Muscle: Confessions of an Unlikely Bodybuilder by Samuel W. Fussell

By Samuel W. Fussell

Publish 12 months note: First released in 1991

A hilarious and harrowing firsthand account of the eccentric international of hardcore bodybuilding

whilst blue-blooded, storklike Samuel Wilson Fussell arrived in ny urban clean from the college of Oxford, the airy younger graduate looked like the final individual in the world who will be attracted to bodybuilding. yet he was once intimidated through the hazards of the city—and made up our minds to cope with it. At twenty-six, Fussell walked into the YMCA fitness center. 4 good years of extensive education, protein powders, and steroid injections later, he had won 80 kilos of natural muscle and was once competing for bodybuilding titles.

And but, with forearms like bowling pins and calves like watermelons, Fussell felt weaker than ever ahead of. His punishing routine of routines, medicinal drugs, and vitamin had decreased him to near-infant-like helplessness and immobility, leaving him hungry, nauseated, and vulnerable to outbursts of " 'roid rage." yet he had come to be successful, and there has been no backing down now.

Alternately humorous and engaging, Muscle is the genuine tale of 1 man's obsession with the pursuit of perfection. With perception, wit, and clean candor, Fussell ushers readers into the wild international of juicers and health club rats who sacrifice their lives, minds, our bodies, and souls to their desires of glory in Southern California's so-called iron mecca.

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He swept by us without a glance, not even acknowledging Mousie and Pea as iron brethren. “That dude’s got some serious muscle. ” Sweepea said beneath his breath. ” That much gym slang I knew. Sweepea estimated that a body like that could bench press four hundred and squat five hundred pounds. No one in our gym could do it. “He’s paid his dues, sure enough,” Mousie added. As I was to learn, that was the greatest compliment one bodybuilder could pay another. “He ain’t no barbody, tha’s for damn sure,” Sweepea murmured.

I was skinny for my age, see, and my fifteenth birthday, my dad gave me flippers. ’ I says to him. It’s not like we got a big pool in our backyard there or nuthin’. ’ He said it there, right in front of mommy. ” I too had started bodybuilding as a matter of survival, I said. I asked them if they’d heard the latest statistics. There were approximately 300,000 violent crimes a year in New York City, 12,000 on the subway alone, the papers reported. Study after study had shown that “fear of crime” was the primary concern of New Yorkers.

By the time Mousie slid three plates on each side of the bar, it sagged on either end. “Three hundred fifteen pounds, man,” Mousie said, lying with his back flat on the bench. He did two repetitions, hoist30 MUSCLE ing the bar off the rack to arm’s length, then bringing it down to touch his chest before pushing it back up. Mousie removed a plate from either side and let me try. This wasn’t a machine, and I knew it instantly. It was twice as hard as what I had grown used to. I had no problem repping the 225-pound weight; I had a grave problem balancing it.

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