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When Lee Priest prepared for the early 2004 pro season, he knew that it was redemption time. After his poorest showing as a pro at the 2003 Mr. Olympia, the Ironman and San Francisco pro shows would either prove that the Olympia was simply one bad outing…or the beginning of a slide that no pro athlete wants to experience.    The answer became very clear the instant Lee removed his shirt as he pumped up backstage at the Ironman. In the words of fellow pro, Craig Titus, “Lee is on.” But

Brian Chamberlain won the 2004 IFBB North American Championships and turned pro when the head judge said, “Gentleman, please turn to the rear.” It was, as the phrase goes, “lights out.” Why? Because Brian has a very wide, densely muscled back that simply outclassed the other competitors in the rear double-bicep and rear lat spread poses. But, it wasn’t always that way. “Width came pretty quick and easy for me. But, my lower lat area was much slower to respond. I had to re-evaluate the way I was training and put some movements into my

When I sat down to interview rising superstar Mark Dugdale about his back training a few weeks before he became the Overall 2004 USA Bodybuilding Champion, I was somewhat shocked by the first words out of his mouth. “My back sucked”, the normally soft-spoken Dugdale told me. “I feel like it still needs to improve, but the gains I’ve made in the last two years have been incredible for me. I did heavy deadlifts for years and just went nowhere. I was frustrated by the fact that I was busting

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