Saturday’s Natural Eastern Championships bodybuilding competition in Pittsburgh was a dream come true for Aaron Madden, who won men’s overall champion.
Madden, the lieutenant of the Titusville Police Department, set a goal for himself two and a half years ago, when he made a transition from wrestling to bodybuilding, to win an overall championship at a show. Saturday’s victory gives him the title of 2019 NPC Natural Eastern Men’s Bodybuilding Champion.
It seems that 19 weeks of a taxing preparation routine that entailed planning every aspect of his life — from weighing his meals and timing his runs to scheduling in his family time — paid off for Madden as he took five total trophies from the contest. In addition to winning the overall championship, he also took first in the middleweight, 35 and older, 40 and older and first responder classes.
In total, Madden said there were around 16 to 18 classes in the event. The winner from each class was taken to the finals, pitting Madden up against the top 10 or 12 people in the competition, as some people, like Madden, won more than one class.
During the final competition, the judges called out poses and then all of the finalists would strike that pose, and the judges would compare their bodies for overall physique, graininess, hardness and a number of other qualities.
At the end of the day, Madden emerged as the best in the show which had around 200 contestants in total, many of whom were half Madden’s age.
Usually, this would call for celebration, Madden said, including going out to eat with his family and “pigging out.” This year, that wasn’t an option.
“I got to drink one diet Dew,” he said, referring to his lone cheat reward of a Diet Mountain Dew. “As soon as I came off stage, I had to go right back into prep, because I’ve got a bigger show coming up next week, which bigger than this one.”
Next week, Madden will face off in the Natural Ohio Championships and Expo in Cleveland, which he said is the largest natural show in the country that is sponsored by the National Physique Committee. Following that, he will be a part of the Great Lakes Championships, of which he is a two time veteran. At the Great Lakes Championships, both times that he competed he swept his classes.
Madden was especially excited about the Pittsburgh show because it was a drug-tested show, meaning that everyone on stage got their form by purely natural means. Because of that, Madden could be sure that everyone was on a level playing field.
Two more weekends of competition are impending, and then Madden has plans to celebrate more fully than with a single can of diet pop.
“After the show, we will probably go to the Golden Corral and eat, eat, eat, eat,” he said.
However, for madden, it doesn’t end there. Already, the day after the Great Lakes Championship, he has planned what he calls “Family Day.” He and his wife and two daughters are going to hit the town. His daughters will be able to each pick a restaurant and they are going to watch Dumbo.
“I will actually get to eat popcorn with them,” Madden said. “I haven’t been able to the last few months.”
The next day, the two girls will go back to school and Madden and his wife will go out for Wife Day, when Madden’s wife will be calling all the shots.
Madden’s next competition is on Saturday, with prejudging beginning at 9 a.m.
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