Seth Feroce, nicknamed “Ferocious Feroce”, is an American professional bodybuilder, YouTuber, podcaster, and entrepreneur, who rose to fame for winning his IFBB (International Federation of Body Builders) Pro League debut, and who has gained notoriety for his unlimited podcasts.
Early life and family
Seth Feroce was born on November 21, 1984 in Pennsylvania, USA. He was bullied and taunted with names like “Chubbs” for being overweight when he was younger, and this motivated him to start lifting weights. His father, Gregory Feroce, was very supportive of him and bought him his first gym membership card and a set of plastic-encased, sand-filled weights to help him shed those extra pounds and build muscle.
Seth also started wrestling and soccer as a teenager until his father took him to a local bodybuilding show that changed the course of his life. The moment they stepped into the gym and Seth was welcomed with open arms, his father knew he had lost his son to bodybuilding as it had become his dream and his passion; he was 15 years old at the time.
There is no information available about his mother, but he has a brother named Jacob.
He attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania to major in molecular biology and biochemistry for a career in the medical field; however, he changed majors after a year and a half and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in security science from the same university.
Throughout his university years, he continued his training as a bodybuilder. He did the necessary bodybuilding research and pushed his body to its limits as he tried different workout plans, supplements and nutrition plans to determine which one would work best for him. He documented what he considered experiments on his body, including his weight goals, gains, and lifting history.
Immediately after his studies he worked as a security advisor, but realized that this was not what he dreamed of. Although he lived the life of a bodybuilder, he never competed until his wife encouraged him to do so. Once he started competing, he was unstoppable as he won the Northern Kentucky Championships,
Heavyweight Class, organized by the NPC (National Physique Committee), the largest amateur bodybuilding organization in the US, and held on March 14, 2009. He also placed first in the NPC Pittsburg Bodybuilding Fitness and Figure Championships.
While he was preparing for the National Bodybuilding Championships, most of the guys in his gym warned him not to hope for winning the National Championships on his first attempt, as there were athletes who competed dozens or more times but never won in their class. , and that for some it even took them two to three times to get on the show before they could get their hands on a Pro card.
For all the discouragement he received, it was just as well that Monte Webb, a former Mr. Pittsburg and owner of Webb’s World of Fitness, believed in him and said he had competed in the early 1980s and competed long enough to know what a champion looked like, and Seth had it.
Seth’s mindset was that he was capable of winning and he trained hard to do so; everything he did – every workout, diet meal and cardio session was designed to not only help him do well during the competition and finish in the top five, but also take first place. In November 2009, his parents, wife, brother and his partner Rege went with him to Hollywood, Florida to cheer him on for the competition. His brother never left his side and arranged everything for him so that he could only concentrate on winning.
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That day all his hard work paid off and he earned his pro card and won the National Bodybuilding Championships for the Light-Heavyweight Class.
During the workouts and competitions, Seth met Hany Rambod, aka “The Pro Creator,” who was known for his FST-7 training system that helped bodybuilders get that “championship-winning physique.” He trained with him for more than two years. years. Seth managed to secure sponsorships from the nutritional supplement brand MuscleTech and the bodybuilding and fitness magazine Muscular Development. He also worked with Isolator Fitness, a company that manufactures meal prep containers for the health-conscious.
When he was 25 years old, Seth competed in the 2010 Europe Super Show Bodybuilding Championships in Dallas, Texas, winning the 202 division. This was quite an achievement considering it was his IFBB Pro League debut, and he won against IFBB Pro veterans including Jaroslav Horvath and Richard Jackson. This qualified him to participate in the Joe Weider’s Olympia Weekend for the 202 showdown.
He competed in the 2012 IFBB Valenti Gold Cup Pro and placed 7e, and at the 2012 IFBB Toronto Pro Supershow he placed 6e. It wasn’t a good year with the losses, problems at home and his health issues. His competitive nature pushed him to his limits as he prepared his body for the open class, but his body couldn’t handle it as he suffered from tension headaches, nose bleeds, high blood pressure, abdominal pain, lethargy and his organs were also severely compromised. .
This caused him to stop competing in 2012 and take a rest to regain his health. Seth said that as much as you love what you do, you have to know when to stop. He said he had learned a lot during this time and would not repeat the mistakes he had made.
Starting in 2012, he did landscape and safety consultancy work for three and a half years to make ends meet. In 2015, he invested what was left of his savings, approximately $2,200, into creating his own clothing brand, All American Roughneck (AAR). He had this notebook where he drew the designs of his shirts and hats; he approached Bobby Dautrich to help him with this and said he couldn’t pay him anything, but if this company works, Bobby would get half of everything.
AAR became successful and they became business partners not only with them but also with Ax and Sledge Supplements. Other businesses Seth owns include another supplement brand, a gym facility, and a nutrition store.
He has a podcast titled “Hard Working Mother F*ckers” (HWMF), in which he and Bobby Dautrich talk about bodybuilding, health, and various other topics. He has about 40 episodes available on the Apple podcasts app, as well as on YouTube – he started his YouTube channel in December 2015, has over half a million subscribers and has over 40 million views in total. Seth also runs Feroce Iron Academy, a members-only website for bodybuilders.
He returned to the bodybuilding scene in 2016, but announced his retirement from IFBB in 2017.
Many people asked him why he didn’t participate, and he said he couldn’t give it his all, knowing that once he did, his family and other businesses would suffer. Feroce also said that a bodybuilder would have to have other sources of income because there would come a time when he would have no sponsors or he would be too old to participate. He said if you were a sponsored athlete you would be at the mercy of the company, and he didn’t want that. It happened to him in 2012 when he had two $50,000 contracts, and one went missing because he wasn’t doing well on a show at the time.
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Seth met Elise in college and had a child named Adalynne with him during that time; they later married and had another daughter named Emmi. They had gone through some hard times together, but it didn’t work out in the end. According to Seth, Elise was in trouble and had to go get help, saying he spent a lot of money helping her. They divorced in 2016 and Seth has full custody of his children.
In February 2018, he announced that he was dating a gymnastics coach named Hannah Nicole, whom he first met in 2017. He proposed to her in December 2018 and currently lives in Western Pennsylvania with his 12-year-old and five-year-old. children and a 24-year-old fiancée who is pregnant. They had a gender reveal party at the gym facility, and surrounded by Hannah’s students and Seth’s kids, they announced they were having a baby boy in June.
Interesting facts and rumours
- Seth’s go-to music during practice mainly includes metallica songs, Pantera’s “Cowboys from Hell,” and Eminem’s “Lose Yourself.”
- On his YouTube videos or podcast, he talked about taking steroids in his 20s as a personal decision, and how he dealt with the consequences of the adverse effects on his body. He said he doesn’t regret anything that happened in his life because it brought him to where he is today and he loves it, but he realized how important it is to take better care of his health.
- In April 2020, he fell off his dirt bike and tore his triceps in the process. He underwent surgery and is expected to make a full recovery.
Seth is 1.7 m tall, weighs 96 kg and has a muscular build.
He has five businesses and sponsors, as well as a podcast, Instagram, and YouTube channel from which to monetize. According to sources his net worth is estimated to be over $1 million as of June 2020.