Saturday, February 4th, 2006. Strong And Shapely Gym, East Rutherford, New Jersey. Back Day with my training partner, Kostas “The Greek Statue” Marangopoulos. This was the best workout of the year so far. No surprise. Great gym. Great training partner. Can’t lose with that combo. Just a few months ago I had the chance to train at The Mecca Of Bodybuilding, Gold’s Gym, Venice California. This place… Strong And Shapely Gym, is The Bodybuilding Mecca Of The East Coast. In fact, If I were forced to choose between the two, I would have to go with Strong and Shapely Gym… this place ROCKS! Read on to find out why, and to find out what is…. “the torture rack.”
You’ve been in the gym, working your glutes off for months or even years and you’ve built a physique that you’re damn proud of! Finally, you have chiseled six pack abs – the type that “ordinary” people want and envy (but don’t want to put in the work to achieve). You’ve gained muscle too! You’ve built big, round “caps” on your delts, you’ve put some nice slabs of muscle on your pecs, your legs are pillars of strength, your back is a chiseled mound of sinew, and your arms look great from every angle in a t-shirt. Best part: You did it naturally. You did it with hard training, disciplined nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. And then…. Some BUTTHEAD comes along and says, “YOU MUST BE ON STEROIDS!” How do you respond? I recently received and replied to that question and felt compelled to share the answer with everyone. I’ve withheld the name for privacy.
Friday, February 10th, 2006. Yesterday’s blog, “You MUST be on steroids,” stimulated some healthy comments and discussion, both on the blog publicly and in private emails to me. I replied to one post, and I thought it too important to leave buried at the bottom of the comments page so I have posted it in a separate blog here.
February 13th, 2006. A Bodybuilding Secrets reader wrote: “Tom, could you tell me what supplements you take? I know from reading some of your articles and newsletters that you aren’t really big on supplements, but I remember reading somewhere that you said you believe in a few basic supplements but I don’t remember what they were. I also read something on Jon Benson’s website where he said you are the most “natural” bodybuilder he knows and that you don’t even take aspirin. Is this true?”…(more)