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I cannot believe how many questions I have received since the last column. The only regret I have is that I cannot answer all your questions but I will do the best I can. Got some e-mails from a few disgruntled bodybuilders telling me I'm a coward for not using my real name on this column. Has nothing to do with being brave, has everything to do with keeping my career in a lucrative position. There are many powers to be that do not want the truth to be told. They want to choose athletes to destroy and at the same time hide how some athletes really live. Not here, if you ask I will answer. I'm not going to use my name and get black balled from the sport because of something I said. With that being said let's get started.
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I was wondering if smoking marijuana is bad for building muscle. Will it slow down the process of putting muscle? Are there any pro bodybuilders who smoke weed?
Well, I have to admit this is an unusual question indeed. The only thing know about smoking weed is that it will raise your estrogen levels higher than normal. Other than that I really don't see any reason why it would be a negative factor in building muscle. As a matter of fact I know quite a few pros that use it to stimulate their appetite. I myself do not smoke weed because it makes me very lethargic and I do not like to be un-productive.
Are the top five pro's using Nubain?
Absolutely not! That is a really messed up remark that some idiot is saying to make himself feel better. Ronnie Coleman is number 1 in the world with a great work ethic and I know for a fact that this man would never go near that shit. All the guys I know that are using it will never be top five in the world anyway. I know of a few pros that used it for some time in their careers but quit and put that part of their life behind them. I've really got to give them some props. Guy Grundy openly admitted his battle with Nubain in Musclemag International. He talked about how he got off the drug and will never go back to using. You have to give that man some respect because from what understand it's really hard to quit. It has both a mental addiction as well as physical.
I love your column bro. The material you talk about is great... ha ha. The stuff about Shawn Ray is so bang on the buck! I've always suspected this dude is out for all he can get even though he puts himself forward as a kind of champion of the people. Question: You said in one of your columns that site injecting is not a good idea. But what do you do so that you do not have to put the stuff in the same place every time?
Real simple. Do not inject anything in the same area consecutively. It can cause scar tissue giving a disfigured look to the muscle as well as cause infections. If in fact you get an abscess you are going to be spending a great deal of money getting the infection drained, not to mention the cost of medication to rid your body of the infection.
Let me start off by saying I love finding out the real deal from you every month. My question to you is, how does a young pro from Australia make it in the states? We have a young guy over here by the name of Luke Wood. He has just been picked up by MuscleTech. What would your advice be to him as he starts his journey into professional bodybuilding?
First off, he's already doing great if Muscletech has picked him up on an endorsement contract. Luke needs to make sure it's a real contract with a monthly salary. Reason being if he is just getting paid for the use of his pictures and then Muscletech does not sign him to an actual contract when he gets his pro card, well it will be hard for him to sign with another company because his face will have already been branded to Muscletech. The only other advice that I can give him is to do as many photo shoots as possible with various photographers every time he gets in shape. This is very important for marketing himself in the bodybuilding community. It does many things. Promoters will be calling an athlete for guest posing if he is always in the magazines. His worth as an athlete is increased tremendously because of his on going popularity with the fans. And if he has great exposure he can make just as much money as an athlete who actually wins shows. It's all in the promotion of yourself as an athlete.
Hey IFBB Pro, could you tell me anything about a rumor I heard about the IFBB will be revolking it's sanction of the Ms. Olympia and pro shows for the women next year?
I would have to say that this rumor is definitely false. I have heard no such rumor. There are still thousands of bodybuilding fans who love to watch the women compete. Not to mention that the NPC USA Championships was loaded with female athletes simply showing that female bodybuilding is here to stay. No, the rumor is not true.
What do you think of Jean-Pierre Fux? How much is this guy juicing?
My opinion of Jean-Pierre Fux is that his stomach totally ruined his physique, totally! I really don't think it's a question of how much juice he's taking but how much damn food he consumes. When he first came to Venice back in 1995-1996 his physique was quite impressive, but over the year's it looks like he swallowed a small tour bus for God's sake. He's not competing anymore because of an accident he had doing a photo-shoot for Flex Magazine. Fux put seven 45 plates on each side of the bar and started to perform a squat. Both his knees gave out resulting in serious knee injuries that were remedied by surgery. It will be a long, long time before Fux is back to the IFBB stage. But, I never thought he was going to be any good before the injury. Like I said his obvious over eating habits totally ruined his body. Besides his belly sticking out, his belly button looked like soft ball sitting on top of a beach ball. Fux's physique was not pleasing to the eye. Besides his stomach and belly button, he was never really hard and lacked muscle separation.
I just got into bodybuilding. I know that most pros use anabolics but what I want to know is exactly what products (legal supplements) should I be taking out of the literally hundreds of companies out there?
Excellent question. This I can answer straight from years of experience literally trying hundreds of different companies and finally coming to conclusions that gave me my supplementation program today. First off, and I'm telling you the absolute truth, I buy all my supplements from Bodybuilding.com for two reasons. The first being it is so convenient to sit in my home and shop online for anything I want. The second reason is that Bodybuilding.com carries literally anything you're looking for at the absolute cheapest price.
With that being said I will tell you what I use. For my protein source I use Dorian Yates protein powder or Optimum Nutrition's Pro Complex protein supplement. They both taste good and they both do not upset my stomach. Plus both are of the highest quality protein. I use Optimum Nutrition BCAA 5000 powder because it's the best bang for the buck as far as dosages go. 5000 mg per serving and BCAA's is very important for putting on muscle. I use Glutamine powder to keep from going catabolic and speed up my recovery process. Last but not least I use Multi-Vitamins and Multi-Minerals as well as Vitamin C 1000, Vitamin B complex, Vitamin E 400 and Betacarotene capsules.
You are a stupid F%^k and a PU*&y that is too scared to reveal who the hell you are but no matter. Your opinion of Ronnie is pathetic! He looks like a fat ass ape. Jay should have won the Mr. Olympia right now according to all the fans, Shawn Ray, Kevin Levrone and many others that aren't pu#$y ass bitches like you.
Well now, glad you enjoy my column. I notice you didn't leave your name at the bottom of your comments but believe me I totally understand why. I don't think the fact that I think Ronnie is a superior athlete makes me a pu@#y ass bitch like you so eloquently put it. Fact is, Ronnie totally over powers any man in the sport today. Jay Cutler was not even remotely close to Mr. Coleman. The fact that the score sheets show Jay was close is good for the show and the fans, that's it. Reality is that Ronnie has twice as much muscle as Jay and as a matter of fact I personally think Jay's physique sucks. He looks like a refrigerator with arms. Absolutely nothing pleasing not to mention his posing is horrendous, terrible, shameful and awkward. He's down right goofy on stage! Jay had great abs and good separation in his quads, but two things do not take out Mr. Olympia and I guarantee Ronnie will be shredded this year with a razor tight mid section and all the separation he needs in his quads. Jay would look like a child if he walked on stage at this Olympia. Enough said...
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