PLATTSBURGH — Eating ice cream is one of Scott Rivers’ favorite pastimes, and now he can indulge since the U.S. Bodybuilding Federation’s North American Bodybuilding Championship is behind him.
In May, he competed with his sons, Adam and Corey, 27 and 23, respectively, in the Schenectady competition.
After months of dialing it in, their efforts paid off.
“I entered the Men’s Masters 50-plus, and I got first in that,” said Scott, who works with the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.
“In the Division Men’s Open Lightweight, I took second place in that one. Whenever you enter an open division, you’re competing against guys of all ages. I was still happy.”
For Corey, the competition was his first attempt. He is a reservist in the Vermont Air National Guard and enrolled in the nursing program at Clinton Community College.
“Corey did very well,” Scott said. “He took first place in the Debut and also first place in the Junior Competition. He also entered the Men’s Lightweight Open. He took fourth place in that. Daddy was also in that same division. I took second place. I got edged out by another gentleman.”
Adam, a training instructor at the New York State Department of Correctional Services Training Academy, entered two divisions.
“The Novice Competition — he took first place in that,” Scott said. “He also entered the Men’s Open Heavyweight Division, and he took first place. He did very well. Subsequently, because he took first place in the Men’s Open Heavyweight and (because of) the other guy who edged me out, they had to go against each other in the Overall Open Division.”
As a perk for Adam’s first place in the Men’s Overall, he received his pro card, which has proved elusive for his father.
“He was quite ecstatic, and so was dad,” Scott said.
“I definitely didn’t expect it,” Adam said. “I expected him to get it. He really motivated me to do it.”
Adam’s own personal superhero is his father. He always wanted to be big and strong like him.
“He’s definitely been an inspiration to me from a child up and through adulthood,” Adam said.
He finds it’s rewarding to lift with his dad.
“I have a father that can keep up and surpass what I do in the gym,” he said. “It’s definitely something I will never forget. To have my brother do it with us was epic. I don’t think it will ever happen again.”
During the months of training, Adam was busy at the academy and with selling his former residence and purchasing a new home.
“I could have easily said I don’t have time to do it. I saw my brother and him every week and their progress with the diet and how they were getting results. It kept me motivated through the whole thing to do it with them.”
The experience brought them even closer together.
“There are still lots of feelings coming out,” Adam said. “We’re all up there on the stage at the same time. It was pretty emotional at the end. How many people can say they did a bodybuilding show with their father and brother? I grew up pretty much at the YMCA. That’s where it started.”
The Riverses always train, but shredding for competitions requires diligence.
“It’s a very strict diet to get the finishing cuts and body symmetry,” Scott said. “This is something you don’t want to be on all the time. Training for these competitions on a year-round basis (is) very strenuous on the body. Now, we’re letting the body heal and repair itself from the months of continuous dieting and training.”
For Scott, it was a once-in-a-lifetime shot with his sons by his side.
“I’m so glad I did it,” he said. “It’s amazing. I’m very proud of the boys. This was a last-minute decision for Corey. He said, ‘You think I can do this?’ It was easy. I was training. Both of us were eating the same food. I’m proud of them. They did great.”
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