Sunday, December 15, 2013

Steroids In 60’s To Present Day

Like it or not steroids has been a big part of bodybuilding culture, but steroid use was nothing in 60’s and 70’s compared to today. 60’s and 70’s produced classic physiques like John Grimek, Steve Reeves, Clancy Ross and George Eiferman who embodied not only ascetic bodies but were also very strong men. They had more of compound exercises and weight lifting routines in their workout program and less or no steroids compared to today’s standard.

The 70’s was the peak of bodybuilding with greats like Bill Pearl, Larry Scott, Dave Draper, Reg Park, Sergio Oliva, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno, Frank Zane, Franco Columbu and Ken Waller and many more. Each one of them had unique physique and had their own trade mark when it came to standing out on a competition stage. Even though it was the Austrian Oak who put bodybuilding on the map through his awesome personality and extraordinary achievements, each one of these other legends have contributed and paved way for bodybuilding to be in the mainstream. The era was more of hard work and toil in the gym to create these awesome physiques rather than become chemical infected bloated bodies.

The steroids available during 60’s and 70’s was dosage of D-Bol , deca , Androl, Anavar and Winstrol. The pro’s then were probably cycling once in two years or a year at the most. Contrary to today where pro’s hardly get of the cycle. Today’s pro’s have access to and use TEST,D--Bol , deca , Androl, Anavar and Winstrol, IU's, HALOTESTIN, ARIMIDEX, CYTOMEL, Growth Hormone and Insulin and whole lot of other stuff.

This is the main reason you see the difference is physique and difference in weight to a great degree. Arnold weighed around 225 – 235 pounds for competition, where as when you see guys like Ronnie Coleman outweighs Arnold by 60- 70 pounds. The reason for this no big secret it’s because of the evolution of Steroids. 

The sport which embodied Greek God Physique has been reduced to mere competition of being the biggest mass monster. The pro’s cannot be blamed to as at the end of the day its business and many support their living by pro bodybuilders so they need to go with the flow.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

History and Evolution of World’s Strongest Man

World’s strongest man or WSM events are not only highly entertaining but also create awe; as to what human body is capable of doing. The event in which we mortal humans perform superhuman tasks, be it dead lifting 900 pounds or pulling a truck or airplane. The first WSM was developed in the year 1977 by David Webster and his role was taken over by Dr Douglas Edmund  both of whom were responsible for organizing the events and arranging competitors.

Competitors were invited from various disciplines ranging from bodybuilding, power lifting and other heavy events like Highland games. Eight men competed in this unique sport with different events emphasizing brute strength (static events) and cardio conditioning (moving heavy objects from point A to B in stipulated time). The sport was a unique blend of strength and athleticism, even though foundation of the sport remain emphasized the same but new events were always introduced to make the WSM challenging and very interesting. 

Some of the events in WSM are loading Race, Atlas stones, truck and airplane Pull, overhead press, fingal Fingers, Power stairs, car carry, Hercules hold and farmer’s walk. Now coming to the some of the strongest men in the history of WSM were Jon Pall Sigmarsson, Svend Karlsen, Mariusz Pudzianowski, Jouko Ahola, Magnus ver Magnusson and bill kazmaier.

 Winners of WSM:
Mariusz Pudzianowski - 5 WSM Titles
Jon Pall Sigmarsson - 4 WSM Titles
Bill kazmaier - 3 WSM Titles
Magnus ver Magnusson - 4 WSM Titles
Jouko Ahola - 2 WSM Titles
Geoff Capes - 2 WSM Titles.

My personal favorite strongman was always Jon Pall Sigmarsson, one of the strongest man pound for pound and a great person.  

Monday, June 3, 2013

Execution of 360 Degree Kick

The 360 Kick is a very Famous Martial arts Move. It’s a vital aspect of many forms of martial arts like taekwondo. A 360 kick sometimes is also referred as Jump spin kick. This Kick was very popularized by martial arts movie legend Jean Claude Van damme aka JCVD. Many of his movies demonstrate this Kick to great effect adding to stunning visual effect it has on screen. 
Michael Jai White is one of the best Martial artists in the movie business, watch “Universal soldier The Return” and you will see one of these kicks. In a real life scenario may be like in street fights these elaborate moves aren’t required and have a limited application due to the space constraints and the hard surface. But yes over all it helps one’s balance, co-ordination and dexterity. But yes a highly skilled taekwondo practitioner can use it anywhere.  

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Diet and preparation for marathoners

The great thing about marathon is it’s not only a physical endurance test but also a test of your mental toughness. Less than 1 % of the people in the world are able to do well in marathon and finish it, so you are already a winner if you are able to finish the full marathon. The preparation can be broken down into two aspects that are diet and training.

When it comes to diet make sure you eat quality protein and a combination of raw vegetables and fruits. Do eat salads and grains which is very beneficial for training. If you are a vegetarian then you could use soya and whey as a replacement for animal protein. I would suggest increasing the ratio of the carbohydrate compared to that of protein and fats. Say, 70% of carbohydrate, 25% of protein and 5% of fat.

Ideal food runners to eat would be pasta that will take the number one spot. Pasta is a starchy carbohydrate which releases energy slowly and is low glycemic index is also beneficial for people with diabetes. Fish is an excellent source of lean protein especially salmon which is the king of fish.  Eggs are another excellent source of protein which should be the staple source of protein for any athlete. Fruits like orange and apple can be added to the list. Broccoli, spinach, dark green cabbage, peppers and sweet potatoes can also fit in the long and important list of nutritional requirements of a distance runner.

Training is the something which people find most difficult to adhere too. Now it’s vital to condition one's mind to run distance as it’s the body that gives away first so if you train your body to listen to your mind rather than the mind listening to the body, then anything can be accomplished.

Running three to four times per week on an average is a good away to build endurance and avoid the injuries most common to first-time marathoners. Then progressively run up to 30 miles per week, I would suggest you to schedule you plan for 16 weeks so that by the 16th week you are ready and are equipped with stamina and the conditioning to finish a full marathon without a hindrance. As a final note planning and rest and recuperation is also critical.