Aaron Oconnell's Modeling Jobs, Acting Auditions and Additional Experience
My lifelong goals: To compete as an IFBB Menís Physique pro, to become a well known male fitness and fashion model, to appear in online, televised, and printed media, open up my own training facility AOfitness, to inspire and encourage others through my own trials and tribulations to achieve their personal/mental/physical goals, to wake up every day with a sense of purpose and gratitude, giving back to society and making this world a better place.
I am the youngest of 3 children, not to mention the only boy. Being raised in Wisconsin limited me to who I hung out with. I ended up spending most of my time either alone or hanging out with my sisters. My mother is my best friend and my biggest fan, without her, my life would have been completely different. My dad took every opportunity to provide/coach/encourage me to become a professional baseball player, but deep down I didnít like playing. The effort my dad took to put me through baseball paid off though, because this is where I gained my competitive edge and was introduced to the weight room. I have the most amazing girlfriend that gives me more inspiration than anything in this world. She keeps me going strong through the hard times and makes the great times even greater! I couldnít imagine a world without her.
I started working out when I was 15 years old, but it wasnít till I was 17 when I really started to become interested in my body image. I was always a big kid but this was more due to my height and not the size of my actual body. Throughout the next couple of years my goals in the gym would fluctuate, either I would want to become huge, get cut, or just maintain. With the three main fitness goals being incorporated at different times in my life, I have learned a vast array of knowledge that I have applied to get me to where I am.
In 2010, the Muscle and Fitness Male Model search changed my life. I found out about the competition and had 7 ½ weeks to diet down for a photo shoot to attempt to make it to Olympia. Needless to say I didnít win the competition to go to Olympia but the rewards where much greater than I could imagine. This was the first time that I have ever took my knowledge and dieted down like I was about to compete. The transformation that took place in those weeks amazed me, seeing the results from my hard work and dedication created and fueled a fire.
Unfortunately, after the photo shoot, I started to bulk up to put on some muscle and I hurt my shoulder. This injury took me out of the gym completely for 6 months. This six months was the worst six months of my life. I was away from my second home (the gym) and wasnít able to do the one thing I love, work out. This injury and time away from the gym taught me a lot about myself and created a fire to become the best I could be.
Finally after six months I was back in the gym, going harder than ever. Muscle memory was taking over and I was seeing results left and right. A few weeks back into training I learned about Menís Physique and thought it was my birthday. I finally could compete in competitions that donít require you to have all of this unnatural, steroid filled muscle, and actually have the opportunity to advance and go pro.
I looked up all of the NPC competitions and found my first show that I wanted to train for, The NPC Junior USA Bodybuilding Championships. I immediately started training and dieting extremely hard for the show. All I wanted was to do my best and gain necessary knowledge about competing and see the competition. I was overwhelmed with joy when I placed 5th. I knew this was the beginning of my dreams/ goals coming true.
This lifestyle and competing on the national level has brought me much joy and I am excited for where the future will take me. I would definitely have to say that I love every minute of this lifestyle and wouldnít trade it for anything in the world. The people I meet, the knowledge I obtain, the feelings I get, living this lifestyle, are incomparable to anything in this world. I want all to know I really appreciate your support and believing in me. I will give it my all and work hard to improve every aspect of myself. The road to success isnít always easy, but through hard work, dedication, and sacrifice, anything is possible
- Aaron OíConnell -