Pic of Roddick on cover of Men's Fitness!

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    I don't know what Roddick has been pumping, but it ain't the lotion bottle! He's looking seriously beefy for a tennis player. Has anyone else seen it? When was that pic taken? Anyone know?

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    Is this a recent issue, or from months ago? It was a fake. In an interview even Roddick admited that it was doctored. That is, if this is the picture that I think it is.
     
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    Was this the photoshopped pic from awhile back or a new one? The photoshopped one had a topic here when it first came out.
     
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    That guy has some good arms and delts. Not to bang Roddick though, as he's a strong guy for his size. You can't be that huge and play tennis at the pro level, IMHO. Too bad.

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    Roddick said something like "Little did I know I had 18 inch guns" :D
     
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    In one interview, he said that Nadal wanted his arms back.
     
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    Yep, he said both those things, pretty quickly after the cover came out. He was very public about the fact that he does not look like that and he was just as surprised as everyone else that the magazine did so much doctoring to the photo.
     
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    I totally missed the thread on this. I've got to stop spending so much time trying to convert right wingers in Rants and Raves! I'm missing all the fun.

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    Does this mean "Men's Fitness" doctors all of their cover photos?
     
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    I'm sure they do. They are competing with the muscle mags, with their half naked froggy men pumped full of steroids, growth hormones, and who knows what else?

    You could do worse than model your physique on the real Roddick. He's in pretty good shape for a tennis player. He certainly doesn't train with Nalbandian!!

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    Good grief, why do people feel the need to attack Andy? (see the first article above) He loses his temper a bit too often, but beyond that he's a lights out tennis player. He's also very young and going to make a lot of mistakes socially. Let him grow up....

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    Nah, that's not true. Most of the men's fitness mags are owned by the publishers that also put the BB publications. Most of the touching up is standard issue for all kinds of magazines with attractive people upfront. Roddick was an extreme example, though.
     
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    Yes, they own a couple of similar pubs, but they don't own about 3 or 4 others they compete with, and only Flex would come close to this publication among their stable of mags.
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    Yeah, but when Weider started coming out with the Men's Fitness mags, they were deliberately going for a counter-rebrand. In fact, the selling point in those mags isn't models of size, but models who have a tiny waistline and an accentuated upper torso. (And most of the touching up is in the abs and chest, just like with women)

    Now, they mostly promote athletes and largely it's not in any sense intentionally competitive with the BB image at all. The impetus is in creating a masculine image that is not incompatible with metrosexual images created by GQ and other gentlemen's magazines. Whereas BB magazines usually show a big guy with a hot woman in order to play up masculine (i.e. adolescent) virility and the like.

    I'm not sure why they felt they needed to touch up Roddick's forearms, except perhaps only to redress long-standing perceptions of tennis not being a "macho" sport. Completely different market now.
     
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    Good comment, JR!
     
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    Well, it seems to me they are competing for a similar cross-section of the male population. I read all the bodybuilding mags, for instance, as do my sons. None of us are bodybuilders. In fact, I prefer the hardcore BB mags to the fluffy, metrosexual crap with articles on how to pick up a woman or styling your moustache. BLECH! BUT, a guy who reads Muscular Development might also read a fluffy mag like Men's Fitness it seems to me, particularly younger guys.

    So, sheezh, I don't know for sure, Tricky, I'm a bloody old lawyer. (shoot me now :) ) It just seems a bit over the top to pump up Roddick as though tennis players can get 20 inch guns or something. Yeah, I noticed they trimmed Roddick's waistline about 4 inches too. :)

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    Lay off the steroids! Well, that would explain the 140+ mph serves..... :lol:
     
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    The bodybuilding industry uses Flex, M&F, MMI, and MD essentially as glorified supplement-advertisement catalogues, and that was why they had worked so hard in the 80s and early 90s trying to curry the mainstream audience. However, when the Mr. Olympia and IBFF judges start siding unilaterally with freaky mass builders over aesthetics -- when Shawn Ray was literally the only guy out there who could compete without going 250lbs -- this damaged the supplement industry on two counts. First, the look was much less appealing to the mainstream audience. Second, it was impossible to believably sell customers that these supplements, not steroids, were the main reason for their freaky size. As a result, going into the mid-90s, the BB industry was in big trouble.

    The men's fitness magazines now subsidize the hardcore mags. Supplement companies like EAS make most of their money from young male customers who want to emulate athletes, older men who are inspired by those physique transformations, and women who observe the fitness bunnies around them and want to be like them. These supplement companies still pitch products for the extreme market, and they still sponsor professional bodybuilders and contests, but now they don't have to base their livelihood on signing a Jay Cutler, a Lee Priest or Ronnie Coleman. They can go for a Brady Quinn to promote their products.

    T-mag site is a good example of this, BTW. In the beginning, they were pitching themselves as a hardcore, "underground" alternative to publications, with articles on biochemistry and "hormone-like" connoctions. But they essentially followed Buttplug's Musclemedia business model and have transitioned toward a college subsection of the "men's fitness" audience, interested in MMA and sports, and using that to leverage the Biotest supplement company. Which is fine, T-mag has great columnists and have a format more similar to the Ironman Magazine style. But a lot of BB people feel betrayed over their turn. I cite their articles here, because this site matches their audience. But I would cite their work less if this were a BB site.

    Yeah, but there's actually more real and useful content (i.e. exercise technique, conditioning schemes) in Men's Fitness than Muscular Development. That's the stickler. Of ALL the mainstream BB magazines, the only publication worth a damn is still trusty Ironman Magazine. Flex is special in that it's the "industry magazine", and so you can read up on the latest beef between the top dogs. But outside of that, you're better off using the Internet or reading powerlifting/strongman publications.
     
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