Who is David Laid?

Born on 29 January 1998, at an unspecified location in Estonia, under the air sign of Aquarius, David Laid is a 21-year-old Estonian-American bodybuilder, fitness model and entrepreneur. He rose to fame mainly because of his transformation videos, which he uploaded to his personal YouTube channel in 2013. Interestingly, David was never interested in lifting weights before he was a teenager, but was always much more of a gamer, which was his initial motivation to create channels on various content sharing platforms. A problem with his spine prompted him to join a gym. This, combined with a massive growth spurt, made David realize the therapeutic effects of working out. After hearing comments about his appearance in public, he realized that he could make a career out of sculpting his body, and offering people advice on how to accomplish that. Now, Laid is one of the most popular young faces in the fitness industry, especially amongst women and teenagers.

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Early Life: From Tragedy to Triumph

David spent the first part of his childhood in Estonia, alongside his parents and two younger brothers. Unfortunately, he didn’t have a chance to get to know his father, who tragically lost his life when he fell off a cruise ship docked in one of Estonia’s harbors. This loss hit the Laid family hard, which prompted David’s mother to come to a decision to relocate to the USA. It was tough for a single mom to raise three boys on her own, but young David quickly stepped up as the man of the family. He was an aspiring ice hockey player and an excellent student, however, early in his teens, he started growing rapidly, which resulted in him having scoliosis, a condition which is characterized by curvature of the spine. At the age of 14, he weighed only 90 lbs (41kgs) and was bullied for that reason. His doctor told him to start lifting weights to return his spine back to normal, as his muscles would become stronger. Reluctant at first, David soon appreciated the soreness he felt after workouts, especially as he could see immediate results.

Career Beginnings: Becoming an Online Sensation

Upon realizing both mental and physical benefits that working out provided him with, David began watching YouTube videos to inform himself on nutrition, new exercises and everything else fitness-related. Subsequently, his body changed even faster, and using books and videos, he learned how to track his progress and shatter his own personal records. At one point, he realized that his looks could possibly help him to become a star. He remembered he had an old YouTube account with the username “computerman91”, which he intended to use for gaming videos. After changing the name and layout, on 21 December 2013, he uploaded his first video, “David Laid 18 Month Transformation 14-15 Year Old”, which quickly went viral, as people were amazed by how his body had changed in just a year and a half. With all the fanfare and tens of thousands of views, David wasn’t really sure about what to do next, but eventually decided to commit to posting workout-related videos, full-time; after matriculating from Mainland Regional High School in 2014, he was already a star.

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An Established Fitness Star

David quickly attracted a myriad of supporters who commented on and liked every video he uploaded. His content revolved around workout excerpts, collaborations with other fitness enthusiasts and several Q&A sessions, all of which increased his popularity, and as well as fans, he was contacted by talent agencies, supplement manufacturers and even gyms. What was once a hobby and a way to straighten his spine became a way to possibly earn millions. On 14 August 2015, David uploaded what would become his most popular video – “David Laid 3 Year Natural Transformation 14-17” – as of August 2019, the video has over 30 million views. It features the same format as his debut on the channel, but it shows his gradual improvement since his first workout. Many prominent websites featured the video, in addition to the debates and discussions it triggered on forums such as Bodybuilding.com. Many debated the validity of his physique, with frequent claims that he used steroids or Photoshop to “tweak” the photos featured in the video.

Sponsorships and Other Ventures

While most of David’s revenue comes from his YouTube videos, he is a magnet for sponsorships. In the past, he co-operated with several workout supplement brands, but is currently under contract with Gymshark, a major player in the world of gym apparel. In addition to speeches, appearances and lectures, David is also the author of an eBook which instructs people on how to transform their body in just nine weeks. Despite the book’s success, there are no indications as to whether David wishes to create a follow-up or not.

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Personal Life: Does David Leid Have a Girlfriend?

Laid is currently in a relationship with dancer and fitness enthusiast Julia Jackson – not much is known about David’s previous romantic endeavors. Aside from the occasional social media update, we also don’t know much about the relationship between him and Julia. Despite being a notable fitness personality and celebrity, he avoids answering any personal questions. On multiple occasions, he politely reminded reporters and fans that he likes to keep his love life private.

Interesting Facts About David Laid

His idols in the world of fitness are Jeff Seid, the Hodge twins and Marc Fitt. Since he began working out, his program has remained the same – he works out six days a week, with each work-out lasting approximately two hours. Unlike most gymgoers, he doesn’t like eating very much, so he has to find creative ways to get the necessary number of calories. As for his favorite exercises, David loves everything that he does, but deadlifts and squats have a special place in his program.

Body Measurements: How Tall is David Laid?

David Laid is 6ft 2ins (1.88m) tall, and weighs approximately 187lbs (85kgs), but this number changes depending on whether he’s adding mass or looking to burn excess fat tissue. Despite working out for over seven years, Laid has maintained a rather slim build, refusing to become too big. According to the man himself, both aesthetics and health are his priorities.

Steroid Use Allegations

Like every bodybuilder, David was faced with accusations that he didn’t build the entirety of his muscle mass through natural means. Ever since he uploaded his first video, he’s been bombarded with questions about his “cycle” (steroids can damage the human body if not taken in sporadic periods, called cycles). Always willing to stand up for himself, David has denied that he even touching something illicit. People were obviously so astonished by his transformation that they didn’t believe he could do it on his own.

Aretheyonsteroids.com, a popular website that tries to prove steroid use by popular athletes, pointed out that he licked his lips twice while talking about steroids during an interview; according to them, this is a known indicator of a person lying. Obviously entertained by the rumors, Laid appeared at a recent Arnold Classic expo with a TV shirt that says “Half Natty” (natty means natural in gym slang). Many interpreted this as an official confession to steroid use, but it’s highly likely that David was merely fooling around. In addition to his own comments, his mother also stated that she is strongly against her son using steroids.

Net Worth: How Rich is David Laid?

Have you ever wondered how affluent David Laid is? According to several reputable sources, he has a net worth of over $125,000, as of mid-2019, accumulated by becoming a YouTube superstar and subsequently developing his own brand. His eBook sales have also contributed to the fortune he earned. By looking at his YouTube videos, it’s also safe to assume that at least a part of his revenue comes from placing ads on videos. If he continues to work hard and build his brand even further, there is no doubt that this figure is an under-estimate, or that the ‘official’ figure will increase considerable in the near future.

Online Media Presence

Thanks to the ever expanding grasp that social media has on worldwide audiences, it is in the best interests of most celebrities to keep their fans informed about their activities and thus maintain and potentially increase their ratings and profit. David himself is no stranger to this popular trend, as his dedication to posting updates on his public profiles and engaging with his fans is at an all-time high. 1.2 million people follow his Instagram profile, while his official Facebook page is ‘liked’ by 4,000 fans. However, David’s bread and butter is his YouTube channel, which has 900,000 subscribers and 125 million views to date.

Author

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected]

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