Gladiator Back Workout | Tony Nicholson – Mike O’Hearn

Today is another epic 4am back workout at the MECCA of bodybuilding. If you want to crush your back you need to come to this gym and give this back workout a try. Today we have with us a special guest Tony Nicholson. Try out this back workout and let me know how you like it.

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Meet Tony NicholsonTony is one of China’s top health and fitness coaches. He currently resides in China where he is inspiring multitudes of people with his infectiously positive attitude, a thirst for living a healthier life and his natural ability to create powerful connections with every individual he meets and each client he transforms.His personal journey has motivated many others to redefine their own wellbeing through his health and fitness programs. Parents, teachers, students, athletes and people from all walks of life have all called on him to transform their lives. Tony has become the best known Fitness and Wellness Coach in China with a private client list including leaders of industry and entertainment icons.Tony uses his unique understanding of both the Eastern and Western mindsets to help his clients experience the best of both worlds. His mission is to share his knowledge with all of China and beyond, inspiring others to live their best lives by developing the discipline required to reach their goals. Tony teaches his clients how to commit to a plan that will allow them to manifest their ultimate dreams.Tony’s health and fitness achievements in China are vast:
In 2010, he was named Best Male and Best Overall Competitor of an annual 12–Week Health Transformation Challenge.
Tony inspired the creation of the largest simultaneous plank in the world, with over 2300 Chinese people, creating a new Guinness world record set in China.
He also created an App that became the number 1, top grossing health and fitness App in China.
Tony has his own juicing channel with China’s largest online recipe company.

As China’s fitness boom continues, energised by health-conscious, affluent millennials with changing values, such perceptions will possibly evolve. At the competitor’s level, however, David speaks of other difficulties facing Chinese bodybuilders if they wish to truly raise the sport’s reputation and make a further impact on the international stage. ‘Money is the biggest challenge,’ he bemoans.

Most competitors, like David himself, are trainers by profession. While convenient in helping them keep fit on the job, in a country where 60% of personal trainers earn less than 8,000RMB a month, the lack of lucrative sponsorship contracts seen overseas puts a strain on training programmes, finances and free time.

One hopes that, in the face of the nation’s burgeoning lust for all things fitness, an increasing demand for trainers – and good-quality trainers, David emphasises – will push earnings up. Additionally, the growing profile, public exposure and social media advertising potential of competitors such as Mou Cong mean that wider sponsorship and increased backing can’t be too far away, whatever people think of their physiques.

My time at the tournament and chat with David have made me realise, much like those who doubted him in the past, I’ve had it all wrong about bodybuilding. I suppose I’d never really taken it seriously as a genuine sport as such, thinking of it as some self-obsessed vanity pursuit, but that’s just so wide of the mark; these are high-level athletes making huge lifestyle sacrifices and showing admirable dedication to their craft – David will work out at least five hours a day in the weeks leading up to a tournament, for example – and under often challenging circumstances.

I ask what keeps him going – his fitness and health, his image, or the glory: ‘It’s prizes that keep me pushing myself harder. Competitive sports demand you be faster, stronger, bigger – always striving to be go one better – so as a sportsman, titles are the reward you chase, the recognition for the dedication you’ve shown.’ With many bodybuilders continuing to compete well into their fifties, there’s still plenty of time for David to taste further glory.

From Qian Jicheng to Zhuo Zhonghua and now Mou Cong, Chinese bodybuilders have already seen some success overseas, but only time will tell if David Jing and his muscular Chinese fellows can help make a sustained impression on the international scene. The signs are positive, though, and the nation’s growing economic strength that has seen them become a world leader in, well, pretty much everything could yet provide the springboard for future success.

Like the bodybuilding greats before him, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno, Mike holds 4 Mr. Universe titles and was voted one of the 12 greatest physiques of all time by the fitness industry. Mike has been Team Captain for Bodybuilding.com, and has just been signed to be the Team Captain of MAGNUM Nutraceuticals.

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