John Dodson was photographed Wednesday performing actual squats in front of a squat rack at a training center. And although a rack of dumbbells is visible in the lower left corner of the mirror, there is no evidence he performed curls, or ever intended to perform curls in the squat rack.
Dodson’s restraint is remarkable, considering he has been regarded as somewhat of a free spirit following his energetic appearance on The Ultimate Fighter. But an ACL injury slowed Dodson down in mid-2014, and he has been engaged in a slow recovery ever since. Physical trials often give a man time to think, and the difficult experience appears to have tempered the young man, infusing him with a steadfast sense of social responsibility.