Israeli Bodybuilder Wins Mr. Universe Competition

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He was a slim and unconfident teenager who just wanted to build some muscle and improve his looks. Now he’s Mr. Universe. Danny Kaganovich, 23, recently became the first Israeli to win one of the bodybuilding world’s biggest titles.

“I started training at age 16 at home, watching YouTube videos and reading on the internet, because I wanted to get strong and to improve my looks and confidence,” Kaganovich smiles. “I was very thin: I weighed 60 kilos, which is half of what I weigh today. I saw that my muscles were responding well, so I signed up at a gym.”

After a year of intensive exercise, Kaganovich, who lived in Be’er Sheva, decided to compete in the Israeli Mr. South competition. It was his first competition, and he won.