Just about everyone can appreciate the beautiful flowing lines of Frank Zane at his peak, the regal shape of Serge Nubret, or the classic balance of Lee Labrada. I admire what each of these guys has accomplished. Given a choice though, I'd pick the mind-boggling mass of Paul DeMayo, the freaky thickness of Dorian Yates, or the over-powering size of Victor Richards.
"I was always impressed by both musculature AND the idea of strength," Nick Lavitola said as he leaned across the table towards me. His passion for pushing the physique and the strength envelop was apparent by his wide smile and the excited tone in his voice as he recounted his past. His success at both was also evident, both by his thickly developed physique and slew of victories in bodybuilding and powerlifting.
Back when it was more common to be a two-sport strength athlete, Lavitola was one of the best. His physique victories include a slew of regional victories (class wins in the '83 NPC East Coast and the ‘87 NPC Eastern USA), top national level placings (tenth and ninth in the NPC Nationals ‘84-85, a third and fourth in the AAU Mr. America ‘89-90) and the short class in the '88 AAU Mr. World.
Many of you will recognize the name GAT since the infamous Derek Anthony is their spokesperson. It's time to give them their due credit as a top supplement company with a full line of products. Charles Moser has been at the helm for a decade, recently changing the name of his company from German American Technologies to the snappier GAT.
Although forced into retirement ten years ago by a genetic disease (ulcerative colitis), Mike Francois still has a strong following in a sport known for its short memory. Some may attribute his popularity to his meteoric rise - winning the Nationals on his second attempt and then dominating in his first three pro shows, including a decisive victory over Flex Wheeler
at the 1995 Arnold Classic.
If you are not familiar with Westside Barbell or the revolutionary training techniques pioneered by the club's founder Louie Simmons, here is a quick primer:
Westside Barbell is named after a famous (perhaps the first) powerlifting gym in Culver City, California during the sixties, which was when the sport was first being solidified from what was often called the "Odd Lifts." While Olympic lifting was the popular iron sport of the time, powerlifting utilized "slow lifts" that were popularly practiced in the gym. Over time, this evolved into the three core lifts of the squat, bench press and deadlift.
Taurine is often referred to as a ‘conditionally essential' nutrient since the body is able to synthesize it from the amino acids methionine and cysteine. In order for this process to be executed there also has to be a sufficient amount of vitamin B6 present. The fact that Taurine is often overlooked when it comes to putting together a supplement plan makes it even more worthy of our attention. In fact, supplementing with Taurine can have a valuable impact on not only your training, but also your overall health.
The training of bodybuilders and powerlifters varies widely - in particular when it comes to the value of deadlifting. This is unfortunate because most bodybuilders would benefit greatly from the type of heavy pulls that Ronnie Coleman and Mike Francois have used to build their impressive physiques.
Sadly, most bodybuilders rely on two to three quick sets of hyperextensions as their sole spinal erector and hip movement. The hip is the largest joint in the body. When one considers the amount of muscle that crosses the posterior half of the hip joint (gluteus maximus, spinal erector, hamstrings) as well as the muscles which articulate along the length of the spine and their potential for strength, these sleepy-eyed, half-assed hypers truly seem pathetic.
Green Lipped Mussel(Perna canaliculus) is a shellfish from New Zealand and it has been ranked among the top ‘eco-friendly seafood's' by the US environmental agency, Blue Ocean Institute. It is grown on ropes suspended from platforms on the surface of the ocean. The mussels obtain their nutrients directly from the phyto-plankton and minerals in sea water. When the mussels hit their ‘peak' they are harvested with the edible portion being freeze dried using low temperatures. Each batch is analyzed to ensure that no bacteria and heavy metals are present and it must meet with the guidelines laid down by the New Zealand Ministry of Fisheries.
Vitamin B12 has earned the reputation of being an energy booster and an appetite stimulant and it's for this reason that many bodybuilders and athletes choose to supplement their diet with this nutrient. It can also be a worthy addition to post cycle treatment (PCT) since it's on discontinuing the use of anabolic agents that most athletes are likely to find their energy and appetite levels fallin
Obesity in our society, and the escalating health problems associated with it, are a constant topic on Heavy Muscle Radio, SuperHuman Radio, and throughout the forums of Rxmuscle. Eating disorders may be common in the bodybuilding world, but most of our body-identity issues are subtle compared to what is seen on any walk through your local Wal-Mart. One excuse has long been that restaurant chains, notably fast-food vendors, don't display nutritional data for their customers. Well, that lame-duck argument is disappearing, as a new national law is in the works that will require restaurant chains with at least 20 locations to post calorie counts on their menus. Included are the following stipulations: