by Christian Duque
You know you are in the off-season when two bodybuilders quarrel, whose keto approach is superior to the other. To be honest, IFBB Pro Brad Rowe isn't that contentious; he took a close look at RxMuscle & # 39; s Dave Palumbo on Fouad Abiad's Real Bodybuilding Podcast. Brad seems to prefer more fat, while Palumbo prefers more protein, but he didn't want to produce drama. Rowe believes that too much protein will throw someone out of ketosis, while Palumbo argues that as long as protein is used properly. And that won't throw anyone out of ketosis and will actually help athletes who train their bodies on stage in terms of muscle building, muscle retention and overall success.
Rowe disagrees. Ultimately, these two could have more productively balanced their differences, but what you have now is Rowe on the defensive and Palumbo very on the offensive. I am usually a bit tough with Dave simply because I think he has made some lows in his quest to get traffic for RX and keep it RX relevant. That being said, and if there is no rivalry that I am not aware of, Brad Palumbo's approach has totally rejected it in a way that looked a bit petty. The truth is that almost immediately afterwards, Palumbo must have received a shipload of emails, DMs and texts, because everyone knows that Dave has almost cult followers, from die-hard RX & # 39; ers to his old friends to the Legions of people he worked with (both lifestyle clients and amateur / professional competitors). Why would Brad have made that kind of comment, what's next, and what, if anything, can be learned from it?
The truth is that maybe Brad didn't really mean anything. Some people like to refer to other or popular schools of thought to illustrate their point of view. Someone who advocates a high volume of training could mention Mike Mentzer and / or HIT to point this out. With that said, there is a way to do things, and anyone who watches the video can see that Brad made a little push. Is there anything more here? I personally don't know. Is there any chance that he naively thought it wouldn't come back to Dave? I do not think so. That's the thing, it's 2020, and every time a name is used, the word is transmitted faster than the speed of light. In addition, Brad has not yet apologized. He didn't want to start an online war. Nor do I think he has revoked his position on Palumbo's approach to keto, let alone on his own.
Palumbo, on the other hand, generates substantial revenue from training and customer preparation. I can name a few people who have worked with Dave or who have only worked with Dave in the past season. If one of the best IFBB Pro bodybuilders questions Palumbo's approach, how can Palumbo win more customers and / or keep existing customers? Even though Dave has never earned his professional card and no longer competes, he is still considered a top level guru and an authority in sports science, training and nutrition. That being said, all trainers have unhappy customers who may not have achieved the results they want. This can be the fault of the coach as much as that of the competition. Still, those who don't particularly appreciate Palumbo and his approach will feel confirmed by Brad's assessment.
Brad also dropped another bomb; He disproves Palumbo's theory that high protein intake is necessary to build muscle. While Palumbo still parrots the 1 to 1.5 grams of protein per pound of body mass, Rowe says something completely different. It's almost like the old versus the new – and that's not a look Palumbo wants. Still, Palumbo won't go down without a fight. The second he caught the wind from Rowe's comments, he put on his silver sneakers and ran.
Egos are very big in bodybuilding. A lot of people are incredibly sensitive. I had little concern that Dave would respond to an Rx Muscle Rant, and he did. Following Dave's response, Brad was featured in a video on Jay Cutler TV that was filmed with Project AD for a fifth year and interviewed by legendary Dave Bourlet. In this video, Brad gave a more detailed explanation of his approach to keto. I found the video very well done and addressed all the important points regarding nutrition and muscle building. Brad was very transparent and tried to explain his theories, while also trying to repeat that he did not try to attack Dave even though he disagreed with his theories. He emphasized that it was important to be open. Still, many of the comments were mostly negative when Palumbo fans went on the offensive.
Trolling has always been an issue in our sport. There is no shortage of keyboard warriors ready to fight, and many will use social media, message boards, and some even trolls personally (even if there are only a few that are far apart). Ultimately, I'm sure Dave Brad would like to bring up a heated debate on RX that is (probably) with extended olive branches, some moments of wellbeing, and then the door open for future follow-up visits. Dave isn't a punk after all, he's from the mean streets of Long Island. This is the kind of place where Starbucks creme brulee syrup goes out for their latte, it's on !!
On the other hand, I have to play Dave's lawyer. Could Brad have done that to get more media attention? I dont know. I would think if Brad could be on Fouad's podcast and press Jay Cutler TV, why would he need RX Muscle? On the other hand, every press is a good press, isn't it? I honestly don't know why Brad should be innocently digging in Palumbo unless he wanted to say that a long time ago. There are a lot of people who want to talk publicly about Dave's version of keto and his approach to preparing for competitions. Why not? It's easy. Most people are afraid of Dave and how he will react. It is also possible that Dave uses proxies (e.g. Lee Priest, Bostin Loyd) to troll Rowe. I very much doubt that Palumbo is done.
Brad would not be the ideal candidate for Palumbo. He is a solid guy who is liked by everyone (especially the professionals) and is 100% supported by an excellent supplement company. Also, let's not forget that muscle development is very strong in the Northeast and it is very unlikely that Ron Harris, Chris Griffin and the others will sit there on their hands while RX tries to hit one of their own. If Brad wants to go on RX, he will, but I don't think Dave wants to try to pressure him like he did Bob Cicherillo.
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