Written by Steve Blechman
20 April 2023

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Michal ‘Krizo’ Krizanek:

Slovakian Super Freak With Mass, Shape and Symmetry


‘Krizo’ is a unique blend of freakish mass along with flowing shape and lines, and that will surely be the future of pro bodybuilding.


By Steve Blechman


In 2017, the IFBB split into two organizations, the Pro League and the Elite League. All the top champions remained loyal to Jim Manion's Pro League, leaving the other camp to scramble for new talent. It wasn’t long before their hero arrived, the man on this month’s cover of Muscular Development, a massive Slovakian named Michal Krizanek, who would soon be known simply as “Krizo.”


At 6-foot-1 and 270 pounds, Krizo had a rare combination of mass, shape, and symmetry, with full, round muscle bellies and a small midsection. His arms and shoulders are huge, and he has one of the best most muscular shots in bodybuilding today, as you can see from MD’s cover shot. This is a freak with aesthetics, that dominated the Elite events for five years with little real opposition, as proven by his track record of winning all but one of 15 Elite Pro events he entered.


After four years of crushing all rivals in Europe, Krizo yearned to prove himself on the biggest stage in our sport, the Mr. Olympia. Never asking for special treatment or a pass, Krizo earned his IFBB Pro League card like anyone else would have to, then proceeded to win his pro debut in Prague and compete in his first Olympia. The sheer potential of this man was blatantly evident, and this brief introduction in the final quarter of 2022 was but a glimpse into what the man is ultimately capable of.


Our own Ron Harris interviewed Michal, who is a Scitec Nutrition athlete, to learn more about how he came to bodybuilding, why he chose to abdicate his throne in Europe, and what his goals for the future are. One thing is clear – Michal “Krizo” Krizanek is a unique blend of freakish mass along with flowing shape and lines, and that will surely be the future of pro bodybuilding. Read more in “Michal ‘Krizo’ Krizanek: Slovakian Super Freak!”


With his elusive package of round, full muscle bellies, small joints, and a pleasing shape and structure, Carlos Thomas Jr. looked like he belonged on a pro stage before he won the Nationals in 2021 as a super heavyweight. Carlos has his eyes on this year’s New York Pro, telling MD: “I dreamed of winning that title and ring for a long time. Steve runs a great show. It was written a long time ago that it would be my first pro show. It means a lot to me.” Read more in “Colossal Carlos! Carlos Thomas Jr., The New Gun in Town, Is Ready to Storm the New York Pro!”


Few of us could keep up with Marc Lobliner’s daily schedule. He runs the online supplement retail powerhouse Tiger Fitness as well as MTS Nutrition, is a partner of both Ambrosia Nutraceuticals and Iron Addicts Gym, and is the creator of the Outright Bar, sold everywhere from Walmart to GNC. Plus, he writes a monthly column for MD, Tiger Talk. Marc is also a devoted father of three young athletes and serves as strength coach for all their teams. Yet with all of that going on, this uber competitive man by nature still has his mind set on flexing with other 212 pros, with his sights set on this year’s New York Pro. “To be pretty much a weekend warrior and be able to stand next to these guys and not look out of place is a win for me,” Marc tells MD this month. Read more in “Marc Lobliner:Tiger on the Prowl!”


If you want bigger quads, never skip leg day! That’s one of the many tips and pieces of advice MD’s Ron Harris has if you want to build up your lower body. With 35 years of leg training under his belt, Ron has learned a lot about the most effective exercises and how to get the most out of them for quadriceps growth. Learn more in “Become a Quad God!How to Turn Your Twigs Into Tree Trunks.”


Muscular Development is your number one source for building muscle, and for the latest research and best science to enable you to train smart and effectively. Our team of physicians, industry experts and research scientists has these reports on improving performance this month:


“The Science of Fat Burning” Fat Attack

“Get Even More Jacked With Creatine-Induced PAP” Supplement Performance

“Eccentric Training Methods for Maximum Muscle Growth” Muscle Growth Update

“Testosterone Boosters and Busters in the Diet” Nutrition Performance

“Testosterone: A Scientific Review on Fat Loss and Muscle Gain”Testosterone

Jack Up Immunity With ExerciseBodybuilding Science


The rest of the book is packed to the binder as usual – making MD your one-stop, most authoritative source for optimizing muscular development with the latest cutting-edge research on training, nutrition, fat loss, performance-enhancing drugs, muscle growth and bodybuilding science – and exclusive information from the industry experts, insiders and bodybuilding legends who make it all happen. See you next month!


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