After being bullied for being overweight, one Weirton man is now striving to turn a negative into a positive.
“It all began with me getting bullied and everything. It had quite an impact on my life. I just took the liberty of like ‘well, I need an outlet,'” said Professional Bodybuilder Zach Starr.
At 10-years-old, Zachary Starr was inspired by bodybuilding.
At 14, he competed in his first show where he won the Upper Ohio Valley Junior Teen Division.
When he was just 18-years-old, he missed receiving his pro card by just one vote.
Ever since that moment, Starr has been determined to become a professional bodybuilder by putting in long hours at the gym and focusing on his diet.
“You definitely have to want this. You can’t just jump into the diet and just expect oh i can do this. It’s definitely mental and emotional,” Starr said.
All of that hard work paid off on Saturday when Starr received his IFPA professional card.
Now, he wants to use this as a platform to inspire kids through the Starr Foundation.
“It’s to reach out to those kids who are maybe not academically inclined or involved in sports but they need an outlet. I want to be that outlet for them,” Starr said.
Starr hopes to spread the message to kids that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to despite what people may say.