|Weight||215 - 225lbs (93.0 - 102.1kg)|
Michael Lockett is an IFBB professional bodybuilder and personal trainer. He grew up practicing boxing with his older brother, but when his brother enlisted in the U.S. Army, Michael gave up on the sport. Instead, he took on weight training, and soon enough, he became ‘captivated’ by it.
Several months after training, Michael took part in his first bodybuilding contest – the NPC Natural Ohio Bodybuilding Classic. He won the show that day.
Michael’s successful debut was followed by two back-to-back victories, including the overall 1st place title at the NPC Team Universe Bodybuilding Championships, which earned him the esteemed Pro Card.
Transition From Boxing to Bodybuilding
Michael started his journey as a boxer, guided by his older brother. However, after his brother left to serve the U.S. Army, Michael lost his passion for the contact sport.
After a period of inactivity, Michael was convinced by his sister to take on weight training. “The rest is history,” says Michael.
In the late Spring of 2005, at 22 years of age, Michael walked onto the bodybuilding stage for the first time in his life, at the NPC Natural Ohio Bodybuilding Classic. Surprisingly, the youngster overshadowed his competition that day, taking home 1st place in the Junior Men’s Category.
Even more surprisingly, Mike passed a strict urine drug test after the contest – something many athletes before him failed to pass.
In July 2005, Mike traveled to Virginia to compete at the NPC Bodyrock competition, where he was victorious once again.
Michael says, these first two victories were won with the support of his family and friends. They gave him the confidence to prepare for one of the ultimate amateur bodybuilding competitions – the NPC Team Universe Bodybuilding Championships.
After months of hard work, Michael brought his best version to the stage. His massive looks, combined with impressive conditioning and stage performance, gave him the edge over other contestants; bringing him both the heavyweight and overall title at the contest.
Moreover, this victory qualified Mike for entering the IFBB Pro Division.
After the contest, Michael decided to take some time off from the stage. One and a half years later, he came back in style, winning the 2007 NPC Junior Nationals.
By 2015, Michael had over 10 competitions under his belt, including four professional contests.