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***2013 World Championships – 2nd Place Bantam-weight***

And lessons learned…

…The salty, tangy heat of the buffalo chicken calzone surrendered to an irritating buzz.  The dingy, local grub stop – complete with rusty rack of Wachusett potato chips and blue Mass lottery machine – evaporated before me.  Although blurry-eyed, my alarm clock’s laugh was undeniable.  It was 4:15AM again. I shook off the delirium and with it the taunting aroma of savory treats.  Piercing dawn’s serenity like a tetanus shot was the realization that that it was February 1staudit busy season – and 90 minutes of intense training lay between me and this morning’s Q4 operating reviews with my client’s CFO – I grinned.

Adorned with my laptop case, I heaved my college back pack already loaded with 6 precisely measured chicken breasts, steamed broccoli and Ezekiel flourless bread over my shoulder before setting out on the 38 mile trek from my home in Shrewsbury to my training facility in Waltham, MA.  Another productive session – my programming felt less taxing today.  4 weeks down and only 20 left until the World Natural Bodybuilding Federation (“WNBF”) 2013 World Championships.

…The moment had arrived.  Blinded by yellow light, the halogen stage lamps of the World Championships flushed my skin.  After 7 years of training, 24 weeks of competition preparation and immeasurable hours dreaming, nothing could have prepared me for the 2,700 second battle that had begun… 2013 WNBF World Championships - Bantam-weight Top 5

In hindsight, through competition prep – helping my siblings, being there for my significant other, family and friends, building my career, serving professional services clients, volunteering in greater Boston, participating in Isenberg Alumni events, rehabilitating nagging injuries, and training as a WNBF Pro – follow through and balance have proven to be more essential than anyone could have convinced me.

Without undying commitment, engrained routine, follow through and balance, the 2013 WNBF World Championships and my second place victory would have been impossible.  Training as a WNBF Pro and balancing life - rising before dawn and 6:00am workouts have become as much a part of me as my own personality.  Life simply provides too many amazing opportunities and responsibilities that fill the night and weekend hours.  There are certainly times when the scales must be tipped – the final two weeks leading up to the big day – but for the majority of contest prep, balance has been essential for me.  Natural bodybuilding is undoubtedly one amazing aspect that makes up the person I am today; but now - as the competition season ends and while you’re strategizing for next year – take time to embrace the other aspects of who you are.

I want to reiterate as much for myself as for my fellow competitors out there - in the end, we are people like everyone else with commitments, responsibilities, families, friends, other hobbies and careers.  We undeniably share a special union; we are bound by our passion for fitness, competition, achievement and personal growth.

It’s clear to me though, that we share another equally – if not MORE important union – we are bound by our passion for life itself! NOW GO ENJOY IT!

2013 World Championships - Side Chest

2013 World Championships - Front Lat Spread

2013 World Championships - Rear Double-biceps

2013 World Championships - Side Tricep

2013 WNBF World Championship Results:
November 9th, 2013

Natural Bodybuilding Federation (“WNBF”) Homepage

Pro Figure Short

  1. Njeri McGill 5 points OVERALL WINNER
  2. Erin Gelinas 13 points
  3. Ashley Pereira 15 points
  4. Crystal Woods 22 points
  5. Tanya Williams 24 points
  6. Jennifer Sammartino 32 points
  7. Beverly Canteen 39 points
  8. Shanaz Izer 39 points
  9. Sherrie Bindon 42 points
  10. Sara Miccini 49 points
  11. Nadine Ianiello 53 points
  12. Sarah Hover 59 points
  13. Denise Abad 65 points

Pro Figure Tall

  1. Heather Drake 5 points
  2. Emily Wirling 12 points
  3. Fiona Groves 13 points
  4. Randi Preis 21 points
  5. Courtney McDonald 24 points
  6. Nikki Robbins 29 points
  7. Kimberly Braham 37 points
  8. Anna Lisa Ghirotti 44 points
  9. Shawn Webb 45 points
  10. Nicole Carrasco 49 points
  11. Lynn Rousseau 52 points
  12. Courtney Dyers 58 points

Pro Fitbody

  1. Robyn Mays 7 points
  2. Sharon Zaubi 12 points
  3. Tracy Rabbitt 14 points
  4. Sally Allgaier 19 points
  5. Kristin Stymiest 24 points
  6. Ali Mater 32 points
  7. Kandace Pardales 34 points
  8. Regina O�Brien 39 points

Pro Women Lightweight

  1. Irhasette McClean 7 points
  2. Kristin Fonseca 8 points
  3. Janet Esterkes 17 points
  4. Nicky Fogarty 21 points
  5. Sheila Zitano 25 points
  6. Pam Benoit 28 points
  7. Michele Parsons 37 points
  8. Maurissa Micci 44 points
  9. Janelle Arigo 45 points
  10. Valerie Worell 46 points
  11. Tracy Verdegan 56 points
  12. Lisa Miller 59 points

Pro Women Heavyweight

  1. Cathy Vail 6 points OVERALL WINNER
  2. Helen Stack 10 points
  3. Melissa Scott 14 points
  4. Erin Duggan 20 points
  5. Debbie Marcy 25 points
  6. Robin Berner 37 points
  7. Michelle Andrews 37 points
  8. Leslie Crook 38 points
  9. Rebecca Litschner
  10. Krystal Morgan White

Pro Men Bantamweight

  1. Mark Oakes 6 points
  2. Andy Kalinowski 10 points

  3. Rich Lauro 16 points
  4. Luigi Del Piano 19 points
  5. Patrick Harris 29 points
  6. Ivor Brown 32 points
  7. Tony Ruffin 34 points
  8. Davide Donato 35 points
  9. Gerardo DiGennaro 47 points
  10. Dutch Bulseco 48 points
  11. Mauro Copellini 55 points

Pro Men Lightweight

  1. Brian Whitacre 5 points
  2. Levi Burge 10 points
  3. Francisco Montealegre 15 points
  4. Ulysses Fowler 22 points
  5. Matt Viemeister 23 points
  6. Matteo Cresti 31 points
  7. Ahmed Rashed 37 points
  8. Andrew Scott 37 points

Pro Men Middleweight

  1. Shevon Cunningham 5 points OVERALL WINNER
  2. Erik Alstrup 10 points
  3. Sean Young 18 points
  4. Gerry Ruck 18 points
  5. Mitch Robinson 26 points
  6. Vic Cuzzupe 27 points

Pro Men Heavyweight

  1. Abraham Tchabe 5 points
  2. Richard Godzecki 10 points
  3. Hashim Evans 15 points
  4. Tishay Johnson 20 points
  5. Robin Johnson 26 points
  6. John Heart 31 points
  7. Anthony Spencer 34 points
  8. Jon Arnold 37 points

Cogito Ergo Sum

July 28, 2011 | Comments Off | Living Righteous, Uncategorized

COGITO ERGO SUM

~Adam Legionary, Bodybuilder & Writer

Cogito Ergo Sum: I think therefore I am.

These words of wisdom were originally dropped by the philosopher René Descartes at the turn of the 17th century. And through the ages, they have stood the test of time as a to-the-point representation of the power of the human mind. Though Descartes didn’t share our united appreciation for the iron, his fundamental philosophy has unknowingly influenced the performance of successful bodybuilders and power-liftersfor decades.

Like the Latin language itself, the mental approach to bodybuilding has long been forgotten by the majority of gym-goers worldwide. The psychological aspect of the iron game is consistently being overlooked in favor of more literal concerns: things like exercise choice, number of sets, and number of reps. Although these things have an important role in our sport, they’re inconsequential if you’re not psychologically prepared to approach them with the mentality indicative of a champion, and more importantly a warrior. Anyone can go in and “do” five sets of squats. But a set to me and a set to the prepubescent kid sitting at the juice bar are likely two entirely different things. Intensity leads to immensity. A mental state of self-assuring maniacal consciousness needs to be attained before physical limits can be transcended. The mental approach to physical progression continues to be put on the back-burner, as the spiritual warrior now finds his home between the pages of antiquated literature; not in the arena where he belongs. Bodybuilders, power-lifters, and strength athletes worldwide represent the contemporary gladiator as they fight for survival in the coliseum of Iron. As such, we as athletes need to approach battle with the same conscious mentality indicative of the warrior of ancient times. Resurrection of this unyielding mindset is imperative to the enrichment of ourselves, and our individual conquests.

There’s no reward for walking through the gym door, half-assing a workout, and then going home.

If you want to survive in this game leave your self-doubts, regrets, and negativity at the door. Heavy weight doesn’t sympathize with whining pussies. The iron won’t take it easy on you because your boss kept you late at work, you missed a meal, or you were not in the mood to train that day. Two-hundred pounds is always going to weigh two-hundred pounds. If you start making excuses and telling yourself it might be a bad workout for whatever brand of bullshit is on your mind that day, you’re going to get buried. There’s no two ways about it. How you think is going to dictate how you perform. For better or for worse. If you’re apprehensive about what you came in the gym to do you’re not going to accomplish anything. Stay at home and play video games or go hang out at the mall, because doubtful thinking has no place in the weight room or in life in general. Making excuses for why you might have a bad workout is the best way to miss a set before you even step up to the bar.

Your state of mind absolutely affects who you are and what you will accomplish.

There’s no candy coating the self-destructive consequences of a weak-minded attitude. If you have any doubts about whether or not you’re going to move the weight or demolish a workout, you shouldn’t be there in the first place. My boy Rodney Roller said it best, “If you sit back and for one second think, give me an extra spot on this because I don’t know if I got it, you might as well go the fuck home because there’s no way you’re gonna get it done.” Bodybuilding is not a sport for wannabes scared to step up to the plate. Just like in ancient Rome, when you walk into the arena it’s kill or be killed.

The iron has no remorse about crushing you, or your dreams. If you want victory, you have to be mentally prepared to take it. Never hesitate. Never question what you’re capable of.

You’re stronger than you think, and immortality is on the horizon.

The only person holding you back is yourself.

 

 

—Contact Adam Legionary, Bodybuilder & Writer @ NHSwrestle@yahoo.com

You Too Can be a Silent Hero & Un-praised Champion

Mainstream media coverage and social acceptability are a seductive façade of what many may consider success.  But at Righteous Muscle, the end never justifies the means.

In order for the sports of natural bodybuilding and fitness to consistently and credibly push the realm of genetic possibility, it’s essential that leaders arise to spearhead doubt in a world often characterized by “can-NOTs,” impossibility, and skepticism.

Thankfully- leaders in this industry are not hard to come by.  In the sports of natural bodybuilding and fitness, and even more so in our daily lives- leaders are not made from public consensus.  Leadership is far from an exogenous characteristic bestowed upon a winning bodybuilder, fitness model, or individual.  Leadership is internal, personal, and present in all actions: big, small, essential, and unessential. You don’t have to have just won the WNBF World’s Overall Championship, for the power of the un-praised champion is equally capable, if not more capable of impacting this industry day-in and day-out.

WE CAN ALL BE HEROES.

So What’s the Secret?

The three keys to walking the path of an un-praised champion can be summed up as:

1.       Self-mastery

2.       A conscious choice

3.       No more excuses

First of all, a prerequisite to leading others is learning to lead oneself, a concept known as “self-mastery.”  Becoming a leader is more than finding material or financial success in natural bodybuilding & fitness, or in life, but finding oneself. How can leadership emerge from within, if what’s within remains a mystery?  Eventually, we must all ask ourselves the age-old questions: What do I stand for?  What do I believe in? For no journey to leadership can begin without a previous or simultaneous journey to self-discovery.  Your morals, ethics, and personal integrity will provide the cornerstone for your leadership values, actions, and words.

Second, actions speak louder than words.  We all know that talk is cheap.  What’s needed now is a conscious choice to live by your creed.  With your lifestyle in alignment with your principles, you become a living role model not only for fellow athletes in the sports of natural bodybuilding and fitness, but for individuals in your own community.

Lastly, the next time the phrases, “Let somebody else deal with it,” or “That’s not my responsibility,” start to creep into your stream of consciousness- remind yourself: IT STARTS WITH YOU.

That’s right- this is a call to arms. It’s time to live in responsibility instead of irresponsibility, order instead of anarchy, optimism instead of pessimism.  Just by living in the solution, one day at a time, we can all be silent heroes.

Release the un-praised champion in you!

When did lies become more profitable than the truth?

Where has modern chivalry gone?

Why are we addicted to instant gratification?

How did we ever stop caring about each other?

Sometimes I can afford a moment of clarity.  I can stop what I’m doing, sigh a deep breath, and think for awhile.  What I find is undeniably unfortunate, but never the less, it is our truth.

When I do find myself,

on another journey through my mind,

every time,

I am stricken with embarrassment.

Now please, don’t misunderstand, I’m partially embarrassed by myself, but I’m wholly embarrassed by our group we’ve come to call humanity.

Take a look around, tell me what you see.  If you’re fortunate enough, maybe you’ll see your loved ones, maybe your home, or the neighbor’s barking dog.  Some may see the city, an astounding achievement of human ingenuity and success.  There are many people, many people just like you.  They work for a living.  They’re commuting through traffic.  They’re mingling with co-workers and colleagues.  They shop and buy.  They love entertainment.  They love their family, and their friends.

Now look again.  What didn’t you see?

There’s a whole other world to the world we thought we knew.  It’s hidden from the marketplace in which we thrive.  One man has called it, the hidden abode of production.  We don’t see the mother who bartered her child’s future for food.  We don’t see the children working 80 hour weeks.  We don’t see the farmers toiling for no reward.  We don’t see those who produce

merely to survive.  We don’t see those who are carless, friendless, jobless, non-consuming, yet ever-producing, and dying…

Where has our humanity gone?

The most Righteous Muscle in your body is your heart.

Live Righteous. Find your integrity.  Re-join humanity.

It’s the simple things that matter:

Square something insignificant and it’ll grow exponentially.

  • Reduce excess consumption- Stick to necessities!

  • Buy fair trade products- It’s a small price to pay for freedom!

  • Follow through with your commitments- Split that lottery ticket!

  • Principles before personalities- Treat each other with respect and compassion!

  • Live for the benefit of society as a whole- Flush the unflushed toilet!

  • Reduce your carbon footprint- It’s your children’s planet too!

  • Be honest with yourself- You’re no longer ignorant.  You can make a difference!

Team Righteous Muscle

March 25, 2010 | Comments Off | Living Righteous, Uncategorized

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Fit1 Club is now the:

Team Righteous Muscle.

Embrace our Triple-L Concept:

“Lift, Lead, Live Strong.”

Click image to step up to the challenge.

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