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Chika Amalaha, 16-Year-Old Nigerian Weightlifter, Fails Drug Test


GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — A 16-year-old Nigerian weightlifter failed a doping test after becoming the youngest ever female to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal in the sport, organizers said Tuesday.

Chika Amalaha has been provisionally suspended from the Glasgow Games after testing positive for diuretics and masking agents after winning the 53-kilogram (117-pound) division last Friday.

Amalaha’s “A” sample contained amiloride and hydrochlorothiazide, which are both banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency. Amalaha asked for the backup “B” sample to be tested, which will happen in London on Wednesday.

Amalaha would be stripped of the gold medal if the second sample also comes back positive.

WADA is set to investigate how someone so young had access to banned substances.

“I am rather saddened and disappointed this has happened to a 16-year-old,” WADA President Craig Reedie told The Associated Press. “We will need to see if the `B’ sample matches the `A.’ Then if it does the girl will be removed from the games and it will be up to the international weightlifting federation to apply a sanction and then she would lose her medal.

“WADA will look at the circumstances surrounding this case once we know the full facts.”

The test was part of an anti-doping program at the games targeting specific sports based largely on intelligence, rather than testing every medal winner.

“It shows we have a very robust anti-doping program in place,” Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive Mike Hooper said. “It sends a strong message to anybody in any sport that if you go down the path of doping, any substance to enhance performance, they will be caught … it’s an ongoing battle.”

Amalaha set Commonwealth Games records in her weight category with a total of 196 kilograms (432 pounds), breaking the previous mark of 188 kilograms (414 pounds). Dika Toua of Papua New Guinea won silver and Santoshi Matsa of India earned the bronze.

Amalaha said last week that she took up weightlifting despite opposition at home.

“I started at the age of 12, but my family were strongly against me doing the sport at first,” she said. “They kept me telling to stop doing it, but I persuaded them by getting a female coach.

“From then on, it was hard work, training, a lot of pain and dedication that got me here today. And now my family were in the audience and they are so excited and so proud.”

The positive test is the latest setback for weightlifting, which has been marred by doping cases. Nigeria’s weightlifting team didn’t compete at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester because of a doping ban imposed in 2001 after four members of the squad failed drug tests.

Four years ago in New Delhi, three Nigerian runners failed doping tests. Folashade Abugan was stripped of silver medals in the women’s 400 meters and 4×400-meter relay after testing positive for a steroid. Osayomi Oludamola had her gold medal in the 100 meters taken away after testing positive for a banned stimulant and hurdler Samuel Okon, who did not win a medal, also tested positive.

Hooper told The Associated Press on Sunday that about 1,500 random doping tests would be conducted in total in Glasgow. About two-thirds will be carried out during the competition, with the rest completed before the games began on July 23.

Two Welsh athletes had to withdraw over doping offenses committed ahead of the Glasgow Games.

European 400-meter hurdles champion Rhys Williams was ruled out on Friday after being charged with an anti-doping violation at the Glasgow Grand Prix on July 11.

His Welsh teammate, Gareth Warburton, who had been due to compete in the 800 meters at the Commonwealth Games, is going through a U.K. Anti-Doping disciplinary procedure after being charged with earlier anti-doping offenses.


Story via Rob Harris for Associated Press.



Camille Leblanc-Bazinet Tops The 2014 Crossfit® Women Rankings


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Canadian Camille Leblanc-Bazinet competed in her fifth Reebok CrossFit Games and finished on top of the podium for the first time. Camille beat out the 2011 and 2012 champion, Annie “Iceland Annie” Thorisdottir by 40 points. In 2013, Camille finished in 16th place but bounced back to claim the top spot this year. Prior to this year’s Games her highest finish was sixth in 2012. Camille’s gymnastic background proved to be helpful in route to her fist win at the Games. “I attacked more of my weaknesses. I worked my ass off. Every year, you get better at finding your weaknesses,” Leblanc said in post win interview.

Thorisdottir was second, and Julie Foucher finished in third.

2014 Crossfit Women top 3
Photo courtesy of CrossFit, Inc.

CrossFit introduced “the sport of fitness” in 2007. The 2007 Crossfit Games pale in comparison to what the event has become today. Today, thousands of spectators attend the Games and many more watch on ESPN. The total Games payout in 2014 grew to $1,750,000. The total 2015 prize purse will increase to $2,000,000 and by 2020 plans to reach $3,000,000. At the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games, the top 20 men and 20 women took home prize money. First place (for both the men and women) received $275,000. It’s one of the few sporting events where the women’s pay is equal to the men. Individuals earned extra money by winning individual events. Along with the individual open competition, the Games features a Team event and Master’s competitions.

Individual Crossfit® Open Prize Money:
1st – $275,000
2nd – $75,000
3rd – $45,000
4th – $20,000
5th – $18,000
6th – $16,000
7th – $14,000
8th – $12,000
9th – $11,000
10th – $10,000
11th – $9,000
12th – $8,000
13th – $7,000
14th – $6,000
15th – $5,000
16th – $4,000
17th – $3,500
18th – $3,000
19th – $2,500
20th – $2,000

Per Individual Event
1st – $3,000
2nd – $2,000
3rd – $1,000

Team
1st – $40,000
2nd – $20,000
3rd – $10,000

Masters
1st – $10,000
2nd – $5,000
3rd – $3,000

Total Payout in 2014
$1,750,000

Top 25 2014 Crossfit® Women
1. Camille Leblanc-Bazinet
2. Annie Thorisdottir
3. Julie Foucher
4. Michele Letendre
5. Valerie Voboril
6. Emily Bridgers
7. Lauren Brooks
9. Lauren Fisher
10. Jenn Jones
11. Tiffany Hendrickson
12. Michelle Kinney
13. Emily Carothers
14. Elisabeth Akinwale
15. Chyna Cho
16. Kristin Holte
17. Denae Brown
18. Dani Horan
20. Amanda Goodman
21. Christy Adkins
22. Anna Tunnicliffe
23. Alessandra Pichelli
24. Rebecca Voigt
25. Sheila Barden

Top Ten 2014 Crossfit® Masters Women 40-44
1. Amanda Allen
2. Cheryl Brost
3. Marcie Wells
4. Tracy Shuford
5. Merrill Mullis
6. Nikki Ralston
7. Janet Black
8. Pamela Gagnon
9. Ami Wight
10. Tonia Osborne

Top Ten 2014 Crossfit® Masters Women 45-49
1. Kim Holway
2. Karen McCune
3. Shellie Edington
4. Jessica Clevenvik
5. Amy Mandelbaum
6. Lynne Fitzharris
7. Dawn Sibilia
8. Karyn Silvestri
9. Joyanne Cooper
10. Christine Wells

Top Ten 2014 Crossfit® Masters Women 50-54
1. Mary Beth Litsheim
2. Cindy Kelley
3. Kelli Dean
4. Linda Elstun
5. Lynne Knapman
6. Susan Habbe
7. Hylie Thompson
8. Marion Valkenburg
9. Bonnie Lynn
10. Colleen Fahey

Top Ten 2014 Crossfit® Masters Women 55-59
1. Susan Clarke
2. Kathy Ehrsam
3. Patty Failla
4. Lisa Long
5. Diana Flynn
6. Karen Miller
7. Kimberly Luber
8. Beth Hoppe
9. Debby Brouwer
10. April Kitagawa

Top Ten 2014 Crossfit® Masters Women 60+
1. Karen Wattier
2. Mary Schwing
3. Sharon Lapkoff
4. Bernadette Elliott
5. Susan Wallis
6. Marilou Seiff
7. Nancy Steen
8. Joke Dikhoff
9. Lones Stern-Banks
10. Karen Pocius

See the complete leaderboard here.

Lead image via games.crossfit.com video.



2014 IFBB Golden State Pro Competitor Lists


This weekend in Sacramento, California marks one of the last remaining shows before the Olympia. The winner of each division will qualify for the 2014 Olympia and those placing second through fifth will collect points towards the Olympia Point Series. The show will take place on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium.

THE HARDBODY 411
There are a number of women looking to not only win but place high enough to collect points and punch their ticket to the Olympia. Look for Roxie Beckles, Loan Leonard, Karin Hobbs, Heather Grace, Jennifer Robinson and Carrie Simmons to be your likely top six. Jillian Reville is returning to the stage for the first time since heart surgery. Jennifer Robinson is the only woman qualified for the Olympia in this lineup.

2014 IFBB Golden State Pro Competitor Lists

2014 IFBB Golden State Pro Women’s Physique Competitors
1. Roxie Beckles
2. Heather Grace
3. Karin Hobbs
4. Leah Johnson
5. Candrea Judd Adams
6. Loan Leonard
7. Jodi Marchuck
8. Akane Nigro-Ismeal
9. Claire O’Connell
10. Jillian Reville
11. Jennifer Robinson
12. Carrie Simmons
13. Patriciia Wood

2014 IFBB Golden State Pro Master’s Women’s Physique Competitors
1. Karin Hobbs
2. Cathy Jackson
3. Candrea Judd Adams
4. Claire O’Connell

Toney Freeman, Johnnie Jackson, Essa Obaid are your likely top three in the men’s division. Look for William Bonac, An Nguyen, Akin Williams and JoJo Ntiforo to be in the mix for the top spots. While the lineup isn’t the deepest we’ve seen it will be competitive for the top spots.

2014 IFBB Golden State Pro Men’s Bodybuilding Competitors
1. Santana Anderson
2. Mohamed Ali Bannout
3. William Bonac
4. Toney Freeman
5. Johnnie Jackson
6. Kenneth Jackson
7. Manuel Lomeli
8. An Nguyen
9. Jojo Ntiforo
10. Essa Obaid
11. Manuel Romero
12. Akim Williams
13. Brian Yerskey

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Camille LeBlanc-Bazinet: Crossfit Lifestyle – 2


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Camille Leblanc-Bazinet talks about pushing herself and going as hard as you can. “I love training by myself. I also love turning the clock off.” Learn how the Crossfit® athlete pushes herself in her workouts. Camille finds eating carbohydrates like sweet potatoes work best for her training. Check out the video to hear what Camille eats when she competes and more. works best for her fuel.

CAMILLE LEBLANC-BAZINET
BSN Athlete / CrossFit Competitor

In her most dominant performance to date, BSN Athlete Camille Leblanc-Bazinet bested all other female contestants at the Canada East Regional CrossFit Games, finishing first in seven out of eight events, punching her ticket to the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games at StubHub Center in Carson, California, USA for what will be her fifth appearance on the big stage.

ATHLETE BIO
Camille Leblanc-Bazinet is one of the world’s top CrossFit athletes. She has finished in the top 10 at the Reebok CrossFit Games for the past three years, improving her placing each year (9th in 2010, 8th in 2011, and 6th in 2012). She has also been the highest-placing Canadian athlete at the Games each of the past three years, male or female, which makes her the fittest woman in her country. Along with her CrossFit accomplishments, Camille has qualified for the National Championship in weightlifting in Canada, while also remaining a full-time student in chemical engineering at the University of Sherbrooke.

Camille has been a competitive athlete her entire life. She did high-level gymnastics for 14 years, starting at 2 years old and retiring at 16 in order to coach younger girls and to try new sports. She played senior AA soccer, played volleyball in high school, was the captain of her college flag football team, and also enjoys running half-marathons, skiing and playing rugby. Always passionate about sports and health, Camille is continuing her sports education and working toward her Olympic lifting, CrossFit and gymnastic certifications. She is also interning to be on the staff for CrossFit Headquarters and to coach with legendary Olympic lifting coach Mike Burgener.

Camille’s profile continues to rise and she is constantly in demand for appearances and photo shoots, and has graced the covers of numerous sports and fitness publications. She’s also been nominated as one of the five most influential female athletes in Canada. With her youth, athleticism and dedication to constant improvement, Camille’s career seemingly has nowhere to go but up, and BSN® is thrilled to have her represent the brand to the CrossFit community and the world at large.

Read more about Camille on BSN’s Website.

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Diet Trends Through The Years – Infographic


A quick look at a few diet trends throughout the years courtesy of medifastcalifornia.com.

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Diet Trends Through the Years [Infographic]
Written by Cara Walsh

Sometimes it seems easier to keep track of Hollywood gossip than it is all of the diet trends—and that’s saying something! From prep time to cost, diet limitations to inclusions, this infographic has everything you need to know about the trending diets. Whether you just want to be well informed or you are looking for your next weight loss strategy, it is important to know what each diet entails. Being fit and in-shape is something that most people strive for, but you won’t believe what extreme diets people have tried to get there.

While they all have their own pros and cons, it can be difficult to determine whether or not a diet works, and which one is right for you. Furthermore, 95% of people who followed a diet re-gained all the weight lost within 1-5 years! It is a challenge to successfully lose weight and keep it off. Enjoy reading about the Diet Trends infographic, and if you feel as though you need that extra help to reach or maintain your weight loss goals, Medifast California is here to help!

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Infographic Courtesy: medifastcalifornia.com



Hearst Corporation Launches CosmoBody


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Cosmopolitan magazine publisher Hearst Corporation has launched CosmoBody, an “on-demand fitness & lifestyle video channel”. The video subscription service features celebrity trainers, workout plans and more.

The CosmoBody Youtube Channel features:
Celebrity Trainers
Fun. Fearless. Life.
Workouts
Body Changing Challenges

Check it out on cosmobody.com.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cosmobod
Twitter: twitter.com/cosmo_body

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PRESS RELEASE
HEARST CORPORATION LAUNCHES COSMOBODY—A NEW PAID SUBSCRIPTION VIDEO ON-DEMAND CHANNEL—THROUGH ITS NEW HEARST DIGITAL STUDIOS UNIT

NEW YORK, July 15, 2014 – Hearst Corporation today introduced CosmoBody, its first premium subscription video on-demand service created by the newly formed Hearst Digital Studios, a group dedicated to developing all-new digital products and video channels from brands across the company. CosmoBody is a fitness and lifestyle channel conceived and designed in conjunction with the Cosmopolitan editorial team to capture the unique voice and sensibility of the iconic brand.
Available today at $9.95 a month, CosmoBody membership provides access (via Web, iOS and Android) to streaming on-demand workout and lifestyle videos, produced by Mark Burnett’s VIMBY studios, and original editorial content that is updated daily—all through the fun, fearless lens of Cosmopolitan and designed to get users hot and fit fast. A 10-day free trial of the service can be activated at CosmoBody.com.

“Basically, it’s Netflix for fitness and lifestyle content…Cosmo-style…with workout videos with names like ‘Get in the Mood Yoga,’ dating advice that takes you into the mind of a man, food and fashion tips and even healthy(ish) cocktail recipes,” said Neeraj Khemlani, head of Hearst Digital Studios and co-president of Hearst Entertainment & Syndication. “It’s our first channel and we look forward to developing more brands–both inside Hearst and with outside partners—into new over-the-top video networks that can be accessed by subscribers on any platform or device, at any time, anywhere in the world.”

“We want to empower our Cosmo audience to feel sexy and strong, without sacrificing any of the fun,” said Joanna Coles, editor in chief of Cosmopolitan. “There’s an inextricable link between looking good and feeling good, and CosmoBody inspires women to create that connection whenever they need it, wherever they are.”

The CosmoBody channel features eight celebrity trainers with big personalities, including dance cardio trainer Jennifer Johnson, boot camp specialists Astrid Swan McGuire and Adam Rosante, martial arts expert Ary Nunez, strength trainer Don Saladino, yoga specialist Tara Stiles, dance instructor Katia Pryce and basic fitness instructor Rique Uresti, as well as celebrated food blogger Camille Becerra, in highly stylized and seductive videos. Shot in fresh and vibrant locations ranging from New York rooftops to the beaches of Santa Monica, Calif., the videos offer a glimpse into trainers’ personal lives, while giving viewers the food and fitness tools—as well as life coaching advice—to power through their own lives. Members can browse a growing selection of videos that are organized by trainer and workout type.

Some of the key features of the CosmoBody channel include:

CHALLENGES: Editors and trainers create structured 1-4 week programs to get women ready for their key reveal moments: whether it’s helping a bride get a “Wowza Wedding Body,” “Sexier by Saturday” for the big date, or “Revenge Body” to help recover from a breakup.

AIRPLAY: On iOS, users can stream workouts from their phones and tablets to their big screens via Apple TV – a first step in a series of screen integrations debuting in the coming months.

STATS: Users can track approximate calories burned from workouts and soon will be able to link CosmoBody with key fitness trackers and wearable devices. This is a first step in an increasingly personalized experience.

“The CosmoBody channel is part of a larger umbrella strategy around the Cosmo brand, and an excellent template for how Hearst Magazines and the Studios will work together going forward,” said David Carey, president of Hearst Magazines.

Hearst Digital Studios works alongside various brands and content creators across the company, as well as outside of Hearst, in order to further connect with audiences in innovative and exciting ways. Executive Creative Director David Vogler is the Studios’ chief designer. Chris Grosso, former head of AOL’s front page, is senior vice president and general manager of the platform team. Liz Plosser, senior editor of Cosmopolitan magazine, is also CosmoBody’s editorial director.

About Hearst Corporation
Hearst Corporation (www.hearst.com) is one of the nation’s largest diversified media and information companies. Its major interests include ownership of 15 daily and 34 weekly newspapers, including the Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle, San Antonio Express-News and Albany Times Union; hundreds of magazines around the world, including Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, ELLE and O, The Oprah Magazine; 29 television stations, which reach a combined 18 percent of U.S. viewers; ownership in leading cable networks, including Lifetime, A&E, HISTORY and ESPN; significant holdings in automotive, electronic and medical/pharmaceutical business information companies; a 50 percent stake in global ratings agency Fitch Group; Internet and marketing services businesses; television production; newspaper features distribution; and real estate. Follow us on Twitter @HearstCorp and subscribe to Hearstlink.



2014 IFBB Prestige Crystal Cup Pro Competitors


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The women of the IFBB Pro Bikini division are back in competition this weekend at the 2014 IFBB Prestige Crystal Cup Pro. This is one of the few remaining shows for the women to qualify for the Bikini Olympia. The Men’s Physique Pro competitors will also be on stage along with a NPC competition. The show will take place this Saturday, July 19th in Boca Raton, Florida.

THE HARDBODY 411
Lacy DeLuca is the only woman currently in the lineup who is qualified for the Olympia. Stephanie Mahoe is the current leader in the Olympia Point Series with 19 points. A win here would lock in her spot in the Olympia lineup but anything in the top five would help her stay in the mix via the point series. Dayna Maleton is sitting in third place with 13 points and a top five finish would help her stay in the Olympia hunt. Currently, the magic number to get in via the point series is 11. The winner gets an automatic invite, something everyone on this list is shooting for and the top five will be competitive.

2014 IFBB Prestige Crystal Cup Pro Competitors:
• Ashlee Adams
• Stefanie Bambrough
• Callie Bundy
• Lacy DeLuca
• Aly Garcia
• Lauren Hoskins
• Michelle Lewin
• Stephanie Mahoe
• Dayna Maleton
• Asia Mendoza
• Raphaela Milagres
• Noemi Olah
• Amanda Otero
• Jessica Renee

LOCATION:
LYNN UNIVERSITY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
661 NW 53rd Street
Boca Raton, Florida, 33487

Visit prestigecrystalcup.com for more information.



Alicia Harris – Baby on Board


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Four-time Figure Olympia competitor, Alicia “Smiley” Harris shared some exciting news with us today. The track star turned IFBB Figure pro has been known to light up the darkest room with her smile. She’s shown her pearly whites and rock’n hardbody on more than one magazine cover and appeared in numerous Optimum Nutrition ads. The diehard Chicago Bears fan, currently living in Des Plaines, Illinois, continues to work with Optimum Nutrition but has been noticeably absent from the Pro Figure stage.

She hasn’t officially retired from competition and has shifted her focus on building a family. Alicia was engaged shortly before the 2012 Figure Olympia and wed a year later to the man of her dreams, Jacob. Alicia and Jacob are expecting their first child the end of this year. The new mom-to-be shared, “We don’t know the sex yet but we’ll find out. The due date is December 20th. We’re blessed and excited!”

Congratulations Alicia and Jacob!

See Alicia’s competition photos here. Follow her on Instagram @figure_prole, twitter @figure_proLE and Facebook.



2014 IFBB San Jose Pro Championships Results


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Another IFBB Pro show is in the books and another competitor is qualified for the Women’s Physique Showdown. La’Drissa Bonivel won the pro women’s physique competition and punches her ticket to the Olympia. La’Drissa finished 6th last weekend at the Chicago Pro and was 15th at the Dallas Europa earlier this year. This was her first pro win and the first time she had cracked the top 5 since winning her pro card at the 2011 NPC USA Championships.

 

2014 IFBB San Jose Pro Women’s Physique Championships Results
1. La’Drissa Bonivel
2. Carrie Simmons
3. Heather Grace
4. Akane Nigro Ismeal
5. Ana Da Silva
6. Claire O’Connell
7. Patricia Wood
8. Leon Lenard
9.  Margarita Charaim
10. CeaAnna Kerr
11. Gloria Faulls
12. Marga Lee Overby
13. Jennifer Jacques Conn

2014 IFBB San Jose Pro Men’s Physique Championships Results
1. Jeremy Buenida
2. Felipe Franco
3. Tonnell Rodrigue
4. Kameron Bailey
5. Chad Crouse
6. Tory Woodward
7. Vincent Fiore
8. Thomas Canepa
9. Demetrious Clemons
10. Matt Dubois


DATE:
Saturday, July 12th, 2014

LOCATION:
San Jose Convention Center
150 W. San Carlos Blvd.
San Jose, CA. 95113

PROMOTER INFO:
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2014 IFBB Tournament of Champions Pro Figure Results


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Oh what a difference a year makes. Last year, Karin Grau was 13th at the Tournament of Champions Pro Figure, her IFBB pro debut. Since then, Karina has tried to move her way up in the Pro figure ranks. She kicked the 2014 season with a 14th place finish at the Figure International in Columbus, Ohio. She went on to crack the top ten with a ninth place finish at the Pittsburgh Pro. Karina has shown improvements to her physique since last year’s debut and they proved to be enough one year later. The 2014 Tournament of Champions victory marks her first IFBB pro win and earns her a ticket to the Figure Olympia. Karina is originally from Prague and achieved IFBB pro status by winning the 2013 Arnold Amateur Brazil.

Coming in second and moving her way up in the Olympia point series was Sasha Brown. Sasha had 8 points heading into this show and in fourth. Tonight’s second place finish puts her in second place with 12 points. There are just two pro shows remaining and while not a guarantee she does looked poised for an Olympia qualification via the point series.  Julie Mayer’s third place finish gave her three points towards the Olympia point series. This puts here in a three-way tie for third place in the Olympia Point Series. There are still two more pro Figure shows to go so anything could happen. Latorya Watts finished in fourth and picks up 2 points towards the Olympia Series. She moves up in the standings but still have an uphill battle to get in. Currently 10 is the magic number to get in via the point series and she has five. Jessica Canty rounds out the top five and snags one point towards her Series total.  She currently has four points and will have a tough time getting in via the points unless she finishes in the top spots in the final two Pro Figure shows before the Olympia.

2014 IFBB Tournament of Champions Pro Figure Results:
1. Karina Grau
2. Sasha Brown
3. Julie Mayer
4. Latorya Watts
5. Jessica Canty
6. Jennifer Taylor
7. Dawn Fernandez
8. Bojana Vasiljevic
9. Tamara Ribeiro Bailey
10. Bruna Miyagul
11. Elizabeth Jenkins
12. Beckie Boddie
13. Lacy Smith
14. Sheryln Roy
15. Mavis Tozzi
16. Marie Allegro
16. Meg Kruse
16. Crystal Lowrey
16. Elizabeth Maurice
16. Lisandra McGrath
16. Asher Prior
16. Susana Ramirez
16. Lisa Rapoza
16. Tamen Stuve
16. Katrina Tarbox

In the Masters Pro Figure Jennifer Taylor picked up her first pro win. Jennifer was coming off a 15th place finish at the Chicago Pro show at the beginning of the month. Coming in second was Dawn Fernandez from Arizona and in third was Sherlyn Roy. This was Sheryln’s first show since the 2012 Chicago Pro and before that was the 2010 Sacramento Pro. Lisa Rapoza took the stage for the first time this year and finished in fourth. Mavis Tozzi’s rounded out the top five in her first comeptition in four years. Welcome back Mavis!

2014 IFBB Tournament of Champions Pro Masters Figure Results:
1. Jennifer Taylor
2. Dawn Fernandez
3. Sherlyn Roy
3. Lisa Rapoza
5. Mavis Tozzi
6. Katrina Tarbox
7. Meg Kruse
8. Lisandra McGrath
9. Elizabeth Maurice
10. Marie Allegro
Next on the IFBB Pro Figure schedule is the Tampa Pro on August 8-9th and the final chance will come via the Tahoe Pro show on August 23rd.



New Sports Bras – Nike Pro Bra Collection


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The Nike Pro Bra Collection is the result of more than two years of research, testing, design and development. It features five bras that offer a continuum of support, including the revolutionary new Nike Pro Rival Bra, helping provide the female athlete with the right fit and the right support.

NIKE PROVIDES THE 411:
The sports bra is at the heart of every female athlete’s workout. It’s often the first thing she puts on and is arguably the most important.

More so than any other part of the workout wardrobe, sports bras make it clear no two women are the same. Different physiques and different needs across a wide range of activities require a heightened focus on narrowly tailored personalization.

In this regard, fit and support are paramount. A sports bra that doesn’t fit right is motivation not to work out.

“We have a saying here, ‘No bra, no workout, no run’,” says Julie Igarashi, Vice President of Global Design for Nike Women’s Training. “The majority of women are wearing the wrong-sized bra. This is something we needed to fix.”

This insight inspired Nike to devote more than two years of research, testing, design and development to creating a new sports bra solution. The result of that work is the Nike Pro Bra Collection, an innovative line of sports bras designed for the body in motion to provide the right fit and right support for every female athlete.

The Nike Pro Bra Collection features five bras designed for each athlete’s desired level of support. The centerpiece of the collection is the Nike Pro Rival Bra, which delivers the highest level of support and is offered in 25 sizes to help the female athlete find the right fit. The collection also features the new Nike Pro Fierce Bra, as well as the updated Nike Pro Classic and Nike Pro Indy Bras. The Nike Pro Classic Bra is also available in a padded version.

The bras are complemented by the new Nike Pro 360 Fit System, which employs a Nike-created calculator to help female athletes find their precise size.

Together, the bras and fit system represent the culmination of a global design journey in which every detail was obsessed, all the way down to the fibers found in the fabrics.

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The Nike Pro Bra Collection and calculator will be available beginning July 14. A breakdown of each bra in the collection, from highest to lightest support, follows below.

NIKE PRO RIVAL BRA
Inspired by traditional lingerie construction and employing lingerie and sport-appropriate materials, the Nike Pro Rival Bra achieves the highest level of support in the collection. The bra features tightly-knit nylon fabric with appropriate stretch and modulus for increased support and a consistent, compression fit. It is the only part-encapsulation style bra in the collection, with separate fully-molded cups to help deliver shaping and support where the female athlete needs it most. The contoured foam inserts in the cups and racerback design provide additional support.

The Nike Pro Rival Bra is available in 25 sizes, ranging from 30B to 38E. This helps the female athlete find the fit that’s best for her. Despite its lingerie inspiration, the bra achieves a sporty look with its matte finish. Still, it’s designed to be versatile enough to handle any run or workout in the gym and any look outside of it.

NIKE PRO FIERCE BRA
The lightweight Nike Pro Fierce Bra offers medium-to-high support through a blend of compression and part-molded construction. The slight molding in the cups provides shaping and support, and the stretch power mesh in the racerback design enhances ventilation in a key sweat zone. The polyester compression materials that comprise the bra were held to new testing standards for enhanced support and a more consistent fit.

Nike Dri-FIT material in the bra’s cups helps provide one-way moisture transport. As the female athlete sweats, the resulting moisture is designed to move from inside the bra to outside of it to help keep her dry and comfortable. The chest band is brushed for an ultra-soft feel, while also featuring the appropriate amount of stretch and recovery.

NIKE PRO CLASSIC BRA
Evolving from the popular Nike Pro Bra, the Nike Pro Classic Bra features a new racerback design for increased support. Also updated is the chest band, which is brushed for a soft feel. The Nike Pro Classic Bra is positioned as a medium support bra and is offered in a padded version for modest coverage.

NIKE PRO INDY BRA
Offering light support, the Nike Pro Indy Bra employs adjustable elastic straps to help provide the right fit. Removable pads help with shaping, modesty and support. Stretch power mesh enhances ventilation in the racerback design, and nylon fabric delivers appropriate stretch and a soft feel.

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Camille Leblanc-Bazinet: The Crossfit Lifestyle – 1


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Camille Leblanc-Bazinet shares a bit about her diet and training in the first episode of The Crossfit Lifestyle by BSN. One of the top ranked women in Crossfit, Camille shares, “For me having fun is pushing my limits”. She encourages others to keep having fun, keep improving and embrace your weakness. Sound advice whether you’re a competitor in Crossfit or not.

CAMILLE LEBLANC-BAZINET
BSN Athlete / CrossFit Competitor

In her most dominant performance to date, BSN Athlete Camille Leblanc-Bazinet bested all other female contestants at the Canada East Regional CrossFit Games, finishing first in seven out of eight events, punching her ticket to the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games at StubHub Center in Carson, California, USA for what will be her fifth appearance on the big stage.

ATHLETE BIO
Camille Leblanc-Bazinet is one of the world’s top CrossFit athletes. She has finished in the top 10 at the Reebok CrossFit Games for the past three years, improving her placing each year (9th in 2010, 8th in 2011, and 6th in 2012). She has also been the highest-placing Canadian athlete at the Games each of the past three years, male or female, which makes her the fittest woman in her country. Along with her CrossFit accomplishments, Camille has qualified for the National Championship in weightlifting in Canada, while also remaining a full-time student in chemical engineering at the University of Sherbrooke.

Camille has been a competitive athlete her entire life. She did high-level gymnastics for 14 years, starting at 2 years old and retiring at 16 in order to coach younger girls and to try new sports. She played senior AA soccer, played volleyball in high school, was the captain of her college flag football team, and also enjoys running half-marathons, skiing and playing rugby. Always passionate about sports and health, Camille is continuing her sports education and working toward her Olympic lifting, CrossFit and gymnastic certifications. She is also interning to be on the staff for CrossFit Headquarters and to coach with legendary Olympic lifting coach Mike Burgener.

Camille’s profile continues to rise and she is constantly in demand for appearances and photo shoots, and has graced the covers of numerous sports and fitness publications. She’s also been nominated as one of the five most influential female athletes in Canada. With her youth, athleticism and dedication to constant improvement, Camille’s career seemingly has nowhere to go but up, and BSN® is thrilled to have her represent the brand to the CrossFit community and the world at large.

Read more about Camille on BSN’s Website.

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Adidas Unveils FIT SMART


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UNLEASH YOUR BEST WITH WRIST-BASED WORKOUT INTENSITY TRAINING
adidas miCoach unveils FIT SMART, the latest product in its wearable ecosystem

9th July 2014, Wearable Tech Conference, San Francisco – adidas today announced the latest addition to its growing miCoach digital fitness ecosystem with the introduction of FIT SMART; a workout intensity training device that measures heart rate, calories, pace, distance and stride rate, all from the wrist.

Designed for running, training and fitness, FITSMART is unlike many of the activity trackers on the market today as it measures heart rate response to physical activity and then guides the user train at the right intensity for the best results.

Marrying clean and simple design lines with an intuitive user experience, FIT SMART is engineered in Germany to become an essential piece of any fitness enthusiast’s training gear. Weighing in at 58 grams, FIT SMART offers unparalleled comfort and fit with a soft touch silicon strap. A distinct LED light array provides at-a-glance visual guidance on the user’s current workout intensity presented in color zones: blue, green, yellow and red. Vibration and visual prompts provide feedback and coaching so the user can make the most out of every workout.

Intended for those seeking meaningful guidance and feedback, FIT SMART works with an all-new mobile app experience aimed at helping people set and reach weekly goals, as well as commit to longer term training plans. Weekly goals are a key feature update in the August release of the popular miCoach Train and Run app. and, uniquely combine the effectiveness of heart rate based training with the flexibility and motivational benefits of short-term attainable goals.

“Setting weekly goals initiates a change in mindset that results in much more successful personal training.” comments Mark Verstegen, President and Founder, EXOS (formerly Athletes’ Performance / Core Performance) “Who we are and how we perform are a direct reflection on our existing habits, so much that 90% of our daily actions run from our sub-conscious. Creating weekly goals allows you to create winning rituals, which become new habits in weeks. In training terms, you are behaviorally upgrading your operating system and this builds your confidence and courage to be relentless in finding ways to continually upgrade yourself and your performance in the direction of your goals.”

FIT SMART stores up to 10 hours of workout data and syncs with the miCoach platform, using Bluetooth Smart, via the miCoach Train and Run app on the users mobile phone. From the app the user can customize wristband settings as well as access 100s of free training plans created in partnership with the elite coaches at EXOS.

Speaking at the launch today, Paul Gaudio, GM adidas Digital Sports, said “We are always working closely with athletes to understand their needs and, bring meaningful performance innovation that helps them be their best. FIT SMART is the next step in making elite level sports science and wearable technology available to every day athletes, and people who are just looking to look and feel better. We believe FIT SMART is more than a credible and effective training tool. It is also a real difference maker for people looking to get active, and stay active – it works because it measures you, not only what you do, and the weekly goals and personalized training plans turn your workout data into action, so you can turn action into results.

FIT SMART will be available in black and translucent white in two sizes and will be priced at $/€199. The product first launches in mid-August 2014. In the USA, FIT SMART will launch in late August exclusively at leading Best Buy locations and at bestbuy.com. In the rest of the world it will be available from August 15th at adidas.com and adidas Sports Performance stores. Starting September 1st, 2014, FIT SMART will be available in wider distribution through leading sports and electronic retailers globally.

About adidas miCoach
miCoach is a digital training service for anyone who wants to train for his or her favorite sport, general fitness or just for fun. Bringing the knowledge and experience of adidas’ elite coaching partners to the masses, miCoach provides users with real-time coaching and all the tools they need to track performance and monitor progress to get the results they want. The breadth of the offer includes a free to access web platform and training community with hundreds of free training plans, free mobile apps on iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8 as well as a comprehensive range of devices for tracking all aspects of performance, both in game and in training. Visit www.micoach.com.

About EXOS (formerly Athletes’ Performance / Core Performance)
EXOS partners with adidas to provide coaching methodology and training content for the miCoach ecosystem. Together, adidas and EXOS have been helping athletes of every level elevate their game for over a decade. EXOS has worked with many adidas athletes and teams globally, including all-stars in the NHL, MLB, and MLS. Founded in 1999 to maximize the potential of athletes, EXOS designs and delivers health and performance game plans that guide people to achieve higher levels of success. With world-class partners, facilities, technologies, and specialists spanning six continents, EXOS is progressing the intelligence behind human performance wherever necessary. To learn more, visit www.TeamEXOS.com.

Follow miCoach on facebook.com/adidasmicoach and @adidas_micoach on Twitter



NBC Sports Group to Provide Coverage of The Inaugural National Pro Grid League


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

NBC SPORTS GROUP TO PRESENT EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE OF THE INAUGURAL NATIONAL PRO GRID LEAGUE PLAYOFFS AND FINAL
More Than 10 Hours of Coverage For First Ever Professional Fitness League on NBC, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra

Final to Air Live on NBCSN on Friday, October 3 at 10:30 p.m. ET

STAMFORD, CONN. – July 9, 2014 – NBC Sports Group and the National Pro Grid League, the country’s first ever professional fitness league, today announced an exclusive coverage agreement to present more than 10 hours of the league’s inaugural playoffs across NBC, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra.

NBC Sports Group’s coverage will culminate with a live telecast of the National Pro Grid League Final on Friday, October 3 at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. NBC will broadcast an encore presentation of the NPGL Final on October 5 at 1 p.m. ET. Leading up to the Final, NBCSN will telecast the National Pro Grid League Quarterfinals, September 23-24 from Charlotte, N.C. and the NPGL Semifinals, September 30-October 1 from Las Vegas, Nev. All races shown on NBC and NBCSN will be streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets.

Featuring some of the premiere functional fitness stars in the United States, including Annie Thorisdottir, Kenny Leverich, Lindsey Valenzuela, and Marcus Hendren, the National Pro Grid League is a collection of eight co-ed teams (five men and five women, one of each 40 years of age or older) who compete in head-to-head timed fitness competitions throughout a season. Teams include the Boston Iron, Los Angeles Reign, Miami Surge, New York Rhinos, Philadelphia Founders, Phoenix Rise, San Francisco Fire, and Washington D.C. Brawlers.

“We are thrilled to bring this new sport category and innovative league to television,” said Ron Wechsler, Vice President, Original Programming and Entertainment, NBC Sports Group. “The skill and athleticism of the National Pro Grid League competitors is incredibly compelling, and something sports fans and fitness enthusiasts alike will enjoy.”

During each telecast, viewers will be provided a front-row seat as teams go head-to-head across 11 different races. Each race is slightly different, incorporating a variety of weightlifting and bodyweight challenges such as, deadlifts, cleans and snatches, pull-ups, handstand push-ups, and sprinting. In addition, the all-access experience will chronicle the stories of many of the amazing athletes competing in the races.

“We are excited to showcase our first ever playoffs and championship to a national audience with a world-class partner like NBC Sports,” said Tony Budding, Founder and CEO of the National Pro Grid League. “Grid features many of the world’s best functional fitness athletes working together under a professional coach. Viewers will be astounded by the speed and strength of the players. No one has ever seen team racing quite like this.”

The Grid Playoffs and Final Television Schedule: (All times ET)

DATE LOCATION NETWORK TIME EVENT
Tues., September 23 Charlotte, N.C. NBCSN 8 p.m. Quarterfinal
Wed., September 24 Charlotte, N.C. NBCSN 8 p.m. Quarterfinal
Tues., September 30 Las Vegas, Nev. NBCSN 8 p.m. Semifinal
Wed., October 1 Las Vegas, Nev. NBCSN 8 p.m. Semifinal
Fri., October 3 Las Vegas, Nev. NBCSN 10:30 p.m. Final
Sun., October 5 Las Vegas, Nev. NBC 1 p.m. Final (Encore)

NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets — will stream all Grid playoff presentations on NBC and NBCSN. For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play and on Windows 8 and Windows mobile devices.

ABOUT THE GRID
The National Pro Grid League is the world’s premiere expression of Grid competition. Currently, there are eight professional teams representing major U.S. cities competing for the championship trophy known as The Pinnacle. For more information, visit www.npgl.com



2014 IFBB San Jose Pro Competitor Lists


2014 IFBB San Jose Pro Competitor Lists for the July 12th show have been released. The winner will qualify for the Olympia held in September. This weekend’s event will feature the Men and Women’s Physique divisions in conjunction with a NPC event in San Jose, California.

2014 IFBB San Jose Pro Competitor Lists:

2014 IFBB San Jose Pro Women’s Physique:
• La’Drissa Bonivel
• Margarita Charaim
• Jennifer Jacques Conn
• Gloria Faulls
• Heather Grace
• CeaAnna Kerr
• Loan Leonard
• Akane Nigro Ismeal
• Marga Lee Overby
• Carrie Simmons
• Patricia Wood

2014 IFBB San Jose Pro Men’s Physique:
• Kameron Bailey
• Jeremy Buendia
• Thomas Canepa
• Demetrious Clemons
• Chad Crouse
• Matt Dubois
• Vincent Fiore
• Felipe Franco
• Tonnell Rdrique
• Tory Woodward

DATE:
Saturday, July 12th, 2014

TIME:
Prejudging: 9:00 am
Finals: 6:00 pm

LOCATION:
San Jose Convention Center
150 W. San Carlos Blvd.
San Jose, CA. 95113

More info: musclesportproductions.com



2014 IFBB Chicago Pro Results


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The 2014 IFBB Wings of Strength Chicago Pro show was one of the few remaining events left on the schedule before the Olympia. Over 100 men and women competed but only the winner of each division would punch their ticket to the big dance this September. There were a few expected finishes mixed in with a few surprises.

Fiona Harris took the top spot in not only the physique round but also the routine round. This is without question her best showing as a pro. Typically Fiona doesn’t fair as well in the routine rounds so for her to take the win in both rounds is a huge improvement. Coming second, was Fiona’s Canadian counterpart Daniell Ruban. Danielle had to play catch up going into the routine round. After the 2-piece score she was in 6th. The judges placed her routine in second and it launched her into the runner-up position. Darrian Tissenbaum did not finish due to an illness before the routine round which left her unable to perform.

Rita Bello took the top spot in women’s bodybuilding and Leila Thompson in women’s physique. The win qualifies them for the Olympia. In the Figure division, we saw rising star Cydney Gillon shine her brightest yet. The 21-year old track star has huge potential as was evident in Chicago. Coming in a close second was Wendy Fortino. Wendy started out a bit sluggish this year but has found the right look and continues to improve.

Check out the complete results from the 2014 Chicago Pro.

2014 IFBB Wings of Strength Chicago Pro Fitness
1. Fiona Harris
2. Danielle Ruban
3. Somkina Liudmilla
4. Amanda Hatfield
5. Tiffany Chandler
6. Chika Aluka
7. Lovena Tuley
8. Shannon Siemer
9. Diana Monteiro
10. Autumn Swansen
11. Danielle Chikeles
12. Aurika Tyrgale
13. Mary Stockbridge
14. Eileen Wells
DNF – Darrian Tissenbaum

2014 IFBB Wings of Strength Chicago Pro Figure
1. Cydney Gillon
2. Wendy Fortino
3. Bojana Vasilvevic
4. Laurie Green
5. Chaya Boone
6. Beckie Boodie
7. Julie Mayer
8. Jessica Canty
9. Asher Prior
10. MayLa Ash
11. Linda Crossley
12. Ivana Ivusic
13. Jennifer Codovez
14. Bruna Miyagui
15. Jennifer Taylor
16. Roshanda Schmitt
17. Meredith Berhelson
17. Laurie Davies
17. Shawn Hecktor Lewis
17. Dawn Hinz-Pugh
17. Elizabeth Jenkins
17. Eleni Kritikooulou
17. Katharine Lane
17. Annette Mendez
17. Heather Nappi
17. Melanise Pettee
17. Dona Pohl
17. Katrina Tarbox
17. Teela Thompson
17. Jacqueline Timberlake
17. Amy Villa Nelson
17. Rebekah Willich

2014 IFBB Wings of Strength Chicago Pro Women’s Physique
1. Leila Thompson
2. Jamie Pinder
3. Sandra Lombardo
4. Pamela York Slemmons
5. Tammy Patnode
6. La’Drissa Bonivel
7. Margarita Charaim
8. Jen Louqagie
9. Tish Shelton
10. Kim Baum
11. Nola Trimble
12. Olga Bellakova
13. LaDawn McDay
14. Cassandra Floyd
15. Tiffany Justice
16. Jessica Bowman
16. Tracy Mason

2014 IFBB Wings of Strength Chicago Pro Women’s Bodybuilding
1. Rita Bello
2. Lisa Giesbrecht
3. Christine Envall
4. Juanita Blaino
5. Emery Miller
6. Virginia Sanchez
7. Kim Buck
8. Kim Perez
9. Judy Gaillard
10. Roxanne Edwards
11. Alevtina Goroshinskaya
12. Zoa Linsey
13. Janeen Lankowski
14. Maria del Carmen Gomez Segura
15. Nancy Clark
16. Mairian Gerard
16. Gillian Kovack
16. Nicole Pfuetzenreuter
16. Tananarive McGowan

2014 IFBB Wings of Strength Chicago Pro Men’s Bodybuilding
1. Roelly Winklaar
2. Jojo Ntiforo
3. Essa Obaid
4. An Nguyen
5. Akim Williams
6. Marchell Herman
7. Jonathan Rowe
8. Dan Decker
9. Constantinos Demetriou
10. Bill Wilmore
11. Maor Zaradex
12. Keith Williams
13. Timmy Gaillard
14. Eboni Wilson
15. Brian Yerskey
16. Michael Ely
16. Jeff Long
16. Abbas Khatami

2014 IFBB Wings of Strength Chicago Pro 212 Men’s Bodybuilding
1. Charles Dixon
2. Hidetada Yamagishi
3. Tricky Jackson
4. Mboya Edwards
6. Fernando Noronha Almeida
7. Brad Davis
8. Petr Vanis
9. Thomas Anderson
10. Shelby Starnes
11. Lyndon Belgrave
12. Wendall Floyd
13. Marco Cardona
14. Abiu Feliz
15. Carlos Ascensio
16. Guy Ducasse
16. Rod Ketchens
16. Tim McGuire
16. Quincy Winklaar



2014 IFBB Patriots Pro Bikini Results – Las Vegas, NV


vegas pro bikiniThe scores are in and Vegas’ own IFBB Bikini Pro, Stacey Alexander is your unanimous winner at the 2014 IFBB Patriots Pro Bikini Results. The win puts Stacey back in the driver’s seat heading into the Olympia this September. The victory put Angela Marquez’s winning streak to an end. Marquez had won her last three shows but finished in the money here with a second place finish. Coming in third was Kelsie Clark and bouncing back into the top spots in fourth was Liana Hamilton. Rounding out the top five was Rachelle DeJean. Thought to be a threat for one of the top spots, Canada’s Justin Munro came in seventh.

In the Master’s Pro Bikini Iveth Carreon beat out five other women for the win.

2014 IFBB Patriots Pro Bikini Results
July 5, 2014 – Las Vegas, NV

1. Stacey Alexander
2. Angela Marquez
3. Kelsie Clark
4. Liana Hamilton
5. Rachelle DeJean
6. Lisa Asuncion
7. Justine Munro
8. Yarishna Ayala
9. Iveth Carreon
10. Jacklyn Wilson
11. Michelle Mein
12. Lisa Roy
13. Jennifer Dietrick
14. Lorena Bucio
15. Marcela Cabral
16. Mary Dent
16. Sandie Knight
16. Maysa Quy
16. Lynn Sambuco
16. Nissan Weaver
16. Lindsey Wells

2014 IFBB Patriots Masters Pro Bikini Results
July 5, 2014 – Las Vegas, NV

1. Iveth Carreon
2. Lynn Sambuco
3. Lisa Roy
4. Diana Harbot
5. Mary Dent
6. Sandie Knight



Welcome to The Next Level – 2014 NPC Universe Results


2014 UNIVERSE

The IFBB Pro League added a few more women to their roster tonight in Teaneck, New Jersey, The 2014 NPC Universe (formerly Team Universe) competition includes bikini, fitness, figure, men and women’s physique and men’s bodybuilding. Women’s bodybuilding was dropped from the event due to the lackluster turn out in previous years.

The fitness division is the most challenging for competitors to prepare for but the most entertaining division to watch. Sadly, the division continues to struggle with the number of entrants. Years ago there were only two options for women to compete in… bodybuilding or fitness. The Figure division was added, then came bikini and most recently physique. It’s easier This weekend’s NPC fitness event is the officially known as the NPC Fitness Nationals and held in conjunction with the NPC Universe competition. The top two in each fitness class graduate to the new level of competition. We’ll have to wait and see if anyone in this class can shake things up in the pro league.

2014 NPC Universe Results – NEW IFBB PROS
Teaneck, New Jersey – July 5, 2014

WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE

MASTERS – Division/Class Winners Turn Pro
Women’s Physique Over 40
Jill Livoti

Women’s Physique Over 35 A
Laurie Hairston

Women’s Physique Over 35 B
Vicki Diaz

Women’s Physique Masters Overall Champion – Jill Lovoti

OPEN – Top 2 Each Class Turn Pro
Women’s Physique Class A
1. Jill Livoti – turned pro in Masters goes to the next two.
2. Monica Gries
3. Jehina Malik

Women’s Physique Class B
1. Laurie Hairston
2. Shelia Mettler

Women’s Physique Class C
1. Tara Brandt
2. Vicki Diaz – turned pro in Masters goes to the next placing
3. Jennifer Palazzo

Women’s Physique Class D
1. Patricia Vazquez
2. Katherine Sauter

Women’s Physique Overall Champion – Jill Lovoti

2014 NPC FITNESS NATIONALS

OPEN – Top 2 Each Class Turn Pro

Fitness Class A
1. Sarah Kovach
2. SueEllen Dent

Fitness Class B
1. Erin Nomura
2. Holly Semanoff

Fitness Class C
1. Danielle Schemm
2. Samantha Sage

Overall NPC Fitness Nationals’ Champion – Danielle Schemm

FIGURE

MASTERS – Division/Class Winners Turn Pro

Masters Figure Over 50
Jody Garland

Masters Figure Over 40 A
Melissa Froio-Speigel

Masters Figure Over 40 B
Selena Pons

Masters Figure Over 40 C
Jody Garland

Masters Figure Over 35 Class A
1. Melissa Froio-Spiegel – turned pro prior class goes to the next placing
2. Jennifer Everson

Masters Figure Over 35 Class B
Tatum Bounds

Masters Figure Over 35 Class C
1. Selena Pons – turned pro prior class goes to the next placing
2. Nicole Sturtze

Masters Figure Over 35 Class D
Carla Araujo

Masters Figure Over 35 Overall Champion – Carla Araujo

OPEN – Top 2 Each Class Turn Pro

Open Figure Class A
1. Natasha Davis
2. Erika Guerra

Open Figure Class B
1. Laurelle Martineau
2. Sarah Fletcher

Open Figure Class C
1. Stacy Deville
2. Chioma Uwasomba

Open Figure Class D
1. Christina Woodward
2. Carla Araujo – turned pro prior class goes to the next placing
3. Suni Sweeney

Open Figure Class E
1. Brittany Campbell
2. Kara Petruska

Open Figure Class F
1. Cassandra Carpenter
2. Kendra Beasley

Overall NPC Team Universe Figure Champion – Christina Woodward

BIKINI

MASTERS – Division/Class Winners Turn Pro

Masters Bikini Over 40 Class A
Harriet Davis

Masters Over 40 Class B
Colleen Garmin

Masters Over 40 Class C
Jeri Lynn Rease

Overall NPC Team Universe Masters Bikini Over 40 – Colleen Garmin

Masters Over 35 Class A
Jazmeen Hernandez

Masters Over 35 Class B
Lovey Paiva

Masters Over 35 Class C
Jeri Lynn Rease
Catherin Radulic

Masters Over 35 Class D
Joni Lyn Oritz

Overall NPC Team Universe Masters Bikini Over 35 - Jazmeen Hernandez

OPEN – Top 2 Each Class Turn Pro

Open Bikini Class A
1. Sarah Brown
2. Joanna Tesareski

Open Bikini Class B
1. Jessica Pimentel
2. Yvette Garcia

Open Bikini Class C
1. Katherine Ampolini
2. Michelle Ackerman

Open Bikini Class D
1. Michelle Sylvia
2. Jessica Lyda

Open Bikini Class E
1. Mariana Fernandes
2. Taylor Anderson

Open Bikini Class F
1.  Alexandra Roane
2. Ivory Crofoot

Overall NPC Team Universe  Bikini  - Mariana Fernanes

 

Visit NPCNEWSonline.com for complete scores and photos.

 



Over 75 Pro Cards Awarded at the 2014 NPC Universe Championships


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Over 74 pro cards will be awarded weekend in Teaneck, New Jersey. The 2014 NPC Universe Championships will feature hundreds or men and women in the bodybuilding, fitness, figure, bikini, men and women’s physique divisions. This pro qualifier draws competitors from across the USA.

WHEN:
JULY 4-5, 2014

TIME:
Friday Prejudging – 2pm set
Saturday Prejudging: 9am est
Finals for all divisions – Saturday – 5pm set

CONTEST VENUE / HOST HOTEL:
Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe
100 Frank W. Burr Blvd.
Teaneck, NJ 07666

OVERFLOW HOTEL:
Saddle Brook Marriott
Call: 201-843-9500
Code: NPCuniverse

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
CALL: (516) 933-1111
EMAIL: info@bevfrancis.com
Tickets & More Info: http://bevfrancis.com/npcnortheast/npc-universe

WHO TURNS PRO AT THE NPC UNIVERSE BODYBUILDING, FIGURE, BIKINI & PHYSIQUE CHAMPIONSHIPS?

FITNESS: (National Championships)
OPEN FITNESS: Top 2 in each Height Class (3 Height Classes)

FIGURE:
OPEN FIGURE:Top 2 in each Height Class (6 Height Classes)
MASTERS OVER-35 FIGURE: Winner of Each Height Class*
MASTERS OVER-40 FIGURE: Winner of Each Height Class*
*Number of classes will be determined according to number of competitors

BIKINI:
OPEN BIKINI: Top 2 in each Height Class (6 Height Classes)
MASTERS OVER-35 BIKINI: Winner of Each Height Class*
MASTERS OVER-40 BIKINI: Winner of Each Height Class*
*Number of classes will be determined according to number of competitors

WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE
WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE: Top 2 in each Height Class (4 Height Classes)
MASTERS OVER-35 WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE: Winner of Each Height Class*
MASTERS OVER-40 WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE: Winner of Each Height Class*
*Number of classes will be determined according to number of competitors

MEN’S PHYSIQUE:
OPEN MEN’S PHYSIQUE: Top 2 in each Height Class (6 Height Classes)
MASTERS OVER-35 MEN’S PHYSIQUE: Winner of Each Height Class*
MASTERS OVER-40 MEN’S PHYSIQUE: Winner of Each Height Class*
*Number of classes will be determined according to number of competitors

MEN’S BODYBUILDING
OPEN MEN’S BODYBUILDING: Overall Winner*
* Men’s Open Bodybuilding is the only tested division in this contest. IFBB drug testing rules are in effect, as the Men’s Open Bodybuilding class winners will join the Team representing the USA at the IFBB World Championships.

MASTERS OVER-35 MEN’S BODYBUILDING: Winner of Each Weight Class*
MASTERS OVER-40 MEN’S BODYBUILDING: Winner of Each Weight Class*
MASTERS OVER-50 MEN’S BODYBUILDING: Overall Winner
*Number of classes will be determined according to number of competitors



Amuse Society Names Maria Sass as Head of Marketing


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Amuse Society Appoints Maria Sass as Head of Marketing
Costa Mesa, CA (July 2, 2014) — Amuse Society, the soon-to-be-launching women’s fashion, beachwear and bikini brand is pleased to announce Marketing and PR veteran Maria Sass as Marketing Manager. Sass comes to Amuse with over 8 years of experience in Marketing and PR for lifestyle brands including Lexus, BCBG Max Azria and Stance socks.

“I could not be more thrilled to be part of the Amuse Society family and to work with such an incredibly solid team of talented, badass women, lead by Mandy Fry and Summer Rapp,” said Sass. “Amuse is about taking risks with fashion, while keeping things tied to beach culture. Together we’re about to shake things up and I feel exceptionally energized about it.”

Most recently, Sass was an Account Director at Azione PR, building strategic public relations and marketing plans, including celebrity and fashion bloggers seeding, events and social media campaigns for clients including Stance socks, Neff Headwear and Soma water. Prior to Azione, Sass worked with international fashion and lifestyle brands including BCBG Max Azria—leading their wholesale marketing initiatives for BCBG Generation—and Lexus, where she launched their largest advertising brand campaign to-date.

“The past few months we’ve been laser focused on building a brand that reflects our personal style, with an aesthetic that appeals to the fashion industry in a new and refreshing way. As we’re about to debut our Spring ’15 collection at AGENDA, it was just as much a priority to find the right person who will approach marketing with a unique and innovative mindset,” said Mandy Fry, Amuse Society Co-founder and Creative Director. Summer Rapp adds, “Maria is an extremely creative and passionate person with excellent marketing ‘IQ.’ She is someone who understands the Amuse lifestyle and lives our mantra. We are confident that she is the perfect person for this role.”

Amuse Society will debut their first collection at AGENDA next week, followed by Miami Swim Show, Swim Collective, Surf Expo, and Coterie.

ABOUT AMUSE SOCIETY
The creative vision of industry leaders Mandy Fry and Summer Rapp, Amuse Society is a collection of ready-to-wear, beach knits and bikinis inspired by the art of travel, the pursuit of the journey and the sexy appeal of all things beach. Designed with a beach meets street mindset, Amuse Society is a beautiful contradiction of pretty and tough, bohemian and rock & roll, created for confident females everywhere.

For more information visit www.amusesociety.com.

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Hormel Foods to Acquire CytoSport, Makers of Muscle Milk


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CytoSport® To Be Acquired By Hormel Foods Corporation
BENICIA, Calif., June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --CytoSport®, one of the largest sports nutrition companies in the United States and the makers of Muscle Milk®, announced today that it will be acquired by Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL), creating one of the foremost protein and sports nutrition brand platforms with extensive domestic and international reach. As a leading provider of premium protein products in the sports nutrition category, CytoSport’s brands align with Hormel Food’s focus on protein while further diversifying its portfolio and broadening the appeal to younger consumers. The acquisition also enhances the resourcesand capabilities for CytoSport to further develop as an industry leader in innovation, consumer experience, marketing, sales, retailer relationships and distribution on a multinational scale. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of regulatory approvals in the United States, and is expected to close within 30 days.

CytoSport was founded in 1998 by father-son duo Greg and Mike Pickett, and has remained a family-operated business from its inception. The company produces a complete line of sports nutrition products, including powders, shakes and bars under the Muscle Milk® brand. The Pickett family will remain committed to the company’s growth and will continue to be involved in day-to-day operations.

“We are excited for the future of the company and are fully confident that aligning our team’s knowledge and experience in the sports nutrition world with the incredibly robust global strategies of Hormel Foods, will help the company establish an even stronger portfolio of brands and products,” said CytoSport Chairman and Founder Greg Pickett. “Over the last 15 years we’ve developed one of the strongest brands in the industry and built an entirely new protein beverage category with Muscle Milk. This next step in the company’s growth story will enable CytoSport to continue its leadership role in the industry and be a part of a global company with greater resources. My family is extremely proud of where the company sits today and grateful to the passionate people who have been a part of this extraordinary adventure.”

TSG Consumer Partners, CytoSport’s strategic equity partner, is also selling its stake in the company. “We are fortunate to have partnered with the Pickett family and the management team to help drive the company’s success over the last seven years,” said Brian Krumrei, Managing Director at TSG Consumer Partners. “During this period, Muscle Milk has established a leading position in the protein beverage category and sales have more than quadrupled. This transaction represents an exceptional outcome for CytoSport, TSG Consumer Partners and Hormel Foods. We look forward to watching the company’s continued success under new ownership.”

CytoSport and Hormel Foods share strong corporate values and are passionate about making a difference in the lives of consumers and active lifestyle enthusiasts in local communities throughout the United States and the world. The acquisition will allow for further community investment and growth through the sports nutrition and food industries.

“We view this new opportunity as a tremendous way to expand the CytoSport brand presence on the global scale and align with a company that shares our commitment to employees and consumers,” said CytoSport Co-Founder Mike Pickett. “With the support from a multinational company like Hormel Foods, the entire CytoSport team is confident in the direction of the brands and look forward to continuing to share the brands’ experiences with consumers around the country and the world.”

Credit Suisse is serving as the exclusive financial advisor to CytoSport in connection with this transaction while Dean Bradley Osborne Partners has represented the Pickett family.

About CytoSport®
CytoSport®, Inc. is one of the largest sports nutrition companies in the United States and provides high quality nutritional products to help athletes and active lifestyle individuals achieve their peak performance potential. The company was founded in 1998 by father and son duo Greg and Mike Pickett, and operates its NSF International GMP for Sport’ registered facility at its headquarters in Benicia, Calif.The CytoSport team is dedicated to working with sports scientists, coaches and trainers to redefine protein-enhanced products to promote workout recovery, lean muscle growth and sustained energy. CytoSport helps in building athletes from the inside out’ with a complete line of powders, shakes and bars, including the Muscle Milk® brand, an award-winning protein line used by professional athletes, collegiate athletic departments and fitness enthusiasts everywhere. CytoSport was named 2009 Small Company of the Year at the annual Beverage Forum presented by Beverage Magazine and Beverage Marketing Corporation and was named one of CircleUp25′s 2013 most innovative companies according to Forbes. In 2014, Fast Company listed CytoSport as one of the world’s top 10 most innovative companies in fitness.

About Hormel Foods
Hormel Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minn., is a multinational manufacturer and marketer of consumer-branded food and meat products, many of which are among the best known and trusted in the food industry. The company leverages its extensive expertise, innovation and high competencies in pork and turkey processing and marketing to bring branded, value-added products to the global marketplace. The company is a member of the Standard & Poor’s (S&P) 500 Index, S&P Dividend Aristocrats for 2013, was named the 2013 Sustainable Supply Chain of the Year by Refrigerated & Frozen Foods magazine, and was again named one of “The 100 Best Corporate Citizens” by Corporate Responsibility Magazine for the sixth year in a row. Hormel Foods was recognized on the G.I. Jobs magazine list of America’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers in 2012 and 2013, and named one of the 2014 40 Best Companies for Leaders by Chief Executive magazine. The company enjoys a strong reputation among consumers, retail grocers, foodservice and industrial customers for products highly regarded for quality, taste, nutrition, convenience and value. For more information, visit http://www.hormelfoods.com.

About TSG Consumer Partners LLC
TSG Consumer Partners LLC is a leading investment firm with over $2.9 billion in equity capital under management, focused exclusively on the branded consumer sector. Since its founding in 1987, TSG has been an active investor in the food, beverage, restaurant, beauty, personal care, household and apparel & accessories sectors. Representative past and present partner companies include vitaminwater, Smart Balance, popchips, Yard House, Smashbox Cosmetics, Pureology, e.l.f. cosmetics, Planet Fitness and Revolve. For more information please visit www.tsgconsumer.com.

SOURCE CytoSport

Hormel Foods to Acquire Maker of Muscle Milk Sports Nutrition Products
No. 1 Ready-to-Drink Protein Beverage Brand Expands Specialty Foods Portfolio

AUSTIN, MINN. — Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire CytoSport Holdings, Inc., maker of Muscle Milk® products. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of regulatory approvals in the United States, and is expected to close within 30 days.

As a leading provider of premium protein products in the sports nutrition category, CytoSport’s brands align with the company’s focus on protein while further diversifying the Hormel Foods portfolio.

Based in Benicia, Calif., CytoSport was founded in 1998 by the Pickett family, and produces Muscle Milk® products, the No. 1 brand in the ready-to-drink protein beverage category.

Total 2014 annual sales are expected to be approximately $370 million. The purchase price is approximately $450 million. Hormel Foods expects this acquisition to provide about 5 cents per share accretion in fiscal 2015, with a neutral impact to fiscal 2014 earnings, including transaction costs.

“Muscle Milk® products will serve as a growth catalyst for our Specialty Foods segment, providing this division with a leading brand in the high-growth sports nutrition category,” said Jeffrey M. Ettinger, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer at Hormel Foods. “The acquisition of CytoSport expands our offerings of portable, immediate, protein-rich foods, and broadens our appeal with younger consumers. Muscle Milk® premium protein products further enhance our balanced business model.”

BofA Merrill Lynch is serving as exclusive financial advisor to Hormel Foods in connection with this transaction.

CONFERENCE CALL
A conference call will be webcast at 8:30 a.m. CT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Access is available at http://www.hormelfoods.com. If you do not have Internet access and want to listen to the call over the phone, the dial-in number is 888-587-0615 and the conference access code is 7709925. The audio replay is available by calling 888-203-1112 and entering access code 7709925. The audio replay will be available beginning at 11:30 a.m. CT on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, through 11:30 a.m. CT on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. The Webcast replay will be available at 11:30 a.m. CT, Tuesday, July 1, 2014, and archived for one year.

About Hormel Foods
Hormel Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minn., is a multinational manufacturer and marketer of consumer-branded food and meat products, many of which are among the best known and trusted in the food industry. The company leverages its extensive expertise, innovation and high competencies in pork and turkey processing and marketing to bring branded, value-added products to the global marketplace. The company is a member of the Standard & Poor’s (S&P) 500 Index, S&P Dividend Aristocrats for 2013, was named the 2013 Sustainable Supply Chain of the Year by Refrigerated & Frozen Foods magazine, and was again named one of “The 100 Best Corporate Citizens” by Corporate Responsibility Magazine for the sixth year in a row. Hormel Foods was recognized on the G.I. Jobs magazine list of America’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers in 2012 and 2013, and named one of the 2014 40 Best Companies for Leaders by Chief Executive magazine. The company enjoys a strong reputation among consumers, retail grocers, foodservice and industrial customers for products highly regarded for quality, taste, nutrition, convenience and value. For more information, visit http://www.hormelfoods.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This news release contains forward-looking information based on management’s current views and assumptions. Actual events may differ materially. Factors that may affect actual results include, but are not limited to: whether and when the required regulatory approvals will be obtained, whether and when the closing conditions will be satisfied and whether and when the transaction will close, whether and when the Company will be able to realize the expected financial results and accretive effect of the transaction, and how customers, competitors, suppliers and employees will react to the transaction. Please refer to the cautionary comments regarding Forward-Looking Statements and Risk Factors that appear on pages 32-38 in the company’s Form 10-Q for the quarter ended April 27, 2014, which can be accessed at http://www.hormelfoods.com under “Investors-SEC Filings” for other factors that could affect our business.

Source Business Wire.



2014 IFBB Wings of Strength Chicago Pro Competitor Lists – UPDATED


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The 2014 IFBB Wings of Strength Chicago Pro is one of the few remaining shows on the schedule before the Olympia. This weekend in Chicago, Illionios the IFBB Pros will be competing for that coveted spot in the Olympia. The winner of each division punches their ticket to the big show. The event is held in conjunction with a NPC show in Tinley Park, Illinois.

2014 IFBB Wings of Strength Chicago Pro Competitor Lists – UPDATED July 2, 2014
Tinley Park Convention Center – July 4-5, 2014

2014 IFBB Wings of Strength Chicago Pro Women’s Bodybuilding
1. Rita Bello
2. Juanita Blaino
3. Kim Buck
4. Maria del Carmen Gomez Segura
5. Nancy Clark
6. Christine Envall
7. Judy Gaillard
8. Mirian Gerard
9. Lisa Giesbrecht
10. Alevtina Goroshinskaya
11. Gillian Kovack
12. Janeen Lankowski
13. Zoa Linsey
14. Tananarive McGowan
15. Emery Miller
16. Emery Miller
17. Kim Perez
18. Nicole Pfuetzenreuter
19. Virginia Sanchez

2014 IFBB Wings of Strength Chicago Pro Fitness
1. Chika Aluka
2. Tiffany Chandler
3. Danielle Chikeles
4. Fiona Harris
5. Amanda Hatfield
6. Somkina Liudmila
7. Diana Monteiro
8. Danielle Ruban
9. Shannon Siemer
10. Mary Stockbridge
11. Autumn Swansen
12. Darrian Tissenbaum
13. Aurika Tyrgale
14. Eileen Wells

2014 IFBB Wings of Strength Chicago Pro Figure
1. MayLa Ash
2. Meredith Berthelson
3. Beckie Boddie
4.Chaya Boone
5. Jessica Canty
6. Jennifer Cordovez
7.Vicki Counts
8. Linda Crossley
9. Laurie Davies
10. Wendy Fortino
11. Cydney Gillon
12. Laurie Green
13. Shawn Hektor Lewis
14. Dawn Hinz-Pugh
15. Ivana Ivusic
16. Elizabeth Jenkins
17. Eleni Kritikopoulou
18. Katharine Lane
19. Julie Mayer
20. Annette Mendez
21. Bruna Miyagui
22. Heather Nappi
23. Melanise Pettee
24. Dona Pohl
25. Asher Prior
26. Roshanda Schmitt
27. Katrina Tarbox
28. Jennifer Taylor
29. Teela Thompson
30. Jacqueline Timberlake
31. Bojana Vasiljevic
32. Amy Villa Nelson
33. Rebekah Willich
34. Pamela York Slemmons

2014 IFBB Wings of Strength Chicago Pro Women’s Physique
1. Kim Baum
2. Olga Beliakova
3. La’Drissa Bonivel
4. Cassandra Floyd
5. Tracy Mason
6. Tammy Patnode
7. Jamie Pinder
8. Tish Shelton
9. Mikalia Soto
10. Jessica Bowman
11. Margarita Charaim
12. Tiffany Justice
13. Jen Louwagie
14. LaDwan McDay
15. Leila Thompson
16. Nola Trimble

2014 IFBB Wings of Strength Chicago Pro Men’s Bodybuilding
1. Dan Decker
2. Contantinos Demertriou
3. Michael Ely
4. Timmy Gaillard
5. Marshel Herman
6. Jeff Long
7. An Nguyen
8. Jojo Ntiforo
9. Frank Roberson
10. Jonathan Rowe
11. Akim Williams
12. Keith Williams
13. Bill Wilmore
14. Eboni Wilson
15. Roelly Winklaar
16. Brian Yerskey
17. Maor Zaradez

2014 IFBB Wings of Strength Chicago Pro Men’s 212 Bodybuilding
1. Thomas Anderson
2. Carlos Ascensio
3. Lyndon Belgrave
4. Curtis Bryant
5. Marco Cardona
6. Brad Davis
7. Charles Dixon
8. Guy Ducasse
9. Mboya Edwards
10. Abiu Feliz
11. Wendell Floyd
12. Tricky Jackson
13. Rod Ketchens
14. Abbas Khtami
15. Tim McGuire
16. Fernando Noronha Almeida
17. Essa Obiad
18. Shelby Starnes
19. Petr Vanis
20. Quincy Winklaar
21. Hidetada Yamagishi

Visit timgardnerproductions.com for more information.



FDA Guide to “Gluten-Free” Food Labeling


FDA Announces Guide to Help Small Businesses Comply with Gluten-Free Labeling Requirements
June 25, 2014 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a guide for small food businesses to help them comply with new federal requirements for the voluntary use of the term “gluten-free” on food products. The Small Entity Compliance Guide provides a plain-language question and answer overview of FDA’s regulatory requirements for use of the term “gluten-free” on food labels.

FDA published the final rule on “gluten-free” labeling in August 2013 so that consumers, particularly those with celiac disease, can depend on the accuracy and reliability of the claim. Celiac disease is an autoimmune digestive disorder that can be managed effectively only by eating a gluten-free diet.

Starting August 5, 2014, the compliance date of the rule, all FDA-regulated food products labeled on or after that date and bearing the gluten-free claim must comply with the rule’s requirements.

FDA is issuing the Small Entity Compliance Guide as required by the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996. The guide covers the key requirements of the regulation, including food products subject to the rule; the definitions of the terms “gluten” and “gluten-free”; and when FDA considers a food labeled “gluten-free” to be misbranded.

FDA encourages the public to submit comments on the guide. The comment period opens June 26, 2014. Electronic comments should be submitted to http://www.regulations.gov. Written comments should be submitted to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. All comments should be identified with the docket number FDA-2005-N-0404

 

Guidance for Industry¹ Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods Small Entity Compliance Guide

The following information can be found on www.fda.gov (PDF).

This guidance represents the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) current thinking on this topic. It does not create or confer any rights for or on any person and does not operate to bind FDA or the public. You can use an alternative approach if the approach satisfies the requirements of the applicable statutes and regulations. If you want to discuss an alternative approach, contact the FDA staff responsible for implementing this guidance. If you cannot identify the appropriate FDA staff, call the telephone number listed on the title page of this guidance.

I. Introduction
On August 5, 2013, FDA (or we) published in the Federal Register a final rule that established a regulatory definition of the term “gluten-free” for voluntary use in the labeling of foods (see 78 FR 47154). The rule implements part of the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004, Title II of Public Law 108-282, enacted on August 2, 2004, which directed the Secretary of Health and Human Services to issue a regulation to define and permit use of the food labeling term “gluten-free.” Firms are not required to label their foods “gluten-free,” but if firms whose foods are regulated by FDA voluntarily choose to make this labeling claim, those products must conform to our definition for a “gluten-free” food. This final rule is intended to provide a uniform definition of the term “gluten-free” so that consumers, particularly those who have celiac disease, will know what it means when they see it on the labeling of food.

The final rule became effective on September 4, 2013, but August 5, 2014 is the date when FDA-regulated foods labeled “gluten-free” must comply with all requirements established by the final rule. However, we encourage manufacturers that wish to make a “gluten-free” claim for their foods to comply voluntarily before this date.

We have prepared this Small Entity Compliance Guide in accordance with section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (Public Law 104-121). This guidance document restates in plain language the requirements set forth in the regulation at 21 CFR 101.91 concerning use of the term “gluten-free” in the labeling of foods. The “gluten-free” regulation is binding and has the full force and effect of law.

FDA’s guidance documents, including this guidance, do not establish legally enforceable responsibilities. Instead, guidances describe our current thinking on a topic and should be viewed only as recommendations, unless specific regulatory or statutory requirements are cited. The use of the word should in our guidances means that something is suggested or recommended, but not required.

¹ In the remainder of this guidance, “you” refers to entities that choose to make a “gluten-free” claim on their food labels. We have organized this guidance in a question/answer format and also identify the relevant regulation in parentheses after each answer.

II. Background
Celiac disease is a hereditary, chronic inflammatory disorder of the small intestines triggered by the ingestion of certain storage proteins, referred to as gluten, occurring in wheat, rye, barley, and crossbreeds of these grains. In such individuals, the consumption of gluten stimulates the production of antibodies and inflammatory cells, resulting in an abnormal immune response which damages the tiny, fingerlike protrusions called “villi,” that line the small intestine and function to absorb nutrients from food. Over time, continued dietary exposure to gluten can destroy the intestinal villi of individuals with celiac disease, leading to a lack of absorption of nutrients and a wide variety of other health problems.

The symptoms and clinical manifestations of celiac disease are highly variable among affected individuals and differ in severity. Symptoms of celiac disease may be: (1) “Classical,” affecting the digestive tract (e.g., abdominal bloating; cramping and pain; chronic diarrhea; vomiting; constipation) and resulting in gastrointestinal malabsorption; or (2) “atypical,” affecting mainly other parts of the body (e.g., fatigue; irritability; behavior changes; bone or joint pain; tingling numbness in the legs; ulcers in the mouth; tooth discoloration or loss of enamel; itchy skin rash with blisters called dermatitis herpetiformis). A large portion of the subpopulation that has celiac disease may not experience any symptoms at all, and these individuals are classified as having either the “silent” or “latent” form of celiac disease. Persons who have the silent form of celiac disease have most of the diagnostic features commonly seen in individuals with classical or atypical celiac disease, such as specific serum antibodies and evidence of damaged intestinal villi. Those who have the latent form of celiac disease have specific serum antibodies, but no evidence of damaged intestinal villi. In addition to the aforementioned clinical symptoms and ailments, celiac disease is associated with a number of significant health problems and disorders, including iron-deficiency anemia, vitamin deficiencies, protein-calorie malnutrition, weight loss, short stature, growth retardation in children, delayed puberty, infertility, miscarriage, and osteoporosis. Individuals with unmanaged celiac disease are at an increased risk of developing other serious medical conditions, such as Type I diabetes mellitus, intestinal cancers, and both intestinal and extraintestinal non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas.

Celiac disease has no cure, but individuals who have this disease are advised to avoid all sources of gluten in their diet. Over time, strictly avoiding consumption of gluten can resolve the symptoms, mitigate and possibly reverse the damage, and reduce the associated health risks of celiac disease.
III. Questions and Answers

1. Who is subject to the rule?
The rule does not require anyone to use the term “gluten-free” on a food label. However, if you choose to label your food as “gluten-free,” the rule defines what we mean by “gluten-free” and also establishes requirements regarding the use of the claim.

2. What does the term “gluten-containing grain” mean?
The term “gluten-containing grain” means wheat, rye, barley, and other grains produced by breeding wheat, rye, or barley with each other or breeding them with different grains. For example, triticale is produced by breeding wheat with rye, and so triticale also is considered to be a gluten-containing grain under the rule.

Specifically, the rule defines “gluten-containing grain” as:
any one of the following grains or their crossbred hybrids (e.g., triticale, which is a cross between wheat and rye):

• Wheat, including any species belonging to the genus Triticum;
• Rye, including any species belonging to the genus Secale; or
• Barley, including any species belonging to the genus Hordeum.

(21 CFR 101.91(a)(1))

3. What does the term “gluten” mean?
The term “gluten” means the proteins that naturally occur in a gluten-containing grain and that may cause adverse health effects in persons with celiac disease. Examples of such proteins are called “prolamins” and “glutelins.”
(21 CFR 101.91(a)(2))

4. What does the food labeling claim “gluten-free” mean?
The labeling claim that a food is “gluten-free” means that the food bearing the claim in its labeling does not contain any of the following ingredients:

• An ingredient that is a gluten-containing grain; or

• An ingredient that is made from a gluten-containing grain and that has not been processed to remove gluten. For example, “wheat flour” is an ingredient made from wheat that has not been processed to remove the naturally occurring gluten in wheat. Therefore, wheat flour cannot be used as an ingredient to make a food labeled “gluten-free;” or
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• An ingredient that is made from a gluten-containing grain and that has been processed to remove gluten, if the use of that ingredient contains 20 parts per million (ppm) or more gluten. For example, wheat starch is an ingredient made from wheat that has been processed to remove gluten. However, the use of this ingredient must result in under 20 parts per million gluten in the finished food for the food to be labeled “gluten-free.”

A “gluten-free” claim also can appear on the labels of foods that inherently do not contain gluten (e.g. raw carrots and grapefruit juice).|

Additionally, any unavoidable presence of gluten in a food bearing a “gluten-free” claim, whether manufactured to be gluten-free or inherently free of gluten, must be below 20 ppm gluten. This means that foods may not use the claim if they contain 20 ppm or more gluten as a result of cross-contact with gluten-containing grains or other gluten-containing ingredients.

Twenty ppm gluten is a concentration level rather than an absolute quantity of gluten in a food. It is equivalent to 20 milligrams of gluten per 1 kilogram (or 1000 grams (g)) of food.
(21 CFR 101.91(a)(3))

5. Does the rule require a “gluten-free” claim to appear in a particular size or color?
No. The rule does not require the claim to be in any particular size or color.

6. Does the gluten-free label claim have to appear in a particular place on the food label?
No. The rule does not limit where you place the “gluten-free” claim on the product.

7. How can I determine the gluten content of my food?
The rule does not require you to use any specific method to determine a food’s gluten content. However, there are scientifically valid methods²  that can reliably detect the presence of 20 ppm gluten in a variety of foods, including both raw and cooked or baked products. For example, certain enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) based methods can be used reliably and consistently to detect gluten at 20 ppm levels. These test methods are used by testing laboratories.

We will use scientifically valid test methods to determine compliance with the gluten-free labeling requirements.

²For purposes of this guidance, a “scientifically valid” method for purposes of substantiating a “gluten-free” claim for foods matrices where formally validated methods (e.g., that underwent a multi-laboratory performance evaluation) do not exist is one that is accurate, precise, and specific for its intended purpose and where the results of the method evaluation are published in the peer-reviewed scientific literature. In other words, a scientifically valid test is one that consistently and reliably does what it is intended to do.

8. Am I required to test my food for gluten to make a gluten-free claim on my food labels?
The rule does not require you to test for the presence of gluten in your starting ingredients or finished foods labeled “gluten-free.” However, you are responsible for ensuring that foods bearing a gluten-free claim meet our requirements, including that any unavoidable gluten present in a food labeled gluten-free is less than 20 ppm. We encourage you to use effective measures to ensure that any foods labeled as “gluten-free” comply with our requirements; such measures may include:

• testing the ingredients to determine their gluten content;
• requesting certificates of gluten analysis from ingredient suppliers; or
• participating in a third-party gluten-free certification program.

If you choose to have someone, such as a laboratory, test ingredients for their gluten content, we suggest that you consider whether the laboratory is capable of testing food ingredients for gluten and ask what type of test it uses. For example, we are aware that the R5-Mendez Method (sometimes referred to as the ELISA R5 Mendez Method) and another test method known as the “Morinaga method” can be used to detect gluten in a variety of food matrices.
9. When will FDA consider a food labeled “gluten-free” to be misbranded?
We will consider a food labeled “gluten-free” to be misbranded if its labeling:

• States “gluten-free,” but the food does not meet all of our requirements for a “gluten-free” claim;

• States “no gluten,” “free of gluten,” or “without gluten,” but the food does not meet all of our requirements for a “gluten-free” claim; or

• States both “gluten-free” and either the term “wheat” appears in the ingredient list (e.g., wheat starch) or in a separate “Contains wheat” statement to meet our food allergen labeling requirements, but additional wording is absent that would clarify that the food still meets our requirements for a “gluten-free” claim. In such cases when both the terms “wheat” and “gluten-free” are declared on the same food label, the word “wheat” must be followed immediately by an asterisk or other symbol that refers to this same asterisk or other symbol with the words, “The wheat has been processed to allow this food to meet the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements for gluten-free foods.”

(21 CFR 101.91(b))

10. Can I make a different claim, such as “low gluten” or “very low gluten?”
The rule does not define terms such as “low gluten” or “very low gluten.” If you use such claims, we will evaluate them, on a case-by-case basis, to determine if the claim is truthful and not misleading. We discourage the use of claims other than “gluten-free” and will evaluate any such statements under sections 403(a)(1) and 201(n) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (which require labels to be truthful and not misleading).

11. What type of method will FDA use if it decides to analyze a food labeled “gluten-free” to determine if it complies with the agency’s definition of gluten-free”?
We will use a scientifically valid method that can reliably detect the presence of 20 ppm gluten in a variety of food substances, including both raw and cooked or baked products. We will also issue a separate proposed rule regarding the way that we intend to determine compliance for hydrolyzed and fermented foods wishing to make a “gluten-free” claim.

(21 CFR 101.91(c))

12. What happens if I label my food as “gluten-free” and the food is not in compliance with the “gluten-free” regulation, such as it has a gluten level above 20 ppm?
If you label your food as “gluten-free,” but it is not in compliance with the “gluten-free” regulation, such as its gluten content level is above 20 ppm, then it would be “misbranded” under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, and FDA could take regulatory action.

Information provided by fda.gov

 

 



2014 ESPYS Nominees Announced


The 2014 ESPYS nominees have been announced and there are a few familiar female athletes on the ballot. UFC Women’s Bantamweight Chamion, Ronda Rousey will square off against the men in the “Best Fighter” category. She’s also nominated for the “Best Female Athlete” award. Snowboarder Jamie Anderson won gold in slopestyle’s Olympic debut, at the 2014 Winter Olympics. She’ll face fellow Olympic Gold Medalist, freestyle skier Maddie Bowman in “Best Female Action Sports Athlete” and “Best Female U.S. Olympian”.

ESPYs

NEWS:
Peyton Manning, Floyd Mayweather, David Ortiz, Kevin Durant, LA Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Rafael Nadal, Miguel Cabrera, Serena Williams, Maya Moore are all nominees for The 2014 ESPYS, hosted by Grammy Award-winner, platinum selling recording artist and multi-faceted performer Drake.

WHAT:
Initial list of nominees for The 2014 ESPYS presented by Capital One, hosted by Drake, are revealed and voting has begun.
Pardon the Interruption’s Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon will host The ESPY Nomination Special on Thursday, July 3, at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

WHERE:
A current list of The 2014 ESPYS nominees is available to members of the media at http://es.pn/1q4SgeV and for voters at ESPN.com/ESPYS. Additional nomination categories will be released before the show.

WHEN:
Voting is underway and all categories will close when the live show starts Wednesday, July 16, at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.

HOW:
Fans will determine the winners in most ESPYS categories by voting online at ESPN.com/ESPYS up to the start of The 2014 ESPYS.

2014 ESPYS FACTS & FIGURES:
• “Best Male Athlete” has stiff competition this year, with NBA MVP Kevin Durant, MLB AL MVP Miguel Cabrera, NFL MVP Peyton Manning, and undefeated boxing champ, Floyd Mayweather, all vying to take home the honor for the first time.

• LeBron James is after his third-straight and fifth-total win in “Best NBA Player.” Five-time nominee Kevin Durant is angling to take his first.

• The “Best Female Athlete” category showcases a collection of fresh faces this year. WNBA star Maya Moore is the only returning nominee. She is joined by the first female UFC champion, Ronda Rousey, the youngest Olympic slalom gold medalist, Mikaela Shiffrin, and the college basketball Player of the Year, Breanna Stewart.

• The Connecticut women’s basketball team is in the hunt for their second “Best Team” award on the heels of a record ninth NCAA title. The Huskies have been nominated seven times, but have not taken home the honor since 1996.

• Novak Djokovic is chasing his third-straight “Best Male Tennis Player” award. He is up against two fellow 2013 nominees, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal.
Floyd Mayweather is going for his fifth “Best Fighter” ESPY in seven years, and his third straight.

• Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera is nominated for the second-straight year in both the “Best Male Athlete” and “Best MLB Player” categories. He won the “Best MLB Player” award in 2013.

• Ronda Rousey is the first UFC athlete, male or female, to be nominated for a “Best Athlete” award. She is the first and current UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion.

• Serena Williams is after her 7th “Best Female Tennis Player” award, and her second straight.

The ESPYS gather top celebrities from sports and entertainment to commemorate the past year in sports by recognizing major sports achievements, reliving unforgettable moments and saluting the leading performers and performances. The 2014 ESPYS marks the show’s 22nd telecast and will recognize both sport-specific achievements, such as “Best MLB Player” and “Best WNBA Player,” and best-in-sport winners, such as “Best Team” or “Best Female Athlete” that pit nominees from different sports against each other. The ESPYS honor ESPN’s commitment to The V Foundation for Cancer Research, a partnership launched with the late Jim Valvano at the inaugural ESPYS in 1993.

Voting will be open June 24 through July 16 at 9 p.m. ET at ESPN.com/ESPYS. Follow The 2014 ESPYS on Twitter @ESPYS.

A limited amount of ESPYs tickets are available for public purchase at www.axs.com. For information on discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more, call (877) 234-8425.

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Nikki Haskell “Diet Queen to the Stars” fined $60,000


(Reuters) – A socialite who billed herself as “Diet Queen to the Stars” was fined $60,000 on Friday by a U.S. magistrate judge for drug misbranding of a weight-loss supplement that was linked to suspensions of several NFL players in 2008.

Nikki Haskell and her defunct company, Balanced Health Products Inc, were sentenced by a federal magistrate judge in Manhattan after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge related to the sale of a pill called StarCaps. [ID:nL1N0MN1TP]

Prosecutors had sought a $100,000 fine. Haskell, 73, also faced up to six months in prison under a plea agreement announced in March.

“I am so remorseful for this,” she told the judge. “It was never my intent to do anything inappropriate my entire life.”

A onetime television show host, Haskell has occasionally appeared in the New York Post’s Page Six gossip column. Billing herself the “Diet Queen to the Stars,” she was the chief executive of Balanced Health, which marketed StarCaps as an “all natural diet supplement” containing papaya and garlic.

But in 2008, the company voluntarily recalled StarCaps citing the presence of bumetanide, which is used to treat heart failure, renal failure and high blood pressure and that also carries health risks including fluid and electrolyte loss.

Bumetanide is also banned by several sports organizations including the National Football League as a potential steroid-masking agent.

Haskell during the hearing said she was “completely unaware” StarCaps, which was manufactured in Peru, had bumetanide it, adding she had “never even heard of the product until I heard these football players were using it.”

“I’m still to this day shocked anything was in it,” she said.

The NFL cited StarCaps in 2008 in announcing four-game suspensions to six players on the New Orleans Saints, Houston Texans and Minnesota Vikings who tested positive for banned substances.

That year, two other players, Jamar Nesbit of the Atlanta Falcons and Grady Jackson of the Saints, sued Haskell and her company after receiving four-game suspensions because they tested positive for bumetanide.

Haskell subsequently filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2010, listing potential multimillion-dollar claims by the NFL, players and teams including the Saints, Vikings, Falcons and Texans.

Ahead of Friday’s hearing, Nesbit sent a letter to U.S. Magistrate Judge Netburn seeking as part of the sentence what Chris Manicini, Haskell’s lawyer, described as a “shocking amount of money.” A lawyer for Nesbit did not respond to a request for comment.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robin Morey said the NFL, meanwhile, had been aware since 2006 that StarCaps contained bumetanide, but did not tell anyone.

Morey called the NFL’s lack of legal obligation to inform the U.S. Food and Drug Administration “unfortunate,” though she said the government found no evidence anyone was injured taking StarCaps.

Brian McCarthy, a spokesman for the NFL, declined comment.

(Reporting by Nate Raymond in New York; Editing by David Gregorio)

Via reuters.com



U.S. Women’s Soccer Star Hope Solo Arrested


KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) — U.S. women’s soccer star Hope Solo was arrested at a suburban Seattle home early Saturday on charges of assaulting her sister and 17-year-old nephew, police said.

Officers responded to the sister’s home just before 1 a.m. after receiving a 911 call that a woman at the Kirkland residence was hitting people and that she refused to stop or leave, the Kirkland Police Department said in a news release.

They found Solo intoxicated and upset, saw injuries on her nephew and her sister, and arrested her after speaking with those present and determining that she was the primary aggressor, the release said.

She was booked into jail for investigation of two counts of fourth-degree domestic violence assault, and she was expected to remain in custody until an appearance Monday at Kirkland Municipal Court.

It wasn’t immediately clear if she had a lawyer. A telephone number listed for her was not accepting incoming calls Saturday, and the voice mail for a listing at the sister’s home was full.

The sister was not identified by police, but in her memoir, Solo writes that she has a half sister named Terry.

Solo, 32, has won two Olympic gold medals as a goalkeeper for the U.S. women’s national team. She also plays with the Seattle Reign of the National Women’s Soccer League.

“We are aware of the situation with Hope and are now gathering information,” the Reign posted on the team’s Twitter feed.

In 2012, she married former Seattle Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens. He was arrested just before their wedding for investigation of assault after a disturbance involving her, but he was not charged.

Solo said soon afterward that there never was an assault and that she and her new husband were happy.

“It’s unfortunate what the media can do to judge before the facts are out there. It’s hard to see, but it’s a hard truth, and it’s part of life,” she said then. “I’m happy. I’m happily married. I would never stand for domestic violence. I’ve never been hit in my life.”

via AP



9 Bodybuilding & Fitness Events to Watch This Weekend


There are nine NPC competitions taking place this weekend across the U.S. The Greater Gulf States kicked things off yesterday with its two day event. IFBB Pros Tracey Greenwood, Adela Garcia and Bill Wilmore are putting on their promoter’s hat this weekend for their own events. One of the biggest events will be the Bev Francis Atlantic States. The New York show always draws some of the best new competitors not only from the East coast but across the US. All the best to the competitors who have trained for this weekend.

this weekend

Greater Gulf States
New Orleans, LA

Philadelphia/Tracey Greenwood Classic
Philadelphia, PA

Adela Garcia Classic
Pfiguerville, TX

Bev Francis Atlantic States
New York, NY

Minnesota State Championships
Minneapolis, MN

Mid Florida Classic
Orlando, FL

Indiana State Championships
Anderson, IN

Bill Wilmore Ultimate Classic
Hollywood, FL

Team Gro Gladiator Classic
Lynwood, WA



2014 IFBB Greater Gulf Pro Results


Tamee Marie continued her winning ways in Louisiana tonight by taking top honors at the Greater Gulf pro. This is the second time Tamee has won this show and it’s her second victory this month. The win is her fourth title since making the switch from Figure to the Women’s Physique division. She beat out a competitive field and positions herself as one to watch at the Olympia this September.

2014 Greater Gulf States Pro

The bikini winner doesn’t come as much of a surprise to those who follow the division. Amanda Latona successfully defended her title; the win is her 10th in the IFBB Pro Bikini division and first of 2014. Amanda finished third at the Bikini International in March and had a third place finish at the Pittsburgh Pro in May. Look for her to make a run at the Olympia top spots in September.

2014 IFBB Greater Gulf Pro Bikini Results:
1. Amanda Latona
2. Sarah LeBlanc
3. Jenee Leger
4. Brittany Taylor
5. Desiree Niemann
6. Michelle Lewin
7. Marcela Cabral
8. Aly Garcia
9. Lisa Asuncion
10. Jade Carroll
11. Meredith Mack
12. Adrienne Crenshaw
13. Liana Hamilton

2014 IFBB Greater Gulf Pro Women’s Physique Results:
1. Tamee Marie
2. Leila Thompson
3. Karina Nascimento
4. Gloria Faulls
5. Shelly Yakimchuk
6. Mascha Tieken
7. Anne Marrie Kam
8. Alisa Alday
9. Leonie Rose
10. Rosella Joseph
11. Candrea Judd-Adams
12. Roxie Beckles
13. Heather Barbee
14. Evangeline Belton
15. Tammy Patnode
16. Joy Henderson
17. Jeni Briscoe
17. Hannah Hallman
17. Kari Hartmann
17. Marina Lopez
17. Sheena Ohlig
17. Dona Pohl
17. Elizabeth Schneider
17. Tish Shelton
17. Sabrina Sonner
17. Tracy Weller



BlueAnt – The Official Training Headphone Sponsor for the 2014 and 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games


BlueAnt Announces Sponsorship as the Official Training Headphone Sponsor for the 2014 and 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games
SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BlueAnt, maker of the PUMP HD sport headphone, is proud to announce that it will be the Official Training Headphone sponsor of the 2014 and 2015 Reebok CrossFit® Games. The CrossFit Games are an annual fitness competition created and operated by CrossFit, Inc. where elite athletes compete for the title of Fittest on Earth™ and a piece of a $1.4 million purse. The CrossFit Games, now in their eighth year, will be held July 25-27 at The StubHub Center in Carson, CA and broadcast on the ESPN network.

“The partnership with the CrossFit Games supports our mission to build unbreakable sport headphones, forged for the fittest individuals that offer audio and wireless performance unmatched by any others on the market, no matter how hard the training regimen becomes.”

The PUMP HD delivers crystal clear audio and is currently the only set of wireless sport earbuds to carry the IP67 waterproof distinction, making them the ideal training headphones for athletes performing high-intensity workouts like those found at the CrossFit Games. The military-grade, rugged design with a Teflon™ coating and Kevlar™ shielding protects the premium audio components from rain, dust, debris, sweat and even a rinse under the tap at the end of a workout.

“We’re extremely happy to have BlueAnt on board as the Official Training Headphone sponsor of the 2014 and 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games,” said Steve Weiss, Corporate Development for CrossFit, Inc. “The BlueAnt PUMP’s emphasis on ruggedness while performing constantly varied, functional movements at high intensity makes them a natural fit as a sponsor for the CrossFit Games.”

Designed for the hardcore fitness enthusiast and those who lead active lifestyles outside of the gym, the PUMP HD features a rechargeable lithium-ion battery capable of holding 8 hours of continuous playtime per charge ensuring you have the juice needed to outlast the most strenuous workouts. Listener fatigue is a real issue for the highly active, so every effort was made to minimize friction and improve balance, while providing rock-solid stability. With over 100-feet of wireless range, PUMP delivers great sound to inspire a workout and allows athletes to move with freedom and confidence while training.

“When we designed the PUMP, we wanted to build a headphone that inspired active people to push themselves further and not be hindered by a technology as fundamental as headphones,” said Taisen Maddern, CEO of BlueAnt. “The partnership with the CrossFit Games supports our mission to build unbreakable sport headphones, forged for the fittest individuals that offer audio and wireless performance unmatched by any others on the market, no matter how hard the training regimen becomes.”

The CrossFit Games are the final stage of a season-long competition that started with more than 209,000 competitors and designed to determine the world’s fittest male and female athletes through a wide variety of athletic challenges. CrossFit Games competitors generally do not know the nature, duration, number, frequency or timing of the workouts they will be required to complete during the competition until shortly before each event begins. The constantly varied workouts are designed to test a competitor’s general physical preparedness, including strength, speed, agility and endurance, through a combination of Olympic lifts, gymnastics movements, climbing ropes, powerlifting, running and more. For more information about the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games, please visit games.crossfit.com.

In addition to the naming rights associated with the sponsorship, BlueAnt will have the ability to participate in numerous co-promotion activities which include but are not limited to a presence at the 2014 and 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games and related events, as well as co-branding in television and other advertising campaigns.

The BlueAnt PUMP HD headphones will now be shipped with packaging to support the CrossFit Games. The PUMP HD will be sold at existing retailers including Apple® stores and Verizon Wireless in each of the three colors; Green Ice, Black and Blue for $129.95.

About CrossFit
CrossFit Inc. is the developer and provider of the CrossFit® strength and conditioning program and a recognized worldwide leader in functional fitness. Founded by Greg Glassman and built on the foundations of constantly varied, high-intensity functional movements, education and collaborative competition, CrossFit-brand workouts develop strength and fitness while cultivating community and camaraderie in each of the more than 9,000 affiliated gyms in its global network. CrossFit Inc. is a leading accredited certificate issuer for physical-training professionals worldwide and offers specialty certificate programs in addition to its core curriculum. CrossFit Inc. publishes the CrossFit Journal, promotes physical and cognitive health and fitness through the CrossFit Kids Foundation, and created and operates the CrossFit Games, an annual competition where elite athletes compete to be named the Fittest on Earth. To learn more, visit crossfit.com, games.crossfit.com, facebook.com/CrossFit or youtube.com/CrossFit.

CrossFit, Forging Elite Fitness, The Sport of Fitness and Fittest on Earth are registered trademarks or trademarks of CrossFit Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

About BlueAnt Wireless
BlueAnt is a global communications company dedicated to connecting people to the sounds that keep them advancing confidently through life. From delivering pulse-pounding beats to push someone beyond their limits to making sure every detail of a career-changing call is received without interruption, we feel audio sits atop the five senses. Our devices integrate highly advanced technology in such a way as to not overpower the user. We innovate when it will improve the customer experience, not for the sake of innovation itself. For more information, visit www.MyBlueAnt.com and follow BlueAnt on www.facebook.com/BlueAntWireless and on Twitter, @MyBlueAnt.

Contacts
For CrossFit:
Tim Chan, 619-944-3302
press@crossfitgames.com
or
For BlueAnt:
Max Borges Agency
Adam Weissman, 305-374-4404 x 137
adamweissman@maxborgesagency.com

via www.businesswire.com



President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Adds Five New Members


WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts:

Jason Collins, Appointee for Member, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition
Jason Collins is a professional basketball player with the Brooklyn Nets, where he has played since 2014. Previously, he played for the Washington Wizards, the Boston Celtics, the Atlanta Hawks, the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Memphis Grizzlies, and the New Jersey Nets. He joined the National Basketball Association in 2001 after playing for Stanford University, where he was a National Association of Basketball Coaches third team All-American and a member of the All-PAC-10 first team. Mr. Collins is a partner with the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), a national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Mr. Collins received a B.A. from Stanford University.

Misty Copeland, Appointee for Member, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition
Misty Copeland is the first African American female soloist in more than two decades at American Ballet Theatre (ABT), a company she joined in 2000. She actively supports the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BCGA) and is its Youth of the Year Ambassador. In 2012 she was inducted into the BCGA Alumni Hall of Fame. She recently helped launch ABT’s Project Plié, a national diversity initiative in ballet. Ms. Copeland received the Council of Urban Professionals’ inaugural Breakthrough Award in 2012 and was the Black Girls Rock! Young, Gifted & Black honoree in 2013. In 2008, she received the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Arts. Ms. Copeland studied at the Lauridsen Ballet Center, the San Francisco Ballet School, and American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive Program.

Alonzo H. Mourning, Jr., Appointee for Member, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition
Alonzo H. Mourning, Jr. is Vice President, Player Programs for the Miami Heat Basketball Organization, a position he has held since 2009. Mr. Mourning played with the Miami Heat from 1995 to 2002 and from 2005 to 2008 and was a member of the Heat team that won the 2006 National Basketball Association (NBA) Championship. Previously, he played for the New Jersey Nets and the Charlotte Hornets. Mr. Mourning is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2014. He is a seven-time All-Star, a two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, and was named to the All-NBA First Team in 1999. In 2009, he became the first Miami Heat player to have his number retired. He is a founder of a number of charitable organizations, including the Mourning Family Foundation, Athletes for Hope, Zo’s Fund for Life, and the Overtown Youth Center. Mr. Mourning received a B.A. from Georgetown University.

Rachael Ray, Appointee for Member, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition
Rachael Ray is the host of a syndicated daytime television show, The Rachael Ray Show. Additionally, she is the founder of the lifestyle magazine Every Day with Rachael Ray and has created her own brands of cookware, cutlery, kitchen tools, and signature food ingredients. In 2008, she created a line of pet food called Nutrish, from which she donates her proceeds to help support animals in need. In 2007, Ms. Ray launched Yum-o!, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering kids and their families to develop healthier relationships with food and cooking. Ms. Ray’s television shows have received three Emmy Awards.

Robert Thomas Shepardson, Appointee for Member, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition
Robert Thomas Shepardson is a Partner with SS+K, a firm he co-founded in 1993. He has worked for over 25 years in public affairs, advertising, and marketing. At SS+K, his portfolio has included work for the Obama for America campaigns in 2008 and 2012 as well as for First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! and Joining Forces initiatives. Previously, he was a managing director at the Sawyer Miller Group from 1988 to 1993. Mr. Shepardson is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and several business and charitable boards, including the New York advisory board of Enterprise Community Partners and the advisory board of the Center for Health Communication at Harvard University’s School of Public Health. Mr. Shepardson received a B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College and an M.P.P. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

President Obama said, “I am grateful that these impressive individuals have chosen to dedicate their talents to serving the American people at this important time for our country. I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”

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