Lee Labrada Fitness 360: Bodybuilding's Perfect Man
Leonardo da Vinci created a drawing of the Vitruvian Man (circa 1487) which supposedly depicts ideal human proportions. Muscular balance and distal proportions of this man fit perfectly inside a square and a perfect circle. The drawing blends art, aesthetics and science to design the ultimate man.
Fast forward 500 years. A changed world has evolved its view of science, art and aesthetics. It now searches for the ultimate man through bodybuilding competitions. One man stands out on the stage, not because he is the biggest or strongest, but because his body obeys the ancient formula of perfection through balance.
Lee Labrada built a championship body and retained his remarkable physical architecture even after he retired from competition.
For all he accomplished physically, what Lee accomplished civically at Labrada Nutrition and for the City of Houston, Texas, forced greater, legitimate change to real people in need.
On rare occasions a man will invest everything in a goal and actually get it. He rises to the pinnacle of his profession and sets an example normal men only dream of attaining. Even rarer is the man who can step off the pedestal and affect ground-level change on this bulging planet.
Lee Labrada's Fitness Program
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Lee (now 51-years old) was born in Havana, Cuba in 1960, to Spanish parents and Caribbean sun. He grew up in Houston and started lifting weights to get bigger for his high school football season. What began as a simple path, a sports incentive, opened to a superhighway toward bodybuilding supremacy. He was the smallest contestant in his first competition, and he won.
From 1982-1995, Labrada won 22 bodybuilding titles. He placed 4th or higher at the Olympia seven consecutive years (a feat matched only by the audacious Arnold). He was runner-up in both 1989 and 1990, but didn't win on the biggest stage, despite flexing one of best moustaches of the '80s.
He won Mr. Universe in 1985 and a slew of Grand Prix events, despite still being smaller (5-foot-6, 184 pounds) than most of his competitors.
Lee retired in 1995 to pursue an even greater conquest. As a bodybuilder, he encountered troves of supplements and other products, but these were as hard to trust in the past as they are now. Labels and ingredients were vague and often faulty. He wanted an honest label and a pleasant taste … hence, the launch of Labrada Nutrition.
Lee Labrada founded the company that bears his name. He is President and CEO of a company that does more than set an example. It can actually take you down the road to recovery, improvement and success. That's what Lee wanted, to help others get what he got, to do it fair and honest.
Lee isn't a scientist. He got his degree from the University of Houston in civil engineering. He made his greatest discoveries in the gym, not the lab. When Houston was decried as the "Fattest City in America," Lee spent two years developing and implementing bilingual programs to help Houston shed its rotund reputation.
Labrada was elected to the IFBB Pro Bodybuilding Hall of Fame in 2004. He never halted his life-long journey down a path of self improvement. Perhaps he even accelerated that push as he aged. "Bodybuilding is the closest we have to the fountain of youth," Labrada said.
For all he did as a bodybuilder, he has done more since he retired. He helped bring legitimacy to an industry in dire need of trustworthy role models.
Before the 1989 Olympia, Lee said in an interview that bodybuilding "isn't just the quest for the most massive man. It's a quest for the most perfect man."
That quest never ends.
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Lee is a true inspiration for many Latin people who know him as "Cuban". In Ecuador I find his products and amazes me .. is like seeing him visiting the city itself so I proudly rumble talking about being part of his team now.
Thank you Lee for being such a positive person!
I never understand why people idolize guys like this. Their bodies aren't natural. It is impossible to look like them without steroids. I don't care how much protein powder and creatine you take or how many herds of cattle and flocks of chickens you inhale weekly.
Coming from an expert like myself (ha!) my understanding of steroid use is that, while not natural, it is not a quick fix for muscle development. A user would still have to workout, the difference being that the altered chemistry tricks the body into thinking it can do more than it actually can, hence the bizarre growth. I know there are other effects and I'm not endorsing steroid use at all. I admire people who have the consistency and persistency to develop their bodies, (mainly because, up to now I've struggled in this area) If they've used, it's not hard to tell and actually it's none of my business. For me, I'm to much of a punk in this area to take the risk, so I'll take the natural route as I enter the ON 100k challenge this year. You gotta admit though, Labrada has certainly kept himself up better than a lot of his peers from his competition years, not withstanding decreasing testosterone levels.
I see posts like this quite a bit and it makes me curious: Why does it matter how someone got the way they did? Why is everyone so comfortable supplementing things that are found naturally in the body and get judgemental when someone uses testosterone? Maybe someone can message me an informed answer.
@jbmi2000 who said
"my understanding of steroid use is that, while not natural, it is not a quick fix for muscle development. "
That's a ridicolous lie that roiders like to repeat to feel better about themselves. I've seen several university studies on steroids.
My favorite is one where they took 4 groups. Two groups on steroids, and two groups not. And with one version doing no exercise, and one version doing exercise.
The guys who were on steroids but did NO exercise WHATSOVER (just lying around) gained MORE muscle than the guys who were exercising and busting their *** off naturally.
In fact, the guys who took both steroids and did workout were only somewhat more muscular at the end than the guys who steroids but did NOTHING. In other words, most of the growth comes from the steroids.
"Why is everyone so comfortable supplementing things that are found naturally in the body and get judgemental when someone uses testosterone?"
Personally I don't care who does what. I'd even legalize cocaine.
Some of us mind the fact that roiders like to downplay the role that roid use played in their physique and pretend like they can tell us naturals how to train.
That's like Paris Hilton giving out financial advice. It's pure BS. She didn't earn her money ,she inheritted it.
I would love to see that study. It is very interesting that the individuals who did nothing where able to build muscle without breaking it down first. Maybe they did not gain any muscle and instead gained water weight from the excess amount of testosterone.
Regardless, at the end of the day most of these pro bodybuilders train harder, eat better, and sleep more than most of these little girls on the internet forums screaming "STEROIDS"!
As a post cancer survivor, my body was wrecked after treatments. I weighed a megar 130 pounda. I had decreased test. levels due to removal of a testicle. Through hard work, precise nutrition and the right outlook, my body is on the way back. NO STEROIDS USED>>>EVER. So does the natural approach work? absolutly.
>So does the natural approach work? absolutly.>
OF COURSE IT WORKS... Lol, the point is you will never be Labrada's size no matter how hard you work.
The point is you never well gain muscle SO EASILY and effortlessly as the roiders do.
These dudes should just shut up and not mix with the natural population and give naturals advice, coz they're full of crap. Their physiology is so different than a natural's body, it's like aliens giving nutritional advice and workout advice to humans.
>I would love to see that study. It is very interesting >that the individuals who did nothing where able to >build muscle without breaking it down first. Maybe >they did not gain any muscle and instead gained >water weight from the excess amount of >testosterone.
Muscle is water anyway. This was a clinical study in a physiology department. The muscle gained by the roiders sitting on their butts and doing nothing was the same muscle as of those working their assess off naturally.
Google ""Steroids vs Natural: The Muscle Building Effects Of Steroid Use"" for someone's nice overview of the study.
The study itself is on The New England Journal Of Medicine, it's called "The Effects of Supraphysiologic Doses of Testosterone on Muscle Size and Strength in Normal Men". It's available in it's entirety for free.
Always a great influence Mr. Labrada. Struggling with the diet (not much choice of food in Afghanistan). Got some of your HICA-MAX here and seems to be making a big difference, great product as always
this is it! the new year training program, for a better body by Memorial Day weekend. Lee Labrada is a former competitive bodybuilder, with his own highly successful supplement company. the best part, he's 51 years old. further proof that you CAN defy the aging process.