After Brett Kahn’s Michigan State college football career came to an end, he was faced with some serious adversity. “I was extremely sick, tired, and had lost more than 20 pounds. Over the past one to 11⁄2 years my pancreas slowly stopped making insulin, thus making me a type-1 diabetic. At this point I became insulin dependent and had to administer seven to 10 shots a day. This forced me to focus on nutrition deeper and learn to tackle the disease head on.”

Once he gained that knowledge, the man who now calls South Carolina home decided to feed his athletic appetite by going onstage in the men’s physique division. “I really needed an athletic outlet. As a bucket list item I did a local show, fell in love with it, made it to the national level, then seven to eight contests later, I was in the IFBB Pro League.”

Another reason for his onstage success can be attributed to his career as a chiropractor. “Much like a mechanical structure, our bodies operate based on ‘angles,’ ‘pulleys,’ balance, and symmetry. Having a deep understanding of human anatomy, biomechanics, injury patterns, and rehab protocols has been extremely helpful in not only constructing a better physique but also avoiding injury.”

Kahn has benefited in bodybuilding off the stage as well. The AllMax athlete has found success in the industry and even met the woman whom he will be standing with on another type of stage. “I’d say the experience has exceeded my expectations. I’ve met a ton of friends, been able to travel often, and was able to meet my fiancée, IFBB bikini pro Katherine Ampolini.”

Kahn isn’t sure what his next show is as of this writing, but you can be sure he’ll be ready. “I try to stay five to six weeks out from stepping onstage at all times.”


  • L-Carnitine Shot
  • A:Cuts (before morning cardio) 
  • IsoFlex Choc PB (morning and afternoon) 
  • VitaStack 
  • Impact Igniter PWO Blue Razz with 1⁄2 scoop H:Vol
  • Hexapro Choc (before bed)


  • BIRTH DATE: Nov. 17, 1984 
  • HEIGHT: 5’9″
  • CONTEST WEIGHT: 190 lbs
  • BIRTHPLACE: United States
  • RESIDENCE: Charleston, SC
  • INSTAGRAM: @BrettKahn


  • Incline Dumbbell Press | SETS: 4 | REPS: 10–12*
  • Incline Dumbbell Flye* | SETS: 3 angled dropsets** | REPS: 15
  • Svend Press With Dumbbells or Plates | SETS: 4 | REPS: 12
  • Pec-Deck Flye | SETS: 3 | REPS: 15
  • Lying Chest Pullover | SETS: 3 | REPS: 12–15
  • Pushup | SETS: 2 | REPS: 30–50

*Ascending in weight with each rep.

**Five reps at 45 degrees, 5 reps at 30 degrees, 5 reps at 15 degrees. Rest 60 seconds between sets.