Bodybuilder Tyler Cooke has fiercely denied claims that his jaw-dropping photos of his physique are fake, and insisted his ‘near impossible’ body is the result of hard work alone.
The 21-year-old Tyler Cooke, from Liverpool, spoke out after ‘Generation Iron’ asked the question if his body is ‘all natural or photoshopped?’
But Tyler has hit back at critics by sharing more photos and video, telling on the social media that his body is simply down to “hard work”.
“I’m not photoshopped!”
Tyler says genetics also probably has something to do with it as well, but he hasn’t missed a trip to the gym in five years.
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Throwback to about 8 weeks ago. Some honest update shots i taken in my kitchen…because thats what i do on social media these days. I was about 236lbs..got a bit leaner for my holiday and probably a bit fuller too. Been training traps for like 10 weeks out of 5 years now and they are starting to pick up ha ha. #thatleftarm? #progress #transform #bodybuilding #oldschool #me #gym
Tyler, who started bodybuilding at just 15, told the Liverpool Echo:
“It really is just a lot of hard work – I like to bodybuild and so I do it.
“I have not missed a meal or a trip to the gym in the last five years and I work out properly.
“Sure there is an element of genetics to it, I can’t deny that – but I have worked hard and it has paid off.”
Tyler also says that his diet plays a big role in maintaining his huge frame, his average meal consists of ten eggs and 400g of white rice, or four jacket potatoes and 400g of chicken.
Tyler’s body is award-winning, bagging second place in Britain’s national bodybuilding championship and a string of regional titles.
“In the off-season when I am trying to build mass I eat about 5,000 calories a day.
Training from a young age, Tyler is now a full-time coach at a local gym and can lift 400lbs in a squat.
He said that while he enjoys bodybuilding his real passion is helping people get and keep fit.
“I’m up at 6 am to help people in classes and I love it.
“I don’t want people to look at me and think fitness is this impossible thing.
“Everyone can get fit and look after themselves and I want to support as many people as possible to do that.
“Looking after yourself is something that is really easy to fall by the wayside – people are busy with work and kids.
“But they’ll thank you for looking after yourself and you’ll enjoy life more. So just take it one step at a time and find something you like doing and keep at it.
“Remember, not everyone has to be a bodybuilder.”
Tyler’s message about his transformation
“Left – 16 years old, 141 lbs. Right – 21 years old, 231lbs.
The picture on the left, I’ve never posted until now. I remember working at Holland and Barret, id been training for 5 months, and got this pic after work, it made me wanna quit.
It made me wonder why I bothered spending my few evening hours I had heading to the gym in my work uniform.
And if I’m honest, I don’t know why I carried on. It makes no sense even now. I’m not religious, but I knew there was just something in this for me, and still now, when I have doubts, I keep pushing, because there is something in this, just like there was 5 years ago.
In 5 years I’ve learnt, read, became a coach, competed, made friends, and built some f***ing muscle.
I laugh at people who blame genetics…especially for size, I’ve came from a tiny frame, with no signs of being what I am now..its so easy to give up, thats why only the committed unleash whats inside.
I’m telling you now there is lads out there that would have been better than Phil Heath, or Arnold, but given up before they knew what was there. Genetics aren’t revealed in 6 months, 12…or even 3 years, try 5, then tell me you cant grow.
Now I’m doing my bit helping lads go from.the left, to their best version of themselves.
I also love looking at the mole on my left shoulder, its stayed in the same place while my delts have grown haha”
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