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April 10, 2013

Cumberland Head family dialing it in

CUMBERLAND HEAD — The family that works out together competes together, in the case of one Cumberland Head family. 

On May 4, Scott Rivers, 50, will compete along with his sons, Adam and Corey, 27 and 23, respectively, in a bodybuilding competition in Albany.

Adam is Scott’s big boy, but since Corey’s Air Force tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, he has bulked up with pure muscle.

“I’m so proud of them,” Scott said.

Time waits on no man, and Scott knows his time is limited for continued competition.

When he first started working out, Adam was in a baby carrier at the Plattsburgh YMCA. Scott’s wife, Wendy, is a runner, and their daughter, Brittany Locklin, still keeps fit while pregnant.

A 1981 graduate of Beekmantown Central School, Scott played summer-league ball. After high school, he worked at Clinton Correctional Facility for 26 years. Working out was his stress reliever. He’s been employed the past five years with the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, and he’s still hitting the Y.

A collector of comic books and a super-hero admirer, the Incredible Hulk is his guy. Watching Lou Ferrigno’s green escapades during the 1970s television show inspired Scott to get lean.

He got serious when he was 32 and Arnold Schwarzenegger hit the big screen. Scott started following bodybuilding on television and wanted to compete.

He purchased books on the sport to find out which routines would enhance his endomorphic physique. When he became confident enough, he entered his first natural bodybuilding show.

“Performance-enhancing drugs is not part of my life,” he said.

A family man, Scott had an example to set.

His first show was in 1994 in Brattleboro, Vt. He placed 12th out of 21 contestants, an affirmation not without risks.

“Subsequently, because of my dedication to weight training, I have injured myself,” Scott said.

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