You know why I hate Jersey Shore? They make it seem like you can just juice up and be Mr. Olympia. So this week, I would like to cover the topic of the "Magic Bodybuilding Pill". It isn't any anabolic steroid and it sure as hell isn't any fat burner. The Magic Bodybuilding Pill does not exist; it is really a Magic Bodybuilding Mentality.
The Arnold Classic is one of the premiere shows in bodybuilding and it's an honor to win a show like this; Branch Warren was bestowed that honor for the second time in as many years. Having just finished watching the Arnold, I feel that it would be appropriate to give my review of the top 6.
Over the past month, I have been trying to rehab my left rotator cuff along with some other nagging injuries. I hate nagging injuries because they are like a bitchy girlfriend who won't let you go out with your buddies in peace; they're always trying to call you and interrupt a good time.
Now that I have your attention with my provocative article title, let me elaborate as to what I mean when I say "get on your knees". And, no, this article is not about gay for pay again. Get your minds out of the gutter. For some exercises, people can execute them standing or seated; examples of this are, dumbbell curls, lateral raises and front raises.
Gay for pay is as prevalent in the bodybuilding community as protein powder. I get a lot of questions about how prominent being propositioned for acts up to and including sex are. Frankly, there are a lot of rumors and stories that float around the industry and I've heard my fair share. What many people don't realize is that it fairly prevalent and, in addition to that, the requests are a lot weirder than you would care to know. Ever see something you can't "unsee"? A lot of those requests I've heard are requests I can't "unhear"
Ever since I started training athletes, I have been observing and studying their unique biomechanics, form, and exercise execution; and there is one reoccurring issue I see with every single one of these bodybuilders.
To begin, I'd like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and all the best in the coming year. I'd also like to thank all of you for taking the time to read my stuff and for all the positive comments I have received. It's nice to know that there are everyday gym rats and professional bodybuilders out there reading my articles.
Lately, I have been inundated with questions concerning one particular substance. I'll let you guess; it isn't Anavar, it isn't GH and no it isn't insulin. The substance in question is synthol. I find it shocking that so many young bodybuilders approach me with questions about synthol use. I really thought that synthol was something that had kind of fallen by the wayside in terms of popularity.
A large weight, and I am not talking about a squat bar, has been lifted off my shoulders. Many of you have probably already heard that I was arrested and charged with "extortion" just over a year ago by an individual that will remain nameless at this juncture. My last court date was on December 12, 2011 and I plead out to a deal that will hopefully end with the possibility of no criminal record
Technology is a wonderful thing. It has allowed a lot of people, not just bodybuilders, to promote and develop a brand very quickly. Back in the day, it was nowhere near that easy. In bodybuilding, it has allowed up-and-coming athletes to develop a following before ever being in a magazine or receiving any kind of traditional exposure.
Big, distended guts! If there's one topic that I get asked about all the time, it's stomach distention. This is a phenomenon that has been prevalent in bodybuilding for decades. It isn't just limited to the professional ranks; it's a problem with amateur bodybuilders as well. I am going to take the bull by the horns and discuss the factors that I feel have caused stomach distention in both myself and others. Learn from other's mistakes and incorporate it into your own protocols. hr id"system-readmore" / Big, distended guts! If there's one topic that I get asked about all the time, it's stomach distention.
I get asked a lot of questions. One of the most popular questions I field is “What is the best way to train: Alone or with a partner?” Frankly, I have covered this topic in the past and I’ve told you some interesting stories. This time, I want to touch on the clear points of why training with a partner is so integral to success in bodybuilding. I should state; however, that I do recognize both the pros and cons in working out with a training partner – it ain’t all gumdrops and honeysuckle!
I was going through contest pictures on RxMuscle.com, the other day, and I had an inspiration for my article this week. I want to touch on two bodybuilders that stick out in my mind as the best in different aspects of the sport. First, Kai Greene is clearly one of the few athletes in bodybuilding that has made the most out of his physique. There are lots of other guys out there that have capitalized on their genetic potential, but I think Greene has taken it to another level. Secondly, Jay Cutler has the ability to promote his physique like no other bodybuilder I have seen since Arnold Schwarzenegger. Some people have criticized my opinions in the past as if I have presented them as fact
Greetings Kovacians! Before I lumber into this week’s topic, I would like to touch on something intriguing I witnessed a few days ago. In Ontario, we have a drug store chain called Shopper’s Drug Mart. It was a normal Sunday afternoon and I sauntered into the local Shopper’s to take care of some mailings. When lo and behold, there was a larger-than-average fellow standing at the pharmacists counter and he was creating quite the scene
This week, I am going to depart from my reminiscing and address a couple of things that I just want to write about. First off, I have had a week that just plain sucked. It all started off with the anticipation of moving into my new condo with my lovely girlfriend, Caterine. After all the bullshit I went through trying to find a place and arranging all the details, the day came when it was finally time to move. It was exactly one week out and I was backing out of my driveway.
I was feeling exhausted. I had been lugging around an enormous body, all the way from Niagara Falls to California. I went to bed early and planned to go train at Gold’s Gym and World Gym first thing in the morning. Again, like an enormous child on the night before Christmas, I couldn’t sleep. I decided to go out and cruise around bodybuilding’s version of Disneyland; the streets of Venice! During my meandering, I stumbled upon the world famous, Muscle Beach
odybuilding’s Promised Land, California, was calling my name after about three years of bodybuilding and I was going to seize the opportunity. California was, and had always been, the place that all the top IFBB Pros “lived and breathed” bodybuilding. I knew I had to get down to Venice and train at the Mecca of bodybuilding - Gold’s Gym, Venice. I had hit a point in the sport where I had to make a decision; do I trudge onward and devote all my passion to bodybuilding or do I walk away from the sport I loved. I had come to the conclusion that before I go forward with bodybuilding, I needed to go to Venice and test out the waters. Media back then isn’t what it is today. All I knew of the world was my parent’s basement and Niagara Falls. I had no idea what really went on within the depths of the sport or what the industry was really like. This was going to be a trial period for me.
It was 1996 and I was12 weeks out from my future victory at the Canadian Nationals. I was doing my first guest posing exhibition in Cleveland, Ohio and it was one of the most unforgettable experiences of my life. Mr. Olympia, Dorian Yates, was also guest-posing at this event and he was my idol. I remember a wave of emotion crashing over me at how surreal it all was. Here I was, an amateur from Canada, about to guest pose on the same stage as the great Dorian Yates. Imagine having to get up onstage and guest pose on the same stage with your favorite bodybuilding icon. It was such an honor.
There are two questions that I get asked all the time. The first is, "How important is a great training partner for maximum training intensity and gains?" The second is, "Who do you consider to be the best training partner you have ever trained with?" The answers to these questions overlap significantly. Without a doubt, the heaviest and most intense workouts I can recall were with Jason Marcovici. We first met in 1995 and it was a match made in iron heaven. We were introduced by the person that I had been training with at the time. Don't tell Jason but I was really excited to meet him at the time because I was a fan of his since he turned pro a few years earlier. I had also seen him compete on the pro stage a few times and he was very impressive.
The backbone of any weight-training program is brutalizing your back. Because of this, I have chosen to discuss the value and importance of back training this week. Further, I am going to address what an important role the back muscles play in the overall stability of your entire shoulder girdle. The back is the foundation of your upper body and it's not a coincidence that almost every Mr. Olympia had superior back development in comparison to their peers.