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About Rodney Major Titles: 2004 N.P.C. Nevada State Superheavyweight Champion 2004 N.P.C. USA Bodybuilding Championships, SuperHeavyweight, 4th Birthdate: February 28 Height: 6-0 Contest Weight: 240 Off Season Weight: 270 Starts preparing for a contest 16 weeks out Rodney Davis has been around the sport of bodybuilding for a long time. In fact, if you go back and look at the photos from Paul Dillett’s first appearance at the 1991 North American Bodybuilding Championships (won that year by Ray McNeil), you’ll find a 225 pound Rodney standing right next to big Paul and holding his own. In all those years of competing,

Let’s face it. A crazy set of wheels will help a bodybuilder roll through the competition. Building a great set of legs is hard work, really hard work. But that’s not enough. We’ve all seen guys pound away at their legs, year after year, and end up looking like they could star in a Chicken McNugget commercial for Micky D’s. No, hard work alone isn’t enough. But, combine a strong work ethic on leg day with a smart approach and a heap of good genetics and you end up with

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