July 30, 1971 |
Tel Aviv, Israel
Sagi Kalev (born July 30, 1971 in Tel Aviv, Israel) is the former two-time "Mr. Israel" and fitness model, bodybuilding title-holder, and nutritionist and resident of Dallas, Texas who immigrated to the United States in 1993 to pursue bodybuilding and modeling.
Kalev, who has appeared in numerous fitness and bodybuilding photo shoots for Muscle & Fitness, Iron Man, Reps, Men's Workout and Hardcore Muscle magazines, is certified by The Professional Personal Trainers Association (ProPTA) as a personal trainer.
After a four-year tour of duty in the Israeli Army, including participation in Operation Desert Storm, Kalev resumed his weightlifting and bodybuilding, capturing two "Mr. Israel" titles in the process. He graduated with a degree in physical education from the University of Central Florida.
Kalev is the Senior Director of PROPTA, a Personal Trainers Certification company based in Texas.
In 1996, while living in California, Kalev began modeling after he was discovered in a local gym. He began to work with American photographer, Martin Ryter, who put him on the cover of Men's Workout magazine and inside several other bodybuilding-fitness publications. Kalev has also made guest appearances on Baywatch and The Young and the Restless television series.
Kalev's final bodybuilding competitions were local shows in 1998 and 1999, respectively, in Texas, where he won the middleweight class at the 1998 NPC Southwest USA Bodybuilding Championships and the light-heavyweight title at the 1999 NPC Lone Star Bodybuilding Classic.
Kalev returned to physique modeling in spring of 2003. He then had a contract with Impact Nutrition and Lifewave as a representative and spokesperson for the companies. He has appeared on four Muscle & Fitness covers as well as covers of Hardcore Muscle, Iron Man Men's Workout, and 27 times on the cover of Health and Fitness Magazine.
Partnering with Beachbody in 2011, Kalev developed and trained BODY BEAST, a body-building program that was released in June 2012.
In 2012, Kalev signed with the promotional agency Promote on Purpose, a marketing and public relations firm.[clarification needed]
Kalev trains between four and five days per week. He is 5'8" and weighs about 200 pounds.