September 2014

The Aesthetic Lens for the Strength Athlete By Julia Ladewski Have you ever looked in the mirror and thought, “Man, my shoulders/arms/chest/legs could use a little size”? Have you ever taken a long, hard look at your programming and wondered why your bench/overhead press/squat/deadlift have stalled? As athletes of the strength game I think we’ve all done that. Sometimes we take a stab in the dark as to how to fix it and sometimes we have a legitimate plan. It’s easy to look through the strength lens to fix the aesthetic problems, (e.g. my bench is weak, so if I build that...

On July 18 of this year former record holding powerlifter Ryan Celli won the middleweight division of the NPC Masters Nationals bodybuilding competition. Ryan was an absolute standout as a powerlifter at various times having both the best raw and equipped totals and or individual lifts.  What many don’t know is that he was a bodybuilder before he ever ventured in the powerlifting arena. Years of incredibly heavy lifting have taken its toll on Ryan’s body.  The injuries and wear and tear have forced him to train differently, more like a bodybuilder, so returning to bodybuilding was a very natural transition. The transition...

I’m always talking about how much I love the gym.  I want to tell you why.  I love the gym because it is a constant.  It is never in a bad mood (although sometimes we are), it never judges, and it’s always ready when you are.  Bottom line, it will always be there for you. The past couple of weeks have seen consistent training and eating.  Well, at least until school started…  School and work are the necessary evils of our training lives.  They have to take priority (unless your training is your work).  They may interfere with training, but rather...

Strength training for athletics has transformed from a taboo practice 50 plus years ago to the norm today. It is so pervasive even pre to early teenage athletics include it in their regimens. The evolution of strength training methodology for performance enhancement has been haphazard at best. The methods of Olympic lifting, bodybuilding, and powerlifting are all used and claimed by their various proponents to be the best, but there is no general consensus, and if you went to 10 different strength coaches you would get 10 different ways to train an athlete in the same sport. I’m not going to use...

AtLarge Nutrition athlete Ryan Celli is preparing for the bodybuilding pro qualifier, the NPC North American Championships this coming weekend. Ryan is a truly unique athlete in that he has also been a professional powerlifter and has held multiple records in the sport. Ryan will be competing as a middleweight in the Men’s Open, Masters 35, and Masters 40 classes. He is coming off a win of the 35 year old class at the NPC Men’s Nationals just a few weeks ago. We wish him the best of luck. Get that Pro Card Ryan!...