A bodybuilder with a chiselled ‘superhero’ physique has slammed critics who claim his bulging muscles are fake.
Tyler Cooke has faced claims that his near impossible body has been photoshopped in snaps posted online.
A bodybuilding website called Generation Iron says the 21-year-old’s proportions are “so insane” they look photoshopped.
But Tyler has hit back at critics by sharing more photos and video, telling the Liverpool Echo that his body is simply down to “hard work”.
He says genetics probably have something to do with it as well, but he hasn’t missed a trip to the gym in five years.
Tyler, a coach and personal trainer from Wirral, Merseyside, said: “It really is just a lot of hard work – I like to bodybuild and so I do it.
“I’ve not missed a meal or a trip to the gym in the last five years and I work out properly.
“Sure there is an element of genetics to it, I can’t deny that – but I have worked hard and it has paid off.”
Tyler’s body is award winning, bagging second place in Britain’s national bodybuilding championship and a string of regional titles.
But to maintain it all he has to eat quite a specific diet.
He said: “In the off-season when I am trying to build mass I eat about 5,000 calories a day.
“A typical meal can be ten eggs and 400g of white rice or four jacket potatoes and 400g of chicken.”
Starting his journey at just 15, Tyler is now a full time coach at the New Era gym in Birkenhead and can lift 180kg (400lbs) in a squat – the weight of a small Shetland pony.
He said that while he enjoys body building his real passion is helping people get and keep fit.
Tyler said: “I’m up at 6am to help people in classes and I love it.
“I don’t want people to look at me and think fitness is this impossible thing.
“Everyone can get fit and look after themselves and I want to support as many people as possible to do that.
“Looking after yourself is something that is really easy to fall by the wayside – people are busy with work and kids.
“But they’ll thank you for looking after yourself and you’ll enjoy life more. So just take it once step at a time and find something you like doing and keep at it.
“Remember, not everyone has to be a body builder.”
Tyler’s message about his transformation
“Left – 16 years old, 141 lbs. Right – 21 years old, 231lbs.
The picture on the left, ive never posted until now. I remember working at holland and barret, id been training for 5 months, and got this pic after work, it made me wanna quit.
It made me wonder why i bothered spending my few evening hours i had heading to the gym in my work uniform.
And if im honest, i dont know why i carried on. It makes no sense even now. Im not religious,but i knew there was just something in this for me, and still now, when i have doubts, i keep pushing, because there is something in this, just like there was 5 years ago.
In 5 years ive learnt, read, became a coach, competed, made friends, and built some f***ing muscle.
I laugh at people who blame genetics…especially for size, ive came from a tiny frame, with no signs of being what i am now..its so easy to give up, thats why only the commited unleash whats inside.
Im telling you now there is lads out there that would of been better than phil heath, or arnold, but given up before they knew what was there. Genetics arnt revealed in 6 months, 12…or even 3 years, try 5, then tell me you cant grow.
Now im doing my bit helping lads go from.the left, to their best version of themselves.
I also love looking at the mole on my left shoulder, its stayed in the same place while my delts have grown haha “