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Muscle & Fitness August 2019

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1 min.
olympia history

We’re just over one month away from the biggest weekend in fitness—the 2019 Olympia Weekend, a four-day experience in Las Vegas that celebrates the world’s top competitors in bodybuilding, men’s physique, classic physique, women’s physique, fitness, figure, and bikini. It also provides fitness, sports, and bodybuilding enthusiasts a two-day Expo brimming with freebies, the latest gear and equipment, and industry icons. The excitement is always high for the Olympia, but this year it’s on another level, with plenty of intriguing storylines. Can Shawn Rhoden repeat as Mr. O, or will his run be cut short by an up-and-comer like Brandon Curry? Will Angelica Teixeira win the top prize at the Bikini Olympia for a staggering third year in a row? Who will be the next stars to emerge in men’s…

1 min.
it’s never too late to change the world

Instagram: @zraz Minutes after Garrison Redd wheeled into the M&F studio (aka my office) to film a Muscle & Fitness podcast, a shelf holding two mics and some stationary crashed to the floor. Embarrassed, I scrambled to tidy up. He shrugged and smiled. And that smile didn’t fade for the next hour, which couldn’t have been easy for him at times: Garrison grew up in Brooklyn, NY. Like many athletic kids, he dreamed of a career in the NFL. Tragically, at age 17, that possibility was robbed from him when he was shot in the back and paralyzed from the waist down. But a random act of violence wouldn’t stop him from making an impact on the world. In his late 20s, Garrison founded the Garrison Redd Project (thegarrisonreddproject.org) to advocate for people with…

2 min.
the ladies get their due at olympia

As Olympia Weekend continues its rapid expansion, there’s perhaps no group of athletes who embody that evolution more than the inspiring women who compete on the prestigious Olympia stage. So, as you can imagine, it was my great privilege to join American Media chairman David Pecker for a meeting focused on our shared interest in creating more opportunities for the fitness industry’s most accomplished female athletes. A few minutes into the meeting, David shouted, “Let’s give these women more prize money! They deserve it.” It was obvious at that moment that one of the world’s most influential media execs had taken notice of the contributions of the women who compete in the Olympia’s fitness, figure, physique, and bikini divisions. David added, “It’s long overdue.” So, at the direction of the boss, we…

2 min.
5 reasons why you should give it a shot!

THE IMPORTANCE OF PROTEIN We all know protein is important for muscle building, but what you may not know is that protein is vital in recovery and also in boosting a stronger immune system which in tum creates antibodies to fight off disease and infections, helping to keep your body healthy and running efficiently FOODS THAT ARE HIGH IN PROTEIN Chicken breast is one of the best food sources of protein. One chicken breast can contain approximately 53 grams of protein. Some other high protein foods that you should be adding to your diet on a regular basis are: eggs, lean beef, legumes, cottage cheese, yogurt, milk and protein supplements. WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE THE TIME TO MEAl PREP It is recommended that men get at least 56 grams of protein per day and women…

3 min.
rock hard

AMERICA’S MOST PERSONABLE PURVEYOR of big-screen mayhem, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, is back to save the world once again, and this time he has a little help. Actually, a lot of help. On Aug. 2, the charismatic action star will reprise his role of Luke Hobbs, opposite Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw, in the first-ever Fast & Furious spin-off, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. In the film, Hobbs, a DSS special agent, and Deckard, a former British Special Forces agent turned mercenary, team up to stop the nefarious schemes of Brixton Lore (Idris Elba), a genetically enhanced terrorist who’s in possession of a biological weapon that could wipe out mankind. With its eight films grossing more than $5 billion worldwide, the Fast series is the most successful current movie franchise…

2 min.
a bigger, better hobbs

“DWAYNE JOHNSON ISN’T LIKE OTHER ACTORS, WHO HAVE DOWNTIME.” “Historically with the Hobbs character, everyone knows him as being massive, big, and very strong,” Rienzi explains. “For this version, we were looking to refine his physique by adding size and dimension while achieving a new level of leanness.” To take an already impressive physique and improve on it even more requires a ludicrous amount of work in the gym. The real challenge, though, according to Rienzi, was managing The Rock’s schedule and energy levels. “He’s not like other actors where he has downtime to prepare for upcoming roles,” Rienzi says. “He was filming Jungle Cruise while he was preparing for Hobbs & Shaw. We would update the training program every two to three weeks and modify his diet on a…