John Meadows - Updated Jun 2024

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John Meadows

John Meadows was an American bodybuilder, nutritionist, coach, and a successful YouTube personality. John Meadows was famous for his exercise demonstrations and favorite workouts on his channel. Likewise, he is also known as a mountain dog.

Early Life

John Meadows was born on the 11th of April, 1972, in the Washington Court House, Ohio, USA. He was American and his ethnicity was Caucasian. There is no information or details on his parents. When he was young, his mother died and he never met his father. As a result, John grew up under the custody of his grandmother, who also left him in 1999. John was then raised by his two aunts.

He also has one sister named Christina Dobbins. He finished high school at Washington Senior High School. Due to a bad financial situation, he worked whilst studying. He used to participate in different sports when he was in school. Meadows was an excellent football player. After finishing high school, he attended Wilmington College on an academic scholarship.

From a young age, he was interested in Muscle and Fitness which made him study Anatomy and Physiology. He graduated with a BA degree from Capital University majoring in Health and Fitness Management. After graduating, he worked with Aerotek.

He worked for a decade at JP Morgan Chase and he even made it up to  VP of the retail administration division. In 2008, he shifted to his fitness empire. He also contributed to publications such as Men’s Health, Muscle & Fitness, T-Nation, and more.

John Meadows when he was young

Caption: John Meadows when he was young Source: Instagram

Professional Life

John has been a fitness enthusiast since he was a child. At the age of 13, he entered his first bodybuilding competition. He has many multiple certifications as a professional bodybuilder such as Certified Sports Nutritionist from the International Society of Sports Nutrition (CISSN) and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist(CSCS).

He has competed in several bodybuilding competitions, finishing second in the NPC Physique Light Heavyweight division in 1997. After a year, John then came in sixth place in the NPC Junior USA Light Heavyweight division. He also won first and fourth place in the NPC Jan Tana Amateur Heavyweight & Overall and the NPC USA Championships Heavyweight, respectively.

In 2000, he competed in the NPC USA Championships Heavyweight, where he finished eighth. He also won the NPC Collegiate Nationals Heavyweight & Overall in 2001. John finished third in the NPC Eastern USA Championships Heavyweight and tenth in the NPC Nationals Heavyweight in 2002. In 2004, he competed and finished 4th in the IFBB North American Bodybuilding Championships and Men’s Heavyweight.

He finished fourth in the Los Angeles Bodybuilding, Fitness & Figure Championships, Men’s, and 13th in the USA Bodybuilding & Figure Championships, Men’s Heavyweight in 2005. He then finished 16th in the IFBB North American Championships, Men Heavyweight. In 2010, he placed 12th in the IFBB North American Championships, Men’s Heavyweight.

John meadows training young football players at his gym

Caption: John Meadows training young football players at his gym Source: Instagram

Sharing of Nutrition Knowledge and CEO of Granite Supplements

In 2010, with the establishment of his website,, he began sharing his nutrition knowledge. He also finished 2nd at IFBB Bodybuilding: Over 40 – Heavyweight and NPC Teen, Collegiate & Masters National Championships, Bodybuilding: Over 40 – Heavyweight and North American Championships in 2012.

John finished 2nd in Masters National Championships, Bodybuilding: Masters Over 40 Super Heavyweight, and 3rd at Over 35 Super Heavyweight. The following year, he won 2nd place in Bodybuilding Masters Over 35 – Super Heavyweight. He won 1st place at NPC Universe in Bodybuilding Over 40 Overall in 2015, earning him the Pro Card. In 2014, he competed in the Muscle Mayhem Pro, and IFBB Open Men, and finished 14th. Since 2016, he served as the CEO of Granite Supplements.

John’s last professional challenge was the 2017 Muscle Mayhem Kansas Pro, in which he finished fourteenth. His center then shifted to full-time preparation of individual ace experts. Despite his health concerns, he resumed coaching and training, and with his remarkable and outstanding coaching, his students, Shaun Clarida and Missy Truscott won the 212 Olympia Champion and Fitness Olympia.

John Meadows with his wife and sons

Caption: John Meadows with his wife and sons Source: Instagram

Personal Life

John Meadows was married. He was married to Mary Meadows. John and Mary started dating after he invited her to his bodybuilding competitions in 1998. He is very thankful to his wife and he has also stated that his wife is one of the biggest influences in his life. The duo also share twins named Jonathan and Alexander who were born on December 17, 2008. His wife is very supportive.

He has talked about how his wife took care of him when he was sick and weak. The couple was very happily married until his death. There is no other information or details on his other relationships. He was very loyal to his wife as there weren’t bad rumors about him. His family currently lives in Pickerington, Ohio, USA.


John Meadows died at the age of 49 on the 8th of August, 2021 at his home in Pickerington, Ohio, USA. The news was shared by an individual named Brooke Nappo on behalf of his wife Mary on his confirmed Facebook page in the early evening.

John Meadows was diagnosed with a rare colon disease called idiopathic neointimal hyperplasia of the mesenteric veins in 2005. He was then hospitalized with a blood clot that was thought to stem from the disease in 2020. John beat the disease and survived however he would die a year later.

John Meadows – Body Measurements

John Meadows had a height of 5 ft 6 inches and he weighed 93kg. He had a very muscular body. Meadow had blonde hair and his eyes were blue.

Social Media

John Meadows was quite active on social media. He had an Instagram account @mountaindog1 with 330k followers. He also had a Twitter account @mountaindog1 with 15.1k followers. Meadows used to often post about his family, friends, and work. He also had a YouTube channel named mountaindog1 with 638k subscribers.

John Meadows – Net Worth 2024

John Meadows earned his wealth from his career as a bodybuilder, coach, YouTuber, and nutritionist. Meadow’s total net worth before his death was estimated to be $3 million.