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David Christopher Palumbo aka Dave Palumbo, born February 17, 1968, is a retired American bodybuilder who competed as an amateur throughout his career. Palumbo is generally recognized as the progenitor of Palumboism.

Palumboism occurs when the muscles on the sides of the abdomen, also known as your oblique muscles, thicken and make it difficult for a bodybuilder to hold in their stomach, or rectus abdominis muscles. “

This condition is named after Dave Palumbo. He was the first bodybuilder to display a stomach that appeared unnaturally bloated in proportion to his chest.


Palumboism is also referred to as:

  • steroid or roid gut
  • human growth hormone or HGH gut
  • HGH bloat
  • bubble gut
  • insulin gut
  • muscle gut
  • bodybuilder belly
  • aesthetics decimation
  • an abdomination

Dave Palumbo’s first bodybuilding contest was the 1990 NPC NATURAL New York City competition where, weighing in at 168 lbs, he placed 6th. Five years later Palumbo had gained 70 lbs and won the Heavyweight class at the 1995 NPC Junior Nationals as well as the overall. His highest prestige placing in a bodybuilding competition was 2nd place in the Super Heavyweight class at the 2003 NPC USA Championships.

In 2001, Muscular Development Magazine hired Palumbo to write a monthly column called “The Anabolic Freak”. A few years later, he became editor of the Muscular Development website until being terminated in 2009.

According to Steve Blechman, owner of Muscular Development Magazine:

“Dave was hired two years ago to be Editor-in-Chief of the Muscular Development website. During the first year, he was instrumental in helping to grow it. During this past year, Dave’s interests were focused increasingly on his side businesses of training athletes and launching his supplement line. John(Romano) was hired by Dave as a paid employee to endorse and promote this supplement line. Because of this, John’s position as Senior Editor was compromised. Together they were using MD and the website as a vehicle to further their own interests, and as a result, less time was being spent on increasing the website’s potential and taking it to the next level. During their employment, Dave and John’s contributions were very much appreciated, and they were well compensated.”

Steve Blechman

Currently, Palumbo is the CEO and Founder of RxMuscle.com and owner of Species Nutrition. He also offers bodybuilding and fitness competition preparation coaching and is the founder of the S.M.A.R.T. personal training certification program.

Palumbo is a familiar face and personality in bodybuilding despite never having competed in the pro ranks. These days he is at a significantly lighter body weight than he was during his competitive years. His heaviest competitive body weight was 275 pounds at the 2000 NPC NY METROPOLITAN bodybuilding competition and looks today to be under 200 pounds.

Dave Palumbo Bodybuilding Competition History

1990 NPC NATURAL New York City (6th place Middleweight…..168 lbs)..training only 6 months

1992 NPC NJ SUBURBAN BODYBUILDING CHAMPS (5th place, Light Heavyweight…..198 lbs)

1992 NATURAL TRI STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS (1st place, Heavyweight……..202 lbs)

1992 NPC Eastern USA 3rd place Heavyweight…212 lbs

1992 NPC WESTCHESTER 2nd place Heavyweight …212 lbs

1994 NPC NY METROPOLITAN BB CHAMPS 1st Heavyweight…….228 lbs

1994 NPC SUBURBAN BB CHAMPS 2nd Heavyweight……..228 lbs

1994 NPC Jr USA 3rd place Heavyweight………..228 lbs

1994 AMATEUR GRAND PRIX 1st place Heavyweight and OVERALL CHAMP……235 lbs

1995 NPC Jr NATIONALS 1st place Heavyweight……..258 lbs

1995 NPC USA CHAMPS 7th place Heavyweight………256 lbs

1996 NPC USA 7th place………254 lbs

1996 NPC NATIONALS 4th place………268 lbs

1997 NPC USA 6th place …..270 lbs

1997 NPC NATIONALS…..5th place……..272 lbs

1998 IFBB NORTH AMERICAN 6th place …….281 lbs

1998 NPC NATIONALS 8th place Super Heavyweight……. 273 lbs

1999 NPC USA ……9th place

2000 NPC NY METROPOLITAN 1st place Super Heavyweight and OVERALL…. 275 lbs

2000 NPC USA 4th place Super Heavyweight…….274 lbs

2000 NPC NATIONALS 8th place Super Heavyweight……268 lbs

2001 NPC USA 7th place …….Super Heavyweight……. 265 lbs

2001 IFBB NORTH AMERICAN 5th place…… Super Heavyweight …… 271 lbs

2002 NPC USA 3rd place Super Heavyweight………..260 lbs

2002 NPC National’s 2nd place Super Heavyweight…….260 lbs

2003 NPC USAs 2nd place Super Heavyweight………..265 lbs

2003 NPC NATIONALS 6th place Super Heavyweight…….268 lbs

2004 NPC USA 6th place Super Heavyweight……. 258 lbs

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