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GURU AMEEN REVOLUTIONIZED BODYBUILDING
Ameen Alai is one of a handful of coaches that can be said to have revolutionized the sport of bodybuilding. Guru Ameen entered the sport with fervor as a teenager in the early 1990’s. As a pure ectomorph with an astoundingly low proportion of fast-twitch muscle fibers (i.e. the definition of a ‘hard-gainer’), he realized early on that if he was to have a competitive advantage, it would have to be from his mind. He quickly began doing what no other bodybuilder had done since the legendary Dan Duchaine – he dedicated himself to consuming peer-reviewed academic papers to learn how to transform himself, and his brother Adin, into veritable monsters.
Guru Ameen’s extensive studies paid off. He discovered that while anabolic steroids could cause muscular hypertrophy, the limiting factor was that they could not cause hyperplasia. However, he also learned that when human growth hormone was combined with insulin, the resulting IGF-1 pulse and consequent effect on mTOR could provide as much value to a bodybuilder’s physique as his anabolic steroid regimen.
Pioneering the use of human growth hormone in combination with insulin was a momentous event for both Ameen and bodybuilding, as evidenced by the dramatic transformation in the physiques of IFBB pros in the 1990’s. Along the way, Guru Ameen coached some of the top pro bodybuilders in the world, including Craig Titus, King Kamali, Don Long, and many others. At a loss to explain Ameen’s results, the bodybuilding community dubbed him ‘the Mad Scientist,’ and it stuck.