Justin Rodriguez Went All In for 2021 — and it Paid Off

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Some athletes within the IFBB Professional League have loads of fanfare and hype that surrounds them. Then there are these athletes that keep quiet, do the work, after which impress everybody once they take the stage. Justin Rodriguez falls underneath the latter class.

Justin Rodriguez places his head down, trains laborious main as much as a contest, then he executes when dealing with the judges. The outcomes converse for themselves. Rodriguez gained the 2021 Indy Professional, and he positioned eighth on the 2021 Olympia, cementing his place as one of many greatest bodybuilders on the planet. The Santo Domingo native spoke with Dennis James on a latest episode of The Menace Podcast previous to the 2022 Arnold Basic, and he defined that he simply obtained into bodybuilding significantly seven years in the past.

“I obtained critical the yr earlier than my first present. So, 2014,” Rodriguez mentioned. “My first present within the NPC was in 2015.”

Rodriguez wasted no time shifting up the beginner ranks, both. By 2016, he turned professional, and he was already being in comparison with legends of the game. James talked about that he poses like former Arnold Basic champion Victor Martinez, and Rodriguez mentioned he’s been in comparison with a former Mr. Olympia winner.

“Some folks say that I pose like Shawn Rhoden within the entrance double,” he mentioned. Rodriguez took that as a really excessive praise as a result of he adopted and admired Rhoden’s physique when he obtained critical in regards to the sport.

“I needed to appear like him.”

As a professional himself, Justin Rodriguez took him time rising up within the ranks. He made his professional debut in 2017 on the New York Professional the place he positioned third. He then completed because the runner-up within the Chicago Professional that very same yr. He wouldn’t compete on the Olympia for the primary time till 2020 when he obtained in on factors with the Olympia Qualification System. Nonetheless, he completed the Olympia that yr in tenth place. 2021 was his breakthrough yr because of his first win in Indianapolis and his eighth-place end on the Olympia. James requested him to clarify the explanation for his success.

“In 2021, I advised my spouse ‘Let me take one yr off from my job,” he mentioned. After receiving the blessings of his spouse and his boss, Rodriguez targeted on bodybuilding first for the primary time as a professional. He felt that this was what led him to reaching the success he has.”

“For me, it was the very best as a result of now I can take my relaxation and make it my schedule.”

Rodriguez and James additionally discuss working together with his coach, AJ Sims, his future objectives within the sport, and extra. Catch the episode in its entirety on the Muscle & Health YouTube channel, the place you possibly can see each episode of TMP in addition to the Reps podcast, and extra unique movies.

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