Man with Down Syndrome Overcomes Obesity and Depression to Compete in Bodybuilding Championship (Video)

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Need some extra motivation to get to the gym these days? The story of Collin Clarke ought to do it.

Clarke is a 22-year-old man with Down syndrome, and not that long ago he was depressed and 60 pounds overweight. However, one day while working at Bob’s Gym in Evansville, Indiana, Clarke saw trainer Glenn Ubelhor working on some bodybuilding poses. Those moves piqued Clarke’s interest, so one day he decided to give it a try.

When Ubelhor noticed Clarke working on his poses, he started giving him advice and healthy eating tips.

“I knew that it was my responsibility to befriend him and show him what bodybuilding is all about,” Ubelhor told People.

It soon became clear to Ubelhor that Clarke was not messing around.

“The more I talked to him, the more I realized that he was really serious about this,” he explained. “I said, ‘Do you really want to be a bodybuilder?’ And he said, ‘I’ve dreamed of it my entire life.’ He told me his dream was to be on a bodybuilding stage and to perform. That’s all he wanted. I said, ‘I can make that dream come true.'”

And so he did. A year ago Collin Clarke’s mother hired Ubelhor to be her son’s personal trainer. Now Collin is 62 pounds lighter, and on Saturday he competed in the Kentucky Muscle Strength and Fitness Extravaganza, placing fifth in his division and winning the “Most Inspirational” award.

Check out the video. Then get your butt to the gym and be like Collin!

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