A Different Breed Josh Bowmar


“I was around 9 or 10 years old, and I was watching TV and my
dad came in and told me that he looked just like me at his age,”
says Bowmar. “My dad wasn’t in the best of shape, and he told
me that his body was what I had to look forward to. For some
reason, that really scared the crap out of me.”
From that point on, whenever Bowmar was watching cartoons
and commercials came on, he would religiously do sit-ups or
push-ups. He started lifting weights when he was eleven and
read up on manipulating metabolisms by middle school. The
passion and dedication to his body revved up every year as
he implemented unorthodox training methods to make his
muscles do what they didn’t want to. You can’t argue with the
results.
Bowmar is the reigning overall men’s physique champion at
the Arnold Classic and has won the Mr. Ohio men’s physique
championship and the Natural Northern USA drug-tested
physique championship.
“People watch me working out in the gym and think that I’m
crazy. I don’t lift weights like anyone else,” says Bowmar. “I
never do the same workout twice. I know the science behind
everything I’m doing and what’s happening with my body and
manipulate it to my advantage.”
Studying exercise physiology, nutrition, biomechanics and
rehabilitation therapy in college for three years helped solidify
his unique method of training. With an instructional DVD
called Twisted Steel for Men, combined with his personal
training and nutritional consulting, Bowmar plans to pass
along what he’s discovered to anyone with the necessary drive.
Though he’s felt the naysayers and doubters at every step of
his competitive career that are accompanied by the occasional
steroid accusation, Bowmar just keeps his focus and continues
to pile up titles. He’s been told he’s too small, does things the
wrong way and could never beat out 700 other competitors.
But in the end, he just puts it into his seemingly never-ending
tank of motivation.
“If you live your life like everyone else and do everything the
way that everyone else does, you’re going to end up just like
everyone else,” says Bowmar. “That’s just not for me.”