Respect for “The Blond Bomber” Dave Draper

By Shawn Ray The legendary, Dave Draper passed away November 30, 2021 however his legacy and memories remain with all who knew him as more than just an iconic figure from the 60’s Muscle Beach scenes in movies and magazines. Dave, a Santa Cruz, California native was one of those athletes we see once in […]

The Labrada Affect

By Shawn Ray The Mr. Olympia contest began in 1965 where the world was introduced to its first champion in the form of Larry Scott who would go onto win the 66′ title as well. It’s been 57 years since that happened and only 15 world champions have since held the title of Mr. Olympia. […]

Shawn Ray New Global Ambassador for Mutant Nation

By John Hansen   -Shawn Ray signs with Mutant Nation- Hall of Fame Bodybuilder Shawn Ray has officially signed with Mutant Nation. In a press release on July 20th, 2021, the supplement company, CEO Jim McMahon announced their new partnership with Shawn “with the mission of sharing his wisdom, techniques, motivation and nutrition tips that […]

The Shape of Things to Come……

By Shawn Ray Every so often history has a way of repositioning itself in order to make way for a new generation of future superstars of sport! In professional bodybuilding one need look no further than the infamous “Posedowns” to see the ever changing landscape of the Past as it meets the Present. In some […]

The New King of New York, Nick Walker

By John Hansen Men’s Bodybuilding: In a dominant victory, 26 year old Nick Walker won the prestigious New York Pro Championships on May 15th, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. Competing in only his second pro show, Walker battled pre-contest favorite Justin Rodriguez for first place in a heated showdown. Rodriguez, coming off a win at the […]

Who will be “King of New York 2021?

By John Hansen & Shawn Ray   New York Pro History: The 2021 IFBB New York Pro will be held on May 15, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. This will be the 17th consecutive New York Pro which replaced the iconic Night of the Champions competition in 2005. Over the years, many of bodybuilding’s greatest stars have competed […]

The Business of Bodybuilding

By Shawn Ray Winning bodybuilding shows while exciting and satisfying, is only the beginning of the journey and not the end. The top bodybuilders in the world recognize the reward isn’t just a victory but creating “opportunities.” History has shown that longevity has its rewards in comparison to the glorious but short term emotions that […]

The Best of Canada- My Journey into the Fitness Hall of Fame

By Mindi O’Brien Being at the top of your game, and staying there for years, requires incredible determination, hard work, and notably, sacrifice. What are you willing to give up to get to the top – and stay there? For many, it becomes their career. Being a woman in a predominately male dominated industry, being […]

The 90’s Bodybuilder Mentality

By Shawn Ray Thirty-One years ago the world of professional bodybuilding was coming into their first ever Drug-Tested Mr. Olympia contest in the Windy City of Chicago as 6X returning champion, Lee Haney was closing in on his record tying seventh Olympia Title which he would go onto win and share with legend, Arnold Schwarzenegger […]

Uncrowned Lightweight Mr. Olympia Champions

An Opinion Piece by Bill Dobbins Founding Editor, Flex Magazine Amateur bodybuilding competition features weight divisions.  And the use of weight classes is common in sports in which body size confers distinct advantages.  In boxing, the difference between one class of fighters and another can be only a relatively few pounds.  The same is true of weightlifting.  At the elite level, the bigger weightlifters […]

2021- Farewell to 2020 Iron Angels!

By Shawn Ray The year 2020 was long, brutal, unforgiving and sad in many ways however, it left the bodybuilding community with thoughts and memories of athletes and influencers whom left their mark on the sport in the time they were here. While a long life is not promised to anyone of us, quality and […]

Big Ramy Wins the 2020 Mr. Olympia!!!

By Shawn Ray The 56th Joe Weider Mr. Olympia Weekend got off to an awesome start with the Press Conference that saw only a couple or a few representatives from each division so as to allow thorough answers and enough time for each category to be presented. The highlight of the Press Conference was a […]

2020 Rising Phoenix Pro Returns!

By Shawn Ray This weekend the Rising Phoenix Women’s World Championships return to the desert Sun in Scottsdale, Arizona at the Talking Stick Resort & Casino for its 6th Year! The line up this year is an amazing collection of the best build women in the world showcasing the Women’s Bodybuilding Line-up that includes the […]

Digital Muscle Media- Peter McGough

By Shawn Ray On behalf of the entire Bodybuilding Community, we’d like everyone to keep one of our sports Crown Jewels, Peter McGough in Prayer as he continues his fight against Cancer. Peter has batting for nearly 7 years now and we want to remind everyone especially during the month of October which represents Cancer […]

Digital Muscle Media- Special Mr. Olympia Announcement!

By Dan Solomon OLYMPIA WEEKEND KEEPS GETTING BETTER! Organizers Complete Plan to Host All Events Inside Planet Hollywood Resort The final phase of a major overhaul of the fitness industry’s most prestigious event has been completed. For the first time in 15 years, all the excitement of Olympia Weekend will be held inside the host hotel, thanks to the new Olympia Fan Pavilion planned at the Planet Hollywood Resort as a […]

Monday Night Muscle with 212 Contender, Keone Pearson!

By Shawn Ray 25 year old, Keone Pearson is looking to shake up the 56th Joe Weider Olympia Weekend this December 17-20th in Las Vegas, Nevada by moving into the 212lb Olympia Showdown to formally challenge the title currently held by 48 years old, Kamal ElGarni from England. This former Pro Classic Physique Artist has […]

Monday Night Muscle: 7X 212 Olympia Winner, James “Flex” Lewis Returns!

By Shawn Ray Today on Monday Night Muscle, Bob Chick sits down with the Welsh Sensation, Flex Lewis to discuss his return to the Olympia Weekend in search of making History by becoming the first 2 Division Olympia Champion ever as he moves up from 212lb Bodybuilding class where he won 7 consecutive Olympia Titles […]

Monday Night Muscle with Josh Barnett- Metroflex Gym Owner

By Shawn Ray On today’s episode of MNM, Phoenix, Arizona Metroflex Gym Owner, Josh Barnett joins Bob & I to discuss gym survival during CoVid19 and the Legal issues gym owners are facing with PPE protocols while trying to keep gym doors open for business. Josh explains the Legalities he’s faced with regarding gym closures, […]

Monday Night Muscle Special Guest: Jake Wood

By Shawn Ray Today’s Special Guest, Jake Wood is no stranger to the bodybuilding world, he’s been in the gym since the mid 70’s working out in and around industry greats like Vince Gironda, Don Peters, Rich Gaspari and more following his years of playing football. Co-Host OG Monday Niggt Muscle, Bob Cicherillo sits down […]

Olympia Weekend Announces New Venue, New Date!!

by Shawn Ray This years marks a new chapter in the 56 year history of Bodybuilding’s Super Bowl Event of the year. On December 16th the Joe Weider’s Olympia Weekend moves to its new home on the Las Vegas Strip at Planet Hollywood, home to the Zappos Theater, where once again History will be made! […]

Rest In Peace, Joanna Thomas

by Shawn Ray It’s with a heavy heart that I report the news heard earlier this morning from my colleague in the Bodybuilding Community, Dave Palumbo that former Pro Bodybuilder, Joanna Thomas has passed away in her home country of England. She was the second of three children. Her father is painter and decorator and her […]

Kai Greene: Memories of a Champion

by Shawn Ray It’s been since the year 2016 that I last witnessed Kai Greene in the Victory pose at the Arnold Classic in Brazil. Kai was poised to be the heir apparent to the Mr. Olympia Title when suddenly he was a ghost? The meteoric rise to Mt. Olympus gave the hardcore Muscle fans […]


By Lenda Murray 8 x Ms Olympia As you know we are in the grips of an unprecedented global health crisis that will affect each of us in a multitude of ways! With the spread of the Corona virus as well as the heightened levels of fear, anxiety and stress that are byproducts of the virus we need […]

Chris Dickerson Spotlight

by Shawn Ray The first ever Black Mr. America, Chris Dickerson stood barely 5’6 and weighed less than 200lbs. Chris would go on to compete in four different decades from the 60’s into the 90’s while racking up victories like Mr. America, Mr. Universe and ultimately Winning the Mr. Olympia in 1982 as the oldest […]

Robby Robinson Spotlight

By Shawn Ray Legendary Hall of Fame Bodybuilder and 8X Mr. Olympia, Lee Haney pays his respect to his inspiration growing up as a kid, The Black Prince, Robby Robinson. Lee had the opportunity to introduce his Idol onstage to the fans in 2011 at the Return of the Legends Pro Championships in Miami, Florida […]

Where are They Now- Mia Finnegan

By Shawn Ray Mia Finnegan won numerous Fitness Titles prior to becoming the worlds best in 1995 by way of victory at the first ever Ms. Fitness Olympia Contest in Atlanta, Ga. Mia would go on to become a Personal Trainer, Product Endorser, Mother and Mentor to many would be athletes upon her retirement from […]

Where are They Now: Lenda Murray

by Shawn Ray This native of Michigan began her career in Bodybuilding by earning her Pro Card after winning the 1989 North American Championship following a successful professional Cheerleading and Track & Field background. Lenda would go on to win a record 8 Ms. Olympia Titles and later become a successful contest Promoter/ Ambassador for […]

Where are They Now: Gunter Schlierkamp

By Shawn Ray The German Giant, Gunter Schlierkamp from Germany rose to prominence around 2002 at the Mr. Olympia after trying to break into the big leagues since 1994. Coming from the back of the pack, this former amateur Mr. Universe clawed his way from out of the top 10 in the Mr. Olympia line-up […]

Arnold Classic 32 in Review!

By Shawn Ray   Arnold Sports Festival Winners in Review: Pro Bikini, Elisa Pecini Pro Figure, Natalia Soltero Pro Women’s Physique, Natalia Coehlo Pro Fitness, Missy Truscott Pro Men Classic Physique, Alex Cambronero Pro Wheelchair, Harold Kelly Pro Stronman, Hafthor Bjornsson Watch the All New Digital Muscle Media Report for the 2020 ASC 32 on […]

William Bonac Wins 2020 Arnold Classic

By Shawn Ray The 32nd Arnold Classic Winner, William Bonac continued his impressive string of consistent professional showings by recapturing his second Arnold Classic Ohio Title since 2018 holding off the 5X ASC Record Holding Champion, 50 year old Dexter “The Blade” Jackson for the Win! William had just the right amount of conditioning with […]

Arnold Classic Ohio News!

COLUMBUS, Ohio—Amid fears about the spreading coronavirus, spectators will not be allowed at most events at the 2020 Arnold Sports Festival, the massive annual strongman and fitness expo scheduled to be held in Columbus later this week.The 22,000-plus athletes participating in this year’s festival, also known as the Arnold, will still be allowed to compete […]

Dexter Jackson Retirement Tour 2020!

By Shawn Ray The hugely successful career and the most consistent bodybuilder of all-time, Dexter Jackson is coming to a close in 2020. Dexter, the former Bantam Weight competitor, eventually would go on to earn his Pro Card by way of winning the 1998 North American Championships and enter his first of 19 Mr. Olympia […]

Arnold Classics 2020

By Shawn Ray Arnold Schwarzenegger begins the new decade of 2020 in his backyard of Santa Monica, California with some help from a few of the worlds Strongest Men at the 2nd Annual Arnold Strongman Competition Saturday, January 18th on the Santa Monica Pier!  This is Star Studded event brought people together last year in […]

Digital Muscle: Bodybuilder of the Decade – Phil Heath

By Shawn Ray Since 2010 Phil Heath’s name has been synonymous with Mr. Olympia until 2019 when he finally took a year off to fully recover from back to back surgeries on his abdomen.  Phil’s first Mr. Olympia attempt in 2009 landed him in 5th place, not a bad place to be considering he held […]

Female Bodybuilder of the Year!

Unless you’ve been hiding under a Rock in 2019, it would be hard not to have noticed the resurgence of Women’s Bodybuilding on the landscape of the sport! Wings of Strength and it’s CEO, Jake Wood along with  his relentless Team & Staff, have single handily thrust Women‘s Bodybuilding  back to the front of the line […]

Digital Muscle Media: 2019 Bodybuilder of the Year!

By Shawn Ray There’s one simple reason to chose Brandon Curry as  BODYBUILDER OF THE YEAR=  Winning! Simply put, Brandon has been a study of consistency when it comes to Improving over the years and Winning shows! 2008 NPC USA Championships, 1st 2011 IFBB Mr.Olympia, 8th 2012 IFBB Arnold Classic, 7th 2013 IFBB Arnold Classic […]

Digital Muscle Media: Top Stories of The Year!

By Shawn Ray 10- Where’s Phil Heath? Following 9 consecutive Mr. Olympia appearances that included a run of 7 consecutive victories tying Arnold Schwarzenegger and joining Ronnie Coleman along with Lee Haney as the only four men in the history to lay claim to the title that many times, Phil took a deliberate step off the […]

Digital Muscle Media- Open Men’s Bodybuilding Year in Review

By Shawn Ray Looking back over the year that was 2019, we saw some new faces, comebacks, global expansion and more Pro Cards than ever!Kicking off this past year we all took notice of the arrival of Brandon Curry by winning the 31st, Arnold Classic in Columbus, Ohio adding that victory to his other two […]

“The Real Deal” Chris Cormier Story.

Legendary bodybuilder Broderick Chris Cormier from Palm Springs, California burst into the scene as a Teenage Mr. California Champion in 1987 who would later win titles Mr. California & 1993 Mr. USA which in turn kicked off his Pro Career and world travels competing in a whopping 71 Pro Shows spanning from 1994 to 2006. […]

Jusup Wilkosz RIP

November 19, 2019 Digital Muscle News: Sad news reporting the passing of one of Germany’s Best Built Men, Jusup Wilkosz today. The news broke on social media platform Facebook via his sister Barbara, Arlette & Jochen & family. Jusup Wilkosz (born 1948 – deceased Nov 2019) was a German bodybuilder. He competed in weightlifting before turning to bodybuilding. In […]

Results: 2019 Japan Pro- Niagara Falls Pro

November 17, 2019- Pro Final Results Report: The IFBB Pro League featured two Pro Shows over the weekend in Niagara Falls, Canada and Shibuya, Japan. In Canada, event promoters, Mindi OBrien and Bob Cicherillo presented winners: Pro Bikini: Susana Aramayo Mens 212: Guy Cisternino Mens Classic Physique: Terrence Ruffin Congratulations to these two hardworking former […]

The Sandow – Bodybuilding’s Most Coveted Trophy 🏆

By Brian Bullman The Sandow trophy has been bodybuilding’s ultimate prize as long as I have been alive, and for some years before. We, as 21st Century bodybuilding fans, associate this coveted trophy with the Mr. Olympia contest, which has celebrated its 55th anniversary this year, but the Sandow’s history far exceeds that of the […]

Strong warning from Trainer, David Kalick to competing athletes

November 12, 2019 By David Kalick It was a bitter sweet weekend for Training Coach, David Kalick this past weekend in Long Beach, California as he endured the weekend with a sober and distant look in his eyes while bearing witness to veteran 212 Pro, David Henry win yet another 212 Pro Championship that he […]

IFBB Amateur Olympia & Japan Pro 11-15/16

By Hidetada Yamagishi November 15-16 the Asian Sensation, Hidetada Yamagishi returns to Shibuya, Japan adding to his 2nd year promotion of the Japan Pro a first ever, Olympia Qualifier and 18 Pro Cards up for grabs! Hidetada fresh off his victory in the 212 Korean Pro Championships just celebrated his 1 year Anniversary of Powerhouse […]

2019 Niagara Falls Pro/Am 11/15-16th Canada 🇨🇦

By Mindi O’Brien IFBB PRO LEAGUE- 2CHICKS PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS THE NIAGARA FALLS PRO/AM Mindi O’Brien (Canada’s top fitness personality) and Bob Cicherillo (The Voice of Bodybuilding) have partnered up to bring back the Niagara Falls Pro Show! The prestigious 2 day event will be held November 15-16th at the Scotiabank Convention Centre located in the heart of […]

Where are They Now: Tom Prince

November 10, 2019 By Tom Prince In 1997, Tom Prince was crowned NPC Overall National Champion to earn his Pro Card. By 2002 following his last contest appearance at the NY Night of Champions his career would end and a battle with failing Kidneys began. Today, Tom sits down to discuss his Life after Bodybuilding […]

Legion Sports Fest- Long Beach, California

Promoter, Chris Minnes Saturday and Sunday November 9-10th the city of Long Beach comes alive! Contest promoter, Chris Minnes kicks things off on Saturday with a huge Expo and Sports Festival featuring: Pole Fitness, Max Reps to Win, Arm Wrestling, Powerlifting, Pro Seminars, Armored Combat, Kick Boxing, MMA and more!!!!! Saturday, November 9, 2019 10:00 […]

The Mind and The Muscle behind Romania Muscle Fest- Alina Popa

By Shawn Ray Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, it’s hard not to notice what just took place in Bucharest, Romania over the weekend. A Sold Out venue over two consecutive days, a full Amateur & Pro Line-up, 7 IFBB Pro League Pro Card’s handed out and a select few Mr. Olympia 2020 Qualifying […]

Where are They Now: Dennis Newman

By Shawn Ray At the close of 1980’s, Dennis “In-Human” Newman would emerge from obscurity and blast into the homes of many Americans by way of ESPN’s, American Muscle TV! Dennis won the Teenage NPC USA’s and would later add titles, Mr. California and the eventuality Mr.USA in 1994! As quickly as his star began […]

Cedric McMillan Wins Romania Muscle Fest!

Top 3 Breakdown by Shawn Ray: November 4, 2018 After struggling at the Mr. Olympia in September having received the “Special Invitation” to compete, Big Cedric has continued his quest for improvement by hitting the IFBB Pro Circuit raking up victories in both Hungary and Romania! Cedric stated immediately following his win, “Hey man, I’m […]


Digital Muscle is pleased to present a LIVE webcast of the Wings of Strength Romania Musclefest, an IFBB Professional League Olympia Qualifier. SUNDAY LIVE STREAM SATURDAY LIVE STREAM (WATCH REPLAY) FRIDAY LIVE STREAM / ATHLETE CHECK-IN EVENT (WATCH REPLAY)   Digital Muscle News Wire This section of is reserved for updates and information related […]

Romania Muscle Fest November 1-3

Promoter, Tim Gardner NPC WORLDWIDE & IFBB PROFESSIONAL LEAGUE FINALS ROMANIA MUSCLE FEST PRO-AM FRIDAY NOVEMBER 1 •3:30pm LOCATION: WORLD TRADE CENTER / PULLMAN HOTEL @ NEW YORK ROOM Wings Of Strength IFBB Professional League ALL-STAR Seminar featuring !!!FREE ADMISSION!!! Brandon Curry Shawn Ray Lenda Murray  Alina Popa Yaxeni Oriquen  Sergi Constance. FACE CONVENTION CENTER – NPC […]

The Return of Ms. Olympia

By Irene Andersen I wanted to post a note welcoming back the female bodybuilders and the Miss Olympia contest to the Olympia Weekend in 2020. After a five year hiatus, the very best of women’s bodybuilding will be back on the main stage in Las Vegas. This is largely due to the efforts of Wings […]

Digital Muscle Names Shawn Ray Editor-In-Chief

Bodybuilding legend turned media standout Shawn Ray has been named Editor-In-Chief of Digital Muscle.  Fresh off its exclusive webcast of the 2019 Olympia, has grown in recent years into a destination for those who follow the world of fitness, bodybuilding, nutrition, training, supplementation and an array of fit minded categories. “Since I retired from […]

NPC Worldwide expands fast in Brazil!

In less than two years, Brazil has become the NPC’s second largest market. The impressive implementation of shows such as the Olympia Brazil, Arnold Classic South America, Musclecontest Nacional and Musclecontest Brazil have shown to the Brazilian public that bodybuilding can be elevated to the highest level.  NPC Executive Director Tamer El Guindy who is […]

Supps: The Movie (Entertainment Spotlight)

PRESS RELEASE:FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE First Feature Documentary on Sports Supplements  On September 5th 2019 producer/director Alex Ardenti released SUPPS: The Movie on Amazon Prime Video in the US  and UK with global distribution available on Vimeo On Demand. SUPPS: The Movie is the first feature length documentary film on the history, evolution and current state of the […]

Wings of Strength Romania Championship: Nov 1-3

  IFBB Pro League Pro/Am Qualifier: 7 Pro Cards at Stake *Mr. Olympia 2020 Qualifier✅ Muscle Fest Pro on November 1-3 in Bucharest, Romania with All Star Seminar featuring Mr. Olympia, Brandon Curry! Special Guests: Lenda Murray, Alina Popa, Shawn Ray, Sergi Constance & Yaxeni Oriquen! For Event Details: Digital Muscle News Wire This […]

Helle on Wheels!

By Ruth Silverman, Managing Editor Trevino Soars at the Rising Phoenix—All-Woman AZ Pro Fields Stellar Lineups in Fitness, Figure, Bikini and Physique Empowering and amazing—overworked words for sure, but nothing short of them describes the 2019 Rising Phoenix Women’s World Bodybuilding Championship and Arizona Women’s Pro mega event that went down in at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel in Chandler, Arizona, […]


By Peter McGough November 30, 1985, was, and still remains, the greatest night in the annals of women’s bodybuilding. A sold out auditorium of 5,000 souls crammed into the Felt Forum at Madison Square Garden in New York to witness that year’s Miss Olympia contest. Manhattan had never seen anything like the scenes that surrounded the […]


By Peter McGough The 1980 Mr. Olympia contest staged in Sydney, Australia, remains by far the most controversial in the event’s history. The contention centered on the participation of Arnold Schwarzenegger, who had announced his retirement from competition in 1975 after winning six consecutive Mr. Olympia titles. Seemingly only in Sydney to do commentary for […]

Rising Phoenix Webcast (Watch the Replay)’s exclusive FREE webcast of the Wings of Strength RISING PHOENIX, the World Championships of Women’s Bodybuilding, held in conjunction with the ARIZONA WOMEN’S PRO, an IFBB Professional League sanctioned event featuring women’s pro bikini, figure, fitness and physique competition. FINALS: (Replay) Rising Phoenix Bodybuilding World Championships Rising Phoenix Event Preview (Published 9/3/19) By Ruth Silverman Managing […]

Bikini Posing: Do’s and Dont’s

By Evina Del Pizzo Do you ever see bikini competitors onstage and think, “I can do that. I just need to lose some weight, tone up, and get a sparkly bikini”? If it were that easy, I might have been successful at year two of my modeling career. You may not realize the value of […]

2019 Olympia Updates

All 8 Divisions to be Settled on Main Arena Stage, Prize Money to Increase for Women!   Joe Weider’s Olympia Fitness & Performance Weekend continues to make headlines.  After announcing a promotional relationship with mega-star Mark Wahlberg, Chief Olympia Officer Dan Solomon headed to New York to make a series of announcements involving the IFBB Pro portion of Olympia Weekend. During a visit to the podium […]

Jay Cutler Selected Honorary Ambassador of Olympia Weekend

Joe Weider’s Olympia Fitness & Performance Weekend has selected Jay Cutler as its 2019 honorary ambassador. Regarded as one of this generation’s most popular bodybuilders, Cutler won the prestigious Mr. Olympia title four times (2006,2007, 2009, 2010) while establishing himself as one of his sport’s most admired and celebrated champions. In his role as this […]

Olympia Weekend and Wings of Strength Agree to Major Sponsorship Deal

*First Reported by Muscle & Fitness Magazine Joe Weider’s Olympia Fitness & Performance Weekend continues a run of growth and momentum.  The fitness industry’s showcase event has agreed to a presenting sponsorship with Wings of Strength, an Arizona based company devoted to providing opportunities for bodybuilders and physique athletes competing throughout the fitness industry.  While […]

Headed Back to Columbus!

Digital Muscle Flashback: In recent years, Digital Muscle has had some great moments in Columbus with Arnold and his friends.  Here’s a look back at a few of our favorites as the 2019 Arnold Sports Festival kicks off this weekend.  Check back soon as we create some new memories at one of the year’s biggest […]

Lenda Murray’s 10 Tips to Land in the First Callout

Editor’s Note: Please welcome 8-time Ms. Olympia Lenda Murray to  Regarded as one of the greatest bodybuilders of all time, Lenda is one of the most respected and celebrated voices of the global fitness industry, inspiring men and women to achieve their best on and off stage.  Lenda joins Digital Muscle as a Senior […]

Kris Gethin Triceps Finisher!

Quick Tip #6 – A Triceps Finisher:  Regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities on advanced training concepts, nutrition and supplementation, Executive Editor Kris Gethin presents his Quick Tips Series, aimed at sharing many of the philosophies that helped earn him global acclaim as an athlete, trainer, author, speaker, editor and industry leader.  […]

Watch “Bigger” Now: Film Released on iTunes and Pay-Per-View

The first ever scripted, feature film about the bodybuilding world has arrived on iTunes and on Pay-Per-View.  BIGGER, the real life story of Joe Weider, has begun its next phase of distribution following a select-theater release last October.  Starring Tyler Hoechlin, Julianne Hough, Aneurin Barnard, Victoria Justice, Kevin Durand, Tom Arnold and Robert Forster, the film spans […]

What’s New at Digital Muscle?

If you listen closely, the sound you’re hearing is our team here at Digital Muscle catching its breath after a mad sprint to the 2018 finish line!  As we continued to develop our content model over the last 12 months, we spent quite a bit of time positioning Digital Muscle for an epic 2019…with an […]

The Romania Muscle Fest: Watch the Webcast!

This special presentation of the inaugural Wings of Strength Romania Muscle Fest will be streamed LIVE on November 24-25th (check local times) as part of an exclusive presentation sponsored by Pro Nutrition.  Sanctioned by the IFBB Professional League, the event includes more than 300 men and women pro and amateur athletes competing in bodybuilding, fitness, physique, classic […]

Romania Muscle Fest Set for Nov 23-25

Wings of Strength, the same production team that brings you many of the year’s biggest U.S. based events, is expanding into Europe later this month with the Inaugural Wings of Strength Romanian Musclefest, an event that pairs professional and amateur divisions under the direction of super-promoter Tim Gardner.  Fans will be treated to IFBB Professional […]

Alina Popa: My Journey to the Top of My Sport

By Alina Popa #1 Female Bodybuilder in the World It’s a Monday morning and the temperature is already dropping here in Colorado, fresh air comes in through the open windows of my new car. The sun is shining in the Mile High city, not a cloud in the sky. As a truck pulls up along […]

Dan Solomon Named VP and Chief Olympia Officer at AMI

NEW YORK, October 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — American Media, Inc. (AMI), the world’s leading publisher of celebrity and active lifestyle media, today announced that Dan Solomon has been hired as vice president and Chief Olympia Officer. In this new role, Solomon will oversee the company’s Olympia brand, which includes the Mr. Olympia Contest, an international […]

Stars Gather for Red Carpet Premiere

The highly anticipated release of the movie BIGGER continues to build momentum. During a special media event held last week in Las Vegas, the red carpet was rolled out for some of the film’s all star-cast.  Based on the real life story of bodybuilding & fitness pioneer Joe Weider, the movie is set to land […]

Wings of Strength Acquires Digital Muscle Media

For Immediate Release (October 2018) In a move that signals a shift in the category of bodybuilding and fitness media, WINGS OF STRENGTH has acquired DIGITAL MUSCLE MEDIA, an online media property founded by media insider Dan Solomon.  The deal is part of WINGS OF STRENGTH’s strategy to expand its footprint in the global bodybuilding […]


Great News!  For those of you who couldn’t make the trip to Vegas for Olympia Weekend, you can catch all the action on the official OLYMPIA WEBCAST from both Friday and Saturday evening. Hosted by Digital Muscle’s Dan Solomon and Hall of Fame bodybuilder Shawn Ray, the events took place at the Orleans Arena where defending […]

A Rising in the Desert: Reflections on the Rising Phoenix

By: Dan Solomon Editor-In-Chief A quiet suburb of Phoenix, known for its annual ostrich festival and the sprawling Sonoran Desert, the city of Chandler was turned upside down on Saturday when it was invaded by the most well built women on the planet. The people of Chandler fastened their collective seatbelts as their city hosted the 4th edition of […]

RISING PHOENIX WEBCAST (Replay Now Available), the fitness industry’s media hub, is pleased to present this FREE webcast of the RISING PHOENIX, the World Championship of  Women’s Bodybuilding, presented by Wings of Strength!  Held in conjunction with the ARIZONA WOMEN’S PRO, featuring pro fitness, bikini, figure and physique competition – LIVE from the Wild Horse Pass Resort and Casino in Chandler, Arizona.  WATCH REPLAY HERE!! Finals: […]

Previewing the Rising Phoenix

By Ruth Silverman Managing Editor Expect high drama this Saturday (Sept 8th) when the Wings of Strength production team along with Tim Gardner Productions brings the IFBB Professional League Rising Phoenix Women’s World Bodybuilding Championships to the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino. Twenty of the world’s best-built female flexers are set to hit the stage, vying […]


Media Event Announced:  For the second straight year, The Rising Phoenix Women’s Bodybuilding World Championship, presented by Wings of Strength, will be aired LIVE as part of an exclusive streaming webcast production.  Held in conjunction with the Arizona Women’s Pro, the day-long event features an all-female lineup of IFBB Professional League Bodybuilding, Fitness, Bikini, […]

Meet the Director Who Painted a Joe Weider Masterpiece

On October 12th, the motion picture BIGGER lands in theaters as the largest-budgeted bodybuilding themed production of all time.  In the weeks leading up to the release, presents this exclusive series taking you inside this remarkable project.  Thanks to House of Pain Apparel  for sponsoring our coverage! By Dan Solomon Publisher In the celebrity-driven […]

Monsoon Forces Venue Change at the Rising Phoenix Event

By Dan Solomon Publisher The sport of Women’s Bodybuilding has endured its share of challenges over the years, but it might be hard to top what just went down in Arizona.  Only a few short weeks before the 4th Annual Rising Phoenix World Bodybuilding Championships, a monsoon plowed through the area, making its way to Scottsdale, […]

Olympia Storylines: The Women

By Ruth Silverman Managing Editor Olympia buzz is heating up!  Two women’s divisions in particular are sparking speculation, starting with women’s physique, where three-time defending champ Juliana Malacarne has bowed out, deciding to retire from competition and denying fans the long-anticipated matchup between the Brazilian bombshell and Chicago upstart Shanique Grant. Some folks would be […]

Flex Wheeler Honored in Tampa

The Ben Weider Lifetime Achievement Award, commissioned personally by Mr. Weider only a few months prior to his passing in 2008, recognizes men and women who have dedicated their lives to elevating the sport of bodybuilding.  Now in its 11th year, the list of prior recipients includes Rich Gaspari, Lee Haney, Chris Dickerson, Lee Labrada, Lenda Muray, […]

Records Shattered at the Tampa Pro

By Dan Solomon Publisher On most Friday and Saturday nights, in cities across the country, dedicated men and women are flexing and posing at an array of fitness competitions.  The best of the best can be found competing in the IFBB Professional League, the sanctioning body that oversees the world’s most prestigious events, including Joe […]

Flex Lewis Opens the Doors to his Dragon’s Lair

By Dan Solomon Publisher Tucked away in a less-traveled corner of South Florida, The Dragon’s Lair is the cleverly named world headquarters of Flex Lewis, known in bodybuilding circles as the Welsh Dragon, a superstar bodybuilder in the prime of his career. Housed inside this spacious multi-level facility is the kind of gym that could […]

Book Review: Vince’s Secret Locker

By Dan Solomon Publisher Joe Weider used to tell me “Bodybuilding isn’t about the physiques.  It’s about the stories and the things we can learn from our greatest champions.” I was reminded of this recently when I received a copy of a book called Vince’s Secret Locker, a beautifully crafted hard cover special edition authored […]

Bodybuilding Legend Vince Taylor Joins Digital Muscle!

One of the most decorated bodybuilding champions of all time has added his name to the growing roster of respected content providers at  Vince Taylor, a winner of more than 20 professional bodybuilding titles, has been named Training Editor, a role that allows the former Arnold Classic Champion to bring decades of experience to […]

Muscle Buzz: News From Around the Bodybuilding Scene

By Dan Solomon Publisher The Rock Came to Play:  It’s no secret that the larger-than-life world of Dwayne Johnson brings him from city to city, juggling the demands of an unrelenting schedule.  If you follow him on social media you’re well aware that the action star seldom misses a workout.  Recently, while in New York to promote […]

Olympia Storylines: Part 1

By Dan Solomon Publisher Bodybuilding’s biggest weekend is fast approaching and for the 20th consecutive year it’ll all go down in Vegas!  After moving from city to city during its first 30+ years, Joe Weider’s Olympia Weekend has found what appears to be a permanent home in the city that’s hosted the event each year […] and Liquid Sun Rayz Announce New Deal continues to build partnerships with the most respected brands in the global fitness community.  Since its launch just over two years ago, the fitness media hub has emerged as one of the category’s most diverse, content rich destinations.  Today Digital Muscle announces a new deal with Liquid Sun Rayz, a world leader in sunless tanning products and makers of […]


By Dan Solomon Publisher For fans of world class physiques and superhero bodies, the biggest weekend of the year is fast approaching.  On September 13-16 Las Vegas will once again host Joe Weider’s Olympia Weekend, a tradition that began back in 1965.  This year’s event marks the 20th consecutive year that Vegas will serve as […]

Kris Gethin’s Quick Tip #6

Quick Tip #6 – A Triceps Finisher:  Regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities on advanced training concepts, nutrition and supplementation, Executive Editor Kris Gethin presents his Quick Tips Series, aimed at sharing many of the philosophies that helped earn him global acclaim as an athlete, trainer, author, speaker, editor and industry leader.  […]

Kris Gethin’s Quick Tip #5

Quick Tip #5 – A New Triceps Movement:  Regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities on advanced training concepts, nutrition and supplementation, Executive Editor Kris Gethin presents his Quick Tips Series, aimed at sharing many of the philosophies that helped earn him global acclaim as an athlete, trainer, author, speaker, editor and industry […]

Meet Jack & Ann Titone

The fitness industry is loaded with movers and shakers.  From gym owners to event promoters, the global fitness community is built on the shoulders of men and women who eat, sleep and breathe a lifestyle that continues to grow in popularity.  As part of Digital Muscle’s ongoing coverage of the world of fitness, it’s our […]


By Dan Solomon The highly anticipated film inspired by the remarkable story of bodybuilding pioneer Joe Weider has wrapped up post-production and is on its way to the South of France for its maiden screening.  BIGGER, directed by George Gallo, will be screened privately for international film buyers on May 9th and 12th at the […]

Kris Gethin’s Quick Tip #4

Quick Tip #4 – A New Kind of Biceps Set:  Regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities on advanced training concepts, nutrition and supplementation, Executive Editor Kris Gethin presents his Quick Tips Series, aimed at sharing many of the philosophies that helped earn him global acclaim as an athlete, trainer, author, speaker, editor […]

Event Spotlight: The Salt City Showdown

As part of our ongoing coverage of the global fitness community, we are proud to shine a spotlight on selected events that bring together those who share our love of SERIOUS fitness and physique competition.  Each year, in April, promoter Robyn Maher presents the Salt City Showdown, an NPC and IFBB Professional sanctioned event held […]

Kris Gethin’s Quick Tip #3

Quick Tip #3 – Try Cable Deadlifts for Full Muscle Contraction:  Regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities on advanced training concepts, nutrition and supplementation, Executive Editor Kris Gethin presents his Quick Tips Series, aimed at sharing many of the philosophies that helped earn him global acclaim as an athlete, trainer, author, speaker, […]