Pro Bodybuilder Victor Martinez breaks down Joseph Baena’s physique and his career trajectory. Will he aim to be a pro bodybuilder? Is it smart?

In the latest episode of the Generation Iron Podcast, hosts Victor Martinez, Ehsan Farahi, Edwin Mejia Jr., and Vlad Yudin dive deep into a range of topics spanning fan questions about workout routines, celebrity training insights, and the current state of bodybuilding rivalries. Most notably, pro bodybuilder Victor Martinez dives deep into Hany Rambod training with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son, Joseph Baena – and whether or not he is legitimately going into pro bodybuilding.

After a short break, we are back with a new episode of the Generation Iron Podcast and bringing a wide range of topics to discuss this week. More functional training advice is shared as Victor Martinez answers a new fan question about fasted training. He also touches base on Joseph Baena’s bodybuilding future, Calum Von Moger’s comeback, and rivalries (or lack there of) in modern bodybuilding. Let’s dive in!


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Fan Question: Fasted Morning Workouts vs. Carb-Loaded Night Sessions

One of the pressing questions from fans addressed in this episode is whether it’s better to work out in a fasted state in the morning or after carb-loading at night. Victor Martinez emphasizes the importance of identifying one’s fitness goals—whether aiming to build muscle or trim down.

  • Fasted Morning Workouts: Victor advises that working out in a fasted state can lead to quicker fatigue, which might be counterproductive for muscle building. He suggests that those opting for fasted workouts should focus more on cardio with minimal weightlifting to avoid premature fatigue that hampers muscle growth.
  • Carb-Loaded Night Sessions: For those looking to build muscle and enhance their physique, Victor recommends eating a small breakfast with protein before working out. This helps sustain energy levels and supports muscle-building efforts more effectively than fasted workouts.

This balanced perspective highlights the need for personalized workout routines based on individual goals, debunking the one-size-fits-all approach.

Hany Rambod and Joseph Baena: Training for Hollywood or Bodybuilding?

The podcast then shifts focus to the intriguing collaboration between renowned trainer Hany Rambod and Joseph Baena, the son of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Victor Martinez speculates that this partnership is more likely aimed at preparing Baena for a successful career in film and television rather than professional bodybuilding.

  • Hollywood vs. Bodybuilding: Victor argues that Baena, given his lineage, doesn’t need to rely on bodybuilding to gain fame. Instead, sculpting a camera-ready physique under Rambod’s guidance can pave the way for a successful acting career, avoiding the extreme steroid use prevalent in modern bodybuilding.
  • Double-Edged Sword: Vlad Yudin and Ed discuss the potential challenges Baena faces in either path—being labeled a “nepo baby” in acting or seen as capitalizing on his father’s bodybuilding legacy. However, they also highlight the advantages of having Schwarzenegger as a mentor, offering a unique perspective on navigating these industries.

This segment underscores the multifaceted decisions athletes and celebrities must make regarding their career paths and public perceptions.

Calum Von Moger’s Bodybuilding Comeback

Next, the hosts discuss Calum Von Moger’s resurgence in bodybuilding after a series of personal struggles, including drug abuse and the tragic loss of his brother. Victor Martinez expresses cautious optimism about Von Moger’s future in the sport.

  • Rediscovering Passion: Victor notes that while it’s uncertain if Von Moger will compete professionally again, his renewed passion for bodybuilding is a positive sign. This rekindled interest marks a significant step in his recovery and personal growth, suggesting a hopeful trajectory for his future endeavors.

This heartfelt discussion highlights the therapeutic power of returning to one’s passions amidst adversity.

Derek Lunsford’s 900 lb Hack Squat PR: Necessary or Risky?

The conversation then turns to Derek Lunsford’s impressive yet controversial 900 lb hack squat personal record (PR). Victor Martinez questions the practical benefits of such extreme lifting for a reigning Mr. Olympia champion.

  • Risk vs. Reward: Victor argues that while achieving a PR can be exhilarating and boost social media presence, it poses a significant injury risk that could jeopardize Lunsford’s competitive future. The consensus is that such feats are more for show than for maintaining the physique necessary for bodybuilding success.

This segment sheds light on the balance athletes must strike between pushing their limits and ensuring longevity in their careers.

The Impact of Shared Coaches on Bodybuilding Rivalries

A critical discussion point in the podcast is the impact of shared coaches on the dynamics of bodybuilding rivalries. Ed highlights the current scenario where top contenders like Derek Lunsford and Hadi Choopan are trained by the same coach, which he believes diminishes the excitement and authenticity of rivalries.

  • Manufactured vs. Genuine Rivalries: Victor reminisces about iconic rivalries of the past, such as Phil Heath vs. Kai Greene, and Jay Cutler vs. Ronnie Coleman, suggesting that today’s shared coaching arrangements lead to manufactured rather than organic rivalries. Vlad humorously compares it to NBA teams sharing the same coach, raising questions about conflicts of interest.

This analysis underscores the need for distinct coaching camps to preserve the competitive spirit and fan engagement in bodybuilding.

The Jake Paul and Mike Tyson Fight: A Marketing Stunt?

Finally, the hosts discuss the postponed (and possibly canceled) fight between Jake Paul and Mike Tyson, with Ed accurately predicting this outcome in a previous episode. They explore Paul’s controversial yet effective marketing strategies.

  • Jake Paul’s Influence: The panel acknowledges that despite the mixed reactions, Jake Paul has successfully reinvigorated interest in boxing through his high-profile antics and matchups. They speculate on whether the Tyson vs. Paul fight was ever intended to happen or if it was merely a promotional stunt for Netflix.

This conversation highlights the evolving landscape of sports entertainment, where marketing and media presence can often outweigh traditional competitive merits.

Wrap Up

The latest episode of the Generation Iron Podcast offers a rich blend of fitness advice, celebrity insights, and critical discussions on the state of bodybuilding. From personalized workout strategies to the implications of shared coaching, the hosts provide listeners with valuable perspectives on navigating the complexities of fitness and professional bodybuilding. As always, the Generation Iron team combines expertise with engaging commentary, making this episode a must-listen for fitness enthusiasts and industry insiders alike.

You can watch the full episode above. And don’t forget to check back every week for new episodes on the Generation Iron Fitness Network or wherever podcasts are downloaded.

Derek Dufour
Derek Dufour has been managing all digital operations on the Generation Iron Network for over six years. He currently manages a team of editors, writers, and designers to provide up-to-date content across the GI Network.