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The light on my cell phone was blinking and the annoying, intermittent beeping sound it makes when I have a message wouldn’t stop. When I checked the message, I quickly discovered that the message was left at six in the morning. “Must be an East Coast call. Who the hell would call that early from the Westside?” I was wrong. “Q, (it’s a nickname), it’s World (also a nickname). I just finished cardio and I want you to take a look at how I look later today and tell me

For I.F.B.B. professional bodybuilder Bob Cicherillo, the year 2002 will always be remembered as his breakout year. Bob’s sophomore season began with him taking second to Darrem Charles at the inaugural Southwest Pro show and earning his first Mr. Olympia qualification. Two weeks later, Bob went back to hometown New York to mix it up with 30 other elite pros at the prestigious, ultra-competitive Night of Champions. When the dust settled, Bob had avenged his Texas loss to Darrem, beating everyone except monster Markus Ruhl. Now, he prepares to fulfill

While it would be very difficult to say that any one bodypart is the most important for a bodybuilder to have, a strong argument can be made for the deltoids. The three-headed muscle can be your best friend or your worst enemy on contest day. Why? Because unlike almost every other muscle group, you just can’t hide weak delts. When the judges scrutinize your physique from the front and rear poses in the symmetry round, poor side delts will kill your shoulder to waist and shoulder to hip taper. Do

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.