I first read about Ben and Joe Weider when I was 14 years old. The principles and motivation these men provided set the ground work for each and every IFBB pro that stood on a stage for the last 40 years. The word “gratitude” doesn't begin to explain my appreciation for what they did. Meeting Joe was truly one of the highlights of my life. I wish I had gotten to meet him sooner and gather any advice he had to offer. His death was truly a sad day for the entire fitness world. Thank you, Joe, for creating the sport that has become my life. I will always do my best to carry on your passion and knowledge so that future generations know the great industry that you created--the way you intended for them to know it.