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It seems like Gunter Schlierkamp is the new man on the block. Do you think Gunter has what it takes?
Gunter is the new man on the block for 1 reason and 1 reason only... ticket sales! Yes he looked better than he ever has at the last Olympia but definitely not a top ten athlete. It was a stroke of luck for Gunter with 8 new European judges who had never judged the Olympia before sitting on the panel. Had it been the normal judges Gunter would have been in his normal 12th - 16th place with his blocky, wide wasted big boned build. He is a big man with terrible shape. When the powers to be saw the crowd response given to him on stage, they saw the dollar signs and decided to give Gunter the nod to win the GNC rocketing ticket sales for this years Olympia. It will be very interesting to see what happens to Gunter with the normal judges sitting on the panel at the 2003 Olympia.
In the Arnold Schwarzanegger's Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding he claims he has been trying to introduce steroid testing in the professional bodybuilding circuit. Isn't that a bit hypocritical since he too used steroids back in his day? Do you think that will ever happen and if so, how will it affect the sport?
That's a joke! I heard that a long time ago and thought, "what a friggin hypocrite"! Sometimes these old bodybuilders forget where they came from and what it took to get where they are today. Steroids are one of the things that let Arnold become one of the greatest bodybuilders in history. Mind you greatest in history only because of how famous he is today, not because of his physique, which wasn't good enough to win a national level show in this day and age. The testing of steroids at the Arnold Classic will never happen because in short you would not have any competitors. No one would compete if they were tested for anabolics. Athletes would simply compete in the shows that were not tested, plain and simple. Personally I think Arnold is a pompous punk! Every time I've met the man he is rude and acts like he's better than you.
I've been reading your column for some time now. It's nice to see someone telling the truth. What do you think of AD 50mg?
Excellent anabolic with very significant gains. You have to be very careful with this drug because if you over due it, the side effects can be negative. For instance, I know one guy who was taking three AD 50 a day and his prostate become very infected causing extreme pain and costly medical attention. Also, excess Anadrol will cause elevated estrogen levels resulting in gynomastia. Then of course you have to have the bitch tits removed by surgery causing you to spend even more money while risking your health once again. I would say be safe and stick to one AD 50 a day for great strength and size gains.
What do you think about Skip Lacour finally getting his pro card? Any chance at the Masters Olympia?
By using the word finally in your question, that would give one the impression that he is deserving of his card and people were expecting him to get it for some time now... not! I don't understand how Mr. Lacour got his card and quite honestly, its bullshit. Did he win the USA Championships? No. Did he win the Nationals or the North American? No. As far as I am concerned these are the only events that enable you to receive your pro card by winning the over-all or in some cases your weight class. Skip Lacour got his card because some one felt sorry for him. He should be ashamed and doesn't deserve by any means to walk onto a professional stage. Good thing is, when he walks on stage at a pro competition and never here's his name for a comparison, it will be the last time you see Lacour in the pro ranks.
I'm 33 years old and recently started using 250 mg of testosterone enanthate a week. I've been training for one month now after taking a few years off. Do you think it is too soon to start using this cycle after only training for a month?
Absolutely not. As a matter of fact when you reach your 30's your test levels lower slightly anyway. Why not use a little test to enhance your training? The only thing 250 mg of test a week will do is increase your pump, make you feel like a million bucks, increase your sex drive and make you more aggressive while training. Gee, wonder why people start using the stuff in the first place. The amount you're using will have absolutely no bad side effects and you could have started it the minute you went back to the gym. The amount of time you've been training has nothing to do with you starting a cycle or not. Just make sure you take in plenty of protein, about 1 ½ grams per pound of body weight. Try buying a good whey protein to supplement your diet.
What do you think about this recent division of fitness called figure? I think it's a glorified bikini contest myself.
Well you're definitely entitled to your opinion. If you put yourself in the shoes of the individuals who run the sport you'll see that figure has generated hundreds of thousands of dollars. How you might ask? I'll tell you how. Each NPC figure girl has to pay their $50.00 a year membership fee. That times the thousands of new figure chicks... well, you do the math. Then of course they eventually turn pro where they now have to pay $375 a year for their membership fee. Let me also point out that there are a hell of a lot more girls who can just stand there in a bikini, smile, turn to their right four times and arch their ass out... basically called pro figure. I can see it now. Some stripper is on stage competing on their day off while their hubby is yelling "that's it baby, quarter turn hard girl", "big smile, big smile". What a fucking joke! These women who posses absolutely no athletic ability will now become famous by being put in the magazines for winning a figure show. If I was a fitness athlete I would be very pissed that prize money was being given out to these idiots and being added to my existing sport. Mind you a sport that the fans can respect and enjoy watching. I think I speak for most of the people in the bodybuilding industry when I say "figure is a joke"! But, my hat is off to the powers that be for the money they are now making!
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