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As told to Larry Pepe An I.F.B.B. pro card is the physical embodiment of the time, discipline, dedication and hard work that an athlete has invested to graduate from the amateur ranks and pose for pay. It is the goal of thousands of competitors. For most of them it will always remain a fantasy. But for a chosen few who have the blessing of great genetics and the requisite work ethic, it becomes a reality. When the excitement of reaching that goal wears off, it’s time to prepare to pose against

If you want to know how to develop a bodypart to its fullest extreme, find a bodybuilder who has turned a weak point into a strong point and ask them every detail of how they did it. Talk to someone about a genetically gifted bodypart and you’re less likely to come away with some training gems that might help you take your development to the next level. Let’s face it, if you want to know how to get great calves, Mike Matarazzo is probably not the guy to talk to.