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Editor’s Letter

By Steve Blechman


The Exceptional Steve Kuclo


Exceptional is a good word to describe Steve Kuclo. The five-time IFBB champion is in the prime of his pro bodybuilding career, and is recognized as one of bodybuilding’s top competitors. Through the years Steve’s physique as well as his mindset has improved dramatically, as his training has shifted toward a more intelligent, targeted approach geared not only toward continual improvement but also longevity. That’s one reason why the man they call Kingsnake is on the cover of this month’s MD. But in the case of Steve Kuclo, there is a lot more than meets the eye.


Steve Kuclo’s dedication to excellence transcends bodybuilding. For 21 years while he was bodybuilding, Steve worked as a firefighter/paramedic where he fought fires, performed specialized rescues and delivered emergency medical care to others who were sick or injured. Steve Kuclo has earned respect in two very demanding careers, and has emerged as a world-class athlete and a role model for the evolution of the modern bodybuilder.


In previous issues of MD, we described how Steve trains standout body parts of his like shoulders, arms and chest. This month, we find out what the Team Allmax athlete does for his massive wheels in “Kingsnake Kills Legs!How Steve Kuclo Trains His Wicked Wheels.”


As we all know, seven-time Mr. Olympia Phil Heath will be competing in December at the 2020 Mr. Olympia. Phil will be attempting to tie big Ronnie Coleman and the great Lee Haney for eight Mr. Olympia wins. Phil Heath won his first Mr. Olympia title on September 17, 2011.The incomparable Peter McGough, a legend in bodybuilding publishing,spotted the former basketball player’s potential way before he slam-dunked his way to the pinnacle of his sport to win seven Mr. Olympia titles. This month, Peter gives a fly-on-the-wall account of how he witnessed the development of the man who many say may eventually be proclaimed the best bodybuilder in history in “How the Gift Arrived.”


Many bodybuilding fans have debated who is the greatest Olympia champion. Often, names like Ronnie Coleman, Lee Haney and Phil Heath are mentioned. No question these are great men in Olympia history, but if you go by the number of wins, the answer isn’t a man at all – it’s Iris Kyle, 10-time Ms. Olympia. Ron Harris has an exclusive interview with Iris as she prepares for one of the most highly anticipated comebacks in the history of our sport at this year’s Olympia Weekend in “Return of the Queen!10x Ms. Olympia Iris Kyle Is Back.”        


For the last 20 years, Dan Solomon’s contributions and influence in the bodybuilding and fitness industry have been a true game changer. More recently as President & Chief Olympia Officer, Solomon’s hard work and vision has a made a huge difference in bodybuilding’s most prestigious event. Under Solomon’s leadership the 2019 Olympia Weekend was a big success, with nearly every ticket sold and the best Olympia stage production we’ve ever seen. Learn more about the man with a plan in Dan Solomon Is Changing the Game!”


With Olympia Weekend approaching, MD begins a four-part series this month on George Peterson as this Redcon1 athlete makes his first run on the 212 Olympia title after three consecutive years placing third there in Classic Physique. George’s coach for over four years, Justin Miller, chronicles this journey exclusively for MD readers in “George ‘Da Bull’ Peterson: Road to the Olympia, Part 1.”


Janet Layug has been a dominating presence in global Bikini competition since she turned pro at the NPC National Bikini Championships in 2013. In the years that followed, Janet scored nine wins in NPC and IFBB Pro League Bikini contests, elevating her to superstar status as not only a stunning competitor, but also a coach and trainer, while remaining one of the most popular Bikini competitors and fitness models in the sport. Janet’s captivating beauty is the perfect complement to her well-toned, athletic body – as ace physique photographer J.M. Manion’s photos demonstrate in “Janet Layug: Rise of the Bikini Queen.”


Nothing sets you apart from the garden-variety gym rat the way a thick, rugged back does. When you see a guy with tremendously built traps and lats, you instantly know this is no beginner, and this is no pump king who only hits the bench presses and curls. MD’s Ron Harris offers some pointers that will go a long way toward helping you build a back that makes onlookers pause in disbelief in “Blow Up Your Back! 9 Tips for Leviathan Lats.”


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:


Not All Calories Are Created Equal”Fat Attack

Prevent Muscle Fatigue: the Best Lactic Acid Buffers” Nutrition Performance

Building Muscle? Soy’s Not the Whey Supplement Performance

Training Order for Optimal Strength and Size” Muscle Growth Update

“Big Guns: When Cops Use Steroids” Testosterone

“Increase Maximal Strength With Variable Resistance Training” Bodybuilding 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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