Michael Alexander

Michael Alexander

 

I was born in St. Louis, MO. while my Dad was attending Dental School at St. Louis University. My mom taught school in the "ghetto" to pay the bills and for Dad's schooling.

We moved to La Salle, CO when I was very young, where my Dad started his practice. When I was 5, we moved to the 'farm', where I actually live today.

After graduation from Valley High School in 1983, I attended the University of Northern Colorado on a football scholarship, and studied Exercise Physiology. During that time I was a partner in Mikes' Gym in La Salle. I miss that little gym!

Mikes' Gym is where I actually became interested in bodybuilding while re-habbing a knee surgery from a football injury. Some of the guys I trained with were Ron Rieken, Steve Schafer, Chris Fisher, Brad Prothe and Brad Amen. These guys were some of the best bodybuilders in the state of Colorado of that time...Thanks Guys!!

In December 1985 I moved to Phoenix, AZ, where I started competing in the sport of bodybuilding. I trained at World Gym in Scottsdale, AZ. under the guidance of an Arizona bodybuilding legend, Myron Larabee. I trained with some of the greatest bodybuilders of that era. After a couple of second places, I finally won the "Arizona" in November of 1987.

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In 1988 I moved to Jacksonville, FL, to help open 5 new gyms. I was training for the Mr. East Coast, but broke my ankle goofing around on the beach. Being uninsured, I had to come back to Colorado to get the medical attention I needed.

After my injury was healed, I moved back to Arizona and started working for Bally's Health Clubs, where I was a sales manager for 4 years. Bally's upper management taught me so much about the management end of the Health Club Industry. I am still using these skills as a Health Club Consultant today.

In April 1991, I started my own clothing business called "Xander-Wear". I manufactured my own active wear line, and eventually got into screen printing and embroidery. I ran that business for 16 years and sold it in 2008.

In 2006 I was challenged to come out of a 19 year retirement from bodybuilding, so I started training for the "Rocky". In November of 2006 I entered the contest and won the Masters 40-45, Masters Overall, Open Heavyweight, and Overall Show. Maybe I should retire more often!

My next contest was going to be Masters Nationals in 2007, but I peaked early so entered the "Colorado" the week before Nationals and won Masters 40-45, Masters Overall, and Open heavyweight. I guess I dehydrated myself a little too much and had to spend a couple of days getting IV's, so I had to bow out of Nationals that year.

As soon as I was healthy, I started training for Masters Nationals in 2008. I went to Pittsburgh in July, 2008, and placed 10th in the Heavyweight class.

In April, 2008, Carol Semple and I started working on Infinite Sports USA, and here we are!


Achievements

  • Northern Arizona 1987, 2nd Place Novice, 2nd Place Open Heavyweight
  • The Arizona 1987, 1st Place Novice, 1st Place Open Heavyweight, 1st Place Overall
  • The Rocky 2006, 1st Place Masters 40-45, Masters Overall, 1st Place Open Heavyweight, 1st Overall
  • Colorado State 2007, 1st Place Masters 40-45, Masters Overall, 1st Place Open Heavyweight
  • Masters Nationals 2008, 10th Place Open Heavyweight 40-50
  • Masters Nationals 2009, 3rd Place Super Heavy 40-50
  • North Americans 2009, 2nd Place Super Heavy over 40

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Out and About

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Michael and Carol at the Next Level booth
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Nice Shades
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The Crew at Champions of Life Walk
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Team Photo, Champions of Life Walk
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Michael, Carol, Craig and Ann Pratt
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"BIF" Pretty Cute!!

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Nice "Handstand" in Hotel at Jr. Nationals
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Carol, Me, and Mary Cencich at Jr. Nationals
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Me in a "Towel Bin" in Hotel at Jr. Nationals" Why..???
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Carols B-Day at Jing 2009
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Alcatraz 2007
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Michael, Lynn Mecham, and Gary Stringer

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Michael and "Big Scott" College Pals
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"Gun Show" at Johnny Rockets in Vegas
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Janay, Carol, Michael, Chris and Nia..Pitt 2009
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Ron, Erin, Carol and Michael in Pittsburgh
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Janay, Michael and Nia after pre-judge
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Michael with the Fam after pre-judge

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Janay, Michael, Nia
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The Crew
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Michael and his sister Chris at Buca
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Janay and Michael after show
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Carol and Michael after show
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Right after show

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Carol and I at Buca after Masters Nationals 2009
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Carol and I with our friends Rocco and Ursula in Pitt. 2009
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Competitions

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Masters Nationals 2008
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Northern Arizona, 1987
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The Arizona, 1987
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The Arizona, 1987
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Colorado State, 2007
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Colorado State, 2007
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2006 "Rocky" with Johnnie Jackson

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2006 "Rocky" with Jeff Taylor and Johnnie Jackson
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Picture from Greeley Tribune article after "Rocky" 2006
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Overall lineup from "Rocky" 2006
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Overall Posing "Rocky" 2006
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"Rocky" 2006
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Masters Nationals 2009

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Xander getting "Dwarfed" by Stan Efferding
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Xander getting "Dwarfed" by Stan Efferding

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Xander getting "Dwarfed" by Stan Efferding
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Masters Nationals 2009
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Words of Thanks

I need to give a Special Thanks to Carol for all of her help and support during my prep for Masters Nationals 2009!!  Anyone who has done this sport realizes how much easier it is with support from the people you are closest to.  Thank You Carol and I Love You!!

Also big Thanks to Ron and Erin for making the trip to Pittsburgh to support me and Infinite Sports USA!!  You guys are awesome people and very good friends, It meant alot to me that you were there!!   We also need to thank Ron for all the pics he takes at all of our events!!

Last but not least I want to give Special Thanks to my sister Chris, her husband Dane, and my neices Nia and Janay for making the trip to Pittsburgh to support me, I have a kick ass family and it meant the world to me that they were there!!  I only wish my little brother Craig was still with us so he could have run up on stage again to celebrate with me just like he did in 1987!

I need to Thank,

Carol Semple for all your hard work and dedication to making our vision a reality!

All of our Athletes for representing Infinite Sports USA, our Sponsors, your Teammates, and our Sports in a positive manner!

Everyone who has supported us along the way, without your support we wouldn't be where we are today!


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Photo Gallery

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Michael, Carol, Rachel, and Shawn at Batista's in Las Vegas.
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A photo taken for a magazine ad for Xander-Wear in 1991.
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Michael and Buck Rollins at an alumni game.

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Michael and his neices, Nia and Janay, at Nia's homecoming.
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Michael and his son, Jordan.
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Michael and Carol.

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Nia, Janay, and Jordan.
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Michael's Dad, Brother Craig, his girlfriend, and Michael's Mom, at Craig's graduation, 1987.
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Michael as a freshman in college.

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Michael and Sonny Schmidt (right).
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Michael at his brother Craig's wedding in Boise, ID.
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Michael at his brother Craig's wedding in Boise, ID.

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My Boy "Meathead"
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New T-Shirt Logo hand drawn by Troy Durbin
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Logo for the "Warrior Classic" the contest we are promoting August 7, 2010

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The "Crew" at Lloyd Hansen's funeral --RIP Uncle Lloyd--

Fast Facts

Age: 40 something
Height: 6′ 1
Weight: 258 off season, 235 competition
Favorite Charity: Make-A-Wish Foundation
Favorite Quote: If you don't have time to do it right, when are you going to have time to do it over? ~Dad ,,,
Favorite Cheat food: Oreo Blizzard
Favorite Body Part to train: Whatever needs to grow!
Favorite Song Right Now: If Today Was Your Last Day


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