He spent time serving our country at a young age. With that complete, he's back in Vermont. Still a young man, but now on a new mission. One that requires a sound mind and most importantly, a sound body. Scott Fleishman has more in tonight's spotlight on sports.
Bodybuilding. It's a sport that takes great discipline, which is why it's a perfect fit for Jesse Tynan.
"I've just always been really athletic," Tynan said. "It seemed like fun to see how far I can push myself and this is the perfect sport for that."
After graduating from Vergennes Union High School in 2009, Tynan enlisted in the Air National Guard.
"He came out of the guard totally changed," father Jack Tynan said. "It was such a great step for him to go. Still in it right now. It's awesome. I love that."
He served for three months last year, returning to Vermont in May.
"It was my roommate in college that got me working out," Tynan said. "When I got back from being deployed, is when I decided to take it seriously."
Tynan is flexing his way towards a pro career.
"Bright lights on you, posing in front of these judges. It can be pretty intimidating," Tynan said. "Oh absolutely and I've always had bad stage fright, so it's good for me."
"I kind of just get into my own world and my own zone and hope everything works out for the best, you know?"
After winning the novice division in his competition back in October, Tynan signed with P4P Muscle as a sponsor. The company will cover competition expenses. Not bad for a 21 year-old.
"He's accomplished so much in a short period of time being out of high school," Jack Tynan said. "The way he's living his life really makes me proud."
The pressure won't all fall on Jesse's broad shoulders.
"It's great to have family and friends support you and that's the biggest thing because it gets rough when you're dieting," Tynan said.
"I'll say I haven't seen you in a week, let's go get something to eat," Jack Tynan said. "He'll say I can't get something to eat, I have to eat my rice cake."
A strict diet for a no nonsense sport. When Jesse Tynan takes the stage, his muscles are on display, but it's also a showcase of self control. In Beekmantown, New York, Scott Fleishman, Channel 3 Spotlight on Sports.
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