A BODYBUILDER posted a throwback video of himself looking like “Captain America before the serum,” according to fans.
You would never guess that the man who resembled Steve Rogers in the old tapes would go on to become powerlifting legend Larry “Wheels” Williams.
The strongman shared the video with his 3.8million followers on Instagram with the caption, “My observation for the first time.”
The young, slim guy was helping a much taller guy while benching an impressive amount of weight.
Williams can be seen shyly munching his hands under the barbell, which flexes under the whopping eight plates.
“Guess how old I was!” Wheels, who later became a world record powerlifter, said in the caption.
Fans shared their guesses and also commented on the insane strides he’s made since the throwback video was captured.
“You look like Steve Rogers before the serum,” commented one fan.
Another fan said, “Before he became Captain America,” with a laughing emoji.
While guesses varied, most fans agreed that he appeared to be around 15 to 18 years old.
“Lil he knew it was going to be baby weight for him,” said another.
Larry “Wheels” posts tons of videos on Instagram that show off his amazing physique and incredible feats of strength.
In an interview with Muscle and Fitness, Williams admitted that he turned to exercise from a young age to help combat boredom and bullying.
He described himself as a young, clumsy kid who was pushed to the gym after a challenging move.
Williams moved from New York City to the island of St. Martin at the age of 12 and was not well received.
He said he’s having real trouble connecting with local teenagers on the island and has spent days doing nothing.
After saying enough was enough, he decided to kill two birds with one stone and get stronger through weightlifting.
Unfortunately, you had to be 16 to use the island’s gyms, but that didn’t stop Wheels.
The powerlifter said he would do push-ups, sit-ups and pull-ups and lift homemade weights before riding his bike until he was exhausted.
By the time he was 16, he was more than ready to start making strides in the gym.
“I realized when I was 17 that I was already the strongest guy in the gym,” Williams said.
“I didn’t want to let that talent go to waste. I started to ask myself, ‘What am I here on earth for?
“I wasn’t good at academics. I hated school. I hated studying. I hated doing homework.
“My heart has always been in getting strong in the gym. That’s all I was passionate about.”
Now at age 28, Williams has racked up a slew of first wins in powerlifting and heavyweight competitions across the country.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6976846/bodybuilder-larry-wheels-williams-transformation-unrecognizable/ I’m a bodybuilder, I’m so unrecognizable fans say old videos aren’t me and that I looked like “Captain America before the serum”.