A TEEN bodybuilder who went viral after squeezing weight in the gym is now unrecognizable in Instagram photos 5 years later.
Tristyn Lee became famous when followers began to notice his gladiator-like physique in videos he uploaded online.
The youngster hopes clips of him showing off his impressive playing skills at the age of 15 will attract the attention of scouts.
Instead, he was flooded with comments about becoming a professional bodybuilder and has since built a sizable presence on Instagram, where he has amassed around 2 million followers. monitor.
The American teen even posts workouts with some of the big names in the fitness industry like Bradley Martyn, Simeon Panda, and Larry Wheels.
Five years passed and Lee was almost unrecognizable.
In a post titled “Workout saved my life,” Lee shared a short clip comparing his 15-year-old self to the gym machine he owns today.
Younger but slimmer Lee can be seen posing in the dressing room.
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Lee went on to explain that he had been teased for being short, which he said made him “unconfident” and left him feeling anxious and depressed.
“I had no way out and then I found fitness.”
Five years on and Lee looks as ragged as ever and thinks bodybuilding “saved him”.
“It’s not about those shirtless mirror selfies. It’s about the times when the dumbbells turn their back on you when really no one else is,” he said.
“No matter if you were bullied or beaten up at school, the gym was always there and that’s what kept me alive, one by one.”
Lee follows a strict diet routine and says he goes to the gym at least twice a day.
He claims his thin physique is due to going without sugar for three years and following a high-protein keto diet without any cheat meals.
“This is a message to those who are contemplating starting their fitness journey. Be ready to take the blows, take the criticism and fall over and over again.”
Lee is not only young players in bodybuilding to look unrecognizable many years after becoming widely known.
Giuliano Stroe, from Romania, has become a global sensation after he entered the Guinness World Records at the age of 5.
In the photo shared on Facebook, Giuliano, now 17, is an adult and holds a photo of himself when he set his first record in 2009 at the age of 5.
Carrying a weighted ball on his feet, the youngster has set a new record for the fastest 33-foot manual walker.
Tiny bodybuilder performing stunts in front of live audience on Italian TV.
Incredibly a year later, he set the world record for the most 90-degree push-ups.
Now, Giuliano looks thinner and seems to have lost a lot of muscle.
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