Written by Steve Blechman
20 July 2020


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Editor’s Letter

By Steve Blechman


Terrence Ruffin’s Classic Rise: You Ain't Seen Ruffin Yet


Terrence “Ruff Diesel” Ruffin is one of the best posers in Classic Physique, but presentation is only part of the equation in bodybuilding. At the 2020 Arnold Classic, Terrence served notice that he was a lot more than merely a dazzling entertainer. Showing more mass and fullness along with deeply hewn cuts, he pushed eventual winner Alex Cambronero to the wire.


At just 26 years old, Terrence Ruffin is on track to become one of the biggest stars in the Classic Physique division. That’s why we put him on the cover of this month’s MD. This Steel Supplements athlete is most definitely in the conversation when we discuss favorites for the upcoming Classic Physique Olympia in December, as we learn in “Ruffin Ready! Terrence Ruffin Is Poised to Make a Strong Run on the Classic Physique Olympia Title.” Terrence is also one of the best posers in Classic Physique. 


From the early days of his incomparable career, seven-time Mr. Olympia Phil Heath displayed something new, something quite different. Competing around 220 pounds in his rookie year, he had a muscle quality and separation only usually found in the lighter weight categories. In “Phil Heath’s Gift for Greatness: Will 7-Time Mr. Olympia Compete Again?” Giles Thomas follows Phil’s trajectory through the years, which has brought the Mr. Olympia to a fork in the road. Which road will Phil take? On social media recently, he stated clearly: “I haven’t said I’m retired, guys.”


 The coronavirus pandemic meant a new way of life for bodybuilders and all dedicated gym-goers. We were forced to stay away from those glorious dens of iron and sweat and do our workouts at home. You can complain about how it sucked, or you can look at the positives that we took away from the experience. Training at home during quarantine taught us valuable lessons that we can successfully carry with us back to the gyms as they reopen. Ron Harris offers “6 Lessons Quarantine Training Taught Us.”


Lauralie Chapados has the type of body that commands attention in any pose and from all angles. Standing a statuesque 5-foot-8, her athletic figure has just the right mix of muscle tone and curves. Though it looks like fans may need to be patient until the Olympia Weekend in December to see this enthralling young woman again, this month’s Major Distraction offers a preview of the even fitter and more alluring package that Lauralie will bring to Las Vegas. Special thanks to ace physique photographer J.M. Manion for providing the photographs for“Lauralie Chapados:Coming in Hot for the Bikini Olympia!”


Since his pro debut in 2015, Iain Valliere has steadily advanced up the ranks and improved his 5-foot-9, 250-pound physique at each outing. His wide shoulders and back, sweeping quads and hams, and powerful arms along with grainy conditioning make him more of a threat with each contest season. Learn more about this intelligent, humble young man and ANS Performance athlete in “Canadian Colossus! Iain Valliere Is the Biggest Thing Out of Canada in Years.” 


Film stars often seem larger than life, especially when the actors are true giants. One such man is the UK’s Martyn Ford, a towering mass of muscle who is 6-foot-8 and has been as heavy as 360 lean pounds of muscle. You’ve probably seen this intimidating, tattooed actor beating up the good guy. It turns out this menacing character and Redcon1 athlete is also intelligent, witty, and humble, and he has an inspiring story to tell. Learn more in “The New Nightmare! Meet Martyn ‘The Nightmare’ Ford, the Biggest New Star in Hollywood.”


Muscular Development is your number one source for building muscle, and for the latest research and best science to enable you to train smart and effectively. Our team of physicians, industry experts and research scientists has these reports on improving performance this month:


Ketogenic Diets Compromise GH and IGF-1Fat Attack

Citrulline Malate for Pumps and Performance Supplement Performance

Lose Your Gut: Top 10 Thermogenic and Brown Fat ActivatorsNutrition Performance

“Is There a Post-workout Anabolic Window of Opportunity?” Muscle Growth Update

“Weight Loss Decreases Free TestosteroneTestosterone

Training Principles for PowerBodybuilding Science


The rest of the book is packed to the binder as usual – making MD your one-stop, most authoritative source for optimizing muscular development with the latest cutting-edge research on training, nutrition, fat loss, performance-enhancing drugs, muscle growth, and bodybuilding science – and exclusive information from the industry experts, insiders and bodybuilding legends who make it all happen. See you next month!



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