Everything you need to know about building muscle, gaining mass, and crushing the competition.

Follow Us

By  Sammi Michaels Scene 1: 2001 N.P.C. USA Bodybuilding Championships July 28, 2001, Las Vegas, Nevada The toughest night in the budding bodybuilding career of front-runner Troy Alves, as he is announced second, again. Troy is full of disappointment, uncertainty and acceptance. After all, how would you feel if you just took your third consecutive runner-up finish in your quest for a pro card? So close, yet so far. Scene 2: 2002 N.P.C. USA Bodybuilding Championships July 27, 2002, Las Vegas, Nevada The best night in Troy’s bodybuilding life, as he unanimously trounces the

Precontest. Contest prep. Getting ready for a show. No matter how you refer to it, the sacrifice, planning, energy, training, diet, cardio and all those other little details that result in your favorite bodybuilding stars showing up onstage in shredded, full, muscular condition is the toughest challenge any bodybuilder can take on. Musclemag decided to sit down with six IFBB pros to do a roundtable discussion on their views and strategies for successfully getting ready to do battle. Take a look at what they had to say and see how

www.IdriseWard-El.com About Idrise Major Titles: 2002 N.P.C. USA Bodybuilding Championships, Super Heavyweight and Overall Champion Birthdate: November 27, 1965 Height: 5-11 Contest Weight: 257 Off Season Weight: 285 Starts preparing for a contest 14 weeks out When Idrise Ward El stepped onstage at the 2002 USA Bodybuilding Championships with the rest of the Super Heavyweight Class, it wasn’t hard to see that he would have little problem capturing the class and gaining entry to the IFBB. Idrise had nailed his condition right on the money. He was grainy and separated from every angle while carrying a full 254 pounds on stage. Idrise

One athlete who really put himself on the pro bodybuilding radar in 2004 is New Jersey’s own, Craig Richardson. For those unfamiliar with Craig’s career, let’s take a quick stroll down memory lane. Craig dominated the light heavyweight class at the 2000 Nationals to turn pro. Who won the overall that year? The guy who many have called the “future of bodybuilding”, Victor Martinez. Craig was so good, and so conditioned at Nationals that the buzz after the show was that he could have been awarded the overall the phenomenal