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Is Bodybuilding Dead?




Can you believe this was back in the year 2000? Trust me this pic is not here to make me feel better or to toot my own horn!! I mean c’mon…look at my face! I had on about 5 coats of fake tanner and I was sweating right through it and onto my body which was getting baked from the hot overhead lights. Just a mess! But, I did look pretty good from the neck down right?!?! I had lost 30lbs for this little local show and weighed about 215 lbs and was 8 or 9% body fat. It’s now 2013 and there have been major advances in the way that people train and diet and function. Or has it always been the same? I would probably pick the first but each side has its own benefits and losses. I dieted for just about 3 months and ate small meals throughout the day and night even waking up during the night to drink protein shakes to keep my metabolism running. I was drinking tons and tons of water and taking a lot of supplements. Sure it worked but knowing what I know now I would have done it way different. Losing weight isn’t really that hard. Just burn more calories than you take in. Simple right? I lived in the gym and it didn’t help my social life whatsoever. Today I take hikes and use bodyweight exercises and TRX and Pilates and lots of different routines to keep me motivated and excited for my workouts. I currently weigh 240lbs and have about 13% body fat. I take spin classes. I take Krav Maga (Israeli martial arts) classes. I take hip hop classes. There are a million ways to get a workout in and of course try to eat a clean diet. I take only a few supplements now which we will cover later in this article. I’m in way better shape than the picture in this article. I feel stronger. I feel more confident. I’m turning 40 in a few months and I’m in the best shape of my life. Exercise is not just a way for me to relieve stress. It’s also my business. I’m a professional trainer. Have been for 15+ years now and I’ve seen just about every kind of workout and supplement and “magic pill” that’s been invented. Every diet works until you decide that it no longer suits you. Why do you think there are thousands of ways to lose weight? Each one of them works for a small amount of time. Will they work forever? Nothing lasts forever and in fact staying on only one diet for too long could lead to a drop in health quality. Professional bodybuilding has lost some major talents over the last decade due to unregulated PED’s (Performance Enhancing Drugs). People, or should I say fans of the sport, want to see the biggest most massive  freaks that nature can build by better drugs. Period! These drugs have invaded every sport and have yielded some unbelievable world records and also have marred each of these sports that will take years to clean out/up. Even the mighty Lance Armstrong has fallen victim to these drugs and shattered the dreams of most of his followers in the process. Now, I can hear you guys and girls already saying,”But Brad, nobody really cares about bodybuilding. We want real results using tried and true training methods without hurting our bodies from the inside.” Is it possible? Now even MMA fighters are using TRT (testosterone replacement therapy) patches to gain any kind of edge they can while using a dr’s note. So ridiculous!

Cross fit has become the newest and greatest invention to measure the true spirit of the human body and its athletic endeavors. Crossfit involves Olympic style lifting mixed with sprints, burpees and some gymnastic type movements. It’s a really hard, tough workout but it also has been sending lots and lots people to the ER and it’s a chiropractors dream sport. Lots of torn shoulders, bulging disks, and various other injuries. Great workout…not safe or conducive for steady gains. No pain, no gain? No thank you…

Now, before you label me a hypocrite I will confess that I’ve been doing Krav Maga for the last 5 years and have gotten lots of injuries that still nag me to this day if left untreated. We all have our vices and whether its smoking, drinking, scuba diving or working out we all have a price that we are willing to pay for “the little pleasures in life.” After all, nobody lives forever! But, if we dig a little deeper there is actually some science in the bottle that can help us achieve the look of some our favorite superstars.

BCAA: Branched Chain Amino Acids.

Strength, Power, and Endurance*


BCAAs are absorbed directly into the muscle tissues and are metabolized quickly. Because of this, BCAAs commonly support:

  • Strength and power*
  • Quick recovery after workout sessions*
  • Muscle building potential*
  • Energy levels*
 I take tumeric to help with my food digestion and its joint function capability. It also helps decrease muscle soreness and that means no Advil…keeping it all natural!


Turmeric is the ingredient with a ginger-like flavor that gives some curry powders and mustards their yellow color. For thousands of years turmeric has been used in many foods for its taste and health applications.

Turmeric is thought to support a variety of health areas, such as:

  • Digestion*
  • Joint function*
  • Immune system function*
  • Cardiovascular health*

Hard Work:

Need Desire! Need Determination! Need Passion!  I can tell you how to workout, what each exercise does and why we are doing it. I cannot help you achieve your goal until you are mentally ready to get the job done. I cannot help quitters. I cannot show you the path until you are ready to walk, jog, run and kick its ass!

One year during my gym career I trained my legs 3 days a week with no upper body work except for squatting and deadlifting. It wiped me out and I needed to recover the other days to get adequate sleep and proper fuel (food). I began to see food as a tool instead of a tasty treat. Certain meals were more delicious than others but the point I’m trying to make is that my food served a purpose other than taste. It had become fuel to keep the machine (my body) ready to compete with each and every workout.

Situps do not get you ripped abs. Eating correctly and reducing your body fat will help you see the look you want in those late night infomercials. Training is a big part of that as well but most important is the nutrition aspect. If you can navigate that river then you will definitely be able to handle any routine that I put you through.

So let’s wrap it up….is bodybuilding the best way to lose weight and get healthy? I’m not so sure anymore but it can definitely help kickstart your fitness evolution and introduce you to the dozens and dozens of exercises that involve dumbbells and barbells and kettle bells. Try incorporating things that you like and will help motivate you to make that run, or climb that rope or play better basketball. Whatever that spark is try and channel it and “own” it. Confidence is exhilarating and there are endless ways to get your “fit on.”

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