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Moffat County graduate pumps up Grand Junction competition

Bodybuilder Mychal Beauchamp seeks to promote physical fitness

— Keeping in peak physical condition can build a lot of brawn, but for Mychal Beauchamp, keeping the brain in good form is just as important.

Beauchamp recently won the novice and open class divisions of the inaugural Battle at the Border competition in Grand Junction. Determining fitness and physique among male and female bodybuilders, the contest is about more than just who can flex in the flashiest pose and take home the belt.

"It's judged upon a person's muscular development, their symmetry, how lean they get and how well defined," Beauchamp said. "The biggest guy doesn't win, nor does the most shredded. It's a total package type deal."

The 2009 Moffat County High School graduate first got interested in the idea of bodybuilding as a teenager in Craig, but it was a path that involved more than working out for hours at a time or engaging in as many sports as possible.

It was also about balancing out which parts of the body received attention.

"Contest prep entails a lot of weight training and cardiovascular exercise," he said.

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Additionally, nutrition plays an important part.

"It's not really strict in the sense of only eating certain foods, but I know exactly how much I'm taking in," he said.

Obtaining a bachelor's degree in exercise science from Colorado Mesa University further helped him have an understanding of what the effort means "on a molecular level." He also has received academic honors from Mesa.

Beauchamp is looking to expand his education with graduate studies, possibly moving into the physical therapy or chiropractic fields.

"My ideal job would be to own my own gym and help others reach their fitness goals," he said. "With such an obesity epidemic, it's really awesome to see the smiles on people's faces when they reach their goals."

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com or follow him on Twitter @CDP_Sports.

Bodybuilder Mychal Beauchamp and his brother, Zach, offer a YouTube channel called 2Steps Aesthetics featuring fitness tips.