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Fitness models on film

Fitness photographer Jason Ellis (who has done a few IM covers, by the way) will soon be directing a film. The Perfect Physique will be a ‘docudrama’, starring four-time Mr. Universe and fitness model extraordinaire Mike O’Hearn and produced by Kandice King. Director Jason, whose previous work includes Jay Cutler’s My House and Undisputed described the flick as:

“Ten top fitness models share their secrets about how to achieve the perfect physique.”

The film will take you behind the scenes of the gruelling lifestyle of fitness models and Men’s Physique pro athletes.

The Perfect Physique will be out in 2015. Watch this space.


Australians had some great success recently at the IFBB Chicago Wings of Strength show in July. International Protein owner Christine Envall came third in Womens Bodybuilding, behind only Maria Rita Bello in first and Lisa Giesbrecht in second. This was an amazing effort, which secures Christine a place in Septembers Olympia.

In the Pro Figure,

Sydneys own Asher Prior placed eighth, while expat Aussie Con Demetriou placed ninth in the Pro Men, a division that Roelly Winklaar won after having to sit out the Arnold and the FitX Pro Show due to his motorcycle accident.

A huge congratulations to all of our Australian athletes representing overseas.

Thai sensation headed our way

Disabled Thai bodybuilder Somsak Kakhaen will make an appearance at the WFF World Championship on the Gold Coast in November. After his inspirational routine at the WFF Universe in Korea earlier this year, NABBA/WFF World President Graeme Lancefield offered him the opportunity to come to Australia.

Somsak is also in talks to be on stage in Sydney next March for the Lee Priest Pro/Am Classic, which will also be a WFF Pro Qualifier. The WFF International classes will apply to this event – five cards for the men’s classes and five for the women’s classes, plus Bikini and Sports Model.



Bodybuilding legend Lou Ferrigno is launching his very own bodybuilding show, the Lou Ferrigno Legacy Competition and Fitness Expo.

Held in Santa Barbara, California in November, the inaugural show will be emceed by another legend of the sport – Shawn Ray.

For more information, visit

Change to gain

Recent research has found that varying your exercises produces more gains than sticking to the same program. The study, published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research in May, investigated the effects of varying strength exercises and/or loading schemes by comparing four different training programs: constant intensity and constant exercise (CICE), constant intensity and varied exercise (Cl VE), varied intensity and constant exercise (VICE), varied intensity and varied exercise (VIVE).

The results? The groups that did varied exercises experienced the greatest amount of strength and hypertrophy gains. Strength gains were seen most in the Cl VE group the group that changed up their exercises but kept the intensity of their workouts the same.

The authors did conclude, however that as long as the training intensity reaches an alleged threshold, muscle hypertrophy is similar regardless of the training intensity and exercise variation. Remember: intensity is key.

Avoid brain drain

Recent research out of Brazil showed that when rats ran on a running wheel, they developed significantly more hippocampal neurons in the brain, which improves functions like memory.

The exercising rats performed better on memory tests than non-exercising rats; however, when the exercising rats were prevented from exercising, the brain improvements dissipated after only a few weeks.

It’s the extra oxygen and blood flow that do the trick – so your body and brain will continue to tick. That means when you walk, do it at a good clip. When you do your weight workouts, minimise the rest between sets so you get that built-in oxygenating effect.

As the study says, consistency is key. You have to keep at it -exercise for the rest of your life, and also eat right. Certain foods can have negative effects on your body as well as your brain. In fact scientists believe one food is the most harmful for your brain, and most people eat large quantities of it every day: simple sugar.

You may know that too much simple sugar can cause insulin resistance and even diabetes, but many medical professionals have begun referring to Alzheimer’s disease as ‘type 3 diabetes. Insulin resistance and cognitive decline go hand in hand. So minimise your simple-carb intake.


Believe it or not, a study from the UK’s Southampton Solvent University has found that wearing different coloured lenses can affect how many reps you can complete on a given exercise.

The results, published recently in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, found that when subjects wore clear lenses in their glasses, they could complete 25 reps of a leg press before reaching muscle failure. However, while wearing glasses with blue lenses, subjects completed 29 reps before failure. (Red lenses were also tested – 27 reps – but were not statistically significant from clear lenses.) Sure, you might look silly in the gym, but why not give it a try?


Legendary American bodybuilder Tom Platz will be in Australia later this year for one – that’s right ONE – muscle camp. Presented by Eugene Teo, the camp will run from November 28 to 30 and will be held at Doherty’s Brunswick gym. It promises to be three days of intense training and in-depth lectures on hypertrophy. The camp will be strictly limited to 25 spots – and with a price tag of $2500 (early bird price of $1747 valid until August 29), you might need to ask your boss for a raise before booking. But it’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet and train with the Golden Eagle of bodybuilding. For more information, visit


US researchers have found that using calcium supplements can put women at a higher risk for kidney stones and other health problems.

The research, by the North American Menopause Society, goes against the traditional line given to women going through menopause, where doctors will prescribe calcium and vitamin D supplements to prevent diseases like osteoporosis. The study was published in the journal Menopause in June.

When people consume too much calcium without sufficient magnesium, not only will it create stress within the body but the excess calcium will not be utilised correctly and may become toxic, because magnesium is essential for the absorption and metabolism of calcium and vitamin D,” says Carolyn Dean, advisory board member of the Nutritional Magnesium Association.

If you read Luke McNallys column in last months Iron Man, this was essentially his point: that having too much calcium at the expense of other minerals could be harmful to the bones.


A special shout-out goes to Iron Man writer Fiona Flanders (check out page 32 for her latest great recipe), who competed at the INBA World Championships in Slovakia. Unfortunately, when she arrived at the venue, there weren’t enough people in her age group and was told she would have to compete in the open classes.

“I competed with all the other women – 21 in one category and 18 in the other,” Fiona says. “I got some callouts, so was pleased about that.”

Ultimately, Fiona took home a trophy for The woman with the best physique over 50 years’. Sounds pretty good to us. Congratulations Fiona!

More muscle, live longer

Recent research from UCLA suggests that the more muscle mass you have, the less likely you’ll die prematurely. The study, published in the American Journal of Medicine in March, is a culmination of previous research that has found that building muscle is important to decreasing metabolic risk.

The findings have drawn attention to the ineffectiveness of using body mass index (BMI) as a guideline and suggest that overall body composition is a better predictor of mortality.

“In other words, the greater your muscle mass, the lower your risk of death,” said coauthor Dr. Arun Karlamangla. “Thus, rather than worrying about weight or body mass index, we should be trying to maximise and maintain muscle mass.”


The 2015 INBA World Championships will be held at the Dubai World Trade Centre very exciting news for this natural federation.

This is the venue that befits the prestigious event and as you can imagine, there will nothing to compare with this, anywhere,* says the INBA website.

INBA Australia is offering several ways to get to Dubai next year, said INBA events director Ron Ziemiec. Were hoping to send the biggest Team Australia ever and totally dominate in every class.

For more details, see or join the Facebook group at

Reidie the wrestler

The buff and confident Al Reidie (left) has made the transition into wrestling, battling it out in the amateur ranks at Melbourne City Wrestling. Known for his enthusiastic on-stage posing and off-stage razor-sharp wit. Al is probably one of the few Aussie bodybuilders who I’d expect to make a decent sports entertainer.

Reidie follows in the footsteps of bodybuilders turned wrestlers such as David Bautista and John Cena, who both had commendable ventures as NPC bodybuilders before enjoying success as sports entertainers in WW6 and beyond. Al’s hilarious and thought-provoking commentary on this venture can be viewed at his Bulk Nutrients blog at httpJ/bitly/1 nec904.

Diamonds in China

The second Ben Weider Diamond Cup is scheduled to take place in China in late October 2014, following a successful debut in Athens last year. Throughout his IFBB presidency, the enterprising founder (who sadly passed away in 2008) maintained a close relationship with China, so this marks a milestone for the federation. With an $80,000 prize pool and the offer of a Pro Card for the Overall Men’s bodybuilding winner, this looks to be another popular international event, which will be open to national federations across Asia, Europe and Africa -no word on Australia yet though. Watch this space.


In the underrated and (unfairly) critically panned Last Action Hero, Arnie pays tribute to his longtime friend and fellow champion bodybuilder Franco Columbu by inserting the words 4A Franco Columbu film at the beginning of film within-a-film Jack Slater IV.

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