Joshua Lenartowicz hints retirement

Pro bodybuilder Joshua Lenartowicz hints at possible retirement.

Australia’s most popular bodybuilder Joshua Lenartowicz has revealed on his official social media that he is considering retiring from the sport of pro bodybuilding.

Joshua had a very successful run between 2015 and 2017 with three victories and top 10 placings in the majority of his shows.

Lenartowicz’s last major victory was in 2019 in Spain. He also competed at the Mr. Olympia in 2016 and 2017 placing ninth on both occasions.

After 2017, Joshua suffered some major setbacks that literally derailed his professional bodybuilding career.

In August 2017, Joshua’s best friend and training partner, Dallas McCarver passed away while they were at the gym together.

McCarver’s death destroyed Joshua mentally, but he still managed to prep for the following shows with the help of Flex Lewis and other close friends.

In 2018, Joshua decided to take a year off and plan for a return in 2019.

Between 2019 and 2020, Lenartowicz had to recover from a serious illness which kept him out of the gym for a longer period.

Not all was negative for Joshua as he and his wife welcomed their baby boy William into the world.

Joshua is an athlete that does not hide from the truth. It is evident that Joshua’s physique was on the decline and he is the first to admit it.

In his latest post, Joshua reveals the reasons why he feels that he is on the decline and even consider retirement.

Joshua Lenartowicz post in full:

When am I competing next?
Photo on the left was taken at @flex_lewis gym @the_dragons_lair where I was thankful to the help of flex and @dallasmccarver in the last week before @tgflex 2017 Tampa pro and the photo on the right was taken at Ben Pakulski @bpakfitness gym in Tampa, I have met some great people in my career.

For me bodybuilding has always been to reach a personal best and if the judges say I’m the winner on the day I’m extremely grateful but winning has never been the goal, the personal improvement has been the goal and winning in a byproduct of that improvement.

I was in a really great place in bodybuilding from 2015-2017 and if I compare my stage photos from 2019-2020 against 2015-2017 I know that I’m regressing, I know the hardships I have faced have contributed to this, but when I’m not improving, I’m not enjoying the process or passionate about bodybuilding and life’s too short to spend on something you’re not in love with.

So I have made the decision to not compete again until I can prove to myself that I’m my personal best or unfortunately I will never be competing again. – Joshua Lenartowicz.

Whatever Joshua decides, he will surely find the support of all his friends in the bodybuilding world.

Joshua still has a lot to contribute to the sport. He is very young and can continue to be a inspiration to millions of athletes all over the world.

Contest History

Natural Olympia – INBA, Medium-Tall, 2nd

Australasia – IFBB, Super-HeavyWeight, 1st

Grand Prix Australia – IFBB, 8th

Arnold Classic Australia – IFBB, 9th
Ferrigno Legacy Pro – IFBB, Winner
San Marino Pro – IFBB, Winner

Arnold Classic – IFBB, Open, 3rd
Arnold Classic Australia – IFBB, 4th
Arnold Classic Europe – IFBB, 6th
Kuwait Pro Championships – IFBB, 9th
Levrone Classic Poland – IFBB, 2nd
Olympia – IFBB, Open, 9th
Prague Pro Championships – IFBB, 7th

Olympia – IFBB, Open, 9th
Tampa Pro Championships – IFBB, Open, 1st

Arnold Classic – IFBB, Bodybuilding, 8th
Arnold Classic Australia – IFBB, 4th
Bigman Weekend Pro – IFBB, LightWeight, 1st