Author: Maki Riddington

Isaac has been a member on the Wannabebig forums for almost 5 years now and also ran a column on Wannabebig called Got Strength. During this time he has grown in leaps and bounds and has displayed true leadership skills as a coach, trainer and lifter. Isaac is the real deal and it shows in his work and how he conducts himself online in helping people as a moderator on the Wannabebig forums. He is an athlete, a competitor and someone who is humble enough to learn from their mistakes so they can continually move forward. Isaac was kind enough to...

Jody stands 6’ tall and weighs in at 230 lbs. He has a professional record of 11 wins and 7 losses against some big-time opponents such as Shonie Carter, James Irvin, Atte Baughman, and Sergei Kaznovski. Jody has a black belt in Dragon Kenpo and submissions. He is also accomplished in Muay Thai and kickboxing (trained by Scott Sheeley). He is a 3-time Dangerzone heavyweight champion and has made numerous television and pay-per-view appearances. Jody is also the manager and coach of the Peak Submission Fight Team and an At Large Nutrition sponsored athlete. Wannabebig: Hi Jody. Thanks for taking the time...

If I told you there was a type of therapy that could in some cases heal you in one session, relieve your muscle pain, eliminate muscle tightness and restore your body back to its proper balance, would you believe me? Probably not. But that’s because you haven’t heard of a soft tissue treatment called ART. Nor have you had it performed on your body. If you have, then you’ll know just how great this treatment is and what it can do for your body. “ART is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system / movement based massage technique that...

I first encountered the writings of Alan Aragon during a bodybuilding- nutrition roundtable. While reading through the roundtable discussion, Alan’s answers really stood out for me. They were logical, and they spoke rationally against some of the misconceptions being circulated in many Internet forums. Alan struck me immediately as someone who knew what he was talking about and actually took the time to dig deeper and move beyond the preaching of other “experts.” Here’s what Los Angeles area personal trainer and fitness writer Andrew Heffernan had to say about Alan:  "Aragon's one smart cookie, and lucky for anyone he works with, he's...

Important Note: For Part I of this article, click here Personal training and the coaching of athletes is a tough business. The media, however, portrays it as a glamorous job catering to the rich and famous. Professional athletes, teams, movie stars, and musicians all pay big bucks to look good and dominate their sport. But it’s not all champagne and caviar dreams. Thousands of fitness professionals enter this industry hoping to make their mark as a successful trainer. Unfortunately, most trainers don’t stick around once they realize that a steady pay check in this line of work is tough to come by. Fortunately...

AJ Roberts is the owner of Elite Sports Training and has made a name for himself as one of the industry's premier performance enhancement coaches, helping athletes achieve their sports performance goals at various different levels. AJ has been in the strength and conditioning field at the division one level since 2002 assisting with the general supervision and coaching of strength and conditioning programs for all varsity sports at the University of Idaho. AJ is an accomplished athlete and coach in the sport of power lifting and holds several state, national, and world records. Roberts is listed in Power lifting USA Top...

Important Note: For Part II of this article, click here Personal training and the coaching of athletes is a tough business. The media, however, portrays it as a glamorous job catering to the rich and famous. Professional athletes, teams, movie stars, and musicians all pay big bucks to look good and dominate their sport. But it’s not all champagne and caviar dreams. Thousands of fitness professionals enter this industry hoping to make their mark as a successful trainer. Unfortunately, most trainers don’t stick around once they realize that a steady pay check in this line of work is tough to come by. Fortunately...

It's almost two and half years have passed since I wrote 80 Things I've learned. During that time I've taken up two martial arts, competed in both and placed no less than third, have been blessed with a gorgeous daughter, started a private training business that includes a popular boot camp, added 100 pounds to my front squat, dropped 20 pounds in body weight, and am in the best physical shape of my life. Not, by any means, an earth-shattering list; however, my point is that things change with time, we change as people and we learn new things depending...

Passion, thirst for knowledge, determination, experienced are all words that come to mind when the name Jimmy Smith is mentioned. He is one of the latest strength coaches ready to make his mark in an industry that is saturated with training and dietary information. He’s here to set the record straight. Wannabebig: Who is Jimmy Smith and what does he do? Jimmy Smith: I’m a performance enhancement coach who brings the results that his clients want and need. I work hard and am always increasing my knowledge. I’m not a bodybuilding coach, a powerlifter, an Olympic lifter and I’m not a strength...

They're small, squishy and according to many folks, "work miracles at releasing muscle tension." They're small balls that please. These tiny bundles of joy work at releasing pent up muscle tension that is often bound up and stored in various areas of the body. If you sit at a desk for a living or travel a lot, chances are you're a perfect candidate for this type of therapy. If you lift heavy things and put them down on a regular basis you're also somebody who'd benefit from these balls. So how exactly does a small piece of rubber, massaging oneself, and...