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2015 IFBB Legends Pro Bikini Competitors


Legends Pro Bikini
The first IFBB Pro Bikini competition kicks off this weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event will take place at the Riviera Hotel on Saturday, January 31st. Prejudging starts at 10am with the finals slated to begin at 5pm. Twenty women have sent in their contracts to compete.

Christie Marquez could be the one to beat in this line-up. A name we haven’t seen on a competitor list in quite some time is Alicia Marie. Alicia has been a popular model and turned pro in the Figure division, before there was a bikini division. It’s no surprise that most of the competitors are coming from California buy Florida will be representing as well.

2015 IFBB Legends Pro Bikini Competitors
Las Vegas, Nevada – January 31, 2015

Cynthia Benoit
Melissa Brizic
Jade Carroll
Canndice Chamberland
Kat Ciresi
Ruth Dales
Harriet Davis
Jamie Del Angel
Emma Fernandez
Tamara Haddad
Jessica James
Nana Kim
Alicia Marie
Nicole Markovic
Christie Marquez
Lisandra McGrath
Michelle Mein
Ashley Pfaff
Satrice Rigsby
Chassidy Smothers



Dove Hair Encourages Girls to Love Your Curls


Dove Love Your Curls

Dove has been encouraging women to embrace their bodies and now they want women to love their hair. The brand is focusing their attention on girls and letting them know their curly hair isn’t something to be ashamed of. In their newest commercial, which has over 3 million Youtube views in the first four days, they focus on girls with curls.

The ad features daughters and mothers with curly hair. It’s a feel good spot that aims to encourage mothers and daughters to love their curly hair. The spot is one of many that has turned to focusing on the power of loving yourself as you are.

Dove encourages women to share their stories online and join the conversation with #LoveYourCurls.

Lead image via Youtube.



Interview & Poll: Yeshaira Robles’ Baby on Board


Yeshaira Robles Baby on Board

Yeshaira shows off her before and after with the same outfit. :)

Yeshaira Robles is one of the top IFBB Bikini competitors in the world. She consistently finishes in the top six and has become a fan favorite. Yeshaira is always smiling and friendly to everyone whether she’s in the gym, backstage at a show or at a booth signing autographs. She’s also an inspiration to mothers who struggle to find balance with work, family and food. Many people were wondering why Yeshaira’s name was absent from the 2015 Arnold invitees. Well, the secret is out. Yeshaira and her husband Marco (who is competing in the Arnold 212 Bodybuilding) are expecting their second child. We caught up with Yeshaira to find out a bit more on her big news!

HARDBODY INTERVIEW – YESHAIRA ROBLES BABY NEWS!
HBN: Congratulations! We’re you trying for a new addition to the family?
YR: We didn’t plan this one, it just happened. It’s funny because we spoke about it last year that we were planning on having another baby after the Olympia 2014, but then we decided to wait till after Olympia 2015 and LOOK! LOL! I guess it was the perfect time for both of us.

HBN: When did you find out the news?
YR: Right after the Olympia. I noticed that my monthly didn’t come down and I’m never late. haha. I fell off the couch and Marco noticed that my stomach was huge and took a pic. He said “didn’t you have a six pack a few days ago?” I didn’t think anything of it. lol.

HBN: Do you know if you’re having a boy or a girl?
YR: Not yet its too soon, but we will know for sure next month.

HBN: When’s the baby due?
YR: Right now the Dr. said July 5th.

HBN: What baby names are you leaning towards?
YR: I haven’t picked any yet. How about Hardbody helps us decide? A poll sounds like fun, lets do it. Lila (my daughter) picked out names if it’s a girl, she said Marshmallow Alvarez and for a boy, Rocky. LOL!

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HBN: What was Lila’s reaction to being a big sis?
YR: I think it was all her. The beginning of the year she said she was praying to God to plant a seed in my belly. She said she prayed every night and she can’t believe it came true. She’s sooooo excited.


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HBN: Anything noticeably different this time around with the pregnancy?
YR: OMG! I got so sick with this one. The first trimester I was sick 24/7 non stop. Now I’m feeling so much better… it’s about time.

HBN: What’s been the biggest challenge of the pregnancy so far?
YR: First, I didn’t have an appetite but now that i’m better I can’t stop eating hehe. I need to control the amount of junk that I’m having. I’m craving everything.

HBN: What advice do you have for other mothers?
YR: If you’re pregnant eat in moderation. Make sure you’re drinking lots of water, eating your veggies, fruits and all the protein you need to feed that baby. If the doctor gives you the ok do light workouts at the gym, but make sure your heart rate is below 140.

HBN: Are you still exercising / working out?
YR: Nooooo… It’s been 3 months! YIKES but since the Dr. gave me the ok I will be back in action next week. I will be training light and some cardio.

HBN: Anything you know you won’t be doing this time around… things you learned the hard way with first pregnancy?
YR: I won’t be eating like crazy especially junk. With Lila I gained 67lbs that was too much for me.

HBN: Your fans want to know… will you be at the Arnold Sports Festival in March?
YR: Absolutely, I will be cheering on my husband Marco Rivera he will be competing in the 212 division.

Keep up with Yeshaira throughout her pregnancy by following her on…
http://www.twitter.com/yeshaira
https://www.facebook.com/yeshairarobles
http://www.instagram.com/liftstudios

Yeshaira is also one of the featured champions in the Women’s Precontest Bible. If you’re looking for her diet, workouts, nutrition, tips and more… order your copy today!



Top Male Fitness Model Greg Plitt Killed in Train Accident


Gregg Plitt dead at age 37. Top male fitness model and motivational speaker, Greg Plitt was struck and killed by a Metrolink train on Saturday. Greg was reportedly filming near train tracks when he was struck by a Metrolink train in Burbank, California. He was 37 years old.

Greg was known for his intense, no-excuses attitude in the industry. He appeared on multiple magazines covers and ads over the years. Despite his intense approach in the gym, Greg could often be seen smiling and signing autographs at various fitness events. He was always willing to take a photo with a fan and offer some motivational advice. He’ll be greatly missed. Rest in Peace Greg.

“It’s your life, your book…”

“Give credit where it’s due.”

The news has everyone in the fitness industry in a state of shock. As news continues to spread, friends, fans and colleagues share their thoughts. Follow the conversation on twitter at #ripGregPlitt what some of the people are sharing after learning of the tragic news.

“I am in disbelief and heart broken to hear of Greg Plitt’s passing today. frown emoticon He was always someone who would go the extra mile for his friends and he loved the fitness industry like no other! Greg had so many great things going on in his life right now, so to have his life end so quickly, hit by a train as he was filming a spot for his protein shake, is just gut wrenching! Michael and I will miss you greatly, dear friend! We are praying for everyone you have left behind. There will be a void in the fitness industry and the whole world without you.

Isaiah 41:10 – Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Jamie Eason, Fitness model

“I am deeply shocked and saddened at the loss of my friend and teammate Greg Plitt. I was looking forward to working with him in a few weeks at our first appearance together for 2015.

Greg was by far one of the hardest working, self-motivated and inspirational individuals I have ever met. I will never forget how passionate he was when he was talking to fans- he had a way of making you believe anything was possible if you wanted it bad enough. That life was too short to wait around wishing for things to happen- to go out there and take a chance.

I will miss hearing about your crazy adventure stories, the next big business project and just joking around at the shows. I am forever grateful for all of the personal and business advice you have given me over the years. You were an amazing human being.

Rest in peace.”
- Nicole Wilkins, 4x Figure Olympia Champion and Met-Rx athlete

“I can’t believe this. I can’t. Greg Plitt has passed away today. I’ve worked with Greg since 2003, and he was one of the kindest souls I’ve known. He always went head first into everything he did, and he did it to the best of his ability. Michael Lyons just spoke with him a few days ago. He did a taped submission for us for the TV show Bones. Mike and I discussed how awesome it would be if we booked him something big right before the Arnold Classic. Greg was more than just a model and actor. He changed so many lives for the better whether it was helping them with fitness or fixing up their house. You may not know, but Greg was an expert craftsman. He lived right around the block from me down in Arlington VA. I used to love going to his place to watch TV in his “mancave”. The world has lost a good soul today. An amazing friend and an amazing soldier. God bless him and his family.”
Adam Silver, Silver Models

“It is with a heavy and tragically sad heart I inform you that Greg Plitt was killed today by a train in Burbank..

Greg was the sole individual who got me into the fitness industry, gave me guidance that serves as the foundation of my success today. Though a friend, he was truly someone I admired, had unyielding respect and love for. I really can’t even put words together right now to accurately articulate everything he meant to me… I will touch on this tomorrow.

The world lost a true hero today…. I really have no words, just pain, confusion, sadness…”
Joe Donnelly, Fitness model

Greg recently starred in the Bravo reality series “Friends to Lovers”.

Lead photo via Greg Plitt’s Facebook.



Finish Strong Friday Motivation


It’s the end of the work week but that doesn’t mean it’s time to coast into the weekend. We encourage you to FINISH STRONG. Use that mindset with every workout, every day, week and month. It’s easy to start strong but can you finish strong? Use the hashtag #finishstrong to show how you’re embracing this mantra. We’ll begin sharing some of them here to help inspire and motivate each other. If you want to be a Hardbody you have to not only train your but also your mind. Think about this the next time you workout. Did you finish strong?

Tag us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and be sure to include #FinishSTRONG.

Finish StrongLibby DiBiase, Reebok sponsored CrossFit Athlete.
#FinishSTRONG #motivation



World of X Games Presents Air + Style Innsbruck


Tune into the World of X Games: Air + Style Innsbruck snowboard event this Saturday, January 17, streaming live at 1:15 p.m. ET on ESPN3.

Athletes competing will include two-time X Games medalist and Olympic gold medalist Sage Kotsenburg, three-time X Games medalist and Olympian Ståle Sandbech, and 22 other world class snowboarders as they push the limits of progression in the second of three stops of Shaun White’s 2015 Air + Style Tour.

In addition to streaming live this Saturday, a World of X Games: Air + Style Innsbruck recap show is scheduled to air February 15 at 11 p.m. ET on ESPN2, featuring competition highlights, interviews and more.

Air + Style Innsbruck will stream live this Saturday, January 17 at 1:15 p.m. ET on ESPN3.

The final stop of the Air + Style tour will culminate in Los Angeles and will be streamed live February 21 on ESPN3, with the recap show scheduled to air February 28 on ABC. For the full list of invited riders and more event information, please visit http://www.air-style.com.

The World of X Games is a weekly program on ABC and ESPN platforms, which features a variety of X Games and athlete-focused content. For the most updated schedule and information on World of X Games, go to www.xgames.com. Check local listings for additional details.

News via ESPN.



Weight Watchers: My Butt


My Butt Weight Watchers
It’s common to see weight-loss companies ramp up their advertising and marketing around the first of the year. One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is diet and exercise. Weight Watchers released this video shortly before the new year and it’s gaining some buzz online. The video has over 2.25 million views on youtube and is all about the “butt”. You don’t need to be a fan of Weight Watchers but “My Butt” is a pretty solid ad. “Everyone has a butt. Any every butt has a story. This is one.”

Check it out. Conceptually strong and spot on.


This is My Butt – Weight Watchers Video

Props Weightwatchers Youtube.



This Girl Can Video: Women… Do Your Thing


this girl can
This Girl Can is described as “a national campaign developed by Sport England and a wide range of partnership organisations.” The campaign aims to celebrate women who are setting aside fear and self-doubt by “doing their thing”. The video has only been up a couple of days and it’s already closing in on one million Youtube views. Why? It feels authentic, real and in turn creating a buzz online.

It’s easy to give this video a pass and overlook some of the clichéd sayings like “sweat like a pig”. You’re not going to see models with rock hard physiques in this video and that’s the point. Not every one aspires to be on a cover of a magazine. This Girl Can offers a great reminder, “Fear of judgement is stopping many of us from taking part in exercise. But as thousands of women up and down the country are proving, it really doesn’t have to.”

The video is set to female rap artist, Missy Elliott’s “Get UR Freak On”. Elliott was noted for her weight-loss in 2014 and has an on-going battle Graves’ disease. The singer encouraged her 2.5 million twitter followers to check out the #thisgirlCan campaign.

This Girl Can:
I jiggle there for I am
Sweat like a pig, feeling like a fox
I kick balls, deal with it
Damn right I look hot

This Girl Can celebrates the women who are doing their thing no matter how they do it, how they look or even how sweaty they get. They’re here to inspire us to wiggle, jiggle, move and prove that judgement is a barrier that can be overcome.#thisgirlcan

Follow THIS GIRL CAN:
FACEBOOK
Twitter @ThisGirlCanUK

this girl can

This Girl Can Video – Do Your Thing.



Aspen Preview – World of X Games


World of X Games Presents Aspen Preview – Saturday, January 17, at 3 p.m. ET/ 1 p.m. PT on ABC

Tune into World of X Games this Saturday, January 17 for a special episode on “Aspen Preview” airing at 3 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT on ABC.

Saturday’s one-hour episode will preview X Games Aspen 2015 and highlight some of the top moments with X Games commentator Brandon Graham and analyst Craig McMorris, as they dive into the major story lines for X Games Aspen as well as examine the award-winning lineup of musical acts and festival village experience. Featured athletes will include seven-time X Games snowmobile medalist Levi LaVallee, X Games Snowboard Slopestyle bronze medalist, Gus Kenworthy, Sochi Olympic Snowboard Slopestyle gold medalist Sage Kotsenburg, X Games Mono Skier X gold medalist and Sochi Paralympic gold medalist Josh Dueck and 14-year-old Snowboard SuperPipe phenom and X Games silver medalist, Chloe Kim.

The World of X Games is a weekly program on ABC and ESPN platforms, which features a variety of X Games and athlete-focused content. For the most updated schedule and information on World of X Games, go to www.xgames.com. Check local listings for additional details.



Joseph Santos Named VP of Operations for IFM Media Inc.


Joseph Santos officially welcomed as IFM Media Inc.’s Vice President of Operations
OAKVILLE, ON – IFM Media Inc., publisher of Inside Fitness and the Inside Fitness Women’s Training Guide, is pleased to announce that Joseph Santos has been appointed to the position of Vice President of Operations, effective immediately.

With over 20 years of management experience, including 15 in the technology channel, Joseph brings with him a wealth of knowledge from across many different industries. Past roles held by Joseph include Internet Architect at Robert Kennedy Publishing, former publisher of Oxygen and MuscleMag, and Technologies Manager for Sherson Group, parent company of Nine West. In these roles he was responsible for large-scale, company-wide projects that thrust these respective associations into the digital realm, including the creation and maintenance of several digital properties at RKP as well as establishing Nine West’s first e-commerce solution.

Joseph’s talents in both the IT and operational landscapes will lend heavily to the development of the growing Canadian publishing company,which announced in late 2014 that they will be publishing a total of 12 issues per year beginning in 2015.

Terry Frendo, CEO and Publisher of IFM Media, is confident that Joseph’s skills will be of valuable asset to the team as they head into yet another groundbreaking year. “I have known Joseph personally and professionally for over a decade,” he says. “Inside Fitness has experienced exponential year-over-year growth since its inception, and Joseph’s expertise in digital communications will help us to further our domination as a publishing force to be reckoned with.”

About Inside Fitness Magazine
Inside Fitness is Canada’s #1 fitness magazine, published by IFM Media Inc., one of the fastest-growing publishing companies in the nation. The magazine is a collaboration of some of the brightest and most knowledgeable fitness, health, injury-prevention, and bodybuilding experts in the industry, including Brent Bishop, Tommy Europe, and many more. You can subscribe at www.insidefitnessmag.com, and follow the magazine on its Facebook page (facebook.com/insidefitness), Twitter (@inside_fitness), Instagram (@inside_fitness), and on the magazine’s dedicated YouTube channel (insidefitnessTV).



Who is Qualified for the 2015 Olympia?


2015 Olympia
The 2015 IFBB Pro League season is set to begin next week and with that continues the Olympia Point Series. See who is already qualified for the big show and who is leading the Point Series as the new season gets started. Currently, there is no Ms. Olympia bodybuilding on the schedule but that could change.

Who is Qualified for the 2015 Olympia?

2015 MS OLYMPIA
Iris Kyle
Alina Popa
Debi Laszewski
Alana Shipp
Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia


2015 FITNESS OLYMPIA
Oksana Grishina
Regiane Da Silva
Tanji Johnson
Bethany Cisternino
Myriam Capes
Sara Kovach

OLYMPIA POINT SERIES LEADERS:
Danielle Ruban – 4
Whitney Jones – 4
Ryall Graber – 3
Chika Aluka – 2
Kelcie Gahley – 1


2015 FIGURE OLYMPIA
Nicole Wilkins
Candice Keene
Candice Lewis
Ann Titone
Latorya Watts
Allison Frahn
Vera Mallet
Kamla Macko
Renata Guaraciaba

OLYMPIA POINT SERIES LEADERS:
Brittany Campbell – 6
Karen Noorlun – 4
Ivana Ivusic – 4
Jennifer Brown – 4
Julie Mayer – 3
Josie Zamora – 3
Carly Starling Horrell – 3
Megan Wyble – 3


2015 BIKINI OLYMPIA
Ashley Kaltwasser
Janet Layug
Stacey Alexander
Yeshaira Robles
Amanda Latona
India Paulino
Tawna Eubanks
Stephanie Mahoe
Sarah LeBlanc
Nicole Ankney
Narmin Assria
Janelle Saitone-McGuire

OLYMPIA POINT SERIES LEADERS:
Christina Fjaere – 11
Noemi Olah – 8
Christie Marquez – 7
Bianca Berry (USA), 6
Tatiana Koshman (USA), 6
Lindsey Waters (USA), 6
Vladimira Krasova – 5
Breena Martinez – 5
Francesca Lauren – 4
Jessica Arevalo – 4
Katherine Ampolini – 4
Jade Carroll – 4


2015 OLYMPIA WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE SHOWDOWN
Juliana Malacarne
Dana Linn Bailey
Tycie Coppett
Karina Nascimento
Sabrina Taylor
Tamee Marie
Teresita Morales
Heather Grace
Jamie Postill

OLYMPIA POINT SERIES LEADERS:
Candrea Judd Adams – 8
Leonie Rose – 5
Katerina Kyptova – 4
Loana Paula Muttoni – 4
Desunka Dawson – 3
Marnie Holley – 2
Jane Santos – 2


2015 MR. OLYMPIA
Phil Heath
Kai Greene
Shawn Rhoden
Dennis Wolf
Dexter Jackson
Roelly Winklaar
Essa Obaid
Mo Bannout
William Bona
Ronny Rockel
Abdelaziz Jellali (Overall Winner Amateur Olympia)

OLYMPIA POINT SERIES LEADERS:
Steve Kuclo – 11
Johnnie Jackson – 7
Robert Piotrkowicz – 7
Brad Rowe – 7
Victor Martinez – 5
Dalibor Hajek – 5
Juan Morel – 3
Daniel Toth – 3


2015 OLYMPIA 212 SHOWDOWN
Flex Lewis
Eduardo Correa
Jose Raymond
Hidetada Yamagishi
Baito Abbaspour

OLYMPIA POINT SERIES LEADERS:
Ahmad Ahmad – 9
Guy Cisternino – 6
Mark Dugdale – 4
Sami Al Haddad – 2
Tricky Jackson – 2


2015 OLYMPIA MEN’S PHYSIQUE SHOWDOWN
Jeremy Buendia
Sadik Hadzovic
Jason Poston
Matthew Acton
Steve Cook
Xavisus Gayden
Anton Antipov
Dean Balabis
Michael Anderson
Rodney Razor
Andre Adams

OLYMPIA POINT SERIES LEADERS:
Michael Ferguson – 8
Jake Alvarez – 8
Joseph Lee – 6
James Hurst – 5
Emmanuel Banks – 4
Arya Saffaie – 4
Paul Batrony – 4
John Nguyen – 4

The next IFBB pro show will be held on January 10, 2015 in California.



Hardbody’s Top 59 Songs of 2014


Top Songs of 2014

Check out the top 59 songs in 2014, at least in our book. There’s a wide variety of songs from country, R&B to Rock that will provide nearly 4 hours of awesomeness. Listen to the songs below via Spotify and let us know if we missed any of your favorite songs from 2014. Visit Spotify.com to subscribe to this and more HARDBODY Music Playlists.

Hardbody’s Top 59 Songs of 2014

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Mo’ne Davis Named 2014 AP Female Athlete of the Year


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — No one in the sports world had heard of the 2014 Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year until August.

That’s when 13-year-old Mo’ne Davis became an instant celebrity as she took the mound in the Little League World Series and mowed down batter after batter, giving “throw like a girl” a whole new meaning.

She was the first girl to win a Little League World Series game, and her performance dazzled fans young and old. Her steely gaze and demeanor on the mound were intimidating, while off-the-field, she shined in interviews. She told admirers that if they thought she was good at baseball, they should see her play hoops. Only in eighth grade, Davis already plays for her school’s high school varsity basketball team.

Davis appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, has her jersey displayed in baseball’s Hall of Fame and was named Sports Kid of the Year by Sports Illustrated Kids.

She met the Obamas at the White House, starred in a Spike Lee-directed car commercial (the NCAA said it wouldn’t hurt her eligibility), marched in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade along with her Taney Dragons teammates and presented Pharrell Williams with Soul Train’s “Song of the Year” award.

The talented three-sport star — she also plays soccer — and honor student from South Philadelphia handled all the attention with poise, modesty and maturity.

“A lot of adults around me help out, taught me to be respectful, to be calm during everything and not let anything get to you,” Davis said after learning of her latest honor.

A vote by U.S. editors and news directors selected Davis as The Associated Press 2014 Female Athlete of the Year. The youngest winner in history, Davis beat out Mt. St. Joseph freshman Lauren Hill — who played her first college basketball game while battling terminal brain cancer — and three-time winner Serena Williams. The selection was announced Monday.

Davis tossed a two-hitter to help Philadelphia beat Nashville 4-0 in the Little League World Series opener for both teams. Davis, the first girl to appear for a U.S. team in South Williamsport since 2004, had eight strikeouts and didn’t walk a batter. Her team was eventually eliminated after losing to teams from Las Vegas and Chicago. Davis gave up three runs in the Las Vegas game, and could not take the mound against Chicago because of pitch limits.

After the tournament, Davis was everywhere.

She threw whiffle balls to Jimmy Fallon on NBC’s Tonight Show, threw out the first pitch at Game 4 of the World Series and signed a book deal.

“It’s been really fun, got to do a lot of things, meet a lot of cool people,” Davis said. “My favorite thing to do was playing in Williamsport or going to the White House. (The Obamas) just seemed like a regular couple, no different from anyone else.”

While others are still talking about her Little League performance, Davis, a point guard, is concentrating on basketball.

“It’s making me a lot better, helping me make decisions,” Davis said of playing varsity. “In middle school, I can get away with small things. The girls now are a lot taller so I’m working on my jump shot and ball handling a lot.”

Davis aspires to play for the University of Connecticut and reach the WNBA. She plays midfielder on her soccer team and hopes to play three sports in high school, though she’s not sure about baseball.

“I know the boys will be much stronger so that depends,” she said. “Hopefully, I can continue playing as long as I can.”

Davis isn’t just a jock. She excels academically despite such a great demand for her time.

“It’s all about time management, how you plan your projects and not waiting until the last minute,” she said.

Steve Bandura, a recreation leader for the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department and director of the Anderson Monarchs sports programs, has helped coach Davis since she started playing sports. His son, Scott, was the catcher for Taney. Bandura said Davis has maintained her “natural personality” no matter how many cameras or microphones are in her face.

“She’s still the same person, still a kid who wants to do kid things,” Bandura said. “She has fun meeting celebrities and all that but the bottom line is she loves to play sports, go to school and have fun. The adults make a bigger deal out of it. Her teammates understand she’s breaking down barriers and they’re proud of her. They’ve been together so long, it’s like she’s their sister.”

Davis knows she has become a role model.

Her message to everyone, especially girls: “Always follow your dreams. If there’s something people tell you that you can’t do it, go for it.”

via Associate Press.



Inaugural Arnold Australia Competitor Lists Announced


2014 Arnold Australia
The inaugural Arnold Classic Australia will be held in Melbourne, Australia on March 13-15, 2015. The official list of invited athletes was announced today and the first Arnold Australia looks to be a star-studded event. The IFBB Pro League event will feature the Men’s Open bodybuilding, Women’s Figure and Bikini divisions. There will be a number of other events held in conjunction with the pro show along with an expo. Get your tickets and more information at www.arnoldclassic.com.au.

2015 Arnold Australia Competitor Lists

FIGURE 411:
Many of the competitors will be on stage at the Arnold in Columbus the week prior to this event. Look for Candice Keene and Candice Lewis to lead the Figure competition with Bethany Wagner-Cisternino potentially shaking things up. Anne Titone is sure to be a top six contender and if Camala nails her conditioning she should be in the mix for a top spot. Latorya Watts is also one who could sneak up into the top spots as she showed tremendous potential throughout the 2014 season. Add in Coates, Cowan and Dees and the top spots will be highly competitive at this show. Keene will be tough to beat but it’s anyone’s show when a long flight is involved.

FIGURE PRO
Alicia Coates
Ava Cowan
Heather Dees
Amanda Doherty
Maria Garcia
Candice Keene
Candice Lewis
Eliyan Lobez
Asher Prior
Tara Ramos
Larissa Reis
Carmala Rodriguez-McClure
Myra Rogers
Rinnah Schmid
Anne Titone
Bethany Wagner-Cisternino
Latorya Watts

BIKINI 411:
You have to figure it will be a bikini battle between Janet Layug and Ashley Kaltwasser for the top spot. After that look for Paulino and Mahoe to be in the top spots. Again, a long flight can throw a competitor’s game off so you never know who will benefit and who won’t from it.

BIKINI PRO
Narmin Assria
Pollianna Batista-Moss
Summer Bernard
Lacey Deluca
Barbie Heng
Ashley Kaltwasser
Janet Layug
Stephanie Mahoe
Jade MacKinnon
Sheena Martin
India Paulino
Anna Starodubtseva
Whitney Wiser
Amy Wright

MEN’S PRO BODYBUILDING 411:
The Men’s show is pretty close to the Arnold Classic line up in Columbus. Watch how things play out there and look for them to be pretty close to the same in Australia. The smart money is on the seasoned vet, Dexter Jackson but young bucks like Compton and a hungry Curry could be nipping at his heels.

MEN’S PRO BODYBUILDING
Evan Centopani
Justin Compton
Brandon Curry
Toney Freeman
Dexter Jackson
Michael Kefalianos
Josh Lenartowicz
Cedric McMillan
Sam Mohammad
Ben Pakulski
Luke Schembri
Branch Warren
Roelly Winklaar

Get your tickets and more information at www.arnoldclassic.com.au.

 

Arnold Australia 2015



Iovate Launches New, 100% Vegan Brand – Nature’s Food™


Nature's Food

Iovate Launches New, 100% Vegan Brand – Nature’s Food™ – Exclusively at GNC and GNC.com Stores Nationwide
Full line developed to meet the needs of active consumers seeking world-class plant-based formulas, with no GMOs or preservatives

OAKVILLE, ON, - Iovate Health Sciences International has introduced Nature’s Food™, a new line of plant-based, 100% vegan products designed for the active, health-minded individual. These products will be available exclusively at GNC stores across the United States and GNC.com beginning in December 2014. Nature’s Food™ supplements feature hand-selected, premium ingredients that are free of lactose, dairy, soy, gluten, preservatives, artificial flavors and artificial sweeteners.

Nature’s Food™ was developed to meet the needs of consumers seeking world-class 100% plant-based formulas without genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or preservatives.

“We are honored to become GNC’s premier brand of complete vegan products with Nature’s Food™ only at GNC,” says Vito Sanzone, the Chief Marketing Officer at Iovate Health Sciences International Inc. “Our research and development team, alongside our flavor specialists, have developed the definitive plant-based brand with Nature’s Food™. And the dynamic and colorful labels make Nature’s Food™ easy to find on the GNC shelf.”

The Nature’s Food™ brand includes:
• Organic Protein, a USDA organic-certified protein powder exclusively featuring brown rice protein
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2015 IFBB Pro Women’s Bodybuilding Contest Schedule


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The 2015 IFBB Pro Women’s Bodybuilding contest schedule has been released and there’s a couple of changes. In 2014, Women’s Pro Bodybuilding was dropped from the Arnold Sports Festival which many felt was a sign of things to come. Meaning women’s bodybuilding was on its last lifeline as part of the IFBB Pro League. The division isn’t dead… yet. There are six pro shows on the 2015 schedule however the Ms. Olympia is missing. Will there be an Olympia for the Women’s Bodybuilders? As of now, no but don’t rule it out. I’m told by reliable sources that the Ms. Olympia could be put back on the schedule but when and where has not yet been determined.

If it weren’t for Wings of Strength sponsoring the majority of these shows there would be no women’s bodybuilding. They’ve added another show to the lineup for the women at the Houston Pro, which is the only new event for the Women’s Bodybuilding division.

There’s an attempt online to save women’s bodybuilding but it’s received very little response. You can read the “petition” www.change.org.

2015 IFBB Women’s Bodybuilding Schedule

IFBB OMAHA PRO WOMEN’S BODYBUILDING
Date: May 30, 2015
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
Promoter: Jack Titone – 314‐686‐3828 – titonej@aol.com
Prize Money: $6,000.00
www.npcmidwest.com


TORONTO PRO WOMEN’S BODYBUILDING
Date: June 6-7, 2015
Location: Toronto, Canada
Promoter: Ron Hache – 705‐561‐0775 – ronhache@unitz.ca
MORE INFO: www.TorontoProSupershow.com


IFBB WINGS OF STRENGTH CHICAGO PRO
Date: July 2-4, 2015
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Promoter: Tim Gardner – 813‐908‐7843  0 tgflex@aol.com
MORE INFO: www.chiocagoproshow.com


IFBB WINGS OF STRENGTH PBW PRO
Date: August 6-8, 2015
Location: Tampa, Florida
Promoter: Tim Gardner – 813‐908‐7843 –  tgflex@aol.com
MORE INFO: www.pbwproshow.com


IFBB WINGS OF STRENGTH HOUSTON PRO
Date: August 21-22, 2015
Location: Houston, Texas
Promoter: Tim Gardner – 813‐908‐7843 –  tgflex@aol.com
MORE INFO: www.pbwproshow.com


IFBB PITTSBURGH MASTERS PROFESSIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
PLEASE CONTACT THE PROMOTER FOR ALL INFORMATION
Over 35/Over 45/Over 55
Date: September 3, 2015
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Promoter: Gary Udit – 412‐377‐1438 – gudit@comcast.net
MORE INFO: www.garyudit.com

2015 IFBB Pro Women’s Bodybuilding Contest Schedule is updated at ifbbpro.com.



Coffee or Bottled Water… Which Do You Spend More?


coffee vs bottle water
Which do you spend more money on each year… Bottled water or Coffee? We’ve never actually added it up but found ourselves buying both today and it made us stop and think. You could easily use a reusable water bottle and filter water. You could also buy your own coffee grounds instead of the trip to Starbucks. It might frighten you to add up what you spend per year on either one of these or both.

Coffee or Bottled Water… Which Do You Spend More on Per Year?

Anyone want to keep track in 2015?



2015 Contests – IFBB Women’s Physique Schedule


2015 IFBB Women's Phyisque
There are currently 21 contests on the 2015 IFBB Women’s Physique contest schedule and the prize money ranges from $3,500 on up. A number of shows have decreased their prize money from 2014. Four shows that took place in California have been removed with one addition. Canadians will be happy to see two new pro events added to the schedule and are the lone shows outside of the USA for Women’s Physique. There will be new shows in Atlantic City, Houston and Little Rock in 2015. The biggest addition for the Women’s Physique division is the first ever Women’s Physique International that will be part of the Arnold Sports Festival.

Note the dates on the shows below. There are a few that are on the same day/weekend.

NEW SHOWS / NOTES:
• Women’s Physique International – see who got invited.
• IFBB SPARTAN’S WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE – San Diego
• IFBB EDMONTON PRO WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE
• IFBB PRESTIGE CRYSTAL CUP PRO WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE
• IFBB VANCOUVER PRO WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE
• IFBB ARKANSAS PRO
• IFBB WINGS OF STRENGTH HOUSTON WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE
• IFBB EUROPA ATLANTIC CITY PRO WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE

• New York Pro is in Teaneck, NJ and on Sunday
• Dallas Europa moved to June
• San Jose moves from July to June

REMOVED SHOWS from 2014
• IFBB PRO GRAND PRIX WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE – Culver City
• IFBB EMERALD CUP PRO WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE – Washington
• IFBB GOLDEN STATE GRAND PRIX WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE – Northern California
• IFBB TITANS GRAND PRIX PRO WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE – Culver City
• IFBB FERRIGNO LEGACY PRO WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE – California

2015 Contests – IFBB Women’s Physique Schedule

WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE INTERNATIONAL
Date: March 5-8, 2015
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Promoter: Jim Lorimer – 614‐431‐2600 – lgreen@arnoldexpo.com
MORE INFO: www.arnoldsportsfestival.com


IFBB ST. LOUIS PRO WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE
Date:  April 4, 2015
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Promoter: Jack Titone – 314‐686‐3828 – titonej@aol.com
Prize Money: $3,500.00
MORE INFO: www.npcmidwest.com


IFBB EDMONTON PRO WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE
Date: April 18, 2015
Location: Alberta, Canada
Promoter: Rick Knight
Prize Money: $20,000.00
MORE INFO: www.edmontonproshow.com


IFBB EUROPA SHOW OF CHAMPIONS WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE
Date:  May 1-2, 2015
Location: Orlando, Florida
Promoter: Ed and Betty Pariso – 817‐498‐3631 – BettyPariso@aol.com
Prize Money: $4,000.00
MORE INFO: www.europagamesexpo.com


IFBB SPARTAN’S WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE
Date:  May 2, 2015
Location: San Diego, California
Promoter: Jon Lindsay – 866‐370‐3011
Prize Money: $3,500.00
MORE INFO: www.musclecontest.com


IFBB OPTIMUM CLASSIC PRO WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE
Date:  May 9, 2015
Location: Shreveport, Louisiana
Promoter: Robert Blount – 318-347-2208 – info@optimumclassic.com
Prize Money: $3,500


IFBB NEW YORK PRO WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE
Date:  May 10, 2015
Location: New York, New York
Promoter: Steve Weinberger – 516‐933‐1111 – info@bevfrancis.com


IFBB MILE HIGH PRO WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE
Date:  May 30, 2015
Location: Denver, Colorado
Promoter: Jeff Taylor – 303‐668‐8578 – jtnpc@comcast.net
Prize Money: $3,500.00


IFBB OMAHA PRO WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE
Date:  May 30, 2015
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
Promoter: Jack Titone – 314‐686‐3828 – titonej@aol.com
Prize Money: $3,500.00
MORE INFO: www.npcmidwest.com


IFBB TORONTO PRO WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE
Date:  June 6-7, 2015
Location: Toronto, Canada
Promoter: Ron Hache – 705‐561‐0775 – ronhache@unitz.ca
MORE INFO: www.TorontoProSupershow.com


IFBB EUROPA DALLAS WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE
Date:  June 19-20, 2015
Location: Dallas, Texas
Promoter: Ed and Betty Pariso – 817‐498‐3631 – BettyPariso@aol.com
Prize Money: $4,000.00
MORE INFO: www.europagamesexpo.com


IFBB GREATER GULF STATES PRO WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE
Date:  June 19-20, 2015
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Promoter: Luke Tesvich – 504‐439‐6224 – NPCLAoffice@aol.com
Prize Money: $3,500.00
MORE INFO: www.npcggs.com


IFBB SAN JOSE PRO WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE
Date:  June 26-27, 2015
Location: San Jose, California
Promoter: Steve O’Brien and George Jackson – 408‐384‐9039
Prize Money: $3,500.00
MORE INFO: www.musclesportproductions.com


IFBB WINGS OF STRENGTH CHICAGO
Date:  July 2-5, 2015
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Promoter: Tim Gardner – 813‐908‐7843 – tgflex@aol.com
MORE INFO: www.chiocagoproshow.com


IFBB PRESTIGE CRYSTAL CUP PRO WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE
Date: July 18, 2015
Location: Boca Raton, Florida
Promoter: QC‐BB Promotions – Andres Miller –  561‐376‐9849 – qcbbpromotions@gmail.com
Prize Money: $3,000.00
MORE INFO: www.prestigecrystalcup.com


IFBB VANCOUVER PRO WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE
Date: July 25, 2015
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia Canada
Promoter: Michelle Krack – 778‐878‐2267 – info@vancouverproshow.com
Prize Money: $4,000.00
MORE INFO: vancouverproshow.com


IFBB WINGS OF STRENGTH PBW TAMPA WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE
Date:  August 6-8, 2015
Location: Tampa, Florida
Promoter: Tim Gardner – 813‐908‐7843 – tgflex@aol.com
MORE INFO: www.pbwproshow.com


IFBB ARKANSAS PRO WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE
Date:  August 22, 2015
Location: Little Rock, Arkansas
Promoter: Jack Titone – 314‐686‐3828 – titonej@aol.com
Prize Money: $3,500.00
MORE INFO: www.npcmidwest.com


IFBB WINGS OF STRENGTH PBW PRO WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE
Date: August 21-22, 2015
Location: Houston, TX
Promoter: Tim Gardner – 813‐908‐7843 – tgflex@aol.com
MORE INFO: www.pbwproshow.com


IFBB PITTSBURGH MASTERS PROFESSIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Over 35/Over 45
PLEASE CONTACT THE PROMOTER FOR ALL INFORMATION 
Date:September 3, 2015
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Promoter: Gary Udit – 412‐377‐1438 – gudit@comcast.net
MORE INFO: www.garyudit.com


IFBB EUROPA ATLANTIC CITY PRO WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE
Date: August 28-29, 2015
Location: Atlantic City, New Jersey
Promoter: Ed and Betty Pariso –  BettyPariso@aol.com
Prize Money: $4,000.00
MORE INFO: www.pbwproshow.com


OLYMPIA WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE SHOWDOWN
Date: September 17-20, 2015
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Promoter: Robin Chang – 8666762007 – rchang@weiderpub.com
MORE INFO: www.mrolympia.com


IFBB EUROPA PHOENIX WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE
Date:  October 10-11, 2015
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Promoter: Ed and Betty Pariso – 817‐498‐3631 – BettyPariso@aol.com
Prize Money: $4,000.00
MORE INFO: www.europagamesexpo.com


IFBB ULTIMATE WARRIORS PRO WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE
Date: November 7, 2015
Location: San Diego, California
Promoter:
Jon Lindsay 866‐370‐3011
Prize Money: $3,500.00
MORE INFO: www.musclecontest.com

Check back as the shows change throughout the year. More info at ifbbpro.com.



Rihanna Named Global PUMA Ambassador


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Rihanna Named Global PUMA Ambassador
Herzogenaurach, Germany (16 December) – Today, PUMA and Global Cultural icon Rihanna, announced a new multi-year partnership, kicking off in January 2015. Rihanna will become PUMA’s global ambassador for Women’s Training and serve as the PUMA Women’s Creative Director, bringing her styling sensibilities and innovation to PUMA’s collections. Embodying everything that PUMA stands for, Rihanna’s unstoppable spirit, creative energy and prowess both on and off the stage, make her the perfect representation of the PUMA brand.

Through this partnership, Rihanna will be the face of PUMA’s Women’s Training category. Fans can anticipate PUMA and Rihanna taking a fresh, forward thinking and non-traditional approach to sports, fitness and lifestyle – fusing Rihanna’s personality, love of sports, spirit and style into the growing footwear and apparel segment. No stranger to breaking the mold with beauty, fashion and lifestyle trends, Rihanna, with PUMA’s support, will bring her personal touch and creativity to the athletic world.

Rihanna will also assume the role of PUMA’s Creative Director for the category, directly influencing product collections as early as 2015, and working in partnership with PUMA’s Internal Product Creation team. These collections will be designed with the goal of strengthening women in training sessions and beyond, and inspiring confidence in their bodies and themselves – the exact confidence for which Rihanna is so well known and celebrated. As part of her role, Rihanna will work with PUMA to design and customize classic PUMA styles as well as create new styles to add to the PUMA product portfolio.

Speaking about the new partnership with PUMA, Rihanna said: “It’s great to find a brand that celebrates strength and individuality. I couldn’t think of a more perfect partner to collaborate with as a creative director. I’m excited for you to see what Puma and I come up with.”

Rihanna will play a starring role in PUMA’s brand campaign, Forever Faster and be featured along with many of PUMA’s world-class athletes such as Usain Bolt and Sergio Aguero. PUMA and Rihanna will launch several fan activations throughout the partnership around the world such as consumer and retail events, training and fitness related social media content, and product programs.

Bjørn Gulden, CEO at PUMA commented: “Signing Rihanna is a fantastic step for PUMA. Her global profile, her charisma and individuality, her ambition – all these things make her a perfect ambassador for our brand. She also aligns perfectly with the values PUMA strives for: to be Confident, Brave, Determined and Joyful. With a strong portfolio in football, running and motorsport, finding an inspiring partner for women’s training was very important. Rihanna was a natural choice for us. We’re delighted to have her as a partner, and we’re looking forward to what’s to come.”

Adam Petrick, Global Brand & Marketing Director for PUMA said, “Rihanna brings joy to audiences around the world but also ignites and awes. PUMA admires her for never waiting for the next big thing, but more so for driving what happens next – in fashion, style, music and soon to be – sports. We can’t wait to empower women worldwide with Rihanna – she demonstrates a body confidence and determination that is the exact representation of the PUMA Woman.”

Anxious to learn more? Follow PUMA and Rihanna’s journey on Instagram (@PUMA and @badgalriri), Twitter (@PUMA and @rihanna) and Facebook (facebook.com/PUMA and facebook.com/Rihanna) and online at www.puma.com and www.rihannanow.com.

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Rihanna Signs with Puma ©Photo Courtesy of Puma 

Story and images courtesy of PUMA.



2015 Arnold Athlete Invite List Announced


2015 Arnold Invite
The 2015 Arnold Athlete invite list has been released courtsey of Arnoldsportsfestival.com. New to the Arnold Classic Festival this year are the Men and Women’s Physique divisions. Oksana Grishina will be back to defend her Fitness International Title as will Ashley Kaltwasser in Bikini and Candice Keene in Figure. We’ll see the first two Women’s Physique Olympia champs face off once again with Dana Linn Bailey and Juliana Malacarne both on the invited list.

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UPDATED LISTS – DECEMBER 18, 2014
Felipe de Franco was added to Men’s Physique and Nathalie Falk added to Women’s Physique.

2015 Fitness International (14)
Michelle Blank
Myriam Capes
Bethany Cisternino
Regiane Da Silva
Ryall Graber
Oksana Grishina
Fiona Harris
Tanji Johnson
Whitney Jones
Sara Kovach
Ashley Sebera
Melinda Szabo
Aurika Tyrgale
Trish Warren

2015 Fitness International


2015 Figure International (15)

Dana Ambrose
Ava Cowan
Heather Dees
Amanda Doherty
Cydney Gillon
Candice Keene
Candice Lewis
Vera Mallet
Julie Mayer
Andressa Ribeiro
Camala Rodriguez-McClure
Myra Rogers
Gennifer Strobo
Ann Titone
Latorya Watts

2015 Figure Internationals

2015 Bikini International (15)
Noy Alexander
Nicole Ankney
Narmin Assria
Sara Back
Bianca Berry
Christina Strom Fjaere
Ashley Kaltwasser
Janet Layug
Sarah Elizabeth LeBlanc
Stephanie Mahoe
Justine Munro
Noemi Olah
India Paulino
Anna Starodubteseva
Kenea Yancy

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2015 Women’s Physique International (11)
Dana Linn Bailey
LaDrissa Bonivel
Tycie Coppett
Nathalie Falk
Heather Grace
Juliana Malacarne
Karina Nascimento
Mindi O’Brien
Jillian Reville
Jennifer Robinson
Sabrina Taylor

2015 Women's Physique Arnold

2015 Arnold Classic (14)
Mohamad Ali Bannout
Lionel Beyeke
Evan Centopani
Justin Compton
Brandon Curry
Marius Dohne
Vitaley Fateev
Toney Freeman
Dexter Jackson
Michael Kefalianos
Cedric McMillan
Ben Pakulski
Branch Warren
Roelly Winklaar

2015 Arnold Classic 212 (10)

Aaron Clark
Eduardo Correa
Charles Dixon
Eduard Duque
Shawn Joseph-Tavernier
Cory Mathews
Jose Raymond
Marco Rivera
Angel Manuel Rangel Vargas
Hidetada Yamagishi

2015 Arnold Men’s Physique (11)
Mathew Acton
Andre Adams
Michael Anderson
Mark Anthony
Anton Antipov
George Brown
Felipe de Franco
Xavisus Gayden
Sadik Hadzovic
Jason Poston
Rodney Razor



UFC Champ Ronda Rousey Signs with Reebok


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The women’s UFC Bantamweight Champ, Ronday Rousey continues to kick ass and collect checks. Rousey shared the news of her signing with Reebok on twitter, while her male counterpart Jon Jones took to Instagram. Jones chose to dance with joy at the news of signing with Reebok, this after was released by Nike earlier this year.

Matt O’Toole, Reebok President told UFC.com, “Not only are Ronda and Jon admired by millions of UFC fans, but they also are among the fittest, most disciplined athletes in the world, and an inspiration to the millions of people around the globe who train like fighters.”

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Today Jones posted a much happier video.

 

Rousey then posted…


 

Ronda is quoted on UFC.com, “From the very beginning, it was clear to me that Reebok is passionately invested in our sport and its athletes. The team is committed to helping push our sport forward and I am proud to be part of it. Reebok understands what tough fitness means for women and what women need for their fitness lifestyle. Together we’re going to inspire even more people to train like fighters.”

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2015 IFBB Pro Fitness Contest Schedule


2015 IFBB Fitness Schedule

The 2015 IFBB Pro Fitness contest schedule has been released and things are looking up for the division. No shows were dropped from the 2014 schedule and four new shows were added. The Orlando, Vancouver, Houston and Nordic Pro have all added the IFBB Pro Fitness division to their schedules. The only unfortunate timing, as it currently stands, is the Nordic and Phoenix Europa are on the same days.

 

2015 IFBB Pro Fitness Contest Schedule

FITNESS INTERNATIONAL
Date: March 5-8, 2015
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Promoter: Jim Lorimer – 614‐431‐2600 – lgreen@arnoldexpo.com
Prize Money: $56,000.00
MORE INFO: www.arnoldsportsfestival.com


IFBB EUROPA ORLANDO PRO FITNESS
Date: May 1-2, 2015
Location: Orlando, Florida
Promoter: Betty & Ed Pariso – 8174983631 – BettyPariso@aol.com
Prize Money: $6,000.00
MORE INFO: www.europagamesexpo.com


IFBB ARNOLD CLASSIC BRASIL
Date: May 29-30, 2014
Location: Rio deJaneiro, Brasil
Promoter: Rafael Santonja and Robert Lorimer
MORE INFO: www.arnoldclassicbrasil.com


IFBB TORONTO PROSHOW WOMEN’S FITNESS
Date: June 6-7, 2015
Location: Toronto, Canada
Promoter: Ron Hache – 7055610775 – ronhache@unitz.ca
Prize Money: $6,000.00
MORE INFO: www.TorontoProSupershow.com


IFBB WINGS OF STRENGTH CHICAGO PRO
Date: July 2-4, 2015
Location: Chicago, IL
Promoter: Tim Gardner – 8139087843 – tgflex@aol.com
MORE INFO: www.pbwproshow.com


IFBB VANCOUVER PRO FITNESS
Date: July 25, 2015
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia Canada
Promoter: Michelle Krack – 778‐878‐2267
Prize Money: $6,000.00
MORE INFO: vancouverproshow.com


IFBB WINGS OF STRENGTH PBW PRO
Date: August 6-8, 2015
Location: Tampa, Florida
Promoter: Tim Gardner  – 8139087843 – tgflex@aol.com
MORE INFO: www.pbwproshow.com


IFBB WINGS OF STRENGTH HOUSTON PRO
Date: August 21-22, 2015
Location: Houston, Texas
Promoter: Tim Gardner  – 8139087843 – tgflex@aol.com
MORE INFO: www.pbwproshow.com


FITNESS OLYMPIA
Date: September 17-20, 2015
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Promoter: Robin Chang – 8666762007 – rchang@weiderpub.com
MORE INFO: www.mr.olympia.com


IFBB ARNOLD CLASSIC EUROPE
Date: September 25-26, 2015
Location: Madrid, Spain
Promoter: Celia de La Rosa -(0034) 915352819 – info@ifbbevents.com
MORE INFO: www.arnoldclassiceurope.es


IFBB EUROPA PHOENIX PRO FITNESS
Date: October 10-11, 2015
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Promoter: Betty & Ed Pariso – 8174983631 – BettyPariso@aol.com
Prize Money: $10,000.00
MORE INFO: www.europagamesexpo.com


IFBB NORDIC PRO FITNESS
Date: October 10, 2015
Location: Lahti, Finland
Promoter: K.P. Ourama – kp.ourama@kpfitness.fi
MORE INFO: www.nordicfitnessexpo.com



2015 IFBB Pro Figure Contest Schedule


2015 IFBB Pro Figure
The 2015 IFBB Pro Figure Contest Schedule has been released and there are a number of changes from the 2014 schedule. A number of events have moved dates and venues so be sure to note this when planning contest events to compete in or attend. The Dallas Pro Figure moves to June from May. There are a few new shows added to the 2015 schedule. Canada will see two new events added to the calendar and the IFBB returns to Atlantic City. Houston will play host to a new Wings of Strength show and it will be on the same day as the Tahoe Pro. Promoter Jack Titone has brought the Figure division back to his Omaha Pro show in May. There will be a new pro Figure show in Los Angeles, but the Cal Pro and Tournament of Champions Figure are no longer on the contest schedule. The Europa Phoenix Figure, St. Louis Pro, Mozolani and Emerald Cup are also absent from the 2015 schedule. The prize money increased for the new Arnold Australia Pro but dropped at the Southern California shows by nearly half.  The New York Pro will move from the Tribecca Center to Teaneck, New Jersey and will be held on Sunday.

NEW SHOWS/NOTES:
Edmonton Pro
Vancouver Pro
Houston Pro
Atlantic City Pro
Los Angeles Pro
Nordic Pro

Dallas Pro moves from May to June
New York Pro on Sunday and in Teaneck, NJ

REMOVED/NOTES:
St Louis Pro Figure
Emerald Cup
Mozolani – Slovakia
Cal Pro
Tournament of Champions
Phoenix Europa

2015 IFBB Pro Figure Contest Schedule

FIGURE INTERNATIONAL
Date: March 5-8, 2015
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Promoter: Jim Lorimer – 614‐431‐2600 – lgreen@arnoldexpo.com
Prize Money: $44,000.00
MORE INFO: www.arnoldsportsfestival.com


IFBB ARNOLD CLASSIC AUSTRALIA PRO FIGURE
Date: March 13-15, 2015
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Promoter: Tony Doherty – 613‐9388‐0866 – tony@arnoldclassic.com.au
Prize Money: $15,000.00
MORE INFO: www.arnoldclassic.com.au


IFBB CALIFORNIA GOVERNORS CUP PRO FIGURE
Date: March 20-21, 2015
Location: Sacramento, California
Promoter: Ted Williamson – tedwm@aol.com/ John Tuman – bbspy@aol.com
Prize Money: $6,000.00

Masters Figure
Prize Money:  $1,750.00
MORE INFO: www.spectrumfitnessproductions.com


IFBB EDMONTON PRO FIGURE
Date: April 18, 2015
Location: Alberta, Canada
Promoter: Rick Knight
Prize Money: $20,000.00
MORE INFO: www.edmontonproshow.com


IFBB PITTSBURGH PRO FIGURE
Date: May 1-2, 2015
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Promoter: Jim Manion – 412‐276‐5027 – npcfirst@aol.com


IFBB NEW YORK PRO FIGURE
Date: May 10, 2015
Location: Teaneck, New Jersey
Promoter: Steve Weinberger – 516‐933‐1111 – info@bevfrancis.com


IFBB BODYPOWER PRO FIGURE
Date: May 15‐16, 2015
Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom
Promoter: Ollie Upton – o.upton@bodypower.tv – 01926 485423 /  Neil Hill – neilhill69@btinternet.com
MORE INFO: www.bodypowerexpo.co.uk


IFBB OMAHA PRO FIGURE
Date:
 May 30, 2015
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
Promoter: Jack Titone –  314‐686‐3828 – titonej@aol.com
Prize Money: $6,000.00
MORE INFO: npcmidwest.com


IFBB TORONTO PRO FIGURE
Date: June 6-7, 2015
Location: Toronto, Canada
Promoter: Ron Hache – 705‐561‐0775 – ronhache@unitz.ca
Prize Money: $6,000.00
MORE INFO: www.TorontoProSupershow.com


IFBB EUROPA DALLAS PRO FIGURE
Date
: June 19-20, 2015
Location: Dallas, Texas
Promoter: Ed and Betty Pariso – 817‐498‐3631 – BettyPariso@aol.com
Prize Money: $6,000.00
MORE INFO: www.europagamesexpo.com


IFBB WINGS OF STRENGTH CHICAGO FIGURE
Date: July 2-4, 2015
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Promoter: Tim Gardner – 813‐908‐7843 – tgflex@aol.com
MORE INFO:  www.chiocagoproshow.com


IFBB LOS ANGELES PRO FIGURE
Date: July 18, 2015
Location: Culver City, California
Promoter: Jon Lindsay  866‐370‐3011
Prize Money: $3,500.00

Masters Figure Over 40
Prize Money: $1,750.00
MORE INFO:  www.musclecontest.com


IFBB VANCOUVER PRO FIGURE
Date: July 25, 2015
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia Canada
Promoter: Michelle Krack – 778‐878‐2267
Prize Money: $6,000.00
MORE INFO: vancouverproshow.com


IFBB WINGS OF STRENGTH PBW PRO FIGURE
Date: August 6-8, 2015
Location: Tampa, Florida
Promoter: Tim Gardner – 813‐908‐7843 – tgflex@aol.com

Masters Pro Figure
MORE INFO: www.pbwproshow.com


IFBB TAHOE PRO FIGURE
Date: August 22, 2015
Location: Tahoe, Nevada
Promoter: Steve Karr – 775‐375‐5438 – info@TahoeShow.com
MORE INFO: www.TahoeShow.com


IFBB WINGS OF STRENGTH HOUSTON PRO FIGURE
Date: August 21-22, 2015
Location: Houston, TX
Promoter: Tim Gardner – 813‐908‐7843 – tgflex@aol.com

Masters Pro Figure
MORE INFO: www.pbwproshow.com


IFBB EUROPA ATLANTIC CITY PRO FIGURE
Date: August 28-29, 2015
Location: Atlantic City, New Jersey
Promoter: Ed and Betty Pariso –  BettyPariso@aol.com
Prize Money: $6,000.00
MORE INFO: www.pbwproshow.com


IFBB PITTSBURGH MASTERS PROFESSIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
PLEASE CONTACT THE PROMOTER FOR ALL INFORMATION
Over 35/Over 45/Over 55
Date:  September 3, 2015
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Promoter: Gary Udit – 412‐377‐1438 – gudit@comcast.net
MORE INFO: www.garyudit.com


FIGURE OLYMPIA
Date: September 17‐20, 2015
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Promoter: Robin Chang – 866‐676‐2007 – rchang@weiderpub.com
MORE INFO: www.mrolympia.com


IFBB BORDER STATES PRO FIGURE
Date: October 3, 2015
Location: San Diego, California
Promoter: Jon Lindsay – 866‐370‐3011
Prize Money: $3,500.00

Masters Figure Over 40
Prize Money: $1,750.00
MORE INFO: www.musclecontest.com


IFBB NORDIC PRO FIGURE
Date: October 10, 2015
Location: Lahti, Finland
Promoter: K.P. Ourama – kp.ourama@kpfitness.fi
MORE INFO: www.nordicfitnessexpo.com


IFBB KENTUCKY MUSCLE PRO FIGURE
Date: November 14, 2015
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Promoter: Brent Jones – 502‐387‐3808 – lbrentjones@kentuckymuscle.com
Prize Money: $6,000.00
MORE INFO: www.kentuckymuscle.com


IFBB FELICIA ROMERO PRO FIGURE CLASSIC
Date: November 13-14, 2015
Location: Mesa, Arizona
Promoter: Felicia Romero – 480‐363‐1723 – feliciaromeroclassic@gmail.com
Prize Money: $6,000.00

Check back for updates to the 2015 IFBB Pro Figure Contest schedule as there are often new shows added, dates changed or events removed throughout the year.



2015 IFBB Pro Bikini Contest Schedule


2015 IFBB Pro Bikini

The 2015 IFBB Pro Bikini Contest Schedule has been released and there are a few changes from last year. Gone are the Europa Orlando and Dallas Pro Bikini shows. The Shredder Built, St Louis Pro (August Pro), Prague, Tijuana, Russia and Ferrigno Legacy Classic have also been removed from the schedule. New to the schedule are two shows in Canada, the Alberta Pro which has the highest prize money at $20,000 and the Vancouver Pro Bikini. Two new shows have been added to the Florida schedule as well, the Miami Muscle Beach and the Florida Grand Prix. The Puerto Rico Pro is also a new addition to the pro bikini contest schedule. The Australia Pro has become the Arnold Classic Australia and with that the prize money has more than doubled. The prize money varies from show to show but the minimum prize total for an open event is $3,500 which is typically split amongst the top three. Some shows will feature a Masters Bikini Pro division where the payout is $1,750 which is typically split amongst the top three. Check back as this schedule often changes with shows being added and occasionally dropped.

ADDITIONS/NOTES
• The Australia Pro bemuse the Arnold Australia and Prize Money increases from $6k-15k.
• St Louis Moved from March to April.
• Edmonton Pro in Alberta, Canada
• Miami Muscle Beach
• Puerto Rico
• Vancouver Pro Bikini
• Florida Grand Prix

REMOVED
• Europa Orlando
• Europa Dallas
• Shredder Built
• St. Louis Pro – August
• Prague Pro
• Tijuana
• Russia Pro
• Ferrigno Classic

2015 IFBB Pro Bikini Contest Schedule

IFBB LEGENDS PRO BIKINI CLASSIC
Date: January 31, 2015
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Promoter: Jon Lindsay – 866‐370‐3011
Prize Money: $3,500.00

Masters Bikini
Prize Money:  $1,750.00
MORE INFO:  www.musclecontest.com


BIKINI INTERNATIONAL
Date: March 5-8, , 2015
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Promoter: Jim Lorimer – 614‐431‐2600 – lgreen@arnoldexpo.com
Prize Money: $13, 00.00
MORE INFO: www.arnoldsportsfestival.com


ARNOLD CLASSIC AUSTRALIA PRO BIKINI
Date: March 13-15, 2015
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Promoter: Tony Doherty – 613‐9388‐0866 – tony@arnoldclassic.com.au
Prize Money:  $15,000.00
MORE INFO: www.arnoldclassic.com.au


IFBB MUSCLECONTEST.COM PRO BIKINI
Date: March 14 , 2015
Location: Culver City, California
Promoter: Jon Lindsay – 866‐370‐3011
Prize Money:  $3,500.00
MORE INFO:  www.musclecontest.com


IFBB NEW ZEALAND PRO BIKINI
Date: March 21, 2015
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Promoter: Moes Elmoussawi – moesmuscle@yahoo.com – 6421567212


IFBB BATTLE ON THE BEACH PRO BIKINI
Date: March 28, 2015
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Promoter: Shannon Dey –  sales.npcflorida@gmail.com
Prize Money: $3,500.00

Masters Bikini
Prize Money:  $1,750.00
MORE INFO:  www.npcbattleonthebeach.com


IFBB ST. LOUIS PRO BIKINI
Date: April 4, 2015
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Promoter: Jack Titone – 314‐686‐3828
Prize Money: $3,500.00
MORE INFO: www.npcmidwest.com


IFBB EDMONTON PRO BIKINI
Date: April 18, 2015
Location: Alberta, Canada
Promoter: Rick Knight
Prize Money: $20,000.00
MORE INFO: www.edmontonproshow.com


IFBB MIAMI MUSCLE BEACH PRO BIKINI
Date: April 18, 2015
Location: Miami Beach, Florida
Promoter: Geobanny Paula –  786‐217‐2110 – geobannypaula@me.com
Prize Money: $6,000.00
MORE INFO: miamimusclebeachpro.com


IFBB PITTSBURGH PRO BIKINI
Date: May 1-2, 2015
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Promoter: Jim Manion – 412‐276‐5027 – npcfirst@aol.com


IFBB NEW YORK PRO BIKINI
Date: May 10 2015
Location: Teaneck, New Jersey
Promoter: Steve Weinberger – 516‐933‐1111 – info@bevfrancis.com


IFBB NORTHERN CALIFORNIA PRO BIKINI
Date: May 30, 2015
Location: Sacramento, California
Promoter: Ted Williamson  – tedwm@aol.com – 951‐687‐9366 / John Tuman – bbspy@aol.com  – 209‐480‐1798
Prize Money:$3,500.00

Masters Bikini
Prize Money:  $1,750.00
MORE INFO: www.spectrumfitnessproductions.com


IFBB PUERTO RICO PRO BIKINI (open and Masters)
Date: May 28-30, 2015
Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Promoter: Tim Gardner –813‐281‐4696 – tgflex@aol.com / Bubby Lupo – 540‐330‐4784


IFBB DENNIS JAMES CLASSIC PRO BIKINI
Date: May 23, 2015
Location: Mesa, Arizona
Promoter: Dennis James – 602‐363‐0149


IFBB TORONTO PRO BIKINI
Date: June 6-7, 2015
Location: Toronto, Canada
Promoter: Ron Hache – 705‐561‐0775 – ronhache@unitz.ca
MORE INFO: www.TorontoProSupershow.com


IFBB GREATER GULF STATES PRO BIKINI
Date: June 19-20, 2015
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Promoter: Luke Tesvich – 504‐439‐6224 – NPCLAoffice@aol.com
Prize Money: $3,500.00
MORE INFO: www.npcggs.com


IFBB PATRIOTS PRO BIKINI
Date: July 4, 2015
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Promoter: Jon Lindsay 866‐370‐3011
Prize Money: $3,500.00

Masters Bikini
Prize Money:  $1,750.00
MORE INFO: www.musclecontest.com


IFBB PRESTIGE CRYSTAL CUP PRO BIKINI
Date: July 18, 2015
Location: Boca Raton, Florida
Promoter: QC‐BB Promotions – Andres Miller –  561‐376‐9849 – qcbbpromotions@gmail.com
Prize Money: $3,500.00
MORE INFO: www.prestigecrystalcup.com


IFBB VANCOUVER PRO BIKINI
Date: July 25, 2015
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia Canada
Promoter: Michelle Krack – 778‐878‐2267
Prize Money: $4,000.00
MORE INFO: vancouverproshow.com


IFBB WINGS OF STRENGTH PBW TAMPA PRO BIKINI (and Masters)
Date: August 6-8, 2015
Location: Tampa, Florida
Promoter: Tim Gardner – 813‐281‐4696– tgflex@aol.com
MORE INFO: www.pbwproshow.com


IFBB ORANGE COUNTY MUSCLE CLASSIC PRO BIKINI
Date: August 8, 2015
Location: Culver City, California
Promoter: Jon Lindsay – 866‐370‐3011
Prize Money: $3,500.00
MORE INFO: www.musclecontest.com


IFBB DALLAS PRO BIKINI
Date: August 15, 2015
Location: Dallas, Texas
Promoter: Lee Thompson – 281‐435‐8804 – lee@tltinc.org
Prize Money: $3,500.00


IFBB FLORIDA GRAND PRIX BIKINI
Date: August 22, 2015
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Promoter: Serge Saric – 561‐460‐6000 – ProBodyOutlet@gmail.com
Prize Money: $3,500.00
MORE INFO: www.probodyoutlet.com


IFBB PITTSBURGH MASTERS PROFESSIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS PRO BIKINI
PLEASE CONTACT THE PROMOTER FOR ALL INFORMATION Over 35
Date: September 3, 2015
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Promoter: Gary Udit – 412‐377‐1438 – gudit@comcast.net
MORE INFO: www.garyudit.com


BIKINI OLYMPIA
Date: September 17‐20, 2015
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Promoter: Robin Chang – 866‐676‐2007 – rchang@weiderpub.com
MORE INFO: www.mrolympia.com


IFBB KOREAN GRAND PRIX PRO BIKINI
Date: September 26, 2015
Location: Seoul, Korea
Promoter:  Alex Hong – cubeintl@gmail.com
Prize Money: $10,000.00


IFBB NORDIC PRO BIKINI
Date: October 10, 2015
Location: Lahti, Finland
Promoter:  K.P. Ourama – kp.ourama@kpfitness.fi
MORE INFO: www.nordicfitnessexpo.com


IFBB EUROPA PHOENIX PRO BIKINI
Date: October 10-11, 2015
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Promoter: Ed and Betty Pariso – 817‐498‐3631 – BettyPariso@aol.com
Prize Money: $4,000.00
MORE INFO:  www.europagamesexpo.com


IFBB FORT LAUDERDALE CUP PRO BIKINI
Date: October 17, 2015
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Promoter: Shannon Dey – sales.npcflorida@gmail.com
Prize Money:$3,500.00

Masters Bikini
Prize Money:  $1,750.00
MORE INFO: www.npcftlauderdalecup.com


IFBB SACRAMENTO PRO BIKINI
Date: November 7, 2015
Location: Sacramento, California
Promoter: Ted Williamson  – tedwm@aol.com – 951‐687‐9366 / John Tuman – bbspy@aol.com  – 209‐480‐1798
Prize Money:$3,500.00

Masters Bikini
Prize Money:  $1,750.00
MORE INFO: www.spectrumfitnessproductions.com


IFBB IOWA PRO BIKINI
Date: November 14, 2015
Location: Davenport, Iowa
Promoter: Jack Titone – 314‐686‐3828
Prize Money: $3,500.00
MORE INFO: www.npcmidwest.com


IFBB IRONGAMES PRO BIKINI
Date: November 14,  2015
Location: Culver City, California
Promoter: Jon Lindsay – 866‐370‐3011
Prize Money: $3,500.00

Masters Bikini
Prize Money:  $1,750.00
MORE INFO:  www.musclecontest.com

See the 2014 schedule to compare events / dates. Check back as the schedule often changes throughout the year.



2015 Arnold Sports Festival Expands


2015 Arnold

The 2015 Arnold Sports Festival will expand to the Ohio Expo Center and all bodybuilding events will relocate to the convention center. The professional and amateur bodybuilding events are relocating to the Greater Columbus Convention Center due to the Veterans Memorial closure. There are a number of new events slated for 2015 including the addition of Men and Women’s Pro Physique.

2015 Arnold Sports Festival Expands To Ohio Expo Center & Bodybuilding Events Relocated to Convention Center
18,000 athletes compete in 50 sports and events before 175,000 attendees

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Arnold Sports Festival, the largest multi-sport event in the nation, will move several competitions to the Ohio Expo Center in 2015, including the NEW Arnold Kids Fitness EXPO. All professional and amateur bodybuilding shows will be relocated to the Greater Columbus Convention Center, due to the closing of Franklin County Veterans Memorial.

Sports and events to be held at the Ohio Expo Center in 2015 include Archery, Cheerleading & Dance, CrossFit Endeavor, Disc Golf, Pickleball, Table Tennis and XPC Powerlifting.

The new Arnold Kids Fitness EXPO will feature demonstrations and clinics in baseball, chess, fencing, football, golf, gymnastics, hockey, soccer and tennis, among others. The Kids Fitness EXPO will feature nonstop stage entertainment, a new Arnold’s Got Talent show, and vendor booths. It will be held Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8 at the Bricker Building at the Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Avenue.

The Arnold Sports Festival’s professional bodybuilding shows that have traditionally been held at Veterans Memorial, will be held at Battelle Grand at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The Pole Fitness National Championships, returning for its second year, will be held at Battelle Grand on Friday, March 7 at 9:30pm, immediately following Arnold Classic 212, Fitness International and Figure International Finals.

The Arnold Amateur Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure, Bikini & Physique Championships that were held at Veterans Memorial on Thursday and Friday in the past will also move to Battelle Grand.

Other new events in 2015 include IFBB Pro Men’s Physique, IFBB Pro Women’s Physique, Model Search, WWE, Chess, America’s Next Great Trainer, Soccer, MAS Wrestling and Rowing.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jim Lorimer have co-produced the Arnold Sports Festival since 1989, when it debuted as a one-day bodybuilding competition known as the Arnold Classic. The Arnold Sports Festival has grown over the years and is now a four-day festival that features a variety of sports, including professional and amateur bodybuilding, strongman, weightlifting, and powerlifting. Youth sports include gymnastics, cheerleading and dance, fencing, martial arts and many others.

Admission to the Arnold Kids Fitness EXPO and the sports and events at the Ohio Expo Center is included in the Daily EXPO Ticket ($10 in advance, $15 at the door). Children 10 and under are FREE. Parking at the Ohio Expo Center will be $6. FREE shuttles will run from the Ohio Expo Center to the Greater Columbus Convention Center on Friday, March 6-Sunday, March 8.

The 2015 Arnold Fitness EXPO will be held March 6-8 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, and feature more than 900 booths of the latest in sports equipment, apparel and nutrition and a stage that hosts unique, non-stop competitions and entertainment that combine to make the Arnold Fitness EXPO the heart of the Arnold Sports Festival.

“A Daily EXPO ticket affords a great entertainment value and allows our attendees to experience a great variety of sports and events,” co-promoter Jim Lorimer said. “We are very proud to provide the opportunity for athletes, a majority of them youth, to compete at the largest multi-sport festival in the U.S.”

A daily ticket to the EXPO includes admission to most of the 50 sports and events. For a complete list of events visit the website’s Ticket Information page.

Separate tickets are required for the following events:
• Arnold Amateur Classic Bodybuilding Prejudging & Finals, Fitness, Figure and Bikini Prejudging 4pm Thursday, March 5, Battelle Grand $25.
• Meet & Greet with IFBB Pros, 8pm Thursday, March 5, Hilton Columbus Downtown $25.
• Amateur Bodybuilding Prejudging, Physique & Figure Masters Prejudging & Finals, 9am Friday, March 6, Battelle Grand $25.
• Arnold Classic 212, Fitness International, Figure International Finals and Pole Fitness National Championships, 7pm Friday, March 6, Battelle Grand $50-75.
• Amateur MMA Festival, 7pm Friday, March 6, Lifestyles Communities Pavilion $30-$75 (not included in VIP package).
• 27th Annual Arnold Classic and Bikini International Prejudging, 2pm Saturday, March 7, Battelle Grand $50.
• 27th Annual Arnold Classic, Bikini International and Strongman Classic Finals, 7pm Saturday, March 7, Battelle Grand $50-$100.
• Arnold Party With The Pros, 9pm Saturday, March 7, Hollywood Casino $25.
• Arnold Pro Boxing, 7pm Saturday, March 7, L.C. Pavilion (not included in VIP package).
• Arnold, Sunday Showcase Featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger, 11am Sunday, March 8, Hilton Columbus Downtown $50 ($25 for students with ID).

VIP Ticket Packages and individual event tickets are available through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com/arnold or 800-745-3000. Daily EXPO tickets are available for $10 in advance (plus service charge) or $15 at the door of all Arnold Sports Festival venues. Children 10 and under free.

Presenting Sponsor: Europa Sports Products.

Diamond Sponsors: EAS Abbott Nutrition, Hollywood Casino Columbus, MHP, MusclePharm, Quest Nutrition.

Gold Sponsors: 6 Pack Fitness, Animal, BPI, BSN, CytoSport, Gasp & Better Bodies, Gymshark, Jan Tana, Muscle & Fitness Magazine, Optimum Nutrition, ProMera Sports.

Silver Sponsors: 4 Dimension Nutrition, AEP, ABB Performance, Allmax Nutrition, Beast Sports, Bodybuilding.com, Gaspari Nutrition, GAT / World Health Products, GEAR, Inc., Gifted Nutrition, Kiosk Kings Champion Energy, Liftag Sport, Lone Star Distribution, MuscleTech, Nutrex Research, Oh Yeah! Nutrition, Ricart.com, Rivalus, Rogue Fitness, SAN Nutrition, USN, VPX.

Bronze Sponsors: 1 Up Nutrition, Active Interest Media, BioRhythm, Blender Bottle, Cellucor, Flexicus.com, FUEL, Gold’s Gym, Grow Dietary Supplements, GT Nutrition USA, Infitnitude, iSatori, Inc., Mutant, MRI, MRM, Muscle Egg, N.V.E. Pharmaceuticals, Scivation, Skechers, SmartShake, Twinlab.
For more information, including schedules, locations and hours, visit www.arnoldsportsfestival.com.



Women’s Semifinal Results – Dew Tour Mountain Championships


dew tour 2014

Women’s Semifinal Results – Dew Tour Mountain Championships
The field is set for the women’s 2014 Dew Tour Mountain Championships events. The semifinals took place today in Breckenridge, Colorado and the top five women advanced directly to the finals. New to the Dew Tour this year is a last chance qualifier (LCQ). The LCQ provides the next eight top ranked competitors with one more attempt to earn a spot in the finals. The top score from the LCQ advances to the finals.

WOMEN’S SNOWBOARD SUPERPIPE SEMIFINALS – 2014 DEW TOUR MOUNTAIN CHAMPIONSHIPS
1. Kelly Clark – 95.00
2. Arielle Gold – 92.95
3. Chloe Kim – 89.00
4. Xuetong Cai – 85.75
5. Elena Hight – 80.75
LCQ Qualifier – Hanna Teter – 75.50

Complete semifinal results on DewTour.com.

WOMEN’S FREESKI SUPERPIPE SEMIFINALS – 2014 DEW TOUR MOUNTAIN CHAMPIONSHIPS
1. Annalissa Drew – 84.75
2. Ayana Onozuka – 81.25
3. Maddie Bowman – 78.00
4. Janina Kuzma – 77.00
5. Virginie Faivre – 74.25
LCQ Qaulifier – Roz Groenewoud – 73.00
Complete Freeski Superpipe Final results on DewTour.com.

WOMEN’S FREESKI SLOPESTYLE SEMIFINALS – 2014 DEW TOUR MOUNTAIN CHAMPIONSHIPS
1. Maggie Voisin – 83.50
2. Julia Krass – 80.25
3. Anouk Purnelle-Faniel – 77.25
4. Emma Dahlstrom – 77.00
5. Keri Herman – 76.25
LCQ Qualifier – Kim Lamarre – 76.75

Complete Freeski Slopestyle Results on DewTour.com.

WOMEN’S SNOWBOARD SLOPESTYLE SEMIFINALS – 2014 DEW TOUR MOUNTAIN CHAMPIONSHIPS
1. Enni Rukajarvi – 93.50
2. Spencer O’Brien – 92.00
3. Anna Gasser – 88.25
4. Jamie Anderson – 85.25
5. Sina Candrian – 80.00
LCQ Qualifier – Christy Prior – 91.50

Visit DewTour.com for complete results.

Check out the latest updates on Dew Tour’s Facebook. Watch the finals on DewTour.com/Live.



Skullcandy Welcomes Olympic Snobowarder Silje Norendal to the Team


Silje Norendal

Skullcandy Welcomes Silje Norendal to the Team
PARK CITY, Utah, Dec. 10, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Skullcandy, Inc. (Nasdaq:SKUL) the original lifestyle and performance audio brand, is pleased to announce that Norwegian Olympic snowboarder and multiple Winter X Games gold medalist, Silje Norendal, has joined its family of elite athletes. Silje, known for her progressive style and athleticism in slopestyle, is a standout athlete and influencer in women’s action sports.

Since she jumped on her first board at the young age of four, her consistent focus and dedication to training has made her a threat to be on top of the podium at all of the major events. Silje has developed one of the smoothest styles in snowboarding and is now recognized as a standout athlete at just 21 years old. Silje harnesses serious motivation from music before competing—making her a perfect match with the brand’s best in class crew of athletes.

“It’s amazing to get to partner with a brand I love so much,” said Silje. “I’m looking forward to being part of the Skullcandy family and working on progressing, competing, and exploring the connection between my music and my riding. This is an exciting time in my career and I can’t wait to see what happens next!”

“Silje joins an amazing roster of athletes and artists who are all committed to performing at their best,” said Rob Layer, Brand and Sports Marketing Manager, Skullcandy. “She is one of the leading ladies in the snowboarding world and we are stoked to have her join the family.”

In addition to joining their roster of athletes, Silje will also be featured in the Skullcandy Women’s Collection campaign, which features three options that are specifically engineered and fine-tuned for women.

To learn more, visit www.skullcandy.com.

About Skullcandy, Inc.
Skullcandy is the original lifestyle and performance audio brand inspired by the creativity and irreverence of youth culture. Skullcandy designs, markets and distributes audio and gaming headphones and other accessory related products under the Skullcandy, Astro Gaming and 2XL brands. Skullcandy was launched in 2003 and quickly became one of the world’s most distinct audio brands by bringing unique technology, color, character and performance to an otherwise monochromatic space; helping to revolutionize the audio arena by introducing headphones, earbuds and other audio and wireless lifestyle products that possess unmistakable style and exceptional performance. The company’s products are sold and distributed through a variety of channels in the U.S. and approximately 80 countries worldwide, including the company’s website at skullcandy.com.

Photo by Isaac Hinds



2015 Arnold Model Search


2015 Arnold Model Search
The Arnold Sports Festival is always a weekend of non-stop activities and events. There are a variety of new events taking place in Columbus, Ohio (March 5-8th) and one of them will be the Arnold Model Search. The model search kicks off online and the Top 10 in the first-annual Arnold Model Search will be invited to compete in the Arnold Model Search Finals during the Arnold Sports Festival. The registration is open and all entries must be submitted by January 30, 2015. You’ll want to get your entry in early because voting begins on January 1, 2015 and closes on January 31, 2015.

We’re proud to join the Arnold Sports Festival in this first annual event. We’ll see you in Columbus!

The Arnold Model Search strives to discover and reward aspiring “fitness models” through an online contest that will identify finalists that will compete in finals at the 2015 Arnold Sports Festival.

For more information and to register, visit www.arnoldmodelsearch.com.

Overview
The Arnold Fitness Model Search (“Model Search”) strives to discover and reward aspiring “fitness models” through an online contest that will identify finalists that will compete in finals at the 2015 Arnold Sports Festival. Sponsors for the 2015 Arnold Model Search include, but are not limited to, Maximum Human Performance (MHP), Muscular Development Magazine and Hardbody News. The “Model Search” is owned and operated by the Arnold Amateur Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure, Bikini & Physique Championships and the Fitness Factory. (“Operators”).

Registration
Registration for the first-annual Arnold Model Search will close on January 30, 2015

Finals
The Top 10 in the first-annual Arnold Model Search will be invited to compete in the Arnold Model Search Finals during the 2015 Arnold Sports Festival. Finals will be held on Friday, March 6 during the Arnold Amateur Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure & Bikini Championships at the Battelle Grand at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Voting
Once a contestant’s entry is approved, her name, hometown and three photographs will be posted on the MHP Web site at http://mhpstrong.com/arnold-model-search/. At that point, the contestant should encourage family, friends and others to visit the MHP Web site link to vote.

The top ten (10) vote getters plus two at-large finalists (chosen by event organizers) will be invited to the 2015 Arnold Sports Festival to compete for the title of “2015 Arnold Fitness Model Search Winner.”

Winners will be announced via e-mail. Winners are responsible for all travel and hotel expenses incurred to travel to the 2015 Arnold Sports Festival to compete in the finals.

Prizes
The winner of the 2015 Arnold Model Search will win a prize package that includes a Sponsorship Package totaling over $4000 from MHP, feature photo spread in Muscular Development Magazine, a feature on Hardbody News and a photo shoot with Lift Studios, and the opportunity to be the cover girl and participate in a variety of promotional opportunities for the 2016 Arnold Model Search.

2015 Arnold Classic Model Search Prize Package
First Place:
• 1 Year Sponsorship by MHP
• Joining MHP Booth Staff at Arnold Expo and Olympia
• $300 in MHP Gear
• $400 in 2015 Contest Reimbursements from MHP
• Feature photo spread in Muscular Development Magazine
• Feature on Hardbody News including a photoshoot with Lift Studios
• Two tickets to the Fitness International, Figure International and Arnold Classic 212 Finals on Friday, March 6
• Two tickets to the Party With The Pros (Official After Party Of The Arnold Classic) on Saturday, March 7 at Hollywood Casino
• Lunch and photograph with Arnold Schwarzenegger on Sunday, March 8
• The opportunity to be the cover girl and participate in a variety of promotional opportunities for the 2016 Arnold Model Search.

Second Place:
• $500 MHP Supplement Prize Pack
Plus consideration for additional MHP Sponsorship package

Third Place:
• $300 MHP Supplement Prize Pack
Plus consideration for additional MHP Sponsorship package

ENTER THE MODEL SEARCH and find out more at arnoldmodelsearch.com. Looking for more information on the 2015 Arnold Sports Festival? Check out arnoldsportsfestival.com.



2015 NPC National Contest Schedule


2015 NPC National Schedule
The 2015 National Physique Committee (NPC) schedule has been released and now is the perfect time to start planning your national level competitions. The schedule follows the same basic format it has for years and there are no unepected changes with locations or dates. It’s business as usual for 2015 with things kicking off in Charleston, South Carolina in May as the first IFBB Pro Qualifier. The national NPC schedule comes to a close in Miami, Florida at the end of November. Note, it will be in the same location as it was held in 2014.

2015 National NPC Schedule

2015 NPC JR USA
When:  May 30, 2015
Where:  Charleston, SC
Promoter:  Tres Bennett
More Info: npcjuniorusa.com

2015 NPC JUNIOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
When:  June 12 – 13, 2015
Where:  Chicago, IL
Promoter: Pam Betz
More Info: npcjrnationals.com

2015 NPC UNIVERSE & NPC FITNESS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
When: July 3 – 4, 2015
Where:  Teaneck, NJ
Promoter: Steve Weinberger
More Info: bevfrancis.com

2015 NPC  MASTERS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
When:  July 16 – 18, 2015
Where:  Pittsburgh, PA
Promoter: Gary Udit
More Info: www.garyudit.com

2015 NPC USA CHAMPIONSHIPS
When: July 24 – 25, 2015
Where: Las Vegas, NV
Promoter: Jon Lindsay
More Info: lindsayproductions.com

IFBB NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
When:  September 3 – 5, 2015
Where:  Pittsburgh, PA
Promoter: Gary Udit
More Info: www.garyudit.com

2015 NPC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
When:
November 20 – 21, 2015
Where: Miami, FL
Promoter: Steve Karel
More Info: www.nationalbodybuilding.com

For more information on the NPC and competitions in your area visit npcnewsonline.com. Looking for some help in your contest prep? Find out what the best women in the world did to reach the Arnold and Olympia stage in the Women’s Precontest Bible.



O2 Media Acquires E-Retailer Inbox Fitness


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Inbox Fitness Acquired By O2 Media
Award-Winning Media and Television Production Company Acquires InboxFitness.com to Expand Fitness E-Retailer Brand onto Broader National Media Platforms

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. and NEWARK, Del.Dec. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – O2 Media™ is pleased to announce that the company has acquired the health and fitness e-retailer InboxFitness.com.

The capital investment will strengthen and expand InboxFitness.com‘s growth as well as give the e-retailer a launching platform to take their e-commerce business to an even broader level through national television, YouTube, and other broadcast and media platforms.

O2 Media, the leader in creating and producing branded entertainment, is a fully integrated broadcast media production company. Its four award-winning and long-running branded entertainment shows The Balancing Act®Designing Spaces™Mission Makeover®, and All Mixed Up™ currently air on Lifetime® Television and are also seen in U.S. syndication markets. Access Health®, the fifth show on its roster, launched November 26, 2014.

As an e-commerce business focused on health and fitness, we’re thrilled about teaming up with O2 Media, and impressed with their knowledge about, and dedication to, health and fitness programming.  We’re excited to have the opportunity to expand our media reach and inspire millions more people to get fit, and connect people with the right tools to help them do it,” said Founder and CEO of Inbox Fitness, Vincent Scalisi.

InboxFitness.com is the first flash-sale retailer in the $124 billion U.S. health and fitness market, and in less than a year has amassed a range of nearly 3000 unique products from over 200 different brands.

“We couldn’t be more excited to be a part of InboxFitness.com’s future, and look forward to a mutually successful relationship that will only strengthen and expand each of our platforms in the health and fitness space,” said Thomas Deters, President and CEO, O2 Media.

This acquisition also reunites Scalisi and Deters who were previously both top executives at Weider Publications Inc., and who helped position that company for sale to American Media Inc. for $350 million in 2003.  Both executives also helmed Weider’s flagship publication, Muscle & Fitness as Editor-in-Chief, in successive tenures that spanned almost 20 years of that magazine’s history.

About O2 Media™
O2 Media™ is the leader in branded entertainment, creating and producing more than 2,000 episodes airing across their four award-winning shows The Balancing Act®Designing Spaces™Mission Makeover®, and All Mixed Up™ currently airing on Lifetime® Television and U.S. syndication markets and is also launching its new series Access Health® this fall. O2 Media™ has collaborated with over 2,900 global and national brands, including Forbes top 500 companies that have come to shoot in the company’s state-of-the-art production and development studios in South Florida. This has allowed O2 Media™ the unique opportunity to produce successful shows and test brand concepts for Marketers. www.o2mediainc.com

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About Inbox Fitness®
Inbox Fitness® is a flash-sale e-retailer of health and fitness products, including nutritional supplements, exercise equipment, fitness apparel and accessories, healthy home and kitchen items, and a variety of organic and natural nutrition products.

Inbox Fitness® is the first flash-sale/event-sale retailer in the $124 billion U.S. health and fitness market, and in less than a year has amassed a range of nearly 3000 unique products from over 200 top national brands. www.inboxfitness.com

Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/InboxFitness
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