Men’s Open Bodybuilder Evan Centopani Says “The Odds Are I’m Not Competing Again”

Bodybuilder Evan Centopani informally announced his retirement from the sport, “I don’t feel like I have anything left to prove.”

American bodybuilder Evan Centopani made a name for himself in the sport with impressive proportions, a balanced physique, and supplement deals with brands like Animal Pak. And on May 20, 2021, Centopani announced his intention to retire via Telegram message

You can check out the clip below, which was replayed on the YouTube channel, BodyBuilding & BS, run by Nick Trigili:

“I haven’t formally announced anything, but the odds are I’m not competing again,” Centopani says in his Telegram message. “It’s not something that bothers my ego. I’m thrilled with everything I’ve been able to achieve over the years, and I don’t feel like I have anything left to prove. It’s got to end sometime.”

To be clear, Centopani hasn’t officially retired. It’s been over five years since he’s competed, and it the bodybuilder apparently doesn’t have formal plans to step back on stage.

About Evan Centopani

A preeminent threat in the Men’s Open division during the 2010s, it didn’t take long for Centopani to make waves in the IFBB Pro League. While he couldn’t capture gold at significant shows like Mr. Olympia or the Arnold Classic, he routinely took part in the events and consistently put forth a respectable showing. One of the most significant victories of his career came at the 2013 Tampa Pro, where Centopani took first place over Juan Morel to win the title.

Bodybuilder Evan Centopani standing in front of a barbell loaded with iron weight plates. He's wearing yellow pants and lifting straps
Credit: Photo by Brian Moss (@brianmossphoto on Instagram)

The resounding performance in Tampa qualified Centopani to compete at the 2013 Mr. Olympia contest, which would be his last appearance on bodybuilding’s most prominent stage. Centopani landed in 13th place at the show, but that didn’t stop him from reaching the podium at other major shows, like his third-place performance at the 2014 Australia Pro Grand Prix.

During his time on stage, Centopani competed against some of the sport’s most prolific Men’s Open athletes, like Kai Greene, Branch Warren, Johnnie Jackson, and the late Cedric McMillan.

After slipping on black ice in his driveway, the Connecticut native revealed a severe quad injury forced him out of the 2017 New York Pro. The leg injury prevented Centopani from training adequately, leaving him on the sidelines. He planned to attend the 2020 New York Pro, but the event was canceled because of the global pandemic. 

Muscular light-skinned man staring at himself shirtless in front of a mirror
Photo by Brian Moss (@brianmossphoto on Instagram)

Aside from his competitive career, Centaponi was one of the poster boys for Animal Pak. The popular supplement brand marketed its products with unique and gritty photos of bodybuilders (see above). Animal Pak became as known for its pictures as it did its supplements. 

Centopani’s Career

All results were pulled from Muscle Memory

  • 2005 NPC Atlantic States Championships: 1st
  • 2005 NPC Atlantic States Championships: Heavyweight, 1st
  • 2006 NPC Junior Nationals: 1st
  • 2006 NPC Junior Nationals: Super Heavyweight, 1st
  • 2006 NPC Nationals: Super Heavyweight, 2nd
  • 2007 NPC Nationals: 1st
  • 2007 NPC Nationals: Super Heavyweight, 1st
  • 2009 New York Pro: 1st
  • 2011 Arnold Classic: 4th
  • 2011 Flex Pro (Santa Monica): 1st 
  • 2012 Arnold Classic: 3rd
  • 2012 Olympia: 8th
  • 2013 Tampa Pro: 1st
  • 2013 Olympia: 13th
  • 2014 Arnold Classic: 5th
  • 2014 Grand Prix Australia: 3rd
  • 2015 Arnold Classic: 5th
  • 2015 Arnold Classic Australia: 4th
  • 2016 Arnold Classic: 8th
  • 2016 Arnold Classic Australia: 5th

Centopani has begun eying new ventures after stepping away from bodybuilding, branching out into health, fitness, and nutrition. He is still signed with Universal Nutrition/Animal Nutrition (tied to Animal Pak).

Lauded for competing against the world’s best competitors, Centopani will undoubtedly remain a permanent fixture in the sport for years to come. With nothing left to prove, Centopani leaves behind a decorated bodybuilding legacy.

Featured Image: @evancentopani on Instagram | Photo by Brian Moss (@brianmossphoto on Instagram)