Bodybuilding Magazines

Q: Which bodybuilding magazine(s) do you recommend?

Testosterone Magazine aka T-Mag T-Nation TMuscleA: The best bodybuilding magazine, as far as I am concerned, is Testosterone. All the top strength coaches have written for T-Mag and it's free to boot! Many of the contributors have excellent information on their websites as well, including charlespoliquin.net, chekinstitute.com, kingsports.net, johnberardi.com, myodynamics.com, elitefts.com, renegadetraining.com, and my personal favorite, bodyessence.ca! Other good ones on-line include dolfzine.com, mesomorphorsis.com, bodybuildingworld.com, infinityfitness.com, gen-mag.com, qfac.com, but there are many more.

Every month, I receive issues of Ironman and Muscular Development. Sometimes I pick up Musclemag (which was the first "muscle" "mag" I ever bought - I remember Scott Wilson on the cover) but rarely do I ever get any of the Weider publications or Men's Health for that matter. Body International and Mind & Muscle Power were two great magazines that were short-lived and no longer in print. Go to http://www.getbig.com/magazine/magazine.htm and http://vintagemusclemags.com/mags.php for a complete listing of all fitness and bodybuilding magazines available.

However, the best print-version of all time is Muscle Media 2000 hands down! As I mentioned in a previous article, this is when Muscle Media was Y2K compliant - almost as soon as they dropped the 2000 from their name, the magazine went downhill! There was no equal and much of the information still holds today. A little while ago, getting back issues would have been difficult and expensive, but Muscle Media has recently released an encyclopedia on cd-rom which features every word, photo and illustration of the past 10 years. Check it out at http://www.musclemedia.com/mm_cdrom.asp.