Nine years after initial title -
COOKEVILLE -- Calling his performance Saturday the, "toughest thing I've ever done," Lebanon's Harley Timbs was crowned "Mr. Tennessee" -- some nine years after winning the title for the first time.
A truck driver by trade, the record setting power lifter put himself through a gut-wrenching diet and exercise program to lose upwards of 50 pounds in order to give body building one last try.
"I've always been goal oriented," Timbs, 44, said. "I had set a record with 837 pounds in the bench press, but I injured my shoulder. I decided to give bodybuilding another shot. Everything came together for me in Cookeville."
And come together they did as Timbs won both the Masters Division (age 40 and over) and the Open Division, earning the "Mr. Tennessee" title at Prescott South Middle School.
Way back in 2006 Timbs won the "Mr. Tennessee" title and two years later was crowned "2008 Southern Indiana Bodybuilding Champion".
"I know I wasn't much fun to be around for the past couple of weeks, my wife (Denise) put up with a lot.
"I had to be very careful about my food intake, and as it got closer to Saturday's competition I cut back on water too."
With Saturday's titles in the rear view mirror, Timbs allowed himself to indulge with doughnuts and brownies on Sunday.
"This is it for me," Timbs said, "I'm done with bodybuilding. This was an amazing run for me, but I've had enough."
His sponsors included: Jerry Pruitt with Extreme Nutrition, 231Car Sales, Pro Shine, Graves Fitness and NAC.
Timbs and his wife Denise invite lifters of all abilites to attend their "Bash for Cash" Saturday, Oct. 17 at James E. Ward Ag. Center.
Over $3,000 in prize money is up for grabs with divisions for both make and female lifters. For more information, contact Harley Timbs at 615-319-4345.