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The column interest has grown to an all time record high of over 300 questions from IFBB Pro Undercover. With number 15 coming to you I sincerely hope the questions keep pouring in! Thank you so much.
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What do you think of the web sites posting dozens of different workouts? Do you think I should just stick to the basics?
That is true, there are literally dozens of different work outs in the bodybuilding and fitness industry. This is where experience rules out all other theories for training. You will find through trial and error over years of trying many different ways to achieve muscle mass that sooner or later you will come across a training schedule that appeals to your needs. Sticking to the basics is definitely one sure fire way to put on muscle. I like to incorporate basic free weight movements along with machines. In today's day and age it doesn't make sense not to take advantage of the many excellent pieces of equipment that were designed to isolate the particular muscle your working on. I suggest you try half a dozen different workouts until you find one that makes you feel good in the gym while you're training. There is a certain feeling you get when you finally find the workout that caters to you. It's a feeling of productivity in the gym as well as great pumps to the muscle. Keep going, you'll find a workout that works for you. You can find workouts on Bodybuilding.com here.
The Undercover series is what brings me to this site every day. I only wish it was longer and more frequent. Keep dishing out the facts. I just wanted to ask you which magazines you consider are good? Or are they all full of crap?
Well, one thing that pisses me off about the magazines on the stands today is the fact that they hide what's really going on with some of the athletes today. Some magazines protect certain athletes while they drag other athletes through the mud.
For instance; right now there is one athlete who takes top five in the Olympia every year who's going to court for domestic violence charges... he beat up his girlfriend really bad. As a matter of fact he broke her nose. There is another athlete that owns his own gym in New York who was busted for steroid sales. In New Jersey there is a pro bodybuilder that has been busted several times for dealing drugs (ecstasy, nubain, steroids) and just recently got picked up for not paying his alimony. Another athlete had to go back to Canada because he had warrants for his arrest and was forced to go back home. Now he can only compete in the Toronto Pro Show because he is not allowed back in the USA. The list is endless but the magazine writers pick and choose who they run through the mud and I guess this time they didn't feel like printing the truth. I feel the fans have a right to know which athletes are honorable people and which are simply pieces of shit.
I know of one pro who was incarcerated for conspiracy to distribute ecstasy back in 1997 and every magazine on the stands ran this man through the mud over and over again with absolutely no regard for his livelihood or the effect it may have on his family. It's wrong as far as I'm concerned not to print what's really going on. Now, as far as magazine I would recommend for training spreads and great pictures, I would have to go with Flex Magazine. Although they use the same guys over and over again, they do have a great photographer working for them (Chris Lund) who really brings the pictures to life. Also, the layout of the publication is excellent and the read is very informative.
I know all about sodium loading, carbohydrate depleting, high protein diet, increasing the cardio and all the rules of thumb to achieve that striated build. What I want to know is the dark secret pros have to get in shape for their contests? I was even told that some guys use preparation H on their skin to get rid of excess water?
First off, there are no dark secrets to speak of. Every professional bodybuilder does things a little different while getting ready for their show. But it all boils down to the fact that they have to get all the fat out from between their skin and muscle. If you do not burn the fat off it doesn't matter what you do, you will not be ready for stage. All things being equal, in opposing athletes, the one who has better steroids or real steroids will have a much better appearance on stage. But remember, this is if both athletes are training correctly, getting enough sleep and their diet is perfect.
As far as using Preparation H for removing excess water is concerned. This is an absolutely ridiculous procedure that certain gurus have their clients perform. What they do is apply the cream to the problem area just before tanning. The heat from the tanning bed along with the Preparation H pulls water out from the skin. It's ridiculous because the water just comes back hours after you do this. Most of the time the water will come back in greater amounts to over compensate for the area. Only a fucking idiot does this before a show.
I'm using NO2, man is this shit for real? Because I don't feel any different, especially the perpetual pumps. Please hit me back and let me know your professional opinion. I've read your column every month and I really respect your opinions.
I wish I could answer your question but I honestly don't know what the hell the stuff is, I've never heard of it until now. Chances are it's a bunch of bull shit like most of the products on the market today. If you really want to feel some results try doing the following schedule of supplements; 10 grams of glutamine before you train, 10 grams of glutamine after you train and 10 grams of glutamine in the middle of the night. Also take 10 grams of creatine with 12 ounces of apple juice before you train and 10 grams of creatine with some raisins and dates before you go to bed. Take BCAAs three times throughout the day and drink 150 grams of additional protein throughout the day in the form of a low heat processed whey protein. I guarantee you will get better pumps just by adding these supplements to your training program. One more thing, 2 anadrol 50 mg tablets a day don't hurt either. Add about 1000 milligrams of testosterone cypionate to the mix and you'll grow like a weed.
I've got to say this is a great thing you got going on here. I know you have talked about steroid use in the past. My question is this... What is the amount of steroids being used to prepare for a typical pro competition?
Well, I cannot answer that question in regards to all pros but what I can tell you is the amount I use to prepare for a competition and how much it runs me. For me to compete in a show at an average prep time of 12 weeks it runs me approx. $6000.00. This amount covers my growth hormone as well as my steroids. Now this fee does not cover the cost of groceries that are considerably more expensive because I eat a lot of seafood while dieting.
Instead of me going over all 12 weeks of my cycle (which I would never do unless I was getting paid at least $1000.00) I'll just cover my last 4 weeks into the show. It's really quite simple. Three 10 mg. Haloteston daily, 100 mg. of Winstrol V daily (6 days a week), 100 mg. of Trenbolone daily (6 days a week), two 50 mg. Primobolan Tabs daily, two 25 mg. Proviron Tabs daily, ten Anavar daily, one 2.5 mg. Femara daily, ten Clenbuterol daily and 50 mcg. Cytomel daily. The Growth Hormone is taken three times during the day in the morning, afternoon and at bedtime. The total amount used is 7.5 iu's. For info on all these steroids, click here.
Remember, when you're using this kind of cycle it is very important to keep good supplementation during the entire time. I use Glutamine, BCAA's, Whey Protein, a multi mineral / multi vitamin twice daily, vitamin E, B-complex, 3000 mg. of vitamin C and Beta Carotene. Make sure you drink at least 2 gallons of water daily to keep your kidneys nice and clean. You don't want to end up like Tom Prince with kidneys totally shut down.
I hope this edition of IFBB Pro Undercover has left you with some valuable information you can use to achieve your goals in the bodybuilding and fitness world. Please keep the questions coming, the response has been more than I could have possibly imagined. Stay tuned for my next column with MANY new and controversial questions and answers.
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