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MLB to Begin Testing for Growth Hormone in 2013




Major League Baseball will test players' blood for human growth hormone during the season starting this year, becoming the first American sport to do so and continuing the league's stand against performance-enhancing drugs following decades of abuse by players.

Following a rash of positive tests for testosterone last season, MLB also will implement a new testing procedure for the synthetic drug, according to sources. The league will use a "longitudinal testing program" in which its testing lab in Montreal will maintain baseline concentrations of testosterone, epitestosterone and T/E ratio. The lab will compare those values to subsequent tests. If there is a statistically significant difference, the lab will scrutinize the sample with IRMS testing to see if the result was caused by a PED.


Odd Haugen's All American Strongman at the LA Fit Expo



A mix of 11 Pro and Amateur athletes are slated for the start line for the 2013 All American Strongman presented by GNC on Saturday January 19th, and 13 in the Met-Rx Visegrip Viking presented by GNC and IronMind on Sunday January 20. The Met-Rx Strongman Combat on Sunday January 21 will have 6-8 competitors depending on Saturday's result. In years past, Odd's kick off event of the year was also a qualifier for the Arnold Strongman Classic in Columbus Ohio at the beginning of every March.


SCL Approaches $500,000 in Prize Money





Arnold Strongman Classic Competitors



The announcement is not yet official, but the ten invitees to the Arnold Strongman Classic have been known for a few weeks now. None of the invites are truly surprising, but there is a little “hhmmmm” factor to consider. Coupled with the announcement that the 2012 ASC champion Mike Jenkins is sitting the 2013 version out due to a surgical knee issue, we have a field of nine. No announcement has been made as to who will fill the number ten slot, but those in the know are hoping to see tradition return.


Joe Morrow Lb for Lb Shoots for RUM 6



Joe Morrow who has been featured in Strength Central before, is out to defend his Lightweight title at RUM 6 in February, 2013. Joe, known to many as the strongest Lb for Lb powerlifter in the world has totaled his bodyweight x10 more than once in competition. Below is a preview video of his training. Joe also competed in bodybuilding last year and intends to again later this year. With the moto: "Workin' to be "pound for pound" the strongest Raw powerlifter in America and "pound for pound" the World's Strongest Bodybuilder!" you know the guy is working hard to acheive hsi dreams.


Terry Hollands Mulling Retirement



One of Strongman's most recognizable faces has announced he is taking the 2013 season off to determine whether he will stay in the game that has brought him such huge success, or whether its time to hang up the lifting straps. The Giant from the UK has qualified for the Worlds Strongest Man seven times, finishing on the podium twice and has been invited to the big dance in Columbus Ohio at the Arnold Strongman Classic, twice. From Terry's Facebook this morning:


Breaking News: 2012 Arnold Strongman Champ Jenkins is Out for 2013!



In hugely disappointing news, the 2012 Arnold Strongman Classic winner Mike Jenkins anounced earlier today he will not be congtesting the 2013 Arnold. He simply states in the video below that he has suffered a knee injury that has him at 80-90% of his lifts as he prepared for the coming show. After speaking with Dione Wessels, Dr. Terry Todd, Colin Bryce and the powers that be, it was decided that taking the time to allow this injury to heal and explore surgical options was the best thing to do at tthis time.


Bryans' X-Mas List: Bacon Maple Bars


 It's Christmas time, which in this country means overindulgence more so than usual and as a strength athlete, I'm ok with that. What really matters is ensuring that that caloric intake increases during the cold off season months. Building quality strength, size and fortitude begins with calories. Granted, a balance of appropriate calories is important, but for those times when you want to splurge, there are lots of places to turn to, but this is one of my favorites.



Bryans' X-Mas List: Training by Charles Glass



Since I am taking the plunge and attempting to fulfill a very long wish to compete as a bodybuilder, it only makes sense to learn from the best. Former IFBB Pro Bodybuilder Charles Glass has worked with the best of the best as well as average Joes to bring them to their absolute best. Glass runs an uber successful full service business where his services include a full nutrition (contest prep) plan, individual training sessions and he has developed a Fix Me Analysis to help individuals identify weak areas and how to improve on them through training. Long considered the best of the best when it comes to identifying and fixing lagging bodybparts or fixing aesthetic imbalances, Charles is able wto work with clients both in person and over the web.


Couples Strongman Challenge - The Ironmill Philosophy Just Got Real



 Fail. Adapt. Succeed. Repeat.

That’s the Ironmill philosophy. It was the message I had in big letters on my t-shirt at Saturday’s Strongman competition in South Windsor, CT. When I packed that shirt to wear at the competition, I had no idea how much that philosophy was going to manifest in my performance that Saturday.

I was having a great run of successes the last few months. I was working hard and seeing the payoff in contest after contest. In September I had gotten my pro-status as a powerlifter in RPS at the Iron Maiden Championships in Newark, NJ. In October I flew to Phoenix, AZ for the RX Muscle Bros vs Pros 12 squat and deadlift challenge for reps with bodyweight. At 125lbs, with 125lbs on the barbell I squeezed out 75 squats and 156 deadlifts to win the event by 71 reps. On December 1st, I entered my first strongman competition, aggressively bypassing the novice class and competing in the open with hopes to qualify for nationals. It paid off. I finished 2nd and got my national qualification at my first competition. I was on a roll.


Bryans' X-Mas List: Reading Material - MILO



One of only a few magazines, or journals, for the passionate few in Strength Sports. Whether it be Strongman, Powerlifitng, Olympic Lifting, Highland Games or Grip Strength, these guys cover it all, from around the world. MILO, A Journal for Serious Strength Athletes is that one piece of the printed puzzle that may never go away. Articles from soem of the biggest and brightest in the industry, MILO is every strength guys bible.


Bryans' X-Mas List: GASP for Big Boys



When GASP Clothing came on the scene in American bodybuilding circles several years ago, most people saw the line, wanted the products, but came up em pty handed. GASP, based Sweden simply couldn't keep up with Norwegian and UK demand, let alone with develing into the American market. Once the market became avaialble, sales went through the roof in the U.S. Their products, built for real athletes by athletes brings quality cloths together with terrirfic fitment for hypertrophy enhanced men and subsequently an entire womens line.


Bryans' X-Mas List: APT Pro Wrist Wraps



Every strength athlete needs a few specific devices in his gym bag for those heavy days. No, not tampons for THOSE heavy days, but bar bending, joint smunching days. One of my favorite wrap companies is Inzer. They have been doing it a super long time and have perfected several different types based on the need and type of exercise being performed.


Bryans' X-Mas List: Bulletproof Biohacking



While on the outside I may come across as a big ol' meathead (right Marshall?) but in reality, I am kind of bright fella. This next gift idea is something that is next level kind of stuff for me. Combining the metaphysical with real dietary ideology based on practical application over millenia is the kind of stuff that may lead us to even further superiority in the coming years.

The Bulletproof Executive introduces the first ever Bulletproof Biohacking Conference. A what? Well, I will let them tell you:


Bryans' X-Mas List: Deadlift Platforms for Planet Fitness Locations



It is my wish to not only have wonderful gifts bestowed upon me by my millions of followers from around the world... but to give back in this time of uncertainty in the fitness culture. When Planet Fitness emerged on the scene as the ani-christ for true fitness enthusiasts, one very common theme emerged from their marketing - No Judgement Zones. Free of people who might make you feel uncomfortable, Planet Fitness has essentially ensured through a series of ad campaigns and in house tattle tale devices, that people like you and I are not welcome in their facilities. They have made it clear it is a maven for fatties to eat gym provided pizza, tootsie rolls and bagels. No Judgement... unless you are a bodybuilder, powerlifter, strongman or someone who looks like they lift heavy things for fun.


Kippups first? Hell no. Strength first.



I found this article and this is where I stand with Crossfit as a whole. Learn the basics and develop a foundation FIRST, then move on to movements that rely on your ability to learn how to cheat to be effective and speedy. Thanks to Collective Fitness.com out of Australia for this article:
Our Moonee Ponds personal trainers often get asked how to do a kipping pull up, kipping muscle ups and kipping knee to elbows? Our answer is always the same, “can you do 10 strict pull ups, 10 strict dips, 10 strict HSPU, and 10 strict knee to elbows (actually getting your knee to your elbow)?” Then we get started on achieving those milestones which is no easy task in itself. It all starts with strength.


Bryans' X-Mas List: Favorite Sammich!



You can make an arguement about the next one pretty easily, but for me, there is only one choice when it comes to my favorite Chicken Sandwich. I could give a fuck about the Gay vs Christian battle that ensued recently. I see both sides of the arguement. Chik-Fil- A makes sandwiches and supports organizations not everyone is going to agree with. Gay rights groups certainly didn't like those choices and staged a "sit out" and encouraged others to join them in boycotting Chik-Fil-A in that effort.


Bryans' X-Mas List: Safety Squat Bar



Don't let the four points of contact fool you, a Rogue Safety Squat Bar doesn't mean squatting will be any easier.
The weight distribution is unique to this bar. Training with the Rogue Safety Squat bar is known to tax your anterior chain; the weight distribution falls between the front squat and the high-bar back squat to vary your power output training. This bar is a safer option for intense squat progressions or maximum load lifts.This bar is known to increase your maximum working weight when compared to the traditional back squat.


Bryans' X-Mas List: Lift Big Eat Big



The boys and girls at Lift Big Eat Big (LBEB) have come up with a marketing idea that is brilliant in our little circle. Lifting Big goes without saying. We all go to the gym to train our biggest and best every day to consistently improve ourselves. Eat Big goes without saying, but often times gets a bad rap for WHAT kinds of foods we are eating. At LBEB eating big and eating right combined with training big and training right is where it's at.



Bryans' X-Mas List: WoW Straps



Lenny Cjr hooked up with me on Facebook and asked me to check out his new product, one ina series for products called the W.O.W Strap. At first, i though thow can anyone improve on the simplicty if the lifting strap? Every gym douche in the country has a set of harbingers they gto from their local Dick's Sporting Goods and those in the know have Rehboks, Andersons, APT, Versa GRips, etc.


New Nike Romaleos 2: Gotta Have



The Nike Romaleos 2 is newly designed for 2012. Nike made this high end weightlifting shoe even better by shaving 50 grams off the weight and increasing the forefoot flex.
Exclusive Nike contoured TPU heel wedge cups heel and supports foot to provide unmatched lifting stability

Integrated lacing and double power straps lock foot firmly in place

Supportive, durable upper materials and construction

Oustole designed to minimize wear in the heel