Cary Castagna - September 2nd, 2014
Killer Bodies by Michael Fleeman
Finally got my hands on a copy of “Killer Bodies: A Glamorous Bodybuilding Couple, Raging Passions and a Tragic Death.”
This book by former Associated Press reporter Michael Fleeman has a bit of a personal connection for me.
I met Craig Titus and Kelly Ryan at a pro bodybuilding show in Toronto in 2001 — and even took photos of them on separate occasions (see cropped pics below) — just four years before they made headlines in the horrific slaying of their live-in assistant Melissa James.
The sordid tale is unfathomable. The once-celebrated bodybuilding supercouple — now divorced — are currently languishing in Nevada prisons. Ryan is eligible for parole next year. Titus will get his first chance at freedom in 2026.
But there’s no happy ending to this story.
Craig Titus and Kelly Ryan in Toronto in 2001. (Photo by Cary Castagna)
Kelly Ryan and Craig Titus in Toronto in 2001. (Photo by Cary Castagna)
Cary Castagna - June 2nd, 2011
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DELRAY BEACH, FLORIDA — Ronnie Coleman, eight-time winner of the Mr. Olympia bodybuilding competition, has announced the launch of his latest venture, RonnieColemanNutrition.com.
The website, an online sport nutrition store, will feature over 170 major name brands and thousands of products. It will officially launch June 25, 2011, with a VIP ribbon cutting at Il Baccio Restaurant & Lounge in Delray Beach, Florida.
“With RonnieColemanNutrition.com, we are providing people across the globe the opportunity to find the best supplements to help them reach their fitness goals,” Coleman said. “It will undoubtedly be a force to be reckoned with in the sports nutrition industry for a long time to come.”
The website is part of Ronnie Coleman Enterprises, a company that specializes in the marketing and distribution of the best and most effective nutritional supplements in the world. The company was formed based on Coleman’s years of success in bodybuilding, including his eight consecutive Mr. O titles, his Guinness World Record 26 wins as an International Federation of Body Building (IFBB) professional and his work in marketing and promoting a broad range of nutritional products.
With Ronnie Coleman Enterprises, he has partnered with Mitch Gould, a nutritional products marketer with over 25 years of experience in distribution and branding. Gould has sold products to every major retailer in the U.S. and has worked with the likes of Steven Seagal, Hulk Hogan, Chuck Liddell and many other professional athletes. He currently serves as president of the company.
“There is no bigger authority on sports nutrition right now than Ronnie Coleman,” said Gould. “RonnieColemanNutrition.com is the place anyone can turn to in order to find the best nutritional supplements for their needs.”
The invitation-only launch party will begin with a ribbon cutting at 7:30 p.m., with the main even starting at 8:00 p.m. The event is presented by InHealth Media (http://www.inhealthmedia.com) the media agency of record for Ronnie Coleman Enterprises.
Cary Castagna - May 21st, 2011
Legendary bodybuilder Rich Gaspari tells me he splits his weight-training regimen into five weekly workouts focusing on specific muscle groups as follows:
Day 1 — chest and abs
Day 2 — back and calves
Day 3 — legs and abs
Day 4 — shoulders and hamstrings
Day 5 — arms
Each workout is 40-60 minutes in duration.
The 47-year-old former Mr. Universe, who exhibited freakish muscularity on the posing dais in the 1980s and early ‘90, still trains to failure.
“I’ll do that weight until I can’t do the weight anymore,” he says during a recent phone interview from New Jersey with yours truly. “Training a muscle to failure is what’s going to make you basically build your body. Your body doesn’t know the weight. The body knows failure. And when you go to failure, it’s going to build up.”
The Dragon Slayer says he also does 20-30 minutes of cardio, usually the recumbent bike, treadmill or stepper.
Check out my recent Keeping Fit column featuring Rich Gaspari by clicking HERE.
Cary Castagna - December 17th, 2010
With a week to go until Christmas, Fitness Nutrition’s Ericca Kern offers six tips to help avoid the big weight gain during this festive season.
1. Moderation. Limit yourself to (at most) one of whatever is being served. Don’t deprive yourself, when you finally eat … you’ll eat too much.
2. Anticipation. Commit yourself to eating healthy on the days you don’t have parties.
3. Water — fills and flushes. Make sure you only drink water while eating the traditional party food. Drinking enough water will convince your body that you are more full and it will help you quickly flush out many of the unhealthy ingredients.
4. Leave the leftovers. Much of the weight that is gained during the holidays comes from the food brought home after a party. Leftovers multiply the calorie intake of the party two or three times.
5. Recovery meal plan. The day after a big-calorie party, eat foods that are high in protein and dietary fibre, with reasonable fat and carbs.
6. The gift of exercise. More than ever, during the holidays when you have the opportunity do some sort of exercise or extra movement … DO IT! Walk up the stairs at work. Park far from the door of the mall, etc. If you don’t have as much time to go to the gym, do at least 15 minutes of cardio. Walk the dog a little more. Run after the kids a bit more.
About Ericca Kern
Ericca Kern, a pro figure competitor with the International Federation of Bodybuilders (IFBB), is a personal trainer and gym owner with more than 20 years in the fitness industry.