Tyler Cooke, a bodybuilder whose proportions have been said to look “so insane” is now fighting to prove that his muscles are genuine after a bodybuilding website has claimed the pictures he uploads to Instagram have been photoshopped.
The team at Generation Iron, an online bodybuilding network, have posted an article questioning whether the 21-year-old photoshops his images before he shares them online.
“While we never try to just assume someone is natural or on gear, it’s even more rare for us to call out people for looking photoshopped. Tyler Cooke is a young man with some of the most insane proportions we’ve ever laid eyes on,” the article reads.
Cooke, who goes by the name @tylercookezilla on Instagram was backed by numerous users in the comments section before he himself wrote: “I’ll happily share with you my full posing routine video I got those screen captured pictures from that you used for the header. And you’ll see nothing’s been done to doctor the images, but big thanks for the compliments outside of the photoshopping accusations.”
The bodybuilder who comes from the Wirral, near Liverpool, has told the Liverpool Echo his impressive muscle mass is down to hard work, saying: “I’ve not missed a meal or a trip to the gym in the last five years and I work out properly. Sure, there is an element of genetics to it, I can’t deny that – but I have worked hard and it has paid off.”
Just as people were forgetting about me….i drift on and off social media, ive lost over 8000 followers…but it does not bother me. Ill return for a while now. Ive worked hard, bringing up weaknesses, developing strengths. Trying to keep the waist i had on stage at 18 years old, 174lbs….but at 223 right now. Id expect to be 190-200 contest condition but who knows. Im no where near in condition now however. I have around 25+ weeks before i plan to compete again, so things are only going to get crazier. Im ready to bring the pain. Yes i have a pair of boxer shorts on, and a hat. This is what happens when you havnt had a haircut and you gotta look as neat as possible for your instagram return #bodybuilder #oldschool #shadow #me
Cooke, who has won second place in Britain’s national bodybuilding championship, has posted on Instagram about the emotional toll that bodybuilding has taken on him, saying: “I remember working at Holland and Barret. I’d been training for five months, and got this pic after work. It made me wanna quit. It made me wonder why I bothered spending my few evening hours I had heading to the gym in my work uniform. And if I’m honest, I don’t know why I carried on.”
Left – 16 years old, 141 lbs. Right – 21 years old, 231lbs. The picture on the left, ive never posted until now. I remember working at holland and barret, id been training for 5 months, and got this pic after work, it made me wanna quit. It made me wonder why i bothered spending my few evening hours i had heading to the gym in my work uniform. And if im honest, i dont know why i carried on. It makes no sense even now. Im not religious,but i knew there was just something in this for me, and still now, when i have doubts, i keep pushing, because there is something in this, just like there was 5 years ago. In 5 years ive learnt, read, became a coach, competed, made friends, and built some fucking muscle. I laugh at people who blame genetics…especially for size, ive came from a tiny frame, with no signs of being what i am now..its so easy to give up, thats why only the commited unleash whats inside. Im telling you now there is lads out there that would of been better than phil heath, or arnold, but given up before they knew what was there. Genetics arnt revealed in 6 months, 12…or even 3 years, try 5, then tell me you cant grow. Now im doing my bit helping lads go from.the left, to their best version of themselves. I also love looking at the mole on my left shoulder, its stayed in the same place while my delts have grown haha #beleive #gym #transform #fitness #bodybuilding #happy #me
The Liverpudlian began his bodybuilding journey when he was 15 years old. He has since become a trainer at the New Era gym in the town of Birkenhead and, according to the Liverpool Echo, can squat the weight of an average Shetland pony.
In the off-season he eats 5,000 calories a day, with a single meal consisting of about 10 eggs, 400 grams of chicken and 400 grams of rice or potatoes.
He said: “Everyone can get fit and look after themselves and I want to support as many people as possible to do that.”