Former Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez Goes From Bureaucrat to Bodybuilder

60-year-old former county mayor turning heads with passion

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    Former Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez spoke with NBC 6 about his passion for bodybuilding, as he gets ready for another competition. (Published Saturday, March 23, 2013)

    From bureaucrat to bodybuilder, Miami-Dade’s former mayor has been hitting the gym. 

    Carlos Alvarez is competing, and winning, bodybuilding contests.

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    "I was challenged into it, they told me a person my age, I’m 60, couldn’t do such a thing," the former mayor told NBC 6 South Florida.

    Miami-Dade residents voted Alvarez out of office in an unprecedented recall election back in 2011. Since then the one-time mayor has been focused on building his body, spending hours in a Coral Gables gym. 

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    Late-blooming bodybuilders are not a rarity.

    "It’s very common, especially when people become more health conscious and become aware of their health issues, they turn to us,” said PJ Cicale, owner of Aventura’s Olympia Gym.

    Alvarez: I've Made Mistakes

    Alvarez said he’s been athletic since he was a kid, but the challenge is what motivated him to get into bodybuilding. 

    "If you challenge me to something I’m going to prove you wrong,” said Alvarez.

    Alvarez recently won a bodybuilding competition in the 60’s and over category. He says he’ll compete in one more, then retire.