Coverage from Rx Muscle continues to grow. When you want the best in coverage, you go to the best in the business. We have sought out talent like Mel Chancey and now Dr. Lane Norton, people who know the Iron Game inside and out. On that note, the 2011 Arnold Amateur Strongman Champion, the 2012 Arnold Strongman Classic Champion and Worlds Strongest Man finalist Mike Jenkins will be reporting with Bryan Hildebrand at the Pro event on March 1st and 2nd.
The 2012 Arnold Strongman Classic winner and top 5 finisher at last years World's Strongest Man announced several week ago he would be sitting out this years Strongman Classic due to a continuing knee injury. At the time he felt that he could not be 100% in an event that is far more physically demanding and taxing than any other in the world. In that decision he confirmed with Dr Terry Todd, his own Orthopaedic surgeon, his sponsors and his lovely wife Keri, and came to the conclusion now was the best time for surgical intervention. Here is Mike's update to his fans from last night updating everyone on his progress and his availability and appearances at the Arnold Expo.
The L.A. Fit Expo is now in the books and some big surprises awaited those in the strongman community. With 12 athletes, 9 of which were Pro and 3 Amateurs, after 5 of 6 events, 2 Amateurs were leading the pack! In the end, Jerry Pritchett who just missed his Pro Card against Mike Caruso in 2010, had a strong game plan coming into L.A. Which he executed perfectly and took the win and the last invitation to the Arnold Strongman Classic back to Phoenix.
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.
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.