by Frederick C. Hatfield, Ph.D. All bodybuilders have their favorite exercises. Trying to pry you away from yours would be like taking your favorite teddy bear away from you. Y’know, funky movements that are comfortable, familiar, or which somehow perpetuate some real or imagined “mystique” you’ve ascribed to yourself and to your social “station” within…

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Mythic And True Stories Surrounding The Concurrent Births Of Organized Bodybuilding And The Weider Empire Frederick C. Hatfield, Ph.D. As the legend goes, an ancient Cypriot King named Pygmalion sculpted a beautiful girl from a block of granite, only to fall madly in love with it. He successfully begged Aphrodite to bring the statue to…

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Frederick C. Hatfield II, MS, MSS I could go back to Dr. Hatfield’s childhood to tell this story, but I’ll save you those details. Some old-timers will remember Doc as an Olympic lifter, and very few know he was an elite gymnast! Most know him for his powerlifting achievements. So I’ll start there. Dr. Hatfield’s…

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Exercise, Blood Lipids and the Media Frederick C. Hatfield II, MS, MFS, CSCS Recently science has linked exercise to improved cholesterol levels. That’s great news and worthy of mention. However, there is a bigger story behind this. It’s not what the science says, but how it was interpreted and reported that has perked my ears.…

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Frederick C. Hatfield, Ph.D “That’s the magic of the word: We are left to imagine our own worst definitions. And in the process, we render the word more unspeakably awful than the speaker ever could — just as the monsters on the old radio horror shows, being products of our own dread, were scarier than…

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Frederick C. Hatfield, Ph.D., MSS GLOSSARY OF TRAINING AND NUTRITION TERMS A to K, L to Z Abduction — Movement of a limb away from middle axis of the body, such as extending arms outward at shoulder height from a hanging-down position. Abs — Slang for abdominal muscles. Absolute Strength — Developed through heavy weight training, typically involving…

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Russian Longevity Secrets For Pain Free Movement, Maximum Mobility and Flexible Strength. By Pavel Tsatsouline. Reviewed by Frederick C. Hatfield II, MS, MFS Any time you read Pavel’s articles are books, two things jump out at you: 1) While being unconventional in his thinking, he makes some good points; 2) He’s very entertaining and comes…

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Frederick C. Hatfield II, MS, MFS, CSCS World’s Strongest Man Is An American! There are two big stories here. First and foremost, congratulations to Phil Pfister out of Charleston, WV for winning the World’s Strongest Man Contest this past September in Sanya, China. He ends a 24 year drought for The U.S. The last American…

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Frederick C. Hatfield, Ph.D., MSS GLOSSARY OF TRAINING AND NUTRITION TERMS A to K, L to Z L-carnitine — Neither an amino acid nor a vitamin, L-carnitine is a derivative of hydroxybutyric acid. It is naturally obtained from red meat, and helps release stored bodyfat (triglycerides) into the bloodstream for use in cellular energy processing. Its…

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