Does Victor Martinez have what it takes to be the next Mr. Olympia? Many top IFBB officials agree with a resounding “YES!” With a major pro win under his belt (2003 Night of Champions) a 5th Place finish at the 2005 Mr. Olympia, and now backed by premier sports nutrition company, MHP, many bodybuilders, fans and industry insiders are predicting him to be the next Mr. O! In fact, in the press conference before the 2005 Mr. Olympia, Mr. O. himself, Ronnie Coleman predicted Victor Martinez to be his successor to the crown. This endorsement, along with his strong 5th place finish, has put Victor Martinez in a big spotlight.
In a recent interview that found Victor training in his hardcore Bronx, NY gym, he stated, “Potential is useless unless you do something with it– if I’m going to be the next Mr. Olympia I have to do everything I can to tap into my full potential. I am leaving nothing to chance. I have put together the best team of training, nutrition and supplement advisors and will be working under the guidance of MHP President Gerard Dente, Victor Munoz and Chris Aceto.”
Speaking of the differences that Victor has seen in his physique lately since using MHP supplements, he says, “I have already seen huge improvements in mass and muscle separations. My supplement schedule is dominated by MHP’s highly scientific supplement line. It’s truly unmatched in the industry. MHP’s Probolic-SR protein feeds my muscles amino acids and keeps me anabolic 24/7. Up Your MASS is the meal replacement that provides the superior 45/35/20 Macrobolic Nutrition I need to pack on mass while getting lean. TRAC Extreme-NO is my pre-workout pump and energizer, while ANADROX “Pump & Burn” keeps my muscles full and shreds off body fat all day long. I take Glutamine-SR post workout to improve recovery. Twice a day, I take T-BOMB II–the secret weapon for jacking up my testosterone and juicing up my androgen receptors! Rounding out my program is ACTIVITE, the only anabolic enzyme activated multi-vitamin that literally forces muscle growth! Armed with this supplement arsenal, I’m ready to take on any competitor on the IFBB circuit. Look out, 2006 Mr. Olympia!”
Victor’s “Road to the O” Overload Training Program
My advice in regards to training is, “Always train like an animal, but don’t expect results overnight.” My current program is the result of 15 years of fine-tuning and tweaking a high-volume training program with few rest days. I admit, my training program is a little out of the ordinary, but give it 6 weeks and see how your body responds. If after the first 2 weeks you feel over trained, tweak it by either cutting back on the number of sets or increase the number of rest days. After 6 weeks of bombing your body, you may again want to adjust certain things to better suit your physique and goals. What works best for me may not work best for you–but then again my Overload Training may just be the program that allows you to take your muscle building potential to the next level!
I have devised an odd but extremely effective rotation that hits all body parts in 7 workouts over 5 days using a split routine. I train 3 days on, 1 day off, and pickup on the next workout scheduled. If your schedule doesn’t permit you the time to do a split routine, you can combine both the AM and PM workouts into one training session. This will allow you to hit all body parts in 4 workouts over 5 days.
Lying Leg Curls – 4 sets (15, 12, 10, 8 reps per set)
Single Leg Curls Standing – 3 sets (12, 10, 8 reps per set)
Stiff Legged Deadlifts – 3 sets (10, 10, 10)
Standing Leg Raises – 3 sets (25, 20, 15)
Seated Leg Raises – 3 sets (25, 20, 15)
Seated Barbell Front Presses – 4 sets (10, 8, 8, 6)
Side Lateral Raises Supersetted with Dumbbell Presses – 3 sets
(All Sets: 10-12 reps on Side Laterals, 8-10 reps on Dumbbell Presses)
Upright Rows Supersetted with Rear Laterals – 3 sets
(All Sets: 8-10 reps on Upright Rows, 10-12 reps on Rear Laterals)
Barbell Shrugs – 3 sets of 8-10 reps
(hold and squeeze at top for 5 seconds)
Hanging Leg Raises – 3 sets of 25-30 reps
Cable Crunches – 3 sets of 20 reps
Quads (Heavy Day)
Inclined Leg Presses – 4 sets (20, 15, 10, 6-10)
Hack Squats – 3 sets (20, 15, 15)
Squats – 4 sets (15, 10, 10,
Lunges (barbell or smith machine) – 3 sets (10 reps each leg)
Extensions – 3 sets (20, 15, 10)
No PM Workout
Pull-ups – 3 sets to failure
Seated Rows – 3 sets (15, 12, 10)
Dumbbell Rows – 3 sets (10, 8, 6) strict form to avoid building obliques
Barbell Bent Over Rows or T-Bar Rows – 3 sets (10, 10, 8-10)
Deadlifts (tap and go) – 3 sets of 6-10 reps
Lying Single Arm Extensions – 3 sets of 8-10 reps
Push Downs – 3 sets (15, 12, 10)
Close Grip Bench Press or Bench Dips – 3 sets of 8-10 reps
Seated Toe Raises – 3 sets of 25-30 reps
Leg Press Toe Raises – 2 sets of 25-30 reps
Hanging Leg Raises – 3 sets of 25-30 reps
Crunches – 3 sets of 25 reps
DAY 4- OFF
Incline Dumbbell Presses – 4 sets (12, 10, 8, 6)
Incline Barbell Presses – 3 sets (10, 8, 6)
Flat Dumbbell Presses – 3 sets (10, 8, 6)
Decline Barbell or Flyes – 3 sets of 10-15 reps
Barbell Curls – 3 sets (15, 12, 10)
Seated Alternate Dumbbell Curls – 3 sets (10-12 reps each arm)
Concentration Curls* – 3 sets (10-12 reps each arm)
*sometimes do hammer curls instead of concentration curls – 3 sets for 6-8 reps
Cycle repeats, starting with Hamstrings, Calves and Shoulders, but continues as a 3 day on, 1 day off cycle.
Victor’s Complete Diet and Supplementation Program:
8:30 AM – pre-cardio
ANADROX “Pump & Burn”
9:30 AM – meal 1
8 egg whites
4 whole eggs w/ yolk
1 cup oatmeal
2:30 PM – meal 3
8 oz steak
1 sweet potato
5:00 PM – meal 4
6 oz chicken
1 sweet potato
ANADROX “Pump & Burn”
12:30 AM – meal 7 – before bed
Probolic-SR protein shake (3 scoops)
Feb 21, 2006 Events
The premier event on the bodybuilding calendar has just concluded, and the ProSource team is still coming down from a massive adrenaline-driven high. As always, Joe Weider’s Olympia Weekend (held at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas) was the ultimate showcase for every champion bodybuilder and up-and-coming contender, as well as a prime-time promotional opportunity for the many equipment, supplement, and media enterprises dedicated to this swiftly expanding sport.
With so many competing companies clamoring for attention at the accompanying Olympia Expo (held in the Las Vegas Convention Center), it can be hard to make an impression. At ProSource, however, we let our products do the talking. So, as you might imagine, the ProSource booth has garnered a reputation as a must-see destination for bodybuilders, fans, our friends at other companies, and, of course, our loyal customers.
This year, copies of our latest ProSource catalog, known industrywide as Bodybuilding’s #1 Performance Nutrition Guide, were being snapped up as fast as we could open the boxes. Interest in ProSource’s state-of-the-art test booster, AndroTest, was very high as well, with ecstatic word-of-mouth praise making the rounds of the hall from those athletes who’ve already experienced AndroTest’s high-performance T-boosting power.
ProSource’s Supreme Protein Rocks the Expo
Probably the biggest splash of all, however, was made by the newly reformulated Supreme Protein bar. We knew in advance, from previous customer feedback, that the response to bodybuilding’s first quadruple-layer, protein-packed treat was going to be immense. But the uproar still caught us by surprise. We brought literally hundreds of boxes of Supreme Protein bars to the hall and we still ran out in record time. People were so delighted by Supreme Protein’s sweet, creamy taste (and simultaneously impressed with its high-quality protein content) that they were cellphoning Supreme Protein orders back to our New Jersey headquarters, right from our booth. Needless to say, it was standing room only on both Friday and Saturday, at the ProSource Expo booth. Next time, we all agreed, we’re bringing more bars even if we have to tractor-trailer them across the country ourselves!
All in all, good times were had, as always, at Joe Weider’s crown jewel exposition. They don’t call it “The Greatest Physique Show on Earth” for nothing. Hello again to all the loyal ProSource customers we met at the event … and we’ll see you next year at the Olympia!
Feb 21, 2006 Events
Writing and Photography By Kris Gethin
The bodybuilding rumor mill leading up to the 2006 Olympia is so hot that the media are being treated for third degree burns. The reigning champ Ronnie Coleman said in his own words on more than one occasion that Victor Martinez will be his heir apparent to the Olympia throne, once he has decided to retire that is. What the “big nasty” didn’t see coming was a vastly improved Jay Cutler who in 2006 is as hungry as Markus Rhul on a year long vegetable soup diet.
As of last week Jay Cutler is said to be around 280lb, as hard as a Scottish steel worker without the extended waist line and has improved his back enough that it should be tattooed with the Chinese symbols reading “2006 Olympia Victor.
We all know that Ronnie would find this spectacle as entertaining as a Jerry Springer episode because the Texan has proved to us on many occasions (eight times in all) that he trains as ferocious as a Pit-bull chewing on Barbie doll and the thought of him competing at the Olympia walking away with a runner up trophy is as unlikely as Woody Allen starring as the next Superman.
At 42 years old Ronnie has been plagued recently by injuries that Cutler can smell all the way from his Vegas residence. This is the most confident Cutler we have ever seen who even had pictures posted online to prove that he is as serious as a heart attack. To be witness of this historic battle is worth the ticket price alone, even if no one else were to show up onstage.
If the excitement of watching these two warriors isn’t enough to make you lift a personal best whilst forcing down another can of tuna, then look no further than Dexter Jackson, Gustavo Badell, Victor Martinez and Branch Warren for inspiration.
Gustavo will be looking to avenge his loss to Dexter at this years Arnold Classic, Branch will want to enforced his rugged and freaky muscularity over Gustavo who beat him to the post at the 2006 San Fran Pro whilst Victor is set to leap frog past these three mutations with the his inspiring potential that has all the components necessary to tame even the most beastly Olympian compatriot.
Branch is at expected to step on stage at least 10lbs heavier than at the Arnold Classic in March which could ultimately categorize him as a mass monster. He has devoted much of his fast improvement to the fact that he has been financially stable enough to be a full time bodybuilder without the worries of work commitments. Look out for the Texan to upset some of the top tiered athletes that have been resting on their genetically superior laurels.
Once again the show will be held at the New Orleans arena but with a slight change in format. For the first time in history the prejudging will held on the Friday evening so bodybuilding fans will have to endure the excruciating anticipation and prediction for 24 hours before the Saturday evening finals.
By Terry Goodlad
Lou couldn’t do it and neither could Rich Gaspari or Shawn Ray. It’s just the way it is. You can’t just be as good as the champ, and a few years back Jay Cutler found out that being slightly better may not do it either. If you want to de-throne the Mr. Olympia champ you can’t just bloody his nose, you gotta knock him out! After 8 straight years of dropping to his knees and giving thanks to the lord above for one another Sandow, Ronnie Coleman found himself surrounded by the usual compliment of officials, well wishers, and dignitaries that were joyously congratulating the Olympia Champion, but this time it wasn’t him in the spotlight, it was Jay Cutler. He didn’t just win the Olympia, that’s an absolutely incredible feat that lifetimes are spent persuing. He knocked out a multiple consecutive Olympia champion to earn his Mr. Olympia title and no man has done that in the history of the sport.
This Olympia championship marked the end of an era. Yes, Ronnie will have to be content with only 8 Sandows on his mantle and taking his place in history along side the legendary Lee Haney as one of the two men with the most consecutive Mr. Olympia titles. For a moment you have to feel sad for Ronnie coming so close to a record setting 9 Olympia wins, just to have it ripped from his hands at the last second after a very long year. Then reality hits as you consider how hard it is to win just one Sandow and regardless of whether he won 8 or 9, he will always be remembered as one of the greatest bodybuilders that ever lived.
What also ended was one of the best rivalries in bodybuilding history. One is left to ponder what the bodybuilding magazines will write about now with only a champion but no relentless contender nipping at his Achilles. A pack of hyena’s is never as impressive as one underdog super-hero so they’ll have a year to come up with some hard-charger with an eye to dethrone the new king of bodybuilding, filling Cutler’s former role so the cycle can continue.
In the mean time the void will be filled with that same rivalry between Jay and Ronnie until a new one replaces theirs but with a twist. Now the bodybuilding world will be debating who should have won and why with one camp polarizing around Ronnie and how he got screwed and the other around Jay and how he has finally come of age. As usual there will be plenty of creative conspiracy theories that undoubtedly will involve some hint of devious backroom dealings, the word “politics” will fill many sentences, and in this case you can bet race will come into it somewhere.
If you were at the show and were able to do the near impossible job of looking at Jay and Ronnie with unbiased eyes and judge their bodies on their own merits, then Jay Cutler simply beat Ronnie Coleman. He had a better balanced physique, had a better all round package, had better detail and conditioning. In the past everyone focused on Ronnie’s glutes and this contest they were dry and tight, but so were Jay’s and where Ronnie was weak, Jay wasn’t. The pictures tell it all. Jay was more separated with more striations through his entire body. Ronnie looked like he was holding a slight bit of water and Jay was bone dry. Ronnie used to dwarf Jay in some poses but this time Jay made Ronnie look human and while their sizes were comparable, Jay was tighter and more detailed. When they stood side by side and started trading shots the party was over as Jay seemed to get better and better with each pose. Even if you wanted Ronnie to win a record 9th Olympia title, it became increasingly evident he simply didn’t deserve it this time.
By the night show Ronnie was a little sharper but even with the improvements he didn’t have a better body than Jay did. It became a matter of whether not they would do what’s right and give the win to the best bodybuilder that day, or give Ronnie the win this one last time so he could go home with the record. Was it going to be a contest, or an insult to the intelligence of fans, writers, and the guys that worked so hard to be on that stage?
It was tense–and given the job of making the historic announcement, Bob Chicherillo milked it perfectly. As it came down to the last two men, everything seemed to move in slow motion. Filling time, Jay and Ronnie were asked to move closer together on the stage for the big announcement and for a moment both men’s personalities were revealed. Ronnie stood his ground, seemingly feeling superior and perhaps believing that any movement from him would be seen as a sign of weakness. Gentleman Jay just humbly did what needed to be done and slowly walked closer toward Ronnie as he had been asked to do. Papers were shuffled, nervous glances were directed backstage, and muted conversations away from the microphone were had. All of it befitting the announcement of a new pope. Yes–the names on the paper were in the right order so realizing he had stretched it as long as he could within the confines of good taste and showmanship, Bob addressed the crowd. They would find out who their champion was going to be but adding a twist to the proceedings, Bob made it very clear that the name that was heard next was the new Olympia champion and second place would be deduced from that.
There was a pause–then as loudly as possible, his voice resonating literally around the world, Bob Chicherillo announced Jay Cutler as the 2006 Olympia Champion.
The place exploded!
It was deafening and it seemed to last forever as people screamed and scrambled, camera shutters clicked frantically and a smile like none before came across the 2006 Mr. Olympia champion’s face. Somewhere in the melee Ronnie was announced in second place but most people there probably never heard it. He was swallowed up by the pandemonium that surrounded Jay on stage and everyone it seemed was up there claiming a piece of the champ.
Jay took the microphone and thanked the usual suspects giving a long and heartfelt plug to the Weider brothers and Weider publications. He thanked all of the fans and friends that believed in him and stood by him when he was finishing in second. He thanked them for their support and pointed out that they were what made his win meaningful and like Jay does, he said it all in a sincere and calm voice. Jay made it clear that winning was just not for him or about him. He has always given respect and recognition to his fans and supporters first.
Jay Cutler has always been good for bodybuilding and he has always been a good bodybuilder. Now he is the best bodybuilder on the planet and with that comes a responsibility to represent the sport in a selfless and exemplary fashion so it can grow and be better when he leaves than it was when he got here. Jay Cutler has effectively done that already as a contender. It will be fun to see what he can do as the champ.
The Rest of the Top Ten
3rd place - Victor Martinez is rapidly coming of age and has both the size and genetic lines to challenge the champion so he could well be the number one contender for the Olympia title next year. Victor is always in good shape and seems to be getting better and better each season.
4th place: Dexter Jackson certainly lived up to his moniker “The Blade” as he had striations where they weren’t thought possible and looked absolutely “sick” shredded. Dexter’s genetics are phenomenal as no one in the IFBB has as much detail as he does along with the balance that he does. Judges have to look for flaws though and as perfect as Dexter is in every other area, he has and will always have problems with high lats. This was the best shape Dexter has ever been in and it was a really special experience to see him compete.
5th place: Melvin Anthony had packed on a lot of muscle since last year and still managed to maintain his trademark symmetry, conditioning and detail. That was all it took to shoot him from a placing somewhere no one remembers to a top 5 Olympia spot. Melvin is by far the most dynamic performer in men’s bodybuilding and takes the entertainment aspect of the sport to a whole new level and now he has the body to match. He is very consistent so expect him to stay in the top 5.
6th place: Gustavo Badell was exceptional last year and has what it takes to be the number one contender but he missed the mark with his conditioning this year by a long shot. Undaunted Gustavo put on a great performance for his fans showing his true professionalism and sportsmanship. He will be back and whatever happened at this show won’t happen again most likely so look for him to be back in hunt for a top 3 spot next season.
7th place: Toney Freeman is riding the crest of a wave this season as he finally filled in all that very tall real estate between his head and feet. Toney has been the bodybuilder with the most potential for years and has methodically added a few pounds of muscle each year. This year the package is almost complete and it was more than enough to earn him a top 7 spot at the Olympia. From here onward those slow steady improvements will only push him higher in the placings but rest assured he will be a permanent fixture near the top of his sport.
8th place: Markus Ruhl never intended on winning the Olympia, he just wanted to improve each time out and he has certainly done that. Instead of misshapen and unbalanced size for the sake of size alone, Markus is crafting more of a professional bodybuilders body. Still one of the most imposing figures onstage, he has started to balance his physique and the result at this show was noticeably better.
9th place: Dennis James was absolutely massive and in his pre-contest interview said he had come into the show fuller, a look her prefers. While Dennis may like when he is fuller and bigger, the judges didn’t appreciate it as much. Had he been a little sharper there is no doubt he would have made at least the top 5 but hitting his peak has always been a problem. If he ever solves that he will be a dangerous man.
10th place: Gunter Schleirkamp was in the best shape in perhaps his entire career. He was dry and tight and looking less like a mass monster and more like the new breed of top ranked bodybuilders. This was the only judging call that was questionable and the crowd agreed when he was called out in 10th place. The gentle giant took it very well and showed the grace and class he is best known for which only made him more popular amongst the countless fans that adore him.ns will have to endure the excruciating anticipation and prediction for 24 hours before the Saturday evening finals.
Feb 21, 2006 Events
New York City is felt, even before it comes into view. It is a place that swells in the heart, just as the city’s silhouette takes form against the spanning continent behind it, profound and far reaching. The first settlers facing the absence of a skyline I’m sure had an idea of what New York could become.
It was, even from the start a city whose purpose seemed to push the limits of what could be possible, maybe this is why New York is the perfect setting for those who like to take out the boundaries and lets be honest, who are more customary than the IFBB Pro bodybuilders that were gracing their presence for the magnificent highlight on the east coast….The New York Pro.
Phil Heath is a man on a mission. In six shows out of six in total he has held his hand high in victory. Last week he won at Denver as a rookie to the pro ranks and this week he took another championship belt taking out another top 10 Olympia contender along the way — Dennis James. On this side of the country Phil packed a physique that was loaded with a little more glycogen to show how full he could go. Evidently he wasn’t as sharp as last week but his inseparable symmetry and immense muscle beauty picked out flaws in other challengers that had otherwise been quietly covered. His muscles sit deep into his 215lb foundation, tan was polished and the posing he graced on stage was depicted with great confidence and hunger to be the best the world has seen.
Heaths potential here is only starting to rear its head following only four years in the weight room that most will never experience in a life time. A win that again was deserving will probably end his slaying reign this year when he competes in this years Olympia but where he fits into the puzzle is a mystery I for one cant wait to witness.
Darrem Charles walked on stage to the sound of gasps of air when he flexed from the front but as soon he turned his back to the audience he showered them with a display of water evident from top to bottom and this alone may have lost Darrem the winners pay day he so dearly strives. The quads were so feathered they looked as though they could fly but unfortunately are handicapped with a lack of flare which doesn’t add any flow to his lines that are slowed slightly by his wide oblique’s. Charles has the best arms amongst the top five posers and has shoulders that bowl out most standing in his way but Darrem has a knack to be judged on past showings and although he was close, today he wasn’t the one left with the cigar.
Dennis James came through on his promise to dial in a slightly smaller waist but this has no added benefit when he brings in the condition of an asthmatic running a marathon. His normally intimidating muscles were covered in a film of water that was deflated further than we have seen in days gone past. His normally inspiring side chest was without striation and these are just some of the ingredients that were missing in the Menaces cook book to qualify for a New York best seller. However he did walk away with his tale between his legs packing an Olympia qualifying spot in which he can stand a chance of redeeming himself.
I cannot conceive how David Henry’s condition could improve from his outstanding appearance in Denver last week but then backstage when I saw David’s even more drawn in face I knew that we were in for a treat and he sure delivered. His bursting muscle bellies protruded with individual characteristics with every pose displaying fibrous twitches aching to win this show. Boo’s rang out at Henry’s fourth place announcement adding that he should have been in the running for top honors only to be used like a one night stand. Personally I had him as high as second as did Dorian Yates who was debuting on the judging panel. His height obviously worked against him but he surely cannot be denied for much longer.
Last week some said that Bill Willmore was lucky to obtain a 5th place credential but fast forward to the New York Pro and his position was much more accepting given the fact that he looked more polished all round. Slightly fuller, Bill was more balanced and was generally more flowing through his extra dry body parts that eventually earned him a qualification into the Mr Olympia league. Showing one of the thickest and widest backs in the business Bill Will sure take names and eclipse others to further stamp his authority that has already impressed in his rookie career.