Lou Ferrigno visited the South Post Exchange, Friday, for a question and answer session with the community.
Attendees said they were excited meet Ferrigno because he served as an inspiration for overcoming life’s hurdles.
“His show of determination that he put into becoming an amazing bodybuilder to take on Arnold Schwarzenegger … that was just incredible,” said Michael Perry, an Army retiree.
When Ferrigno was a child, he suffered a severe ear infection that caused him to lose the majority of his hearing. As a result, he was bullied by other children.
“I had a lot of anger in me and I discovered body building and weight training because I wanted to build a strong body and be well-respected,” Ferrigno said. “It changed my life.”
He emphasized the importance of working out and paying attention to the body.
“You only live once. You only have one health, one mind, one body.”
Ferrigno said this body building foundation changed his life and he has now exercised consistently for 53 years. His body building background led to the role he is most famous for — the original Hulk superhero. However, the actor and athlete deflected that claim to fame.
“You guys are the real heroes,” he told the crowd of service members and retirees. “Not the Hulk, not Spider-Man, not Captain America. I want to thank you guys … for keeping our country safe. I respect you guys more than anything.”