Mike Rashid is a well known American bodybuilder, author, entrepreneur, boxer, and social media fitness guru. His main businesses are supplements, apparel, and personal training, all of which have made him quite a bit of money. What's more, he is notorious for being a co-owner of the "Iron Addicts Gym" in Miami, which was raided and shuttered four months ago.
His listed stats are 5'11" and 220 pounds, and he was born in March of 1982.
Rashid was exposed to fitness from a young age because his father would make him do a lot of outdoors activities. Among these were sand sprinting, chopping wood, and pull-ups using trees. Further on, Mike became a professional boxer in his teens, winning the National Golden Gloves. However, in his late 20's he got interested in powerlifting and bodybuilding, which led him to a partnership with other social media stars like CT Fletcher and Dana Linn Bailey.
His highest placing in a competition was at the 2010 NPC Mid-Michigan Natural Bodybuilding Championships, where he got 1st place. Mike is also very successful in powerlifting - his deadlifts have surpassed 600 pounds, and his record on the bench press is 475 pounds.
Online and social media
Rashid has a huge presence online because with the help of internet marketing he sold a lot of products and got his name out there. His website (mikerashid.com) features videos with a link to his youtube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/fuertepeople/videos), which has over 500K subscribers. In addition to that, he sells Ebooks, training programs, one-on-one training, a clothing line, supplements, and even apps. You can also find him with daily updates on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/mikerashidking/), Twitter (https://twitter.com/mikerashid7), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/mikerashid/), and snapchat as well.
Rashid is a true believer in compound lifts instead of isolation. His favorites are the squat, deadlift, and bench press. He also strives to have strength and endurance, even though he does admit that is is hard to get both at once. Therefore, some of his favorite workouts involve things like flipping tires, boxing, nature runs, and fight training because they increase endurance, but at the same time, they are fun to do. In the gym, he feels as though "squats are the foundation for any athlete, in any sport." Analyzing Rashid's upper body workouts, he tends to overwork the shoulders utilizing heavy bench press, militaries, and rows. This goes against many other philosophies in weight training, since it can lead to shoulder problems later in life.
The mind and spirit
In line with Frank Zane's philosophy, Rashid speaks about mind over matter, as he believes that a healthy mind leads to a healthy body. This is the reason he likes so much the above mentioned workouts – they help relieve stress and keep the mind balanced. Additionally, he advocates meditation instead of medication, and he also regularly visits saunas to sweat out toxins. Mike wants to keep cortisol to a minimum because according to his theory, this helps him retain more muscle.
Mike has received criticism for some of his nutritional advice. One controversial idea he employs is “one meal a day,” which consists of minimal intake of animal protein, a lot of healthy fats, and plant-based protein. According to Rashid, this strategy helped him lose 15 pounds of 'pure fat.'
What's more, Mike Rashid is a huge advocate of natural eating, and he sticks to whole foods instead of processed. In addition to that, he believes in a "less is better" approach to eating. This explains his philosophy, according to which "our ancestors ate a couple of times per week if lucky. Food is the #1 killer in the United States."
Rashid talked more about his one meal a day idea here:
Evolutionary.org first broke the story of the "Iron Addicts Gym" raid, in which Rashid was a co-owner. You can read more about this bust here: https://www.evolutionary.org/miami-gym-raided-by-dea-and-fbi/
Mike Rashid was a business partner of Richard Rodriquez, who got arrested for running an illegal steroid operation online called "wellnessfitnessnutrition" and using the gym as an office. Rashid maintains his innocence and has yet to be implicated for any involvement. However, this has not prevented many youtube click baiters from attacking Rashid and trying to implicate him in the scandal.
Consequently, such youtube warriors as Jonny Bravo (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQbUAKbuvmk) and Jason Blaha (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1A5tVQvxv8) used the incident to drive views on their floundering youtube channels. Thus far, there is no evidence of any of their accusations being true.
Rashid's side of the story
As a result of all the hype around the WFN scandal, Rashid released a 20-minute video one week after the raid. In this video he blamed the local media, youtube click baiters, and others for trying to link him to anything illegal. Among other things, in the video Mike admits he made mistakes in his past, but he would never do illegal things to make money and risk his family. What's more, Mike also pointed that he makes 'good money' via legitimate businesses.
His story is that Rodriquez had lied to him - he had a bad feeling about things from the start, and there was a lot of verbal fighting. As a matter of fact, according to the video, the DEA says the gym did nothing wrong. He also said that Rodriquez only had an office in the gym, but no steroids were stored there, nor were they shipped out of his gym. To summarize, Rashid said that his biggest mistake was trusting people.
The scandal aftermath
The WFN website stayed up for some time after the bust, but now it is down. Unfortunately, "Iron Addicts Gym" was also shut down after the raid, with equipment and office furniture being seized. Although their Facebook page is still up, attempts to reach the gym were unsuccessful and there haven't been updates in months. Therefore, it is unclear if the gym will reopen.
Rashid made a video talking about his natural supplement stack, in which he listed fish oil, whey protein, and pre-workouts as the only things he uses. As a result, he has been attacked for the typical online marketing of convincing people that he is not using steroids, so they feel more motivated to buy his supplements and programs.
For instance, Vegan Gains took square aim at him for this reason in a video that has almost 500K views. What's more, he also criticized Rashid for his views on women, saying Rashid did not respect women and thought it was okay to cheat on them.
Steroid cycle speculation
To maintain his strength, size, and endurance Rashid most probably uses performance-enhancing drugs, including steroids. We can speculate on a cycle similar to this: *
- Trenbolone Enanthate - 500mgs per week
- Equipoise - 800mgs per week
- Testosterone Cypionate - 1000mgs per week
- Cardarine (GW) - 20mgs per day
- Anavar - 100mgs per day
*DISCLAIMER: The cycle above is our opinion on what Mike Rashid could have used, this is for information and entertainment purposes only. There is no direct evidence that Mike Rashid used steroids.
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