John Hodgson DVD Mar 12, 2007 15:13:25 GMT -5
Post by GerryT on Mar 12, 2007 15:13:25 GMT -5
This is a gem everyone should know about. John was 7th in the Australian. John will never be a size freak, but his spot on conditioning and his presentation skills make up for it. A must see in my opinion!
Believe to Achieve: A Journey Into Bodybuilding With IFBB Pro John Hodgson
Filmed and Produced by: Eric Guy
On 2 Discs
Running Time: 170 minutes combined
Available through: Wayne Gallasch/GMV www.gmv.com.au
John Hodgson www.john-hodgson.com
CNP, Ltd. www.cnpprofessional.co.uk
This video was filmed in early April, 2006 at about eight weeks away from the Toronto Pro, which was the competition John Hodgson was targeting. Unfortunately, the event was canceled. Since John was ahead of his contest prep schedule, he decided to compete in the New York Pro in May, 2006. This now gave him just six more weeks to prepare.
This film chronicles John's prep through his workout regimen, early morning home cardio sessions, food and supplementation preparations for the day and posing practice. This and also performing his regular job functions as a warehouse manager at CNP. Just a testament to what dedication, character and a strong work ethic can accomplish.
John is a very genuine, affable and down to earth individual. There is no acting here, and the "what you see is what you get" approach gives the film a nuts and bolts documentary feel to it. And that results in one of the most extraordinarily comprehensive and knowledge filled bodybuilding films I've had the pleasure of viewing.
John demonstrates all of his workouts and provides insightful narration of what he does and why. He always stresses good form in all his sets. John's workouts consist of free weights and machine work. He
pays attention to details, such as including wrist curls in his arm workout and performing specific abdominal movements such as leg raises and crunches. John strives for the complete and proportioned package, which is evident in his physical development.
There are interviews with British legends Dorian Yates (six times Mr. Olympia) and Kerry Kayes. Both underscore how John transcends his genetics and works diligently in and out of the gym to achieve what he has. A mutual admiration society can be heard and felt.
Also, John offers posing advice and practices his posing in the gym's studio. He places great importance on presentation and it shows on stage. John drew his inspiration from Dorian, Shawn Ray and Lee Labrada, whom he considers top posers.
The closing features John guest posing in the United Kingdom one week after the New York Pro competition. He was very well received, and in a heartwarming finale brought his adorable daughter Chloe (whom he calls the light of his life) on stage.
This is an outstanding film on all levels and is highly recommended to anyone who wants to learn about what this sport should be about. Athletes at every level could benefit greatly from watching this video. John demonstrates one of my favorite adages that "less is more and simple is better". Good show!