Justin Palionis hadn’t competed in a bodybuilding or physique present in three years. Nonetheless, his brother, IFBB Professional Males’s Physique competitor Luke Palionis, impressed him to return to the stage on the 2022 NPC Wings of Power Valley of the Solar contest. The choice to compete paid off as a result of Justin gained the general championship within the Traditional Physique division of the present in Arizona. He gave credit score to Luke for the motivation to get again onstage.
“I really feel unbelievable. My brother impressed me by getting his professional card throughout that point, and I’m simply making an attempt to observe in his footsteps,” the Chicago, Illinois native advised interviewer Isabelle Turell. Getting this victory wasn’t simple for Justin as a result of there have been a number of issues happening in his life without delay whereas he was on the brink of return to bodybuilding.
“Mainly, it was a three-month lengthy prep, and there was a lot happening. I began a brand new profession. Throughout peak week, I acquired flown out to Pittsburgh. So, it’s been very, very robust, however you see the outcomes.”
Turell requested Justin if he and Luke would compete collectively sometime. Justin hopes for it to occur, however it should take time for that to occur.
“He’s making his professional debut this 12 months, so I’ve some catching as much as do first. Possibly subsequent 12 months,” he mentioned. Because of his win, he’s now certified to compete on the NPC Nationwide stage exhibits such because the USA Championships and the Nationwide Championships later this 12 months. He mentioned on his personal Instagram publish that he plans on competing once more in 2023 with hopes of turning professional.
“I’m going to take an enormous offseason first,” he mentioned. Go to @wingsofstrength on Instagram to see photographs, movies, and interviews with the entire winners from the 2022 NPC Valley of the Solar contest.
You’ll be able to observe Justin Palionis on Instagram @justinpalionis.