bodybuilder and fitness coach shares his training philosophies

Bill Neylon competing in 2009 (left) and working out at his boutique West Palm Beach gym, The Fitness Edge.

Michael Jordan is fond expressing that finding slash from his substantial school basketball team offered him the inspiration to turn out to be the Corridor of Fame hoopster he’d at some point turn into. 

Even though Bill Neylon of West Palm Beach would never evaluate himself to the dwelling legend that is Air Jordan, it can be argued that it was a related athletic snub — Neylon’s becoming slice from his New Jersey area high school soccer group, when the coach told the 5-foot-4, 125-pound teenager he “was far too small to perform football” — that set him on the own and skilled path that he’d stick to for the following 50-as well as years. 

So how did Neylon — who’s now 68 and in better form than most gentlemen 50 % his age — answer to his coach’s assessment? 

“I got in the excess weight room and designed up my overall body.”

By the time he graduated substantial university, Neylon was a 5-foot-6, 145-pound varsity hockey participant.

And, much additional importantly, Neylon had become enamored of weight-teaching, bodybuilding and personalized health and fitness schooling. 

The following five many years observed him get so a lot exercise expertise and establish so lots of interactions as a result of bodybuilding that he not long ago posted his memoir — “My Journey with the Iron” — which is obtainable on

Bill Neylon at a book signing for his new memoir, "My Journey with the Iron."

Humble beginnings 

In 1974, just after Neylon experienced graduated from Georgia State and was living in Atlanta, he recalls he fell in with a team of “fellow health and fitness center rats” who had been all thinking of starting to be aggressive bodybuilders. 

Just one issue — at least in Neylon’s intellect: To really access the heights of the activity, bodybuilders necessary to get anabolic steroids. 

Back then, steroids weren’t illegal in the U.S. and their destructive extensive-time period results weren’t as perfectly-regarded as they are now. 

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