Debilitated by a hernia injury, IFBB Pro Shawn Rhoden started the 2012 bodybuilding season with lukewarm placings, facing an uphill battle to even place well enough to qualify for the Olympia. Rhoden was at a low, but that did not hold him back.
Only weeks after his surgery, Rhoden hit the gym hard. He also partnered with nutrition guru Chris Aceto. Rhoden really hit his stride mid-year, first winning the Chicago Pro show followed by the PBW Tampa and the Europa Dallas shows.
Riding into the 2012 Mr Olympia on a wave of determination, many of us wondered whether or not Rhoden would be crisp enough to place in the top 6 at the Mr. Olympia. Surprising all of us Rhoden placed a well-deserved 3rd in the most prestigious bodybuilding show of the year.
Rhoden is now traveling to Spain to try to win his 4th IFBB Pro competition of 2012.