Tamio “Tommy” Kono is considered one of the best Olympic weightlifters off all time. The Japanese-American rose from humble beginnings, defeated genetic deficiencies, developed mental courage and conquered a hectic schedule to become – pound-for-pound – the best weightlifter ever. The marvel of power in a small package set 26 world records in four weight classes, a feat never matched by any other weightlifter. During his peak, the champion believed focusing on breaking records was a sure way to avoid going stagnant. After retiring, he started coaching Olympic weightlifting, as a legendary inspiration for his athletes. Read More »
Category: 1.1 – People in Strength Sports
Online bodybuilding discussion communities are nothing new to cyber space – at times, it seems new Web sites pop up each day, while others are buried forever. Muscular Development, a leading publication for hardcore bodybuilders worldwide, resolved to build their own online community in the fall of 2006. The editors knew it had been tried many times before, so they set out to learn from the mistakes of others while staying focused on providing unprecedented content. Two years later, the member registration list grew to over 50,000 professional, amateur and recreational bodybuilders, powerlifters and all-around fitness freaks. Soon after the Web site’s inception, John Romano, Muscular Development magazine senior editor, began offering a 500-word space in his monthly column, Romano Factor. He made two requirements to be placed in his popular newsstand bodybuilding magazine: first, write about anything bodybuilding; second, earn the position by pleasing a mob of voters in the MuscularDevelopment.com forums. Each month, public polls provide the final winner over a 12-day race to rack up votes. Read More »
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John Romano, Muscular Development magazine senior editor, began offering a 500-word space in his monthly Romano Factor column in late 2006. He made two requirements to be placed in his popular newsstand bodybuilding magazine: first, write about anything bodybuilding; second, earn the position by pleasing a mob of voters in the MuscularDevelopment.com forums. Online polls provide the ultimate winning submissions. Initially, a public poll was used to run up the top three stories, which were then voted on by the forum moderators and the previous month’s winner. This was to help prevent forum popularity from weighing more than quality content. Mostly, so new members would feel they had a chance. Read More »
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An interest in bodybuilding is on the rise through out the world. It’s a lifestyle consumed by progressive resistance training and proper diet. Bodybuilding frequently merges with another way of life: Islam, a major religion with a reach across many nations. Muslims are members of the Islamic faith; population estimates vary greatly, but many suggest well over one billion people – almost 25 percent of the world’s total population. Islamic nations are governed by Shariah Law, traditional Islamic law derived from the Koran, Islam’s holy book. Muslim bodybuilders can adhere to Islamic values, even while observing the holy month of Ramadan, with minimal performance loss. Read More »
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Do you love bodybuilding and strength-related sports? If you have something to shout out to the bodybuilding community, now is your chance. Muscular Development magazine officials have afforded a 500-word space for anyone to get published.
John Romano, Muscular Development Senior Editor, request subscribers to submit 500 words pertaining to bodybuilding – anything goes. You must join the MuscularDevelopment.com forums to be part of this unique process. As a member, vote for the story that impresses you the most or submit your own. Read More »
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Lyle McDonald is an athlete, trainer and researcher. He has been involved in athletics since a teenager. His physical endeavors started with triathlon training and then migrated into inline skating – something he continues today with a coach in Salt Lake City, Utah.
McDonald attended UCLA for a degree in Physiological Sciences and continues to devote his life to studying human physiology and the science, art and practice of human performance, muscle gain and fat loss. He generally coaches endurance athletes but also works with powerlifters and bodybuilders. Thousands have been able to use his advice to become great athletes or simply to enjoy a better quality of life through proper physical conditioning. Read More »
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Strength Coach Superstar
A well know and respected man, Canadian strength coach Charles Poliquin is one of the most successful strength coaches in the world. Being fluent in English, French and German has allowed Poliquin to spend years researching with other coaches and scientists in his quest to optimize training methods. Of which he has lectured extensively on in eight different countries. His work has been translated in English, Swedish, German, French, Italian, Dutch and Japanese. He has perfected the art of writing routines that produce results, and his books and courses are the culmination of his theories and knowledge.
Poliquin’s success is based little on his classroom structure but rather on his knowledge gathered from being a true trainer of champions. His formal education includes a B.Sc. Kinesiology and a M.Sc. Exercise Physiology. Poliquin has coached Olympic medallists in twelve different sports including the US female track and field for the Olympics 2000. He has coached the Canadian short-track speed-skating team, and many professional athletic teams; such as the Detroit Red Wings, Colorado Avalanche, St. Louis Blues, Montreal Canadians, Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, New York Rangers, New York Islanders, Calgary Flames, Chicago Blackhawks, New Jersey Devils, Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning. Read More »
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Abbreviated Training Advocate
Stuart McRobert has led thousands of athletes to achieve new results by outlining the essentials to progressive and abbreviated training methods. McRobert has nearly three decades of personal experience. He has since written several books and published over 350 articles for major newsstand magazines. He has also published Hardgainer magazine since 1989.
McRobert writes from the perspective of a family man with nothing more than average genetics and as such has never indulged in performance enhancing drugs. He can relate best with the typical, noncompetitive athlete wishing to bring their training to new levels – to really bring out their genetic potential. Whether you have a small home gym capable of the basic compound movements or a full size commercial gym, McRobert can help structure a training cycle for new gains in muscle and might. Read More »
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Dr. Fredrick Hatfield is a world champion, as well as a best selling author and personal coach for sports teams, sports governing bodies, and professional athletes. He has also led the development of many supplements. Hatfield was inducted into the Powerlifting Hall of Fame in 2002 and is known around the world as “Dr. Squat.”
Hatfield is Co-Founder and President of The International Sports Sciences Association which certifies personal fitness trainers worldwide. As well as companies manufacturing fitness equipment and performance supplements.
Aside from several best-sellers, Dr. Hatfield has written over 60 books and hundreds of articles on sports training, fitness, bodybuilding and performance nutrition. Highlights of his career in strength training include winning the world powerlifting championships three times. At the ripe age of 45, Dr. Squat performed a competitive squat with 1014 pounds weighing 255 pounds. In 1987, this was more weight than any man in history had ever lifted successfully in competition. Read More »
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The Father of Periodization
Dr. Tudor Bompa has been said many times to have revolutionized western training with his theories of periodization in Romania, 1963. The effects are seen and practice today by every serious athlete. In his books he explains the practical use of periodization in diet and training programs. His text are generally easy to follow for a reader with a foundation of strength training basics and terms. His fourth edition Periodization should be reserved for advanced trainees and coaches to solidify their knowledge of Bompa’s theories.
Bompa has devoted a lifetime to his research in strength training and conditioning. He was a competitive rower in Melbourne, Australia in the 1956 Olympic Games and awarded a silver medal at the 1958 European Championships which were held in Poland. Today Bompa works as a professor at York University in Toronto Ontario. Aside from preaching his sound training theories in over 30 countries, he has also worked with athletes in 11 Olympic Games and World Championships while molding 22 national champions and gold medalist. Read More »
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