Steve Michalik was an American bodybuilder born on January 8, 1949, in Brooklyn, New York. He paved his way to fame after he won Mr. USA, Mr. America, and Mr. Universe regularly in the early 1970s.
His in-depth understanding of the human condition forged him into a proficient and in-demand fitness trainer and life coach.
Steve was an excellent leader with extensive knowledge of longevity, health, and well-being. But, he explored several means and products to boost his bodybuilding.
Born on January 8, 1949, in Brooklyn, New York, Steve had always wished to be a professional bodybuilder when he was younger.
He was quite little and had not participated in any activities as a result of his condition when he was 12 years old.
Steve had his primary and secondary schooling at Thomas A. Edison Voc and Tech High School in New York City respectively.
He did not forget his dream of becoming a bodybuilder, hence, immediately after graduating from high school, he pursued his dreams.
Steve Michalik Career
Steve, who finished third in the Teenage Mr. America – AAU competition in 1968 was later crowned Mr. Western New York State in 1969.
He competed in several bodybuilding competitions in 1971, including Mr. Apollo and Mr. USA.
It was after winning Mr. America in 1972, that Steve Michalik was dubbed “Most Muscular.”
He competed in the Grand Prix, Night of Champions, and World Pro Championships, among others.
Michalik was also a frequent guest on The Mike Douglas Show between 1972 and 1975. He made the biographical documentary Pumping Iron II: The Women in 1985 following his retirement from competitive bodybuilding,
2004 came with a big boost for Steve Michalik, he was featured on Donny Deutsch’s comedy talk show The Big Idea.
On television, he has appeared in documentaries including Adventures in Time: the National Geographic Millennium Special, The Man Whose Arms Exploded, and Science of Steroids.
Cause of Death
Michalik battled a longtime health condition before his terrible death.
He struggled with this health issue throughout his bodybuilding career.
Due to his steroid use, his bodybuilding coach advised him to quit bodyweight lifting in the 1980s.
Many of Steve’s bodybuilding competitions were enhanced with steroids. This later resulted in a heart attack, baseball-sized liver tumours, and kidney disease.
He underwent kidney transplant surgery in 2011.
After the operation, Michalik abstained from steroids and began living a healthier lifestyle. He continued to train and motivate young and aspiring bodybuilders at his gym.
Steve later suffered from depression for years after discontinuing the use of the steroid pills.
Affected by this, he decided to commit suicide by shooting himself in the wound. It was his wife, Thomasina that discovered him dead at their house on May 24, 2012.
Steve was the CEO and founder of Atomic Fitness.
He tied the knot with his childhood sweetheart, Thomasina Competello Michalik.
The lovebirds held a low-key ceremony with their closest friends and family.
Thomasina, who served as the president of NextStep Planning, Inc., a well-known financial organization is known to be the driving force behind his greatest accomplishments to date.
According to multiple trusted sources, Steve Michalik had a net worth of $5 million.