From lifting weights in his mother's basement, in Cadiz, to being the president of a national nutrition company located in Denver.
That's Cory Gregory's life in a nutshell.
His grandfather, Frank Boone, got him into weightlifting when the 1997 Edison High School graduate was 13 years old.
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"I never thought it would turn out to be my job," Gregory said earlier this week in a telephone interview from Columbus. "No way!"
Upon graduating from Edison, Gregory worked in the Cadiz portal and saved enough money to enroll in a 1-year program at Columbus State Community College and graduated with a degree as an Exercise Specialist.
"Six months into the program, I was a personal trainer and had 20 clients," he recalled. "At the age of 20, I opened my own studio/gym in Reynoldsburg."
He said that over time, his business got busier and busier, prompting him to enlarge the facilities every two to three years.
"Everything is all natural," Gregory said. "It's all drug-free."
MusclePharm has been sponsoring Ultimate Fighting Championship competitors since UFC 96, which was held in Columbus in 2009.
"We are very excited to have some of our athletes compete in the main event fight," Gregory noted. "The UFC continues to be a tremendous partner for us as we increase our consumer demographic exposure. We will continue to focus on opportunities with the UFC to further increase MusclePharm's brand awareness and expand MusclePharm's supplement and apparel market penetration.
"We've sponsored more than 40 fights and over 100 fighters, many of whom are all big name fighters," he added.
Gregory hasn't forgotten his OV roots. He is helping Travis "The Terror" Clark train for his upcoming NAAFS World title defense in October.
"Travis is coming out to train next week," Gregory said. "We've got a very elite training facility in Denver at our headquarters. It would rival any Olympic training facility."
Clark said he is appreciative of the offer.
"He's helping me out and I can't thank him enough," Clark said. "He's trying to help Ohio Valley fighters."
Clark will meet Forrest "The Meat Cleaver" Petz for Clark's NAAFS Middleweight title belt on Oct. 15 during Caged Fury 15 inside Cleveland's IX Center.
MusclePharm products are available in more than 120 countries and in over 5,000 U.S retail outlets.
"The first MusclePharm product was sold in October of 2008," he noted.
"It's a trip the way things have gone in such a short period of time," Gregory admitted. "Not bad for a kid that started lifting weight in his mom's basement in Cadiz."
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