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Larry Pepe

Larry Pepe is a noted bodybuilding, fitness and mixed martial arts expert with a long and diverse history of excellence. “Pep” started out as a competitive athlete, winning a regional championship on his way to top-5 finishes in the Drug-Free Nationals, USA and Jr. Mr. Universe competitions and successfully fighting in national and world championships.


With his competitive career behind him, he became an NPC National Judge before going on to a career on the print media side of the industry. Pep was a senior writer for Musclemag International, penning the most popular column in the magazine’s history in addition to hundreds of articles covering training, nutrition, supplementation and all aspects of the sport as well as working for Flex Magazine and many other outlets. He went on to author the best-selling book in bodybuilding of that time, The Precontest Bible, a 475-page monster detailing the exact contest-prep blueprints of over 30 of the best professional bodybuilders to ever grace the stage including Ronnie Coleman, Dorian Yates, Jay Cutler, Dexter Jackson, Shawn Ray and many more. Pep followed up with The Women’s Precontest Bible, co-authored with Isaac Hinds, revealing the contest prep regimens of the top female athletes in history, from Cory Everson, Lenda Murray and Iris Kyle to Adela Garcia, Oksana Grishina, Davana Medina and more.


Not content to be one of the more prolific personalities on the print side of the industry, Pep took to digital media and started two of the sport’s earliest radio shows…Muscle Radio and Hardbody Radio. He was then selected and served as the expert analyst for the Superbowl of Bodybuilding, the Mr. Olympia competition, for seven years as well and appeared in the feature theatrical film, Generation Iron, the modern day version of the iconic film, Pumping Iron.


In addition to his career in the bodybuilding and fitness industries, Pep is one of the most well-known personalities in Mixed Martial Arts. He created, produced and hosted Pro MMA Radio, a multiple time “Podcast of the Year” winner, for ten years and 500 episodes. Pro MMA Radio was the official and exclusive MMA radio show for the United States Military on the American Forces Network, heard in over 170 countries. Additionally, Pep was the first nationally syndicated MMA radio host on FOX Sports Radio and has done hundreds of appearances as an expert MMA analyst on ESPN, FOX and Sirius XM.

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setting goals


When was the last time you got in your car and had no idea where you were going, no destination in mind? Unless it was just a leisurely drive on a weekend with your significant other, the answer is probably never. Yet this is exactly what countless numbers of people who train do every single day in thousands of gyms and health clubs throughout the country. Whether you’re a bodybuilder, fitness competitor or anyone trying to get into better shape, not setting specific goals related to your training makes about

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Your Body Doesn’t Care!!!

You’ve decided to really commit to getting into better shape. In another month or so the army of people all over the world who will make that their New Year’s resolution will join you. Getting into shape may mean losing a bunch of weight, cutting your bodyfat by a few percentage points or adding a few pounds of quality lean muscle mass. You map out a plan, set some reasonable yet challenging goals and everything is going pretty well for a few days. So far, so good… Then life starts

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Training Frequency: How Often Should You Train Each Body Part?

If you read the training articles of your favorite bodybuilding and fitness athletes you’re bound to be a bit confused. Some train each body part once a week, others twice a week and every possible variation between those two extremes. Then, just to drive you a bit nutty, you read that an Olympia competitor with amazing delts only trains them once a month! Does that mean that you should? Not likely. In this article, we’ll explore some of the issues that you should consider when formulating your training split. We

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The Best Time For You To Train

Is there a point in the day that is the optimum time for you to train to maximize your results? If we are asking that question from a metabolic/physiological standpoint, the answer is no. However, from a personal perspective, there are definitely a few things you should consider to determine the best time for YOU to train. PHYSIOLOGICAL/METABOLIC TRAINING TIMING PREFERENCES You’ve probably read some of the same articles that I have discussing why you should train in the morning and others extolling the virtues of training later in the day

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A View From The Judges’ Table, What Politics?

Ok, let me start out by saying that if you’re a competitor, this piece is probably going to upset you a bit. Maybe even bruise your ego a tad. But, be that as it may, I’m going to write it anyway. Call it a rant, call it whatever you want to call it, but the time to tell you some of the inner workings of an NPC National judging panel has come. Why? Because after years of listening to competitors bitch and moan about all the reasons that they don’t

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Bodybuilding and Fitness Role Models?

Ronnie Coleman. Susie Curry. Andrula Blanchette. They were the big winners in their respective Olympias this year. Are they role models? Most definitely. I am not one who adheres to the Charles “I’m not a role model” Barkley theory of setting an example and representing your sport. When a professional athlete signs on the dotted line to play for pay, they have voluntarily thrust themselves into the public eye. With that choice comes a responsibility to your chosen sport and those who may look up to you, young or old.

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