The world of bodybuilding is changing. We are living in a moment in time that could simply be described as 'a change of the guard.' When I first heard about Zach Merkel it was because of the buzz created by his GoFundMe campaign.
Whoever said that 'bodybuilding is a sport of one,' clearly had no idea what they were talking about. Much like a boxer relies on his corner, a bodybuilder depends on his team. This unit usually consists of a trainer, a nutritionist, and a supplement expert. As the physiques in our sport have evolved, so too have the people that work with these elite level athletes.
Why Cut Back? I can’t take credit for this iconic saying. No, it was actually Muscular Development’s very own Steve Blechman who uttered those famous three words first. Little did he know, when he texted that jingoistic war cry to Chris Aceto late last year, that he would in fact be answering his own question way sooner than expected.
Arnold Classic champion Jose Raymond, 3x NPC Teen Nationals & 2015 NPC Mr. USA Cody Montgomery, and now... 2015 Arnold Classic 2nd runner-up Justin Compton are all at the top of their game, and all have been let go by a magazine that claims to be the premier bodybuilding publication in the industry.