Bodybuilding Dad And His Son Are So Hench They Get Mistaken For Brothers
While many of us can't claim to be in the best of shape, we can at least claim we've got one up on the generations above us. Sure, we still cough and wheeze when the lift at work breaks and we have to march up several flights of stairs, but at least we haven't got a dodgy knee or crap eyesight.
Well, unfortunately for one 23-year-old, that's not the case - as he and his 51-year-old dad are in such similarly hench shape that they often get mistaken for brothers.
Manager and father-of-two, Roberto Casarotto, hails from Trento in Italy, and has been weight lifting and body building for a year and a half thanks to his son, Stefan, who introduced him to the world of fitness.
Roberto once tipped the scales at 14st 1lb, but when he grew unhappy with his physique he challenged himself to an intense year of training - now boasting not only a leaner weight of 12st 8Ibs and a bicep size of 41 inches, but also a set of well sculpted abs.
"My son inspired me to sculpt my body; he decided to compete, and I joined him. We have started to train very hard together, and we helped each other progress," Roberto said.
"Everyone asks us if we are brothers. When we say no we are father and son they are very surprised.
"I started seriously bodybuilding in September 2016. My goal was to compete in May 2017."
He can also deadlift an impressive 160kg, coming in second place in a national bodybuilding competition in the over 40s category.
He continued: "In May 2017, I came sixth place at the Ifbb Nord Italia Men's Physique Over 40 category and in November, I came second place at the IfbbNottedelleStelle Men's Physique Master 40 category.
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"My son inspired me to sculpt my body; he decided to compete and I joined him. We have started to train very hard together and we helped each other progress.
"Training in two is important; it allows you to push yourself to the limit. I was not happy with my body. I have always seen other people with the perfect physique and I decided that this was what I wanted.
"I am very satisfied now, but as you know, to have a goal is the first power for training hard and getting a better physique.
"I train four times a week for two hours. When I'm closer to the competition date I up my training to five or six times a week.
"Food plays an important role; my diet is different during the year. In any case, I have to keep my consumption of macronutrient carbohydrates under control, with the addition of protein and fats.
"For a bodybuilder, diet rise, and chicken are the main base and you have to add all of the correct supplements."
Apprently Roberto's new trimmed physique has made him much more confident, and has made him feel better 'psychologically'.
"When you start to see the change, you appreciate what you see in the mirror and this makes you feel good," he said.
"Your physique changes radically; you can see change every month according to different training and diet routines.
"Having a good physique makes you feel better psychologically, which makes you have more energy and power.
"If you are unable to get your desired results, you are probably doing something wrong. So, my suggestion is to speak with a coach, and most importantly, never give up."
Featured Image Credit: Roberto Casarotto/Media Drum