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IFBB Pro Undercover #31.

What is going on with the GNC show, why did Muscletech contribute over $400,000 to this year's Mr. Olympia, should steroids be banned from bodybuilding and more...

By: IFBB Undercover

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Column #31

Well, looks like guys can just keep getting into trouble and never do any time! The list is quite a few. I've mentioned them in my past columns so I think I'll let the subject rest a few months and see if any of them EVER do any time.

GNC Pro Show - Learn More

After a much heated battle between the heads of the IFBB and Tammy Simpson (promoter of the GNC Pro Show) the dust has settled and may the games begin. The GNC Pro Show started out as one of the top paying shows in the industry today, BUT. 1st place went from $100,000 all the way down to $20,000. Now there are positives to this and negatives.

The negatives are that the IFBB got what they wanted and basically forced the promoter to lower the prize money making it a mere bodybuilding contest and NOT the premiere show like the Olympia keeping the big names (so to speak) out of the contest awaiting the Joe Weider's Mr. Olympia Gunter, Ronnie, Cormier, Dexter Jackson or even Cutler wouldn't dare blow their wad at the GNC risking a lower placing at the Olympia for a mere $20,000.

The positive is that the show is basically up for grabs. The second tear bodybuilders will now be battling it out for the third highest paying show in the IFBB today. You have Victor Martinez, Ahmad Haidar, Craig Titus, Troy Alves, Darrem Charles and a few others that could come in spot on and take the gold. This makes for one of the most exciting shows in the sport today. Now we don't know who's going to win. There is no name game here! For once, the best man may just win.

Muscletech - Purchasing The Olympia Crown?

Since when does a sponsor donate $400,000 to a pro bodybuilding show? Since the 2004 Mr. Olympia, that's when! That's right, along with the thousands of dollars Muscletech spends to place their ads in Weider publications, they now have given $400,000 to this year's Mr. Olympia contest.

Funny thing is Muscletech has not one but four top contenders in the show; Dexter Jackson, Chris Cormier, Dennis James and Jay Cutler. Cutler by the way is in NO comparison to Ronnie Coleman at all what so ever, no comparison, none!

As a matter of fact it will be a mighty fight for second but Ronnie Coleman stands all by himself. But, Ronnie has been f^cked over before in the case of Gunter beating him at the GNC Pro two years ago simply to increase tickets sales for the Olympia, plain and simple. There is no way in hell ANYONE should EVER beat Ronnie Coleman, the end!

My question is; why isn't some of that money being given to the GNC Pro Show? I know, none of their athletes are in the show.

[ Q ] I have been bodybuilding for just over a year and have gained 40 pounds of muscle since I started and am doing it steroid free. My question is how big do you think I can aim for without juicing?

    A. Damn bro, you gained 40 pounds of muscle in one year? No friggin' way my friend! A seasoned IFBB veteran, not even Ronnie Coleman himself can put on 40 pounds of muscle in one year. What you have done is basically filled out what muscle you had and maybe put on about 6-8 pounds of new muscle.

    A greater percentage of your weight is coming from the water retained in the muscle as well as body fat. Make sure you don't disclose this phenomenon to too many people because many will wait until you walk away and laugh their asses off. Now as far as how much mass you can obtain steroid free?

    That is a very hard question for me to answer because there are so many factors involved. What I will do is inform you what areas of training have to be spot on to build as much muscle as possible in the shortest amount of time, operative word being time.

    Rest; a nap after training is essential for muscle fiber to heal. I would suggest at least 1 ½ hours of sleep following training and always 8-9 hours of sleep at night.

    Caloric intake; you have to take in complex carbohydrates as well as simple sugars to fuel your training and well as speed up recovery. I would say 3 grams of carbohydrates per body pound and about 1 ½ - 2 grams of protein per body pound will do the trick.

    If you have trouble consuming these calories from just food then I suggest you supplement your diet with powders such whey protein and one of many recovery drinks that are on the market today right here at www.bodybuilding.com.

    Training; most rookies make the mistake of overtraining. A good rule of thumb is about 12-15 sets per body part. Find a rep range that really fills your muscle with blood resulting in good pumps.

    One muscle group should never take more than 45-minutes to train. I can't tell you how much muscle you'll put on but I can tell you that if you follow these few rules of thumb you will find your self putting on muscle in the shortest period of time.

[ Q ] Let me first start by saying that your column is interesting to read. My question is that I notice that many of these pro-bodybuilders and fitness stars seem to live pretty disgusting life styles. Do any of these guys and girls just sit at home and take care of their families?

    A. I'm not sure what you mean by disgusting but I'll assume you're referring to bisexual activity and recreational drug use as well as promiscuity. I know many pro bodybuilders and fitness stars that have beautiful families that most of their time is spent with.

    I know many of these athletes do absolutely no recreational drugs and are very loyal to their mates, both gay couples and straight. To put all of these athletes in one category of having disgusting life styles if by no means fair to say the least. Besides, who are you to say what life style is disgusting and what lifestyles are not? If you ask me, sitting home night after night with a bunch of kids in the suburbs is not my idea of a good life style.

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    What you're doing is judging a few bodybuilders and fitness athletes making it sound like MANY live disgusting life styles. I guess the best answer to your question is to just simply say, no one made you GOD!

[ Q ] Why is everyone bitching about Ronnie's stomach, give me a break, he's #1 and has been so far quite a while.

    A. I agree with you 100%! Ronnie's stomach has never stuck out enough to even talk about let alone take away from his unbeatable physique, never! Sometimes in this wonderful sport of bodybuilding people have to pick out something.

    They couldn't tear apart any of Ronnie's muscle so they went straight for the gut. I'm positive Ronnie is laughing all the way to the bank.


Ronnie Coleman.

[ Q ] There have been no research studies done to show that steroids do in fact cause the symptoms they supposedly do. Do you believe that steroids should be banned from bodybuilding and why?

    A. You're so right in regards to no research studies. I don't believe I've ever read any actual case studies of negative effects from the use of steroids. If there are, would some one please e-mail them to me? But, because the US laws are so ridiculous it would be in a person's best interest to just simply forget about using steroids and start relying on the many great supplements on the market to day.

    The laws have become so bad that steroids are now classified in the same class as cocaine and other drugs that can really destroy an individual's health. Don't forget, you can still use Human Growth Hormone, Insulin and even EPO to help build muscle without the worries of going to prison just because you want to better your appearance.

[ Q ] Hey, love the column. I am posing in my first competition on May 15th in Worcester Mass. Right now I am pretty lean and most of my abs are visible already. I am 210 pounds right now and I'm taking in about 4055 calories daily. When should I try and get ripped, and more importantly how?

    A. Every pro structures their contest prep regimen slightly different but most stick to either a 16 week prep or a 12 week prep unless you're Dexter Jackson who diets maybe 8 weeks because of how lean his genetics allow him to be. I would say start your diet some time in February about 12 weeks out from the show.

    There are so many details in contest prep I would definitely hire a pro bodybuilder in your area to get you ready for your first event. That way you can do it right and knock out all the guessing.

    Quite honestly it would take me thousands of words to tell you how to prepare properly for you first competition so the best advice I can give you is to hire a pro and please let me know who you end up using for your preparation. Good luck.

[ Q ] Hey man, what's up? Love your column. I'm writing you from Puerto Rico and have one question. What is Kevin Levrone going to do? Is he competing in the Olympia? Is he retired or something?

    A. From what I understand Kevin Levrone is in fact retired. Back when he started getting into music his physique started to lack necessary elements to remain in the top contenders of the IFBB. To be more specific, Kevin's legs started showing a huge decrease in size and he just didn't seem to have the passion any longer.


    Kevin @ last year's Mr. Olympia. Kevin got 6th.

    Some say he retired due to taking second to Ronnie Coleman at the Olympia two years ago but quite honestly he never had a chance of beating him anyway. For what ever reason you probably won't be seeing Kevin on stage any time in the near future.

In The Next Issue...

Hopefully, in the next edition of IFBB Pro Undercover I can shed some more light on all the legal proceedings happening as you read this with quite a few of the IFBB Pros.

Questions like, what's going on with Victor Martinez? What's up with the Dennis James "X" case? Why is Dave Polumbo still on the streets? Is Sarcev going to prison after his home raid by the feds? Are any of the guys who got dragged before the grand jury going to have to testify against anyone? How do guys get caught in airports with steroids and not get charged? Why in the hell isn't anyone doing any time?

These are the questions I aim to answer just as soon as they unfold.

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