By: Marc Lobliner
MTS Nutrition CEO, EthiTech Nutrition CEO, Wilkins Fitness Commercial Vertical Manager, TigerFitness.com Director of Business Development, MachineTrainingSolutions.com Owner, Machine Training Gear CEO and MachineMuscle.com Editor in Chief.
This will be the first of a series of MANY articles that I hope will change the industry forever. A series of articles geared toward educating people that bodybuilding is a brotherhood (and sisterhood). I guest posed at The 2012 OCB Uprising in Plattsburgh, NY and it was an epic event. We had an amazing time and the people were ALL top notch. From the promoter, host and my good friend Ron Parmeter, Co-Promoter and good friend Dave LaClair, Mike Halsey, IFPA Pros Chad Austin and Damian Gillis, MuscleMania Pro Matthew Liller and countless others from many organizations.
It all hit me when there were IFPA Pros, OCB Competitors, a Musclemania Pro, Myself—a
National Level NPC Competitor, and just people training their asses off Saturday morning at 6am at the Local Gym. Matthew Liller and I were training with fury while within the aura of the intensity and brotherhood in this gym. Between sets, we would venture to the others and pump them up—cheer them on. Dave LaClair, the largest natural bodybuilder I have ever seen, was throwing shit around. IFPA Pros Chad Austin and Damien Gillis were throwing weight ON ARM DAY with such intensity that it made me shudder. We have most of this on film, and this will be a part of the series. I am driving up in three weeks to film a three weeks out series for MachineMuscle.com featuring Chad and Damien. These two bring a unique, old-school, common sense approach to getting lean and shredded.
The moral of this series is to get rid of the whole natural versus “non-tested” BS (although having separate places to compete is a GOOD thing), bring us all together as one and stop the infighting. At the end of the day we are a TINY niche of freaks with the same goal—to look as good as possible and in the case of bodybuilding, get as big and lean as possible by whatever means we choose to use to get there.
With that said, enjoy the videos from installment one and expect installment two complete with the Chad Austin and Damien Gillis interview! Today, check out my guest posing—YES, an NPC guy at an OCB show—and some SICK training with MuscleMania Pro Matthew Liller and I AND THERE’S MORE! Ron Parmeter’s behind the scenes look at the show he promotes with Dave LaClair—The OCB Uprising in Plattsburgh, NY. ENJOY!
I would also like to end it with a THANK YOU and a statement of fact. There are very few
people in this world I would donate an organ too or even call a friend, and I was with most of them this weekend. Ron Parmeter, as you know, is someone I consider a best friend and the truest individual ever. Dave LaClair is an amazing friend, Jay Friend, Damien Gillis and Chad Austin are amazing. I spent DAYS with Matthew Liller and now consider him more than a friend…like a brother. This team is what is RIGHT about bodybuilding (and I left some out in appreciation of space and attention span). Non-political shows, FAIRNESS, the most fun I have ever seen competitors, the crowd and even the judges have. This is our Fraternity. It doesn’t matter what organization we are in. All that matters is we have ethics, we care about others, and we have a lot in common. A huge thanks to Ron and Dave for making this happen!