He's buff and bronzed, but one Tampa bodybuilder prides himself on breaking the industry stereotype. Natural Mr. Universe is steroid-free.
Don't be fooled by his biceps. Even back in 1992, John Hansen wasn't your average weightlifter. His method to looking good in a mankini? Steroid-free sweat and tears.
"My dream was always to win Mr. Universe when I was 14. So, when I found out there was a Natural Mr. Universe title, I immediately decided to go into that contest," Hansen said Wednesday.
He won back in '92, and 20 years later, Natural Mr. Universe is at it again. He trumped the competition outside Chicago last weekend, at age 49.
"I believed I was going to win, and I think that's a big part of it," he said.
The Natural Mr. Universe event is strictly regulated. No steroids or any other type of enhancements are allowed. Hansen says it creates a level-playing field for some clean competition.
"If they don't have any testing, then people are going to do whatever they can to win, just like in other sports," Hansen continued.
He trained for an entire year to prepare for the competition, and stuck to a strict diet for 24 weeks.
Hansen has about 20 bodybuilding titles to date.
"I'm not doing it to win titles. I'm doing it to improve my physique and push myself," he added. "But it's also great to win, too."
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