Written by Steve Blechman
30 August 2021


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Extreme Akim: Gunning for Victory at the Arnold Classic


By Steve Blechman


Some bodybuilders looked like they could one day become champions from the moment they first stepped on a pro stage. Phil Heath, Dorian Yates and Mr. Olympia Big Ramy are pros that displayed Olympian potential from the early days of their careers. For many bodybuilders, including Shawn Rhoden and Brandon Curry, the path to Mount Olympus did not at first appear to be set in stone, but they trained long and hard to win the Sandow. Which brings us to the man on this month’s cover, Akim Williams, whose stock is quickly rising and many feel could win the 2021 Arnold Classic.         

Akim is a real threat, with his freaky mass, shape and small waist. He is one of the most improved bodybuilders in the last two years. After moving up to sixth place at the 2020 Mr. Olympia, Akim is working his way up, hoping to place higher this year. And two weeks before the 2021 Mr. Olympia, Akim will also be on stage in Columbus, Ohio for the Arnold Classic, the second-most prestigious event for an IFBB Pro League pro. Giles Thomas spoke to this MuscleMedsathlete shortly after the third pro win of his career, the Puerto Rico Pro in Nassau, Bahamas, in “Extreme Akim! The Brooklyn Beast Is Coming for the Arnold and the Olympia Titles!” 

“I’ll be back!” is one of the most famous lines from Arnold Schwarzenegger, and it also applies to this year’s Arnold Classic – set for September 25 in Columbus, Ohio and bodybuilding fans around the world are hyped. Who are the competitors to watch in Open Bodybuilding and Classic Physique? Ron Harris and Giles Thomas lay it all out in MD’s “2021 Arnold Classic Preview.” 

Strong and fit women are beautiful women, and more curvaceous too. A shapely body takes years of dedicated and consistent training and nutrition, and Muscular Development salutes ladies who have “Curls With Curves” as ace physique photographer J.M. Manion showcases some of the top IFBB Pro Bikini competitors. 

Bodybuilding fans are all familiar with legendary six-time Mr. Olympia champion Dorian Yates. More recently, another Dorian has been making his way up the IFBB Pro League ranks – Dorian Haywood from Lakewood, Colorado. Since turning pro at the 2016 NPC Nationals as the super heavyweight champion, Dorian has gradually been adding mass and improving his condition and was recently fourth place at both the Indy Pro and the prestigious New York Pro. 2021 is certainly seeing this Perfect Sports athlete level up to become a consistent “first callout” athlete. Read more in “Dorian Haywood – One Jacked Chiropractor!” 

Blessing Awodibu made one of the most highly-anticipated pro debuts in recent bodybuilding history at the 2021 Indy Pro, but did not live up to the hype. A week later at the New York Pro, he appeared fuller but smoother. What happened? MD’s Ron Harris spoke with Blessing to find out, and learned why this Redcon1 athlete switched coaches and what his plans are moving forward, in “The Boogieman Will Be Back Bigger and Better! Blessing Awodibu Goes Back to the Drawing Board.” 

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: 

Fasted Cardio vs. Non-Fasted Cardio for Maximum Fat Loss” Fat Attack

“Do You Need Post-Workout Carbs to Maximize Muscle Growth?” Nutrition Performance

The Best Supplements for Building Muscle Mass Supplement Performance

“Sustanon: Down With the King?” Testosterone

Boost Your Bench and Squat Till You Drop!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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