brad rowe retirement bodybuilder

Professional bodybuilder Brad Rowe announces his retirement.

Brad Rowe has officially retired as a professional bodybuilder, but is looking forward to coaching Mike Tyson and opening his new performance and wellness center.

Living the life as a professional bodybuilder is no easy feat as Brad explains in his post announcing his retirement from professional bodybuilding.

Brad Rowe’s competitive career lasted eight years from 2010 to 2018.

Brad’s professional bodybuilding career started with a bang in 2014 when he placed second to Ronny Rockel at the Ferrigno Legacy Pro. This would his best placing as a professional bodybuilder.

In the following four years, Brad placed in the top ten at the majority of events he competed in.

In 2015, Brad managed to qualify for the Mr. Olympia but unfortunately he did not place. Regardless he is a part of an elite group of athletes that can say they stepped on the Mr. Olympia stage.

In his long letter announcing his retirement, Brad expresses his regrets about missing out on many important family moments and as well separating from his partner Stephanie.

At the same time, Brad said that bodybuilding opened up numerous opportunities for him that actually gave him more success than the bodybuilding stage.

Brad has a number of great projects to look forward to, such as being Mike Tyson’s strength trainer and opening his new performance and wellness center.

Evolutionofbodybuilding.net would like to wish Brad great success in his new business adventures and thank him for his continous contribution to the sport of bodybuilding and fitness.




Brad Rowe’s official retirement letter

Time to hang up the trunks!!

Bodybuilding has consumed my life for the last 10 years and it has provided me with so many opportunities that I am beyond grateful for. My success off the stage through bodybuilding far exceeds my success on stage but it was a challenge that I loved. I’ve competed at the Olympia which not many can say they have achieved!

But competing perpetuates personality and life style traits that led me to shut everyone out and miss out on a lot of life experiences.

I am naturally a very robotic person and goal oriented and have always had much greater expectations on myself than anyone else could imagine. I have not been kind to myself and let things I can’t control dictate my attitude and I project that onto those I am closest to.

This is not a move to get Stephanie back. I am actually at peace at the moment with our situation. I love her so deeply as a human and was still in love with her but we both neglected our marriage and ourselves and her happiness got lost in all of that. What she wanted in life also changed and doesn’t align with what I want in my life. I love her very much and I just want her happy because she deserves it more than anyone I know.

My happiness was limited because of how hard I am on myself so I could have just kept down the same path if it wasn’t for this soul opening experience. So as hard as it is to lose my best friend for the last almost 9 years, this will probably be the best thing for me.

I have so many great things happening between being a huge part in Tyson’s comeback. Opening what my investors and I think can be the best performance and wellness center in the country and having my best friend since I was 3 to live with me and run my facility. And an opportunity came about to potentially move my mom and step dad here to run another business that I am working on.

For all these reasons I have started a journey using shamans with meditation, ancient ceremonies, and plant base medicine to open my heart and soul to find the root of my issues and heal. Yesterday was day 1 and I feel so much clearer and have less pain.

I have no doubt Stephanie and I will remain friends throughout all of this.



Competition History

2010
Atlantic States Championships – NPC, HeavyWeight, 3rd
Excalibur (Los Angeles) – NPC, Overall Winner
Excalibur (Los Angeles) – NPC, HeavyWeight, 1st
Junior Nationals – NPC, HeavyWeight, 8th
New England Championships – NPC, HeavyWeight, 5th

2011
Nationals – NPC, HeavyWeight, 3rd
North American Championships – IFBB, HeavyWeight, 16th

2012
Nationals – NPC, HeavyWeight, 9th
North American Championships – IFBB, HeavyWeight, 8th
USA Championships – NPC, HeavyWeight, 7th

2013
Nationals – NPC, HeavyWeight, 2nd
North American Championships – IFBB, HeavyWeight, 2nd
USA Championships – NPC, HeavyWeight, 7th

2014
Ferrigno Legacy Pro – IFBB, 2nd
Grand Prix Russia – IFBB, 11th
Phoenix Pro – IFBB, Open, 3rd

2015
California Pro – IFBB, 3rd
Chicago Pro Championships – IFBB, Open, 6th
Europa Dallas – IFBB, Open, 5th
Golden State Pro Championships – IFBB, 9th
Olympia – IFBB, Open, Did not place

2016
Ferrigno Legacy Pro – IFBB, Open, 9th
Nordic Pro (Finland) – IFBB, 6th

2017
Ferrigno Legacy Pro – IFBB, 8th

2018
California Pro – IFBB, 14th
Chicago Pro Championships – IFBB, Bodybuilding, 5th
Muscle Mayhem Kansas Pro – IFBB, Bodybuilding, 9th
New York Pro Championships – IFBB, Open, 12th
Tampa Pro Championships – IFBB, Bodybuilding, 7th

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Time to hang up the trunks!! Bodybuilding has consumed my life for the last 10 years and it has provided me with so many opportunities that I am beyond grateful for. My success off the stage through bodybuilding far exceeds my success on stage but it was a challenge that I loved. I've competed at the Olympia which not many can say they have achieved! But competing perpetuates personality and life style traits that led me to shut everyone out and miss out on a lot of life experiences. I am naturally a very robotic person and goal oriented and have always had much greater expectations on myself than anyone else could imagine. I have not been kind to myself and let things I can't control dictate my attitude and I project that onto those I am closest to. This is not a move to get Stephanie back. I am actually at peace at the moment with our situation. I love her so deeply as a human and was still in love with her but we both neglected our marriage and ourselves and her happiness got lost in all of that. What she wanted in life also changed and doesn't align with what I want in my life. I love her very much and I just want her happy because she deserves it more than anyone I know. My happiness was limited because of how hard I am on myself so I could have just kept down the same path if it wasn't for this soul opening experience. So as hard as it is to lose my best friend for the last almost 9 years, this will probably be the best thing for me. I have so many great things happening between being a huge part in Tyson's comeback. Opening what my investors and I think can be the best performance and wellness center in the country and having my best friend since I was 3 to live with me and run my facility. And an opportunity came about to potentially move my mom and step dad here to run another business that I am working on. For all these reasons I have started a journey using shamans with meditation, ancient ceremonies, and plant base medicine to open my heart and soul to find the root of my issues and heal. Yesterday was day 1 and I feel so much clearer and have less pain. I have no doubt Stephanie and I will remain friends throughout all of this ❤

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