Professor X wrote:
You can still get plenty of small helpful tips from these mags even though they are really only suited to those with above average genetics and those who juice.
But make no mistake; they are full of bullshit!
It’s funny how the beginning of Weider mags read something along these lines:
… “Strive for excellence, speak the truth, practice fidelity, and honour your father and mother”.
Speak the truth?
The truth is that the strength and size gains readers are promised are so overly exaggerated its beyond ridiculous. Every single male model in these mags is on steroids even though most (M&F and MuscleMag especially) advocate to their readers to adopt healthier lifestyles; eat more healthy foods and less junk, do plenty of exercise, drink less alcohol, quit smoking, etc.
Readers are given the idea that off-season, pro-bodybuilders eat all these healthy foods even when trying to gain as much muscle mass as possible; fruits and vegetables, whole-grains, lean meats, low-fat dairy products etc. But there is no way bodybuilders would get so overly fat off-season if their daily diets resembled the examples given in these mags. Instead, they eat a lot of junk and very little healthy stuff for most of the year (about 9 months), and you can actually see this in many bodybuilding DVDs.
Overly fat? Most of those guys stay under 15% in the off season at the pro level. By that stage they are doing guest posings to make more money in the off season which is why most of them don’t get as heavy as they did right before they turned pro. You clearly don’t know what you are talking about.
I’m not saying that there aren’t plenty of pro-bodybuilders who stay under 15% off-season, of course there are; some stay even leaner than this all year round because that’s the approach they prefer as they don’t like getting too out of shape. It just makes their job that much harder when it’s time to cut. I know Ronnie Coleman followed this approach; I think it was for the 2005 Olympia. He basically had one cheat meal and then dieted for the whole year (he ate off-season what he would normally only eat pre-contest) and consequently stepped on stage leaner than usual and with a smaller waist.
Bodybuilders today are definitely not getting as fat off-season as they use to in the past.
However, there are those who end up higher than 15% body fat off-season because they eat too much junk. One example is Lee Priest. In the link below you can see that he was obviously higher than 15% here. And I know what you’re going to say. That’s just one of the many thousands of pro bodybuilders in the world who went too far. But do you honestly think that there aren’t others out there who have been/are in Lee Priest’s shoes? Virtually all the photos of bodybuilders in the mags are around contest time when they don’t have protruding stomachs and when they are ripped. The magazines don’t want their readers to see bodybuilders carrying too much fat just in case they are put-off from buying again or the sport, so off-season photos rarely make it inside.
Of course you’d pick Lee Priest. In the first photo he isn’t fat. Not even close. The next two photos are famous because he was paid to get into that condition to do a ‘before and after’ shot. It is obvious that you don’t know what you are talking about when it comes to the offseason habits of successful bodybuilders. If your errors weren’t enough, flip flopping your argument sure doesn’t help you out. Just stop with the whole “bodybuilders cant walk up stairs or they’ll have a heart attack”, everyone’s heard it all before.