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THE WAY OF THE GUNTER

Gunter Schlierkamp may have been quiet

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THE WAY OF THE GUNTER

Gunter Schlierkamp may have been quiet Competitively in 2007, but don't write him Off just yet. With this calculated, form-focused biceps routine, he'll be fighting His way back on to the IFBB scene in 2008

SNAPSHOT
BIRTHDATE Feb. 2, 1970
BIRTHPLACE Olfen, Germany
CURRENT RESIDENCE Redondo Beach, California
HEIGHT 6'2"
WEIGHT 300 pounds contest; 285 off-season
FAMILY STATUS Married to Kim Lyons
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: 2005: Mr. Olympia, 4th; 2004: Arnold Classic, 4th; 2002: GNC Show of Strength, 1st
ENDORSEMENTS Weider, Flexsolate (flexsolate.com)
TO CONTACT gunters.net

WILL GUNTER SCHLIERKAMP EVER RETURN TO THE bodybuilding stage? Everyone wants to know. He last competed at the 2006 Olympia, taking 10th place in a field crowded with talent, but he was every bit the fan favorite he has always been. It's the stuff of bodybuilding buzz whenever he's getting ready to compete, but it's his absence from contest lineups since then that has piqued the interest (read: concern) of the Gunter faithful. The German giant is as beloved as any athlete in the pro ranks today—arguably more so than some of his more accomplished brethren—as much for his easygoing demeanor as for his menacing most musculars. But could this 37-year-old icon of muscle be on his way out? Say it ain't so, Gunter! According to Gunter, it may not be time just yet to mourn his passage into bodybuilding history. When he's not working on projects he hopes will carry him well past his days in posing trunks, he's as committed as ever to his role as a spokesman and ambassador for the sport. And as a fixture at Gold's Gym in Redondo Beach, California, he's working to refine his physique—and his skill set—for what may be his last run at competitive glory.

KICKIN' IT
From one of the group exercise rooms in Gold's comes a resounding, concussive thud. The imagination immediately conjures up scenes of sustained mortar blasts, but a peek inside reveals the source of the sound. Gunter, gloved up and wearing an intense scowl, steps back and quickly delivers another roundhouse kick into the pads held by boxing and martial arts instructor John Marsh. The kicks come one after the other, their heavy impact drowning out the high-decibel rock and metal music blasting from the speakers.

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