Weight Training Changed Lee Constantinou’s Life | Athlete Profile

Weight Training Changed Lee Constantinou’s Life | Athlete Profile

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As a kid growing up in North London, Lee Constantinou’s idea of exercise was reaching for the chips beside his video game console. This Bodybuilding.com Team Athlete coach has come a long way since then!
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Picture Lee Constantinou as a young boy growing up in North London: overweight, into video games, last one chosen for pick-up games, suffering from asthma and a lack of confidence. He wasn’t, as he readily admits, naturally gifted when it came to sports. That began to change when his dad enrolled him in a local karate school. Four years later, he earned his black belt.

But even then, he didn’t really have much muscle on him. “I saw pictures of guys like Jean-Claude van Damme and thought, ‘I want to look like that,’ says Lee. “I wasn’t 16 yet, so I started sneaking into the gym with my older brother to start hitting our upper bodies.”

Lee and his brother would do chest and triceps one day, back and biceps another day, and for the last day, shoulders—just shoulders. “We were young then and didn’t see any value in working on our legs,” he says.

At that time, he was often depressed. He found that by applying the discipline he had learned from martial arts, he was able to progress rapidly with his weight training. The harder he worked, the more his body responded. The more ripped he looked, the more his confidence grew.

Years later, when Lee enrolled at a university, he had his sights set on entering the business world. But he found his heart wasn’t in that curriculum. “I switched my major to personal training, got certified, and focused on becoming the most amazing trainer I could be,” he says. “I wanted to be good so I could help other people overcome their challenges.”

Having surmounted so many barriers of his own, Lee wants to pass on the lessons he’s learned the hard way. “I know what it feels like to be out of shape, to lack confidence,” he says. “I saw firsthand how developing your body can build self-confidence. I want to pass that lesson on to others.”

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  1. Bodybuilding.com

    on August 22, 2017 at 1:04 am -

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  2. Erik de Jong

    on August 22, 2017 at 1:07 am -

    He started looking at people, now people are looking at him Including me
  3. Atharva Sonawane

    on August 22, 2017 at 1:30 am -

    Sir I am too skinny so should I should increase fat/body weight or directly go to gym
  4. ZeroGaming Channel

    on August 22, 2017 at 1:35 am -

    My ideal body 😭
  5. Samurai H

    on August 22, 2017 at 2:02 am -

    #respect
  6. EpiDemic117

    on August 22, 2017 at 2:09 am -

    he looks like younger vin diesel.
  7. Fahmi Famu

    on August 22, 2017 at 2:11 am -

    natural beast
  8. Aaron -

    on August 22, 2017 at 2:23 am -

    honest question? ya think hes juice'n
  9. Hagen Christoph

    on August 22, 2017 at 2:39 am -

    Laaaaaaannndaaaaan mate !
  10. WOLF x GARDEN SOCIAL

    on August 22, 2017 at 2:46 am -

    It's funny how many dudes interviewed on here are juicing.
  11. Transform Your Life.

    on August 22, 2017 at 3:08 am -

    Yo Lee.. Shout out from another Norf Londoner. Thanks for representing.
  12. Nass W

    on August 22, 2017 at 3:37 am -

    When's possible pat dropping another video???
  13. bacek132

    on August 22, 2017 at 3:46 am -

    Misleading title; it was karate that changed him
  14. YC RAO

    on August 22, 2017 at 4:09 am -

    Looks handsome
  15. Dima Reus

    on August 22, 2017 at 4:26 am -

    He looks nothing like the thumbnail
  16. J Odango

    on August 22, 2017 at 4:39 am -

    When your 15-16 then you go to gym does your height grow slow?
  17. Daniel Chachanashvili

    on August 22, 2017 at 5:05 am -

    this guys background is almost exactly just like mine, im gonna steal this for my future interviews =p
  18. Al G

    on August 22, 2017 at 5:05 am -

    he's the British "vegan gains" lol
  19. Fitbodian

    on August 22, 2017 at 5:25 am -

    I relate to this video on so many levels brought tears to my eyes as if I was meant to click it. I hope one day I can inspire others and become a trainer too. I just started picking up books at my library yesterday because I felt like I am transforming my body so now I need my mind to follow.
  20. javier

    on August 22, 2017 at 5:28 am -

    can any of these male bodybuilders actually sing? is any of them a vocal coach or a musician or a singer?

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