Tom Venuto is a bodybuilder, fitness expert, and author who has gained a loyal following from fans who appreciate his “been there, done that” approach to getting in shape. His latest book, Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle: Transform Your Body Forever Using the Secrets Of the Leanest People in the World is already climbing up the Amazon charts with five-star reviews. A book with a title that long has got to be chock-full of good information. We spoke with Tom about his latest project and how it differs from his previous bestseller.
Tom hasn’t always been the lean and lithe picture of health he is today. “In college, I had let myself go a little from eating junk and drinking beer, and I put 20 pounds of fat right on my gut,” he admitted. “One day in the gym I saw a small group of bodybuilders who were preparing for competition. They had the most amazing bodies I had ever seen.” When Tom asked about their training and diet regimen, they gave him a barrage of insider info. From that meeting he was inspired not only to change his own appearance, but help others, as well.
In his previous book, The Body Fat Solution, Tom approached weight loss from a mental and psychological perspective. In Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle, he delves into nutrition and training. There are so many chapters devoted to nutrition that Tom has dubbed it the “nutrition bible.” And while some of the information is based in science, he assured me it’s written in a way that you don’t need a biology degree to understand it. “It’s all based on science, but it’s just me talking to you like a regular person, no technical jargon, so it’s actually fun and easy for an average person to read,” he said.
Building up muscle on your body takes a lot of hard work and dedication and most men who join a gym do not realize exactly what this hard work should be. If you have never worked out on a regular basis and decide to join a gym in order to gain more muscle, it should be expected that you know what you are in for.
If you are young and trying to gain muscle for the first time then you will have the advantage of the rather unpredictable growth spurts that younger men or women seem to show when training with weights. However, if you are an adult and doing this for the first time, you need to know that you will be extremely fortunate if you gain 10 pounds of muscle a year.
If all the odds are stacked in your favor and you are born with good genes that gave you a mesomorphic body type, which puts on muscle quickly, then you need to know that the chances of putting on a lot of muscle in your first year of training with weights is very good. (more…)
After looking at this picture, would you believe this man graduated high school only weighing 135 pounds? Or that he was a stud athlete with 11 varsity letters earned in soccer, baseball, and swimming, was given the title of an all-regional athlete, but couldn’t get recruited to a division 1 college all because of his small size and frame?
This is IFPA professional natural bodybuilder Doug Miller, and yes, the above statements are very true. Doug was very active throughout his entire childhood and obviously a fantastic athlete as well. After he wasn’t able to earn scholarships for any division 1 school, Doug decided to focus all of his attention on his education rather than sports.
He earned a B.S. in biochemistry & molecular biology as well as a B.S. in economics from Penn State University’s Scheyer Honors Program, where he graduated as valedictorian. He was extremely tuned in, giving everything he could to his academics, but he knew something was missing in his life. He missed his old active lifestyle where he spent his spare time playing sports.
Currently, I’m a full time student in my last year of college working here at DIR, as well as in the marketing department for a local health club. Also on my schedule is studying for my personal training certification. When people ask me what I do in the little spare time I have, I tell them I compete in bodybuilding competitions. They look at my 5’4″, 115-pound, lack-of-size body and either laugh because they think I’m being sarcastic, or they get a dumbfounded look across their face because they’re confused and don’t know what to say.
When I said bodybuilding, they were more than likely thinking about the ridiculously large and vasculin women who are rather androgenous. What people don’t realize is there are several different divisions in a bodybuilding competition for women. These include bikini, fitness, figure, and bodybuilding. For all divisions other than bodybuilding, each class is divided by height. Bodybuilding is divided by weight. The number of classes depends on the number of participants.
Bodybuilding shows are held year round all over the world. Anyone can sign up for one at anytime, anywhere. Listed below are the different body types that go into each different category, what takes place at a show, and what the judges look for. (more…)
When people hear the word “bodybuilder” they tend to think of the over-sized giant “meat heads” who’ve been pumping who-knows-what into their bodies for years. But from where I come from, there’s a whole other side of things.
Does the picture to the left look anything like the “meat head” described above? Not in my opinion. What I see is a young and beautiful woman who obviously knows what she’s doing both in the gym and the kitchen.
Jamie Eason, also known as “The Worlds Fittest Model,” was born August 10, 1976 in Houston, Texas and has a bachelor’s degree in communication from Texas A&M. Currently she’s a full time spokesmodel/writer for Bodybuilding.com, the leading company in the fitness industry, as well as a writer for Lifetime’s “The Balancing Act.”
Eason’s web series, “True Beauty,” is also displayed on Bodybuilding.com where you can find her articles on diet, training, and lifestyle. Her goal in life is to help anyone and everyone that she can reach their own health and weight loss goals. She does this by traveling around the country making appearances and promoting a healthy and fit lifestyle. (more…)