- Take a Look Behind the Scenes at the 2019 Olympia
- Highlights from Day Two of the 2019 Olympia Expo
- Will Henry Cavill Leave DC to Play a Marvel Superhero?
The perpetually shredded Henry Cavill might be trading in his cape for a different superhero outfit, if some published reports are to be believed.
Cavill, known for playing Superman in the DC Extended Universe, reportedly met with Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, about a role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Who Cavill, the star of the upcoming Netflix series The Witcher, would play in the MCU is unknown, but one report said fans believe he’d be the perfect successor to Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine.
As it begins its next phase of movies and prepares to launch new TV shows, Marvel Studios has been approaching several big name stars, including The Matrix star Keanu Reeves. It’s also not old news that MCU wants to steal Cavill from DC, as he was considered for a role in the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, but that spot went to Wyatt Russell.
While the Man of Steel isn’t just sitting around doing nothing, he does have some considerable free time since there appear to be no plans to include Superman in upcoming DCEU movies. Cavill recently told a fan he’s still interested in playing the last son of Krypton, but it seems that dream will most likely go unfulfilled.
Moving to Marvel would certainly be quite the shock, but we’d welcome any excuse to see Cavill save the world once again.
- Bikini Olympia Champ Elisa Pecini's Workout for Perfect Shoulders
These days, bikini competitor Elisa Pecini represents vibrant health and strength whenever she takes the IFBB Pro League stage. It’s a testament to the battle the 24-year-old phenom fought and won against a debilitating and often deadly disease a few short years ago.
From age 13 to 15, Pecini suffered from anorexia nervosa, starving herself while her body weight fell to dangerous levels. She resisted a first round of treatment that lasted a year—“I did not see how much it made me ill, and I wanted to lose weight once more, so I went against all the instructions of the doctors who helped me,” Pecini admits of her regression. She dropped to 81 pounds at 5'4".
At 15, it was decided during a weekly doctor’s visit that Pecini should be hospitalized immediately. After a month of intensive in-patient treatment, she finally had an important breakthrough. “I wanted to get back to a healthy weight in a safe, gradual way that wasn’t harmful,” she says.
So Pecini got to work, consistently hitting the gym and developing healthy eating habits. After eight months, she was 123 pounds. Empowered by her transformation, she decided to try her hand at competition. “My debut was March 27, 2015, in Rio de Janiero,” she recalls. “The sensation was incredible, being onstage despite being very shy. My heart was racing. I finished third, and when I got offstage I wanted to do it again.”
She did, winning her pro card at the age of 19 and moving into the pro ranks, where she’s already made major strides, winning the MuscleContest Brazil Pro Bikini and Pittsburgh Pro Bikini titles in 2018, then winning the World Klash Pro Bikini, MuscleContest Brazil Pro Bikini, and Bikini Olympia in 2019.
She’s also sharing her hard-learned lessons from that prep experience, coaching aspiring athletes via her website, isapecini.com, while always keeping her focus on what’s important: her health. “To keep my perspective,” she says, “I try to remember every day the dreams that I’ve conquered and those that I still want to achieve.”
Pecini’s Shoulder Workout
- Standing Shoulder Abduction: Sets: 7, Reps: 12
- Seated Unilateral Shoulder Abduction: Sets: 3, Reps: 12
- Arnold Press: Sets: 3, Reps: 12
- Dumbbell Front Raise: Sets: 3, Reps: 12
- Upright Row: Sets: 3, Reps: 12
- Dumbbell Crucifix Hold: Sets: 3, Reps: To failure
Note: This is just a sample, as Pecini constantly changes up her routines. She’ll hit delts twice per week in two different ways.
Athlete Snapshot: Elisa Pecini
- Birth Date: Jan. 20, 1997
- Height: 5'5"
- Contest Weight: 120 lbs
- Residence: São Paulo, Brazil
- Instagram: @isapecini
- Get the October 2019 Issue of 'Muscle & Fitness'
The October 2019 issue of Muscle & Fitness has all the workout and nutrition tips you need to start your winter bulk.
WWE Superstars and real-life lovers Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch have had quite the year — Rollins has twice captured the WWE Universal Championship, while Lynch won both the Raw and Smackdown Women’s Championships at WrestleMania (the first Show of Shows headlined by a women’s match).
Oh, and they got engaged. Our sprawling cover story examines their respective strengths in the gym, how they became the stars they are today, and their grueling CrossFit routines. You’ll also get a sneak peek into how they interact as a couple.
We also talk with IPF World Champ Amanda Lawrence about crushing world records and ignoring online trolls; tough guy and radio host Jason Ellis about MMA; Washington Redskins tight end Vernon Davis about his longevity on the gridiron; Spartan Race pro Faye Stenning about why she gave up her corporate job to run obstacle courses for a living; and a lot more.
If you’re looking to punish yourself in the gym, we feature a workout designed by John Meadows, aka Mountain Dog, that’ll have you reaching for the nearest ice pack upon completion (if you manage to finish it, that is).
In our Eat section, find out if veggie-based pastas are worth the hype and whether you need to follow Tom Brady's insane diet. As always, we also feature plenty of delicious recipes that’ll keep you full and energized.
And since Muscle & Fitness includes FLEX, you’ll also get the latest bodybuilding news, as well as even more workout and nutrition tips. We take a look at some of the strongest bodybuilders of all time, like Ronnie Coleman, who regularly leg pressed a ton (literally) for 10 reps.
IFBB Pro League legend Shawn Ray also shows you how you can monetize your muscles, and newly crowned Classic Physique Olympia champ Chris Bumstead offers tips on how to tighten your core.
Whatever your goals are, we’ve got all the tips and tricks you need right here in Muscle & Fitness and FLEX.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger Advocates for Plant-Based Diets in New Documentary
Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of the most idolized bodybuilders of all time. His physique during his Mr. Olympia reign and the movies that followed was, and still is, a look that countless men around the world strive to achieve.
That said, the Austrian Oak has stirred up controversy in the bodybuilding community as of late. First, it was his stance on steroid use that got people talking. Now, it’s his stance on plant-based eating.
Schwarzenegger, a vocal environmental advocate, is an executive producer for the newly released documentary, Game Changers, which chronicles the rise in plant-based diets in the athletic world. In the past, Schwarzenegger has stressed the importance of cutting down on meat to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Game Changers will “terminate outdated myths about protein, strength, and performance,” Schwarzenegger wrote in an prior Instagram post featuring a trailer for the film. In the video, he revealed that though he ate a lot of meat in his bodybuilding days, the idea that “real men eat meat” is just marketing.
The documentary features athletes like Olympic weightlifter Kendrick Farris, bodybuilder and former M&F cover star Nimai Delgado, and strongman Patrik Baboumian, all vegans. Schwarzenegger said in a recent Instagram post, "I promise you that these elite athletes will blow your mind." He encouraged his fans to see the movie.
When the movie was first announced, the vegan fitness community showed some serious support but, because this is the Internet, there was some backlash.
Some of the strongest opposition came from bodybuilder and strongman Stan Efferding. He took to Instagram to repost a reaction from Shawn Baker, MD, a carnivore diet advocate.
I’ve received 100 DM’s already today on this post by @schwarzenegger. . I just copy and paste Dr. Shawn Bakers response below or link his post. . I have Vegan clients. I eat vegetables. I recommend vegetables in the Vertical Diet. . Having said that, performing optimally for competitive athletics as a Vegan is the exception not the rule. I’ve seen way more failures than successes. It almost always catches up with them. . With lots of supplements and PED’s it can be made to work for some but that’s hardly an ideal scenario. . . #Repost @shawnbaker1967 with @get_repost ・・・ They’ve replaced @schwarzenegger with a brain dead robot to hype their vegan bullshit propaganda- @schwarzenegger would have never been Mr Olympia as a vegan- One of the Athletes who was originally in the film, Tim Schieff, had to quit Veganism because it ruined his health, the Olympic lifter Kendrick Farris, built all of his strength on a meat eating diet and then after going vegan he bombed in the Olympics turning in the worst performance of his career, the Strongman Patrick Baboumian, bullt his muscle as a meat eater, took a bunch of steroids as a vegan and was no where eveen close to being the world’s strongest man as the vegans claim, the body builder Nimai Delgado, built his muscle as a vegetarian eating milk, eggs and whey protein and is a best only a mid level physique competitor that would not even get on the stage with with actual pro level meat eating bodybuilders! This highlights that with good genetics, +/- drugs, hard work you can be an athlete but in no way allows you to reach your true potential as a vegan! @schwarzenegger , we are NEVER giving up meat- the bullshit about saving the planet is complete garbage! A soy filled mono crop landscape is a fucking disaster and will only lead to a sick population and a destroyed soil and ecosystem- if you want to not be a hypocrite get behind regenerative agriculture and stop misleading young people about the bullshit vegan agenda- Cameron and his wife are turning into skeletal wraiths and giving his message your voice out of friendship or money is a huge mistake! #goveganandshortchangeyourself #yes2meat #no2fakefoo
Both Baker and Efferding assert that veganism and optimal athletic performance don’t go hand-in-hand. For Efferding’s part, he says that achieving success as elite athletes is the exception, not the rule. Baker offered his opinion in some pretty raw terms, saying that “they’ve replaced @schwarzenegger with a brain dead robot to hype their vegan bullshit propaganda,” and that the Oak never would have become Mr. Olympia on a vegan diet.
Similarly, there's been some debate in Arnold's most recent Instagram post on the movie. White House chef and pushup freak Chef Rush commented, Being a chef, I’ve seen a HUGE shift in the industry, and my principles are reaping the benefits. I’m still at 50/50 % but learning from you. Can’t wait to watch!!!" He also added, "Ohh by the way! If you think vegan food isn’t tasty! Talk to the chef!!" Others, though, pointed out that no elite bodybuilder has ever been plant-based.
It’s undeniable that Schwarzenegger built his physique while on a more traditional bodybuilding diet, but you have to give him credit for starting a discussion on a topic that was bound to be controversial. In a community where diet strategies are a constant point of discussion, there’s always going to be disagreement.
If you want to find out more, Game Changers—which boasts executive producers Jackie Chan, James Cameron, Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton, tennis player Novak Djokovic, and NBA player Chris Paul in addition to Schwarzenegger—can now be seen in a theater near you. Click here for more information and movie times.
- Kai Greene Teases Another Showdown Against Phil Heath in 2020
Kai Greene has made it an annual habit to tease his return to the Mr. Olympia stage, and he’s already getting a head start for the 2020 show. He seems to have one target in mind—no, not the Sandow, but his old rival, Phil Heath.
While filming scenes for the upcoming Indian action flick Pogaru, in which he’ll appear as the villain, Greene uploaded a 90-second video of him and Heath competing against each other, interspersed with interview clips from the bodybuilders. The caption, in classic Greene form, was mysterious and vague: “THE GREATEST LOVE STORY” #2020 … TO BE CONTINUED ….. @philheath.”
Check out the video package here:
The two have quite the history, with Greene placing second behind “The Gift” at the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Mr. O shows. Their rivalry is considered one of the best in bodybuilding, and in prior years helped create a lot of buzz for the sport.
It also helped the two become better athletes, a fact both admit in interviews featured in the Instagram clip.
So what did Heath think of the clip? He simply commented with a row of fire emojis. Not quite sure what that means, but the two seem to be on better terms then they have in prior years.
Greene hasn’t been seen at the Mr. O since 2014, and after being dethroned last year Heath sat last weekend out.
Greene isn’t the only one calling for Heath’s return. Basketball legend and frequent Mr. O guest Shaquille O’Neal uploaded a video while in Vegas where he asks the question, “Phil Heath, where are you?”
Check out the entertaining clip here:
Heath responded by reposting the video and saying, “Challenge accepted.”
We may have just crowned the 15th-ever Mr. Olympia, Brandon Curry, but we’re already eager to see what happens next year.
- 2019 Olympia Finals Report
The 2019 Olympia finals saw some upsets and exciting new champs. Here are the results from the Open Bodybuilding, 212 Bodybuilding, Bikini, Men's Physique, Classic Physique, Women's Physique, Figure, and Fitness divisions!
2nd place: Breon Ansley
3rd place: George Peterson
4th place: Keone Pearson
5th place: Chen Kang
- Stars Visit the Muscle & Fitness Booth
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