German athlete Pascal Munz was one of the most popular booth bodybuilders at FIBO last weekend. The 5'6", 174 lbs., 24 year old, mechanic has trained for 5 years and lifetime natural. Pascal says, "My diet is based entirely on calories, macro's and micros. I keep everything basic and just listen to my body. Whatever works." Pascal is training for Musclemania® Europe Natural Tour this season.
Natural bodybuilder Umer is one of India's top rising natural bodybuilders. The 5'10", 190 lbs., 24 year old has competed in only two local Indian shows, but will take the stage at Musclemania® India later this season. "I've been training since I was 15 years old and was always bigger than everyone else my age," Umer says. "I took to bodybuilding on the first day and haven't stopped since. I train everyday but my challenge is getting the right foods in Kashmir. There's no nutrition stores here, so I don't rely on the supplements like other bodybuilders. Just good food."
Musclemania® Arabia natural bodybuilder Mo Qadi says he's on a quest to gain more muscle this season and be ready to win any MM show. "I have changed all my commitments just so that I am in the gym twice a day and eating 6-7 times," Mo explains. The 5'10", 210 lbs., Cairo dentist continues, "Whatever it takes, no matter how many times I fail, I will never give up. I'm always patient because I believe that great things never come easy."
Musclemania® Universe Pro HW Ben Radic is a seasoned bodybuilder but did not start competing until 3 years ago. He says, "It's not been a bunch of fun and games. After 20 years of training, I'm doing this natural and more to quality than quantity! I think i reached my top and now it's time to polish the diamond."
Egyptian natural bodybuilder Mohamed Qadi says he's always in top shape. "I don't train for competition. I do it because I want to feel good and look great. It helps make me feel complete." That being said, the 5'9", 190 lbs., 24 year old Cairo dentist is training for Musclemania® Arabia. "I like the MM look", Mohamed says. "I have been natural my whole life, for MM is the perfect platform for me. I look forward to representing MM and what it represents."
Musclemania® Mid America Donte Franklin of Kansas City is 10 weeks away from MM America in Las Vegas. At 6', 215 lbs., the 24 year old lifetime natural says, "Currently I'm on a high carb diet. I am eating oats in the morning and at night. All of my meals in between are high in carbs and low in fat. I will soon switch to leaner meals, as it is time."
"I am striving for excellence," says French bodybuilder Loic Zine. The 5'10", 205 lbs., 24 year old, lifetime natural has been training for 7 years and will make his show debut at Musclemania® Paris next month. "I never thought I would ever be on stage, I just liked hitting the weights. But, as my physique changed, so has my ambition with bodybuilding." Loic was a rugby player for many years before getting serious in the gym.
Musclemania® Pro Henry Adell says for him bodybuilding is more than just a personal passion. "Helping people learn how to live a healthier lifestyle and change how they feel about themselves is my goal," he explains. "Exercise is cathartic after a rough workday, energizing at sunrise, and a boost at lunch. It gives a young person structure, preserves the youthfulness of the middle aged and maintains a high quality of life for the elderly. It is as important as washing your face and brushing your teeth, so never allow anyone to question your integrity because of your commitment to your body! We train because the alternative would be to become less than what we are."
Belgian sports model Stephen Harrison is training for his first show. The 6'3", 210 lbs., natural bodybuilder will hit the stage at Musclemania® Paris and bring his unique look to the show. And, just as innovative is his training regimen. Stephen explains, "Currently I'm following the Neil Hill workout program, Yoda 3 training (Y3T). It's a split over a 9 week period and divided into 3 x 3-week phases. The first week of my training cycle was based around low rep ranges and more working sets. Currently in my second week, I'm utilizing both compound and isolation exercises to help target my muscles in different ways with rep ranges varying from 12-18 per working set. At 6 weeks out from [...]
Musclemania® Pro Burkley Goss reflects on achieving a physique, physically and mentally. He says, "A lot of bodybuilders who have been in the game a while can concur that the sport is a marathon not a sprint. It's taken me 15 years of training to achieve this physique not 6 months of training. Sacrifices have to be made, mentally you need to be willing to push yourself not just in the gym but disciple outside as well. Discipline is key, eating processed foods like doughnuts doesn't equate to eating oatmeal. You're only cheating yourself. It's that very discipline that separates success from mediocrity" Burkley will be making a special guest appearance at MM Asia in Singapore next month.