INBF Southern Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Championships

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Competitors lift weights before pre-judging at the INBF Southern Natural BodyBuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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70-year-old Sam "Sonny" Bryant, Jr. wears the number 70 to identify himself to the judges at the INBF Southern Natural BodyBuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. "[The promotor] said we ought to give it to you," Bryant said of his number. "And I said, 'Sure, just like my age it's nothing but a number.'" JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Sam "Sonny" Bryant, Jr. waits to go onstage before pre-judging at the INBF Southern Natural BodyBuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Footprints are left on paper where someone applied a sunless tanning product at the INBF Southern Natural BodyBuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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70-year-old Sam "Sonny" Bryant, Jr. does calf raises before pre-judging at the INBF Southern Natural BodyBuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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70-year-old Sam "Sonny" Bryant, Jr. (left) practices posing as Brett Borland (right) puts sunless tanning cream on James Willis before pre-judging at the INBF Southern Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Brett Borland (left) does push-ups as Reggie Vandiver, 30, of Augusta, works out with a resistance band before pre-judging at the INBF Southern Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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70-year-old Sam "Sonny" Bryant, Jr. (right) practices posing as Brett Borland (left) puts sunless tanning cream on James Willis before pre-judging at the INBF Southern Natural BodyBuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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70-year-old Sam "Sonny" Bryant, Jr. (center) speaks with Patrick Roundtree (left) before pre-judging at the INBF Southern Natural BodyBuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Sam "Sonny" Bryant, Jr. practices posing before pre-judging at the INBF Southern Natural BodyBuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Signs are posted referring to the sunless tanning creams and lotions used for competition at the INBF Southern Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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70-year-old Sam "Sonny" Bryant, Jr. (center) waits to go out on stage with Chad Astin (left) and Alexi Agosto (right) during pre-judging at the INBF Southern Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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70-year-old Sam "Sonny" Bryant, Jr. (right) and Chad Astin (left) watch other competitors before going out on stage during pre-judging at the INBF Southern Natural BodyBuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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70-year-old Sam "Sonny" Bryant, Jr. (right) competes in the open men's middle weight division against Brett Borland (left) and Michael Elston (center), during pre-judging at the INBF Southern Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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70-year-old Sam "Sonny" Bryant, Jr. (center) competes in the open men's middle weight division against Michael Elston (left) and Brett Borland (right), during pre-judging at the INBF Southern Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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70-year-old Sam "Sonny" Bryant, Jr. (center) competes in the open men's middle weight division against Michael Elston (left) and Brett Borland (right), during pre-judging at the INBF Southern Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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70-year-old Sam "Sonny" Bryant, Jr. (left) competes in the open men's middle weight division against Brett Borland (right) and Michael Elston (not pictured), during pre-judging at the INBF Southern Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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70-year-old Sam "Sonny" Bryant, Jr. sips coffee after eating cheese grits at Waffle House after the pre-judging at the INBF Southern Natural BodyBuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Reggie Vandiver (left), 30, of Augusta, shakes hands with 70-year-old Sam "Sonny" Bryant, Jr. (center) after pre-judging at the INBF Southern Natural BodyBuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. "They're my idols that's my inspiration," Vandiver said of Bryant and another competitor in his 60s. "I go to work and I see guys in their 30s and I say 'I don't want to hear nothing. I just did a show with guys in their 70s.' I just hope I can be doing it when I'm they're age." Vandiver was named the overall winner of the competition. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Joseph Brown (right), 54, approaches 70-year-old Sam "Sonny" Bryant, Jr. (center) after pre-judging to ask Bryant about his workout routine at the INBF Southern Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. "It's an inspiration to see guys like that on stage," Brown said. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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70-year-old Sam "Sonny" Bryant, Jr. (right) speaks with competitor Robert Allen after pre-judging at the INBF Southern Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Trophies are lined up on stage at the INBF Southern Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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70-year-old Sam "Sonny" Bryant, Jr. eats a grilled cheese sandwich covered in honey at Waffle House before the evening show at the INBF Southern Natural BodyBuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Competitors lift weights and practice posing before pre-judging at the INBF Southern Natural BodyBuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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70-year-old Sam "Sonny" Bryant, Jr. watches other competitors before going out on stage during pre-judging at the INBF Southern Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Jennifer Cade (left), Melanie Harris and Kimberly Clark compete in the open figure division at the INBF Southern Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Master of ceremonies Robby Kerr (left) announces Cassie Langley as she competes in the open figure at the INBF Southern Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Rodney Helaire guest poses at the INBF Southern Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Chelsea Kimmons (from left), Nicole Brazemore, Elizabeth Sanjaya and Maggie Phillips compete in the swimsuit category at the INBF Southern Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Vera Carter (left), Kimberly Clark and Cookie Jackson compete in the fit body division at the INBF Southern Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Robert Allen poses during the open men bantamweight division during the evening show at the INBF Southern Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Jacob Cardone (left) and Patrick Roundtree compete in the novice men lightweight division at the INBF Southern Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Championships was held at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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70-year-old Sam "Sonny" Bryant, Jr. applies sunless tanning lotion before the evening show at the INBF Southern Natural BodyBuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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70-year-old Sam "Sonny" Bryant, Jr. (left) waits to go on stage during the evening show at the INBF Southern Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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70-year-old Sam "Sonny" Bryant, Jr. dances between poses as James Brown's song "Cold Sweat" plays during the evening show at the INBF Southern Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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70-year-old Sam "Sonny" Bryant, Jr. dances between poses as James Brown's song "Cold Sweat" plays during the evening show at the INBF Southern Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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70-year-old Sam "Sonny" Bryant, Jr. (center) competes in the open men's middle weight division against Brett Borland (left) and Michael Elston (right), during pre-judging at the INBF Southern Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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70-year-old Sam "Sonny" Bryant, Jr. (center) competes in the open men's middle weight division against Brett Borland (left) and Michael Elston (center), during the evening show at the INBF Southern Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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70-year-old Sam "Sonny" Bryant, Jr. (center) competes in the open men's middle weight division against Brett Borland (left) and Michael Elston (right), during pre-judging at the INBF Southern Natural BodyBuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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70-year-old Sam "Sonny" Bryant, Jr. (center) celebrates after being named first place in the open men's middle weight division, competing against Brett Borland (left) and Michael Elston (right), at the INBF Southern Natural BodyBuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Patrick Roundtree competes in the novice men lightweight division at the INBF Southern Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Cookie Jackson (from left), Vera Carter, Kimberly Clark and Lisa Gomez compete in the master figure division at the INBF Southern Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Cookie Jackson competes in the master figure division at the INBF Southern Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Robert Allen poses after receiving a first place trophy in the master men over 60 division at the INBF Southern Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Maggie Phillips (center) celebrates after coming in first place in the swimsuit category at the INBF Southern Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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The INBF Southern Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Championships was held at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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The INBF Southern Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Championships was held at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Patrick Roundtree waves to the crowd after coming in first place in the novice men lightweight division at the INBF Southern Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Reggie Vandiver, 30, poses after receiving the first place trophy in the open men's light heavyweight division at the INBF Southern Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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The INBF Southern Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Championships was held at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Division winners Reggie Vandiver (from left), Sonny Bryant, Chad Astin and Jayson Crutchfield (not pictured) pose during judging before Vandiver was named the overall winner at the INBF Southern Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Division winners Reggie Vandiver (from left), Chad Astin, Sonny Bryant and Jayson Crutchfield pose during judging before Vandiver was named the overall winner at the INBF Southern Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Reggie Vandiver (left), 30, and Sonny Bryant, 70, pose during judging before Vandiver was named the overall winner at the INBF Southern Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. "They're my idols that's my inspiration," Vandiver said of Bryant and another competitor in his 60s. "I go to work and I see guys in their 30s and I say 'I don't want to hear nothing. I just did a show with guys in their 70s.' I just hope I can be doing it when I'm they're age." Vandiver was named the overall winner of the competition. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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70-year-old Sam "Sonny" Bryant, Jr. poses during the evening show at the INBF Southern Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Reggie Vandiver (left), 30, and Sonny Bryant, 70, pose during judging before Vandiver was named the overall winner at the INBF Southern Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. "They're my idols that's my inspiration," Vandiver said of Bryant and another competitor in his 60s. "I go to work and I see guys in their 30s and I say 'I don't want to hear nothing. I just did a show with guys in their 70s.' I just hope I can be doing it when I'm they're age." Vandiver was named the overall winner of the competition. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Reggie Vandiver (left), 30, and Sonny Bryant, 70, pose during judging before Vandiver was named the overall winner at the INBF Southern Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. "They're my idols that's my inspiration," Vandiver said of Bryant and another competitor in his 60s. "I go to work and I see guys in their 30s and I say 'I don't want to hear nothing. I just did a show with guys in their 70s.' I just hope I can be doing it when I'm they're age." Vandiver was named the overall winner of the competition. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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70-year-old Sam "Sonny" Bryant, Jr. poses during the evening show at the INBF Southern Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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70-year-old Sonny Bryant (right) looks to Reggie Vandiver, 30, as Vandiver was named the overall winner at the INBF Southern Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. "They're my idols that's my inspiration," Vandiver said of Bryant and another competitor in his 60s. "I go to work and I see guys in their 30s and I say 'I don't want to hear nothing. I just did a show with guys in their 70s.' I just hope I can be doing it when I'm they're age." Vandiver was named the overall winner of the competition. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Reggie Vandiver (left), 30, of Augusta, celebrates after being named the overall winner of the INBF Southern Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Championships as he competes against 70-year-old Sam "Sonny" Bryant, Jr. (right) and two other division winners at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. "They're my idols that's my inspiration," Vandiver said of Bryant and another competitor in his 60s. "I go to work and I see guys in their 30s and I say 'I don't want to hear nothing. I just did a show with guys in their 70s.' I just hope I can be doing it when I'm they're age." Vandiver was named the overall winner of the competition. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Reggie Vandiver, 30, (center) is congratulated by 70-year-old Sonny Bryant (right) after Vandiver was named the overall winner at the INBF Southern Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. "They're my idols that's my inspiration," Vandiver said of Bryant and another competitor in his 60s. "I go to work and I see guys in their 30s and I say 'I don't want to hear nothing. I just did a show with guys in their 70s.' I just hope I can be doing it when I'm they're age." Vandiver was named the overall winner of the competition. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Reggie Vandiver, 30, (center) is congratulated by 70-year-old Sonny Bryant (left) and Chad Astin (right) after Vandiver was named the overall winner at the INBF Southern Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF

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70-year-old Sam "Sonny" Bryant, Jr. competed at the INBF Southern Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Championships at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., on Saturday, July 27, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF. Read his full story here.

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