Monthly Archives: November 2011

Fitness America Results

Backstage at Fitness America

Nothing like half naked photos to hook readers into a blog post right?

Normally, we like to keep our posts, articles, and this site in general, geared towards educational content that you can apply in your own life to achieve your health and fitness goals.  But a lot of our friends and family have been asking us how our competition went (we really do appreciate that support by the way).

So unfortunately, this blog post is all about us, us, us.  Sorry, we promise we’ll get back to some more meaningful and useful content in the next installment.  But for now, some fitness ridiculousness:

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Fitness America Weekend

Nate "Mugshot" Miyaki on 11.15.11

Kalai "Guns" Diamond

It’s almost Fitness America Weekend.  What does that mean?  Absolutely nothing if you are a normal, sane person.  But if  you are a ridiculously vain bodybuilding or fitness person thinking to yourself what Ron Burgundy once graciously said aloud,  “I look good.  I mean really good.  Hey everyone, come and see how good I look”, then it is a chance to put yourself out there in front of industry professionals.

Some of the best natural bodybuilders and fitness models compete in different events over the course of a weekend in Vegas.  And I use the word “compete” loosely, because it obviously is a subjective sport with judging based on how you look.  Its more about exposing yourself, if you get what I’m saying?

With all of these hyper-fit people gathered in one place, magazine editors, photographers, supplement, and fitness clothing manufacturers come through the Golden Nugget Casino to scout new talent.  For the fitness-type, it means potential sponsorships, business opportunities, and partnerships.

With the pressure on, a lot of athletes will follow crazy, extreme, crash-diet and (over)training protocols to get in shape for this one weekend, unknowingly (or knowingly) compromising long-term metabolic, hormonal, and overall health.  I guess if you are trying to make a living as a fitness model or athlete, you gotta’ do what you gotta’ do.  But that’s NOT the route Kalai and I wanted to take.

Here’s the deal.  We don’t make our living from being fitness athletes or models.  I make my living writing about nutrition, consulting with companies, and training/advising private clients.  Kalai has a career completely outside of the fitness industry (thank Bruce Lee Philosophy or whatever higher power you believe in) as a manager at one of the top medical schools in the country.  But we get involved with the madness for a few reasons:

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