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The September 2019 issue of Muscle & Fitness has all the workout and nutrition tips you need to preserve your summer shreds.

John Cena has dominated the sports entertainment and movie worlds for nearly 20 years, and has always looked great doing it. In our sprawling cover story, we look at Cena’s evolution from “The Doctor of Thuganomics” to children’s book author and voice actor, and the workout routine he used to get leaner while maintaining impressive muscle mass.

As his trainer Rob MacIntyre points out, this routine is not for beginners or the faint of heart.

Our coverage of the squared-circle doesn’t stop there, as we talk with Attitude Era legend Stone Cold Steve Austin about his new show, Straight Up, and Sydelle Noel, star of G.L.O.W. (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling). Plus, we feature life advice and workout tips from strongman Žydrūnas Savickas and Spartan Race CEO and founder Joe De Sena.

You’ll also learn how to push yourself beyond failure, and find out whether weighted blankets are worth the hype.

September means back to school and tailgates, so make sure to check out the delicious recipes to keep you energized in the classroom and bleachers.

And since Muscle & Fitness includes FLEX, you’ll also get the latest bodybuilding news, as well as even more workout and nutrition tips. The Olympia is right around the corner, so it’s only right that we look at workouts from past Sandow winners. You’ll also get a sneak peek of what to expect at the Olympia Expo, and we list some of the most iconic moments from past years.

We also remember the great American squat-off between the “Quadfather” Tom Platz and “Dr. Squat” Fred Hatfield—an iconic yet underreported duel between two greats.

Whatever your goals are, we’ve got all the tips and tricks you need right here in Muscle & Fitness and FLEX.


George Peterson is in the Shape of His Life 4 Weeks Out from the Olympia

After taking gold in Classic Physique at this year’s Arnold Classic—in his first appearance at the show, no less—George Peterson is firmly set on defeating two-time and defending Classic Physique Olympia champ Breon Ansley next month. 

Doing so won’t be easy, but Da Bull’s recent Instagram posts indicate that he’s making every effort to claim the crown that’s eluded him twice now. 

Take a look at him looking near-100 percent shredded here: 


We’re not the only ones impressed. Dexter Jackson commented, “Damn you looking crazy lil bro!” to which Peterson responded, “thanks Dex! Feeling hungrier than ever.” He also received love from many fans in the comments who seem sure that he’ll leave Las Vegas with some gold. 

A day before that post, Peterson posted a clip of his back workout. Check out that wingspan in action here: 


Again, Da Bull got some love from fellow bodybuilders, with Juan “Diesel” Morel expressing shock at the detail in Peterson’s back.

Peterson has placed third for two years straight at the Classic Physique Olympia. With four weeks left until the biggest show in bodybuilding, we’re excited to see what else he can do to try to win it all. 

If you want to learn to work out like Da Bull, click here and here


Olympia Legend: Lee Haney


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It was a no-brainer to predict that the first NPC National champ was destined for great things when, in his rookie year of 1983, he won his pro debut at the Night of Champions and placed third at the Olympia. But no one could have foreseen just how “TotaLee Awesome” 23-year-old Lee Haney would become over the next nine years. At the 1984 Mr. O, the 238-pound, 5’11” sophomore started a win streak that remains unbroken to this day.

Soon enough, the comparisons with Schwarzenegger started. After all, the Oak’s record was supposed to stand for generations. But, taller and wider, with a chest, shoulders, and back leagues ahead of his contemporaries, the genetically gifted Haney removed any pretense of suspense when the big O rolled around. With the exception of 1989, when a considerably downsized and fat Haney was pushed hard by 5’5″ 180-pound Lee Labrada, there was never any real doubt who would be the last man standing.

Outside of his 1987 Grand Prix Germany win, Haney competed exclusively on Olympia stages post-1984, bringing his career win total to 11. One can only wonder how high that number would be had he competed more often.

Haney will not be remembered as the hardest-training or the most conditioned Mr. Olympia, but he will be remembered as possibly the most gifted next to Sergio Oliva. He continued to improve throughout his reign; some years he was fuller (1985), some years he was sharper (1986), and some years, much to the dismay of his competition, it was just a combination of the two. For his final and record-breaking eighth win, Haney tipped the scales at 252 pounds.

We didn’t know it then, but with his classic X-frame, beautiful shape, and overwhelming size, Haney was not only a hybrid in the mold of Oliva, but also a throwback to the classical bodybuilding ideal that the sport would come to miss.



  • BORN: Nov. 11, 1959
  • HEIGHT: 5’11”
  • WEIGHT: 252 pounds
  • MR. OLYMPIA: 1984-91


As with all of my training, my motto for triceps is “Stimulate, don’t annihilate!” Arm muscles, in particular, are relatively small and, as such, can be easily overtrained. The idea is to hit the muscles hard and fast, and then get out of the gym and enjoy your life.

During the offseason, I used two triceps training routines, phase one and phase two, which I would alternate as a way to keep my muscles from becoming comfortable with a single system of training.

This two-phase routine is somewhat advanced and should not be performed by anyone with less than a solid year of training under his belt. When followed twice a week for three months, it’s sure to add quality mass to that all-important 67% of your upper arm.

NOTE: Alternate between the two phases for each workout.


  • Triceps Pushdowns | SETS: 5 | REPS: 10–15
  • Lying Triceps Extensions | SETS: 4 | REPS: 8–10
  • One-Arm Dumbbell Extensions | SETS: 3–4 | REPS: 12–15


  • Triceps Pushdowns | SETS: 5 | REPS: 10–15
  • Lying Triceps Extensions | SETS: 4 | REPS: 8–10
  • Rope Triceps Extensions | SETS: 4–5 | REPS: 12–15
  • Reverse-Grip One-Arm Cable Extensions | SETS: 3* | REPS: 12–15

*Do three sets for each arm.


Basketball Star Kristaps Porzingis is Absolutely Swole in New Instagram Photo

Rising basketball star Kristaps Porzingis may have sat out the 2018-19 season with an ACL injury, but it doesn’t look like he did a lot of sitting. In fact, he seemingly spent most of his time off the court in the gym.

The 7’3″ Latvian giant, who was traded from the New York Knicks to the Dallas Mavericks at the beginning of this year, recently uploaded a training photo to Instagram looking absolutely jacked.

Take a look at the new and improved SwoleZingis here:



When the angle is right 😳😂 shoutout Valdiii we putting in work!!

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Kristaps (more like Kris-Traps) jokes that he looks good because of the angle of the photo, but there’s no denying he’s definitely bulked up ahead of the 2019-20 season.

The photo is impressive on its own, but even more so when you look back what he looked like in his debut season. If you need a reminder, here’s a shot of the scrawny kid just after he was drafted by the Knicks in 2015. 



KP x @playerstribune coming soon 👊🏼

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Also, we can’t be the only ones getting some serious Ivan Drago vibes here. Latvia, Porzingis’ native country, does border Russia, after all. Here’s a comparison.

Basketball Star Kristaps Porzingis is Looking Absolutely Swole in this New Photo

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If his biceps are any indication, Porzingis is ready to break the NBA this season.


7 Circuit Workouts to Hit Every Muscle Group



Assuming you’ve spent the winter months packing on mass and then springtime losing the excess body fat you put on, you’re probably looking pretty damn good by now. If so, congrats. The good news is that the hard part is over—now you just need to maintain your physique until the sun of summer sets. And now that you’re in maintenance mode, you don’t need to spend untold hours every day toiling away in a sticky gym just to nail down your physique.

Thankfully, evidence supports the benefits of shorter workouts. The British Journal of Sports Medicine found that just 10 minutes of exercise per week could improve your overall health, and the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience linked 20 minutes of exercise to improved memory function

Not a bad bonus, huh? Now choose one of these 20-minute workouts, broken down by body part, get a workout in—and then get the hell outside!


Amanda Lawrence Just Deadlifted 567 Pounds Sans Straps

Powerlifting powerhouse Amanda Lawrence constantly posts training updates and personal records on Instagram, but the phenom’s most recent deadlift milestone had her pretty much jumping for joy.

Lawrence, the International Powerlifting Federation world champ, deadlifted 257.5 kg (567 pounds) without lifting straps. She’s lifted more with straps in the past, but this is the most weight she’s done raw, she said in the post.

Check out the video below:



Lawrence is about nine and a half weeks out from competing at USA Powerlifting Raw Nationals, and this lift is a good sign considering she pulled 252.5 kg (556 pounds) for a new world record just a couple of months ago at IPF Worlds. It looked relatively easy for the 22-year-old lifter, who called grip strength “the biggest limiting factor” for her deadlift in the caption, and had enough energy to spring off the platform immediately after completing the lift.

Even her coach, Joey “Flexx” Ferratti, hopped into the comments to offer some words of encouragement.

“Grip has got to be one of the biggest things we’ve been working on,” he wrote. “Today was a huge win.” He added that Lawrence has “made damn near every single change he’s asked for.”

Lawrence has only been lifting seriously for about three and a half years, but she’s already proven herself to be an absolute powerhouse in the gym. Follow her on Instagram at @miss.amanda.ann to keep up with her best lifts and training tips, and stay tuned to see what she’ll pull off at USAPL Nationals in October.


Nate Diaz Sparks Up Joint Ahead of UFC 241


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Even after a three-year hiatus, Nate Diaz still knows how to spark up drama. The UFC lightweight, who gained mainstream notoriety for tapping out Dana White’s favorite child Conor McGregor in early 2016, lit up a joint four days before his scheduled bout with Anthony Pettis at UFC 241 on Saturday, August 17.

The incident took place in Anaheim, CA, at the UFC open workouts. As he walked to the mat, Diaz removed a pre-rolled joint from his pocket, tossed the crowd a few lighters, lit up, and then passed the doobie to one lucky fan.

Marijuana, though legal in California, is a banned substance in UFC by way of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which manages the UFC’s anti-doping rules. (Just ask Nate’s older brother Nick, who was banned in 2013 for testing positive for marijuana after a loss to Anderson Silva.) Diaz, however, revealed in a media scrum that the joint contained CBD, which is the non-psychoactive chemical in cannabis plants that helps athletes recover and reduce inflammation

This tracks, since the Diaz duo is involved in Game Up, a plant-based nutrition company that sells, among other herbal remedies—CBD. Also, the UFC in July announced a partnership with Aurora Cannabis to let the Canadian-based companies research the effects of CBD on fighters. 

In other words: Diaz was smoking in the name of science. 




Kai Greene Shares Some Words of Back Wisdom

Kai Greene

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With 5 million-plus followers on Instagram, it’s safe to say that Kai Greene is one of the most recognizable pro bodybuilders of all time. The 44-year-old former competitor takes to social media all the time to share his personal keys to getting freaky huge, and his fans seemingly can’t get enough.

Despite many chalking up Greene’s physique—especially his back—to genetics, “Mr. Getting It Done” often cites the mind-muscle connection as a key aspect of the progress he’s made thus far. He recently posted a photo of his famously built back with a caption that drives the point home. 

“I do my best to truly master movements like the chin-up, consistently challenge myself to get closer and closer to the perfect rep, with everything aligned optimally to recruit the target area, and to achieve the exact feeling in the lats and smaller muscle groups of the upper back that I was after,” Greene wrote in the post. “Many years of dedication brought about the development you see now, which is why I don’t know whether to laugh or shake my head in wonder at the ignorance when someone makes the comment, Oh, Kai’s back? That’s all just genetics!”

Greene went pro at 18 years old, so there’s no denying that he’s spent countless hours in the gym chiseling his physique. That said, we’re sure his genetics aren’t exactly working against him. 

Check out the full post below: 

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For some reason I had a natural sense of what it should feel like as each respective muscle group contracted and stretched. I do my best to truly master movements like the chin-up, consistently challenge myself to get closer and closer to the perfect rep, with everything aligned optimally to recruit the target area, and to achieve the exact feeling in the lats and smaller muscle groups of the upper back that I was after. Many years of dedication brought about the development you see now, which is why I don’t know whether to laugh or shake my head in wonder at the ignorance when someone makes the comment, Oh, Kai’s back? That’s all just genetics! – – #KaiGreene x #BodyBuilding x #ThoughtsBecomeThings

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For a guy who last appeared on the Olympia stage in 2014, Greene sure is looking stage-ready. Follow him on Instagram at @kaigreene.


Vegan Athlete Marco Laterza’s Hardcore Workouts

Marco Laterza

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If you still believe that you can’t build serious muscle on a plant-based diet, you haven’t been keeping up with Marco Laterza. Born in Switzerland, this vegan fitness phenom is proof that plates of dry chicken and heaps of grilled (and potentially artery-clogging) steaks aren’t the only nutritional keys to a sculpted physique. He adopted the vegan lifestyle a few years back to combat digestive issues, and despite filling up on tofu and quinoa nowadays, Laterza is still every ounce the specimen he was back in his carnivore period, as you can see above.

You can’t just slap some tempeh on the stove in the hopes of becoming a fitness model, though. In large part, Laterza’s success is still rooted in a strict workout program designed for efficiency and function. It may look simple, but the results are pretty clear—it works. Read on to see how this fit vegan built his world-class body.


Singing the Praises of Vegansim

Some studies suggest vegetarians and vegans have poorer health, but the majority of research shows that folks who avoid meat have a lower risk of heart disease, cancer, and type-2 diabetes, plus have a longer life span. A recent, large study in The Lancet found that people who cut carbs and upped their animal intake had a higher mortality rate than those who eat more plant-based foods.

And despite the bad rap of plant protein, 2017 research in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports that as long as men and women were getting at least the recommended daily allowance of protein (0.8g per kilogram of body weight), carnivores and omnivores had about the same muscle mass and strength.

Research also found that among endurance athletes, fueling with plants or animals led to pretty much the same body composition.


Muscle & Fitness Podcast #027: Ethan Grossman

We sit down with the strength and conditioning coach to discuss his bodybuilding diet and workouts .

This week on the Muscle and Fitness Podcast, M&F executive editor Zack Zeigler (@zraz) and celebrity trainer Don Saladino (@donsaladino) speak with strength and conditioning coach Ethan Grossman about his aspirations to become a bodybuilder. Grossman breaks down his training program, including everything from the workouts he chooses to his daily macros and calorie needs.


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Eddie Hall Looks Unrecognizable in This Throwback Photo

At his peak, 2017 World’s Strongest Man and all-around funnyman Eddie “The Beast” Hall weighed in at more than 440 pounds. And while a good bit of that was muscle, a lot of it was fat, too. Since then, he’s slimmed down to 358 pounds and even sported some abs for a bit. 

Still, the Briton has never been what you could call “lean,” because lifting Atlas stones and pulling trucks on a regular basis requires being pretty massive. 

That’s why you may be surprised to learn there was once a time when Hall was not only strong, but also pretty svelte. He recently uploaded a throwback photo of himself at 16 years old, and you’d be hard-pressed to recognize him. 

Take a look: 


Hall said he weighed 224 pounds in the photo, and it looks like it was mostly muscle. That’s insane shape for a 16-year-old to be in, and it proves that Hall has always lived up to his nickname. 

He now weighs in between 358 and 380 pounds, and is on a mission to decrease his body fat while maintaining his body weight. Hall frequently uploads videos of himseld training alongside Irish comedian Paddy McGuinness and actor/gym owner Martyn Ford, documenting some absolutely brutal sessions. 

Here’s one where Hall encourages McGuinness through a set of leg extensions. 

“Every time he moves, he makes noises I have never heard before,” McGuinness’ wife joked in the comments. “I think he’s in pain today.” It’s no surprise that working out with the man who once deadlifted 500kg (1,102 pounds) isn’t easy. 

Hall recently starred in the History Channel show The Strongest Man in History along four-time World’s Strongest Man Brian Shaw, Robert Oberst, and Nick Best. The season finale of the show, which featured the quartet displaying brutish feats of strengths while trying to break longtime records, recently aired on the channel. 

You can see some highlights from the show on the History Channel’s YouTube.


Dexter Jackson Doesn’t Mess Around on Leg Day

Dexter Jackson may be nearing 50, but his body is seemingly ageless. If you want proof, just head on over to Instagram, where “The Blade” regularly shares videos of himself hitting the iron.

In a recent post, he’s leg pressing 10 plates on each side during what we can only guess was a brutal leg workout. Check it out below:



In the post, he offered some advice to fans in the comments, answering questions about his training.

“No supersets,” he told one. “Stay heavy for the fullness and my diet does the cutting.” He also clarified that the block placed behind his back in the video prevents his tailbone from rounding during the movement. 

Jackson is coming off a milestone win at the 2019 Tampa Pro, the last big IFBB Pro League competition ahead of the Olympia. As a former Mr. Olympia (2008), he would’ve been qualified for this year’s show without the points or pro show win that a typical competitor needs to qualify, but the 49-year old’s Tampa Pro victory marked his 29th IFBB Pro League win—a new record.

At this point, The Blade has three more wins than Ronnie Coleman, who set the record at 26 back in 2004. And as if the new record isn’t enough, Jackson is aiming for 30 wins to round out his resume. Many agree that he looks the best he has in years, and some fans are wondering if the 2019 Olympia could be the win he desires. A shaken up field of competitors means this year’s winner is anyone’s guess, and Jackson is clearly looking to bring his best to the stage this September.

Stay tuned to Muscle & Fitness/FLEX for all of your Olympia updates, and get your tickets at


Here’s What It Takes to Feed an Entire NFL Team

They say abs are made in the kitchen, and the same apparently goes for crafting the perfect NFL player. 

The NFL Network recently uploaded a YouTube video that shows how the Washington Redskins ensure their players are well-fed and get all the nutrients they need to keep performing week after week. The industrial-sized kitchen cooks up 40 pounds of chicken, 30 pounds of Chilean sea bass, and 60 pounds of salmon during the average lunch rush. 

That’s a lot of food, and it doesn’t even include the thin-crust pizzas and heaps of pasta cooked up by Executive Chef Conner McGuire and his team. You can watch the culinary crew in action here: 

Jake Sankal, the Redskins’ nutritionist and assistant strength conditioning coach, said the kitchen was specially designed so the players could easily get the food they need to maintain peak condition. “Nutrition is really key throughout camp,” Sankal said. “We’re trying change body composition, we’re trying to improve strength, increase power, improve conditioning.”

According to Sankal, no player eats fewer than 3,000 calories per day, and some get upwards of 5,000. Some players require more protein, carbs, or fat than others. That’s where McGuire’s expertise comes in—the chef crafts his meals around each player’s needs. 

“They’re getting a quality meal that’s also helping them perform on the field,” the chef said. 

Those meals include a 550-calorie Mediterranean stir fry bowl—complete with sautéed chicken and veggies, roasted red pepper hummus, and rice—and a 580-calorie grilled pork tenderloin served alongside roasted broccolini. 

And then there’s the make-your-own smoothie bar, where, according to Sankal, the team could go through 150 to 200 cases of protein in an eight-week period. 

“Every single thing we do here is geared toward making them better as a football player,” Sankal said.

With the amount of work these players put in, it only makes sense that they need some quality fuel—and a lot of it.. 


Vegan Bodybuilder Does 10,000 Calorie Challenge With Fruit

Vegan Bodybuilder Attempts 10,000 Calorie Challenge With Fruit

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Vegan bodybuilder and YouTube personality Jon Venus wanted to take on the infamous 10,000 calorie challenge, but thought it would be too easy to do it with pancakes, chips, donuts, and other caloric carpet bombs. So, he decided to do it with a far less calorically dense food type: fruit.

“I wanted to put a new spin to this challenge and make it as difficult as possible, so I thought, why not try it with fruit only?” Venus told Muscle & Fitness. “I figured it would at the least be a very entertaining video to show my audience, and it seems like people are loving it.”

Venus uploaded his fruit binge to Instagram, and it’s been viewed more than 34,000 times as of writing. He starts off by drinking a smoothie consisting of 4.5 pounds of dates, one large banana, and water—which clocks in at 2,922 calories, the amount Venus normally eats in one day.

If you’re a fan of watching people writhe in pain, you can watch him take on the challenge here:


As with anyone who takes on the challenge, Venus is struggling to continue by the end of the day. And we can’t really blame him—most fruits are low in calories, so he had to eat a lot more food than someone who may have relied on junk food to hit 10,000 calories (for example, you’d have to eat 10 small oranges to get the same amount of calories as a serving of IHOP buttermilk pancakes).  

But he took it on like a champ, and said he felt just fine the day after. “I felt ready to go the next day without any discomfort, the only difference was a few extra trips to the restroom,” Venus told M&F. “I always eat fruit, not a huge amount, but I do make sure to eat it every day, in the form of smoothies, in my oatmeal or as snacks throughout the day.” 

Venus, a longtime vegan, shares plenty of workout and nutrition tips on his Instagram and YouTube channel. He said the 10,000 calorie challenge, in addition to being entertaining, was a way to educate his audience on healthy foods. 

“I always tell people that eating fruit is extremely healthy and that carbs and sugar in the form of real food is an amazing fuel source,” he said. 

But too much of a good thing can be bad for you, and by the end of the video you can see Venus’ normally chiseled midsection extend by a good bit. Don’t try this at home, kids.


What Is a Weighted Blanket—and Can It Actually Help Me Recover?


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They’re all over Instagram, and very likely on one of your friend’s beds. Weighted blankets (sometimes referred to as gravity blankets) are all the rage, and while they’re just now going mainstream, they’ve actually been around for years. 

Originally used to help children with sensory disorders such as autism, these blankets follow the same concept of swaddling babies, says Theresa Marko, MS, DPT, owner of Marko Physical Therapy in New York City. The extra heft that comes from the seed filling (or other dense material) provides compression; a sense of being squeezed. “Compression calms down your nervous system and makes you feel more relaxed,” Marko adds. 

Which is why, with today’s ultra-high stress levels and burnout, people have turned to the blankets to mitigate stress and anxiety. “In previous years we were a Prozac nation, and many people were taking SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) [to try to calm down],” says Marko. “[But] as the side effects have become known to be so adverse, people are looking toward more holistic ways to deal…[and] things like weighted blankets help to do that.” 


Research is beginning to show Marko may be right, too. One study suggests that slow, gentle touch (similar to what you’d experience using a weighted blanket) can stimulate parts of the limbic system that process emotions and fear. Another found that those who wore a weighted blanket during wisdom tooth extraction experienced enhanced activity in the part of the nervous system that takes over when you’re feeling chill. 

As for muscle recovery, Marko says weighted blankets could help get you in top form faster, as the compression helps alleviate swelling and inflammation. “A secondary benefit is a good night’s sleep, which is what really helps your muscles recover,” she adds. (And some research suggests weighted blankets can battle insomnia.)

That said, the effects of weighted blankets seem to be hyper-personal, and may even make matters worse. In one small study, adults rested under 30-pound blankets for five minutes. While many said they felt more relaxed or didn’t notice a difference, some noted they actually felt more anxious when under the blanket. 

All that’s to say that, if you’re curious about weighted blankets, it’s not a terrible idea to try. But given their cost—they can range anywhere from $150 to $300—you may want to try hanging out under a lot of heavy quilts, first. 


Ronnie Coleman: “I’m Never Gonna Quit Working Out”

Ronnie Coleman knows you’re worried about his health, and that you probably think he should slow down or stop working out altogether. But The King has an important message for you: he’s not quitting the gym—ever. In fact, he would rather work out than eat or sleep, he revealed in his latest Instagram post. 

“Trust me, I love you guys to death for being concerned about me but it’s not gonna happen,” he wrote. “In closing I would like to say, oh yeah it ain’t over mulbuckers, once again it’s on like Ding Dongs.”

You can see the post, which includes a video of him doing cable curls, below:

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There’s nothing better to do on a Saturday night than have a nice back and biceps workout. Yeah I know what some of you are thinking and no I’m NEVER gonna quit working out. Working out is the best thing to happen to me all day. I would rather workout than eat or sleep. I’m coming up on year 43 when it comes to working out. I fell in love with this when I was 12 years old and I’ve never stopped since I started. So @mrolympia08 and all the rest of you guys, quit wasting your breath and your time commenting and giving out y’all’s lame ass advice about me quitting. Trust me I love you guys to death for being concerned about me but it’s not gonna happen. In closing I would like to say, oh yeah it ain’t over mulbuckers, once again it’s on like Ding Dongs.

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The eight-time Mr. Olympia is on the road to recovery after multiple spinal surgeries and being told late last year he might never walk again. Largely against medical advice, he’s continually trained in an effort to prevent his massive muscles from atrophying. But in a recent post, he revealed that he’d taken a six-month hiatus from working out until his doctor cleared him to train again—not that you could tell from his still-jacked biceps

Unlike previous updates, where he’s seen sitting down, Coleman is standing in his latest post—a promising sign of progress for the 55-year-old following his latest surgery. Still, many of his fans have urged him to give it a break so that his body could heal properly. 

“Yeah I know what some of you are thinking and no I’m NEVER gonna quit working out,” he stated in his latest post. “Working out is the best thing to happen to me all day.”


He even called out 2008 Mr. Olympia Dexter Jackson, who said he viewed Coleman as a “cautionary tale” during an interview with Generation Iron. The Blade said Coleman and other bodybuilding greats—such as Dorian Yates—should have transitioned to machine weights as they aged to prevent serious injuries.

“I said, ‘Yeah I’m not going to go that route, I want to last longer,’” Jackson told the website. “I love [Coleman] to death and it just hurts me to see him go from where he was to where he is now. It hurts.” He later added, “Ronnie, come on, you got to let it go.”

Coleman responded in his Instagram post by saying, “So @mrolympia08 and all the rest of you guys, quit wasting your breath and your time commenting and giving out y’all’s lame ass advice about me quitting.”

So whether you agree with Coleman’s habits or not, it’s clear we’ll be seeing a lot more of him in the gym. After all, this is the guy who once said, “God knows I don’t want to die in the gym but if that happens, God Bless me.”


Thor Björnsson Wins 9th Consecutive Iceland’s Strongest Man Title

It was a good weekend for Icelandic strongman and 2018 World’s Strongest Man Hafþór “Thor” Björnsson, who won his ninth consecutive Iceland’s Strongest Man competition.

The larger-than-life athlete, who played “The Mountain” on Game of Thrones, took the competition by storm, even setting a world record in the Húsafell Stone carry. In the classic Icelandic strongman event, participants carry a 409-pound stone for distance. According to an Instagram post, Björnsson carried it 98.16 meters (322 feet), breaking his previous world record of 90 meters. Björnsson narrowly clinched the new record with his performance, edging out fellow competitor Tom Stoltman’s 95-meter (312-feet) carry

Needless to say, Björnsson was pumped about the record.



Technically, he won two competitions over the weekend, according to another post: Iceland’s Strongest Man 2019 and the Iceland’s Strongest Man Challenge.

Brothers Tom Stoltman and Luke Stoltman came in second and third, respectively, in the Iceland’s Strongest Man Challenge. Eyþór Ingólfsson Melsteð took second and Kristján Sindri Níelsson took third in the Iceland’s Strongest Man 2019 competition. 




Iceland’s Strongest Man 2019! Super proud to be taking home my 9th consecutive title!☝️🏆 . Congratulations to @tomstoltman for 2nd place and @luke.stoltman for 3rd place of the Iceland’s Strongest Man Challenge portion of the competition. . Huge congrats to @eythormelsted for taking 2nd and @kristjanstrongman for 3rd for the Iceland’s Strongest Man portion of the competition! Thanks to my sponsors @reignbodyfuel @sbdapparel @sodastream @legionath @roguefitness Coach @australianstrengthcoach nutrition coach @stanefferding and of course my wife, family, friends and all the workers that helped make The 2019 Iceland’s Strongest Man contest a success! Photos courtesy @anthonykdo

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Once Thor was done lifting 400-plus-pound stones, he took a bit of a break and lifted something much lighter: Ed Sheeran. Yes, the singer.

Björnsson posted an Instagram video of himself lifting Sheeran over his head wtih ease, and holding him there for a risky photo op.



Sheeran shared the final image on his own Instagram, and we’ve got to admit that it’s an epic shot. 




When in Iceland @thorbjornsson

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While there doesn’t seem to be video of Björnsson’s world-record Húsafell Stone carry just yet, he did share a few photos and a video of a press medley from the hectic weekend. Check them out below:




Press medley. 80kg, 90kg and a 157kg loglift. 1. Place 🏆

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