Steve Michalik was born in 1949 and although was not the most successful bodybuilder by winning many top titles has made an enormous contribution to the sport of bodybuilding. His high intensity training was something that he was addicted to and was known to always be pushing the envelope whenever he trained.
Steve was someone who took the idea of training with a high intensity a step farther than any other bodybuilder. Steve Michalik won the 1972 Mr. America, which was later, used to help revolutionize the balanced symmetrical look often coveted by bodybuilders.
His training philosophy was extreme saying that death was no excuse for not lifting a weight. It is only with this type of training that one cannot survive without pumping yourself full of steroids which is exactly what Steve did. Apparently using every anabolic steroid that he could get hold of, often stacking them one on top of another.
Steve was inspired to change his body at the age of 9 when he had a conversation with his doctor who first started teaching him about physiology and anatomy. Steve came from an abused background whose parents found him annoying and would beat him.
At 16 he enlisted in the military and was trained as a pilot where he spent 2 years in Guam flying and servicing B52 Bombers. He met up with a few Taoist monks who taught him how to lift a weight using his powers of concentration and focus.
He was always training whenever he could and would often be found lifting ammunition packs or rushing off to a gym to do a quick workout that would last for hours. After winning his Mr.America title in 1972 he continued to enter competitions and won the Mr.Universe in 1975 and some thought he was the next rising start and would win the Mr.Olympia in 1976.
But after getting into his vehicle to go to the airport to get to California where he would begin his training for the Mr.Olympia he smashed headlong into a delivery truck and landed up in hospital and was told by the doctors that he would never walk again.
Steve not only was able to get back to walking again but continued to compete until 1984 achieving a fourth place at 1980 IFBB Florida Grand Prix. Steve was known to be someone who was very aggressive, which was probably from the huge amounts of steroids that he was always taking.
Predictably this resulted in some severe kidney damage, which he started suffering from later in life. He eventually resorted to taking his own life and was found by his girlfriend at age 63 in 2012 after he had shot himself in the head.
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