Muscular Development July Review

Blechman touts Cedric McMillian to be the 2nd coming of Arnold Schwarzennerger in this month’s Muscular Development which might explain Arnold’s effusive gushing over Cedric’s physique as representing the gold standard for modern bodybuilding in recent years. Kevin and Shawn reflect on their respective runner up placings over their competitive years, opining on what they would…

Wendler’s Building The Monolith – Day 1

It’s the “off-season” and that means it’s time to gain some size! I’ve been using Wendler’s 531 for the past 6 weeks and have had some nice strength gains, but it’s time to ramp it up and start some serious hypertrophy training and eating. I’ve been priming my body for a good offseason since the…

Five Bullet Friday

What I’m Reading Bending Adversity – Japan and the art of Survival – David Pilling The Japanese propensity to embrace adversity as a stepping stone for revolutionary change is embedded in its history, language and national character. Since the burst of its economic bubble in the 80’s, the Japan of the last 30 years has…

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We’re not supposed to see our superheroes grow old, weak and die Things I’ve Read A Fighter’s Heart: One Man’s Journey Through the World of Fighting – Sam Sheridan This companion book to the amazing”Fighter’s Mind” chronicles Sheridan’s eye opening journey through the world of fighting. He travels to different locales in a travelogue of…

Training and Diet Update

531 receives a lot of criticism from the hardcore powerlifting demographic, but I find it can compliment a bodybuilder’s goals nicely when switching from a hypertrophy dominant, high frequency/volume approach. First and foremost, progress is dependant upon progressive overload. While this can be achieved in a number of ways, there’s few more satisfying to a…

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What I’m Reading Faster, Higher, Stronger: How Sports Science Is Creating a New Generation of Superathletes—and What We Can Learn from Them – Mark McClusky In the 70’s series, “The Six Billion Dollar Man”, the intro narration announced that science had the power to not only save the near dead Steve Austin, but “rebuild him; ‘We…

Muscular Development Review – June 2016

Dana Linn Bailey graces the cover this month which is a metaphor for how anachronistic the concept of the “magazine” is in the digital age. By the time these things hit the media stands, the information is already a dinosaur. DLB, her star fading, likewise seems to be “yesterday’s news” in an industry that operates on…

Under Construction 2 Review

“Daunting” is a word I’d choose for any director wanting to take on the task of creating a documentary about bodybuilding. Beyond the cliches and caricatures often used to thinly portray the world of muscle and weights, it’s a fundamentally shallow topic. Bodybuilders themselves rarely make for interesting foils representative of their sport. Added to…

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Bringing you my favourite reads, films and listens for the week. If you have any good books, movies, shows, recipes or podcasts to share, I’m always looking for good new stuff. Let me know of your finds in the comments! What I’m Reading The Disaster Diaries: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Apocalypse –…

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Apologies for the lack of updates recently. Two weeks ago, my neck started to lock up whenever I tried to use a computer, watch TV or read a book for a more than a few minutes resulting in hours of excrutiating pain accompanied by blinding headaches and waves of nausea. Natures way of saying I…