Check out this throwback picture of Channing Tatum flaunting his muscles in a bodybuilding competition

By Jodi Guglielmi
Updated June 23, 2015 07:55 PM
Credit: AKM-GSI

We’ve seen plenty of his enviable physique before but it looks like Channing Tatum has been flexing his muscles for quite some time.

As it turns out, the Magic Mike XXL star has been working on toning up since his high school days in Tampa, Florida.

Tatum, now 35, competed in a bodybuilding competition at Tampa Catholic High School in 1998.

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It’s unclear if he walked away with top honors back then but win or lose, Tatum has certainly earned a spot on Hollywood’s A-list.

Athletic since childhood, Tatum had a starring spot on his football team, eventually earning him a college scholarship (although he didn’t complete his degree).

While he decided to go actor – not athlete – all that time in the gym certainly helped prepare the star for his ab-tastic role later in life.

Check out Tatum’s body in action in Magic Mike XXL out July 1.