I hope my first column, issued last month, grabbed your attention. I know you are eager to learn how, with my help, you can achieve longevityin this bodybuilding journey. You must believe that this is a “journey” or “marathon” in all aspects and not a “sprint” to a quick end! We are in this for life!
Yes, this magazine and my column are designed to give you tools to get there faster. However, on this journey, there will be times where you are frustrated, and you will fall off if you rush! Bodybuilding isn’t just about competing or working out hard. It’s so much more! If you are not interested in competing, that’s perfectly fine, because the subject matter I am going to discuss first and foremost is essential for everyone of all levels.
You are going to need money! Just know that even with all the regular expenses such as “gear,” supplements, gym memberships, extra food, etc. it can be done on a tight budget. However, it’s much easier and less stressful if you have some extra cash to make it all happen … even more so in this day and age with jobs being more scarce and a lot of uncertainty in the world. Social media is here to stay, and the platforms are growing and changing. You would be foolish not to take advantage of it when looking to make a career out of bodybuilding. With only 1,200 words, I will get into key bullet points. For a more detailed analysis, I have extensively covered this subject on Blackstone Labs’ YouTube page in a video called “Monetizing Social Media.” I encourage you to check it out.
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TESTOSTERONE AND HAIR LOSS: How to Get Ahead
The simple fact is that most men are concerned about their looks; for the bodybuilder and fitness enthusiast, appearance is a strong factor in one’s satisfaction. It is undeniable that testosterone (T) directly impacts the physical health, function, and appearance of a man; as well, one’s mental health and cognitive abilities. In the chronology of life, testosterone’s effects produce milestones that easily identify the stages of life: the ultrasound’s shadow of a penis during pregnancy; a wispy mustache during adolescence; a deep voice during adulthood; and with its decline late in life, the loss of muscle, and erectile dysfunction.
TESTOSTERONE AND GH RESPONSES: FREE WEIGHTS VS. MACHINES
All forms of resistance training provide a stimulus that induces an anabolic-hormonal response, which contributes to adaptations associated with weight training such as muscle growth and strength. More precisely, weight training causes an increase in the two most prominent muscle-building hormones, testosterone and growth hormone (GH). Testosterone drives muscle growth by stimulating muscle protein synthesis and inhibiting muscle protein degradation. GH triggers greater muscle growth primarily by stimulating the production of insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), which has been shown to also potently stimulate muscle growth by increasing muscle cell protein synthesis.
Monetizing Social Media
NEW RESEARCH: INTERMITTENT FASTING INCREASES AB FAT
Intermittent fasting, often referred to time-restricted eating, has become the latest diet craze not only for weight loss but also for enhancing health. Everyone from well-known celebrities to everyday, average people are trying intermittent fasting and claiming it is successful.
Lose Fat and Boost TESTOSTREONE
Every bodybuilder or athlete understands too much body fat can be detrimental. For the bodybuilder, too much body fat detracts from the physique. The athlete can’t carry too much body fat because it decreases speed and quickness, thus diminishing athletic performance. Although fat tissue can be physically unappealing to the bodybuilder while negatively influencing athletic prowess, fat cells also perform an additional function that can negatively impact the athlete and bodybuilder by drastically decreasing the production of the muscle-building hormone testosterone.
Lorie Forman LOOKING Great at 48!
Lorie Forman turned pro as a Bikini competitor at the 2015 NPC Universe, and was the first woman to score three pro card wins in one show and in every division she entered: Bikini Open, Masters Over 35 and Masters Over 40 and took home the Masters overall. But that’s not Lorie’s only remarkable achievement: at age 48, she looks and feels like a twenty-something athlete.
BRAD ROWE IFBB Pro and Trainer to the Stars!
Success in bodybuilding is often assumed to correlate with contest wins and high finishes at the Mr. Olympia and Arnold Classic. Yet there are many other avenues available today, some far more lucrative than relying on prize money or even supplement contracts. One man who exemplifies the level of success possible beyond the stage is Brad Rowe. Though he was no slouch on stage, he gained far more visibility appearing in national commercials for companies like GoDaddy, Coca-Cola, Kia, Taco Bell and Dannon Oikos, some of which aired during Super Bowls. More recently, Brad’s prominence as an elite personal trainer got a major boost when Mike Tyson hired him to be his full-time strength and conditioning coach, training him for his 2020 comeback fight at age 54 with Roy Jones Jr. I spoke with fellow native New Englander Brad about why he stepped away from competing, how he became part of Mike Tyson’s training camp, and his major project that stands to make him one of the biggest players in the growing field of anti-aging and cutting-edge athletic performance.
Meet Thomas Connelly, DDS, Dentist to the Stars and IFBB Pro
A Tribute to THE INCREDIBLE ANDY HAMAN
In my 35 years as Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Muscular Development, I never met a guy like Andy Haman. We had one thing in common, we both wrestled in college. I went to Indiana State University on a wrestling scholarship and Andy went to the University of Iowa and became a championship wrestler. In 2007, Andy won the super heavyweight class at the NPC Masters bodybuilding championships, earning his pro card.
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