Forget that he’s got the kind of body you’d sell a kidney for or that he played pro football with Tom Brady and Willie McGinest. Never mind that he now preps future NFL greats for the combine and models for one of the world’s top supplement companies. You wouldn’t fault him for any of it.

Megna is your kind of guy for two reasons: He worked his ass off for all of it, and he doesn’t think it makes him any better than you.

“People look at me and say, ‘He’s an in-shape, good-looking guy,’ ” says Megna, who’s 6’2″ and a chiseled 215 pounds. “But I don’t think that way about myself. I still have low confidence.”

Growing up in the blue-collar town of Fall River, MA, Megna was overweight, dyslexic, and a target for bullies. He was raised by a single mother who worked multiple jobs, and he knew he wouldn’t go to college without financial assistance. Athletics were not only an outlet for his frustrations, but also, he imagined, a way to build a better life. “I thought that through sports I could get a little respect,” Megna says, though he was anything but a natural athlete. In fact, even his Little League coach told him, “Sports aren’t for you.”

To see how Marc Megna made his Little League coach eat his words, check out the January 2012 issue of Muscle & Fitness magazine, on newsstands now!