Global fitness competitor Joshua Self bounces back from life-threatening motorcycle accident

45-year-old wins dueling championship titles in 2022 NPC Dexter Jackson Classic.

Jacksonville, Florida, USA – August 3, 2022 – On July 23 at the NPC Dexter Jackson Classic, Joshua Self won his 6th and 7th championship titles as a physical competitor, beating 150 competitors, many of whom were half his age.

Self’s double victory is a story of triumph. Self survived a horrific motorcycle accident on January 2, 2020, where he was boned and run over by an oncoming car. Breaking his ankle, ribs and back landed him for 6 months confined to a wheelchair just as COVID took hold of the world. Gyms were closed, Americans were piling on the extra pounds, and the list of excuses for not working out was long. However, Joshua set a goal and ignited his mindset that he would return as a physical competitor, setting his sights on Mr. Olympia in October 2021.

After 2 surgeries, rehabilitation and an aggressive routine, Self was on the Mr.Olympia stage, but it was too soon. While his body looked strong and he had rebuilt a winning and impressive physique, he limped in pain on stage and it cost him the title. Joshua then decided that even at 45, he wasn’t giving up.

He has developed a unique training system based on biomechanics that allows him to train and build muscle in the fastest and most efficient way possible. Joshua is a true testament to the power of his philosophy on both diet and exercise, and he has just revealed his secrets to success in a course called Elite Self Image Fitness which can be found at

Joshua credits his 2 years of being a strict vegetarian and then more recently switching to a ketogenic diet using high quality protein, combined with his unique high rep, power workouts and his secret weapon of warming up in behind the scenes, the Spin Gym as the formula for his incredible comeback success.

Motivational speaker Les Brown said: “Joshua’s commitment to himself and his drive for physical excellence is a marvel to behold and an inspiration to all of us to keep going and never give up.”

Joshua’s mission now is to motivate young and old athletes to focus on their goals despite what others around you may say. He believes it’s never too late to chase your dreams as long as you really want to and as Zig Ziglar said, “You don’t have to be awesome to start, but you have to start, to be awesome!”

About Joshua Self

Joshua Self’s first shot at excellence as an athlete was playing basketball and wrestling, but his crowning glory was winning the Ohio State Championship in high jump. height, awarding him a university scholarship in athletics.

No stranger to tragedy as his father died in a car crash when he was just 2 and then aged 15 while preparing for a Friday night football game, he was told that his stepfather had been killed in a car accident… that night he played and scored 2 interceptions.

This series of tragedies caused him to realign his goals and search for meaning in his own life. While in his late teens, he was offered a contract and headed to Hollywood to pursue a successful career as a high-end model, but then with a strong desire to serve a greater good, he left the trappings of show business and joined the navy. . With ambition and a determination to use his full range of abilities, he earned a double college degree in electronics as well as visual effects and motion graphics. Today he is a successful 3D designer and rendering artist; the founder and owner of Self Image Productions, creating world-class graphics and animation for clients coast to coast.

His real passion, however, is as a world-class competitor Physique; he won the Jay Cutler Desert Classic (overall), the Arnold Classic (twice, in two different categories); he has earned NPC champion honors seven times; and he received his Pro card after winning the WFF World Championships.

One of his proudest accomplishments is creating and designing a new way to train based on the unique science of biomechanics. He notes that his system uses NONE of the “dangerous” training techniques you often see in gyms; he does NOT do sit-ups, dips, pull-ups, incline presses, or deadlifts and strongly advises against these harmful exercises that often cause hip, ankle, knee, and shoulder injuries. His unconventional yet highly effective technique gives clients results quickly and judging by the way he has rebuilt the physique in record time, they are working.

A Master Trainer, with his system www.JoshuaFitness.comit’s on a mission to educate people on the safest and most effective way to exercise and build muscle quickly and safely.

He currently resides in St. Petersburg with his fiancé, celebrity TV host, motivational speaker, and National Fitness Hall of Fame inductee, Forbes Riley.

Learn more about Joshua on his Instagram account.

About Dexter Jackson NPC Classic

Dexter Jackson NPC Classic features bikini, bodybuilding and general wellness competitors and honors our military and first responders with categories called heroes.

Dexter “The Blade” Jackson is an American retired IFBB professional bodybuilder and the 2008 Mr. Olympia bodybuilding champion. With 29 wins, Jackson holds the 2nd highest title in professional bodybuilding. He has the distinction of winning the Arnold Classic five times.

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