Steve Cook is one of the most recognizable faces in the Fitness Industry over the last few years. He is best noted for being an IFBB pro Men’s Physique Competitor, Optimum Nutrition and Bodybuilding.com Spokes Model, international fitness Model, as well as the founder of Swoldier. His passion for health and fitness has taken him around the world as he shares the message that a healthier life is a happier life. Steve regularly helps inform and guide millions through his efforts in his various bodybuilding.com and Optimum Nutrition projects as well through social media sites. Dedicated to inspiring and helping others, Steve can help you reach your goals through a well-balanced lifestyle.Before ever stepping foot on the competitive stage or in front of the camera, Steve was an accomplished collegiate student athlete.
Playing football for Dixie State College and earning a BS degree in Integrated Studies (Biology/Psychology) gave Steve the tools and experience that would prove to be essential for success later in his life. Exercise and eating right have changed Steve’s life, and proven to be essential in living a balanced, happy life every day.Bigger. Faster. Stronger. This was the family motto that Steve grew up with, he heard it every day. Being the son of a coach and athletic director, as well as the middle child in a family of seven children, all of whom excelled sports, Steve strove for excellence. As many middle children do, Steve did all he could to ensure that he would not get lost in the chaos of a large family. Under his father’s guidance, he began to excel not only on the field, but in the gym at a very early age. Pushups were a must before being allowed to watch tv or hang out with friends, and done religiously before bed. It was through daily pushups that his initial ‘mind-muscle’ connection was formed. It was this connection that set the foundation he would rely on in sports and bodybuilding for years to come.
The first time Steve ever picked up a set of weights was when he first entered middle school. The instant electricity he felt pulse through his body as his muscles moved the weight ignited his passion for lifting. By the time he was in the 6th grade, that ever-important mind-muscle connection had helped him be able to bench 205 lbs. He continued to lift, not because of the extra advantage it gave him in athletics, but for that feeling of being alive. It is this feeling that has propelled him forward in life, and helped to bring him up and out of some of his toughest and darkest hours.He loved what weights were doing for his body, and that transferred to the field when he became an All State Running Back and earned a college scholarship to play football. Through his collegiate years he continued to get stronger and putt on size. But unlike other football players who only cared about doing “football lifts,” Steve was equally concerned with shaping his muscles. In learning how to have shape, as well as bulk, Steve regularly relied on Arnold’s Bodybuilding Encyclopedia. When his football career came to a close, he decided to follow the Bodybuilding Encyclopedia and start training more as a bodybuilder.In 2009, Steve began his journey in the bodybuilding industry.
He competed in his first competition in Las Vegas, NV on November 21, 2009, winning his first competition in the Novice Men’s Heavyweight division and making a name for himself on a national level. This was a surreal accomplishment for an ammature bodybuilder. He felt a passion for this new path in life. However, it was also around this same time when Steve found another aspect of his life coming down around him. In early 2010, Steve and his wife of 4 years decided to divorce. At the time it was a devastating blow. Unsure of how to move forward, Steve turned back to the one thing he has always know, and the only thing that has never let him down – the gym. He focused on regaining balance in life, learning to accept that a new chapter in his life was opening up and that the possibilities were endless, if he chose to follow what he had always known. He allowed his mind-muscle connection to move him forward. He continued to heal emotionally nurturing himself in the gym.
He stuck to the diet and exercise routines that he knew to be true, and never looked back. In April 2010, he placed 1st in the ABFF Show/Boise Golds Gym Classic and earned his Pro Card. In his 2 ½ year career, Steve has competed in 7 shows, winning an astounding 6 of his 7 competitions. The most important lesson Steve has taken away from competing is learning that having a balanced life will always lead to success, and to be happy in each moment you have invested along the way.