It’s a slight twist on the old saying, “like father, like son,” but it’s an important one as a Lockport father-son duo prepare to compete together for the first time in a bodybuilding competition.

“At least now, people won’t think he’s adopted,” quipped Ron Fox, when talking about his son, Mason, already an award-winning bodybuilder at the age of 19.

The Foxes will compete in separate categories this Saturday in the Super Natural Bodybuilding Contest at McKinley High School, 1500 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo.

While Ron will compete for the first time, it’s already the fifth time that young Mason, a Wilson High School track and field sprint record-holder, is heading to the stage.

After winning his division title at the Super Naturals last year, Mason suggested that his 240-pound father train along with him. Now looking lean and mean at 190 pounds, Ron said he’s glad he took his son up on his offer to help train him.

“I’m still a bit heavier than I was in high school and college, but I feel I’m in better shape and physical condition than I was back then,” said Ron.

“Even if I don’t compete again after this, I’m definitely keeping up this overall healthy lifestyle.”

Mason, who will be competing for his pro card, is impressed by his father’s effort.

“I’m proud of the way he really stuck with it,” Mason said.

“It’ll be great having him compete on the same stage as me.”

Ron, 44, a counselor at Wyndham Lawn Home for Children, said he’s watched Mason train and noticed his involvement in health and nutrition for the better part of five years. It must have rubbed off — since he started weight training and reversed his eating habits, dropping 50 pounds.

“With Mason’s knowledge and expertise, it’s like living with my very own nutritionist, personal trainer and mini-Hulk, all rolled into one,” Ron said.

Mason is an employee of Aldi’s in Lockport.

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