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My training partner had been busting my chops for months. “You’re not hardcore anymore!” This time it irked me.  I blasted right back: “What the hell are you talking about?” Just like what Churchill said, (“I like a man who grins when he fights”), I proceeded to load the bar up to 405 and deadlift it 7 times for a new personal record (at age 44), defiant smirk on my face the whole time. Normally a pull like that wouldn’t bring any kind of bragging rights for a 188-pounder – barely in the 2X bodyweight club – a mere minimum standard… except for one thing. A neurosurgeon once told me after seeing my MRI that I should never lift more than 40 pounds. Squatting or deadlifting would be suicide, he said.  I wish that doc had been there… oh man, I would have paid to see his face. But gloating to my training partner would have to do. “Take that! Who’s not Hardcore now?” Read More

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The New York Times recently ran a feature titled, “Bodybuilders See Kidney Damage With Steroids.” These stories surface in magazines and newspapers on a regular basis, and many people in the hardcore bodybuilding community are quick to dismiss them as “uninformed, anti-steroid propaganda.” This one however, raised some eyebrows because it not only described the personal plight of several top pro bodybuilders and strongmen whose careers were cut short by kidney disease, it also cited new research that was just published in a top nephrology journal. According to the author, this study was among the first to claim a direct link between long-term steroid use and kidney disease.

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Remember when I said they are “hardcore” at my gym (Strong & Shapely Gym, East Rutherford NJ), well, I didn’t realize they were THIS hardcore: I checked in for a workout today (Halloween), and there’s this decapitated arm on the front counter with a gruesome warning mesage:

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I unveiled my new muscle blasting “toy” in the last bodybuilding secrets blog post and after a few close guesses and a few guesses that were waaaaay off, somebody finally figured out what this contraption made of wood, black straps and a foam padded dowel is for…. BLASTING THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS OUT OF YOUR QUADS!…(only serious bodybuilders need apply….)

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In my last post, I announced the arrival of my new, secret muscle-building weapon in a big 5′ tall box. Readers tried (in vain) to guess what was inside the box… Guesses ranged from a huge vat of protein powder to Monica Brant, Gift wrapped (er, that would be nice, but unfortunately, no, she was not inside the box)… Since it’s obvious that no one is going to guess correctly, I decided to go ahead and unveil the “device” … NOW see if you can figure out what this is…

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I received a very special delivery in the mail today… came in a huge box… about 5 feet tall, and 2 feet wide…. inside is my new muscle building secret weapon…

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I’d be negligent If I didnt give a shout out to Empire Fitness Club in Hoboken, NJ, where I was the manager for 12 years and where I still train 50% of the time… but the other 50 % of the time, I train at Bob Bonham’s Strong and Shapely Gym in East Rutherford, New Jersey. It’s not only the best equipped bodybuilding gym I have ever trained in, the place has ATMOSPHERE! The stuff that you see in this place…. well… you just gotta see it…

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It’s Official! After many, many, many months of preparation and work, the Burn The Fat Inner Circle members only website is nearing completion and is officially scheduled for a September 19th launch date! You can’t get in yet, but you can go to the Burn The Fat Inner Circle website and subscribe to the VIP early bird notification list, which will put you in our drawing for free memberships and other prizes as well as give you first dibs on getting charter membership rates… charter membership to this site is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Read on to find out more…

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Once again, I’ve become delinquent in my bodybuilding blog entries (sorry gang), but, I’ve got a couple more months of mass training before it’s back to dieting for competition in the fall, so I promise to post often enough over the next eight weeks or so to at least give you a good sampling of what my off season programs look like. Today, I’ll show you how I modified my split routine to specialize on a particular body part or muscle group – in this case – arm specialization. Read on to find out some tricks and tactics for saying goodbye to “pipe cleaners” and hello to the “big guns!”

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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)

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