Lando Hickman is a promising prospect.
At the 2018 National Physique Committee Indiana Muscle Bodybuilding competition, Lando Hickman won three titles. In Men’s Classic Physique he was crowned Men’s Pure Novice winner and Men’s Open Class C winner. On march 17th, the final day of competition in Evansville, he was crowned Men’s Open Overall Champion.
Hickman, age 32, told Trib Town, that the stage was an uncomfortable position for him.
“It’s something that is way out of my comfort zone. I’m not a big stage guy. Me getting up there, I automatically won. I had never looked that good and was stepping out of my comfort zone.”
Hickman has been bodybuilding for years. It offered him direction in the years after high school.
“After high school, I didn’t make all the best decisions,” he said. “I was on a quick path to nowhere. I had a friend that introduced me to the gym. ‘You work all day and have nothing to do in the evenings, so why don’t you come to the gym?’ I was hooked.”
The bodybuilding show came after many years of wavering.
“It was just one of those things where I finally committed. I paid my entry fee, and family members starting buying tickets, so there was no backing out.”
Winning the open division means that Hickman has till the end of next year to do a national level show before he needs to re-qualify. He says he plans to do Junior Nationals in Chicago this June.
Lando’s wife Michelle said that she witnessed an entire spiritual and emotional transformation through this bodybuilding show. Lando agrees.
“If you have a goal and dream, go after it. I put this whole bodybuilding thing off for far too long. I should have done this five years ago. People are so proud of you when you step out of your comfort zone, whether you succeed or fail. Making that leap will change your life.”
Ultimately, he says, the result is of secondary importance.
“I was a winner before I even went up there in my mind and my family’s mind. I think the most satisfying thing was seeing how proud everyone was.”