Eric Helms – Muscle and Strength Pyramid – Training and Nutrition Books Review

I have to admit, at first I was downright dubious, skeptical and put off reading these books. I don’t think it’s principal author Eric Helms is one of the “bad-guys” in an industry over-brimming with charlatans, scum-bags and syntholed “slap-boxers” (that last alliterative reference is going to date really quickly), but some of the warning bells were definitely…

Five Bullet Friday

What I’m Reading Sapiens – A Brief History of Humankind – On a planet that’s 4.5 billion years old, how did an otherwise insignificant species that’s existed as a mere “blip” on the evolutionary timeline, rise above all others to become the dominant life form on the planet? Harari’s “Sapiens” is an anthropological primer that…

Fortitude Training – Muscle Rounds – Upper Body Emphasis – Danny Padilla Part 3

After the 1980’s Olympia debacle that saw a totally out of shape and outclassed Schwarzenneger scooping near perfect scores and winning the title for that year, it was clear that there were behind the scenes forces steering and even mandating the outcomes of physique contests.  Arnold’s victory so soured the competitive experience for many pro competitors that they simply…

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…