December 5, 2022

Peoria native lands skilled place in nationwide bodybuilding

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.