Brandon Lirio

Brandon is a former US Air Force veteran and a Professional Bodybuilder with the PNBA. A life time natural bodybuilder, he strives to spread his passion of fitness through community outreach and education in the field. He is the director and head coach of Military Muscle’s personal training arm, Battleground Fitness. He has helped hundreds in their fitness journey and his contestants have a stellar track record of top 3 placing’s, including 5 national qualifications and 2 pro card attainments. Additionally, he himself has competed all over the world, most recently placing fourth in a stacked division at the INBA/PNBA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. He is currently training for his first appearance at the Natural Mr. Olympia this November!

Currently finishing his bachelors in Exercise Science and Sports Nutrition through AMU, he writes fitness articles and training advice for multiple online sources. He also holds certifications as a Certified Fitness Trainer, Specialist in Sports Nutrition and Strength and Conditioning. Opening the first brick and mortar location for Battleground Fitness next year, it’s safe to say he isn’t going anywhere but up in the fitness industry!

Email:  Bodybylirio@live.com

Birthdate:  March 9th, 1988
Birthplace:  Bronxville, NY
Current Residence:  Ramstein, Germany
Height:  5’5”
Contest weight:  160
Off-season weight:  172

First competition:  NPC Orange County Muscle Classic, 2012

Best Contest Placings:

Never placed less than top 5, 5x Divisional winner, 6 time Overall Winner

2012 NPC Orange County Muscle Classic – Men’s Light Weight Open Bodybuilding – 2nd Place
2012 NPC Orange County Muscle Classic – Men’s Light Weight Novice Bodybuilding – 4nd Place
2013 Muscle Mania Paris – Open Class Men’s Physique – 4th place
2014 Fitness Helsinki – Open Lightweight Bodybuilding – 1st Place Division/ 2nd Overall
2014 Fitness Helsinki – Open Mens Physique Short Class – 2nd Place Division
2015 Fitness Helsinki – Open Mens Physique Short Class – 1st Division/ 2nd Overall
2015 Fitness Helsinki – Open Mens Model Short Class – 1st Division/ 2nd Overall
2015 AINBB Northern Italy Championships- Open Mens Physique Short Class – 1st Division
2015 AINBB Northern Italy Championships- Open Mens Bodybuilding LW Class – 1st Division
2015 AINBB Italian Championships– Open Mens Physique Short Class – 2nd Division
2015 AINBB Italian Championships– Open Mens Bodybuilding LW Class – 1st Division
2015 Rimini International Championships– Open Mens Physique Short Class – 1st Division/ 1st Overall
2015 Rimini International Championships– Open Mens Bodybuilding LW Class – 2nd Division
2016 Fitness Helsinki – Open Mens Physique Class – 1nd Place Division/ 1st Overall
2016 INBA Illinois State Championships- Mens Novice Class Bodybulding- 1nd Place Division/ 1st Overall **Pro Card Attianed**
2016 INBA Illinois State Championships- Open Mens Bodybuilding LW Class – 1st Division
2016 INBA World Championships- Open Mens Bodybuilding LW Class – 4th Division

Highlights of career:  Attaining my pro card with my best friend and his wife in the crowd right beside my wife stands out as it propelled me unto a new level in my career. Taking that win all the way to a 4th place finish in my division amongst a bodybuilding class of 70+ of the best bodybuilders to hit the stage at the INBA World Championships has made my 2016 the best year of my bodybuilding career so far. With my training heading into the Mr. Olympia fully under way, my dream is to feel that podium under my feet and that medal around my neck….

Best body parts:  Arms. For a guy my size, these guns need some oversized permits!

Most challenging body part:  Chest. I can NOT get that upper portion to grow to save my life! So I
punish it extra just to make sure it knows I’m coming for it!

Favorite exercise:  Deadlift!!

Traits you most admire in others:  Loyalty and Respect

Traits you most admire in yourself:  Perseverance. I remember when people told me this was a pipe
dream. Well I hope they are watching now!

Favorite Movie:  Inception

Favorite Actor:  Edward Norton

Favorite Band or Performer:  Every Time I Die

Favorite Food:  Burger King… Forever and Always!

Favorite Cheat Day Treats:  My family follows my cheat meals for time and size. We have whats called
the Lirio Special at my local BK:

1 Double Whopper w/ Cheese no Pickles
1 Crispy Chicken Sandwhich
1 4 Piece Chicken Strip
1 Med Fries
1 Med Diet Coke
2 Hershey Pies

Favorite automobile:  Jeep Wrangler! A little American Heritage riding around these European Roads.

Ideas of a perfect vacation:  That floating hotel that just floats down the amazon river.

What would you do if you weren’t a competitor:  I probably would still have the calling to help others
achieve their goals and aspirations. I did it for years in the military and now do it in the gym. I think
helping others is my calling!

What advice would you give other competitors:  Don’t subscribe to one school of thought as the best school of thought. With all the research out there, the ideologies of fitness and what works change
constantly. Don’t be afraid to admit what you were doing before was wrong and change your mentality to
see better results. Even if that means admitting to some harsh critics you were wrong, it will pay dividends
in the future.