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Like Dad, Hunter Labrada Gets His Pro Card
Houston’s Hunter Labrada, son of Hall of Fame bodybuilder Lee Labrada, fended off massive Shawn Smith in the super-heavyweight class and then went on to take the overall title at the NPC Nationals on Nov. 17 in Miami. Labrada, 24, bookended the win after taking the overall at the Junior USAs earlier this year.
While acknowledging the role his famous father had on his career, the younger Labrada told audiences his win wasn’t one that came easily. “At the end of the day my last name didn’t eat seven meals a day and train my ass into the dirt every single day for the last seven years, or give me the discipline I have.”
The senior Labrada, born in Cuba, won 22 professional titles during his IFBB career and finished runner-up twice at the Mr. Olympia, retiring in 1995. That year he formed Labrada Nutrition, which he still runs today.
Mission accomplished Still has not sunk in at all what happened last night, and I don’t know if it ever really will, but seeing this picture this morning was the first thing that made me kind of realize I accomplished a major life goal last night. Thank you to everyone who has followed along and supported me throughout this prep, and my amateur career, I promise y’all I’m just getting started #teamlabrada #secondgeneration #masswithclass #wintheday #ifbbpro
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Here’s wishing Hunter the best of luck as he starts his new career as an IFBB pro!
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