Archive for July, 2004

NPC Teen, Collegiate, and Masters Nationals

Saturday, July 24th, 2004

The NPC Teen, Collegiate, and Masters Nationals were held today in Pittsburgh. It may take a while for all the results to get posted on-line as they usually don’t show up on the NPC website for a week or two after the event, and its not one the bodybuilding magazines usually cover. However, the Masters 40-50 classes have been posted to the Mayhem forum, and I’ve typed them into the database here. Rusty Jeffers won the Super-heavyweight class, the overall, and received a Pro card to compete in the Masters Olympia. Too bad the Masters Olympia was canceled this year. There were rumors that it would be held along with the regular Olympia, but that does not now seem to be the case. Last week Rusty also came in 2nd in the supers at the NPC USA Championships.

All you Colt Magazine and video fans will know Rusty as Carl Hardwick. That is a topic for its own blog entry, which I hope to get to soon.

NPC USA Championships

Saturday, July 17th, 2004

The NPC USA Championships were held tonight in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mark Dugdale won the light-heavies. the overall and receives a pro card. Will Harris won the heavyweight class and the other pro card. Chris Cook won the super-heavyweight class. Steve Burke won the bantamweight, Ralph Gaxiola the lightweight, and Garret Allin the middleweight.

For the women, Tera Guzman won the lightweight, Christine Moore the middleweight, Carrie Baldwin the light-heavy and Sherry Smith the heavyweight class.

Complete Results available for men and women.

Obituary – Joe Gold

Monday, July 12th, 2004

Joe Gold, founder of Gold’s Gym, died Sunday July 11, 2004 at 8:15 pm at Daniel Freeman Hospital in Marina Del Rey. He was 82.

He was born on March 10, 1922 in Boyle Heights, just east of downtown Los Angeles. After serving in the Navy in World War II, he joined the Merchant Marines. In the 1950s, Joe had been a competitive bodybuilder, movie stuntman, and a co-star of the famous “Mae West Show” in Las Vegas and elsewhere. In the mid 1960′s he opened a small training space in Venice that would later become Gold’s Gym. He sold his interest in Gold’s Gym in 1970, and returned to the Merchant Marines. In 1977 he opened World Gym in Venice, later moving it to Marina Del Rey. At the time of his death he remained chairman and CFO of World Gym International. He never married and has no descendants.

Another arrest

Friday, July 2nd, 2004

Pier cops bust big-time steroid pusher. Don’t recognize the name? Look closely at the t-shirt in the pic. Its Big Red HH, one of the moderators from the bodybuilding.com forum. Note that bb.com has since banned him from the board. Also they seemed to have deleted all postings regarding his arrest.

The news article claims that Jason Cholewa was a major dealer, but only found about $4000 of drugs in his apartment. Heck, if it were all steroids, he could probably claim it was for personal use. But there were other drugs there, including vicodin.

In all the recent bodybuilder drug busts, it seems that its the other drugs that really jack up the time for the crime. Here is a hint: if you’re going to deal steroids, don’t deal the other stuff. If you’re supplying someone with steroids for months or years and he suddenly starts harassing you to find him some ecstasy, tina, or pain killers, he’s probably setting you up.

BTW, the solution to the steroid drug problem is to repeal the part of the 1990 Steroid Control Act that makes it illegal for a medical doctor to prescribe steroids for performance enhancement or cosmetic purposes. Isn’t it better for people to take reasonable doses of steroids under a doctors supervision rather than buying who knows what off the black market?

And see the June 4 blog entry to see how bodybuilding.com compares to other on-line supplement resellers.

NO2 and ZMA

Friday, July 2nd, 2004

Do you love sports nutrition research? Here is a summary of the poster presentations (pdf) at the recent International Society of Sports Nutrition Conference in Las Vegas. (At scientific conferences, the major presentations are given as lectures. The smaller research projects are presented as posters in boothes in a convention hall. The researcher, often a grad-student, gets to sit in the booth all day and answer any questions of people walking by. I did one poster session in graduate school, although I don’t remember what exactly was the topic of the poster.)

Poster # 13, 14, 15 and 18 conclude that NO2 supplements are worthless. Poster 19 concludes that ZMA is worthless.

Thanks to Will Brink for posting this in the Mayhem forum.

UPDATE: Here is another link on how NO2 supplemnets are a scam.