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Pueblo’s Tripp joins ranks of pro bodybuilders – News – Ag Journal Online – La Junta, CO

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A lifelong athlete dedicated to health and physical fitness, Puebloan Jordan Tripp’s resume is rife with accomplishments: high school and collegiate football standout, track star, personal trainer, businessman.

And now, professional bodybuilder.

Tripp, who has been competing in amateur bodybuilding contests since 2013, won a national title at the 2019 National Physique Committee’s National Championships in Miami.

In the nation’s biggest amateur show, Tripp, 32, won the overall title in the Men’s Classic Physique division. Competing against 38 athletes in his class, and 100 in the Classic Physique category, Tripp’s first-place finish earned him the coveted professional card that allows entry into an elite collective: International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness professional bodybuilders.

Tripp is only the second Puebloan to earn a pro card, with Brad Helm being the first.

“I’m Pueblo’s only overall winner and the first in Colorado since seven-time Mr. Olympia Phil Heath,” Tripp said. “This is a huge deal. I have worked for the last seven years for this moment, and I am excited to represent Pueblo and Colorado on the world stage.”

In preparation for nationals, Tripp spent a rigorous nine months training under IFBB pro Russ Allen. Professional status now in pocket, Tripp has his sights set on an IFBB event slated for late May in Puerto Rico.

“For me, training and dieting are the easy part of bodybuilding,” said the former football standout at Central High School and Colorado State University-Pueblo. “The more difficult part is finding that balance between training and life.”

A father of three who coaches his son’s youth football team, Tripp owns and operates Tripp Fit Training, which allows him to spread his passion for fitness and health and, potentially, inspire athletes to pursue the bodybuilding path.

“I’ve been lifting weights since I was 13,” Tripp said. “But there’s a difference between lifting and bodybuilding. After I got done at CSU-Pueblo and left football, I really didn’t have a direction.

“I was 22, and not thinking of competing as a bodybuilder, but I needed something that would help me feel that athletic drive. It was a weird position to be in.”

While training at the Bodies by T facility, Tripp said the bodybuilding seed was planted.

“It was there that I learned how to train specifically for bodybuilding,” Tripp said. “And after my first show, I was hooked.”

Tripp credits bodybuilding with “cementing my focus, not only in bodybuilding but in life. My entire day now needs to be focused around improving. And if I can inspire somebody, or two or three, through training, I think I’ve done my job.

“It’s all about giving them the same understanding of what a difference fitness can make in your life that I have.”

Those interested in learning more about Tripp Fit Training are encouraged to seek out Facebook and Instagram accounts under that banner.

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