Vanguard Bodybuilding

Is the personal blog of Amateur Natural Bodybuilder Dean Lester. This is where Dean shares his struggles and joys of pursuing his dream of becoming the best natural bodybuilder he can be. Not everyone wants to get on stage and compete but hopefully by sharing his journey and his passion for bodybuilding it might encourage others to be the best they can be and pursue their own fitness goals and dreams.


Email Dean at vanguard@vanguardbodybuilding.com


Dean Lester

In 2011, at the age of 46 and spending 10+ years of not doing any kind of physical activity, Dean’s daughter Grace asked him to participate in the parent child dance at her dance studio. It was seeing himself on video during the performance that made Dean realize how out of shape he had become.

This inspired Dean to go on a diet for the first time in his life and he lost 15 lbs but was still not happy with the results. He was just a slightly smaller out of shape guy. Determined to change this he started a bodyspace account on bodybuilding.com as Vanguard1965 and started working out.

Body Space Profile


The results were dramatic, not only in the physical changes but also in how he felt. Prior to this Dean was always tired and felt old but after getting over the initial couple of weeks of starting a new routine he quickly found he had way more energy and felt so much better.  Resistance training truly is the fountain of youth and he encourages everyone to do some type of weight training to help mitigate the effects of aging. 

In his youth Dean had dreamed of being a bodybuilder but never really stuck with it.  In October 2011 Dean went and watched his first natural bodybuilding competition and vowed to compete in the same show a year later. As an avid PC gamer Dean had run several fan sites for the games he played and it seemed logical to start a new one covering his own journey to the stage, so in March 2012, Vanguard Bodybuilding was started.

In 2012 Dean competed in his first bodybuilding show, the IDFA Western Canada Classic and placed second in both Men’s Novice Heavyweight and Men’s Masters. Dean’s results only encouraged him to continue training and to be even better the next time he stepped on stage.

Two years later Dean competed again in two different shows in Men’s Open Heavyweight class and again did well. The improvements from the first time Dean competed to the second time continued to reinforce that Dean has potential to do well in bodybuilding, especially when you consider he has only been training for three years.

Dean also managed to fulfill a dream in 2014 by doing his individual posing routine as a barbarian warrior as well as having a photo-shoot with Ron Sombilon paying tribute to Arnold and the movie Conan the Barbarian which inspired him so many years ago to want to be a bodybuilder.

Barbarian Photo Shoot

Competition History

2014 – INBF Canada National Championships – Men’s Bodybuilding Open Heavyweight – 3rd
2014 – INBF Canada National Championships – Men’s Bodybuilding Masters – 2nd
2014 – NPAA Canada Classic – Men’s Bodybuilding Open Heavyweights – 4th
2012 – IDFA Western Canada Classic – Men’s Bodybuilding Novice Heavyweight – 2nd
2012 – IDFA Western Canada Classic – Men’s Bodybuilding Masters – 2nd

2012 Contest Season

2014 Contest Season

Dean continues to pursue his dream of being the best he can be at natural bodybuilding and is currently working with Alberto Nunez of 3D Muscle Journey with the goal of competing again in 2019 or 2020.