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‘We are the only company in sports nutrition history to have the best-selling protein power, diet pill and creatine formulas all at the same time.’ -Scott Welch, Associate Director

Truly Legendary. Anyone who has been part of or followed the bodybuilding and fitness industry for any length of time is quite familiar with MuscleTech, and longtime readers of MD know they have supported our publication for decades. The company launched in 1995 and grew to a staff of over 300 with manufacturing facilities in over 7 countries around the world in just a few years thanks to innovative, effective products like Nitro-Tech, Cell-Tech, Hydroxycut, and Meso-Tech. Launched in 1999, Nitro-Tech was actually the first supplement to harness the power of nitric oxide even though it was marketed as whey protein. The company’s products eventually led to heights of success they could never have imagined at the outset. “We are the only company in sports nutrition history to have the best-selling protein power, diet pill and creatine formulas all at the same time,” reveals MuscleTech Associate Director Scott Welch. They have also been awarded Walmart’s prestigious Vendor of the Year, beating out mega food and beverage corporations like Coca-Cola, Heinz, Kraft, and Procter & Gamble, the same year they held the title of GNC Vendor of the Year.

All-star Athletes. Most bodybuilders know that MuscleTech sponsored more top athletes than any other company – at one point there were 150 in their roster! Some of the notables included Jay Cutler, Dexter Jackson and Phil Heath, who were all MuscleTech athletes during their respective Mr. Olympia reigns, as well as Branch Warren, Greg Kovacs, Chris Cormier, Gustavo Badell and Darrem Charles. “At the 2010 Mr. Olympia, we had four out of the top five under contract and the top three in back-to-back years,” says Marketing Communications Manager Eric Hesse. “I know for a fact we had more all-time total contest wins for our athletes than any other company, aside from Weider, by a wide margin.”

‘Blessing was a perfect fit for us. With his tremendous physique and his sense of humor, he appeals to both the hardcore crowd and regular people. He’s unique and wants to make bodybuilding fun and entertaining to take the sport to the next level.’ -Eric Hesse, Marketing Communications Manager

Superstars of the NFL, MLB and UFC have also been part of the MuscleTech family, such as Rob Gronkowski, Albert Pujols, Brock Lesnar and Jon “Bones” Jones. More recently, MuscleTech worked with actor Henry Cavill, who has shown his muscular physique off as both Superman on the big screen and The Witcher on the popular Netflix series. And of course, MD readers are very familiar with The Boogieman, Blessing Awodibu, who came onboard in the fall of 2022. “Blessing was a perfect fit for us,” says Hesse. “With his tremendous physique and his sense of humor, he appeals to both the hardcore crowd and regular people. He’s unique and wants to make bodybuilding fun and entertaining to take the sport to the next level.” The MuscleTech roster is packed with other standout athletes including Jessie Godderz, star of “Big Brother” and MTV’s “Whacked Out,” who is currently the National Heavyweight Champion of Ohio Valley Pro Wrestling. Jessie is a former pro natural bodybuilder who like Blessing has serious crossover appeal.

A Commitment to Science. The slogan for MuscleTech has always been “supplements that work,” and the company has made good on this with a consortium or research partnerships and in-house research facilities working on new ingredients, clinical trials and flavoring. “We are obsessed with our commitment to research,” says Raza Bashir, VP of Scientific Affairs and Product Innovation. “We have funded over 100 studies and now have over 100 patents worldwide. No supplement company in the world has done more research on both protein synthesis and creatine than MuscleTech has or provided more advancements. We are about the science and about making great products.”

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Committed to Our Industry. While MuscleTech’s wild success has allowed them to sponsor the 2013 winning Indy 500 race car, they have always remained true to their bodybuilding roots. Along with the staggering stable of athletes, MuscleTech was the title sponsor of the Mr. Olympia for several years and is a platinum sponsor for the upcoming Arnold Classic. They have sponsored literally thousands of NPC local, regional and national contests. And for those of you who remember when MD was over 400 pages every month, you will also recall MuscleTech was our biggest advertiser for many years. “We are back in MD because even though we have enjoyed tremendous success in the mainstream, we really wanted to get back to our bodybuilding roots and introduce new products to the men and women who appreciate quality products that help them achieve their goals,” Welch tells us.

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Looking to the Future. “We are here to be both builders and protectors of muscle,” says Bashir. “If there’s anything that can enhance performance, we want to bring that to market.” You can still find the core products that made MuscleTech famous, as well as newer ones that proudly carry on the tradition of innovation in the industry. These include the pre-workout formula EuphoriQ and the fat-burner Burn iQ, “the smart way to get shredded.” Both include Paraxanthine, the substance that caffeine converts to in the body and which delivers many of the benefits of caffeine that users love, without the drawbacks. There is also the groundbreaking Clear Muscle HMB Free Acid formula, as well as AlphaTest, one of the top-selling testosterone boosters of all time. There are of course many more products sold by the brand, and some exciting innovations in various stages of development that MD readers will be very eager to try. We at MD are grateful for the relationship we have had with MuscleTech for over 25 years and look forward to working with them moving forward as they continue to bring the latest scientific findings and innovations to market so we can all get closer to looking, feeling and performing at our absolute best.

‘We really wanted to get back to our bodybuilding roots and market our products to the men and women out there who are all about getting huge and ripped, and who appreciate quality products that help them achieve their goals.’ -Scott Welch

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LISTEN: DVBBS Tap Jeremih & SK8 for Genre-Bending Summer Anthem, “Crew Thang”



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Canadian brothers DVBBS have joined forces with Grammy-nominated R&B artist Jeremih and singer-songwriter SK8 in their latest single, “Crew Thang.” This dynamic track combines captivating melodies and groovy house basslines, complemented by vibrant vocals that strike the perfect balance between sensuality and enjoyment. It serves as an ideal anthem to launch the summer season, offering an unforgettable experience and encouraging everyone to embrace their own unique style on and off the dance floor. “Crew Thang” follows the duo’s recent release, “Synergy” featuring Timmy Trumpet, and we can’t wait to hear what they have in store for us next. Stream the single below and stay tuned for the official music video of “Crew Thang,” which will be released very soon.

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ChatGPT is going to change education, not destroy it



The response from schools and universities was swift and decisive.

Just days after OpenAI dropped ChatGPT in late November 2022, the chatbot was widely denounced as a free essay-writing, test-taking tool that made it laughably easy to cheat on assignments.

Los Angeles Unified, the second-­largest school district in the US, immediately blocked access to OpenAI’s website from its schools’ network. Others soon joined. By January, school districts across the English-speaking world had started banning the software, from Washington, New York, Alabama, and Virginia in the United States to Queensland and New South Wales in Australia.

Several leading universities in the UK, including Imperial College London and the University of Cambridge, issued statements that warned students against using ChatGPT to cheat.

“While the tool may be able to provide quick and easy answers to questions, it does not build critical-­thinking and problem-solving skills, which are essential for academic and lifelong success,” Jenna Lyle, a spokeswoman for the New York City Department of Education, told the Washington Post in early January.

This initial panic from the education sector was understandable. ChatGPT, available to the public via a web app, can answer questions and generate slick, well-structured blocks of text several thousand words long on almost any topic it is asked about, from string theory to Shakespeare. Each essay it produces is unique, even when it is given the same prompt again, and its authorship is (practically) impossible to spot. It looked as if ChatGPT would undermine the way we test what students have learned, a cornerstone of education.

But three months on, the outlook is a lot less bleak. I spoke to a number of teachers and other educators who are now reevaluating what chatbots like ChatGPT mean for how we teach our kids. Far from being just a dream machine for cheaters, many teachers now believe, ChatGPT could actually help make education better.

Advanced chatbots could be used as powerful classroom aids that make lessons more interactive, teach students media literacy, generate personalized lesson plans, save teachers time on admin, and more.

Educational-tech companies including Duolingo and Quizlet, which makes digital flash cards and practice assessments used by half of all high school students in the US, have already integrated OpenAI’s chatbot into their apps. And OpenAI has worked with educators to put together a fact sheet about ChatGPT’s potential impact in schools. The company says it also consulted educators when it developed a free tool to spot text written by a chatbot (though its accuracy is limited).

“We believe that educational policy experts should decide what works best for their districts and schools when it comes to the use of new technology,” says Niko Felix, a spokesperson for OpenAI. “We are engaging with educators across the country to inform them of ChatGPT’s capabilities. This is an important conversation to have so that they are aware of the potential benefits and misuse of AI, and so they understand how they might apply it to their classrooms.”

But it will take time and resources for educators to innovate in this way. Many are too overworked, under-resourced, and beholden to strict performance metrics to take advantage of any opportunities that chatbots may present.

It is far too soon to say what the lasting impact of ChatGPT will be—it hasn’t even been around for a full semester. What’s certain is that essay-writing chatbots are here to stay. And they will only get better at standing in for a student on deadline—more accurate and harder to detect. Banning them is futile, possibly even counterproductive. “We need to be asking what we need to do to prepare young people—learners—for a future world that’s not that far in the future,” says Richard Culatta, CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), a nonprofit that advocates for the use of technology in teaching.

Tech’s ability to revolutionize schools has been overhyped in the past, and it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement around ChatGPT’s transformative potential. But this feels bigger: AI will be in the classroom one way or another. It’s vital that we get it right.

From ABC to GPT

Much of the early hype around ChatGPT was based on how good it is at test taking. In fact, this was a key point OpenAI touted when it rolled out GPT-4, the latest version of the large language model that powers the chatbot, in March. It could pass the bar exam! It scored a 1410 on the SAT! It aced the AP tests for biology, art history, environmental science, macroeconomics, psychology, US history, and more. Whew!

It’s little wonder that some school districts totally freaked out.

Yet in hindsight, the immediate calls to ban ChatGPT in schools were a dumb

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Cool Whip: HB-Custom’s crisp Suzuki DR650 scrambler



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If we had to use one word to describe the bikes that roll out of Holger Breuer’s workshop, it would be ‘crisp.’ Whether he’s building a bobber or a scrambler, the man behind HB-Custom has an eye for perfect proportions and liveries that pop. Even when he’s working with a tired old Suzuki dual-sport as a donor, Holger manages to make magic.

This 1994 Suzuki DR650 came to the HB-Custom workshop in Husum, Germany, all the way from Berlin. Holger’s client actually booked two bikes in at once; an old BMW boxer to turn into a bobber for solo rides, and the Suzuki, which was destined for around-town duties and the occasional two-up jaunt.

Suzuki DR650 scrambler by HB-Custom

The bike arrived as a rolling chassis with a very loose brief, so Holger envisioned a svelte scrambler for whipping through Berlin’s city streets. He’s built a number of handsome custom Honda Dominators, and figured that he could apply the same formula to the Suzuki DR650. And he was right.

But first, the Suzuki’s well-worn motor needed attention. Holger tore it down and rebuilt it, complete with new seals and gaskets and a fresh coat of paint. This engine might be almost three decades old, but it’s clean enough to eat off of.

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