His body is a bulky mass of muscle popping with a roadmap of vein networks. Melbourne bodybuilder Josh Lenartowicz works around-the-clock to maintain his hulk-like frame, eating £350 of food a week and performing hours of gruelling training every day.
Despite his bizzare figure, the international bodybuilding extraordinaire vehemently denies using steroids and says it's the result of blood sweat and tears, reports ABC.
When asked if used performance enhancing drugs – illegal both in Australia and where he competes in the US – he said it was a form of bullying to assume he was not natural. 'I've never ever cheated in my life…It's almost a form of bullying in a way. If people said that about Michael Jordan or Tiger Woods … it is disrespectful in a way because it disregards all the hard work..'
Lenartowicz forks out up to £350 a week on food, dividing this between six – ten meals a day – but thankfully this was. 'It's like you're feeding six or seven people…The meals are quite big, it takes sometimes 30 minutes to eat a meal.'
He is currently in the cutting phase of his competition prep, relying on an ironclad will to trim down as much excess fat as humanly possible – all the while keeping up a seven-day training schedule. 'You get the craving, and you do get incredibly hungry, but it's denying that and pushing through. It's a mind game.'
But all the hard work is starting to pay off after he nabbed a spot in this year's Mr Olympia, a contest to determine the world's number one position. 'If I finish and I don't get the result that looks like success, I'll still be happy because I've given it everything,'