Keone Pearson, also known as "Prodigy", is a IFBB Professional Bodybuilder, coach, YouTuber, and sponsored Axe & Sledge Athlete. Keone started resistance training when he was a teenager. At the time, Keone trained to simply improve his athletic performance since he played football and track/field, so he didn't have his mind set on competing in bodybuilding whatsoever.
After Keone graduated high school and stopped playing sports, he was looking for another way to challenge himself, both mentally & physically, and he found it in bodybuilding. After being told by many of his peers to compete, Keone decided to enter his first show.
Keone competed in the 2016 NPC Lee Haney Games and ended up placing 1st in the Men's Bodybuilding Middleweight category. Just one year later, Keone earned his professional status by placing 1st in Men's Classic Physique at the 2017 NPC Junior USA Championships. In 2020, Keone made the transition to 212 and that's the division he currently competes in.
Fast forward to 2021, Keone has stepped on the Mr. Olympia stage 2 times and is looking to return again to take the Men's 212 title. With the help of his training partner, Martin Fitzwater, his coach, and Axe & Sledge Supplements, Keone is confident that this year will be his best showing yet.
Keep reading to learn more about Keone Pearson and follow along with his journey by watching his YouTube Channel and following him on Instagram (@keone_prodigy)
In-Season Weight: 200lbs
Off-Season Weight: 215lbs
Division: 212 Men’s Bodybuilding
Question & Answer
Where are you from?
I was born & raised in Warner Robins, Georgia.
I currently live in Dallas, Texas.
What got you interested in bodybuilding?
Since I played football and track/field in high school, I starting lifting weights to improve my overall size, strength, and athletic performance.
A few years after graduating high school, I wanted to find another way to challenge myself physically and mentally. Many of my peers said that I should compete in bodybuilding and I finally made the commitment in 2016.
I ended up winning my first show and went on to earn my IFBB Pro card in 2017. After that, the rest was history.
What’s the most difficult part of preparing for a bodybuilding competition?
Most would say the diet or the training, but I don't find those aspects challenging. In my opinion, the most difficult part of preparing for a competition is dealing with the mental and physical fatigue. Prepping makes it difficult tp do anything outside of eating, training, and sleeping.
What does your diet consist of? (in-season vs off-season)
Regardless of the time of year (in-season vs. off-season) I follow a very strict diet and eat similar types of food, such as rice, cream of rice, potatoes, chicken, steak, and eggs.
During the off-season, I eat 5-6 meals and have a lot more cheat meals (3-4 times per week)
During prep, I eat 6 meals per day and have little to no cheat meals depending on how close I am to stepping on stage.
What’s your favorite body part to train?
What’s your least favorite body part to train?
What’s your current training split?
Here’s my current training split/schedule:
Cardio: 2-3 times per week for ~15-20 minutes (off-season)