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  • Steven Cochran of Bangor, Maine wins first in National physique bodybuilding competition

    Steven Cochran Jr. posing after winning first in the NPC national physique bodybuilding competition

    By Ramona du Houx

    Steven Cochran Jr. is a modest, amiable unassuming young man, a devoted Christian, and a dedicated worker at Darlings. Steven also has hidden life outside of work—one that Maine should be proud of. During his free time Steven is often found at the gym perfecting his physique with bodybuilding. It’s not just a hobby, it’s his lifestyle and he’s serious about competing in his chosen art. So serious that on August 3rd he won a National Physique Committee (NPC) competition in Indianapolis, Indiana.

    Steven says physique bodybuilding is a way of life.

    “It keeps the body healthy,” said Cochran. He has a routine choreographed to music of his choice where he presents his various poses required by the competitions. “I like to flow with the music, as if I’m the river moving around rocks.”

    Cochran came to bodybuilding via wrestling and the hand to hand combat training he received in the army. After six years of service, some of which was spent deployed to northern Afghanistan, he completed getting a degree in New York and came home to Bangor, Maine.

    NPC is the largest amateur bodybuilding organization in the United States and is recognized by the International Federation of BodyBuilders (IFBB), the bodybuilding's international organization.

    Athletes have to win in the overall NPC category to compete in the NPC North American National event in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. That means coming in first in your assigned class and then competing against all the others who also came in first in their classes. That’s exactly what Cochran did. Up against competitors throughout North America was challenging, especially when Steven’s category had the most contestants enrolled. Still, he managed to come in eighth out of 44 on August 30th.

    Cochran’s not slowing down and says he will continue to make Maine proud.