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‘JD’ takes second in natural bodybuilding

A second place finish wasn’t what Jeremy “JD” DiPietrantonio was expecting but he put on a good show and worked hard to finish near the top at the INBF Canada West Coast Natural Championships.

With his eyes set on a first place finish at the bodybuilding competition in North Vancouver and a chance at earning his professional card, JD finished just short of his goal but was happy with the result.

“It’s not what I was hoping for, obviously, but I had a really good time,” he said. “Everyone who was there at the competition looked really good and they went really hard. I’m glad that I competed in the show and I’m happy with where I ended up.”

The second place finish is something that just fuels DiPietrantonio, owner of JD’s Athletic Personal Training, to come back better the next time. With all the training that went on over the last six months to prepare for this event, he said a year off will help him work on things to finish first and get back on track.

“A big part of what we do has to do with the diet, the workout and it really takes a mental strain on you,” JD said. “The last four months of the diet and prep for the competition was difficult but the end result is what you work towards. So in knowing what I can do after going through this, I know what it’s going to take next time to finish first instead of second.”

It was his second time competing, first in the natural category. A big supporter of going the natural route, JD made the cross over to the natural event this time around, where the bodybuilders have no performance enhancing additions to their body.

“Lots of people try it out for a few months and then they drop out,” JD said.

“It’s not for everyone and it takes a toll on you in a lot of ways. I had a great support system around me and having that really helps you get through the hard times. My support system was a big reason why I was able to even compete in an event like this, if I didn’t have them it wouldn’t have happened.”

JD will take a year off and look to come back fresh in 2016.

“It’s going to be a tough grind again, for sure, but I know what I need to do,” he said.

“Everyone else who goes through it, it’s rewarding for us all, we all go through it together and it’s like a big family in a lot of ways. We go through all the same stuff and to see each other at the end of it all, competing out there and giving it our all, it’s great to see.”

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