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Featured Image Credit: Instagram/@nick_walker39
By Stewart Perrie
Nick Walker has taken out the prestigious Arnold Classic bodybuilding competition in the US.
Held over last weekend, bodybuilders donned their best spray tan and flexed their muscles on stage to see if they could be crowned the winner.
While there were some worthy opponents, the 27-year-old from New Jersey ended up with the silverware and walked home a champion.
He's the youngest person to win the fame competition in 30 years and he said he's absolutely thrilled with the outcome.
The self-described 'Mutant' said on Instagram this week: "One of the greatest feelings I have ever felt, but what made this even better was seeing how happy my friend @iainvalliere was for me.
"Like I always said winning feels so good, but the memories and friendships made, nothing compares."
In addition to winning the Arnold Classic title, he was also crowned the winner in the Most Muscular category. He won a grand prize of AUD$180,000 and also bragging rights until the next Arnold Classic.
Very few people have been able to win the competition on their first try, with William Bonac in 2018 being the most recent example.
The man himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger, was there in person to congratulate and praise the winners of each division.
He called them all 'true champions' and he is looking 'forward to seeing you guys very soon'.
You'd think winning one of the biggest bodybuilding competitions in the world would mean a bit of rest and relaxation, however for Walker, he says rest is for the wicked.
He will be gearing up for the Olympia Fitness and Performance Weekend later this month.
It's certainly been a whirlwind few months for Nick, as he only became a professional bodybuilder last year.
Speaking to BarBend ahead of the Arnold Classic, he was asked how it felt to with the New York Pro this year after being considered an up-and-coming pro two years ago.
"Everything's been happening so fast, and it's been awesome. I'm thoroughly enjoying it. I haven't had time to sit down and grasp everything. I don't know if that's a good or bad thing," he said. "I'd rather keep it moving forward."
He added: "I want to be one of the most elite bodybuilders in the world. The goal was to always be like Jay Cutler. I know how hard I work, and I know where my head's at."