Ben Chow Confirms Retirement, Takes New Path: ‘My Time On Stage Is Done’

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Ben Chow discussed health issues that led to retirement decision.

Ben Chow did not spend much time in bodybuilding but he made an immediate impact that will be remembered by those who watched him. After coming into light during the 2020 season, Chow competed in a few shows before calling it a career. Now, he reiterated his decision and spoke on health concerns around the sport.

In a recent Instagram post, Chow explained how he is still retired and taking a new path in life. He also explained some personal health issues that would not benefit from carrying extra weight and taking steroids.

“MY TIME ON STAGE IS DONE.

SOMETHING I HAVE SPENT THE LAST 6-8 MONTHS DELIBERATING HARD AND SOMETHING THAT I’VE BATTLED BACK AND FORTH WITH. MY LOVE FOR BODYBUILDING AND CHALLENGING MYSELF BURNS BRIGHTER THAN EVER, BUT I HAVE TO BE REALISTIC AND HONEST. I HAVE TO RECOGNISE WHERE I AM AT IN LIVE, WHAT IS IMPORTANT IN THE LONG RUN AND WHERE I CAN ADD VALUE TO THOSE AROUND ME.
AS MANY OF YOU KNOW I HAD A KIDNEY INFECTION IN 2017/18 WHICH PROGRESSED TO SEPSIS, THIS CAUSED A LOT OF STRESS AND SOME DAMAGE TO MY KIDNEY FUNCTION, WHICH I HAVE SPENT THE LAST 4 YEARS BEING VERY CAUTIOUS TO MY APPROACH IN BODYBUILDING TO ALLOW ME TO CONTINUE TO PUSH WITHOUT REGRESSING FURTHER. THE REALITY IS, BEING 290LBS+, TAKING PEDS AND REDLINING MY BODY IS JUST NOT A SENSIBLE STRATEGY OR SOMETHING I NEED TO DO. I AM IN AN INCREDIBLY FORTUNATE POSITION IN BOTH LIFE AND BUSINESS AND I AM NOW ABLE TO ACCEPT THIS AND EMBRACE THIS NEW PATH IN MY LIFE.”

Ben Chow earned his first victory during the 2021 Lee Labrada Classic. This was his fourth competition of his career. In 2020, Chow finished as the runner-up during his debut at the Texas State Championships. He retired following a third-place finish at the 2021 Texas Classic.

Chow outlined his battle with a kidney infection that turned into sepsis. This was a long road to recovery and Chow even spent time mulling over his decision of retirement. He also acknowledged the recent string of deaths around the sport when discussing his decision.

“THIS IS OF COURSE VERY BITTER SWEET FOR ME, BUT I AM EXCITED TO REDIRECT MY TIME AND PASSION TO MY FAMILY AND CLIENTS AND BE THE BEST MAN, HUSBAND, FATHER AND COACH I POSSIBLY CAN.”

Ben Chow will likely not return to competition but his impact on the sport will be remembered, despite its short tenure. Now, Chow will enjoy retirement by spending more time with his family.

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