Talking huge with Craig Golias

Craig Golias explains how bodybuilders abound in Las Vegas, how not to overeat while bloating, and his relationship with the late Rich Piana

Welcome to another episode of Talk huge – a weekly digital series in which Craig Golias discusses in depth with Vlad Yudin the latest trending topics in bodybuilding. Raw, Honest, and Uncut – Craig Golias shares his thoughts on all things bodybuilding. In this episode, Craig Golias talks about Las Vegas becoming the new bodybuilding mecca, his friendship with Rich Piana, how not to overeat while bloating, and how he started out as an ectomorph.

Although Craig Golias had only a short career as a competitive bodybuilder, he still passionately enjoys the sport and the lifestyle. During our conversation with Craig during this episode, he also recounts his very first time in the Mr. Olympia competition as a fan. He also explains how much he enjoys going to the show and meeting fans.

Are bodybuilders flocking to live in Las Vegas?

One of our main talking points this week is Las Vegas and how suddenly it is booming with bodybuilding. It’s no secret that for decades Mr. Olympia has been held in Las Vegas. Ironically, that has changed over the past two years due to COVID-19 – but the bodybuilding culture still seems to be thriving in Las Vegas.

Craig Golias is one of those bodybuilders. He now lives in Las Vegas and hasn’t looked back. In fact, he despises California cities because of the huge traffic and high prices. According to Craig, he is not alone. Many aspiring and professional bodybuilders are moving to Las Vegas. Not only that, but remarkable gymnasiums are also opening in the area.

This combination of bodybuilding-focused gyms and bodybuilders seems to be the first signs of a change in the bodybuilding landscape. Will Las Vegas soon eclipse Los Angeles as a bodybuilding mecca? Craig Golias believes it.

Vlad Yudin also chats with Craig about how a similar shift is happening on the East Coast. Many bodybuilders and events have moved to Florida. This was accelerated by the pandemic and the state’s lax laws. But that change was happening even before COVID-19 consumed the world.

Craig Golias on overeating and living as an ectomorph

The topic of swelling returns this week as Craig Golias gives advice on how not to overeat while trying to gain waistline. The key is of course to eat clean. But he also suggests that your tactics change based on your current weight. If you’re overweight and want to build muscle, Craig suggests focusing on dieting and weight loss first. Ditch the fat, then start heavy eating again – only this time with clean foods.

Craig Golias, although massive and weighing almost 300 pounds, was not a man who naturally carried weight during his youth. In fact, he was thin as a twig. He describes himself as an ectomorph who could eat whatever he wanted without gaining weight.

So of course, when he decided to try to build massive muscles, he got extremely overdone. At first, this combined with training led to mainly muscle growth. But by the time it went from 150 pounds to 225 pounds, the weight gain started to shift from muscle to fat.

At the time, Craig Golias knew nothing about the protocols and tactics of being a successful bodybuilder. He was just playing by ear and trying to mimic the looks he saw in movies and magazines. For future generations, he warns of what he did in the beginning. The sooner you know how to build muscle with healthy eating, the sooner you will find the kind of true bodybuilding success you are likely looking for.


You can watch Craig Golias and Vlad Yudin discuss bodybuilding in Las Vegas, Rich Piana, overeating, and how to build muscle as an ectomorph in our last episode above. Be sure to check out Talking Huge weekly on Fridays – only on the Generation Iron Fitness network!

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