Tuesday, February 28, 2012
As a USAF Sargeant, '11 MM New Mexico Junior & Open HW Champion Chris Wescott has been deployed to Africa and won't be back stateside until the summer. But, the challenging assignment has not hindered his training. As you can read below, Chris is up to his military obligations and has made it into a training bonaza!
"What's up people?!?! I am back like I never left! I haven't been writing for the past couple of months because of my schedule and everything, but I figured I will start up again now that we are approaching the 2012 competition season.
In January, I was deployed to Africa. So right now I am in Africa and focusing on the Musclemania Texas and Musclemania America in November. My goal for this year is to obtain a MM Pro card and hopefully I will be able to do so. I am still receiving nutritional advice from MM Pro Dewayne Malone and I am steadily seeing gains. I switched to Nutrabio supplements this year too because they are the only company that can honestly say they produce pharmaceutical grade supplements.
I left the U.S in January and we headed to Germany for a little bit. It was cool going there because I always wanted to visit Germany and I had some friends up there that I hung out with. The flights weren't that bad because they bumped me up to first class as we crossed the Atlantic and it was BOMB.COM! The only part of traveling that sucked was the military planes - man, they didn't even have real seats on them!
The gym here is a small tent with the bare necessities like benches, barbells, pull-up bar, dumbbells and cardio equipment. Notice how in the latter sentence I did not include a squat rack a.k.a & curl rack!!! LOL, we have to mount a barbell on something similar to a dip bar/ab station and it is not sturdy at all! My first attempt at squats here was a complete FAILURE. I ended up popping the 3rd vertebrae on my spine, but its not that sore anymore. The thing can only hold up to 315 lbs., so I never put more than that on the bar. The old school movements like deadlifts, squats, bench and barbell rows have become my "bread and butter". Down here we also have a pulldown/pushdown machine at our hotel, so most of the time I will just hit up those exercises when I get home. I am currently on an upper body/lower body split.
I am eating about 3,500-4,000 calories a day. Even though I don't have a kitchen, grocery store and other commodities, I still find a way to eat my 10 meals a day! Well here is how I did it. About 2 months before I deployed, I began buying more and more extra bags of brown rice when I went to Wal-Mart and stashed t
hem away in my cupboard. When I received my last paycheck, I purchased 50 cans of chicken, almonds, canned veggies and tuna to last me a while down here. My bag weighed about 150 lbs. with all of the rice and chicken in there so I had to divide some up into my troop's bag at the airport. I also had a lot of support from some friends who sent me some food and it really comes in handy! I cook all of the rice in a microwaveable rice cooker and rock out like that everyday. Cheat days SUCK now because there isn't much food to cheat with. I end up scrounging up some candy, ramen and hamburgers and be satisfied with that. All in all, training, nutrition and supplementation is good!
I work 7:30 AM to 7:30 PM and the job is easy most of the times, but there are some days where we are SLAVING! The locals love us and really embrace us with open arms. Every time we visit the guards at the gate they all offer us their seats and want to shake our hands like a thousand times!
There isn't much else to talk about right now, but I will keep you all updated as time goes by!"
Abbey Spanier Rodd & Abrams LLP filed a class action lawsuit against General Nutrition Centers Inc. (GNC) and other retailers for selling Cellucor's C-4 Extreme, which the companies marketed as a dietary supplement, but the law firm said it actually contains the "wholly synthetic" ingredient 1,3 Dimethylamylamine (DMAA). The plaintiff alleges that the defendants failed to disclose that the DMAA contained in C-4 Extreme is wholly synthetic, manufactured and not derived from the geranium plant.
DMAA has been in the spotlight this year, with the military banning its sales in its commissaries and a California class action lawsuit that claims bodybuilding and weight management supplements from Florida-based BPI Sports contained undisclosed DMAA.
However, DMAA has its proponents too with USPlabs, which makes one of the most popular DMAA products (Jack3D) on the market, saying studies have shown it is derived naturally. "We have conducted some exciting studies at a highly respected U.S. laboratory," reported Jack Deschauer, spokesperson for USPlabs.
The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) didn't ban its members from selling DMAA, but it did prohibit members from labeling the human-synthesized version as a derivative of geranium oil or any part of the geranium plant. AHPA's board approved the trade requirement in August 2011, and it went into effect on Jan. 13, 2012.
Abbey Spanier Rodd & Abrams said GNC, along with Cellucor Sports Nutrition, Woodbolt Distribution Ltd, Woodbolt Management LLC and Woodbolt International, by selling C-4 Extreme, violated the California Consumer Leal Remedies Act, the California False Advertising Law and the California Unfair Competition Act. This action, filed in the United States District Court, Central District of California (Civil Action No. 12-1336), was brought as a class action on behalf of all persons in the United States who purchased C-4 Extreme at any time during the four years prior to the filing of the lawsuit.
The law firm said when consumers purchased and used C-4 Extreme, they were unaware that C-4 Extreme contained the "synthetic and dangerous stimulant" DMAA (also known as 1,3 Dimethylhexaneamine HCl, 1,3 Dimethylhexaneamine, Methylhexaneamine and Geranamine) and that DMAA was not derived from the geranium plant or any other natural source.
Because the plaintiff alleges the DMAA contained in C-4 Extreme is a synthetic product, it says it is illegal.
"The safety concerns associated with DMAA have been well-documented, including concerns that DMAA is a dangerous and addictive substance that can cause headache, nausea and stroke," Abbey Spanier Rodd & Abrams said in a statement. "Experts have noted DMAA has a chemical structure similar to amphetamines and ephedrine, and can cause increases in heart rate and blood pressure and even death."
Monday, February 27, 2012
Egyptian natural bodybuilder Mohammed Sherif and MM Pro Morris Mendez met backstage at '11 MM New York. Mohammed said, "Most Egyptian bodybuilders use drugs. There just aren't natural shows. It is pretty hard stay motivated when everyone uses steroids." But the 23 year old student travel all the wait from Cairo so he could compete at MM. "It was such an honor to meet Morris and the other (MM) Pros [Jeff Beckham, Sanya Shaka and Nick Navarro]," Mohammed said. Hopefully someday MM will come to Egypt and offer a competitive forum for natural Egyptian bodybuilders.
World renown photographer Gw Burns will be shooting fitness, model and muscle talent at Fitness New England at Foxwoods Resort Casino on April 28. His work is unique, classic, innovative and makes models come to life in print. GW's been published in many notable magazines like GQ, Maxim, FHM, People, Oxygen, American Curves, Planet Muscle, Fit and Firm, Natural Bodz, Inside Fitness, Status, Super Street Bike, Real Fighter, Physique, Ultra Fit, World Physique, Fitness, SRQ and numerous others. GW will be selecting talent before, during and after the show for magazine, advertisements and calendar shoots.
South Carolinian Malcolm Sirmons is building up to his MM debut. The 24 year old personal trainer and college student has competed in smaller shows in the past, but took off two years to develop before taking on the MM Universe Open Division. At 5'11" his off season weight has been holding at 230 lbs. and Malcolm says he plans to complete just over 200. "That will be like 15 lbs. heavier than my last contest, so I am anxious to see how it all comes together." With his classic shape and symmetry, Malcolm should be a surprise for everyone.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Kenyan natural bodybuilder Kevin Kimongoi has been lifting since he was 16 years old. With home made weights and equipment, like most African bodybuilders Kevin trains with heart and soul in developing his physique. Now, the 27 year old Nairobi security guard weighs 165 lbs. and wants to compete later this summer at MM Africa.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
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Thursday, February 16, 2012
Sunday, February 12, 2012
'11 MM Britain Champion Roger Snipes says he's power training to pack on mass for his MM Pro debut. "I know I need to add more muscle to compete with Uliises and the other Pro guys." Currently, Roger is 220 lbs. and he wants to step on stage in Miami at 205 lbs.
'10 MM Europe Junior Champion Rico Van Huizen (right) made a big impact last season. But the 21 year old business student suffered an injury following the competition. Today, he says, "At the moment, my shoulder has recovered almost 99%. So it means I can lift big weights again. The diet is going fine at the moment still holding ratios at: 40% protein 40% carbs 20% fat. Getting leaner and fuller, while my body weight is staying the same." Rico has set an 9 month regimen for MM World in Las Vegas.
Giannini Kaliar (left) is one of Rico's training partners. The 22 year old college student is training for Model Europe in Paris in October.
MM Pro Morris Mendez is in off-season mode and growing more than ever. "I haven't decided when I will compete again, but I just want to keep growing anyway," he said. At 5'10", 215 lbs., the reigning MM Universe and MM World Pro Champions has switched gyms and created a completely new nutrition array and training regimen. Morris says, "I have been training for many years, but I am still learning my body and how to maximize my gains. I always want to look like a new bodybuilder everything I take magazine photos and compete."
Always a heavy duty trainer, MM New Mexico star Bobby Hinojos says he's bigger then ever this season - 197 lbs. At 5'8" and always with great symmetry and appearance, his conditioning has missed competition day targets. But this year, the 28 year old courier manager says, " I'm monitoring my look by the mirror and calories I'm eating. I am trying to do my own diet the right way."
Thursday, February 9, 2012
The personal trainer says, "Since obtaining my MM Pro card last November I've been back in the gym and training with a full steam. As of yet I still haven't decided which Musclemania Pro competition I will enter first, but I will decide that in the next few weeks. I will once again bring an improved, bigger, symmetrical and ripped package onstage. My goal is not just to enter the MM Pro division but to make a good impact in my first competition."
"Still cranking away. To all of the Musclemania Pros out there, no disrespect but I'm gunning for the top spot. Each and every day that I wake up my desire gets stronger and stronger and my focus gets sharper and sharper. For now the weight gain has stopped and I'm already in preparations to start trimming down the fat to uncover why lies beneath. My main focus is bringing up my lower body and presenting an all over symmetrical package if I'm going to compete at the top levels. I'm on fire. My best condition is yet to come."
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
'11 MM New York Junior Champion Jay Diaz says, "I have been gaining really lean since the show (in October). I'm sitting pretty at 206 lbs. and not much to loose." Now at 22 years old, Jay is preparing for MM New England at Foxwoods in April and then MM Universe in Miami in June.
Monday, February 6, 2012
Saturday, February 4, 2012
As the '11 MM Junior America LW Champion, Terrance Harris says he's taking nothing for granted. "I am growing and staying lean all year. Vegas was great, but I know what I have to do take it all in Miami." The 5'7", 180 lbs., 21 year old PT is aiming for MM Universe Junior in Miami where he will take on a group of new juniors from throughout East Coast, Latin America and Europe.
New Zealand star Sanjeev Narayan says he's dedicated the whole season to preparing for MM World in Las Vegas. The 5'10", 205 lbs. bodybuilder has classic symmetry and impressive size, has won numerous Kiwi shows and competed at the '07 MM World and '10 IFBB Universe. But Sanjeev says, "There's nothing like Musclemania. I have always wanted to win the show and have planned my season for it this year!" He recently opened his own sports supplement store and says, "Now I have access to all of the latest nutrition on the market which should really help my training."
Kenyan Kevin Kimongoi continues his training regimen for MM Africa. The 5'6", 175 lbs. trainer is focusing on his hamstrings and calves to match his enormous upper body. Life long friends with Mr. Africa and MM Pro Sanya Shaka who now lives in New York, Kevin says, "I have learned a lot from him, especially discipline. Being persistent and really dedicated is what's it all about. I want to compete with Sanya someday."
MM Pro Antwaun Smith called today and said, "I'm chill'n at 238 lbs. right now, 7% with vascularity. I'll hit 245 by the end of the month and hit the stage this year at 215-220 lbs., 3%-4% easy. Everything is up, waist right now is at 30". You know how we do." He will be returning to MM Universe where he made his mark two years ago. More news about Antwaun soon.