Oral Hex

Jerry Brainum

Oral Hex

Most oral versions of anabolic steroids have the reputation of being toxic to the liver when taken in comparatively large doses or for extended times. A primary function of the liver is detoxifying substances the body takes in, and hormones are no exception. The liver quickly degrades oral testosterone to a water-soluble, inert form for excretion. To prevent rapid breakdown by the liver, scientists tweaked the basic testosterone structure.

Billy Hill

David Chapman

Billy Hill

Montreal in the 1950s and ’60s was a great place for bodybuilders. Canada’s French-speaking province had long been considered by its inhabitants to be “the cradle of strength” because it had been the home of supremely powerful men like Louis Cyr, Victor Delamarre and the Baillargeon brothers (see Gallery of Ironmen, April ’03 and December ’04). In the 1940s a new group of men appeared in Quebec, and they were determined to morph weightlifting into bodybuilding. Foremost among them were Joe and Ben Weider. They encouraged others to build their muscles and to open gyms in the area, and one of the men who did both was Billy Hill.

DOMS

Clayton South

DOMS

When combined with proper nutrition and supplementation, exercise builds muscle, burns fat, improves cardiovascular health, strengthens the heart, improves quality of life and reduces our chances of getting various diseases like cancer, diabetes and obesity. It’s a fact: Exercise saves lives.

Unfortunately, hard exercise is extremely hard on the body. Weightlifting is especially so because it works the muscles and central nervous system to their limits and forces the body to use all of its recovery systems to adapt and grow stronger.

The Hit List

John Balik

The Hit List

Nobody likes to waste time in the gym on inefficient exercises. In fact, part of the bodybuilding process is finding what gives your individual body type the fastest results. That road to self-discovery is one of the true joys of working out. Our cover story this month, “Muscle Building’s Greatest Hits,” will help you travel that road at a much higher rate of speed. Steve Holman analyzes the major bodyparts and presents the best, or most efficient, mass-building core movement for each. Don’t shrug it off as a beginner article with obvious conclusions, although beginners will benefit tremendously. You’re in for plenty of surprises. For example, you may think the best core exercise for wide shoulders is the overhead press. Guess again. And is the flat-bench press really the best chest movement? You’ll have to turn to page 148 to find out. Steve has also incorporated all of the greatest hits into two superefficient programs you must try if you’re interested in quick mass gains.

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