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Getting ripped
McMillan blowing up in world body building circles
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CEDRIC MCMILLAN STRIKES a pose during a photo session at Camdens Atlas Gym for his being included in an photo spread and story on him which will appear in an upcoming edition of a body building magazine. - photo by C-I photo by Tom Didato
Seated in front of his locker at Atlas Gym, Staff Sgt. Cedric McMillan dried beads of sweat from his face after a grueling workout regimen. And, the weightlifting part of his day had not even started.For the better part of two hours, the newly crowned champion of the New York Pro International Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation (IBFF) Show stuck a variety of poses for a cameraman who was shooting the Heath Springs resident for an upcoming feature in a body building magazine.The 6-foot-1, 275-pound McMillan spent the morning flexing various parts of his massive body for the camera; many of the poses required exerting his body’s core. No model who ever strode the catwalk in front of flashing bulbs ever put so much effort into making a shot come out just right.“It’s tough to hold those poses,” McMillan said with a smile as he prepared to change for the morning’s second round of photos before the session went into the facility’s vast weight room for more time in front of the camera lens.This is hardly the norm for McMillan, who found Atlas Gym the perfect distance between his home in Lancaster County and his job as the Warrior Leader Course Instructor at Fort Jackson’s McGrady Training Center in Eastover.