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Taking home trophies is starting to become a habit for one teammate at the Redstone Test Center. So, it’s a good thing those trophies are for bodybuilding. Otherwise Johnny Rogers would have difficulty hauling all of his hardware home.

Rogers, who works in the Aviation Maintenance Division of RTC’s Aviation Flight Test Directorate, competed in the 2019 National Physique Committee’s Alabama State Championships Aug. 24 in Gadsden.

The event featured more than 60 competitors, both men and women, competing in various divisions. Rogers earned first place in the Master’s Men’s Physique 50 category and walked away with second place in the Men’s Physique Class C category.

“This was such an awesome experience,” he said. “I’m honored to be able to compete at this stage of my life because you learn things from a victory and you learn things from a defeat; if you allow yourself.”

Rogers’ motivation comes not only from his love of competition, but his desire to serve as an example showing that with hard work, anything possible. “I want to encourage all people in all stages of life to be as healthy and as physically active as possible,” he said. “It doesn’t matter whether you are in your 40s, 50s or 60s. The party is not over.”

This isn’t the first time Rogers has raised the bar when it comes to competitive bodybuilding. He, along with fellow RTC teammate Madeline “Vee” Lucas, earned top honors at the Rocket City Bodybuilding Classic held in Decatur in 2018.

Rogers plans on participating in future competitions and is also working toward his pro card. He is hopeful he can keep bringing home the winning hardware. But the message he hopes will resonate is one that many competitors have used over the years. “Hard work beats talent when talent refuses to work hard.”

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