Of course I had questions prepared, but this interview was delayed due to some injury that had you in the ER. You sent me a pic of you with an IV drip and said it was your shoulder, so please explain what the hell happened.
This is a perfect example of my life. I’ve been training over 16 years, took my bodyweight from 145 pounds to a high of 315, and I never had one injury in the gym. I fucking sleep wrong and mess my shoulder up. A year ago something similar happened where I got a dead shoulder, but after a couple of days of rest it was fine. This time I knew it was different because it was hitting a nerve and shocking my whole body with pain. I hate going to a regular primary care doctor, because with any type of injury they either just tell you to stop working out or blame it on steroids. I finally saw a specialist today and found out it’s bursitis, an inflammation of the bursa sac in my shoulder, and it’s rubbing on a nerve. Even not moving, the pain is a 10 out of 10. I’ve been living on Vicodin for a few days now and I hate it. I can’t work out on painkillers. I was going to take the Antoine approach when he tore his biceps and do legs four times a week. I told him when I saw him in Las Vegas that even though it must have sucked dealing with that arm injury, he now has some of the best legs in the sport. But I can’t even wipe my ass right now. Luckily I won’t need any surgery, so that’s a relief. I had a cortisone shot today and I get an MRI next week. The doctor thinks there are calcium deposits in there that can be removed without cutting me open.
The last time we spoke, you were in Sydney, Australia right after the Arnold Australia you went to compete in had been canceled at the last minute. How long did you end up being in Australia?
I was there for three months. My first stop was Melbourne, and by the time I landed I knew it was almost certain the show was not going to happen. But I had already planned on going to Queensland after that for a vacation. It’s like the Las Vegas or Miami Beach of Australia, with cool secluded beaches. Right up my alley. I just went there a little earlier than I had planned on. The next day, they locked Melbourne down. You couldn’t leave your house, couldn’t leave your zip code. The gyms shut down and didn’t open up again until November. A buddy of mine in Melbourne couldn’t even drive 30 minutes to see his newborn niece, because they were doing door-to-door checks and arresting people who violated the stay-at-home order. The only real downside to hanging out on the beach for three months was that if I’d got home a little sooner, I could have gotten ready for the New York or Chicago Pro shows. It’s fine, because I would have looked the same as I did at the Arnold, and that’s not what I’m about. I want to show improvements every time you see me. But I did have to watch shows I knew I would have won. The way I looked taking fifth at the Arnold would have won in Tampa, New York or Chicago, and I would have qualified for the Olympia. I do have to give a special thanks to Aaron Polites and Sam Pearce, two IFBB pros, for taking care of me while I was in Australia. They both made sure I had everything I needed.
I really hoped you would do the Chicago Pro, because it’s your hometown and you came within a hair of winning it in 2018. Did the fact that it got moved all the way to Atlanta play a part in why you skipped it?
That’s the main reason I wasn’t gung-ho about doing it. It would have been so weird for me, a guy born and raised in Chicago, to lose the show in 2018 with a hometown crowd, and then win it two years later with none of my Chicago people there to see it because it’s in Atlanta. That was a sign for me to pack it up for 2020. What I really wanted was to get points for the Arnold Australia show. I was there and ready to compete. Looking back, the show could have happened the way they did the Cali Pro, with masks and no audience. But this was back in March when we had no idea what was going on yet or how to handle it. It would have been me and Ramy in the top two. The only other guys who beat me at the Arnold were Bonac, Dexter and Kuclo, and they didn’t go. Just the opportunity to stand next to Ramy and go pose-for-pose would have been an honor. Taking second to him, which is probably what would have happened, would still have given me enough points to get to the Olympia.
There was a lot of speculation about who might get the special invitation to compete in this year’s Mr. Olympia. The three names that kept coming up as possibilities were yours, Steve Kuclo and Big Ramy. Were you upset that Ramy got it?
Continue reading your story on the app
Continue reading your story in the magazine
WHO IS THE KING OF ALL FREAKS- RONNIE OR RAMY?
When Big Ramy was crowned Mr. Olympia last December, it was the first time a man over 250 pounds had held that title in over a decade. At 290 pounds, we hadn’t seen such a mass monster rule the sport since the days of Ronnie and Jay. Ronnie Coleman remains the heaviest man to ever win the Mr. Olympia at a bodyweight of 296 in 2004. Comparisons between the two colossal men, Ramy and Ronnie, soon sprung up everywhere online and in social media. Who is the king of all freaks? To answer that, we sought out the best-qualified men to answer that question: Giles Thomas, Ronnie Coleman himself, and the only man to coach both champions to Mr. Olympia wins, Chad Nicholls.
THE BEST ANABOLIC STEROIDS for Boosting Muscle Power, Strength and Hypertrophy
These are the least-favored types of articles to write, yet the most popular with readers.
STAY THE F*CK AWAY FROM INSULIN!
JAMES HOLLINGSHEAD EXPLAINS WHY HE’S AGAINST IT
PROTEIN: the Right Dose for Maximum MUSCLE GROWTH
The anabolic response within muscle, or net gain in muscle protein, is the difference between the rates of muscle protein synthesis versus muscle protein breakdown where greater protein synthesis produces muscle growth.
NEW RESEARCH: BLOOD FLOW RESTRICTION (BFR) TRAINING and Betaine for Enhanced Muscle Growth
Synergy is a phenomenon that occurs when combining one stimulus with another causes an effect greater than either stimuli alone. In other words, one plus one is somehow greater than two.
Dr. Testosterone: Science of Muscle Growth
Ergophysiology The paradox about bodybuilding is the fact it is not considered as a functional sport.
His Long Road to Becoming Mr. Olympia
Clenbuterol: Fat Loss and Anabolic
Clenbuterol is the undisputed champion in the arena of fat-burning drugs used by bodybuilders, models and trophy wives.
Beyond Human: The Genetic Shift In Bodybuilding
The Bodybuilding Ecosystem People often fail to grasp the significance of turning points, if even aware of such events.
Vlad the Impaler
24-Year-Old Big Vlad Suhoruchko From the Ukraine
NOT A CROC!
Bindi plans wedding redo
AUSTRALIA PLANS TO SPEND $417M ON HYDROGEN, CARBON CAPTURE
Australia’s prime minister has proposed spending an extra 539 million Australian dollars ($417 million) on hydrogen and carbon sequestration projects, seeking to burnish his government’s green credentials ahead of a climate summit to be hosted by President Joe Biden.
The Commander in Chief
THIS SEDULOUS SEVEN-STRINGER PUTS A COMPLETELY NEW SPIN ON CLASSICAL-INSPIRED GUITAR MUSIC
Plini – Voices in The Sky
PLINI — the guy Steve Vai once called “the future of exceptional guitar playing” — discusses the perils of “guitar fame,” the challenges of a modern prog-rocker and his breathtaking new album, Impulse Voices
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
The usurper has come
Giant squirrels, giant lessons? Animal chaplain SARAH BOWEN explores what squirrels can show us about mindfulness.
IN SURPRISE MOVE, FACEBOOK BLOCKS NEWS ACCESS IN AUSTRALIA
In a surprise retaliatory move Thursday, Facebook blocked Australians from sharing news stories, escalating a fight with the government over whether powerful tech companies should have to pay news organizations for content.
We spend a lot of time talking about veteran-owned spirits in this column. But a truly relaxing, rewarding end-of-the-day drinking experience involves more than just good booze. Fortunately, this issue’s Veteran Vices column has you covered. Glenn Yench, former electronics technician, weapons rate, comes to this column all the way from Down Under.
FITTED FOR RADIO
Matthew Jackson’s Land Rover 110 retired from the Australian Army to a life of backcountry travel
AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER SAYS BING COULD REPLACE GOOGLE
Australia’s prime minister said that Microsoft is confident it can fill the void if Google carries out its threat to remove its search engine from Australia.