MOURNING IFBB PRO LUKE SANDOE

by Christian Duque

It’s always a very painful and sorrowful moment whenever we lose a member of the bodybuilding world. While our industry seems so large and expansive at expos, it’s really a small, tight-knit community and it’s times like these, when everyone comes together. I didn’t know Luke Sandoe, I didn’t talk to him on social media, in fact, I don’t ever think I even met him; however, he helped create something I really, truly, love – bodybuilding.
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THE OLYMPIA WILL HAPPEN IN 2020!

by Christian Duque

The world of bodybuilding and fitness breathed a sigh of relief as the news went viral, that the Olympia Weekend would, in fact, be taking place in 2020. Nothing less should have been expected from new owner, Jake Wood, along with his team, led by Dan Solomon, now in his second year in the role of Chief Olympia Officer. This has been, without question, one of the toughest years the fitness industry has ever had to endure.
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SEVERAL MLM SUPPLEMENT COMPANIES SMACKED BY THE FTC (AGAIN)

by Matt Weik

I’m not sure how or even why MLM supplement companies are still in business, but they are. The unfortunate part is, they’re pushing out products that aren’t anything special, while allowing any Tom, Dick, or Harry without an education or industry background to be out there selling the product. More times than not, they go out there peddling the products to all of their friends and family until they make it to the NFL (no friends left).
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GOLD’S GYM INTERNATIONAL FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION

by Christian Duque

When Joe Gold started his gym, that was the beginning of the modern era of bodybuilding. It all started from a small gym, with no frills, and was all about hardcore training. One of the best historians of this time is none other than Ric Drasin, who had a show on IronMag TV. When Joe sold his gym, the owners opened a new location, creating the most state of the art, most spacious, and accommodating training facility in the world. Gold’s Gym Venice became known as The Mecca of Bodybuilding, a distinction it holds till this day. Absolutely everyone, who’s anyone, in our sport, has either visited (or plans to visit), trained there, and/or had a photoshoot there.
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MAC TRUCC SAYS THE OLYMPIA DIED AFTER JAY CUTLER RETIRED – SAY WHAT?

by Matt Weik

Whenever I need a good laugh, I head over to the Generation Iron YouTube channel and play one of their videos. Now, I’m going to start by saying I don’t know Mac Trucc (Wes Boxley). I’ve never met him, never spoken to him, and I have nothing against him. It’s impossible to talk about someone you don’t even know. In fact, I only know of him because of the beef that went down between him and Rich Piana. While I’m not going to talk about Mac Trucc specifically in this article, I am going to touch on some of his comments during a Generation Iron interview where he said the Olympia died after Jay Cutler retired as well as his thoughts on Olympians.
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IS THE NEW COKE ENERGY DRINK A WORTHY OPPONENT IN THE MARKET?

by Matt Weik

With all of the new energy drinks coming out, it was only a matter of time before Coke decided to come out with their own. I actually wrote an article on this topic last year scratching my head as to why they would want to compete against themselves. The interesting thing is that Coca-Cola also owns Monster Energy who not only has their own line of energy drinks, but also the new Reign line. So, the question becomes, “Is the new Coke Energy Drink going to make a splash or fail and go down the drain?”
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HAVE YOU HIT A PLATEAU YOU CAN’T BREAK? TRY A NEW GYM

by Matt Weik

A fairly common question I hear come up is when people find themselves in a plateau and can’t seem to get past it and continue seeing the results they were prior. Many change up their caloric intake or macros, some will spend more time doing cardio, some will go to the gym an extra day during week to hit an extra session of resistance training – yet, none of them have thought about the tactic I’ve found to help many people and it’s something you probably never even considered. If you hit a plateau and you can’t break it, try going to a new gym. Say whaaaaaat? It’s true and here’s why.
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LEE PRIEST FEUDS WITH GREG DOUCETTE!

by Christian Duque

Lee Priest has been pretty angry lately. First, he feuded with Masters Mr. World Robert “Bob” Cicherilo, next he battled with industry leader Generation Iron, and now he’s embroiled in a battle with legendary Canadian bodybuilder Greg Doucette. The issue that’s caused the riff is dirty bulking. Lee, who was considered a top bodybuilder about 10-15 years ago, was well known for ballooning up to nearly 300lbs. He loved his KFC fried chicken, biscuits drizzled in honey, and pretty much anything he could get his hands on. Lee would get humongous, but his logic was, by bulking to these heavy numbers, he’d gain muscle in the process of losing all that fat. The reality is, dirty bulking is, largely, considered broscience, meathead logic, and otherwise totally bunk by most contest prep coaches.
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BODYBUILDING’S BEST SHOULDN’T BATTLE TROLLS ONLINE

by Christian Duque

The advent of social media brought about a totally new way of looking at things. Over the course of the last twenty years, we’ve seen the role of television change, we’ve seen movies go from stores to automated machines to strictly online. Everything changes and those who can’t change, simply go out of business. Those who are really successful, don’t just adapt, they’re constantly looking for the next big thing, and they’re always ready to switch up their game. Social media is no different. If you were big on Myspace, you had to be ready to make the jump to Facebook, from there you had to be ready to jump to Instagram, and from there, you had to be ready to jump to Tiktok.
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I WAS WRONG… 2020 BODYBUILDING WILL BE UNIMPRESSIVE AT BEST

by Matt Weik

Earlier this year I wrote an article about how bodybuilding fans were going to get the experience of a lifetime with the 2020 bodybuilding season. Boy, was I wrong! Who would have thought something as crazy as a pandemic would be hitting the world and shutting everything down – causing the bodybuilding season to be put on the backburner for the time being with shows being canceled left and right?
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WHAT EXACTLY IS GENERATION IRON TRYING TO DO WITH THEIR PLATFORM?

by Matt Weik

When Generation Iron first hit the scene and started producing content, I was excited to see what they were going to bring to the industry. It seemed like in the beginning their intentions were good and their YouTube channel grew to over 354k subscribers but quickly things turned south, and it made me wonder what Generation Iron is trying to do and accomplish with their platform?
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BRANDON CURRY: THE MR. OLYMPIA FOR THE NEW DECADE

by Christian Duque

When you’re dealing with the best athlete, of any sport, you’re dealing with someone who’s given their absolute all, who truly strives for excellence, and will not quit in the face of adversity. In physique-based sports, the single, undisputed, best competitor of each and every division, must win at the Olympia level. There is no other contest, anywhere, that can bestow that distinction. With bodybuilding, the best in the world is Brandon Curry. As the winner of the flagship division, he’s not only the face of bodybuilding, but he is the face of all physique-based sports throughout the world. This is a very important responsibility that he has lived up to fully, from even before Day 1. Other champions, in other eras, can hardly say the same.
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CRAIG TITUS: THE MOST TROUBLED IFBB PRO BODYBUILDER EVER?

by Matt Weik

If you’ve spent any time in the industry or have been a fan of bodybuilding for a while, a name you have probably heard (and not for good reasons) is Craig Titus. In fact, the name Craig Titus as well as his ex-wife, Kelly Ryan, are two highly searched names on Google. Both Craig Titus and Kelly Ryan were competitors in the fitness and bodybuilding industry, Craig is an IFBB Pro Bodybuilder where he competed in the 90s and 2000s and Kelly as a fitness competitor.
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CHRIS CORMIER BETTER THAN FLEX WHEELER?

by Christian Duque

Bodybuilding is a sport all about comparisons. The judges scrutinize physiques and oftentimes comparisons are necessary to determine placings. There’s guys who excel with shape and condition, others push the mass card, and some are such great posers, they can hide any flaw and still seem perfect. The media also loves to compare competitors, as it provides them with article ideas and program bylines to run with. But the folks who love to compare the athletes the most, would have to be the fans.
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