I had just finished my first marathon and after four months of endless cardio, vaseline and one very sore ballbag, I was left looking a little on the slim side.
I wanted to gain muscle mass – and fast.
It's not that I didn't mind looking a li [...]
As a poor student I rarely had the capital to spunk on designer protein supplements.
What little money I did have was usually invested in ping pong balls, fake mustaches and all-you-can-eat Chinese buffets.
I didn't, however, let this financia [...]
Summer means one thing for bodybuilders up and down the country:
Getting topless at every possible opportunity.
Grocery shopping - topless.
Lunch break at work - topless.
Nightclub dancefloor - topless.
Funeral of a beloved relative - [...]
Bodybuilders are often stereotyped as self-obsessed, two-dimensional ogres who mindlessly lift slabs of metal in their vainglorious pursuit of aesthetic nirvana.
They are creatures of humdrum routine, dieting, exercising and sleeping with an eye o [...]
I discovered Impact Whey Protein six years ago when I was a penniless student.
Like most of the male student population, my chief concern was trying to get laid.
The problem was I had socially awkward demeanour and a haircut that made me lo [...]
A city in the north of England, famous for Leeds United Football Club, binge drinking and celebrity paedophiles.
However, in the mid-twentieth century, this old industrial town was put on the map for something other than booze, sex crime [...]
The Protein Works made quite the stir when they opened for business back in 2012.
Founded by three ex-directors of MyProtein, the company soon set about shaking up the sports supplement industry by combining premium quality, great value-for-mone [...]
Like a heroic play by Sophocles or Aeschylus, the sport of bodybuilding is full of mythic characters capable of superhuman feats, extremes of comedy and tragedy, pathos, spectacle, and men running around with their bollocks out while women are shunte [...]
I was so ruddy impressed with The Protein Works Whey Protein 80 that I decided to try another one of their products.
Being a bit fed up with my usual diet of fish, eggs and tuna – as well as protein shakes so sweet they tasted like Gok Wan’s b [...]
In an ideal world, I’d have my own air-conditioned gymnasium with endless rows of dumbbells, a post-workout canteen serving up huge sirloin steaks, and a masseuse with a pair of norks so vast they would make a seasoned prostitute blush.
The real [...]
Bulk Powders, as their name suggests, provide sports supplements at heavily discounted prices.
They've been around since 2005, but underwent a huge rebrand at the beginning of 2013.
Seemingly, this was a move to differentiate themselves from th [...]
Let's face it, cutting can be a pain in the arse.
When done properly, it requires discipline, hard work, and meals so banal even Levi Roots' special sauce couldn't spice them up (I'm referring here, or course, to Reggae Reggae, not Jamaican man ju [...]
When you think of bodybuilding, certain iconic images will undoubtedly spring to mind.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, smiling smugly, chest inflated like two fleshy beachballs; Ronnie Coleman leg pressing 2,300lbs, screaming "yeah buddy" like a brain dama [...]
There are a few things in life which I find overwhelmingly mundane.
Washing up, baby photos, the Victorian era (it's just too long), Hugh Grant, anything by Jane Austen.
Another is dieting.
It's just so difficult to summon up the enthusiasm [...]
Although protein shakes are by far and away the most popular protein supplements, there are a number of alternatives on the market.
Do you own a hat with corks hanging from the brim and a two foot long knife?
Why not try an ostrich egg.
Do y [...]
If there's one thing better than protein, it's free protein!
Luckily, our friends over at BULK POWDERS have kindly given us 2.5kg of their bestselling Pure Whey Protein to give away to one lucky Gymtalk reader.
For the low-down on this excelle [...]
A country famous for classical music, beer, sausages, hairy women and genocide.
And in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century it was also home to some of the strongest - and craziest - men of all time.
Of these, the most fa [...]
Like an all-powerful Caesar, Gold Standard 100% Whey bestrides the supplement market like a Colossus.
It is the king of whey protein, towering over swarms of competing brands which lurk jealously in the shadows like Cassius or Brutus.
It is, if [...]
Much like "What's the best Beatles album?", "Is Tom Cruise an alien?" and "At what point in the Harry Potter film series it acceptable to mentally undress Hermione Granger?", the question "Who is the strongest man of all time?" is an oft-debated topi [...]
I recently got the chance to chat with Joel Snape, associate editor of Men's Fitness magazine and all round good egg, who, when not writing about all things fitness related, is an amateur strongman and Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt.
We discussed [...]
Grenade Thermo Detonator floated across my radar a few years ago but I immediately ignored it.
Almost all weight loss supplements are overhyped and this product, with its gimmicky macho marketing, screamed branding over substance.
I quickly de [...]
Marius Hardiman is an Olympic Weightlifter who has, over the course of his illustrious career, won numerous British titles and medalled at several prestigious international competitions.
Having since retired from competitive weightlifting, Marius [...]
Right now the supplement market is absolutely flooded with products.
It seems like every man and his dog is peddling pills and powders, and with all the marketing mumbo jumbo, unpronounceable ingredients and celebrity endorsements, it can sometime [...]
When it comes to legends of British bodybuilding, few have surpassed the enduring contribution made by Thomas Inch, the 'Scarborough Hercules'.
Although he might look like a portly butler from Downton Abbey, Inch was, throughout his life, one of t [...]