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    Belial

    Nice interview this month in the crier. Definitely interesting to hear your perspective on this lifestyle, and id have to agree 100% about living first. An inspiring interview to say the least...

    good interview this month, Eric. (although a little bit is still cut off when it reaches my mailbox)

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    Thanks man. I haven't even gotten the crier yet, I didn't realize it had come out. DAMMIT HULK!

    But, again, thanks for the kind words. Really.
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    Originally posted by Belial
    Thanks man. I haven't even gotten the crier yet, I didn't realize it had come out. DAMMIT HULK!

    But, again, thanks for the kind words. Really.
    aye lad. no problemo.

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    Did Eric ask the real question burning on everyone's mind? Is Belial affiliated with the weak ninjas? Or my groovy dancing warriors?

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    Re: Belial

    Originally posted by lick
    Nice interview this month in the crier. Definitely interesting to hear your perspective on this lifestyle, and id have to agree 100% about living first. An inspiring interview to say the least...

    good interview this month, Eric. (although a little bit is still cut off when it reaches my mailbox)
    Blame Hulk.

    Maybe it's your email provider. 'Cause my copy is fine.

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    dont f*ck with us
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    "The whole jedi thing was just not compatible with my lifestyle. My master was jelous he was always holding me back, -"be mindfull of the future, but live in the present"- what the hell does that mean? I even got my arm cut off...it just sucked. So i switched to the dark side and i havent looked back once...Now i am shooting lightning from my fingertips, choking people over the phone, i even get to wear a cape.....its just boss. My name is Anikin skywalker and i am a sith lord."

    "i have the sex drive of 10 rabbits on viagra"

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    yay!!!!!!!!!!
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    How can I get a copy of this? I never get the crier.
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    Re: Re: Belial

    Originally posted by Mystic Eric


    Blame Hulk.

    Maybe it's your email provider. 'Cause my copy is fine.
    its not like the end is cut of or something. Its a peice in the middle. Im at work now so i dont know exactly where, but Belial started a sentence and it ended with "blah blah the" and then it went on to a new paragraph. this happens in every crier. I dont see how i could be my email provider. but it doesnt really matter. at least i get it right?

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    Good interview.
    ...watch me reap of what I sow....

    and BOOM goes the dynomite!

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    Can someone post the Belial interview on here.
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    Name: Alex
    Age: 22
    Location: Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. God help me.
    Occupation: Student, on my way to med school. Also getting my PT cert before Christmas, I hope. Also work at a GNC because, well, I need the discount.
    Years training: 2


    Q - What first attracted you to bodybuilding and how long have you been training?


    A - I was extremely active in high school, playing football, wrestling for a year, playing tennis for a year... I took martial arts for about twelve years as well.. so conditioning was never a problem. But, besides all that I was fundamentally lazy. Hated lifting, hated running. Ironic. Anyway, so, I came to college... and I kept eating the amount of food that a high school football player eats... Oops. I went from an average 185 to a very fat 235 in the space of a year and a half. Looking in the mirror one day, I decided I needed to do something about it, so I started dieting.

    I had no knowledge of proper training, nutrition, etc., so I essentially starved myself for the better part of a year. I lost the weight... and then some. Eventually, I got so caught up in the losing mode that I couldn't stop. I'm sure a lot of members know I wrestled with anorexia for the better part of half a year. Eventually hit rock bottom in December 2000, at 148 pounds. What got me out of it is a long story, but I have to say that bodybuilding was really a life saver for me. The lifestyle gave me the proper tools to build an exceptional body the HEALTHY way. I wanted to turn heads, and at first I figured I could do that by being more ripped than the next guy. That path could have killed me. Now, well... I think I'm reaching my goal, and I can safely say I'm 100% cured. I've been really eating to gain since april 2001, and my journal starts not long after that. So.... the progress there speaks for itself.


    Q - How did you come across WannaBeBig?


    A - A search engine, I believe. I found a few "other" sites AFTER WBB, and I gotta say, even though I sometimes got caught up with them, I kept coming back here. I think it's because of the great job Yates has done with the site. He really makes sure all the information is top notch, and the sense of community is unbelievable.

    (Editorís note: YatesNightBlade, the owner of WBB, does a tremendous job.)


    Q - What are your current goals and how is your training going in regards to this?


    A - I wish I knew! lol. For a while, I wanted to get as big as possible... but honestly, I think I'm fairly close to as big as I can get naturally. Right now, my emphasis is strength... I'd like to deadlift 600 and bench 400 (both raw) in the not-too-distant future. And from there, who knows. I'm so used to setting goals and surpassing them at this point, so I'd hate to eventually reach a stagnation point. After this phase passes, who knows, I might want to add a few pounds to my bodyweight, I might want to compete in a bodybuilding contest, I might go for olympic lifting. There's really no limit, and hopefully that will keep me interested in the lifestyle till I'm old and gray.


    Q - Whatís your best trait/body part and how do you train it?


    A - My back. It's the only body part that I really train strictly for hypertrophy (the other days of my split are geared to each of the big three lifts). The mainstay has always been weighted pull-ups, low reps and slow negatives characterize these. Lately, I've been going for as much overload as possible on the dumbbell rows, and as many people know I've taken to loading up an ez-curl bar (since the dumbbells only go up to 110 in my gym). Two sets here, 6-10 reps. The last lift for my back is either a barbell row or a machine row of some sort... I alternate between drop sets and 2 straight heavy sets on both. My back day is pretty damn low volume, actually, but it is quite strong and seems to grow no matter what I do.

    My other best trait is my amazing charm. I don't need to train that. Comes natural.

    hehe.


    Q - What are your interests? (Apart from WannaBeBig of course!)


    A - Uhhh.. lifting? Um. eating.

    Well, I'm going to leave physiology/medicine/training out of this, since those are pretty much assumed. Scuba diving, windsurfing (though my skill has left me), sailing (You figured out where my ideal vacation spot is yet?), just about any sport that gets me in or on top of the ocean is good by me. Actually, contrary to what many people will think, I DO like going to clubs/dancing, but I'm particular about my music. I will NOT shake my oversized, squat-induced bubble butt to hip hop. It's gotta be techo. Trance or house, preferably. (DnB and break beats are a little too spastic).

    I guess, other than that, I'm busy enough that I don't have much time to indulge. I'd like to get back into martial arts, maybe even football again, somehow. If only I had the time. And money.


    Q - What is your favorite movie, television show, and book?


    A - Braveheart/don't like TV shows/Dune


    Q - You noted that you went to each extreme with your weight. Tell me how you were treated by people when you were a fat 235. How were you treated when you became a ripped but skinny 145? And how do people treat you now that you have an awesome physique? As well, how was your lifestyle socially when you were a fat 235, a skinny 145 and now?


    A - Now THAT is a good question. It's funny, this is something I've thought about a lot. Humans are not so far removed from the wild that we don't rely on some of the same instinctual clues to determine our "rank" in society as other animals. I think there are enough societal overlays to counteract some of that, but not all of it.

    When I was a fat 235, I was almost invisible to other people unless I was extremely loud or extremely in their way. Women didn't look at me more than once, and men had a tendency to discount my presence, unless I was, say, completely drunk. Yeah, it was a low point. lol.

    When I lost weight... Well, I looked sick. I do have to say that my face was striking.. very accentuated cheekbones, sharp jawline. Not to say I was good looking... I looked almost frightening. And my small stature, well, garnered zero respect from other guys, certainly. And women weren't particularly attracted to my build. Very ripped, yes, but to an extreme. Maybe a model quality physique, but the kind of sick, ridiculous looking male models that make any healthy person say "why". Almost a caricature.

    Now, well... there should be studies done on this. Certainly, people look twice. People tend to defer in conversation, especially guys. I'm given a wider berth... honestly, by having a body that the majority of people do not have (but all want), it automatically places one relatively high up on the social ladder. That would be assuming I gave a sh*t. But it's a nice perk. And girls... that one should be obvious. And I'm going to stop here, because any further observations would indicate the presence of a healthy ego, and I would hate to misrepresent.

    Social life in general... well, there are too many other factors involved at each stage of my life to say what had to do with body size.


    Q - I know a lot of people have trouble understanding what a person goes through when he/she has the unfortunate *disease* of anorexia. What was your mind set like? How did you feel? What were some recurrent thoughts that you had to face? How hard was it?


    A - You're asking for insight into psychosis here. I guess the easiest way to relate would be in a way that people here can understand. Anorexia has different causes, it can be societal pressure, the result of athletics, the result of a health program gone terribly wrong... but the fact remains that anybody who is anorexic does not think he or she is doing anything wrong. I certainly didn't. My narrow waist and striated glutes were a testament to my willpower, my strength in overcoming bad food, excessive eating, drinking, etc. My full body workouts every day of the week, sometimes at 6:00 AM were a source of pride for me, because it showed that there was nothing I wouldn't do to make sure I stayed "in shape". I'd look around at ordinary people, and they all looked fat and blubbery.

    This is the thing most people don't realize... people DID say "You're too thin", but that just confirmed what I felt, that I was better than they were. You can't cure an anorexic who doesn't want to be cured. And most do not.

    Looking back, it's hard to remember what I felt, day to day. I remember spending every waking hour totaling up calories, enjoying the sensation of hunger because it "meant I was burning fat", dreading the moment when I had to sit down and actually put food in my stomach. I was also very alone. I pulled inward. Didn't drink, didn't go out... hell, I could barely walk up the stairs some days, I was so weak. My girlfriend at the time came back from study abroad when I was still struggling with this. The relationship didn't last long, and ended on an ugly note.

    I faced this problem on my own, and I'm still not totally sure how I overcame it. But... I don't recognize the person I was then. I feel like I've matured tremendously since then, it taught me more about myself than any other single experience in my life, and in that respect, I wouldn't trade that year of hell for anything.


    Q - I know that you go to Duke University and you want to get in Med school. What exactly do you want to do in the field of medicine?


    A - Endocrinology. You figure that one out.
    Improving the human body isn't a hobby, it's a science. It is the heart of medicine. People will always grow up, grow old, and die, but growing old does not mean growing feeble. We're only scratching the surface of HRT right now, and what could potentially be done with it further down the line is tremendous. Imagine 75-80 year olds with a heart as strong as a 35 year old's, the bone strength of a 30 year old, the muscular strength of a 25 year old, and the libido of a 20 year old?

    Well, no, scratch that last one, that's just terrifying. But as for the others, though that may sound ridiculous, the potential is there. Longevity is meaningless without health. If you're 60, but can't walk on your own, living to 85 is a 25 year prison sentence. If there's anything I can do to change all that, then I'll have contributed in some small way to society.


    Q - I believe that you said you started a cycle (of steroids) after a hard year of training? What made you decide to take your cycle? I know some people are very insistent on training naturally and trying to get to their natural genetic potential before using steroids to take them to the next level. What made you decide to go ahead to use steroids so early in your training career?


    A - Well that's pretty straight to the point, isn't it? lol. I think to understand why I did this would mean you'd have to understand my philosophy on these supplements in general. They're a drug, yes, but they're first and foremost a tool. Like a drug they can be abused, but unlike most drugs there is little physical addiction, and almost zero chance of overdose (mind you I'm discussing steroids, not insulin, DNP, etc.). To view them as miracle supplements capable of turning you into a freaky monster overnight is silly. And to view them as dangerous is silly. If used responsibly, they're quite safe and effective. People SHOULD get a solid natural base before starting a cycle, but that has to do with knowledge. If you don't know how to eat and train, you'll get nothing out of gear.

    About 14 months ago, I inflicted a back injury on myself deadlifting. (Yes, you inflict training injuries. 99% of the time, they're your own fault, so you're not 'suffering' anything) My spinal erectors were strained, and I tore the upper part of my left glute. This was painful, and made me extremely weak for the next few months. At this point I had been doing research on anabolics for close to a year (yes, even when I was 148 pounds and sickly), and felt I had a good enough base to make an educated decision. The idea was never to "get hyooge" by taking a gram of test a week... A low dose of EQ, run for 8 weeks. That was it. (Oh, and fake winny. heh). The good thing about this cycle... my posterior chain strength returned. The bad part... about two weeks into the cycle I contracted a case of e.coli. Normally, a week of intense illness would have caused quite a bit of weight loss. I lost a pound. Needless to say, I love EQ. Will I say it was purely to recover from an injury? No. There was some appeal to the idea of gaining good weight, but I never ate to blow up. Take that for what you will, and believe what you like, though. I know that will be the case regardless of what I say.

    Last spring, I began a cycle of prop/EQ, but literally 6 days into it I decided I couldn't do it justice. Too much stress, not enough food, and I would likely gain nothing from it, and suffer a net loss afterwards. Will I do another one? I'm not sure. Though it's a distinct possibility.


    Q - I noticed that you have a great balance in your life. You're not one of those 'stereotyped' body builders that concentrates 100% of their life to training. Yet however, you still manage to have gotten so big and strong. How do you manage to achieve balance in social life such as going to bars and hanging out with your girlfriend/friends, studying in university and going pre-med, and training while doing all of them successfully?


    A - I'm sick of obsession, Eric. I've had my fair share of it. And in this game, unless you're truly one of the elite, obsession isn't necessary. It's almost funny how many people stick to the old school "bodybuilding diet" of tuna, cottage cheese, brown rice, chicken breast, natural peanut butter (not that natty PB ain't good stuff) etc. etc., never go out, never have a good time, and basically devote themselves 100% to the lifestyle. The ironic thing is, if they cut themselves some slack... even a good amount of slack, they'd probably do just as well. I look far better now, eating what many would consider a substandard diet (lots of bread, cheese, red meat, protein bars, etc.) than I did when I psychotically watched every morsel that went into my mouth.

    I think it was on stumptuous.com that I read Krista saying something to the effect of "Your body isn't an accountant or nitpicker. It's a dreamer, a visionary." I'm sure I butchered that, but the idea is the same. Give your body what it needs... calories, rest, and hard, intelligent training, and it will grow. A normal life can be easily built around this, it just takes a little planning ahead. Going out drinking? Take some milk thistle, drink a lot of water when you come back, get some extra sleep... it can be made to work. Studying comes first, that's where my money will come from. Friends/girlfriends... those are what life's about, man.

    Bodybuilding should add to your life, not dominate/restrict it, unless you're being paid to do it. And even then... Yes, it's a big part of my life, and a true passion of mine. But I'll be damned if I let the rest of my life suffer because of it.

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    Thanks for talking to us this week Belial. It was a pleasure interviewing you. Good luck in school and training.
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    ...watch me reap of what I sow....

    and BOOM goes the dynomite!

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    Nice interview for sure. But about what I expected from Alex.

    Now I am confused about one thing.....is it Yates site or Hulk's?

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    "Hulk" is a figment of Yates imagination. "Hulk" is the scapegoat for the **** ups. While Yates taes all the credit for what works.
    ...watch me reap of what I sow....

    and BOOM goes the dynomite!

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    what the heck? sounds like the guy from fight club is running this site!! i was a little confused if hulk is on top of yates or the other way around? who gets whose coffee?
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    lmao
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    lol, look what you started belial...

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    B, I laughed, I cried, I peed my pants. Nice interview foo'
    *in yoda voice* Young yet very wise you are, yes.

    Seriously great stuff.

    & Eric, good job with The Crier.
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    Originally posted by Orange357
    Bodybuilding should add to your life, not dominate/restrict it, unless you're being paid to do it. And even then... Yes, it's a big part of my life, and a true passion of mine. But I'll be damned if I let the rest of my life suffer because of it.
    Congrats Belial, that was a fabulous read !!!

    Wow...you certainly have had your fair share of "challenges" for your 22yrs.

    You show great strength of character .
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    Originally posted by Franjipani

    You show great strength of character .
    Absolutely true. No doubt about it.

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    What a well spoken , completely all around amazing guy in ever way , eh

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    Good stuff.
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    very nice interview!
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    Wow, I never expected this kind of response. Again, thanks. I'm glad some of what I said was even remotely interesting to people, that's very flattering. I appreciate all the kind words, and definitely thanks to Eric for the good questions (and for doing the crier month after month).
    "Except Belial. He knows everything. This isn't a sarcastic attack, either. He really knows everything." -----Organichu
    "Alex is all knowing and perfect"-----Jane (loosely paraphrased)
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    Everyone always kissin your ass, Im not afraid to tell what I think! *slugs back rum*
    ...watch me reap of what I sow....

    and BOOM goes the dynomite!

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