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ABA Natural North America Pro Connor LaVallie

Just 23 years old, Connor LaVallie won the overall at John Hansen’s Natural North America competition in Bolingbrook, Illinois. Conner won his pro card, beating out some very tough competition. He’s now getting ready for Team USA, which chooses the team to represent the U.S. in the INBA Natural Olympia later this year.

Here’s some of Connor’s ‘I’m Coming Back’ 2011 Contest Preparation Journal:  My name is Connor LaVallie. I’m 23 years old, 6’3” and about 210 pounds currently. I decided to start a new journal here detailing my journey to the stage for the second time in the last 2.5 years. I competed in 2008 at the Mid-America ProAm in Evansville, IN where I took 1st in the Men’s Tall novice and 1st in the collegiate class. I competed again the following week in the Natural North Americans where I won the Junior class (20-21 year olds) and took 2nd in the men’s tall class. I fell in love with the process and couldn’t wait to make some new gains and try my shot at the Open classes. However, there were other ventures I needed to pursue…

Immediately after my first shows, I spent 4 month and 2 month stints in Italy and China for school and graduation from January 2009- May 2010. These were some of the greatest experiences of my life, but finding gyms and the right kinds of foods was next to impossible out there. Bodybuilding and fitness is the last thing anyone cares about in these other regions…… however, I believe living there just made me that much hungrier, and more appreciative of what we have back here in the United States. Progress took a backseat temporarily, but when I returned to the U.S. in June of 2010 I went from 190-225 pounds in 6 months and stayed somewhat close to the same body fat. I knew I improved my physique in the correct spots…. So I decided to come back and keep this ball rolling.