Lee Priest was born on July 6, 1972 in Newcastle, 90 minutes north of Sydney, Australia. His full name is Andrew Lee Priest McCatchon. He grew up in a middle-class family, graduated from Platsberg Elementary School, was fond of rugby and karate. His grandfather, a former army fighter, wrote Lee to the gymnasium of the local police. Young Lee Priest had a habit of coming into the gym before the beginning of classes, and in a relaxed atmosphere working with weight. Lee was then 13.
After some eight months, the young athlete already had an impressive amount of muscle for his age. In 1986, at the age of 14, he participated in a local competition for bodybuilding among juniors, and even though there were children 3-4 years older among the participants, he won.
Lee was a regular reader of the magazines Flex and Muscle & Fitness, and at that time he had his idols. This is certainly Arnold Schwarzenegger, as well as Tom Platz and Eddie Robinson. Lee even dyed his hair in a light color to look like Tom Platz.
The first Lee competition in bodybuilding was in 1986 – Sydney Bodybuilding Classic. Of his main victories, you can mark the first place on Mr. Australia – in 1989, 1990 and 1991.
Lee’s height is only 163 centimeters, which makes Lee one of the shortest and most powerful professional bodybuilders. He has a sister who is two years older than him. Lee’s mom also participated in bodybuilding competitions, and once even posed on stage with her son. Lee was married to the pretty and successful bodybuilder Kathy LeFrancos. They were married on July 1, 2000.
Here is what Priest thinks about some things:
The best physique in Bodybuilding: Dorian Yates, Paul Dillett, and Nasser El Sonbaty, there are many athletes I’d like to emulate.
Which of the bodybuilders are closer to you in spirit: Paul Dillett, Mike Matarazzo, Tom Platz.
The least favorite exercise: All of them.
Favorite Exercise: I do not have them.
Long-term personal ambitions: To live long enough to see a show on bodybuilding, which would be judged honestly.
Long-term goals in bodybuilding: Do everything that I can, and then do even more.
Favorite body part: My heart.
Unloved: My body. That’s why I’m training to improve it.
Whom would you be if you were not a bodybuilder: Undertaker. This is a stable job, especially in Los Angeles.
The best reward of all: My life.
What is the best way to relax: Come to any place where there is no gym and tasteless food.
Favorite Car: BMW 850i – I drive it. Hummers and Lamborghini are not bad either.
Favorite food: KFC, Chinese food and ice cream.
Favorite musician: I like songs about love and ballads. Well, for example, I like Celine Dion’s songs.
Favorite books: Everyone who lies in the toilet when I walk – then I read.
Favorite City: Metropolis
Favorite Humorist: Adam Sandler. I like rough and black humor.
Favorite TV programs: Days of our life, as well as any TV talk shows.
Than you admire yourself: Your sense of humor.
What you admire in others: Honesty and a good sense of humor.