April 19, 2010
Instant Replay: LIVE chat with Phil Heath!
September 03, 2009
Gift 2.0 - My Time is Now!!!
Well, it is now 3 wks before the Olympia and I am definitely excited! My trainer/friend Hany Rambod paid me a visit last weekend to ensure that we bring forth the new and improved Gift 2.0. He and I went back and forth with everything from diet, training to supplements and boy has it made a difference in my physique. I've gone from 260lbs down to the low 250s which has allowed me to see even more detailed conditioning in my glutes and hams oh and calves lol! Right now I am staying in contact with Hany at least 3 times per day to ensure that everything is working perfectly. My biggest improvement so far has been my upper body, but now as my cardio has increased, my hams have more hang to them then ever which shall hopefully pay dividends come showtime. I am currently about to train quads and later hams and calves at Armbrust Pro Gym and even with taking in around 120-140g of carbs per day, my intensity will be great!
I'll be seeing Hany along with the Flex crew next week as we will be filming a new photo shoot. I hope to get some of the uncut material for my new dvd so the fans can see some more lifestyle stuff.
Had my appearance on probodybuildingweekly this past Monday night with Dan, Bob and Larry Pepe and I had a blast answering their questions. I really enjoy being able to participate in such discussions as it allows me to remember my purpose in my preparations for the Olympia, but also life. I try and enjoy every moment of this as it has gone by so fast that one day I'll blink and it will be all over. Hopefully, I will have left a good mark on this great sport and with its fans, so I thank my sponsors along with PBW for giving me a voice, even for talking a lil' trash lol!
Other than that, I am excited that we all get to battle soon and see who the CHAMP really is. It isn't about smack talk anymore, as its all about taking care of my business, to be Mr. Olympia!
Have a great Labor Day Weekend and eat some brats and drink something in a red cup for me too lol!
August 24, 2009
My Trip to Boston
Just got back from my trip to Bosta, MA to meet our newest winner of the Flextreme Makeover. Markus Ricci was the winner and may I say he was very excited to have us come out. I got a chance to hang out with him at his gym where he's a personal trainer, answering tons of questions. We trained back together and he was able to hold his own with the pace as he is also a competitor competing in some natural shows in the tri-state area. I got a chance to help him out with some posing and yes, we did do a lil' posedown action which we both had fun with. Later we grabbed some food and headed to Fenway Park where we sat about 10 rows up from the middle of the first base line watching them [redsox] play the Yankees. Boston got handed a butt whippin', but we didn't care as we were having fun laughing and joking around. We finished our evening with his family and lemme tell ya, he's got an amazing support system which I feel is essential for any young adult to have when pursuing a career in just about anything.
That next day, I had some issues as my flight back was cancelled, but thankfully, I was rebooked...gotta love premier exec status on United lol! Only problem was that my videographer/friend, Johnathan McFarlane was travelling with and we received different flights through our last leg in Chicago. I didn't realize this until we headed over to check-in and boy did I feel stupid when I walked up to the red carpet to board (first-class) and was told that I was at the wrong gate. See, his flight was at 3:13pm and mine was at 3:00pm so I had to pull an O.J. Simpson and run through O'hare Airport to my gate seeing that there's no plane there. Being that the clock showed 2:54pm I came to the realization that I missed my flight, so I headed back the the United Red Carpet Lounge to get a new flight. By now, I am tired, hungry (only had 1 more meal left in cooler) and now pissed that there aren't any seats available for the remainder of the day, placing me on standby. I then purchased a discounted business class ticket that cost me a little of $1k which wasn't cool, but hey, I needed to get home. Just as I received my ticket and then walked to a desk in the lounge to plug in my phones, I received a text-message from United Airlines stating that my 3pm flight was delayed until 3:45pm. So I ran over to the ticket counter, got my charges reversed on the biz-class 5:50pm ticket and ran over to gate B10 and there was my flight. I was so relieved that I almost hugged the gate agent. The flight was cool and then got my bags, hopped into the "Lade" (my escalade ext) and blasted my music on my way home.
Good thing was that throughout my trip, I was still able to train, do cardio and most importantly stay on track with my meals, all while hanging out in Boston. I had such a fantastic time that I hope to go back soon, maybe for another RedSox game, as Fenway Park was amazing!
I'd like to thank Flex and MetRx for making this day happen because I had a great time meeting with Markus and his friends and family!
Oh, I'm currently weighing 257lbs and with the same if not greater shape and conditioning than those 5wk out Ironman pics so watch out! I'm getting 7-8 meals per day, which include 2 steak meals with baked potato, chicken n' rice and good ol' tilapia and spinach (yum-yum j/k!). Doing cardio on the stepmill in my home gym, sweating like a savage. I'm getting an infrared sauna in this Wednesday, so I'm excited because I will never have to sweat it out at the gym again. My lovely wife, Jennie and her friends are going out to the Def Leppard and Poison concert tonight, so its just me and my son and a couple of friends going to watch G.I. Joe and later eating some steaks!!! Saw, District 9 last night and loved it, especially with it being a 30Million dollar movie...gotta see it!
Well, gotta go eat now and train some delts!
August 18, 2009
Someone's getting a visit from The Gift!
Hey guys, just wanted to chime in real quick and let everyone know that someone is gonna get paid a visit by yours truly this week for the Flextreme Makeover. I am very excited to meet and train with the winner and also discuss some new diet and training tips that are helping me in my prep to hopefully become Mr. Olympia!
July 21, 2009
Just wanted to let everyone know what I'm doing and how I am doing. Well, I'm sure many are wondering my physical condition since this past weekend's showing and I am here to let all know that I am A-OK! This was an event that was extremely scary for mostly everyone watching than for me as I knew that I was cramping throughout the routine. Just to give some clarity on this subject, The venue was extremely hot as they was not any air conditioning and I was not responsible enough to stay hydrated due to me meeting with tons of fans, created my dehydration. I felt fine as I began my pump backstage, but toward then end I started cramping in my forearms and back. This progressed as I stepped onto the very hot stage which caused me to cramp up on every pose. Anyone that has seen me pose, I do not pose slowly (which I probably should lol) and because of the cramping, I had no choice but to pose slowly. This didn't help that much, as the cramping moved throughout my body and when it moved to my legs, my hamstrings and tear drop locked up resulting in my fall. I was scared, but realized what it was and made a couple of jokes, later getting up, walking out on my own and later returning back on stage with no problem. I was given electrolyte drinks and salt and was fine thereafter.
I was checked out by 2 different physicians and they both came to the resolution of me being very dehydrated in conjunction with a very tight hamstring and satoris muscle (the longest muscle). Collectively, this was a scary, but cool experience because even though I totally felt embarassed, I was able to laugh at it and show class and continue without any difficulties. Now, if there are any people out there that think for one minute that I'm not doing the Olympia, well sorry to not give you your xmas gift because I am here to kick some major butt come September 25 & 26!!! My weight is still above 260 and am getting harder each day so I just hope and pray that I can continue progressing because I know I can win with the improvements that I have made.
Other than that, everything is cool. We had a tornado last night, causing over 27,500 people without power today and won't receive it until later tonight. There's a tree pulled out from the ground that flew into a home near my house too. We received golf ball size hail and almost broke our windows in our house! Today, I'm training legs, yes legs (haha) so I'll see you all real soon at Dexter's show. Carbs are good, but need to get them up a bit since my cardio sessions are kickin' my butt. Overall, I feel good and look well, you have seen a preview hehe!