Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Honduran natural bodybuilder Jhonny Vasquez says he's ripped and ready for MM Universe in Miami. At 5'8", 180 lbs., the 28 year old gym owner and personal trainer has competed four times in Musclemania® shows and always as a Top 5 Finalist. Jhonny says, "I have worked hard on my arms and lats which I know were keeping me from winning my class. Hopefully the judges see what I am seeing in the mirror." For more info in Spanish, visit www.musclemanialatino.com. Photography by Gustavo Valle.
Popular French sports model and natural bodybuilder Greg Vong will be making his MM debut at the Universe next month. The 5'8", 180 lbs. lifter has competed in a few local French shows but never on an international level. Blessed with incredible genetics, Greg says, "I have held on to my size but am getting leaner by the week. I had to wear my suit last week and it still fit me a little tight but I have been dieting for 6 weeks. So, although I am not checking the scale, I can tell in other ways that I am much better than last year. I hope I do well in America. I am so excited!"
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
At 5'9", 215 lbs., MM Pro Syed Fazli is looking more amazing than ever. The veteran and lifetime natural bodybuilder has flawless symmetry, impressive size and a classic poser. Everyone is waiting to see if he will return to the stage this season and meet MORRIS MENDEZ pose for pose.
According to Chris, "For those of you who were wondering how I did this weekend at Musclemania® Lonestar, I didn't even compete. I was attacked by two men in ninja attire, which left me slightly injured yet unable to pose properly. Despite the relentless efforts I made to try to continue, I was forced to sit out of this competition. Words cannot describe the absolute ANGUISH I feel about the situation. After weeks upon weeks of dieting, brutal training and exquisite outbursts of hunger rage, has it really come to this?! NOTHING TO SHOW FOR MY SUFFERING!!?? NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!"
Well, let's see if Chris makes it to MM Universe next month to challenge the Junior Division. Let's hope he doesn't get mugged by a bunch of Ms. Bikini babes on the way to the show.
"Hardcore training for Musclemania in Miami. The lion will roar yet again! Roarrrrrr !!!!!!!! It's official: Impossible is nothing. I am going to Miami to rock the stage with my fellow Musclamania Pros. My family will be with me as always. We rock together forever! BIO3 style!"
Emmanual Lucero was a high school baseball hot shot and aiming to make into the big leagues. But a bicep tendon injury kept the 20 year old jock out of the MLB draft. Emmanual says, "That's when I moved on to bodybuilding and found a new love and passion." Last weekend, he competed at Model New Mexico landing in 3rd Place among 20+ competitors. "Competing on stage was one of the greatest experiences so far."
At 180 lbs., Emmanual is now training for Musclemania® & Model Universe in Miami next month. "This will be my first time competing in bodybuilding," he says. "I have a lot of people pulling for me and a great team at Iron Demons - Micheal Donathan, Jason Borrego, they have thought me a lot. But I'm not doing this for them. I'm doing it for myself. I have a lot of patience and I'm only 20 years, so I have lots of time to grow."
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Sunday, May 13, 2012
They called him Big Sid, but the 5'10", 200 lbs., US Air Force flight scheduler has only competed for a year.Sid Lindsey is based in Germany and trains at the US Air Force Base Ramstein. As a high school athlete in South Carolina, he played varsity football, basketball and ran track. Sid says, "My short term goal is too win MM Universe LHW Open in Miami and long term is to become a MM Pro Champion." Sid used to train with new MM HW Kwesi Keller when he was also based in Germany. It will be a battle royale between these two amazing HW naturals when they make their MM debut in Miami next month.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
"My current weight is 235 pounds and my body fat is 12%. About my diet, what I can tell you know is that I'm focusing on short terms results in keeping lean mass during my bulking period. I don't want to go over 13% because that way when it comes to lower the amount of carbs I can train with a lot more intensity
and bring a quality physique with excellent definition to the stage."
Eduardo will represent Team Chile at MM South America and meet over 100 other of the continents best natural bodybuilders.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
"Let's change the music," said a voice on a loudspeaker, and the crowd cheered as dance music started blasting from the speakers. The steely-faced competitors finally grinned, and shifted their poses.
This was the Mr. Afghanistan bodybuilding contest - Kabul City (East) regionals. The games were no small event: Four hundred and twenty challengers had shown up for this round alone; a lucky 27 of them would progress to the national competition in mid-May.
In a packed tent just outside, competitors for other weight divisions prepared themselves for the stage -- ripping off the last few bicep curls and coating their bodies up to their necks in a dark, claylike substance that gave their skin a sleek, uniform look. (The result, for the lighter-skinned athletes, was a bizarre turtleneck effect.)
"I was so small when I was a kid, so I always dreamed of being fit and strong," said a 23-year-old competitor named Namgialay, as he stood proudly with his first-place trophy for the 55-kilogram division. "I love doing this, it's my favorite sport. I've won this competition four of the last five years, but I'm still not ready for the international games yet. Maybe next year."
Bodybuilding has a long, prominent place in modern Afghan history. During the Soviet times, when international heroes like Arnold Schwarzenegger defined corporal prowess, weightlifting was one activity Afghans could use to defiantly challenge their Russian occupiers.
The activity did not come to a halt during the culturally dark 1990s, when the Taliban ruled Afghanistan. The events were just smaller, less jovial, and all the men were required to wear long pants.
"The Taliban used to come and laugh at us when we struck our poses," said Khyal Ahmad, a 28-year-old member of the national team who had come to watch, and even through a layer of clothing was obviously one of the strongest people at the gym. "After the Taliban left," he said, "the pants came off."
"Now we have more than 170 clubs in Kabul," said Khwaja Mohammad Fardin Abassi as he flexed a bicep through his blue tweed suit to punctuate the point.
Off to the side of the tent, a scrawny 16-year-old boy stood with some friends, staring at the muscular men around him.
"Aren't they so strong?" the boy, Habibullah Noori, marveled. "One day I want to be a champion, too. Everybody thinks Afghanistan is not strong, and not good at sports. I want to show the world."
Not everyone's ambitions were so high-minded.
"I truly believe the fundamentals of all sports is bodybuilding," Abassi said. "We've worked very hard at the federation to encourage young people to go to the gym: he can stay out of trouble, he'll be healthy, and he will always look good, and he will get a nice girlfriend. Even when he's wearing a shirt, he will impress the girls."
"Getting in a quick back workout at my gym. While others are sleeping,I'm sweating. High calories and high intensity is what is fueling my body as I get ready for my pro debut in Miami. My weight is still holding at 270 and I don't plan on changing up the plan to much which is to stay full and lean. Dewayne and I will be getting together for a precontest workout soon. We will keep you posted. Until then, PUSH IT TO THE LIMIT!"
"Hello humans! I been on the move for the past week, but I decided to give ya'll a quick update and include the world on one of my discussions I had on Facebook (www.facebook.com/wescottlife). Well training has been going well, but it took a pit stop a couple of weeks ago when playing basketball. I just got done doing 10 sets of deadlifts and 10 sets of chin ups, and I still had some energy left, so I decided to shoot some hoops with the fellas. This instantly turned into a bad idea. I jumped up for a rebound and landed on someone else's foot; this caused my ankle to totally take a crap on me and left me with a severe sprain. Nothing too serious, but I took some time off the gym to let it heal. So after the week, I decided to hop back in the gym because the military was flying me to a REAL base in Africa to get a new I.D card. Well the original plans were to go to the base and come right back; 12hr trip. So I didn't bring any clothes or toiletries with me, just a laptop and headphones. So as I was boarding the C-130, the logistics sergeant approached me and told me that I was staying for 2 days and then a day layover somewhere else. It was bittersweet news because I never been to one of the cities and I was excited, but at the same time, I didn't bring any food with me, lol. Sooooo, I ended up going on a food porn spree and ate everything in sight! Later on that night, I woke up and was vomitting EVERYWHERE, I must have eaten too many tacos! I ran some errands, threw up a couple of more times and was finally able to keep some beef jerky and gatorade down. I met up with my homeboi later on that night, felt better, ate some more food and prepped to fly out the next morning. Today I arrived at the city and MAN is it a change of pace from the country I am deployed to now! Big buildings, malls CARS! Hhhahahah, I pulled out $60, got a full body massage, a pair of Ray Bans, souvenirs, a couple of drinks and a full meal and STILL had money left over; needless to say, the economy is horrible here. The gang and I just went to dinner and I decided to splurge and order a lobster, but little did I know that the shell would just contain dust. The manager was nice and let us order something else. SO THATS THE UPDATE ON MY LIFE---Lets get into some training stuff. I wrote this post on Facebook after a couple of my friends told me that they run 2-3 miles before a workout. Stuff like this pisses me off, so I vented via social media. Here is goes (make sure to check out www.cwescott.com too :)-----------Roundtable Discussion: CARDIO BEFORE or AFTER WEIGHTS?!ALOT of people I talk to tell me how they run X miles before weight training and they are trying to build muscle/gain strength. Even if you are trying to lose weight, this method seems PREPOSTEROUS to me....why!?!?!?!? Carbohydrate (glycogen) is your body's primary and preferred energy source.....what sense does it make to DEPLETE your energy before you enter a grueling workout?! Do you ever hear of Mayweather or Vick running miles before a big game/fight?!---NO, because they wouldn't be able to give their all. Anyone who has been on a low carb diet and tried to lift weights knows that the “perceived exertion” rates (how hard exercise feels) is higher. Personally, I have been doing cardio post workout for years and have been able to achieve PHENOMENAL conditioning (check the picture below because when your primary fuel source is in short supply, this forces your body to tap into its secondary or reserve energy source; body fat. Yes some may say that even after a cardio session you can lift weights because your liver stores extra glycogen, but why not just do it on a full tank of gas?! Thats like me draining out my gas tank before a big road trip. Well this is open for discussion, I would like to hear others opinions."
As last year's MM Africa Champion, Ivan Byekwaso brought the prestige back to his home in Kampala. Hailed a hero, he dreams about competing at MM World like fellow if he can get a US visa. The 5'7", 175 lbs. part time bouncer and gym trainer at Buziga country resort gym, Ivan has also competed in many international bodybuilding events in Europe and Africa including Mr. Uganda for three consecutive years.