This week’s episode of “The Menace Podcast” featured a visitor who host Dennis James referred to as “the breakthrough star of final 12 months’s Olympia.” 2020 New York Professional champion Iain Valliere joined DJ, who positioned 7th on the biggest stage of 2020 in Orlando, FL. Their dialog shed numerous gentle on the Canadian famous person, together with a glimpse of his athletic background earlier than he got into bodybuilding.
“Beginning at 8, 9, 10 years previous, and all through highschool, I used to be a track athlete. So I used to be a sprinter, I ran 100, 200 meters, I did lengthy bounce, so I used to be all the time somebody who was very, you already know, into the individuality of what work I put in, and what outcomes I received out of it. I’m not relying on the success of different individuals. It was utterly what I put in.”
He did play soccer as effectively, and that was what launched him to weight training. The outcomes he noticed from the coaching have been what led him down the trail to the profession he has at this time.
“I simply began stepping into that groove the place I loved feeling stronger, getting more muscular, and I might see that translate the way it was enjoying soccer and every part else. Then that spiraled away from soccer and strictly in to the health club, after which because it ended up, I ended up in bodybuilding reveals, and the remaining is historical past, proper?”
He would take to the stage for the primary time in 2010, and by no means appeared again. He would earn his professional card in 2014 on the Novice Olympia in Acapulco, Mexico. It could take 4 years earlier than he secured his first victory, which was the “Huge Man Revolution” contest in Spain. That put him on the Olympia stage for the primary time. After not qualifying in 2019, his 2020 New York Professional victory punched his ticket to final 12 months’s Olympia, the place he secured his place as one of many elite athletes within the sport.
“The strain is up for certain, but it surely’s additionally a giant sense of validation for me. It’s a type of issues that I’m certain all bodybuilders have skilled. If you see your self within the health club, and also you see sure progress photographs, you already know that it’s there. You already know what it’s able to, after which and step onstage and I’m like ‘this isn’t what I used to be seeing main as much as the present.’ I step up at New York, I used to be like ‘that is higher, however I nonetheless know I’ve a lot extra in there, you already know.’ I believe the Olympia was the primary time in my profession that I used to be 100% proud of my look, and I might be like, ‘OK, that is actually me and what I’m able to.’”
The subsequent time you’ll see Valliere onstage would be the 2021 Toronto Professional. Till then, you may see him focus on a number of subjects with James on this hourlong interview, together with who he has his eye on for future contests, his experiences on social media, his work with brother-in-law Chris Bumstead, and extra. Catch the present in its entirety in addition to each episode of TMP on the M&F YouTube channel in addition to on Spotify.