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Building Muscle is the Name of the Bodybuilding Game

bodybuilding is all about building muscleOr Is It?

Everybody knows that bodybuilding is all about building muscle, right? Getting ripped is only done so that spectators and fans alike can see the muscle beneath the skin.

There are a lot of ripped guys and gals in the world. Just look at so-called “fitness models.” They're very lean and sport very muscular bodies.

However, they're not bodybuilders. Nor do they want to be.

When I was growing up, guys like Franco, Arnold, and Louie dominated the bodybuilding scene. Building the biggest muscles possible is what they wanted to do and they did it. However, they built their massive size to go along with the other, more aesthetic appeal of bodybuilding, which was symmetry, balance, proportion, striations, and a relatively healthful appearance.

However, times have changed and today's champions are truly comic book here HUGE. Guys like Cutler and Coleman are bigger than what most of the super heroes of my time could ever dream. If Arnold imagined his biceps to be mountains, then Coleman must imagine his arms as Mt Everest on HGH, steroids, and TNT.

I'm not knocking these guys (and gals). They are pursuing the near-impossible and succeeding. They are not trying to impress anyone but themselves. To take your body from “normal” to “para-normal” is a feat in and of itself. They are truly giants of the sport and deserve at least kudos for blazing a trail that most of us would never even try to undertake.

But I'm also not saying that I like the look. I don't. I like the rugged look, where the bodybuilder not only looks strong and tough, but also athletic.

I don't know for sure, but I doubt any of these guys could beat Franco Columbu in a WSM competition. But I could be wrong. I remember thinking – when I first saw him – that there was no way Tom Platz could touch his toes, but then I saw not only that but he could touch his elbows to the ground.

What a flexible specimen. And have you seen those legs? Out of this world, even by today's standards.

Nope, when people talk about competitive bodybuilding, they're talking extreme cases where the individuals involved are not typical human beings. These folks are into building muscle on an extreme basis. They don't want to be better than the old-timers; they want to be HUGELY BIGGER than these guys and for the most part, they've been wildly successful.

I won't get into the drug aspect of all of this. It's hard for me to believe that any of the top professional bodybuilders in the world are drug-free. But I don't know for sure. And I certainly blew it when making predictions about flexibility and tremendously huge thighs!

No, I won't travel that path again! Undoubtedly some do, some don't. I have no idea who's who though. I do know this:

Building muscle is what bodybuilding is all about. Always has been. Always will.

If you want to learn more about building muscle, then look no further than!

Arnold Schwarzenegger Timeline – from 1 to 69

I love Arnold! Who doesn't? I know, he's had some indiscretions, and for that, I cannot apologize for him. I don't like that.

But as far as bodybuilding and acting go, he's awesome.

Why You Need Creatine

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Creatine is the most-researched food supplement ever.

I've been using creatine on and off for about 20 years now. My first experience with it was amazing. It, along with a two- or three-times a day protein shake, couple with brutal weight workouts, allowed me to pack on 60 pounds of muscle in one year.

At the time, without steroids, the max muscle most guys could build was about 8-12 pounds.

So I considered that a monumental feat.

And I attribute it all to creatine.

Sure, I had to eat a LOT of calories to get myself in a positive caloric balance. Plus, I had to train really heavy.

But a lot of that weight was strictly because creatine allowed me to work harder, push and pull more, and recover a lot faster.

You could say, at least for me, creatine was a poor man's steroid.

And for a lot of guys, it is.

I didn't have the time, money, or inclination to inject myself with God-knows-what that I got from a gym rat. And I couldn't find a doctor at the time who'd prescribe them to me. And I sure as hell wasn't going to drive or fly down to Mexico or Canada to smuggle it back in.

I started doing research on it. And so did a lot of people in the supplement and scientific world.

In fact, creatine is the most-researched supplement – EVER.

There's a reason – it works.

But people are skeptical. Of course.

I mean, most supplements don't live up to the hype. And some can really harm you – even kill you.

Creatine isn't like that at all.

It's a natural molecule found in animal flesh like beef. We store in our bodies.

I won't get into all the technical details, but suffice it to say many athletes, strength athletes specifically, use it and swear by it.

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Lifting Motivation!

Below is a video I really needed today. I hope you find it as motivating as I do.

Enjoy your weekend – and PUMP SOME IRON!

Phil Heath


Phil Heath has won the last six Mr. Olympias.

Phil Heath, aka “The Gift” has won the Mr. Olympia title the past six years, equalling Dorian Yates for fourth on the all-time list of Mr. O winners.

Heath was a great high school and collegiate athlete, having been a star basketball player.

In fact, he starred on the Division I University of Colorado – Denver as their starting point guard.

He started bodybuilding in his early 20s (that's pretty late by Mr. O standards) but quickly grew into a bodybuilding threat.

Now, he's one of the most massive guys on the circuit.

But more than size, he's symmetrical and ripped to shreds.

Who knows when his reign will end? Only “The Gift” knows.

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