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arnold-and-franco

by Cade Thomas

It is not uncommon to hear people say that bodybuilding is a selfish sport. If ones desires to be successful at it, you truly do have to put your needs in first priority before managing a lot of other daily life struggles. While this can be counteracted to a degree with proper planning and preparation, there is no denying that a bodybuilders brain is focused inward and one must truly find what works best for their body on an individual basis.

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bodybuilder

by Geoff Roberts

The list of misused or exaggerated terms in bodybuilding and fitness stretches far out of sight. Of the hundreds of misused terms in our industry, two interesting terms that are often incorrectly used, but seem to fly under the radar are “metabolism” and “appetite”. It seems that every athlete in our sport claims to have either a rapid fire metabolism, or the metabolic rate of a three toed sloth.

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b_letro

by Mike Arnold

With most of the focus on Aromasin these days, I wanted to bring some of the attention back to our other AI’s. While Aromasin has rightly earned its place on the most popular list, each AI has its own unique set of characteristics which makes it ideal under various circumstances, but before we start discussing these differences, let’s begin with a brief history of letrozole in medicine. Brought to market by Novartis in 1997, Letrozole’s original indication was for the treatment of receptor-positive or unknown advanced breast cancer in postmenopausal women. A few years later, fertility specialists began employing letrozole for the purpose of ovarian stimulation after clinical studies demonstrated several advantages over Clomid, such as an improved side effect profile, a reduced risk of multiple gestation (twins, triplets, etc), and increased rates of conception.

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by Craig Titus
Craig Titus

“Random Thoughts”
Just because you qualify to compete in the Mr. Olympia doesn’t necessarily mean you should compete and it surly doesn’t mean you’re ready for the Olympia stage…. That’s if you plan on placing in the money. Truth is, the greatest bodybuilding show on earth isn’t the Mr. Olympia, and it’s the show you win! I’m pretty sure I speak for most bodybuilders when I say ‘it’s far more rewarding to win bodybuilding competitions then to just compete in the Olympia and not place in the top ten.” As a professional bodybuilder nothing is more disappointing then not hearing you’re named called out amongst the ten best bodybuilders in the world. Besides the empty and dishearten feeling that consumes you when your name isn’t announced, you’re now placed into the class of bodybuilders considered to be not elite.

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Intra-workout-nutrition

by Mike Arnold

The concept of a training window, during which recovery and growth could be enhanced through the timed consumption of particular nutrients, is nothing new, having first been mentioned in bodybuilding publications over 50 years ago. Since that time, our understanding of the science of muscle growth has increased exponentially, revealing to us newer and more effective ways of utilizing workout-based nutrition to enhance our progress.

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steroids-cycles

by Mike Arnold

Every now and then I like to depart from the typically science laden teaching style which characterizes my writings just talk about something fun. This is one of those times. Even 25 years later, I still find myself feeling a pinch of excitement when statements such as “world’s most potent steroid”, “best strength drug”, or other similar attention grabbing headlines catch my eye. In fact, it was just a few hours ago, after accidentally coming across an old Thomas O’Connor article on this very subject, that I was inspired to pen my own version.

As interesting as it can be to contemplate this subject, the reality is that any answer one might provide/receive is based on a subjective reality, in which one’s own experience and knowledge combine in order to form an opinion. Variances in personal response, as well as the inability to identify and measure those factors within AAS which are responsible for stimulating strength gains, preclude the possibility of developing a set ranking system.

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Bob_Paris_Mr_Universe

by Cade Thomas

IFBB professional bodybuilding shows still feature a “night show” where competitors are re-compared and also get to perform a posing routine set to music of their choice. If you were an outsider, you would probably assume that this section of the show (especially if you didn’t see prejudging) was of high importance contributed greatly to the outcome of the event. It would make sense; the routines are long, it requires the most amount of skill and preparation, and is brutally obvious when someone neglects to put any work into it.

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by Mike Arnold

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Will this Site Enhancing Wonder Drug Change the Bodybuilding World Forever? After years of immersing myself in the world of PED culture, I have to admit that I have found myself exhibiting decreased levels of interest over every little thing that comes to market. It’s not that I have lost interest in PED’s themselves. If anything, my appreciation for these body, mind, and performance enhancing drugs has only continued to grow, as I realize more fully the extent to which science can potentially benefit us in this area. Rather, it’s the promise that this science brings which has left me a little disappointed with each new development and pondering their true relevance in the bigger picture of our sport’s evolution.

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anabolic-steroids-bodybuilder

by Josh Hodnik

In 1936 the film titled “Reefer Madness” was released. This film showed marijuana users committing crimes while high such as rape, suicide, and homicide. “Reefer Madness” was intended to scare the public and curb the use of marijuana. Obviously, watching this film by a non-marijuana user would probably cause a concern. But a person that already uses marijuana would know that becoming a maniac after smoking some reefer is highly doubtful. The film “Reefer Madness” is not too different from the propaganda that is released regarding anabolic steroids.

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charles-glass

by Cade Thomas

To many people, the success of a bodybuilding contest or the entire physique competition industry is based on how many participants enter shows. These days it’s not unheard of to hear promoters boast about 300-500 entrants into a local show like this means the show is a huge success and the sport is growing. Does this really reflect success? One could argue that popularity and success are directly related and that more people are getting into competing which means more growth. While it certainly does mean growth of the bank accounts of the promoters, trainers, and sponsors, does this benefit the sport as a whole?

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Shawn-Rhoden

by Cade Thomas

The 2014 Mr.Olympia was one of few highlights (from a physique standpoint at least), in fact several bodybuilders who have become known for their consistency showed up on the Vegas stage not looking anything like their personal best. Between the ongoing soap opera of Phil Vs. Kai (yawn), the rumors of Dexter Jackson being dramatically larger than he has ever been (he was bigger but nothing shocking), and many people crossing fingers that Big Ramy would finally show up in the condition needed to grab the placing he has the potential to, not many people were talking about Shawn Rhoden.

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bob_eating

by Cade Thomas

The term “Offseason Bodybuilder” used to be synonymous with gigantic bloated physiques, offering a stark contrast to the dry and shredded anatomy charts that were presented on stage. There was something enamouring about the larger than life scale that some bodybuilders would blow their physiques up to in their pursuit of the ultimate amount of muscle. While no one would ever say most top professional bodybuilders “blend in” in public, a near contest ready physique for most is much less noticeable in baggy clothes, and if it wasn’t for the width of shoulders they could pass for just being overly athletic if you don’t have time to observe the veins on any exposed limbs. The quintessential “bulking” professional bodybuilder is entirely a different story; Even moderate amounts of fat mass and excess water can take them from swimming in a XXXL shirt to pushing it to it’s utmost maximum capacity. The insane roundness is undeniable.

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ed-nunn-training

by Cade Thomas

We have long witnessed the world of competitive bodybuilding be dominated by American athletes. While other countries have had their representatives in the the contests over the years, there has definitely been a progression towards an American focus over each generation. Even the legend himself Arnold Schwarzenegger grew up fantasizing about leaving his home country and living the American dream, as if there was zero chance of achieving success as a bodybuilder in any other part of the world. Tales of Gold’s Gym on Venice Beach, muscle beach, and California seemingly reached the entire world through Joe Weider publications in which he romanticized the mecca of bodybuilding in ways that few aspiring lifters could ignore.

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by Craig Titus
Craig Titus

2014 Mr. Olympia Preview
Wow, only about a month until the 50th Mr. Olympia takes place. It seems like only yesterday when Phil Heath took his third Olympia title and Jay Cutler dropped down to a respectable 6th place ending Cutler’s reign. Coming up already September 18th a record breaking $1.1 million dollars in prize money is up for grabs. Those running the IFBB should be thinking me I came up with the idea of physique divisions proving to generate enough money to offer $1.1 million in prize money at this year’s Olympia.

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