By Jay Seidel
La Habra Journal
Two La Habra natives are sharing their passion for fitness and body building with the community of Orange County.
Twin brothers Jim and John Younger have launched The Orange County Amateur Elite Bodybuilding & Powerlifting Competition & Expo, which will be held Saturday, June 25, at Valencia Auditorium, 500 Bradford Ave., in Placentia.
The event will include a Men & Women’s Bodybuilding, Physique and Bikini competition with Novice, Open, Masters and Classic Physique categories.
The bodybuilding competition is sanctioned by the National Amateur Bodybuilding Association. They will also be hosting a Powerlifting competition with 12 weight classes sanctioned by the Elite Powerlifting Association.
The event will feature a 23,000-sq ft. expo area that includes a variety of vendors and exhibitors from local and well-known companies providing samples, product discounts and information about products and services.
The Youngers set up the event to not only inspire and educate people on fitness, but to also give back.
“In addition to being a high energy and exciting event, we will be giving back to our community by helping the less fortunate with hygiene items, clothing and food by donating a portion of the total proceeds generated from this event to Servants Of Salvation of Orange County,” said John Younger.
The Youngers explained that they have enjoyed helping others in the community. They started the non-profit 501c organization, Servants of Salvation in 2012.
“Since all of our team members have been into fitness and weightlifting for many years,” John Youngr said, “we decided to combine these two passions in order to generate funds to continue to help the less fortunate in our community.”
Attendees at the event can expect to meet individuals of all ages, backgrounds and fitness levels from people exploring fitness and where to start, to professionals that have been in fitness and bodybuilding for many years, according to John Younger.
“They will gain knowledge of nutrition, great products and services and the success others have gained from making a change to a healthy lifestyle,” he said. “This event will showcase the hard work of bodybuilders, physique, bikini and powerlifting competitors of all levels and will inspire those looking to take their commitment to health and fitness to the next level.”
The Youngers want to challenge the misconception that people have to look a certain way or lift a certain amount of weight to be part of the event.
“This event is meant for all individuals of all levels to celebrate their own accomplishments and goals they have obtained through fitness,” Jim Younger said. “We would like people that are not into fitness yet to also come out and enjoy this event. Our goal is to make this event inclusive to everyone with knowledge, positivity and support from all involved.”
The two Sonora alumni have always been active in sports, such as football, baseball and soccer. John explained that they got in to bodybuilding at a young age after watching their dad workout in the garage. He explained that it solidified their commitment to fitness as part of their lifestyle.
Jim Younger explained that their motivation comes from continuous goals that they set for themselves, reaching those goals and striving for more.
He added that introducing others to fitness and helping them reach their fitness goals also keeps them motivated. “Overcoming and helping others overcome their various issues through fitness and health can be beneficial to everyone.”
While Jim now resides in Fullerton and John resides in Orange, the two still stay connected with La Habra and want to help people from all over the community.
Younger explained, “We would like to build up a local community in Orange County through fitness and health holding events that benefit the less fortunate in our community.”
Orange County Amateur Elite Bodybuilding& Powerlifting Competition & Expo
Saturday, June 25
500 Bradford Ave., in Placentia.