ANOTHER STAR WAS BORN
I came up in this sport and industry in a time when pro cards were exceedingly difficult to acquire. In the 1980s and '90s, if you were good enough to win the USA or Nationals in that era, you were already good enough to immediately start winning pro shows and would be a top-five threat at the Mr. Olympia. Names like Kevin Levrone, Shawn Ray, Flex Wheeler, Vince Taylor and Chris Cormier serve as evidence to this fact. That's why the older members of the media like me have bemoaned the relatively lower quality of new pros in more recent years. It's now common for men to win the USA or Nationals and never even place top five at a second- or third-tier pro show. Where are all the stars? The 2020 IFBB North American, held in a tent during the pandemic's first and most devastating year, produced not one but two excellent examples of top-notch talent. You're all familiar with the 26-year-old who won the super-heavyweight and overall titles, Nick Walker; who weeks later got fourth place at the Chicago Pro and more recently won the New York Pro en route to his first Arnold Classic and Mr. Olympia. On that same night, a big 23-year-old kid from Denver by way of Wyoming won the heavyweight title and also earned pro status - Martin Fitzwater. Thanks to training videos from his sponsor GASP, we watched him grow and prepare for his pro debut in Texas this past August. There, he finished a highly respectable fourth place in his first flex-for-pay outing. It's been a while since we've seen someone so young who was so good, so it's time we all got caught up to speed on Martin "The Martian" Fitzwater!
A LIFELONG ATHLETE'S NEXT SPORT
I often remark that there are two types of men that get into bodybuilding. The first comes into the sport/lifestyle out of insecurity; perhaps bullied, physically weak, and hoping more muscle will conquer their inadequacies. The others are more rare, those who were always athletic and often somewhat muscular already, for whom bodybuilding is the next logical progression as they had used weight training to improve their athletic performance and fell in love with both the lifting and the changes they saw in their bodies. Martin is a poster boy for that second category. His father put him in wrestling at only 3 years old, and he would be immersed in grappling until he was 16, in those later stages competing in three to four national tournaments a year. Since he was a also playing up to three other sports a year, he got burnt out on wrestling and gave it up as he had little time for anything else in life. The wrestling coach also happened to be the high school's track coach, and convinced Martin to start that in sophomore year. A natural, he won the state title that first season. By the end of high school, he was ranked eighth in the USA for the shot put, and had also been an all-state football player all four years. Did I mention he graduated with a 4.0 GPA too? That earned him a full scholarship to the nearby Division I University of Wyoming in Laramie, where he considered Physical Therapy but instead chose to pursue a degree in Pharmacy. "I could have gone somewhere else," he admits, "but I grew up in a small town of 1,500 and was afraid to go to a big city."
FINALLY, THE WEIGHTS ARE USED TO BUILD A PHYSIQUE
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Glycemic Index and Fat Loss
For many years we were told the keys to losing weight and staying healthy are to exercise and eat a low-fat/high-carbohydrate diet. The public evidently heeded this advice as epidemiological studies have shown that dietary practices of Americans have shifted accordingly. Yet, despite this shift, the incidence of obesity and diabetes in America has reached epidemic proportions, particularly in children and adolescents. This phenomenon has been explained as a result of an increasingly sedentary lifestyle and consumption of nutrient-dense food.
12 Steps to Peak Your Physique in 2022!
Why do we make such a big deal out of a new year? These are after all abstract constructs that we humans came up with to delineate our lives into blocks of time: seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years. It’s what a new year represents that’s so important. It’s a chance at a fresh start, a chance to make changes for the better. As bodybuilders, time is always of the essence. It takes time to build muscle and to lose fat, and that’s assuming all methods and conditions are optimal. If they aren’t, you’re usually wasting time when you could be improving. I don’t want you to waste 2022, which is why I’ve come up with 12 steps you can start taking today so that the physique you have at the end of 2022 is superior to the one you started it with. Read on!
Top 10 Proven Ways To Cut Body Fat
Every year, for every bodybuilder, it’s a quest to shed fat to achieve a state referred to as “shredded,” “peeled” or “cut.” Offseason photos of professional bodybuilders show that many binge and dine their way to obesity, yet within a matter of months, even weeks, they are once again posing in peak condition.
Fully Armed With The Big Rock
No, The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) didn't add the word Big to his name. Like in Star Wars lore, there is another. Another Rock, a bigger Rock. France's Morgan Aste, at 6-foot-3 and 315 pounds on stage actually should be renamed the Biggest Rock, right?
Diuretics and Muscle Definition
The Power and Danger of Lasix
Legendary Physique Photographer
Are You TESTOSTERONE DEFICIENT?
On a cloudy day, time moves less clearly than it does on a sunny day. Harken back to the summer days of youth, before the responsibilities of a job or family required one to pay attention to the passage of time. It wasn’t until the streetlights went on that one realized the sun had set and night had covered the neighborhood in a cloak of darkness. The activity on the streets settle as children are called in, even the dogs and squirrels sought shelter as they prepare for their nocturnal slumber.
Proven Concepts Combined to Build Muscle Better
THE KAI FILES
BODYBUILDING CHANGED MY LIFE.
BUILDING 22-INCH GUNS: Are There Limitations?
Genetics and Muscle Growth
A BOYS' ADVENTURE
AN ADVENTUROUS SAIL WITH HIS TEENAGE CREW IN THE CARIBBEAN IS A SOBERING EXPERIENCE FOR LOU BOUDREAU
GH PREVIEW: LAURA LEARNS VICTOR IS ALIVE!
Homecoming Float: Martin (Knight) worries that Laura (Genie Francis) may put herself in the line of fire.
WITNESS PROTECTION DRUG SNITCH BLOWN AWAY!
Alpo Martinez paid ultimate price for going back to the hood
DEMENTED HITLER'S BIZARRE FINAL DAZE!
Newly discovered documents reveal Nazi leader lost his grip on reality
The Good Father: The Martin MacNeill Story
MOVIE PREMIERE 8/7c, Lifetime
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ASTON MARTIN VICTOR
NOT JUST A FIRST DRIVE. THE ONLY DRIVE.
DEAR HOLLYWOOD: REBOOT “WMAC MASTERS”
IT’S TIME TO REBOOT WMAC MASTERS. YEAH, I SAID IT, AND I MEANT IT. IF YOU WEREN’T A KID IN THE 1990S, YOU PROBABLY HAVEN’T EVEN HEARD OF THE FICTIONAL WORLD MARTIAL ARTS COUNCIL AND THE TV SHOW BASED ON IT. IN THAT CASE, YOU’RE IN LUCK BECAUSE I’M ABOUT TO GIVE YOU THE LOWDOWN.
SPECIAL REPORT: HELEN FRETTER ON ORCA ‘ATTACKS' ON YACHTS
The first signs that something odd was taking place came in July 2020. After the strangest start to a summer any of us can remember, just as Europe began to open up to sailing once again, there were reports from Gibraltar and the Spanish Atlantic coast of orcas apparently attacking yachts.
BETWEEN THE ROCK & A HARD PLACE: NO SIX-PACK ABS!
DWAYNE “The Rock” Johnson has revealed that emergency surgery to address excruciating injuries he suffered during his brutal 11-year wrestling career forever marred his otherwise perfect physique!