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Muscular Development|November 2021
Meet Martin The Martian' Fitzwater, 24-Year-Old Rising Star
RON HARRIS

ANOTHER STAR WAS BORN

I came up in this sport and industry in a time when pro cards were exceedingly difficult to acquire. In the 1980s and '90s, if you were good enough to win the USA or Nationals in that era, you were already good enough to immediately start winning pro shows and would be a top-five threat at the Mr. Olympia. Names like Kevin Levrone, Shawn Ray, Flex Wheeler, Vince Taylor and Chris Cormier serve as evidence to this fact. That's why the older members of the media like me have bemoaned the relatively lower quality of new pros in more recent years. It's now common for men to win the USA or Nationals and never even place top five at a second- or third-tier pro show. Where are all the stars? The 2020 IFBB North American, held in a tent during the pandemic's first and most devastating year, produced not one but two excellent examples of top-notch talent. You're all familiar with the 26-year-old who won the super-heavyweight and overall titles, Nick Walker; who weeks later got fourth place at the Chicago Pro and more recently won the New York Pro en route to his first Arnold Classic and Mr. Olympia. On that same night, a big 23-year-old kid from Denver by way of Wyoming won the heavyweight title and also earned pro status - Martin Fitzwater. Thanks to training videos from his sponsor GASP, we watched him grow and prepare for his pro debut in Texas this past August. There, he finished a highly respectable fourth place in his first flex-for-pay outing. It's been a while since we've seen someone so young who was so good, so it's time we all got caught up to speed on Martin "The Martian" Fitzwater!

A LIFELONG ATHLETE'S NEXT SPORT

I often remark that there are two types of men that get into bodybuilding. The first comes into the sport/lifestyle out of insecurity; perhaps bullied, physically weak, and hoping more muscle will conquer their inadequacies. The others are more rare, those who were always athletic and often somewhat muscular already, for whom bodybuilding is the next logical progression as they had used weight training to improve their athletic performance and fell in love with both the lifting and the changes they saw in their bodies. Martin is a poster boy for that second category. His father put him in wrestling at only 3 years old, and he would be immersed in grappling until he was 16, in those later stages competing in three to four national tournaments a year. Since he was a also playing up to three other sports a year, he got burnt out on wrestling and gave it up as he had little time for anything else in life. The wrestling coach also happened to be the high school's track coach, and convinced Martin to start that in sophomore year. A natural, he won the state title that first season. By the end of high school, he was ranked eighth in the USA for the shot put, and had also been an all-state football player all four years. Did I mention he graduated with a 4.0 GPA too? That earned him a full scholarship to the nearby Division I University of Wyoming in Laramie, where he considered Physical Therapy but instead chose to pursue a degree in Pharmacy. "I could have gone somewhere else," he admits, "but I grew up in a small town of 1,500 and was afraid to go to a big city."

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