We’re not talking about abs here. Often times in a bodybuilder gym you will hear people commenting about so and so having longer or shorter muscle bellies, a fuller muscle belly or whatever variation they can find. Other than being an excuse for not being able to build muscle mass, or the big belly bodybuilders get from taking too much growth hormone, what is it exactly and what can you do about it? [Read more…]
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Following the post ” What Ronnie Coleman Looks like Today (2013) ” I noticed big Ron was still more popular than I thought, even after years of retirement from pro bodybuilding. That previous post did not really glorify his physique so I decided to pop out a few old pictures underlining his best years as a profesionnal bodybuilder. For those of you who think they’ve seen it all, I really recommend checking these out because even after seeing his popular pictures dozens of times I’m still impressed by the stunning physique he displayed on stage every year. There was never such a talented-slash-genetically gifted bodybuilder in history (except maybe for Arnold) and it might take a long time before we get to see another like him.
Do not try this at home kids. Powerlifter Eric Spoto just broke the world record for raw bench press (meaning that the lift was not assisted by any sort of equipment, popular one being the benchpress shirt). At the signal of the judges, the man successfully pressed a ridiculously impressive 722 lb (327.5 kg), at the Southern Powerlifting Federation California State Powerlifting Meet in Sacramento, California on May 19, 2013. The previous record was being held by Scott Mendelson who pressed 715 pounds (324.3 kg) on May 22, 2005 at the New England Bench Press Classic. At the event, Eric Spoto lifted 661 lb (300 kg) on his first attempt, followed by 716 lb (325 kg) and his final lift of 722 pounds earning him 5 500$ prize money while making him the top ranked raw bench presser in the world today. I think you know you’re onto something when you warm up with 661 pounds unassisted! [Read more…]
Ahh the famous Bodybuilders vs Powerlifters debate. Common sense says that powerlifters are stronger and that bodybuilders are bigger. Sounds good right. But let’s explore those claims in a little more detail right away.
You may hear that subject a lot from bros in your gym. But yo pro bodybuilders are juiced up to hell and they’re not even that strong. ”It’s all pump and steroids man!” Well this is somewhat true but at that same time not even close to reality. Yes you will hear guys like Kai Greene and other bodybuilders tell you that building muscle size and definition for the scene has nothing to do with lifting heavy weights. We’re not powerlifters they say. It’s all about technique, contraction, time under tension and breaking the muscle down so that it grows back bigger. Here’s a video of Kai Greene stressing the fact that it’s all about stretching and contraction. [Read more…]
After seeing Ronnie coleman do DB presses with 200 pounds, I decided to compile the biggest dumbbells ever seen in a gym (or where ever). If you go to a popular gym chain, those are the ones at the end of the rack, collecting dust and rust because nobody can even THINK of lifting them. But make no mistake, there are dudes out there, mainly found in powerlifting gyms, who can do reps with such monsters. So he were go, in ascending order :
Following my previous blog post on what do you our bodybuilders look like before the 2013 Olympia, here’s an update from the 2013 NPC/IFBB Pittsburgh Championship held on May 4 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The 2013 Mr. O, to be held in september 26-29 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, looks very promising this year. Will Phil Heath lose his title to Kai Greene? Can’t know for sure but I’d put 20 bucks on Kai. By the way the lighting wasn’t that good for the guest posing event, but whatevs