Local bodybuilder's dedication pays off with state championship

Friday, August 27, 2010

LITTLE ROCK -- Cody Kilgore, 19, from Green Forest, won the Teen division at the NPC Arkansas State Bodybuilding Championships at the Robinson Music Hall Aug. 14.

He also finished third in theMen's Novice light-heavy weight division.

Cody has been competing since he was 14 years old. Standing in front of more than 1,000 spectators, inviting seven judges to inspect, evaluate and grade every bodily imperfection isn't an appealing scenario to most people.

Cody Kilgore

Not so for the 100 Arkansans who smiled, flexed and grimaced onstage during the competition.

Ever since the first time Cody picked up a dumbbell, he has been hooked. Like many bodybuilders, he developed an interest in bodybuilding through weight training for football.

Cody started getting serious about training during the summer before his freshman football season. Cody thanks his mentor and trainer, two-time Mr. Arkansas Todd Scarborough, and his wife, 2006 Mrs. Arkansas Kathy Scarborough for taking him in and teaching him about nutrition and dieting.

"If I had not found such a great trainer, I know for a fact that I would not be where I am in the sport of bodybuilding," Cody said. "I am truly blessed to have had him work with me."

Cody said Scarborough "walked me through basically everything I needed to know to be a successful bodybuilder."

It takes a lot of dedication and hard work as well as hundreds of hours in the gym and eating right to prepare to compete. Prior to competing at the Arkansas State bodybuilding competition, Cody competed at the Northwest Arkansas Classic that was held in Bentonville July 30 at Bentonville High School. Cody won the Northwest Arkansas Teen Division and placed second in the Men's Open and third in the Men's Light Heavyweight.

"After I decided that I wasn't going to pursue football after high school, I knew that I still wanted to weight train, but I needed a goal to strive for to keep me on top of my diet and training," Cody said. "Bodybuilding was the answer for me. I am able to set goals for myself, and that makes me work harder.

"When I know I have a competition coming up, I realize that I must train harder and diet better than any other opponent might be. When I start to give out at the end of a strenuous workout, I try to push myself to get more sets in.

"One quote that I feel perfectly describes my training is: 'When I want to quit, I know that I must train harder and push harder.'"

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