Category: Learning

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…

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…

Fortitude Training – Day 3 Muscle Rounds – Danny Padilla the Most Screwed Over Bodybuilder of All Time?

I read Book 1 of Part 3 of Randy Roach’s excellent “Muscle, Smoke and Mirrors” series a few weeks ago, but have been going through it again to collect some notes for a future write up and review. The book details the craziness, conspiracies and chicanery that transpired not only behind the scenes but also in…

My Ten Favourite Reads Of 2015

Since I’m in Asia, the (Chinese) new year hasn’t technically started, so this retroactive post on my top 10 favourite reads from last year is still relevant. I’m a pretty eclectic reader, so it’s hard to rank my reads in order of preference or nominate “favourites”. So, in no particular order…. The Obstacle Is the…

Muscular Development – February 2016

Akim Williams graces the cover this month. Never heard of the guy before, but he’s placed in the league of Power-Bodybuilders who are as strong as they look. Why is it that this new breed all look like one and the same person with no distinguishing features? Williams, Lockett, Max Charles? They may as well be…

Big Beyond Belief Results

I remember first purchasing the book, “Big Beyond Belief” when my weightlifting journey began over 20 years ago. I saw an ad for it in a bodybuilding mag and was captivated by the article style marketing copy that is industry standard now, but so rare back then. This was still pre-internet days so I had to pick up…