Bodybuilding Basics: Navigating the Federation Puzzle

Bodybuilding Basics: Navigating the Federation Puzzle

By Mike Zourdos

In the past few years there have been several changes in the bodybuilding world. Most notably, Vince Gironda’s “new school” philosophy has taken over. While it may seem like a good idea at first glance, it is not without its problems.

I am going to explain why.

First of all, let me say that I do not believe that Vince Gironda was a bad person. In fact, he had some great ideas and philosophies. However, his methods were too extreme for my tastes.

For example, he believed that if you could lift 300 pounds for reps with perfect form then you would be considered a true champion. Unfortunately, this method is very impractical and does not work well in real life situations where things are rarely perfect or even close to being so. In addition, he did not understand that training for aesthetics alone is not enough. You need to train hard in order to develop your physique. If you only focus on developing your physique, you will never get strong enough to compete in shows because you won’t have the strength necessary to bench press big weights.

The other problem with his system is that it requires a lot of money and time that most people simply don’t have available right now. First of all, to follow his system to the tee you need to purchase maltodextrin (which he claims is the best carbohydrate for muscle growth) in 50 pound bags. You also need other obscure supplements that you can only get from a specialty store like GNC.

This is where it gets really expensive. Next, you need to go to a doctor and get blood tests done in order to determine whether or not your liver and kidneys are functioning properly. This needs to be done whether you are on anabolic steroids or not.

If they aren’t, and you start taking anabolic steroids, then you could risk serious health problems down the road.

After getting the necessary tests done (which can run into the hundreds of dollars) then you will need to purchase vials to draw up the liquid anabolics with. Each vial costs about $40.00.

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After that, you need to get a syringe, and those cost anywhere from $10.00 to $20.00 depending on where you purchase them. Then you need a medicine cup to draw up the liquid. Those cost about $1.00 at most pharmacies or grocery stores.

So just to start out on the right anabolic path, you are looking at spending anywhere from $100 to $160 dollars. Then, after you have done that, you need to inject these drugs into your body on a daily basis. This is also very expensive because anabolics are illegal in most countries and you can’t just go to Wal-mart or Rite-Aid to pick them up.

You will most likely have to go to a “medical office” to get them and those costs will range anywhere from $100.00 to $300.00 per month.

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