Organic Steroid Muscles vs Synthetically Induced Mass

7 Feb

Weight lifting and bodybuilding with dramatic effects on muscle mass is possible with organic steroids that are, in fact, the blueprint for harmful synthetic growth hormone variants. The term steroid muscles is used to indicate quick and massive volume increase.

Natural steroids inside the body act as hormones and have a wider spectrum of beneficial effects than artificial growth hormone. The trick is to increase your body reserves and production capabilities of natural steroids on a moderate and sustained level to accomplish muscle growth, strength and increase body stamina. The human body also has better tolerance against natural, or organic steroids.

The abuse of synthetic steroids causes the same long-term problems that of any substance misuse: the organic component that is replicated drops in production. In other words, someone shooting growth hormone is teaching the pituitary gland to stop making the hormone organically. The effects can be irreversible and the synthetic hormone “burn” can permanently damage organ tissues.

Androsterone can be converted from the organic steroid 5aAndrostanediol through 17b-Hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase or by 5aAndrostanedione through 3a-Hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase. While most adults are looking for ways to lose weight, young boys looking for ways to gain weight and increase muscle size to improve sports performance. A normal release of organic steroids is part of the natural process of puberty to gain mass. The debilitating stage of old age, both in men and women, is to a large extent caused by a decrease in anabolic steroids that affect muscle and bone mass and quality.

On the sports arena and unfortunately, in the gym, the use of synthetic male growth hormone and steroids is widespread, however, there are alternatives. The users are becoming educated and as understanding of the synthetic dangers widens this powers a new market of natural products and methods with no synthetic or illegal components.

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Steroid Alternatives for Fast Muscle Mass Gain

4 Feb

Steroids affect the testosterone levels in your body. There are natural steroids that you body produces, and synthetic or supplemental steroids that are popular for adding bulk. What are steroid muscles? Often it is easy to spot someone who is using anabolic steroids to add muscle mass. As it is easier to pump biceps and pecs the body becomes lopsided. Steroid additives were originally developed as medical treatment to combat muscle deficiencies. If abused, steroids can damage the human body, specially the liver, with life-long effects.

There are smarter alternatives. It takes a little work but you can push your body over the edge and make it produce higher than normal rates of steroids and convert these more safely to the hormones that promote fast muscle mass gains.

At Steroid Muscles you will find the tools you need to become larger and stronger with steroid alternative methods.

Top Bodybuilding Lessons And Trainer Interviews

30 Jan

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Many top bodybuilders and fitness gurus write training programs on how to build huge muscles fast. I always look for Organic Methods and lean body muscle tips. Best of all are the insider tricks on how to maximize muscle bulk and definition with the body´s own anabolic power and raise the level of organic steroids.

I confess to being a consumer of a lot of training packages and have stacks of instruction materials from which I filter out the best training method from each author. Over time, all these purchases add up to quite a lot of money. Money well spent but not every tip and method from a single muscleman coach is useful. A couple of examples of the (for me personally) single most important lessons by expert body building trainers:

“Body Re-engineering” by Hugo Rivera opened my eyes to bulking and trimming.

“Maximize your Metabolism” by Christopher Guerriero showed me how to mantain a anabolic state 24/7.

Scot Abel, trainer of over 100 professional bodybuilders, turned me around to why weight selection is a waste of time for massive muscle mass building.

Muscle Advantage Pro Interviews is perhaps the most interesting set of disclosing lessons on how to buld and gain muscle mass fast. Well worth a look if you want a single product that gives you access to more than a dozen of the body building elite trainers in a single shot.

How To Choose the Most Effective Body Building Supplement

26 Jan

So many supplements on the market claim that they are the best. However, it should be remembered that the most important choice facing the customer is in picking supplements that will give them the best workout results for their particular sport or discipline.

Protein

Protein is a good and effective body building supplement and it is recommended by many muscle building experts. Protein helps bring all the necessary muscle building enzymes to where they need to be. Boosting energy level is important for building muscle and protein is an essential aspect of that.

Whey Protein

Whey protein is one of the best protein supplements. Anyone looking to build strength or endurance will not want to miss this particular type of protein when applying their program. However, it must be remembered that the right dosages and amounts of whey protein are crucial for having good results of muscle building.

Creatine

Creatine is another bodybuilding supplement that should be taken into account. Creatine is good for combating tiredness and enhancing performance during muscle building workouts. As such, creatine is a potent supplement for boosting rapid muscle building. Although this substance is produced naturally in the body, it is still useful to take a creatine supplement to enhance its level.

Glutamine

Among the user reviews, glutamine is the supplement that seems to bring most bodybuilders the very best of results during workout. Glutamine is a key component in the bringing of much needed muscle re-building nutrients. This particular supplement will assist the muscles’ functionality and help muscles grow larger and to be toned.

Making the Right Choice in Body Building Supplements

The opinion of which bodybuilding supplement is best is different from person to person. Picking the right muscle building supplement will help body builders, or simply those wishing to improve their performance, realize their desired goals. Picking the right bodybuilding supplement which will have certain results will make a big difference in helping to sustain a workout instead of resulting in early exhaustion and inefficiency.

While selecting supplements, do some research and choose one with proven results. The results usually are exaggerated by the supplement companies, so those in the market for body building products should be careful while choosing a muscle building supplement. In order to make the right choice, body builders should examine the online reviews of certain products as other body builders’ testimonials are the best indicator of whether the particular body building supplement is effective or not.

Bodybuilding in Venice Beach, CA

22 Jan

Venice, California is known for being a trendsetting locale, and bodybuilding is certainly one of its most popular draws. It is why Venice is often referred to as Muscle Beach. It is said that California Governor (and former actor) Arnold Schwarzenegger heightened the interest in pumping iron when he relocated from Europe. Not only did he train at the world famous Gold’s Gym in Venice, it was the site of the popular cult film, Pumping Iron, which introduced Schwarzenegger to the movie-going public. Today, Gold’s Gym has expanded with branches in cities across the country, and Muscle Beach (which serious bodybuilders believe go hand in hand) is an attraction that still draws thousands of spectators yearly.

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Muscle Beach

The history of Muscle Beach is long and illustrious. It dates back to the 1930’s when thousands used to gather and watch the gymnastics performed by Muscle Beach regulars, stuntmen, circus performers, and athletes. It was also a spot where celebrities, such as Kirk Douglas, Clark Gable, Jayne Mansfield, Jane Russell, and Mae West liked to hang out. Body builders like Vic Tanney and Joe Gold (founder of Gold’s Gym and World Gym) used the gym’s resources to sculpt their bodies and stay fit. It was also home to famous body builders like Jack LaLanne and Steve “Hercules” Reeves. It even inspired the popular 1964 film classic, Muscle Beach Party, starring teen idols, Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello.

Clearly, Muscle Beach (also referred to as “The Pen”) has never lost its allure over the decades, but it has upgraded and is now considered one of the most popular attractions along the Venice Beach Boardwalk. Nowadays, you will find a gated, fully restored outdoor gym that features chin and parallel bars, rings, small jungle gyms for kids, and a padded safe gymnastics area for tumbling. There’s also the bleachers where hundreds of spectators can sit and observe the body builders pump iron (Sundays are the best day) or watch the contests that are held regularly. Further, in September of 2007 the Walk of Fame was established. Twenty three bodybuilder notables (such as Rachel McLish, the first woman Ms. Olympia and Mickey Hargitay, 1955 Mr. Universe and father of Law and Order’s Mariska Hargitay), were inducted. To honor them, each was given a bronze plaque mounted on the outside of the weight pen. New inductees are added during the yearly May ceremony.

Gold’s Gym

Gold’s Gym in Venice (established in 1964) is considered the Mecca of Bodybuilding. This is where it all began. It is considered the prime spot to pump some serious iron. As Tyler Durden, competitive bodybuilder and member of the NPC (National Physics Committee) points out: “For those of us who are serious and compete, this is a lifestyle. You eat right, you don’t drink or smoke, and you get plenty of rest. If you’re not serious about this, someone else will come along that is.” Concurs 51 year old body builder, Ron King: “It takes discipline and it’s healthy. That’s what matters.”

This world-renowned gym has turned out countless champion bodybuilders. Besides 47,000 square feet of Nautilus machines and free weights, the walls are lined with floor to ceiling mirrors. At any given time, you’ll see serious bodybuilders pumping iron to a rock and roll beat. Located at 360 Hampton Drive (three streets inland from the beach), Gold’s Gym opens daily at 5 a.m. and stays open until midnight. On weekends it’s open from 4 a.m. until midnight.

Upcoming Events

Late spring and summer are the best times of the year to catch some fun bodybuilding events:

  • The Muscle Beach International Classic on May 25-26.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Muscle Beach held on July 4th. This offers novice and open divisions for men and women bodybuilding and figure.
  • Muscle Beach Midsummer’s-Eve Fitness Pageant. There will be two categories: Figure Competitors and Bikini Models.
  • The Muscle Beach Championship, held on September 1st.
  • Body Building and Figure Demonstration held on Sundays from 2-4 on May 18th, June 29th, July 6th, and August 31st. It’s free to the public. Remember, huge crowds are expected to attend these events so prepare to arrive at the beach early.

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Darron Glenn Junior USA Champ on Training/Diet

18 Jan

How This New Star Built Winning Size, Separation and Symmetrry

How Darron Glenn managed dramatic bodybuilding gains in less than a decade includes his progress as a bantamweight at natural events to his present status as an amateur light heavyweight champion at the national level. He began competing around 2002 in natural shows in the east and then by 2004 was competing in the NPC (National Physique Committee) first as a middle weight and most recently as a light heavyweight class bodybuilder. In 2009, he won the overall title at the NPC Junior USA Championship. Here this young North Carolina athlete, still on a competitive streak, details some of the points in his training and diet that gained him the size, separation and symmetry to do it:

Adjusting to a New Weight Class

MasterMuscle: What would you say has changed the most for you in moving up from the middleight class to light heavyweight class?

Darron Glenn: The portion size of my meals. I mean, as a middlweight, I was eating around six ounces at each meal just to maintain the muscle that I was holding at around 190 some pounds, but now when I have to be at over 206 pounds of muscle, I’ve increased that to nine to 10 ounces — which is a lot more eating with eight meals! Before as a middleweight, I had six meals daily, but now as a light heavyweight I have to eat eight meals. So everything’s stepped up — the intensity’s stepped up as far as my training sessions also, now I can go a little heavier. Before as a middleweight, I did a lot of high volume just to keep the weight on.

MasterMuscle: So with your training routine you moved away from doing high repetition sets of exercise and into doing higher weight instead?

Darron Glenn: Right.

Muscle Mass Gains with Improved Training, Supplementation

Darron GlennMasterMuscle: What about supplementation — how has that changed for you since you’ve moved up to competing in the light heavyweight class?

Darron Glenn: As a middlweight, I was taking five grams of glutamine, five grams of creatine. Now I’m implementing 10 grams of creatine and 10 grams of glutamine, and taking branched chain aminos at meals three times a day. My protein shakes increased from two scoops to two and a half scoops. So definitely the supplementation part of it has stepped up; the fat burners have stayed the same. But the main thing was, the more muscle I gained, the more supplementation was necessary to support repair and growth of the muscle fibers.

MasterMuscle: What is your usual cardio routine like either in the in- or off-seasons?

Darron Glenn: Coming out of the off-season, I do cardio three times a week for 30 minute sessions. No more than dropping 300 calories — just enough to maintain where my physique is at. I never reach over eight percent bodyfat all year. So that’s just the consistency that I keep at with all my meals. Then during the in-season, I go to six days for cardio session; when I arrive at that 12 week mark before the show, it’s seven days — 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes at night. Then I target 400 to 500 calories every day as far as what I can burn with the cardio.

MasterMuscle: What particular muscle groups are there that you have been refining a bit more since 2006?

Darron Glenn: My main thing is my legs — it’s always legs, legs, legs that the judges want to see now! So I’ve actually already put on a half an inch onto my quads, giving them more sweep in the front and in the back. So I’ve definitely improved on that area, and also calves, because I don’t have the type of growth that some bodybuilders do on their calves — I have higher calves, so I’ve built them up symmetrically to the rest of my upper body, but just putting on the legs is always going to be something that I strive for all the time.

Creatine Supplementation for Mass Gain

15 Jan

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How to Creatine Works to Help Build Muscle

Creatine has long been used by the athletic fraternity as a proven way of increasing strength gains in power athletes. Creatine works by increasing the amount of energy available to the muscle and allowing better performance.

Who should use Creatine?

Creatine has been shown to be effective in improving performance in power activities but not in endurance events. Creatine a naturally occuring substance. It is used in the body as part of the Creatine Phosphate energy system, which is only used when a person is working at maximal output in anaerobic exercise. This would include sprinting and weightlifting especially. Activities that are reliant on the aerobic energy system as a way of producing ATP for energy have little or no benefit from Creatine supplementation.

Creatine Muscle Volumising

During the initial stages of Creatine supplementation a significant rise in visible mass occurs, almost certainly due to the effect of the Creatine driving water in to the muscle cells. This is called muscle volumising. It is usually seen in the first weeks of supplementation and is therefore too soon for it to be indicative of an increase in actual muscle. From a visual viewpoint this may be a desirable effect.

Strength and Mass Gains from Creatine

Strength and muscle mass increases occur due to increased exercise intensity; this is facilitated by the Creatine supplementation. Increased muscle mass and strength are unlikely to occur with out an increase in training intensity. However, some research has started to show a protein synthesising effect of Creatine supplementation in vitro.

The Best Forms of Creatine

Creatine comes in powder or liquid (serum) forms, but you always get what you pay for in terms of quality. Poor quality forms of Creatine may be contaminated and that may cause many of the anecdotal side effects that people mention.

 Creatine Monohydrate powder has been used in the vast majority of scientific studies and is therefore the most proven. Creatine Monohydrate is known to degrade (into creatinine) once in liquid form so it should be used quickly after mixing ( within 6 – 8 hours). Serum or liquid Creatine purports to be faster absorbed but there is little evidence to support this and it is possible that it degrades more quickly because it is a liquid, while the powder form is more stable in terms of storage.

Creatine is also available in the forms Creatine Phosphate and Creatine Citrate. The monohydrate form is shown to have the better yield per five grams. Although the other forms may be more absorbable, they are bound to other substances meaning that less Creatine is absorbed per total serving.

Creatine Cycling, Creatine Loading and the Side Effects of Creatine

There are a few different ways to use Creatine and there are also some side effects if it is not used properly. Find out about Creatine Loading, Cycling and it Side Effects.

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Jason Kozma: Mr. America’s Training Strategies

12 Jan

A native of of Tennessee, Jason Kozma was making an impressive debut in amateur competitive bodybuilding even before moving to the Los Angeles area in the 90s. He decided to concentrate exclusively on building a solid base of clients in the very competitive personal training field. Having gone beyond even his own expectations in personal training, he decided it was time to return to the bodybuilding stage for new and greater challenges. In 2003, he began to train to compete again, and in the seasons that followed won high placings in the heavyweight class, a heavyweight title at the Mr. America event in 2005, and more high placings at other major California events in 2007. Here he discusses both his own training and the insights he has brought along in helping a wide variety of body types achieve their own personal fitness best.

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Building a Professional Fitness Profile, California Style

MasterMuscle: How did you find the time to return to competitive bodybuilding in addition to managing your extensive personal training business?

Jason Kozma: Well, for those first seven years here in Los Angeles, I was just focused on building my business. I had five years of concentrating on business and my practice was really large and solid enough to the point where I didn’t have to spend every moment trying to optimise my websites or getting new clients, it was kind of supporting itself. So then I needed a new goal to work towards and I wanted to work on focusing on my physique more, so I started to train harder and really pay attention to how I eat and stuff like that, because I was just getting by before on my weight sessions. Then I wanted to get my physique back to competition level, just for the look, to look the part, so I started training really hard again. In 2003 I got back into it. I did the Orange County Championship and the California State Championship, taking third in both. I didn’t want to start competing again until I was confident I could potentially win.

MasterMuscle: What were your next moves back into competition?

Jason Kozma: I read in Musclemag that they were holding the Mr. America contest again and I said cool, and it’s going to be in California. And I did win the heavyweight class. And that was great, I did it for the title, you know, because it was a cool title and it didn’t matter who sanctioned it.

Getting the Personal Training Client on a Winning Track

MasterMuscle: As a personal trainer with many years of experience, what do you find new clients are often still misinformed about?

Jason Kozma: People know they have to work out, but most of them are doing all of their exercises wrong. It’s quite rare to find them doing any single exercise correctly with the exception of something like curls – they’ll do that one a lot! So most people are doing every single exercise wrong because they don’t understand what the exercise is supposed to be training. They think “up and down” – take the dumbbell and move it up and down, or pull the cable down. And that’s not what it is – you’re supposed to contract the muscles and the side effect of contracting the muscles is moving the weight. Most people don’t understand that.

MasterMuscle: How do you usually deal with the clients who don’t want to compete but do want some definition?

Jason Kozma: They often say I don’t want to get huge, I don’t want to be like a bodybuilder. Well, if you want to have a physique, if you want to take off your shirt and not be embarrassed by it, you need to train like a bodybuilder. Otherwise, you’re not going to have a physique, you’re just going to be a regular “dude.” You didn’t come to me to train to look like a regular dude – you want to look spectacular, and this is what we’ve got to do to accomplish that. One thing that’s kind of different about training people nowadays is that women are more open to building muscle. It’s not because they want to become bodybuilders, it’s because they don’t mind building some muscle. It’s kind of cool for them to have some muscle, so you don’t have to make up crazy ways to train them just to not build any muscle. It looks good, to be honest, now that girls don’t want to just be sticks anymore. That’s something different nowadays as opposed to say ten years ago, where they just wanted to be slim.

The Best Weight Training Supplements

9 Jan

Effective Body Building Supplements for Muscle Gain

It is important to note that supplements are no replacement for good nutrition and before incorporating supplements into your program you should make sure you are eating the right amounts of protein, carbohydrate and fats. This is outlined in the article Building Muscle through Nutrition.

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Supplements for muscle gain tend to focus of one or more of three key aspects; improving muscle repair and growth, increasing the body’s levels of human growth hormone, or increasing the body’s energy production during training.

Those that centre on muscle growth and repair tend to be either protein based or muscle protection supplements that prevent the muscle tissues being broken down.

Supplements for Muscle Growth and Repair

Branched Chain Amino Acids

Protein supplements are the main and most common ones in this area. They contain highly bio-available forms of protein from hydrolysed whey isolate that are easily absorbed. They contain large amounts of Branched Chain Amino Aids which are the three amino acids that make up muscle tissue. These are Valine, Leucine and isoleucine. Supplementation of BCCA’s during or immediately after exercise has been shown to reduce exercise induced muscle damage and increase protein synthesis.

HMB Supplements

HMB is a natural anti catabolic compound which prevents the breaking down of muscle tissue after exercise and is a metabolite of the amino acid Leucine. Studies have shown that HMB when combined with a rigorous strength training routine can reduce muscle catabolism and increase lean muscle mass by almost double that of placebo. This is shown in one of the original studies into HMB, ‘The Effect of the Leucine Metabolite Beta-Hydroxy-Beta Methybutyrate on Muscle Metabolism during Resistance Exercise Training’ by Nissen et all 2004. Optimum dosage is 3 grams per day.

Creatine Supplements for Increased Energy Production

Creatine is a natural compound that increases energy availability in high intensity, short duration exercise such as weight lifting. Creatine extends the energy available for exercise thus allowing more stimulus to be exerted on the muscle, which in turn allows greater performance gains. Creatine is well researched and proven and is a staple supplement in the athletic fraternity. It should be cycled with periods of use and relief. An initial loading over 5 days of 3-5 doses to saturate the muscle then 1 dose per day for maintenance is usual although some products do not require the loading phase.

Supplements to increase Human Growth Hormone (HGH)

GABA

GABA is a neurotransmitter amino acid that promotes Human Growth Hormone during sleep to aid in muscle growth. There are many studies showing its ability to increase HGH production up to 5 fold with doses of 2 – 5 grams. It has few side effects, one however is tiredness. Despite this, GABA is now banned from sale in the UK.

Arginine / Ornithine

Both these amino acids have been shown to increase production of HGH both when taken orally and intravenously. However, high doses are needed of up to 10grams which has been known to induce diarrhoea and vomiting. Arginine has been shown to promote outbreaks of herpes in those susceptible to the virus. Doses should be take prior to sleep or prior to training for best results.

Insulin for Body Building

Insulin is known to be highly anabolic; however, intravenous insulin is dangerous unless you are a diabetic. It is known that when insulin levels rise growth hormone rises and increased protein synthesis can occur. Immediately post exercise when blood glucose levels are low, glucose supplementation in combination with protein can increase serum insulin causing faster uptake of glucose and amino acids into the muscle cells. Post exercise carbs should be simple sugars that break down and are absorbed quickly to produce an insulin spike.

While there are many other supplements available there are few that are backed by scientific research. It is useful to note that those which are proven to work tend to be naturally occurring compounds such as amino acids or their metabolites.

Training Back and Legs with Pro Curtis Bryant

6 Jan

Balancing Upper Body and Leg Development for Overall Proportion

Curtis Bryant’s route to victory in the light heavyweight class at the 2008 NPC USA Bodybuilding Championships was different than many other competitors who make the leap from amateur to professional level. Living in Richmond, Virginia, Curtis also had a day job for years as a welder, and the extreme physical requirements of that work became a natural asset in helping to build his upper body muscles. Along with a conscious dedication to clean eating and long periods of preparation before a contest, Curtis was able to develop a wide back and chest and powerful arms. However, he needed to balance this upper body conditioning with an equal degree of mass and definition on his leg muscles.

Bringing Up Lower Body to Upper Body Proportion

curtis bryantWhile his legs have developed well to become proportionate in size, shape and detail to his upper body in recent years, Curtis still follows a combination of both the core mass building and shaping exercise to bring himself to the top of his form during the pre-contest period, and maintain this balance of upper and lower body density and width that propelled him into the professional ranks in 2008. “My strong points were my legs and my back,” he points out about winning his class at the USA. To achieve the maximum in size and detail, he follows a 12-week training period so that each muscle group is gradually trimmed down. “In the off-season I go up quite high in weight but I stay quite lean,” he explains about moving successfully from the middlweight to light heavyweight division as an amateur. “It wasn’t really the diet — I try to stay at around 235 lbs., but my weight will go up – if I keep eating right and train right, it will just keep going up. So I try to stay at between 235 lbs. and 240 lbs., so I can make that 202 class now, because I know if I train intense I’m still going to grow.” He also spreads his leg training over four of the five days of his training split, as follows:

Monday – Chest and Biceps

Tuesday – Back, Biceps, Calves

Wednesay – Shoulders, Traps, and Calves

Thursday – Quadriceps

Friday – Hamstrings and Deadlifts

Saturday – Rest

Sunday. – Begin Training Split again

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At 5’6″ in height, Curtis realized that his type of physique required the maximum degree of both width and density to create the contrast between upper and lower body and tapering form that would impress the judges at contest time. Fortunately, his favorite exercises were also the critical ones for producing that appearance — for instance, squats for the legs, or barbell bent rows for the back. His time away from preparing for competition has also led him into personal training, which is easier on his body than the job of welder used to be, but it also lets him use his own first-hand experience with some of his key exercises.

Keeping Condition on Course

As far as any refinements he may be planning for his future competition as a professional in 2009 and beyond, Curtis remains realistic about using what has already worked best for him in the past: “I think I would just want to come in in as good condition as I did last year — that is the biggest thing. Not coming in bigger, just coming in really conditioned. I think that’s the important key for me this year,” he observes. Along with his lengthy pre-contest training period, he still allows himself an even longer pre-contest diet period to be in total control of the process of dropping size while keeping the hardest and most detailed muscle mass: “I take usually about 16 weeks. I have so much muscle that I have to burn a little off just to make that 202 lb. cut-off point, the same as that light heavyweight class. But I have to take it off nice and slow, so I don’t mess up!” he says with a laugh. His discipline and patience is unusual, but his formula for building and sculpting size and width for a professional level physique is one that other competitive bodybuilders with a similar structure can find useful in taking their overall physique to an impressive level of proportion.

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