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.

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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.”

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Friday, January 6th, 2006. A new year and a new muscle mass building season is now well underway. However, most of the training I have done so far this year and for the last two months of 2005 (since my last bodybuilding competition), is not at all like typical off season training for me. It has been much lighter and much more like pre-contest training, and today was more of the same. Read on and I’ll explain why, and I’ll reveal some of my secrets for getting killer weight training workouts when you can’t or choose not to train heavy.

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Sunday, January 1st, 2006. Happy New Year! Yes, I was in the gym today… New Year’s Day… What better way to start the year???

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Saturday, December 17th, 2005. Holy Hypertrophy! Has it really been a month and a half since I wrote my last blog entry? Wow, man. Those 6 weeks just flew by! The whole year flew by! But you didn’t think I was finished blogging forever did you? Based on my Bodybuilding Secrets email box filled with “where are you” and “what happened to your blog” messages, a lot of people thought I had blogged off into the sunset. Well…I’m BAAAAACK, and it’s time to get BIG! MUSCLE MASS SEASON has begun!

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Sunday, October 30th, 2005. The results of the New Jersey NPC Gold’s Classic bodybuilding championships are in, and I was very happy to take second place in the middleweight division. The even better news is that I “improved my placing” over the last contest. If you’re wondering how I could “improve” by getting second at two contests in a row, then just check out the pictures and read today’s blog for all the details!

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Friday, October 28th, 2005. Tomorrow is the second (and probably the last) competition of the 2005 season for me. My plan; get up on that stage and have fun! (and then go eat some PIZZA!). Then the quest will continue…

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Tuesday, October 25th, 2005. We’re down to the final week before the second bodybuilding show of the season! Today finishes up the “depletion phase” (three days with reduced carbs and hard glycogen-depleting training), and tomorrow is my last day of weight training and the first day of the pre-contest carb up. It will mostly be a repeat of the pre-contest week prior to my October 15th competition, with a few little tweaks.

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Saturday, October 22nd, 2005. Empire Fitness Club. Hoboken, NJ. One week from today is the next competition: The NPC New Jersey Gold’s Classic. Today’s training and dieting is business as usual – back, traps, calves and cardio today – but tomorrow starts the “final week” ritual once again…

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Wednesday, October 19th, 2005. Body Quest Gym. Blauvelt, New York. Leg Day with Richie Smyth (The “Evil Trainer”). Being so close to a competition, I was not planning on doing anything too crazy for legs today, and Richie already warned me weeks ago about my tendency for overtraining close to a show, but that didn’t stop him from pulling out an oldie but goodie from his leg training bag of tricks…I used to do this one all the time, but I haven’t done this sucker in years (the gym I train at most of the time doesn’t have the machine for it)… This is one of the most evil leg exercises and almost no one does it anymore… Even I almost forgot about it!

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