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May 13, 2011

 

Although a boxer stands alone in the ring, Nonito Donaire recognizes that it is a team sport. Besides his supreme skill, the three-division titleholder has put together a team that places him far beyond most, if not all challengers.

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May 12, 2011

Original article: Daily News
By Teri Thompson and Nathaniel Vinton

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Sitting in a Thai restaurant earlier this month in San Francisco, just a few blocks from the federal courthouse where Barry Bonds goes on trial Monday, BALCO founder Victor Conte seemed more like Buddha than a boogeyman.

Almost five years have passed since Conte completed a four-month prison term for organizing the biggest and most brazen doping ring in sports history. Today, he is a Bay Area family man with a bustling nutritional supplement business to run. He works with pro and amateur athletes and helps more than a few journalists understand the vexing issue of performance-enhancing drugs in sports.

In short, he is a guru, enjoying his comeback moment amid what should be the final chapter of the eight-year BALCO saga.

"I'm happy to be back doing what I like to do, which is help athletes and be involved in the sports nutrition industry," says Conte, who has recently been driving a quarter-million-dollar Bentley around town. "Life is fun. I'm happy to be back and living a productive life."

Tomorrow, the same prosecutors who busted Conte will finally get their chance to try Bonds on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice. The five felony counts stem from Bonds' testimony before the grand jury that was investigating Conte and his circle in the fall of 2003. Jury selection begins tomorrow. The trial is expected to last two to three weeks.

Meanwhile at Manora's Thai on Folsom, Conte was hanging out with pro boxer Nonito Donaire, a Bay Area bantamweight originally from the Philippines. Donaire and his entourage were gathered for a noodle-and-strategy session, their phones buzzing as they scheduled photo shoots and workout sessions.

"He's like a father to me," says Donaire. "He's protected me. We're like a family . . . I'm not yet at the pinnacle of my talent. Victor Conte has the key to unlock that potential."

Conte also works with Marlon Byrd, the Cubs outfielder who began working with Conte about a year before Byrd made the 2010 All-Star team and completed his best season. The collaboration hasn't pleased Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig.

"We've talked to him," Selig said of Byrd during a visit to spring training earlier this month. "He knows how we feel and it's not a situation that makes me very happy."

Even after seven years, Conte is still sensitive to what he perceives as unfair personal attacks on his character, especially when they come from someone as powerful as Selig. Travis Tygart, the head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, was recently quoted in the San Jose Mercury News comparing Conte's working with athletes to Bernie Madoff coming out of prison and going to work for the Fed "while there's billions of dollars yet to be repaid - I think there would be an outcry."

"Redemption," Tygart added, "doesn't come for free."

Conte believes he has more than paid the price for what he calls the "smallest money-laundering case in the history of the federal government," and a conviction that amounts to "an ounce of weed and a $100 money-laundering charge."

It all began on Sept. 3, 2003, 12:41 p.m., when 26 agents and a swat team busted through the doors of Conte's business, Scientific Nutrition for Advanced Conditioning (SNAC) in a Burlingame strip mall and began screaming, "Police! Police! Does anyone have any weapons?"

As a helicopter swooped in overhead (it was later determined to be from a news agency that Conte believes was alerted by the cops). At gunpoint, Conte and his partner, Jim Valente, were instructed to sit in the lobby until IRS investigator Jeff Novitzky escorted Conte to a conference room in the back of the office.

Conte said in a sworn affidavit that he was not shown a search warrant until after the raid ended and a female agent handed him a copy of the warrant and his key to the building; Novitzky claimed he showed Conte the warrant at least three times. Conte also disputed Novitzky's claims that he implicated athletes on a "list" of Conte's clients.

Conte would endure another SWAT raid - this one on Jan. 25, 2005 - that sealed his distrust of the government.

As Conte describes it, he awoke around 7 a.m. to a loud banging on his front door. As he walked from his bedroom into the living room, he saw through the front windows that armed FBI agents in flak jackets were assembled outside his house.

A female agent standing outside the window screamed, "Open the door, now!" This time, the agents were looking for evidence that Conte had leaked secret grand jury testimony from the BALCO case to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Conte had not been the leaker - it turned out that his former lawyer, Troy Ellerman, who also represented Valente, was the leaker. Ellerman, who had filed a motion to dismiss based on his assertions that the government leaked the transcripts, was imprisoned and disbarred.

Conte has been outspoken in his criticism of the Chronicle and its reporters, who refused to identify their source for leaked grand jury testimony. Conte declined to be interviewed by ESPN for a piece on Ellerman that airs Sunday.

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May 12, 2011

 

After chasing Shane Mosley around the MGM Grand Garden ring to win a lopsided 12-round decision, Manny Pacquiao declared his performance was less than stellar due to a left calf muscle cramp.

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May 11, 2011

Original Article: Comcast Sports Net
By Ryan Maquiñana

July 22, 2011

Barry Bonds and Marion Jones may be wary of the media nowadays, but a principal figure involved in their now infamous sagas has embraced it.

In this instance, however, the once-maligned Victor Conte is now a wanted man for the right reasons partially due to his recent results with professional boxers.

“This whole concept of old school boxing training, waking up and running six or seven miles and chopping wood…is just not nearly as effective as the technologies that are available today,” the BALCO founder says.

After working with prominent Bay Area fighters like Nonito Donaire, Andre Ward, and Karim Mayfield, Conte’s latest pupil is current IBF super lightweight champion Zab “Super” Judah, who fights this Saturday in Las Vegas (HBO, 7 p.m.).

“I think that the best Zab Judah is going to show up,” Conte says from his San Carlos Scientific Nutrition for Advanced Nutrioning (SNAC) headquarters.  “I believe he has tremendous confidence.  He certainly has the ability and the power to win the fight, and I think he will.”

Judah (41-6, 28 KOs), a two-division world titlist from Brooklyn, is an underdog heading into a Saturday unification showdown with WBA beltholder Amir Khan of England (25-1, 17 KOs), partially as a result of his tendency to tire out in the later rounds of big fights.

In fact, the outspoken southpaw used his vast repertoire of offensive skills to take early leads against Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto before running out of gas as both fights progressed.

Enter Donaire.  The San Leandro resident befriended Judah in Las Vegas and introduced him to the hypoxic machine, a high-altitude simulator and staple of Donaire’s workouts ever since he hooked up with Conte last year.

“Victor’s made me into a monster man,” Donaire declares, having shocked the boxing world with a two-round February destruction of formidable Fernando Montiel for the WBC and WBO bantamweight belts.  “He’s done a lot for me with the things I do with him and Remi Korchmeny.  My speed, my power, reflexes, you name it, are on another level from before, and Zab will see it, too.”

“I've been with Victor now for a while.  We've just been working for a couple of months," Judah tells RingTV’s Lem Satterfield.  “Victor Conte is more or less a conditioner and a motivator.”

 
May 11, 2011

Original Article: Max Boxing

By Steve Kim

Monday, July 18, 2011

As he prepares for his junior welterweight unification showdown on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, IBF titlist Zab Judah believes that- and yes, get ready for a “cliché alert”- he is indeed in the best shape of his life coming into this bout against WBA beltholder, Amir Khan. No, seriously, this time he means it.

"I must say," Judah stated to Maxboxing last week from Las Vegas, "I am in the best shape of my career. It’s going to be phenomenal. People always say things about breathing and ’Zab Judah can’t make it past six rounds’ but I think if the fight permits itself to go 12 rounds, after 12 rounds, I’ll be looking for another six."

In the past, Judah has been like a drag racing vehicle, capable of quick, explosive starts but not built for the long haul. He now believes he is capable of boxing effectively for long distances. Much of it has to do with his consultation of noted conditioning and nutritional guru Victor Conte.

"Victor’s a very smart guy; he’s a very underestimated man. I think we play together as two great people. We are the same kinda person with some past histories of things; people just judge on that alone," said Judah, referencing their checkered pasts. "His character as a person, that’s not who he is [anymore]. He’s a different kinda guy and I’m very pleased to be working with Victor and the man has been nothing but a great help to me and everything like that. He’s a legit, honest guy."

March 8, 2011

Original article: MMA Fighting
By Ben Fowlkes

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

March 3, 2011

Zinc (Zn) and magnesium (Mg) may enhance levels of Insulin-like Growth Factor-I (IGF-I)(1); and zinc, in particular, may contribute to elevating serum testosterone (2). Both IGF-I and testosterone are anabolic factors that enhance muscle function and physical performance. Testosterone's role in physical performance enhancement has been studied for a number of years. The IGF-I response to intense muscular activity has not been well defined, relatively. Training may lead to a short-term catabolic state hormonally expressed by reductions in IGF-I. Baseline serum concentrations of testosterone, GH, and IGF-I were unaffected by 16-wk resistive training program which elicited an approximate 40% increase in muscular strength in men, 60 4 yr. It was intimated that training-induced increases in IGF-I could occur in muscle without altering serum IGF-I concentration (3).

March 3, 2011

A double-blind, randomized study was conducted to determine the effect of a novel zinc and magnesium formulation (ZMA) on anabolic hormone levels and strength in athletes. Members of the University football team (n=27) had blood collected at the beginning and end of an 8 week period of intensive training. Subjects were supplemented with ZMA (n=12) or placebo (n=15) for the 8 weeks. The ZMA group took 3 capsules nightly that contained a total of 30 mg of ZN as monomethionine/aspartate, 450 mg of Mg as aspartate and 10.5 mg of vitamin B-6.

March 3, 2011

A double blind study conducted by Anthony A. Conte, M.D. found that 23 subjects taking a capsule containing 250 mg of HCA plus 100 mcg of chromium three times daily lost an average of 11 lbs. Over two months compared to 4 lbs. For 17 subjects taking a placebo (control group). The volunteers taking the HCA plus chromium lost over 2 ½ times as much weight as those on the placebo. The study included male and female subjects 21 to 55 years of age. Dietary instructions were given to all subjects in an identical manner; emphasis was placed on the values of low-fat, low sugar, low sodium, high fiber, variety, moderation and balance. The study was published in the The Bariatrician (June 1993), the official journal of the American Society of Bariatric (Weight Loss) Physicians.

February 24, 2011

1. The effect of zinc depletion on muscle function was tested in 8 male subjects. After receiving 12 mg Zn/day for 17 days, the subjects received 0.3 mg Zn/day for either 33 or 41 days. The subjects were then divided into two groups for zinc repletion. Group A subjects received overnight infusion of 66 mg of Zn on Day 1 and 10 and then were fed 12 mg Zn/day for another 16 days. Group B subjects were fed 12 mg Zn/day for 21 days. Peak force and total work capacity of the knee and shoulder extensor and flexor muscle groups were assessed using an isokinetic dynamometer at baseline, at two points during depletion, and at repletion. Plasma zinc levels decreased by an average of 67% during depletion and remained 9% below baseline after repletion.

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