Dan Decker is a male fitness model and a national level bodybuilder. He was born and raised in a small town near South Bend, Indiana, home of the Fighting Irish. His weight lifting days started as a young teenager in his parents' basement. He started hitting the weights after his freshman year in football. That's kinda when the bodybuilding bug hit him. He remember seeing great results very fast. He loved bodybuilding so much he took his whole sophomore year off from playing football to put on more size. After his senior year He competed in a local bodybuilding contest in 1993 - the NPC South Bend - where he took fourth place in the teenage class.
Soon after that Dan joined the US Navel reserve, and was enlisted in boot camp for 9 weeks without being able to touch a weight, which was a very depressing thing for him. Right after boot camp he attended his "A" school in Gulfport, Miss. Where, He learned how to monkey around and operate Bull Dozers, 10 Ton Tactical Dump Trucks, Graders, Front End Loaders etc. When he came home after "A" school he decided it was time to start competing again. This time he entered a show in Evansville, IN. in 1994 called the Event II Natural Bodybuilding Championships. This time around he took second place in the teenage class and took first place in the Men's novice middle weight class.
Decided after that he was going to take a couple years off from competing to add some size. It ended up being several years though. He stepped on stage again in 2003 at the Musclemania in Chicago and took the light heavy class and the overall. Then in 2004 he competed in the Musclemania Super Body in Miami Florida and won the light heavies there along with his Musclemania Pro card. Though he earned his Pro card with Musclemania he never again competed in Musclemania. Musclemania was a great start for him but he decided to try his luck in the NPC. So he competed in the 2004 NPC Indiana State and won his weight class and qualified for nationals.
In August of 2006 Dan Decker moved to Huntington Beach, California to pursue all his bodybuilding dreams with his best friend Ron Stone who landed a great Civil Engineering job. After moving here he traveled up to "the Mecca" - Gold's Gym in Venice beach to train on the weekends. In 2005 he decided it was time to get back on stage again and get noticed. So he competed in the Venice Beach Mr. Muscle Beach on July 4th 2005. He ended up winning the overall and meeting up with Ironman magazine's contest photographer Bill Comstock who introduced him to some of the top photographers in the industry. Soon after that he landed covers for Musclemag Dec 2005, Iron Man Feb 2006 and a Prosource Catalogue cover along with many publications for Ironman and Musclemag and Ads for MRI (makers of NO2 and CE2). After Muscle Beach it was time he decided to train for the USA nationals in Las Vegas on July 28th-29th, 2006. After a year of priority training and hard-core training he was able to bulk up to 233 lbs and cut up to a very shredded 212 pounds for the USA. In his first national show he was able to place 7th in the heavies out of 34 national level guys in one of the toughest USAs ever.
In 2007 Dan Decker will be aiming at the USA once again planning to come in a very ripped 220-225 lbs. So watch out for him next year. He'd say California has been very good to him so far.
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