BANGOR — Bangor resident Steve Cochran Jr. won a National Physique Committee competition in Indianapolis, Indiana on Aug. 3.
Cochran is a dedicated worker at Darlings. During his free time Steven is often found at the gym perfecting his physique with bodybuilding. Cochran said physique bodybuilding is a way of life. He has a routine choreographed to music of his choice where he presents his various poses required by the competitions.
“It keeps the body healthy,” said Cochran. “I like to flow with the music, as if I’m the river moving around rocks.”
Cochran came to bodybuilding via wrestling and the hand to hand combat training he received in the army. After six years of service, some of which was spent deployed to northern Afghanistan, he completed getting a degree in New York and came home to Bangor
NPC is the largest amateur bodybuilding organization in the United States and is recognized by the International Federation of BodyBuilders (IFBB), the bodybuilding’s international organization.
Athletes have to win in the overall NPC category to compete in the NPC North American National event in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. That means coming in first in your assigned class and then competing against all the others who also came in first in their classes. Up against competitors throughout North America was challenging, especially when Steven’s category had the most contestants enrolled. Still, he managed to come in eighth out of 44 on Aug. 30.