With a handshake that could crack a walnut, there is no surprise that Michael Dressing lifts weights.
Not that his 5-foot, 10-inch, 193-pound frame doesn’t give it away.
The 2013 Nation Ford High graduate recently won the True Novice division of the NPC Victory Classic in Albemarle, N.C.
Dressing, 19, went from lifting weights to bodybuilding about 18 months ago, and things have been full steam ahead for him.
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“I got tired of being small,” he said.
At 150 pounds, Dressing had about 10 percent body fat. He started watching YouTube and reading all he could about bodybuilding. He basically sculpted himself without the help of a trainer or coach.
“I have grown into loving it,” he said. “It is more than just building your body. It strengthens your mental muscles as well.”
The discipline it takes to transform oneself into a bodybuilder is the hard part, not the lifting weights, he said.
Dressing now weighs nearly 200 pounds, but for his competition last month in North Carolina, he got his body fat down to just 6 percent and cut his weight to 175 pounds.
He did this by eating right, but also limiting his calorie intake to about 900 calories a day a couple weeks before the competition. When he isn’t cutting weight for a competition, he consumes between 3,000 and 4,000 calories a day.
Dressing, a student at York Technical College, said he would like to eventually turn pro and compete at a Mr. Olympia event.
Dressing said he will continue to train six days a week as part of his schedule, but doesn’t plan to compete in any more competitions this year while juggling work, school and training.