One of the tallest bodybuilders in the world, and officially, the tallest bodybuilder to win a Men’s Physique competition - Aaron Reed.
6’7” and 305lbs. A 9 x NPC champion and a force to be reckoned with. But it wasn’t always that way.
The Super League Pro star suffered from Leukaemia as a child, leaving him looking thin and malnourished. “I hated the fact I looked like a weakling,” Aaron says. “All I knew was that I wanted to change that. I never wanted to be called skinny again. I set my sights on becoming a bodybuilder.”
Aaron grew up in a typical American family. It was important to be big and strong and to be good at sports. “My parents pushed me towards basketball, but I was especially interested in football,” he says. At the age of 12, Aaron was introduced to lifting. “To the surprise of my family, I was better at weight training than my older brother,” he recalls.
“Even at a young age, I could bench over 52 kilos and was deadlifting 136 kilos very comfortably. From the moment I first picked up a weight, I just knew I was born to lift,” he says.
Having discovered something he had a real aptitude for, Aaron knew it was time to get the right guidance in order to develop his talent.
“Thankfully, my friend Gus Handke took me under his wing, and that was when my eyes truly opened to the world of bodybuilding and the potential it had to change my physique and my outlook on life,” he says.
“Gus was my mentor. He was the person who made me see what was possible. He even took me to see Flex Wheeler guest pose at a show in Normal, Oklahoma. Witnessing that in awe got me more hooked than I’d ever thought possible.”
Like so many aspiring teens, Arnold Schwarzenegger was Aaron’s first real idol. He knew Arnold was known for being tall with a huge frame to fill and recognised that if he could do it, it must be possible. “I didn’t want to be treated like the weak kid anymore, so I set my sights on becoming the very definition of strength,” he says.
“I promised God as a child that I would never waste my size. God had blessed me with my enormity for a reason, and I vowed to do something productive with my vast frame.” Aaron did make good use of his genetics, and now through his YouTube account, he educates others on gaining size and strength, regardless of their natural framework.
“I love inspiring others, “he says. “I have always wanted to be on TV and in the movies like Arnold, and I’m thankful that I’m now doing this. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll be the world leader,” he laughs. It’s no secret hard work pays off, and Aaron is certainly a prime example of this. Having overcome the odds to mould himself into the man mountain, he is today. He is now comfortable in his own skin. “My life is great,” he says.
“All I ever wanted was to be big and strong and to gain all that comes with those things. I have achieved this, and more. I’ve travelled the world, I’ve wrestled in the WWE, and I’ve modelled with some of the most beautiful women on the planet. I get the opportunity to speak at seminars to motivate others and most of all, I earn money doing what I love- being myself as a bodybuilder.”
The passion Aaron possesses for training has successfully opened the door to his dream, and this is mirrored in all aspects of his life.