Month: May 2014

Gaspari 51 Days Book Review

More Pimp than Pump. Rich Gaspari was one of bodybuilding’s most famous superstars of the 80’s and 90’s. Renown for his superior levels of conditioning, he was probably best known for being one of the first to sport “shredded-glutes” onstage. He was a consistenlyhigh placer in the very competitive 80’s-90’s competitive scene and a fixture on the…

Living In Thailand

I’m going to write a few articles about my life here in Thaland – gyms, my training, supplements, and the bodybuilding scene in general here. It will be an interesting comparison to how much things have changed since Chris Shugart’s Thailand Trilogy articles from 12 years ago. Who hasn’t been attracted by the lure of saying…

Propranalol and Bodybuilding

Beta Blockers for Alpha Males I first heard of beta-blockers and their potential “performance enhancing” uses in the documentary “Bigger, Faster, Stronger” and was interested how musicians use them for steadying their nerves. One particular comment from an interviewee struck a chord when he said, “not even 5:00 o’clock traffic bothers me anymore”. When a friend…

Book Roundup – Part 7

Some brief reviews on a number of the books I’ve read since I left the blog last.   ‘‘Rework” – Jason Fried– The modern world of work is a constantly shifting landscape, yet many seem intent on clinging to outdated and ineffective productivity paradigms. This book’s advice although counterinutive at first, shows how to create…

Mr Olympia 2013

Last year was the second time I attended the Mr Olympia weekend held each year in Las Vegas. The expo is always a highlight, giving attendees the chance to meet the elite of the sport, watch a variety of strength sports and partake of the huge amount of free giveaways and samples on offer at…

Chaos & Pain – Issuance of Insanity 3 – Review

My last post on this blog some time ago was a review of Jamie Lewis’ “Issuance of Insanity” covering the Chaos and Pain’ approach to training. As an appropriate bookend to get the blog rolling again, I’d thought I’d review the third installment in the series which covers the nutritional side of things. Nutritional Psycho Review What…

Starting Over

My old life ended on 20 December, 2013.  I had sold, thrown away or donated most of my stuff.  As the last school bell rang for the year and my class of kids and I said our final goodbyes, I got in a taxi headed straight for the airport – no looking back.All I knew…