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The questions for number 13 are the best yet. Keep them coming and I'll keep answering them. Please people; quit trying to figure out who I am and just simply enjoy the truth that others are scared to talk about. Some of you have been throwing out a few names but I have to tell you that you're not even close, so stop. One pro in particular is getting a lot of slack for my column, but it's not Craig Titus. We're getting sick of Mr. Titus calling up Bodybuilding.com trying to find out who I am. He's annoying.
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I purchased the 2002 Olympia video, both pre-judging and night show. I disagree with some of the top 10 places. I think that the top seven should have been 1. Ronnie Coleman, 2. Kevin Levrone, 3. Markus Ruhl, 4. Chris Cormier, 5. Nasser El Sonbaty, 6. Lee Preist, 7. Gunther. Where do you feel these seven should have finished? Who would you think should have been in the top 6? Why do you think Markus Ruhl is always over looked? He has some of the best body parts.
(Editor's Note: For pics from the show of all the competitors and more, click here.)
Honestly this is going to be the very last time I talk about the placing at the 2002 Olympia. I've answered similar questions several times but I will touch on some of this topic one more time. First off, 1st place for Ronnie goes without saying. He is the best in the sport today. As far as Markus Ruhl being in the top ten of the Olympia, absolutely a gift. Markus was way off. European judges, German guy, you do the math. Nasser El Sonbaty? One of the best bodybuilders in the world 4 years ago but it is very apparent retirement should be on his mind. Nasser should have been Mr. Olympia once now but the judges just didn't want to give it to him back in 1997 over Dorian. Kevin Levrone, Chris Cormier and Lee Priest are all top contenders at the Mr. Olympia but more importantly they are forever burned into the minds of the judges. When this happens these bodybuilders can be way off their game and still place in the top money. I've seen it over and over again, it's pathetic.
Now Günter... at the 2001 Mr. Olympia he is placed 15th with no fans or judges ever thinking he may be up in the top money some day. In one year, let me repeat, in one year he's goes from 15th to 5th in the Mr. Olympia and then beats Ronnie Coleman at the GNC pro show a month later. Corrupt? You better believe it! The powers to be said they wanted him to be a star and that's exactly what is going to happen. Same Günter, nice guy, great smile, blocky body with huge waist and NO WHERE even close to Ronnie Coleman or the other guys that placed ahead of him in 2001. 2002 Mr. Olympia Günter is now one of the best bodybuilders in the world and can be seen in absolutely every copy of Flex Magazine on the stands.
I'm looking to get into the world of competition with aspirations of getting my pro card. I worked out a few times with Bruce Patterson, he goes to my gym, but I find it hard to bring the topic of steroids or GH around others and his girlfriend. Can you suggest something to get started? Supplements also?
First and foremost make sure you find a doctor that will run your blood regularly and is aware that you are going to become a steroid user. If in fact you're planning on becoming an IFBB Pro then it's good to act like one and stay healthy. There are a few pros today that are going into retirement simply because they were not aware of the damage they were doing while on steroids. A good cycle to start off with that is safe without any damaging side effects is Test Enanthate and Laurabolin. Also, about 4-9 IU's of GH daily. I would suggest about 1000 mg. of test a week and about 300 mg. of Laurabolin a week. Stay on this cycle for approx. 8 weeks followed by 10,000 units of HCG a week for two weeks. Take 2-4 IU of GH at bedtime and another 2-4 IU of GH in the middle of the night. Mind you this is a fraction of what the pro's are using but you have away to go before you have to worry about a pro cycle. Remember roids speed up protein synthesis so make sure your daily intake is high. About 2 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight is a good rule of thumb. A good whey isolate when your done training is great for a speedy recovery as well and plenty of fish and red meat though out the day. BCAAs before pre and post training will definitely help put on the muscle.
I was hoping you could go into a little more detail about the effects of smoking marijuana on building muscle? I am a bodybuilder and I find the weed helps me with my appetite and it helps to combat the aggression and moodiness that can go along with steroid use.
One thing I know for sure is that it definitely helps to increase your appetite. Everyone knows that the difference between a 300 lb. bodybuilder and a 250 lb. bodybuilder all things being equal is the amount of calories they intake. So, if weed makes you eat like a horse then I don't see ay reason why you shouldn't use it as an aid for calorie consumption. Now, as far as the adverse effects from smoking weed; the only thing I know for a fact is that it raises your estrogen levels but I don't necessarily know that estrogen being raised is a bad thing. Also, as long as it doesn't make you lazy to the point that it affects you from being a productive person, then smoke away. Personally I don't smoke weed because it makes me extremely lazy.
Frankly I think your attitude sucks toward the new figure division. Who are you to assume that the women competing in the figure division have no athletic ability - mind you it is not gymnastics, but athletic none the less. It does take athleticism, discipline and a certain disposition to get your ass in high gear and get fit/lean.
Yeah, I know I owe you an apology. It was wrong for me to say that figure girls pose absolutely no athletic ability. What I meant to say is that what figure girls do on stage takes absolutely no athletic ability. Next you'll be telling me that getting ready for a figure show is as hard as getting ready for a pro bodybuilding show. Listen, just be honest with your self and admit that it's nothing more than a bikini contest. Do you know how ridiculous a girl sounds when she says "I'm going to get my pro card in figure". Do I think figure is a good way for a girl to get her fitness modeling career off? Yes. Do I think that figure contests should be run with a pro bodybuilding show? Hell no! Am I getting sick and tired of seeing these girls in the middle of my favorite muscle magazines? Hell yes! Watching a figure contest is like watching hair grow on your grandmother's lip.
Do you think Scott Steiner's arms are real or do you think they are synthol?
Thing is that Scott's arms were huge long before synthol was ever around. So to answer your question Steiner's arms are as real as Monica Brandt's ass! Now Gregg Valentino is another story. Here is a man with so much oil in his arms he could run NASCAR pit crews for a year.
What is the real truth about the Weider Empire? Would an aspiring pro stand a chance if they were on the wrong side of Joe? Do the Weider's decide, or heavily influence who wins contests - even indirectly?
Well, honestly everyone knows that if one of the Weiders say they want a star to be born, that's what happens. I don't know if being on the wrong side of Joe would cause you not to do well in the sport but it would cause you not to have a contract with the Weider organization. And frankly now that the Weider empire was sold to David Pecker I don't see many more contracts being given out in the future unless you're one of the chosen stars. I don't think Joe or Ben Weider have any direct influence on who wins a contest... that would be corrupt. But if Joe or Ben was to say, "Why isn't Gunter placing higher or beating Ronnie? We think he's great". Oh yeah, that's already happened this past year. The Weiders are responsible for getting pro bodybuilding started so everyone in this industry should be forever grateful. It is human nature for people to like another person more than the next. It has been going on since the beginning of time and will continue to go on until the end. This holds true to professional athletes and one athlete will be given many rewards they do not deserve simply because they are well liked. Get used to it; it's all part of the game. Check out the story about how Joe and Ben Weider became the founding fathers of bodybuilding here.
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*Pics by Ron Avidan.