Amit Roy, Steve Laureus, and John Delarosa have one thing in common: they are all trained by Justin Miller. That’s why they are all on the East Coast Mecca just days before the New York Pro 2018 in our last episode.
Covering training and staging for Classical Musculature, Men’s 212, and Man Postcards, this episode shows the hard work and laser focus needed in the last days leading to a big show.
It also gives us an inside view of why Steve Lawrence decided to go to Men’s 212 in New York Pro after his epic win at Classic Physique in Pittsburgh.
Jonathan DeLaRossa was born on May 29, 1984 in New York. His parents, immigrants from the Dominican Republic, worked hard to give Jonathan and his brother all the best. For this they emigrated to the United States. The DeLaRoss family settled in Washington-Hight, Manhattan, where the bulk of the population were emigrants from the Dominican Republic. Jonathan was educated at the “Good Shepherd” school under the Catholic Church.
Jonathan’s father, William, was fond of bodybuilding and there was always an abundance of culture magazines in their house. Jonathan liked to flip through these magazines and dreamed of being like the chalco-like champions from the magazine pages and like his father, who was the most muscular among the fathers of his peers. His father became his first coach and helped him in the formulation of training and nutrition programs.
In addition to bodybuilding, Jonathan played in the school basketball team. He was also attracted by school football coaches and invited to play on the teams. Jonathan, even then, stood out among his contemporaries with his massive musculature. For three years he continued to play in two school teams, participating in various tournaments. Classes of game sports were stopped due to severe trauma to the sacrum and coccyx. Jonathan suffered 2 weeks of pain and continued to go to school, but the pain became unbearable, and he turned to the doctor. After the X-ray, it turned out that an infection began to accumulate in the destroyed bone tissues and an urgent surgical operation was necessary. Rehabilitation lasted six months and Jonathan was given a bandage 3 times a day.
A festering wound could not be stitched. For six months of bed rest, DeLaRoss lost almost all of the muscle mass gained in the previous years of training. When the wound healed, and the doctors gave him permission for further training, Jonathan began to train unusually intensely and fanatically.
After 2 years, his childhood dream is realized and DeLaRossa finally becomes a competing bodybuilder. In 2007, he participates in several tournaments at once, taking second place in the tournaments “Eastern USA Championship” and “New York Metropolitan Bodybuilding, Fitness & Figure Championships” in the category of heavyweights. The first victory of Jonathan DeLaRossa is in 2011 in the US Championship in the heavyweight category. Here, he received a professional IFBB card and began to perform at professional tournaments. The debut took place on the stage of the tournament “New York Pro” in 2012, where Jonathan took fifth place. DeLaRossa competes a lot in 2012-2014, taking high places. In 2014, Jonathan DeLaRoss made his debut at Olimpia, where he took the 14th place.