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January 23, 2009

I received the following letter from Jeff Everson recently:

Dear Jeff:

"...almost 20 years ago when I saw that pose from Cory"

"...almost 20 years ago when I saw that pose from Cory"

Just wanted to thank you and Cory for starting me on my road to health and fitness many years ago.  Your latest Planet Muscle issue brought back a lot of memories.  As you can see, the first picture I attached was taken almost 20 years ago when I saw that pose from Cory (like you have on page 93).  Health and Fitness has been my passion every since.  I am currently a personal trainer and a natural figure competitor.  I am also a distributor for Beverly International and placed 2nd in their show last year!  I would love the opportunity to be featured in your magazine as an inspiration to others.  Hard work, time, and dedication does pay off!  I also attached a few photos from a recent photo shoot with Lisa Brewer. I look forward to hearing from you soon.  Thank you for your time and consideration.

 LeeAnn Biesenthal

I was really moved by LeeAnn’s letter, and here’s my response:

Hi beautiful LeeAnn,

Wow, what a fantastic letter. Thank you so much for sharing your amazing photos with me and your kind words of support. You are

"...from a recent photo shoot"

"...from a recent photo shoot"

truly a beautiful woman and in my opinion, you have a body that will challenge all the rest of the competitors in the world..Congratulations and know how proud I am of you and I wish you continued success and motivation. I know i wouldn’t like to have to compete against you…you would have taken my title form me…

If you are still competing send us an update…. but whatever you are doing you will find success…that is just the type of person you are. 

lots of love,



New Year – Old Memories

January 13, 2009


Cameo, Arnold Schwarzenegger and me at a Santa Margarita Ranch Fundraiser before his election. we love him and believe in him 100%!

Cameo, Arnold Schwarzenegger and me at a Santa Margarita Ranch Fundraiser before his election. We love him and believe in him 100%!

Hi, Friends –

I hope you all enjoyed the holidays and are off to a good start in this new year. During the holidays, I had a little time to go through some old stuff and found this treasured photo of Cameo and Arnold and me – I wanted to share it with you.

I’m so busy these days but will write more again soon.



December 24, 2008

Let’s take a look at ourselves through a camera on a tripod.  This is our “ self image camera”.  Remember, how well we balance the tripod will determine how clear we see ourselves through the lens.

One leg represents the BODY. (All the fun and fitness, vacations, diet you do for yourself….)

Leg two represents the MIND. (Your daily life, including work, family, friends, school, responsibilities.)

The third leg represents the Soul. (the way you nurture your inner self, how you relax, your spirituality, do you meditate…)

If it’s all not in balance, the picture of your self-image is horribly out of focus.  Often times men have too much focus on their mind and neglect their body, while some women have too much focus on their body and neglect their soul.

We all need to correct this imbalance.  That’s what underlies our bad eating habits and the rest of our insecurities. Only when your mind and body are working together as a Mind /Body unit will you achieve lasting health and fitness.

it’s time to quit obsessing and start living!

December 17, 2008

Americans are way too obsessed with physical appearance. We obsess about our stomachs, breasts, and butts, and spend billions on liposuction and weight loss pills. We think if we are skinny and look good we will be happy….wrong.

As a bodybuilder I understand all too well what it is like to focus compulsively on this or that body part to try to create perfection.

Now do me a favor and look at all those celebrities who you think are really leading great lives? Not many! Usually you see news about celebrities and drug or alcohol clinics, divorce, even death ….So…. Why do you want to be like these “superstars”?  What do they really have to teach us about being successful, and healthy?

Maybe the problem is they are not focused and are chasing too many dreams at once. The true answer to success is in Your Own Focus. If you chase two rabbits both will escape.

So chase one at a time and you’ll reach your goals…step by step.

60% of American women do not match the cover girl ideal and are a size 12 or higher and almost 50% are size 14 or above.  Since stress causes our bodies to store more fat, let’s not make it worse by stressing about these numbers. 

33% of the American population is overweight today compared to only 25%, 20 years ago. So where is all this obsessing getting us?  Nowhere but with bigger waistlines and higher body at percentages.

Now listen to this. The Wall Street Journal asked both men and women  “Would you like to weigh 15 lb. less or live 5 years longer?”  The majority of the men wanted to live longer but the majority of the women wanted to weigh less.  Can you believe a person would choose death over weighting a little less. This absolutely distorted view about our self-image is carried into all of our relationships, from family to coworkers.Isn’t it time we all take a good look within and find our true beauty … from the inside out.

Now is the time to quit obsessing and start living.

Joe Weider – my friend, my rock

December 11, 2008

Cameo, Joe Weider and Cory

Cameo, Joe Weider and Cory

My sister, Cameo and I went to see Joe Weider today. We hadn’t seen him in a long time. He looked so handsome. He was strong, healthy, happy and as vibrant as ever. What an amazing man to have created such an empire in the publication industry, and through the spreading of his research of nutrition and exercise, he created the very business of Health and Fitness.

I have always given such great thanks and appreciation for Joe as our leader – the true hero of our sport. But even more importantly he is my friend, a man I can always count on and trust; a man I honor and whose friendship I so value; a man I will always love in my heart and soul forever and ever. He is like a dad to Camy and I. Joe has picked me up when I was down, been at my side at my greatest of moments, helped me in personal relationships, advised me in business and let me cry on his shoulder… a number of times. He is my rock – always has been, always will be. I am so lucky to have Mr. Weider in my life.

Thank you, Joe. 


Cameo (kissing), Joe Weider and Cory

Cameo (kissing), Joe Weider and Cory

a letter from one of our soldiers

December 8, 2008


this is the poster I sent to Sgt. Peragine

this is the poster I sent to Sgt. Peragine

Hi, Friends –

I want to share this letter I received from one of our soldiers who recently returned from Iraq. I am so humbled and grateful to receive such a compliment! Read on:

Good evening Cory,

My name is SGT Robert Peragine, recently home from a tour in Iraq.  You can probably figure out that the days and nights there are very long and tiresome.  I wanted to tell you a little morale boosting story from when my platoon was stationed overseas.  

Morale is a difficult thing to keep high when faced with the types of situations we dealt with daily in Iraq.  To help out my men, I downloaded a picture of you to hang in our barracks as a “this is what we are fighting for back home” type of thing.  I can’t tell you how much the men loved the photo and of course, what a boost in their morale right away!  Some of the men even got a bit jealous that “she is in better shape than we are.”  Well, they were right about that.

I wanted to ask Cory, if it would be possible for you to send me an autographed photo now that I have returned back home.  I would like something to put in my office for the men to see when they come in.  Perhaps one for myself too if I may ask, just as a talking point when I tell my friends back home of how you helped us in the war effort.  I realize this is an odd request and would understand if you could not fill my request.  Just know that what you do everyday does have a positive on others lives.

Warmest regards,

Robert Peragine

Of course I’m sending him the requested photos! And following is my response to Sgt. Peragine:

Dear SGT. Peragine,
Wow what can I say. This letter touched my heart like you wouldn’t
believe. It meant so much.

I have such respect and deep admiration for all of you who serve our
country. What I have done pales in comparison to anything you all do, are
and stand for. But, it made me remember that we are all here for a purpose,
big or small – we all can make a difference, and when you least expect it
you can impact someone in some positive way.

Thank you for honoring me and giving me that chance to impact some of you. You are all my heroes. 
And yes of course I will send you photos… 
By the way what is the name of your platoon? 
Thank you again for making me feel for even a moment that I helped . 

Love to you all,


10 tips for enjoying the holidays WITHOUT gaining weight

December 7, 2008

cory-santaReady for those holiday parties? Remember, it’s all up to YOU whether you over-indulge or not! Yesterday I shared a few of my methods for keeping myself fit during the holiday season. Let’s take it a step further.

Consider these 10 tips for fully enjoying the holiday season without gaining weight!

  1. Focus on weight maintenance vs. weight loss during the holidays. If you are currently overweight and want to lose weight, this is a tough time to do it. Maintaining your present weight is a big enough challenge during the holiday season. Don’t set yourself up for failure by making unrealistic goals for yourself, although I do know many people who have actually lost weight during the holidays by just being consistent and using self-discipline.
  2. DON’T plan on dieting after the New Year because the anticipation of food restriction sets you up for binge-type eating during the holidays. “If I’m never going let myself eat these foods after Jan. 1st, I might as well eat as much as can right now!” Hey, restrictive diets don’t work in the long run. They increase your loss of lean body mass vs. fat, slow down your metabolism, increase anxiety, depression, and binge eating, and make weight re-gain more likely.
  3. Be physically active every day. You know my philosophy; a little extra exercise is better than no exercise at all. Often, our non-structured holiday schedules knock us off our otherwise regulated exercise routines. Any physical activity, especially of the aerobic nature like walking, bicycling,  blading or  swimming will help relieve stress, re-energize you and even lower your appetite, all while burning up unwanted calories.
  4. As I mentioned earlier fill up on healthy veggies before going to parties. Even have a protein shake … The worst thing you can do is arrive at a party starving, just like shopping hungry. It will set you up for failure. You will overeat, and most likely not be able to resist those tempting higher calorie foods.
  5. Make a plan. It’s much easier to deal with a difficult social eating situation if you’ve already planned for it. So think it through – what is going to temp you there? What treat will you allow yourself, if any? What will you give up in your day to allow for that treat? Minimize your obstacles and potential failures by thinking about them in advance and avoiding those “bad choice” situations. Even alcohol – beware! Once you have had one drink, many people get sloppy and loosen up their quest to keep on the healthy food track. Know in advance that drinking is what causes some people to become weak in their decision-making skills… Minimize your alcohol, anyway, as it is extremely fattening.
  6. Do you have to plan luncheons for the holidays? Why always focus holiday gatherings on food? Who really needs to eat so much all the time? Why not get groups of friends together and go to the park, or to an art museum or observatory or bowling, etc. There are so many fun things to do other than sitting around a table and having a margarita… use your imagination. We are planning a holiday trip to Magic Mountain…and I am talking about adults, not kids. Do something non-food related. Do not eat beyond your body’s hunger level just because food is there in front of you. Get up and remove yourself from that situation. Go walk around the host’s house, look at their plants and artwork. Just get up off your butt and move yourself out of that situation of sitting near food when you’ve already had enough.
  7. It is so easy to reduce the fat in holiday recipes. There are plenty of low fat and low calorie substitutes that you can use. We all know the trick of using applesauce in place of oil in your holiday breads; use egg substitutes in place of whole eggs. Go online and find low fat recipes. Use your common sense. Just cut down on any fat additives. You don’t need to use the egg yolks in baking and you also don’t need to have so much oil or shortening, either. Again, just use your head and cut these items way way way down… I don’t even have vegetable oil in my house… I never need it…not even when I am baking brownies. They taste totally the same without it.
  8. We already talked about drinks. Alcohol is high in calories. Liquors, sweet wines and sweet mixed drinks contain 150-450 calories per glass. Yuck, who needs those extra calories? Not me.  By contrast, water and diet sodas are calorie-free. If you choose to drink, select light wines and beers, and use non-alcoholic mixers such as water and diet soda. Limit your intake to 1 or 2 alcoholic drinks per occasion. Beware of fruit juices and punches and – oh my – egg nog….holy cow, look out for those calories!
  9. Enjoy good friends and family. Joy and fun don’t come with having to eat – no they come from your friends and conversations and communication…food is just an additive, not the main staple of a good time. Your focus should be on fun and people, not on food. Holidays are a time to celebrate our loved ones and give thanks for what we have. Never forget that balance, and moderation is key. It is easier to maintain a healthy diet and healthy choices than to continually go on and off and on and off good and bad foods all the time. I have lived my life eating pretty much healthy things with occasional treats like chocolate chip cookies and ice cream, but 90% of the time I am making deliberate good choices…and in the long run, I can say I feel and look pretty good for a person my age and I don’t have to struggle to do so because of the routine I’ve chosen.
  10. And don’t fret…. Overeating one day here or there won’t make or break your eating plan and most likely won’t even make you gain weight…. as long as it is only occasional. Honestly, it takes many days of eating more calories than you burn to actually gain weight. So if you fall off the program temporarily, don’t throw in the towel and give up totally. Just get back on the horse as quickly as possible before you cause permanent weight gain.

So, go out there and have fun! Remember, you’ll be able to enjoy the holiday festivities more if you feel good about yourself!


‘Tis the Season…Cory’s advice for surviving “holiday eating”

December 6, 2008


January, 2009 cover of Planet Muscle Magazine starring Cory!

January, 2009 cover of Planet Muscle Magazine featuring Cory!

Welcome to one of the toughest times of the year for trying to stay fit and healthy by making the smartest choices possible during the holiday season. We know what is right and what is wrong as far as eating goes – the hard part is sticking to it and saying YES to the okay items and NO to the horrible ones.  Remember, it only tasted good as it passed over the lips, and from that point on it became a burden to lose… so, is that brief encounter with joy worth the long hours it takes to get rid of it?   I think NOT….to me that one moment of ‘yummy’ is not worth the many days of sweat and dieting it will take to remove it.

Yet food is such an important part of many holiday celebrations, family and cultural traditions. So many people gain a little (or in some cases a little too much) weight between Thanksgiving and New Years. But, who is to blame? YOU… simple and honest answer but oh so true.  Yes, there are tempting goodies, but YOU are the one person who decides what to scarf down and what to resist. Only YOU know how your body works and how hard it is to regain your figure. For some of us it is such a difficult task that it’s not at all worth the temptations.  No family or friend can make you eat high calorie treats. Only YOU can reach for the goodie plate and it is only YOUR fault what the consequences hold. No one can pressure YOU to overeat and no one can force YOU to take foods that are not on your OK list.

Some people have increased “emotional eating” from the extra stress they feel this time of year. Others forget about their daily walks and workouts during the holidays, while others still just push it all off to the New Year and say “I will just relax and eat what I want until the New Year, when I get strict again on January 1.”

Well, no matter what the excuses are, it is NOT necessary to lock yourself in your room and not participate in holiday gatherings and parties! You need NOT avoid festivities in an attempt to maintain your weight,  or even lose a few pounds.

I have never gained more than about 3 pounds over the holidays, and in some years I actually lose. I am more conscious of the parties, so I eat healthy foods there – fresh veggies, salads, whole wheat crackers or pretzels instead of chips, cheese, sauces, dips and the like. I try to fill up on the healthy things that, believe it or not, are at every party. I have learned to say “oh, no thank you,” or “I just had one,” or “I can’t eat another bite” when offered things I know I will regret later. It is actually very easy to do – just walk away from those tempting areas and sit by the less tempting. Don’t even begin nibbling on the bad foods or it will be harder to stop. You can go to any party you want and be able to leave feeling proud and in control and happy, vs. cursing having gone in the first place.

The bottom line is it all starts and stops with YOU. No one as I said can force you to take something you know is unhealthy. It is all on your own shoulders, like so many things in life. NO one forces you to run red lights, no one forces you to steal, no one forces you to smoke or drink and no one can influence you to make poor food choices. I live around yummy treats for kids, but I have learned to “eat to live” not “live to eat.”

It is so so so so (did I say SO) easy…. You just have to be your own boss. Give it a try. Over the holidays when you may not go to the gym or to your fitness classes, don’t sweat it. You can still go for a walk every day, no matter what area you are in. I walk my way lean, I walk off my holiday treats, and I walk off my stress. I walk off those extra calories. And you, too, can walk off the pounds even during the holidays if you just make good food choices and keep on walking. Trust me it works…

Tomorrow I will share my top 10 diet and fitness tips for fully enjoying the holiday season without gaining weight. In the meantime, stay strong and say “tis the season” with a smile!