Myron Mielke

Background

I live in Lancaster, CA with my wife of 20 years and our two children. I'm 41 and I've been training for more than 25 years.

At age 15, I won the Mr.Teen Muscle Up.
At age 18, I won my class in the Teenage Mr. Continental USA in Chicago.
At 19, I won the overall Teenage Region 3 in Dodge City, KS.

During my competitive years I was a personal trainer and co-owner of a gym. I've coached many athletes over the years for contest preparation. I've judged and emceed many amateur bodybuilding competitions. Although I do not compete anymore, I still train five to six days a week and follow a strict diet plan.

I'm currently employed as a Graphic Designer at Central Christian Church in Lancaster, CA where I work in design communications in various media including, print, video, and large-screen presentations. I also periodically do live worship-art performances where I paint images or create sculptures to live music in front of an audience.

I also operate my own internet muscle magazine. It's called I'm A Bodybuilder. It's a free quarterly publication and is downloadable as a PDF. I'm currently in the process of giving the entire site a fresh look with more content, which will be updated frequently. Stop by and visit the site. There will be opportunities to win some prizes in a variety of contests. The address is imabodybuilder.com. My e-mail address is imabodybuildermag@yahoo.com.

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Articles

  • Six Surefire Ways To Never Have A Bad Workout!

    Many people aren't satisfied with several aspects of their workouts. Why not change that? I am going to share with you six surefire ways to make sure you never have a bad workout again! Check it out.

  • The Blond Myth Wins The 2006 Iron Man! Myron Mielke Reviews The Iron Man.

    With an extensive competitive line-up of athletes, the 2006 Iron Man provided an interesting and refreshing display of muscle-clad physiques. Read on to see how the athletes did!

  • An Interview With 'heyzeus909', The Mountain Man.

    25 years ago, a guy who trained in his garage and ate raw eggs would have remained unknown. See how the Mountain Man has become infamous and famous at the same time. Learn about who he is, how he trains and much more!

  • Is There A Magic Formula For Gaining Muscle And Losing Fat?

    Is there a magic formula? Well only if you believe everything you read. Discover why it is so important to find what really works and why not all workout and diet programs are created equal.

  • The Battle For Olympia: Can Cutler Win It All Again?

    Olympia fever is catching. Jay Cutler stands atop Mount Olympus, but Phil Heath and Kai Greene want him over the edge. May the best man win the battle!

  • Can Pro Bodybuilding Go Mainstream? Part One.

    Think back to when you were a kid and remember a few of the many sports that you enjoyed playing. Did any include bodybuilding? Probably not. Here are some reasons why bodybuilding will never be mainstream.

  • Myron Mielke's 2009 Arnold Classic Review!

    After a whirlwind prejudging, the competitors had a few hours to relax, eat and - quite possibly - drink a little water. It was very close between many of the competitors; adjustments were made by each competitor to improve for the night show.

  • The Winner Of The 2011 Arnold Classic Will Be ...

    Seldom has that question been harder to answer. But we offer some intriguing clues.

  • Michael Hairston: 2004 Natural California Class Winner!

    It's been said that the shoulders are the mark of the man. Whoever first said that statement must have had Michael Hairston in mind. When you see Michael your eyes are immediately drawn to the width of his shoulder girdle and his cantalope-sized delts.

  • High Carbs Or Low Carbs? Why Not Both?

    Let's analyze a few popular 'carb' plans to see what's available and then take an unusual approach by combining the good points of each and developing a plan somewhere in the middle.

  • 2007 Colorado Pro Classic Top 10 Preview.

    Last year's winner, Phil Heath, will not be competing in the event, so we definitely know there will not be a repeating champion. Here is a list of who I think will be in the top 10 and who is already qualified for the 2007 Olympia.

  • 2013 Arnold Classic Prejudging Report: The Blade Is Sharp

    Dexter 'The Blade' Jackson is fighting for his fourth Arnold Classic title. Can he tie Flex Wheeler's record? Find out in our prejudging report!

  • Let The Challenge Round Die, Please!

    The rules were different this year in the Challenge Round and technical glitches were running rampant. Did the new rules really make a difference? My opinion is voiced here. Learn more...

  • Beyond Ripped: Enter The Shredded Zone This Summer - The Diet!

    Summer will be here soon and it's time to start preparing to get in your best-ever condition. Whatever your reason, here's a plan to help you achieve your goals.

  • Earthquake Warning: Pro Bodybuilding Returns To L.A.

    After a one-year hiatus, IFBB Pro Bodybuilding is headed back to Southern California. Santa Monica will host the first annual IFBB Flex Pro Championships. Find out who's competing and who has the best chance of winning this inaugural event.

  • Myron Mielke's Review Of The 2010 Arnold Classic Weekend!

    A couple years ago I wrote a wrap-up article about my adventures from my Olympia weekend. I took a few minutes to jot down some notes on this year's Arnold Classic Weekend adventures. Find out how things went this year at the 2010 Arnold Classic!

  • Myron Mielke's Review Of The 2008 Iron Man

    With a stunning showing, The Gift chalked up a win at the first IFBB Pro competition of the year, the 2008 Ironman, which was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Saturday, February 16. Here's an in-depth review of the IFBB season opener.

  • Taking The Plunge: Tips For Your First Contest!

    How can you make a workout appealing to a beginner? Getting a friend to start working out is not the hardest part. The hardest part is sticking with it. Overcome the fear and intimidation from these valuable training tips! Learn more.

  • 2010 Mr. Olympia Preview!

    It's that time again for the most prestigious of the bodybuilding contests, The Olympia. Read on for this year's predictions and see where your favorites are ranked!

  • 2009 Mr. Olympia Predictions: Title Up For Grabs!

    It's a wide-open competition this year at the 2009 Mr. Olympia. Four or five guys have a legitimate shot at winning. Here are my predictions including top 6.

  • Avoiding Five Common Mistakes At The Gym!

    I've seen many people performing ineffective exercises with sloppy form when executing movements... Hopefully you can avoid some of these common mistakes if you're made aware of them. Learn more...

  • Badell Vs. Priest At The 2005 Ironman.

    For the second year in a row, the IFBB's first pro show of the season, the Ironman, was held on a day, which was pouring rain. Regardless of the wet weather, Gustavo Badell was dry as a bone and made his mark in bodybuilding with his first pro win.

  • 2007 Mr. Olympia Review!

    Cutler was declared the 2007 Mr. Olympia. That makes it two in a row, but was he the best physique in the competition? Some fans and experts don’t think so! Learn more here...

  • Myron Mielke's 2008 Olympia Preview & Predictions!

    Two big questions are being asked about the 2008 Mr. Olympia. Can Jay win his third Mr. Olympia title by defeating Dexter Jackson? The other question on the minds of the fans is who will place higher, Phil Heath or Dennis Wolf?

  • Core Training: The What, Why & How

    To stay away from injuries that may occur from day to day activities, it is important to keep the core strong and flexible. Try some sample exercises.

  • 2012 Flex Pro Championships Review: Beyeke Wins

    Lionel Beyeke wins, but does so with mixed reviews. Find out how the other competitors fared in this year’s IFBB Flex Pro Championships.

  • 2010 Arnold Classic: Men's Finals Review!

    Kai Greene brings it all together again this year to prove he's one of the best bodybuilders in the sport by recapturing the 2010 Arnold Classic Title. Get the rest of the review right here!

  • Big Bench Secrets: Make Your Muscles Scream With The Following Routine & Tips!

    Have you been stuck at the same weight on your bench press for a long time? Here are tips and techniques to help you.

  • A Preview Of The 2008 Arnold Classic - Who Will Win?

    This is a very tough line-up and the placings will literally come down to the last few ounces of water under each competitor's skin. Here's a preview of each competitor and in the order I think they will place! Do you agree?

  • IFBB Flex Pro Spotlight: The Dudes You’ll Want To Watch

    Get a sneak peek at the winner’s circle of this year’s IFBB Flex Pro competition.

  • Coleman Ties Haney's Record With Eight Wins!

    This was a very exciting Mr. Olympia contest, where many, including Gunter, arrived to do battle in their best condition! Here is my review of the show where the competition was so close; there were no clear cut winners!

  • Can Cutler Make It Two In A Row At The 2007 Olympia?

    Jay is now officially in ‘Lockdown Mode.’ He eats, sleeps, trains and lives bodybuilding the last couple of months before the Olympia. Here is a recap and preview of what will most likely be another very exciting Mr. Olympia contest! Read on.

  • Myron Mielke's 2007 Mr. Olympia Pre-Judging Review!

    Check out Myron Mielke's 2007 Mr. Olympia pre-judging review! Myron is on scene to make his predictions about the possible results of this years biggest bodybuilding contest. Learn more here...

  • 2012 Olympia Weekend: Open Preview—Battle For The Sandow

    Are you ready for Vegas? Find out who's in, who's out and who's going to be on top at this year's Olympia Open.

  • Branch Wins Second Arnold Classic!

    The Texas Rattlesnake said he'd be back on stage in Columbus. Branch Warren defied the odds once again and recaptured his Arnold Classic title.

  • Myron Mielke's 2008 Mr. Olympia Prejudging Review!

    Most tidbits were based on speculation and opinion. Other than Wolf having a sunken face like a skeleton... Here's my review of the men's prejudging. Who will come out on top?

  • 2006 IFBB Masters Professional World Championship Preview!

    The 2006 IFBB Masters Professional World Championships could be one of the most anticipated shows of the year and with many 'old-timers' getting into the mix you can expect an exciting show. Get the preview right here and see who is competing.

  • Rise And Shine - Benefits Of An Early Morning Workout!

    Your whole life could dramatically change for the better by switching your workout time from after work to before work. Here I've listed 5 reasons to get up a little earlier and workout in the morning. Read for more...

  • How Big Can You Get? Don't Spend A Dime Until You Read This!

    The world of bodybuilding is full of a lot of empty promises when it comes to getting big. Well don't get screrwed over again! Don't spend a dime until you read on!

  • Myron Mielke's 2008 Arnold Classic Review.

    Dexter Jackson is now a three-time Arnold Classic Champion. Why did he win? Why didn't Phil Heath? Here's my analysis of the judging and the placements along with some commentary on the event.

  • The Opinionated King Kamali Talks About His Prep For The 2008 Iron Man!

    His comments electrify the crowd when he poses - The King is throwing his hat into the IFBB 2008 Iron Man. Read on and enjoy as the always funny King shares his prep schedule and more. Here's what the King had to say...

  • 2006 IFBB Pro Europa Super Show Preview!

    The IFBB Pro Europa Super Show will be held Saturday, August 26, 2006 in Arlington, Texas. I've put together a rundown of the athletes scheduled to compete and what my top ten picks are! Learn more...

  • Myron Mielke's 2009 New York Pro Preview!

    The 2009 New York Pro is just days away and there is not a clear-cut winner predicted. Silvio might be the favorite in the lineup, but this show is up for grabs and it's going to be a race to the finish to see who comes out on top.

  • Build A Powerful Back With Easy-To-Follow Guide!

    If you want to build an incredible V-taper then you need to develop a wide flaring back. This routine will get your back growing and add some barn-door width in no time. Try it today!

  • Will Silvio Samuel Win At The 2009 Arnold Classic? Strengths & Weaknesses Will Tell!

    Fresh off an impressive win at the IFBB Iron Man, Silvio Samuel is planning on making the 2009 Arnold Classic two wins in a row. Find out more about this gifted bodybuilder and how he can pull off an upset at prestigious pro show!

  • 2010 Arnold Classic: Men's Prejudging Review!

    It was no surprise. The four men most experts predicted to be in the running to win the show were in the first callout. Get our indepth review right here!

  • Myron Mielke's 2009 Iron Man Finals Review!

    After the judging, the competitors had about six hours to wait until the finals. For some the time was spent to make some adjustments to hopefully have chance at moving up a notch or two on the final placements.

  • 2007 Olympia Expo Review: A Memorable Weekend.

    A controversial decision at the Mr. Olympia, a few conversations with IFBB pros, plus an inconvenient self tour of the Luxor trying to find my room, added up to the best Olympia weekend yet. Read on to get a first hand look into working the Olympia...

  • Chick Wins The War 4 The Worlds!

    The 2006 IFBB Masters Pro World Championship is now history... See my review of the show and get some insight on watching a webcast from the kitchen of your own home.

  • Myron Mielke's 2009 IFBB Iron Man Pre-Judging Review.

    The 2009 IFBB Pro season began with at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The rain outside had no effect on the way things heated up on stage at this year's Iron Man.

  • 2006 Olympia Preview: Can Coleman Win His Ninth Mr. Olympia?

    The 2006 Olympia is less than a month away. Here's my rundown on the competitors that might have a chance of knocking the big man off his throne. Will Ronnie come out on top again? Read on for the details!

  • Establishing A Set Point.

    The desire to fit into clothing, which you haven't worn in a while because of excess weight gain, is a fantastic motivator for some people. Let's say the goal is to lose enough weight...

  • A Common-Sense Approach To Getting Ripped!

    If you have tried, but have failed to get six-pack abs, then I have the perfect plan for you. Follow these tips and you'll have six-pack abs by summer.

  • 2007 Arnold Classic Predictions - Competitor Preview & Top 10!

    The big question on everyone's mind is can Phil Heath win the 2007 Arnold Classic and stay undefeated? Heath won two pro shows last spring... Here is a brief competitor preview and who I think will be in the top ten. See if you agree!

  • Branch Takes The Oak's Contest!

    Branch Warren held his conditioning between shows and looked like a true champion throughout the entire competition. In addition to taking the overall title, he won the Most Muscular Award for the fifth time!

  • 2010 Olympia 202 Showdown Preview: Will English Make It Two In A Row?

    Last year Kevin English grabbed the 202 Showdown title from the 2008 champ, David Henry. Will David retake the title or will Kevin keep it for another year?

  • Will Henry Reclaim The Title? 2010 202 Showdown Prejudging Review.

    The rivalry between Kevin English and David Henry continues. English was once again able to suck down to the limit of 202 pounds to defend his 202 Showdown title. David Henry, with improved thighs, was ready to fight to regain the title.

  • 2009 Mr. Olympia Finals Review: Jay Cutler Makes Olympia History!

    Jay Cutler made Olympia history tonight when he defeated Branch Warren and Dexter Jackson to become the only man to ever regain the title after losing it. See how it all went down right here!

  • 2011 Arnold Classic Pre-Judging Review: Will Branch Take Home The Title?

    After the judging, it looks like Branch Warren is going for the win with Wolf, Evan and Vic rounding out the top four.

  • 2006 Arnold Classic Preview - Dexter Up Against Badell - Again!

    If they all come in top shape it could be a very tight race indeed. Here are my predictions in order of who will place last and first. Remember somebody has to lose. Get my list right here.

  • 2012 Arnold Classic Preview: Branch To Defend His Title

    The two behemoths of bodybuilding (Heath & Cutler) won't be at the Arnold Classic, but the rest are poised to snatch the title and join the ranks of the world's greatest bodybuilders.

  • 2007 Iron Man Recap - X-Man Wins Iron Man!

    It was about two hours after the judging when I talked briefly with Freeman about how he felt he did during the prejudging... Here is a review of how the X-man felt and what the outcome was. Check it out!

  • Beyond Ripped, Part 2: Enter The Shredded Zone This Summer - The Training!

    Should you alter your training when trying to get lean or should you keep it the same? Is intense cardio better than low-impact? Here's an article that will answer your training questions on your quest to find The Shredded Zone.

  • 2007 Mr. Olympia Preview: The Men's Lineup.

    The 2007 Mr. Olympia will be held September 28-29, 2007. Here's a list of the athletes who are currently qualified and a quick preview of the competitors who have thrown their hat in. Learn more...

  • The Arnold Classic Top Four: A Pose-By-Pose Comparison.

    This article takes a close look at the four of the top competitors who are competing in the 2009 Arnold Classic. See if you agree with the analysis.

  • 2009 Olympia 202 Showdown Judging Review

    Myron Mielke's Olympia 202 Review. 2009 Olympia 202 Showdown judging got underway at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Check out Myron's thoughts here.

  • Evan Almighty! Centopani Stuns Dexter Jackson At The Flex Pro!

    Big and shredded, Evan Centopani not only won but dominated the competition at the 2011 Flex Pro contest. Even veteran star Dexter Jackson had no answers for the out-of-nowhere onslaught. Read complete coverage from our man on the scene!

  • 2007 Arnold Classic Review - Victor Pulls Off Upset!

    From the first callout, it was clear that last year's champ, Dexter Jackson and Victor Martinez would be dueling it out for top honors at the 2007 Arnold Classic. Here is my review of the competitors and how they placed.

  • 2009 Mr. Olympia Judging Review - It's Between Dexter And Jay!

    Get Myron's thoughts after the Mr. Olympia Prejudging round at the Orleans Arena Friday night. Will it be Dexter or Jay for the win? Get the scoop here.

  • Myron Mielke's 2009 Arnold Classic Preview: Can Martinez Regain His Title?

    The 2009 IFBB Pro season continues with the Arnold Classic on March 7 in Columbus, Ohio. Second only to the Mr. Olympia, the Arnold Classic brings out the best physiques in the world to battle it out for the title. Here are my picks for the 2009 Arnold.

  • 2008 Iron Man Pre-Judging Review - The Callouts!

    The smell of vaso-dilators filled the air of the Los Angeles Convention Center as the crowd waited for the pre-judging to begin. Everyone wanted to know what Heath looked like and if Freeman would be in the same shape... See how it went down!

  • Do You Want Huge Rippling Muscles? Blast Untapped Growth With Beginner Training Plan!

    In the Atlas ad, Mac gets sand kicked in his face at the beach and he decides to put on muscle and fight back. Here's a great training program and meal plan to put on muscle faster than Mac did. Try it out today!

  • 2013 Arnold Sports Festival: Dexter Jackson Wins His Fourth Arnold Classic

    The Blade sliced through this year's field like butter, becoming a four-time Arnold Classic winner.

  • 52 Fitness Tips To 1 Brand-New Body.

    The transformations that work happen one step at a time, not all at once. Here's your 52-point guide to the best shape of your life.

  • Can Ronnie Coleman Make A Comeback In 2007?

    Ronnie came in way too heavy last year and Jay was in his best condition since 2001. Will Ronnie be able to get #9 or is his time really over? Get some insight right here and see if you agree!

  • Silvio For The Win? 2009 Pro Fight Supplements Iron Man Preview.

    The IFBB Pro season kicks off with The Pro Fight Supplements Iron Man Pro on January 24. Get Myron Mielke's predictions for the top-ten finishers.

  • Establishing A Set Point: Part 2!

    In the first article on set points, we looked at an example of clothing sizes to present the idea of a set point. This is part two and will review a set point and share a story about mainting and keeping the set point.

  • Phil 'The Gift' Heath Shares His Thoughts On Upcoming 2009 Olympia!

    Discover what is on the mind of IFBB Pro Phil 'The Gift' Heath and if he believes he can take the Olympia crown? He was kind enough to take some time and answer the following questions. Find out more.

  • 2006 Europa Pro Recap - Freeman Wins!

    So far in 2006, we have had eight different IFBB Pro Men's Champions. It is refreshing to see... Here's the latest review of how the pro men did including new faces, surprises, & more! Check it out.

  • Can Pro Bodybuilding Go Mainstream? Part Two.

    In part two we'll look at a few more arguments and also analyze the results of my survey (to see which body type people preferred), which was conducted with non-bodybuilding, plain-old, ordinary folks. Read on for the details.

  • An Olympia Weekend In Vegas: Myron's Review.

    The Men's Pre-judging and Finals, the Olympia Expo and a workout at Gold's Gym were all wrapped into one memorable weekend. Here's a recap of my time at bodybuilding's biggest event of the year in the one and only city of Las Vegas. Get the scoop...

  • Road To The 2008 Olympia - Bodybuilding.com Plans Free Live Coverage!

    The 2008 Olympia Weekend is rapidly approaching and Bodybuilding.com will be covering the event like no other site. Here are a few of the things that are planned.

  • Adding Size To Your Bi's And Tri's.

    I've spent years adding size to my arms and would now like to share some of what I have learned with you, the bodybuilding consumer. Here is an arm routine that will work you hard.

  • Kai Greene: He Is Olympia Bound!

    The wind howled outside my hotel room the night after the 2009 Arnold Classic, I couldn't help but think the winds of change might be blowing. The Mr. Olympia title and the Sandow trophy could be changing hands from Dexter Jackson's to Kai Greene's.

  • The Top Eight: Afterthoughts On The 2010 Mr. Olympia!

    It again was a whirlwind trip to Las Vegas this past weekend. I took a day to go over all the events in my head and sort things out. Here are my afterthoughts and analysis of the 2010 Mr. Olympia.

  • 2010 Arnold Classic Preview: Who Will Win?

    The 2010 Arnold Classic has four of the top-six finalists from the 2009 Mr. Olympia competing this year. Find out who those competitors are...

  • 2006 Olympia Review - Jay Cutler Makes History!

    Here is my latest review from the 2006 Mr. Olympia contest. Read on right here as I highlight the top 15 and give details about who placed where and why. Congratulations go out to Jay Cutler and rest of the line-up for putting on such a great show!

  • Eight-Week Summer Slimdown, Part 2: Maintenance!

    It wasn't uncommon for people to shed 25 pounds or more on this summer slimdown. Here's a simple guideline to follow as you work to maintain your past success. Swimsuit season is underway so don’t delay!

  • Getting Your Kids Physically Fit.

    In a society that is becoming less patient and more sedentary everyday, it's no surprise that the child obesity rate has more than tripled in three decades. Don't let your children fall into this category.

  • 2007 Iron Man Pre-Judging Review - Toney Freeman & The Callouts!

    From the moment he stepped on the stage it was evident that the X-Man was heading towards a victory at the 2007 Iron Man! Let's take a look at the rest of the callouts and see how the others fared. Read on!

  • It's Between Jay And Phil: 2010 Mr. Olympia Pre-Judging Review!

    The bodybuilding world has waited an entire year for Jay, Branch, Kai and Phil to battle it out on the Olympia stage. See how things unfolded during this year’s judging.

  • 2010 Olympia Weekend Recap!

    Olympia Weekend is the highlight of the year for the bodybuilding community. It was a lot of fun for me again this year. Here's a very quick recap of my weekend!

  • Operation Hardcore: Make Your Muscles Go BOOM!

    These 4 BOMB steps are the perfect arsenal for blowing your muscles to smithereens!

  • Myron Mielke's 2008 Olympia Review!

    The 2008 Mr. Olympia is now history and the symmetry lovers in world of bodybuilding are celebrating because Dexter Jackson dethroned two-time defending champ, Jay Cutler! A new era in IFBB Pro Bodybuilding has arrived!

  • Summer Shape-Up Training: Look And Feel Your Best Regardless Of Fitness Level!

    Want a challenging workout regardless of your fitness level? Here are 3 customized training routines to be your best this summer ... Just pick the level that fits you best and start feeling and looking better now. Try it!

  • Eight-Week Summer Slimdown.

    Swimsuit season officially begins Memorial Day weekend. That's two months away. If you would like to drop 10 to 15 pounds and firm up the back side a little before you hit the beach this year, this plan is for you.

  • 2010 Mr. Olympia Finals: Jay Brings Home Fourth Sandow!

    Last night at the judging Jay Cutler looked really good - good enough to squeak by Phil Heath to win a fourth Sandow trophy tonight. Get the details here.

  • Who Will Win The 2006 Iron Man Pro?

    I've taken a look at a few of the competitor lists I've seen posted on various sites and my first thought was, Who are some of these guys? See who I think will take the lead in this year's competition!

  • 2006 Olympia Pre-judging Review.

    Is it possible that Ronnie will actually lose the race to take the most Olympia wins in history? If pre-judging tells us anything then it is possible he will lose! Get the latest pre-judging & expo review right here.

  • Get Ripped By Mountain Biking!

    How do you take up mountain biking? What equipment will you need? Is there a training schedule? Where are the trails? What rules do I follow? Find great tips and advice for a safe ride right here.