one stands out in his mind the most.
"Being the first-ever Collegiate National Champion was definitely the coolest thing I could ask for," he says with a sheepish – and well-deserved – grin.
Most of the time, you can find Puszakowski training with IFBB MPD pro Michael Anderson at Fitworks Gym in Rocky River and the former sees great things ahead for the division that the workout team competes in.
"I believe that the MPD is going to be the future of bodybuilding and put it back on the map," Puszakowski says, "and hopefully influence more people to pursue a healthy lifestyle."
A healthy lifestyle, indeed, and one that doesn’t refrain from growing bigger.
JEREMY PUSZAKOWSKI – CONTEST HISTORY
Cincinnati Natural – 1st Place
Natural Ohio – 8th Place
Eastern USA – 1st Place and Overall
Pittsburgh Championships – 2nd Place
Indiana Natural – 6th Place
Grand Rapids – 1st Place
Ron Love Classic – 6th Place
Collegiate Nationals – 1st Place and Overall
Natural Northern Ohio – 3rd Place
NPC Nationals – 16th Place