Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Teagan Rose was a track and field star in school and now is making his mark on the sports model and natural bodybuilding scene. The 24 year old personal trainer was a surprise at the Model Lone Star show in Texas and is now developing size for his foray on the Musclemania® stage. At 6' and a lean 215 lbs., Teagan is certain to snatch some natural titles in the coming season.
German natural bodybuilder Alon Gabbay is plowing through the summer and developing his physique. At 5'10", 186 lbs. and 6% bodyfat, here's his latest update:
"I'm enjoying the summer and feeling good. I have been able to put on a little bit of weight and maintain low body fat as I'm on a low carb diet. Basically I only eat carbs around my workouts. I work out 2 times per day, morning cardio on an empthy stomach and in the evenings I hit the gym for a weight training session followed by 25 minutes of spinning. Right after my morning run I eat a full meal that consists of oats, goat milk, blueberries, 2 scoops of protein shake and some nuts. I really love this meal as it tastes good and keep my energy levels high up until my evening workout.
I am going to stick to this diet for now and see how much I can improve. I want to gain at least 5 more kg while keeping this low body fat."
Colombian Juan Ibarguen is preparing for his contest debut at Musclemania® next season. Already the 5'8", 175 lbs. 18 year old student has developed a thick, natural physique with good symmetriy and condition. But, he says he wants to wait
until he's added more muscle. "I've been training for 4 years, but I know I got to look a lot better if I am going to compete." Juan will be sending new photos every month so you can track his progress.
Slovenia's Benjamin Radič is 2 months away from MM Europe in Paris, his first competition ever! At 5'10", 220 lbs., the 28 year old personal trainer says the diet is playing with his head. "I have never done this before and its got me all mess
ed up!", Ben says. "I love to eat, especially during the summer, outside. I am sick of the bland chicken, fish and rice." Well, one good thing is that once the contest is over, Ben will be in Paris to eat some of the best cuisine in the world. Where is there a better place to binge after a contest diet?!
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
MM Pro Ed Mazzuchelli runs a highly successful professional personal trainer service. In his blog this month, he explains the journey of one of his clients as she selected a new competition.
"This past weekend I attended a local bodybuilding show. A client of mine was competing for her first time and I had the pleasure of joining her and her family to coach and encourage her. Sometimes I think we forget the true pleasure of what’s it’s like to compete for the first time."
"That morning you wake up early, eager with anticipation unaware of how long your day is ahead of you. You pound down that first meal, as if anything you really do that day is going to make or break you. You drive to some local high school you’ve probably never seen before, with a really bad tan and dying for a drink of water. In the parking lot you see half naked people with friends applying tanning product. You think to yourself that’s so strange, but yet somehow on this day it makes perfect sense."
"Next your sizing up the competition, asking the promoter or whoever you can how many people are in your class? Like the size of your class dictates your ultimate success later that evening. For the first time in your life your nose starts to hurt and you can’t breathe that well as contestants begin prepping and pumping up with some strange spray that they swear makes you super vascular. You see both men and women using bands and dumbbells, pushups and squeezing their muscles as if they are constipated and only then do you see a human put pan spray all over there body as if they are going to fry and egg on themselves! Yet this too seems perfectly acceptable today."
"The anxiety builds you start to realize that this is really happening and all the pain and torture of months of dieting lifting and cardio has gotten you to this point. Your about to go onstage for the first time in your life and you think your going to pass out, but you gather your composure and take that first step towards the lights!"
"Oh the lights, thank god… they practically blind you, and you can barely make out the panel of judges in front of you. Your competition begins! You hear the head judge; call out numbers moving people around and praying for that coveted middle spot. The head judge calls out that first pose your heart is beating out of your chest, and just like that the muscle memory kicks in and you execute your poses!!! As soon as begins it ends, and you have accomplished what millions of people have only dreamed about, you are now officially a competitive bodybuilder!"
"I can’t speak for my client only she can look back someday and reflect on her experience, maybe it sounds like this and maybe it doesn’t, but it sure reminded me of that day in June, when I took my first steps onstage, the fear and then ultimately the rush of competition, I was hooked and haven’t stopped in 18 years. My message to you if you've been competing for a long time and especially the pros, go to these shows route on and help back stage, it truly reminds you of why we started in the first place. Remember it’s not the finish. It’s the journey."
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Romanian junior natural bodybuilder Ovi Diu has been aiming for MM Europe since it was announced. The 20 year old has added 15 lbs. of muscle in the past 2 years and is getting leaner by the day. At 5'6", 175 lbs., Ovi will compete against many of Europe's best natural juniors.
Pennsylvania personal trainer Tom Duer has been doing some heavy duty training of his own lately preparing for MM Superbody in Atlantic City. The 5'10", 210 lbs. former collegiate football player hasn't been on a MM stage for 3 years and the transformation of his physique shows it. Nearly 25 lbs. of lean, new muscle has been added and he is almost ready to show it off on stage.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
He may a completed newcomer, but Josh Connor plans to tear up the MM America stage in Las Vegas. The Arizona native says he's been training for the show for over a year and has transformed his physique. "I have lost over 30 lbs. and want to be ready a couple of months out from the show," Josh says. At 5'10", 220 lbs., the former powerlifter wants to loose another 10-15 lbs.