CAN ANYONE KNOCK DOWN CHRIS BUMSTEAD AT THE 2020 OLYMPIA?

by Matt Weik

While I wouldn’t say I’m the biggest fan of the Classic Physique division (I prefer to follow Men’s Open), it’s hard to not appreciate the physique they are bringing to the stage. Last year, Chris Bumstead took home the crown at the 2019 Olympia which was under scrutiny by many in the industry. That said, I felt as if he deserved the win.
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Can Nick Walker Beat Big Ramy in Chicago?

by Christian Duque

The The big question now isn’t if Nick Walker can win Chicago, it’s more so about if Big Ramy competes in Chicago, can Nick Walker beat him? It’s a crazy concept, but if Ramy goes to Chicago for an Olympia qualification, it’s unlikely he’s coming at 100% because he’ll want to leave that for the O. If he comes in 80-90% can Walker beat him? And if so, the bodybuilding world would come undone!
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BODYBUILDING NEEDS ANOTHER MARKUS RUHL

by Christian Duque

If you loved bodybuilding in the early 2000’s and you loved to pysch yourself out before, during, and after lifting, then chances are you loved Das Freak, the German Beast, Markus Ruhl. This was a legit a mass monster – still is – and he trained like a monster. From the early 2000’s till right around when YouTube became a staple in 2008/09, Markus went totally viral. Ruhl lifted insane poundages, dressed like a meathead, and didn’t give two shits about political correctness.
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RULE 1 EASY PROTEIN OMELET: YOU SHOULD BE EGG-STATIC ABOUT THIS

by Matt Weik

Ok… ok… I’m holding back my egg-citement about this product. HA! I “crack” myself up sometimes. Alright, I promise I’ll put the jokes on the “back burner” for now. But honestly, I’m super pumped to see more supplement companies getting away from the standard protein powders, amino acids, pre-workouts, fat burners, testosterone boosters, protein bars, etc., and expanding their portfolio into other areas – call them “functional foods” if you wish. The Rule 1 Easy Protein Omelet is something all of us should be thrilled about. Why? Let’s discuss this.
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YAXENI ORIQUEN – LA REINA DEL BODYBUILDING

by Christian Duque

It’s a scene that plays out daily, weekly, yearly. You walk into Rypt Gym Miami and you see a world class facility, top of the line equipment, and a vibe unlike any other. When you’re at the front counter, you see photos on the wall, trophies, and a real emphasis on bodybuilding. That’s because Rypt Gym is an iron sanctuary where South Florida’s most hardcore athletes come to train. Miami is the gateway to Latin America and it’s one of the fastest growing, most exotic, and most exciting cities to be in!!
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WHAT HAPPENS IF PHIL HEATH TANKS AT THE 2020 OLYMPIA?

by Christian Duque

This article isn’t asking what if Phil Heath fails, it’s asking what if he tanks? And what would that look like, exactly? Well, let’s address this from the jump. If Phil tanks, that would mean he actually put some effort into his prep, but failed to crack the Top 6. If Phil came back and was battling in places 7th – 10th, that would be him tanking.
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CAN’T MAXX CHARLES CATCH A BREAK?

by Christian Duque

It seems that The Destroyer has really paid his dues over the years, competing at multiple contests – nationally and internationally – and taking respectable placings. Just this year, he cracked the Top 10 at the Arnold Classic, took Top 5 at the NY Pro (where many fans, myself included, thought he should have placed much higher), and just took 2nd place to Antoine Vaillant at the 2020 Muscle Contest California.
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Social Media Wars in Bodybuilding!!

by Christian Duque

In the latest round of online beefs #NickStrengthAndPower had a brief war of words with #BreonAnsley over handicapping the 2020 #MrOlympia / Where do you stand?
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MUSCULAR DEVELOPMENT IS THE LAST STANDING MAGAZINE: DO THEY HAVE AN ADVANTAGE?

by Matt Weik

I can’t begin to tell you how much I enjoyed reading bodybuilding and fitness magazines back in the day. When an issue would show up in the mail, I was like a kid in a candy store. I’d sit down and read the magazine from cover to cover without stopping. I wanted to take in as much information as I could and dive deep into the industry. Unfortunately, print magazines have died off. Yet, there is one left standing after the rest pivoted – Muscular Development. Either Steve Blechman, the owner of Muscular Development, is completely nuts or he feels he has an advantage now. Which of the two is it or both? Let’s discuss.
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BREON ANSLEY, NICK MILLER FEUD?

by Christian Duque

First of all, I don’t think there’s a “feud” at all, most definitely not from 2x Classic Physique Olympia Breon Ansley’s side. Here’s what basically happened, as far as I see it. NIck Miller, aka Nick Strength And Power, is the most popular YouTuber. Miller made some predictions, Breon Ansley disagreed, laid out his points, and took Miller to task.
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WAS IT REDEMPTION – OR DESTINY?

by Christian Duque

Taking second place does something to a competitor. Being Top 6 is great, Top 5 is even better, and being 3rd means you’re on the verge of greatness. You’re so close, it’s almost a foregone conclusion that one day – very soon – you’ll be in top spot. 3rd means you still know what you need to do, you can still make adjustments, still address minor flaws, and you improving is the key to your success; however, what about 2nd place? The runner-up spot has got to be the most psychologically perplexing placing of them all.
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SELF-MASSAGE REDUCES STRESS AND HELPS MUSCLE RECOVERY

by Matt Weik

Who couldn’t use a massage? That being said, not everyone has the coin to drop on weekly massages. For that reason, I went out looking for an answer and found Dr. David Sol, DAc, Lac, LMT, CFMP, and Dean of Massage Programs at Pacific College of Health and Science. David is an expert when it comes to self-massage and I thought it would be invaluable to spend some time understanding how we all could utilize self-massage to reduce stress and help with muscle recovery.
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APPARENTLY, CONTENT CREATORS CAN’T HAVE AN OPINION THESE DAYS

by Matt Weik

It’s become apparent over the last few years that content creators aren’t allowed to have an opinion anymore. It’s as if what comes out of their mouths is automatically criticized. Now, I’m not saying that some of the stuff people say isn’t totally inaccurate, but when someone has an opinion on a subject why is it no longer respected?
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Iain Valliere Wins 2020 NY Pro / Bo Lewis – Next 212 Superstar!!

by Christian Duque

In this week’s edition, we discuss the 2020 IFBB Pro League New York Pro. #IainValliere won big, with Bo Lewis winning the 212. Both of these #bodybuilding champions are now #MrOlympia qualified!! Also, we continue to pay homage to our brother Ric Drasin. And there’s plenty of bodybuilding commentary, dispelling some pretty commonly subscribed to myths about judging.
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