Written by Steve Blechman
05 November 2019






“Things happen. You won’t always get green lights all the way to work.” –Josh Lenartowicz



Editor’s Letter

By Steve Blechman


Josh Lenartowicz

Down But Not Out!


            Bodybuilding has its share of ups and downs, and few IFBB pros know that better than Josh Lenartowicz.The gentle giant from Australia is a champion onstage and outside of competition, which is one reason he’s on the cover of this month’s MD. Lenartowicz had three pro wins to his credit in 2017 and was training for the Mr. Olympia when he was devastated (as was the entire bodybuilding industry) by the sudden death of his friend Dallas McCarver. It took Josh a while to regroup from that tragedy, but he got his motivation for the sport back, and was looking forward to competing in this year’s Mr. Olympia when he was sidelined by an unexpected health crisis.


            “Things happen. You won’t always get green lights all the way to work,” said Lenartowicz, now recovered and looking forward to competing in the Arnold Classic USA and the Arnold Australia in 2020.

            Read Josh’s compelling story of tragedy and triumph in “The King of the Gym Is Down But Not Out! Unfortunately, Health Scare Knocks Josh Lenartowicz Out of the Olympia.” As he tells Ron Harris: “I was shaking and exhausted. That and the painkillers killed my appetite. Every time I trained I would get a bad headache. I went into surgery at 303 pounds. Two weeks later I was down to 264.”


            One look at Hassan Mostafa’s tremendous overall thickness, wide structure, round muscle bellies and quads that billow off the hips, and it’s hard not to compare him to Big Ramy. Mostafa is among an elite group of bodybuilders on the rise from the Middle East. As he tells MD, “For many years, the bodybuilders in our part of the world didn’t think we could turn pro, and if we did, we never thought we could do well as professionals. That’s changing now, because what used to seem out of reach now seems possible.” Learn more about this humble and hardworking pro with gifted genetics in “Hassan Mostafa:The Newest Beast From the Middle East.”


            Ever have a bad workout? Sometimes it’s because of lack of sleep, being sick or not eating enough. Other times you just might “not be feeling it,” and leave the gym without a sense of accomplishment. Those are the times when something needs to change fast to salvage your workout. Ron Harris has plenty of ideas to breathe new life into your training in “Rescue 911! 10 Ways to Revive a Dying Workout”


            Akim Williams is a thick monster all around. People talk a lot about his huge legs, but even more so about his ridiculous biceps and triceps. Once he gets to the 300-pound mark, those round and full slabs hanging off his delts stretch the tape measure out past 23 inches. Learn how he fires up his big guns in “23 Reasons Why: How Akim Williams Trains His Monster Arms.”


            If you were at this year’s Bikini Olympia or just followed along at home with MD’s online coverage, you saw something special take place. Of the top four finalists, three were GAT Sports athletes! Janet Layug and three-time Bikini Olympia champion Angelica Teixeira are already established icons in Pro Bikini, and 23-year-old Lauralie Chapados from Montreal is rapidly becoming one of the sport’s most popular stars. All three represented the Bikini division and GAT Sports in stunning fashion this year at the biggest competition in our industry. Learn more about these stellar athletes in “GAT Girls On Top of the World!Janet Layug, Angelica Teixeira and Lauralie Chapados Slayed at the Bikini Olympia”.


            Most professional athletes who have stripped their body fat percentage down to single digits incorporate fat-burning supplements into their program. But which fat burner is best for you? This month, Muscular Development is proud to present the 2019 Fat Burning Supplement Showcase beginning, which features the best fat burners to burn fat for the holidays. The supplements we are highlighting, which will also be featured online at musculardevelopment.com, come from trusted names in sports nutrition. These products can help take your fat burning to elite levels, whether or not you ever step onstage.


            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:

            “Best Cardio for BodybuildingFat Attack,

            Lose Your Gut: Insulin Control for Incinerating Fat Nutrition Performance

            “Fat Burners: Nutrition and Supplements That Increase Fat Metabolism” Supplement Performance

            Does Eccentric Training Enhance Muscle Growth?Muscle Growth Update,

            Fat Loss and Metabolic Benefits of TestosteroneTestosterone

            Best Squat Workout for Strength: Heavy Weight vs. Lighter Loads to FailureBodybuilding 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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