March 31, 2023

Peoria native lands skilled place in nationwide bodybuilding

Robb Walker on stage at the 2021 NPC national bodybuilding and physique competition in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he won five divisions.

PEORIA — Robb Walker has worn a great deal of hats as a result of truth he grew up in Peoria and went to Woodruff Vital College.

Larger college band member, taking part within the flute. Shade guard member, the one male in a Peoria larger faculty color guard unit on the time. Maritime. In an extra yr, a brand new title — Dr. Walker.

And acceptable now, at age 49, champion bodybuilder.

“I simply critically hook as much as bodybuilding opponents,” reported Walker, a 1991 Woodruff graduate now working and coaching in Austin, Texas. “I competed last 12 months and did not get very first, so I did not make my skilled card.

“In a method, that was a blessing, primarily as a result of it nonetheless left a horrible type for me, genuinely pushed me.”

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The 5-foot-6 Walker educated beneath Oregon-primarily based mostly coach Bleu Taylor — and with Washington level out-centered posing mentor David Paterik — and got here again with a vengeance to dominate the 2021 Nationwide Physique Committee Masters Usa nationwide opponents in December at Scottsdale, Ariz.