The American Muscle Monopoly

How we arrived at the debauchery the NPC is today

The NPC is a fair non-profit organization, right?  WRONG!   What is correct is it's registered as a non-profit organization.  That's where the truth ends.

Their financials reveal otherwise.  Their behaviour is also the opposite of fair.

With the inside information, discover

  • How the NPC came to be and why
  • How Jim Manion became the president... and who put him there
  • How deep the corruption goes (it's not just the politics)
  • What underhanded tactics Jim Manion uses to keep his control (it's worse than you think)
  • Where all the money they collect from the athletes goes... and the claims they make about it to the IRS

And much more....

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Muscle, Smoke & Mirrors - vol iii - FREE DOWNLOAD*


I'm very excited to announce that Book 1 of Volume III is rapidly heading for publication!

In order to give you a taste of what's coming, we are releasing the prologue along with a working draft of the front and back covers.

The prologue was actually many years in its evolution as it began its drafting back in 2008. It has undergone many updates in order to accommodate the proliferation of the Muscle, Smoke & Mirrors project.

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Classic Anatomy Bodybuilding - Review

It has been about 10 years since I first met Steve Speyrer in 2005. Our introduction came through one of our late pioneers of bodybuilding, Dan Lurie. Dan had spoken very highly of both Steve Speyrer and Greg Sushinsky who were assisting Dan in resurrecting his World Bodybuilding Guild (WBBG). It was with Greg in Cleveland, Ohio that I first connected with when he was working on an extensive newsletter for Dan. I was impressed with Greg’s background and decades of experience in editing and writing both inside and outside of the bodybuilding industry. Greg had competed as a natural bodybuilder and powerlifter in past years and was also an avid cyclist. I recall feeling how fortunate Dan was to have a man of this caliber, along with his very talented wife Marsha, working so diligently for the most part out of sheer love for what they were doing for Dan.

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Randy Roach Interview

Michael Petrella, owner of STG Strength and Power sits down with author of Muscle Smoke and Mirrors Randy Roach. Discussion about old time bodybuilding, sports supplements and Randy's unique approach to training.


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Muscle, Smoke & Mirrors, Volume III - Update

This is a quick update on the progress of Book 1 of Volume III of Muscle, Smoke & Mirrors.

As you may already know, this last volume will unfold in a series of related mini books roughly 80 pages in length. This first book titled, “The Comebacks” deals extensively with the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Franco Columbu to competitive bodybuilding and how this affected the sport at a crucial time of its emergence into our mainstream culture. I have been fortunate to interact with three of the top five finishers: Chris Dickerson, Frank Zane, and Boyer Coe along with a good number of individuals also pertinent to the story.

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What’s Happening With The World of Muscle, Smoke & Mirrors

When I first accepted the request for an article on some history of the bodybuilding dietary in mid 2002 I had absolutely no idea it would proliferate into a decade long, multi-volume project covering the entirety of the awkward, often controversial  sport and all the cultural peripherals surrounding it.   Although the books have been successful they have not been without their challenges.  Below is a little background on our current circumstances surrounding these issues and how it pertains to the re-releases of volumes I & II, and finally a resolution for Volume III of Muscle, Smoke & Mirrors…

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