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One Shot

December 9, 2013, 6:09 PM by Don Jorgensen

One Shot

You've heard the saying 'life is too short'.  An Australian is taking those words to heart and his road to chasing his dream has led him to Sioux Falls.

At age 50, John King, who is a pastor and businessman, is attempting to become a professional bodybuilder.

"I want to go for it, mate. I want to go from nothing to something. I want to have a shot at a dream. I just think so many dreams and opportunities get passed by," King said.

King has had a range of medical complications since he was young; one that gave him a life expectancy of 37 years.

"Every day is my last day. Every time I wake up in the morning, I think, 'That was awesome. I'm awake,' and I don't want to get to the end of next year and not having given it my best," King said.

To be the best, King has hired professional trainer and body builder, Ned Sacipovic.  He chose Sacipovic because King  believes he has a real interest and compassion to help him reach his dream. 

"That's the first thing that for any bodybuilder, it's very crucial you have to have strong will and mind," Sacipovich said.

King is writing a book about his journey, entitled, "One Shot." But the book isn't just about chasing his dream.

"What I really want to do is not capture my story, but capture other people's stories, capture their hearts, capture their concepts, capture their dreams and give them the encouragement to go for it," King said.

For him it means 12 weeks of intense training and dieting, something he says he's willing to do. 

"I don't want to leave anything, man.  I'd rather burnt out than rust out," King said.

King's first competition will be in North Dakota in March.  If he does well there, he'll go on to compete at the national level in Pittsburgh. 

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