About Rodney Burton
My passion for working out and living a healthy lifestyle officially began in 1991 when I weighed only 140 lbs. Initially, I wasn’t interested in working out as I didn’t understand the principles and benefits of working out. But After several conversations with some of my friends, I decided to give it a try. I’m glad I did. From day one in the gym, I knew working out was going to be for me.
Instantly, I developed a passion for wanting to improve my body and the way I looked. I decided this was going to be a lifestyle change I would make although it wasn’t going to be easy. I had to put forth much effort and determination in order to get the smallest of results.
In 1994 I decided to participate in my first body building contest. I weighed in as a middle weight contender at 167 lbs for the Tampa Bay Classic and achieved 2nd place. I was happy with the results, but even more determined to continue with my training. I read several articles from professional bodybuilders, and sought after knowledge from competitors, judges, and others in the business to help me achieve the success I have experienced over the years. I realized bodybuilding was a way for me to show others how hard work and dedication could pay off.
In 1997 my overall winning of the Mr. Thunder bay was a proud moment for me. After 6 years of training I finally had a title to my name. After the Florida state championships in 1998, I decided to take some time off from competing. I decided I wanted to increase my body size in order to compete as a light heavy weight. In my first few shows I placed, but not to my satisfaction. Finally, in 2004 I won my weight class and runner up in the Southeastern USA championships. 2 years later, I won the incredible title of Mr. Florida, an achievement that I only dreamed about.
I have continued my journey with competing in Bodybuilding by completing at least one show a year. In 2012 I won my first Heavy Weight title at the All South Bodybuilding Championships in St. Augustine, Florida. This qualifies me for competing at the National level in 2013. My overall goal is to earn a Bodybuilding Pro Card.
As you can see from my story I have been able to change my life for the better. Over the last 16 years, I have slowly put on about 80 pounds of lean muscle mass from working out, eating right, and taking appropriate vitamins and supplements. With all my knowledge, I have been able to show others how they can change their lives and live a healthier lifestyle.
I couldn’t do any of this without my faith in God, and the love and support of my family and friends everywhere.
|Year||Show||Show Level||Weight Class||Results|
|1994||Tampa Bay Classic||3||Middle Weight||2nd Place|
|1995||Thunder Bay||3||Middle Weight||2nd Place|
|1996||Thunder Bay||3||Middle Weight||2nd Place|
|1996||Tampa Bay Classic||3||Middle Weight||1st Place|
|1997||Thunder Bay||3||Middle Weight||1st & Overall|
|Winner – Mr.|
|1997||Jr Florida||4||Middle Weight||2nd Place|
|1997||Southeastern USA||5||Middle Weight||5th Place|
|1998||Florida State Championships||4||Middle Weight||2nd Place|
|2001||Hurricane Bay||4||Light Heavy Weight||4th Place|
|2002||Jr Florida||4||Light Heavy Weight||3rd Place|
|2003||Southeastern USA||5||Light Heavy Weight||5th Place|
|2004||Southeastern USA||5||Light Heavy Weight||1st Place &|
|2005||Nationals – Atlanta||Nationals||Light Heavy Weight||N/A|
|2006||Florida State Championships||5||Light Heavy Weight||1st & Overall|
|Winner – Mr.|
|2008||All South||5||Heavy||2nd Place|
|2008||Nationals – Atlanta||Nationals||Light Heavy Weight||N/A|
Jr USA Championships
Light Heavy Weight
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