Hunt For Hardcore: Episode 9

One of the unwritten rules of the sport is that Bev Francis Powerhouse Gym is the East Coast Mecca of bodybuilding. Today, it’s arguably more hardcore than the original Mecca, Gold’s gym, in Venice,  because Bev and Steve still represent the true hardcore essence of bodybuilding and its checkered history, While Gold’s Venice has gone…

Hunt For Hardcore: Episode 4

Not far from Gold’s Venice, Rich Gaspari takes a trip “over the hill” to the valley and visits internet bodybuilding phenomenon, Bradley Martyn’s new gym, Zoo Culture. Located just a stone’s throw from the old offices of Joe Weider in Woodland Hills, this gym should be hardcore enough for the most intense bodybuilders. But is…

Hunt For Hardcore Episode 3

No bodybuilding pilgrimage to California would be complete without a stop at Mecca (Venice). In this episode, Rich Gaspari heads back to where he trained at the pinnacle of his bodybuilding career, Gold’s Gym. After a series of corporate ownerships, has The original Mecca of bodybuilding been relegated to “health club” status, or does it…