Natural Bodybuilder William Long Goes Super Saiyan at Comic Con

William Long - Natural Olympia

William Long cosplays Vegeta at LA Comic Con. 

If you’re a fan of cosplay, more specifically Dragon Ball Z, and you also happen to be a crazed bodybuilding fan or at least of lifting heavy things (which likely you are if you’re reading this). You’re going to love William Long’s AKA “The OG” outfit at the Los Angeles Comic Con that took place over the weekend from December 3, 2021 – to December 5, 2021. William Long depicted none other than Vegeta while cosplaying. Long stated on Instagram (IG):

“Though brief, it was a fun time at @comicconla with the family @calichica951. I do enjoy cosplaying and wish I could do it more often and as well as @sd_cosplayfitand @glee702 do. Glad we were able to meet up with them along with @gi.janedoe . I got to meet Thee voice of Bruce Wayne/Batman, @kevinconroypage.”

Long continues to say, “Definitely going to up my cos0lay [sic] game for the next con. There will be no greater Vegeta than me. I am The Prince of all Saiyans, Prince Vegeta. Also, will someone acknowledge my quads?”

There will likely be no better Vegeta than Wiliam Long (or one with bigger quads at least) at the next LA Comic Con, but will there be a challenger around at the following Natural Olympia – the GOAT of natural bodybuilding competitions – perhaps Goku? 

*Note: You can see next year’s initial International Natural Bodybuilding Association (INBA)/ Professional Natural Bodybuilding Association (PNBA) 2022 schedule here

Super Saiyan Natural Bodybuilder

William Long dressed up as Vegeta in the IG post below: 

 

 

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Aside from cosplaying your favorite anime characters, William Long has a compelling natural bodybuilding resume. He’s the reigning 3x champ of the Men’s Physique division at Natural Olympia. Not to mention, he’s a natural bodybuilding Hall of Fame Inductee. They don’t call him “The OG” for nothing. His nickname sprout to life after being the first PNBA Men’s Physique Natural Olympia champion. In 2017, he made history again by being the first to win a whopping $10,000 cash prize at the 2017 Natural Olympia. 

After seeing his Vegeta depiction, any competitor that stands a chance at overthrowing this behemoth is going to need to match Goku’s power level (yes, over 9,000!). 

Men’s Physique 

William Long - Men's Physique

The Men’s Physique class in natural bodybuilding is relatively new. It first came to surface in 2012 when the International Federation of BodyBuilding and Fitness (IFBB) league launched it. And the INBA/PNBA followed suit. 

In the Men’s Physique division, judges don’t base an athlete purely on their size. Instead, the dominant competitor will be the most athletic looking – less muscularity, more conditioning. But, of course, poise is crucial as well. 

According to Long, you shouldn’t pose like a bodybuilder in Men’s Physique. On an IG post posted on June 3, 2021, Long gave his followers a posing tip in this class. Long voiced, “Don’t focus on looking as big as possible but instead, on displaying your conditioning. Here you should take notice that I’m not trying to expand my ribcage and puff out my chest. Instead, I’m flexing and crunching down on my abs and obliques. That’s why my arms are low at around my waist so that my midsection is visible.” He also expressed that you shouldn’t squat down to flex your hamstring and quads since they can’t be seen when you’re wearing board shorts. Instead, he says you should stand in an open stance to look more powerful and display your V-taper. 

Generation Iron would like to congratulate William Long for winning another title in Men’s Physique at Natural Olympia! We’d also like to thank you for your service – he’s an active member of the United States Air Force! 

PS We loved your Vegeta outfit! 

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As a personal trainer and writer, Terry loves changing lives through coaching and the written word. Terry has a B.S. in Kinesiology and is an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer. He enjoys playing music, reading, and watching films when he's not writing or training.