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Muscular Development Magazine

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Muscular Development focuses on bodybuilding and nutrition science. Among its current or past contributors are Michael Colgan, John Romano, Dan Duchaine, and Mike Mentzer. It was notable for including an ongoing comic strip, Max Rep: Mr. Astrotitan 2206 by ill...more

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Gustavo Badell - Bodybuilder ProfileThe sport of bodybuilding has its own tale of an underdog who came out of nowhere and made his dreams come true in the form of Gustavo Badell.Toiling in the shadows of obscurity and facing defeat again and again, he shocked the bodybuilding world by suddenly emerging as one of the best pro's in the game.With nearly 250 pounds of dense, powerful muscle mass at 5-8, his is one of the most massive physiques in recent years, thick and striated from every angle.Today, Gustavo's rise to the top continues, as he is one of the front-runners chasing down Ronnie Coleman for the Mr. Olympia title.A glimpse at greatness to comeI'll never forget the first time I saw Gustavo Badell back in the fall of 1992, because it was also the first and only time I have visited the beautiful island of Jamaica.As a teenager living in Puerto Rico, Gustavo was an amateur boxer hoping to turn professional like his idols Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard.Gustavo was at a crossroads as to whether or not he wanted to continue boxing, and soon threw his gloves away forever.Gustavo began training in earnest at a bare bones training den called Iron Gym, his training partner another young guy also named Gustavo.The basics were all he had access to, and they were exactly what his growing body thrived on.Squats, bench presses, rows, deadlifts, chin-ups, dips, and military presses helped him pack on muscle fast, and they continue to form the core of his workouts to this day.He began competing, at first representing his homeland of Venezuela that he had left behind as a child.Winning various titles as a Junior, young Badell knew it was time to head stateside."I knew that in America there were better gyms, better supplements, everything that would help me do what I wanted to do.Bodybuilding in Puerto Rico was about ten or twelve years behind the USA in most ways."For two years he lived in Dover, New Jersey, learning as much as he could about training and nutrition and competing in a couple regional NPC shows.Then a two-month stay in Orlando changed everything.He met a gorgeous young lady named Jessica Rodriguez who was there on vacation, and struck up a romance before she returned to her home in San Juan, Puerto Rico.Since he had family in San Juan himself, it was an easy decision to follow her.Representing his new home, Gustavo won the Heavyweights and Overall at the 1997 Caribbean and Central American Championships at a ripped 225 pounds, earning his pro card. After a little runaround in which the IFBB tried to get him to compete in the CAC and win again before they would grant him professional status, Gustavo joined the ranks of those who flex for pay.Over the next few years, he would flounder in his placings as a newcomer, sometimes never getting a single callout."It was a tough time," he recalls.Gustavo did formulate somewhat of a plan.Though he didn't often place well, he used each contest as a learning experience, closely studying the top four or five men to see exactly that they did and how they carried themselves.He also signed a modest contract with MuscleTech in 2000 that put him in all the major magazines each month in their ads.But because Milos was competing against him, Gustavo was wary.Shortly after the weekend in Las Vegas, Badell and Sarcev began working on his preparation for the 2004 Pro Ironman.At 5-7 and a contest weight of 234, Badell had always carried plenty of thick muscle, with his arms and hamstrings being especially good.The missing ingredient had simply been conditioning, and now it was spot-on.Gustavo went beyond normal separations and striations and into that grainy, dry look that Dorian Yates made famous and that only a few men ever seem to achieve.All of a sudden, Badell was a bona fide player in this game.Though he had competed in sixteen pro shows up to that point, this was the one where we all sat up and took notice of Gustavo Badell. From ‘also competed' to All-StarGustavo had been competing as a pro for five years, but it was in 2004 that he vaulted into stardom at last.The condition he showed at the Pro Ironman could have been a fluke, a one-time flash of luck that was never repeated.It's happened in our sport more times than I can remember, especially among guys that win the USA or Nationals and never quite look that good ever again.But at the 2004 Mr. Olympia, Badell served notice that he was a serious contender.He showed up shredded and dry at 245 pounds, and was pushing Dexter Jackson hard for the third place spot behind Ronnie and Jay all through the prejudging.Then, at the evening finals, things took a turn to his advantage in the newly created Challenge Round, where competitors had the opportunity to put their best poses up against those of their rivals in the top six.Gustavo managed to leapfrog past The Blade and earned the bronze behind reigning Mr. O Ronnie Coleman and his perennial challenger, Jay Cutler.This began the controversy over the Challenge Round that caused it to be a separate contest-within-a-contest that had no impact on the final outcome, and to be eliminated entirely after its second iteration in 2005, when Gustavo managed to actually beat both Ronnie and Jay for first place en route to taking third again in the Mr. Olympia for the second consecutive year.The judges that chose Gustavo as the champion in the 2005 Challenge Round were all former Mr. Olympia winners.2005 was another pivotal year also because he won his first pro show at last, and it happened to be the season-opener of our sport, the Pro Ironman.A week later, he took third at the prestigious Arnold Classic behind Dexter Jackson and Chris Cormier.It was also the year he signed a publishing contract with Muscular Development magazine and began his column, "The Freakin' Rican," which gave him a monthly outlet to voice his comments and views on the sport and his fellow pro's.In 2006, Gustavo had a last-minute illness that caused him to flatten and smooth out for the Arnold Classic, but managed to rally in time to narrowly edge out Branch Warren the following weekend and score his second pro victory in San Francisco. Confident - not arrogantGustavo Badell may be the most misunderstood of all modern pro's.Comments he has made in his MD column as well as personal challenges thrown out to Ronnie Coleman at the 2005 Mr. Olympia press conference have earned him a reputation as a cocky loudmouth, but this is not an accurate assessment of Badell at all."This is not a team sport," he explains."Only one man can be the winner in a bodybuilding contest.I train hard, do all my cardio, and diet hard to win.You have to believe you can win to do those things to the best of your ability.If you don't think you can win, why are you competing?"The most hostility and mocking have resulted from Gustavo's assertions that he can take out the big man, eight-time Mr. Olympia Ronnie Coleman.But Gustavo sincerely insists that he is not the arrogant and disrespectful upstart some want to portray him as."I am confident, not cocky, and there is a difference," he says.Once you really get to know Gustavo Badell as I have been fortunate enough to over the years, you realize that his motivations are far more noble than those of most bodybuilders, who compete for fame, glory, riches, and ego.For years, Gustavo took him along to the gym and personally supervised his workouts."People told me not to waste my time because he would never learn, but he surprised them all.Charlie's form is excellent, and he's also my biggest fan."In the interest of improving the quality of life for his family, Gustavo packed up and left Puerto Rico in 2005 for Las Vegas."I love Puerto Rico," he states."It's a beautiful place and it's full of the Latin culture that defines who I am.My heart will always be there.But it was also getting to be a dangerous place, and the schools are better in America."The Badell family settled into a lovely home in Las Vegas.For the first time in his over twelve years as a bodybuilder, Gustavo no longer had to work as a personal trainer and could focus entirely on being a professional athlete."It's a wonderful thing and I feel truly blessed," he says."I have my beautiful home, the gym is just ten minutes away, and I have more time now to spend with my family.That is the best part." An inspiration for Latin bodybuilders, and everyone elseGustavo Badell is carrying on the tradition of Latin bodybuilding stars of the past such as Sergio Oliva, Lee Labrada, Freddie Ortiz, and Danny Padilla.


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