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Carrie Underwood & 11 NFL Players Star in “WAITING ALL DAY FOR SUNDAY NIGHT”


Opening SNF Theme Includes Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick, Clay Matthews, LeSean McCoy & Philip Rivers
Carrie Underwood Records Special Opening Theme for NBC’s Telecast of Super Bowl XLIX

STAMFORD, Conn. – August 20, 2014 – Eleven NFL players will join six-time Grammy Award-winner and multi-platinum recording artist Carrie Underwood for her performance of “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night,” the opening theme for primetime television’s No. 1 program, Sunday Night Football on NBC.

After making her debut last season, Underwood returns in 2014 beginning with NBC’s first SNF broadcast of the 2014 NFL season as the Denver Broncos host the Indianapolis Colts. Coverage begins with Football Night in America at 7 p.m. ET, and the opening theme will continue each week of the season to kick off Sunday Night Football, culminating with a special opening theme for NBC’s broadcast of Super Bowl XLIX on February 1, 2015.

Eleven NFL players, who have accounted for 44 Pro Bowl selections, five Super Bowl rings, three Super Bowl MVP trophies and eight first-round draft picks (five in the top 10), will participate in the open (nine, denoted with an asterisk*, took part in a shoot this past June).

Following is the complete list:
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham*
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick*
Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly*
New York Giants QB Eli Manning
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning
Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall*
Green Bay Packers LB Clay Matthews*
Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy*
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers*
Denver Broncos DE DeMarcus Ware*
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson*

Players who participated in this year’s SNF shoot provided some commentary on the set:

Philip Rivers on SNF: “It’s great to be a part of it, it really is. My children are all old enough now, and we all sit and watch it every week.”

Brandon Marshall on his SNF opening theme debut: “I’ve been waiting nine years to do this. It took you guys nine years, to give me a call, to finally do the open.”

LeSean McCoy on his vocal chops: “They might want me to replace Carrie Underwood…out of all the players, I’m definitely the best singer.”

SNF open veteran Clay Matthews: “This year they’ve got me stage diving and crowd surfing. It’s always something to look forward to.”

Luke Kuechly on preparing for his first SNF open shoot: “You know what I did last night? I watched the Sunday Night Football intros from the previous couple of years, and I was like…I like that.”

Jimmy Graham on his future in Hollywood: “I need my filming career to start today. Stunt guy, only. I don’t want to talk, you know?”

Colin Kaepernick: “I wasn’t singing, I was just going along with the words…”

LeSean McCoy, putting on his jersey for the shoot: “I don’t wanna mess up my makeup”

“Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” is set to the original Joan Jett song, “I Hate Myself for Loving You.”

Earlier this summer, NBC Sports Group produced for movie theatres a 2½-minute behind-the-scenes look at the making of this year’s SNF open. The cinema spot was viewed on more than 19,000 movie screens in theaters nationwide. To view the behind-the-scenes cinema spot, click here.

Underwood emerged from the promise of her 2005 American Idol win to become a true multi-format, multi-media superstar, spanning achievements in music, television, and film, where the six-time Grammy Award winner has amassed more than 95 major honors, sold more than 64 million records worldwide, and recorded 18 No. 1 singles, nine of which she co-wrote. Underwood was recognized as Pollstar’s Top Female Country Touring Artist for each of her headlining tours in 2008, 2010, and 2012. Her four albums, Some Hearts, Carnival Ride, Play On, and Blown Away – each certified multi-Platinum or Platinum – tallied 38 weeks at No 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with songs that have now been streamed more than 800 million times worldwide.

A proud member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2008, Underwood last year became the musical voice of primetime television’s No 1 program, Sunday Night Football and starred as Maria von Trapp in the three-hour, holiday blockbuster and Emmy-winning, The Sound of Music Live!, which attracted 44 million viewers.

SNF NO. 1 PRIMETIME PROGRAM ON TELEVISION FOR 3 YEARS RUNNING: For the third consecutive September-May television season, NBC’s Sunday Night Football finished as the No. 1 show in primetime in household rating, viewership and the coveted Adult 18-49 demographic, based on live plus same day data from The Nielsen Company (September-May). This marks the only three times on record that a sports series has been the highest-rated and most-watched show of the primetime TV season. For the 2013-2014 primetime television season, Sunday Night Football ranked as the highest-rated (12.8), most-watched show (21.7 million, viewers 2+), and the No. 1 broadcast program across the key demographics of Adults 18-49, 18-34, 25-54 as well as Men 18-49, 18-34 and 25-54 and Women 18-34 and 18-49.

2014 NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Thurs., Sept. 4 NFL Kickoff Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks
Sun., Sept. 7 Week 1 Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos
Sun., Sept. 14 Week 2 Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers
Sun., Sept. 21 Week 3 Pittsburgh Steelers at Carolina Panthers
Sun., Sept. 28 Week 4 New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys
*Sun. Oct. 5 Week 5 Cincinnati Bengals at New England Patriots
*Sun. Oct. 12 Week 6 New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles
*Sun. Oct. 19 Week 7 San Francisco 49ers at Denver Broncos
*Sun. Oct. 26 Week 8 Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints
*Sun. Nov. 2 Week 9 Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers
*Sun. Nov. 9 Week 10 Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
*Sun. Nov. 16 Week 11 New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts
*Sun. Nov. 23 Week 12 Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants
**Thurs.Nov. 2 7Week 13 Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers
*Sun. Nov. 30 Week 13 Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs
*Sun. Dec. 7 Week 14 New England Patriots at San Diego Chargers
*Sun. Dec. 14 Week 15 Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles
*Sun. Dec. 21 Week 16 Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals
*Sun. Dec. 28 Week 17 TBA
*Flex Week

** Thanksgiving Night Game

For more information about NBC Sports Group shows and properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios and headshots, please visit NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–



Hardbody Hot Seven Picks – 7 Things You Must See (or read)


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Check out these seven things that caught our attention. Something related to sports, health and fitness catch your attention? Let us know and we’ll check it out.

1. Exercise Makes Kids’ Brains More Efficient.
“In a study, published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, researchers led by Laura Chaddock-Heyman, a research associate in psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, report that children who are more fit have more white matter in their brains than those who aren’t as fit.” - Read this story on Time.com.

2. See-Through Packaging Boosts Sales.
The Wall Street Journal provides an in-depth look at see-through packaging. Lengthy but interesting read.

3. Marie Purvis Instagram Workout. Give this a try!

4. How does one of the greatest female tennis players warm up? Watch Serena Williams demonstrate.

5. 40 Year Old Joe Pavey wins the 10,000m Final 2014 European Athletics Championships

6. Tickets are on sale for the 2014 NPC Music City Muscle Contest. This is the largest NPC event in the state of Tennessee and it’s one of the best events to compete and attend. This year’s guest performer is IFBB Fitness Pro Tanji Johnson.

7. Russia Allows Import of Allergen-Free Products, Seeds, Dietary Supplements

Have something that should make our Hot Seven Picks? Email editor@ Hardbodynews.com or send a tweet to @hardbodynews.



Peanut Butter Recall


We know a number of you are big peanut butter fans and with that you should take notice of the voluntary recall issued by nSpired Natural Foods, Inc. Their products are sold throughout the world and available online. Check the FDA’s complete list of recalled products to see if you may have purchased one of the products.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 19, 2014 - nSpired Natural Foods, Inc. is voluntarily recalling certain retail lots of Arrowhead Mills® Peanut Butters, MaraNatha® Almond Butters and Peanut Butters and specific private label nut butters packaged in glass and plastic jars because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The potential risk was brought to the Company’s attention by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration following routine testing. The Company has received reports of four illnesses that may be associated with these specific products.

nSpired Natural Foods, Inc. is committed to producing the highest quality products and our top priority is the safety of our consumers. For this reason we are initiating this voluntary recall of the products below as a precautionary measure.

The use-by date can be found on the top of the jar lid. The Company is currently working with customers and retailers to remove and destroy products with the above use-by dates from store shelves and warehouses.

Products were distributed across the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates, and Dominican Republic. The products also were available for purchase on the internet.

The recall is being made with the knowledge of the FDA.

Consumers do not need to return the product to the store where it was purchased. Instead, consumers are urged to dispose of the recalled product and its container. Please contact the Company at 1-800-937-7008 between the hours of 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM CST for a replacement or refund, and with general inquiries.

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Fitness Magazine Covers Feature Popular Figure Trio


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Nicole Wilkins, Candice Keene and Erin Stern are arguably the top three IFBB Figure Pros on the planet. Popular fitness magazines Muscle & Fitness Hers, FitnessRX for Women and Oxygen decided to feature the trio on their respective magazine covers. Nicole and Candice will be competing next month at the Figure Olympia in Las Vegas. Nicole will be looking for the record-setting 4th Figure Olympia title and Keene will be after her first Olympia win. Keene has won the Arnold twice and played second fiddle to Stern and Wilkins at the Olympia the past two years. Erin Stern will not be competing in this year’s Olympia.

The online response has been positive to the magazines. Three strong women on the covers appears to be inspiring more females than a celebrity, at least when it comes to these magazines.

Which magazine cover do you like the best? Each has their strengths and weaknesses but you decide which is your favorite in our HARDBODY POLL.

candice keene hers Candice Keene, Muscle & Fitness HERSErin Stern OxygenErin Stern, Oxygen

Nicole Wilkins FitnessRXNicole Wilkins, FitnessRX for Women

Discuss the Fitness Magazine Covers Feature Popular Figure Trio on Facebook and twitter. You can also PIN your favorite cover on Pinterest.



2014 IFBB Dallas Pro Results


2014 Dallas Pro Results

Another IFBB Pro show is in the books and we’re one weekend closer to the 50th Olympia in Las Vegas, Nevada. Today in Dallas, Texas the bikini pros were on stage in hopes of qualifying for the big show next month. Lacey DeLuca and Tawna Eubanks had the pressure off them as both were qualified for the Olympia. The rest of the field was looking for the win or a high enough finish to earn points in the Olympia Point Series. Only the top five earn points towards the series. The five competitors with the highest points after the last qualifying show receive a spot in the Olympia lineup. Ever year it’s tight race and comes down the final show to see who gets in. This year is no different. There’s only one pro show left for the bikini competitors to qualify and this was the final opportunity for the Men’s Physique competitors.

Tawna Eubanks won her second pro show in a row and this one has to be even a little sweeter in her own backyard of Dallas, Texas. The field was a bit more competitive here than her last showing and she carries some momentum into the Olympia next month.


2014 Dallas Pro Men’s Physique Results

1. Tawna Eubanks
2. Candice Conroy
3. Jamie Del Angel
4. Bianca Berry
5. Noemi Olah
6. Lacey DeLuca
7. Sabrina Nicole
8. Lindsay Oxford
9. Queenie Pe Benito
10. Lorena Bucio
11. Svetlana Eregina
12. Michelle Lewin
13. Caryn Paolini
14. Cara Ovis
15. Tonya Boardman
16. Marcela Cabral
16. Kelsie Clark
16. Yvette Garcia
16. Michelle Mein
16. Alexandra Roanie

Steve Cook put all his eggs in one basket and it paid off. This was his first show of the year and walked away with the victory.


2014 Dallas Pro Men’s Physique Results

1. Steve Cook
2. Tonnell Rorique
3. Jeff Seid
4. Felipe Franco
5. Matt Christianer
6. Rodney Razor
7. Brandon Hendrickson
8. Eric Heidelberg
9. Harold Allen
10. Michael Bevins
11. Chad Crouse
12. Ryan Hinton
13. Shannon Thomas
14. Tyler Stines
15. Sheridan Hause
16. Charles Chester
16. Victor Clark
16. Tone Martin

The men’s wheelchair bodybuilding is always a highlight of this show and much respect to all the competitors in this division. This year, Nick “the beast” Scott earned the victory.

2014 IFBB Dallas Pro Wheelchair Bodybuilding Results:
1. Nick Scott
2. Neil Picone
3. Harold Kelly
4. Antoni Khadraoui
5. Adelfo Cerame, Jr
6. Johnny Quinn
7. Jack Anderson



Yahoo Bulks Up Heath Division


Women’s Health editor in chief, Michele Promaualayko will be leaving her position at the magazine and joining Yahoo Health. She will take over as editor in chief of Yahoo Health on August 25th. Yahoo has been bulking up its staff in preparation of its “magazine initiative” set to launch this fall.

Yahoo shared, “Michele joins us from Women’s Health where she was editor in chief for 5 years. Under her leadership, Women’s Health has experienced tremendous growth digitally and in print, while garnering some of the magazine industry’s highest accolades including the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. She is also the author of the popular book Look Better Naked: The 6-Week Plan To Your Leanest, Hottest, Body—Ever. Michele is frequently called on as an expert to comment on trends and news in health & fitness.”

A few of Michele‘s colleagues tweet about her move.






Foods Labeled Gluten-Free Must Meet FDA’s Definition


As of August 5, 2014, all foods labeled gluten-free must meet all requirements of the gluten-free labeling final rule published in August 2013.

The requirements apply to packaged foods labeled on or after today. FDA recognizes that many foods currently labeled as gluten-free may already meet the new federal definition. However, consumers should be aware that there may be some products still on store shelves that were produced and labeled before the compliance date for FDA’s rule.

Today’s compliance date was established in the final rule one year ago to allow the food industry sufficient time to make changes needed in the formulation or labeling of their foods that voluntarily bear a gluten-free claim in the United States.

The final rule provides a uniform standard definition to help consumers with celiac disease manage a gluten-free diet. Gluten-free foods must contain less than 20 parts per million (ppm) gluten. Foods may be labeled “gluten-free” if they are inherently gluten free; or do not contain an ingredient that is: 1) a gluten-containing grain (e.g., spelt wheat); 2) derived from a gluten-containing grain that has not been processed to remove gluten (e.g., wheat flour); or 3) derived from a gluten-containing grain that has been processed to remove gluten (e.g., wheat starch), if the use of that ingredient results in the presence of 20 ppm or more gluten in the food.

On June 25, 2014, the FDA issued a guide for small food businesses to help them comply with the final rule’s requirements. FDA will continue to work with, educate and monitor industry on the use of the gluten-free claim.

Outreach will be conducted to assist the industry, as needed, to ensure that the provisions of the rule are fully understood. In addition, FDA will use its existing compliance and enforcement tools, such as inspection, laboratory analysis, warning letters, seizure, and injunction, to ensure that the use of the claim on food packages complies with the definition.

FDA recognizes that people with celiac disease are also interested in being able to identify gluten free foods served in restaurants and other retail establishments that serve prepared foods to customers. The gluten-free final rule applies to packaged foods, which may be sold in some retail and food-service establishments such as some carry-out restaurants. Given the public health significance of “gluten-free” labeling, FDA says that restaurants and other establishments making a gluten-free claim on their menus should be consistent with FDA’s definition. State and local governments play an important role in oversight of these establishments.

We look forward to working with the states, the restaurant industry and other stakeholders to support education and outreach on the appropriate use of the term gluten-free.

For additional information: www.fda.gov/gluten-freelabeling

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2014 IFBB Dallas Pro Competitor Lists


Dallas Pro

2014 IFBB Dallas Pro competitor lists have been announced and the competition will be tough in Dallas, Texas this weekend. The IFBB Dallas Pro will be one of the last stops for pro competitors to qualify for the Olympia. The show will be held in conjunction with the NPC Texas State and sure to be a huge event. This show was typically the Houston Pro and held after the Olympia but due to some schedule changes moved to Dallas and offers competitors the opportunity to compete for an Olympia Qualification for this year.

These are the 2014 IFBB Dallas Pro Competitor Lists as of Tuesday, August 12th. Look for more names to be added before the show.

2014 IFBB Dallas Pro Bikini
Tonya Boardman
Lorena Bucio
Marcela Cabral
Candice Conroy
Jame Del Angel
Lacey DeLuca
Svetlana Eregina
Tawna Eubanks
Yvette Garcia
Michelle Lewin
Sabrina Nicole
Noemi Olah
Cara Davis
Lindsay Oxford
Caryn Paolini
Queenie Pe Benito
Alexandra Roane

2014 IFBB Dallas Pro Men’s Wheelchair Bodybuilding
Jack Anderson
Adelfo Cerame, Jr
Harold Kelley
Neil Picone
Johnny Quinn
Nick Scott
Dan Smith

2014 IFBB Dallas Pro Men’s Physique
Harold Allen
John Aterberry
Michael Bevins
Charles Chester
Matt Christianer
Victor Clark
Felipe Franco
Sheridan Hause
Eric Heiderlberg
Brandon Hendrickson
Devon Lindner
Tone Martin
Rodney Razor
Tonnell Rodrigue
Daniel St. Peter
Jeff Seid
Tyler Stines
Shannon Thomas
Keith Williams

CONTEST VENUE:
Irving Convention Center
500 W Las Colinas Blvd
Irving, TX

For more information visit www.npctexas.org/contests/texas-state.

SATURDAY PREJUDGING ORDER OF EVENTS NPC & IFBB:
IFBB PRO Wheelchair
OPEN WOMEN
OPEN MEN
MASTERS WOMEN
MASTERS WOMEN PHYSIQUE
MASTERS MEN
TEEN MEN
MEN BB ADAPTIVE
WOMEN PHYSIQUE
NOVICE WOMEN
NOVICE MEN
IFBB PRO Men Physique
IFBB PRO Bikini
FITNESS Two–piece
FIGURE TEEN
FIGURE NOVICE
FIGURE ADAPTIVE
FIGURE OPEN
FIGURE MASTERS
MEN PHYSIQUE TEEN
MEN PHYSIQUE NOVICE
MEN PHYSIQUE ADAPTIVE
MEN PHYSIQUE OPEN
MEN PHYSIQUE MASTERS
BIKINI TEEN
BIKINI NOVICE
BIKINI ADAPTIVE
BIKINI OPEN
BIKINI MASTERS



2014 Olympia Lineups – Find Out Who Qualified


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The 2014 Olympia is quickly approaching and we’re beginning to see who will qualify for the big show in Las Vegas. Over the weekend, most of the fields were set. The Bikini, Men’s Physique and Figure still have a handful of shows remaining on the schedule to qualify but for the most part we know who will be qualified for the Olympia.

Keep in mind these lists are for those who qualified, it doesn’t mean they will actually compete. We know Erin Stern, Mallory Haldeman and Heather Dees are are officially out of the Figure lineup. A couple of top competitors in other divisions will not be competing but have asked not to be mentioned just yet as they haven’t made things “official”. Stay tuned on that front as it will definitely get people talking when their absence is announced.

Fitness Olympia
Adela Garcia
Oksana Grishina
Tanji Johnson
Myriam Capes
Bethany Cisternino
Marta Aquiar
Fiona Harris

Via the Olympia Point Series:
Regiane Da Silva
Danielle Ruban
Whitney Jones
Trish Warren
Amanda Hatfield
Somkina Liudmila

Ms. Olympia
Iris Kyle
Alina Popa
Debi Laszewski
Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia
Brigita Brezovac
Simone Oliveira
Anne Freitas
Rita Bello
Sheila Bleck

Via the Olympia Point Series:
Margie Martin
Christine Envall
Alana Shipp
Lisa Giesbrecht
Jennifer Sedia

Women’s Physique Showdown
Dana Linn Bailey
Tycie Coppett
Sara Hurrle
Toni West
Patricia Melo
Sabrina Taylor
Jennifer Robinson
Frances Mendez
Nathalie Falk
Juliana Malacarne
Samantha Hill
Mindi O’Brien
Tamee Marie
Leila Thompson
La’Drissa Bonivel
Karin Hobbs
Heather Grace

Via the Olympia Point Series:
Rachel Baker
Karina Nascimento
Olga Beliakova
Roxie Beckles
Jacklyn Sutton Abrams
Sandra Lombardo
Jillian Reville

Mr. Olympia
Phil Heath
Kai Greene
Dennis Wolf
Shawn Rhoden
Dexter Jackson
Ibrahim Fahim
Justin Compton
Steve Kuclo
Branch Warren
Mamdouh Elssbiay
Juan Morel
Roelly winklaar
William Bonac
Victor Martinez

Via the Olympia Point Series:
Jonathan Delarosa
Evan Centopani
Lionel Beyeke
Cedric McMillan
Johnnie Jackson
Jojo Ntiforo
Essa Obaid
Fred Smalls

212 Olympia Showdown
Flex Lewis
David Henry
Kevin English
Jose Raymond
Eduardo Correa
Sami Al Haddad
Guy Cisternino
Aaron Clark
Charles Dixon
Hidetada Yamagishi

Via the Olympia Point Series:
Mark Dugdale
Raul Carrasco
Ahmad Ahmad
Baito Abbaspour
Mboya Edwards

The following divisions are not final and still have shows remaining however this is how the lineups look as of Monday August 11, 2014.

Figure Olympia Qualified
Nicole Wilkins
Erin Stern
Candice Keene
Heather Dees
Mallory Haldeman
Camala Rodriguez
Alicia Coates
Candice Lewis
Jessica Graham
Dana Ambrose
Natalia Revajova Lenartova
Ann Titone
Zsuzsanna Toldi
Gennifer Strobo
Cydney Gillon
Karina Grau
Latorya Watts

There’s just one qualifying show to go in the Figure division (Tahoe Pro). It’s safe to call Allison Frahn and Sasha Brown qualified for the Olympia. There are a number of scenarios that could change the remaining lineup after the Tahoe Pro but here’s the leading contenders with a chance to qualify via the points series. The magic number is 10 anything less than that and there’s not chance to qualify via the points system. Three women have ten points and four have mathematical chances to get in with a top finish in Tahoe.

Leading the Olympia Point Series:
Allison Frahn, 15
Sasha Brown, 12
Krista Dunn, 10
Andrea Calhoun, 10
Julie Mayer, 10

Wendy Fortino, 8
Laurie Green, 7
Monica Labriola, 6
Amanda Doherty, 6

Bikini Olympia Qualified
Ashley Kaltwasser
Yeshaira Robles
Stacey Alexander
Nathalia Melo
India Paulino
Lacey DeLuca
Vladmiria Krasova
Jennifer Andrews
Narmin Assria
Amanda Latona
Taylor Methany Bentson
Crystal Matthews
Christie Marquez
Sarah LeBlanc
Noy Alexander
Janet Layug
Sandi Forsythe
Christina Strom Fjaere
Jenee Leger
Angela Marquez
Stephanie Mahoe
Tawna Eubanks

There are two IFBB Pro Bikini shows remaining on the schedule. The Dallas Pro and the St. Louis Pro will determine who is in the Bikini Olympia lineup. In order to make the Olympia via the point system a competitor needs at least 10 points. Anything less than ten and they are on the outside looking in. It’s a safe bet to call Jessica Arevalo and Dayna Maleton in the Olympia but not it’s not set in stone. Kelsie Clark, Nicola and Michelle Lewin are likely in but not a sure thing. A number of scenarios could play out given two remaining shows. There will be a clearer scenario after the Dallas Pro. This one could come down to the wire to see who gets in.

Leading the Olympia Point Series:
Jessica Arevalo, 17
Dayna Maleton, 14
Kelsie Clark, 12
Nicola Weiterova, 11
Michelle Lewin, 10

Noemi Olah, 9
Anna Virmajoki, 7
Candice Conroy, 6
Callie Bundy, 5

Men’s Physique Olympia Showdown
Mark Anthony Wingson
Jeremy Buendia
Matthew Acton
Sadik Hadzovic
Jason Poston
Tyler Anderson
Tory Woodward
Michael Anderson
German Pacheco
Arya Saffaie
Anton Antipov

There’s just one qualifying show to go in the Men’s Physique division (Dallas Pro). It’s safe to call the top two gentleman qualified for the Olympia. There are a number of scenarios that could change the remaining lineup after this weekend.

Leading the Olympia Point Series:
Jonathan Sebastian, 15
Xavisus Gayden, 12
Felipe Franco, 8
Jeff Seid, 7
Matt Christianer, 6
Sheridan Hause, 6



2014 IFBB Pro Orange County Muscle Bikini Results


Congratulations to Tawna Eubanks on winning her first IFBB Pro show. The Texas blonde notched her first victory over the weekend in California and heads back to the Olympia stage. View contest photos on Bodybuilding.com.

2014 IFBB ORANGE COUNTY MUSCLE PRO BIKINI RESULTS
1. Tawna Eubanks
2. Candice Conroy
3. Crystal Matthews
4. Jamie Del Angel
5. Iveth Carreon
6. Rachelle Dejean
7. Justine Munro
8. Michelle Mein
9. Ruby Perry
10. Liana Hamilton

Masters Bikini Results
1. Iveth Carreon
2. Diana Harbort
3. Ruby Perry



2014 IFBB Tampa Pro Results


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View photos.

2014 IFBB TAMAP PRO FITNESS RESULTS
1. Bethany Cisternino
2. Darrian Tissenbaum
3. Kristine Duba
4. Somkina Liudmila
5. Sarah Kovach
6. Amanda Hatfield
7. Lishia Dean
8. Aurika Tyrgale
9. Tiffany Chandler
10. Shannon Siemer
11. Natalie Graziano
12. Debbie Sizemore
13. Eileen Wells

2014 IFBB TAMPA PRO FIGURE RESULTS:
1. Latorya Watts
2. Alicia Coates
3. Megan Olson
4. Kamla Macko
5. Wendy Fortino
6. Andrea Calhoun
7. Amanda Doherty
8. Vera Mallett
9. Jennifer Brown
10. Ivana Ivusic
11. Christina Woodward
12. Jami DeBernard
13. Heather Nappi
14. Holly Beck
15. Jennifer Taylor
16. Amy Villa Nelson
16. Angie Garcia
16. Arja Moilanen
16. Beckie Boddie
16. Bernadette Matassa
16. Bojana Vasiljevic
16. Cheryl Davis
16. Cinderella Richardson
16. Edith Driver
16. Eliyan Lobez
16. Elvimar Sanchez
16. Georgina Lona
16. Gretchen Lichtenstein
16. Jacqueline Timberlake
16. Jennifer Cordovez
16. Katerina Tarbox
16. Katharine Lane
16. Krista Dunn
16. Megan Rigby
16. Selena Pons
16. Vanessa Jacobs

2014 IFBB TAMPA PRO WOMEN’S BODYBUILDING RESULTS
1. Sheila Bleck
2. Jennifer Sedia
3. Monique Jones
4. Kahla Bullemor
5. Melody Spetko
6. Mimi Jabalee
7. Juanita Blaino
8. Kim Buck
9. Aleesha Young
10. Zoa Linsey
11. Virginia Sanchez
12. Roxanne Edwards
13. Alicia Alfaro
14. Olga Puzanova
15. Lisa Giesbrecht
16. Alvetina Goroshinskaya
16. Angela Debatin
16. Beth Wachter
16. Janeen Lankowski
16. Judy Gaillard
16. Lisa Cross
16. Mary Ellen Jerumbo

2014 IFBB TAMPA PRO WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE RESULTS
1. Heather Grace
2. Karina Nascimento
3. Jillian Reville
4. Teresita Morales
5. Asha Hadley
6. Jessica Gaines
7. Jennifer Hernandez
8. Danielle Reardon
9. Tracy Hess
10. Pamela Slemmons
11. Lisa Lopez
12. Margarita Charalm
13. Candrea Judd-Adams
14. Jill Dearmin
15. Gail Meadows
16. Anne Marrie Kam
16. Ava Cowan
16. Carrie Lawyer
16. Cassandra Floyd
16. Dona Oliveira
16. Dre Dillard
16. Jeannea Burritt
16. Jill Livoti
16. Karen Gatto
16. Kendel Dolen
16. LaDawn McDay
16. Leah Johnson
16. Lenore Gregson
16. Lisa Grasso
16. Melissa Tucker
16. Olivia Terry
16. Rose Brunner
16. Rosela Joseph
16. Sandra Lombardo
16. Tonya Shull
16. Vicki Nixon

2014 IFBB TAMPA PRO BIKINI RESULTS
1. India Paulino
2. Bianca Berry
3. Noemi Olah
4. Michelle Lewin
5. Vanessa Campbell
6. Lacey DeLuca
7. Gigi Amurao
8. Asia Mendoza
9. Kenea Yancey
10. Amanda Otero
11. Sabrina Nicole
12. Angeles Burke
13. Callie Bundy
14. Catherine Radulic
15. Mariana Fernandes
16. Aly Garcia
16. Catherine Hernon-Schaumleffel
16. Jennifer Peoples
16. Jessica Pimentel
16. Lisa Schimkat
16. Meghan Duncan
16. Michelle Sylvia
16. Nicole Ankney
16. Samantha Morris
16. Shawn Hektor-Lewis
16. Svetlana Eregina

2014 IFBB TAMPA PRO MEN’S BODYBUILDING RESULTS
1. Victor Martinez
2. William Bonac
3. Mohamed Bannout
4. Max Charles
5. Ben White
6. Manuel Romero
7. Bill Wilmore
8. Manuel Lomeli
9. Pablo Ayala Zayas
10. Kenneth Jackson
11. Rafael Jaramillo
12. An Nguyen
13. Franklin Roberson
14. Timmy Gaillard
15. Julius Page
16. Alexandre Nataf
16. Constantinos Demetriou
16. Jeff Beckham
16. Jonathan Rowe
16. Lloyd Dollar
16. Robert Youells
16. Rudy Richards
16. Stephen Frazier

2014 IFBB TAMPA PRO 212 AND UNDER RESULTS
1. Hidetada Yamagishi
2. Marvin Ward
3. Tricky Jackson
4. Thomas Benagli
5. Baito Abbaspour
6. Derik Farnsworth
7. Cory Mathews
8. Wendell Floyd
9. Darron Glenn
10. Fernando Noronha Almeida
11. Milton Martinez
12. Ray Arde
13. Derek Leverant
14. Marcos Cardona
15. Gilmar De Souza
16. Alejandro Cambronero
16. Anthony Paitaris
16. Daron Lytle
16. Emro Karadujovic
16. Jocelyn Jean
16. John Arendsz
16. Luis Santa
16. Pierre Chamoun
16. Rixio Tapia

2014 IFBB TAMPA PRO MEN’S PHYSIQUE RESULTS
1. Sadik Hadzovic
2. Anton Antipov
3. Tristan Murray
4. Emmanuel Banks
5. Michael Ferguson
6. Brandon Hendrickson
7. Ryan Hinton
8. Anthony Brigman
9. Brian Hay
10. William Sullivan
11. Jeff Seid
12. Russell Waheed
13. Jacques Lewis
14. Jermaine Ward
15. Shareef Alikhan
16. AJ Shukoori
16. Brant LaRose
16. Butch Rolle
16. Chad Abner
16. Geobanny Paula
16. Igor Gajic
16. Joe Herr
16. Michael Bevins
16. Michael Barnt
16. Shane Eslahi
16. Sheridan Hause
16. Stephen Talamo
16. Steve Mousharbash
16. Travales Blount
16. Tyler Stines



San Antonio Spurs Hire Becky Hammon as NBA Assistant


SPURS HIRE WNBA STAR BECKY HAMMON AS ASSISTANT
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As a 5-foot-6 point guard, decorated WNBA veteran Becky Hammon has never had the experience of shattering a backboard with a dunk.

She’s busting through the glass ceiling instead.

The San Antonio Spurs hired Hammon as an assistant coach on Tuesday, making her the first full-time, paid female assistant on an NBA coaching staff. When Hammon retires from her 16-year WNBA career at the end of the San Antonio Stars’ season, she will immediately move to the staff of the defending NBA champions, working with the revered Gregg Popovich on scouting, game-planning and the day-to-day grind of practice like no woman has ever done before.

“Nothing in my life has really ever been easy. I’ve always been someone who did it uphill,” Hammon said. “I’m up for challenges. I’m up for being outside the box, making tough decisions and challenges. … And I’m a little bit of an adrenaline junkie. Throw those all in there and this was the perfect challenge and opportunity.”

That makes her fit right in with the Spurs, an organization with a reputation for bold decisions. Popovich and general manager R.C. Buford have long been at the forefront of the league’s international influx and earlier this summer hired European coaching legend Ettore Messina as an assistant.

During the 2001-02 season, Cleveland Cavaliers coach John Lucas brought Lisa Boyer into the team’s practices and some games. Boyer, now an assistant at South Carolina, was not paid by the Cavaliers and did not travel with the team, but did work with the players and coaches that season.

“I very much look forward to the addition of Becky Hammon to our staff,” Popovich said in a statement released by the team. “Having observed her working with our team this past season, I’m confident her basketball IQ, work ethic and interpersonal skills will be a great benefit to the Spurs.”

But Popovich and Buford were not available in person and Hammon had the spotlight entirely to herself.

“Congratulations to Becky on today’s announcement,” Boyer said in a statement. “It’s a great thing for her and for the NBA. I am still so thankful to John Lucas for giving me the opportunity to work with his NBA team during my time with the Cleveland Rockers. His staff and players welcomed me as a coach, and it was an incredible experience for me to spend that season with them.”

Last season, Hammon attended Spurs practices, film sessions and sat behind the bench at home game after suffering a torn ACL that kept her from playing. She’s been friends with Tony Parker and Tim Duncan since competing in an NBA All-Star shooting competition in 2008, a familiarity that will help as she makes her transition to coaching the two stars.

“As far as women coaching men, it’s really silly. People ask me all the time, will there ever be a woman player in the NBA?” Hammon said. “To be honest, no. There are differences. The guys are too big, too strong and that’s just the way it is.

“But when it comes to things of the mind, things like coaching, game-planning, coming up with offensive and defensive schemes, there’s no reason why a woman couldn’t be in the mix and shouldn’t be in the mix.”

It’s been a long time coming for female basketball players and coaches who have long dreamed of getting a chance in the NBA.

“I was so excited and pleased and the one thing that people have to remember is that the San Antonio Spurs don’t do anything for effect,” said Nancy Lieberman, a former star player who was a head coach in the NBA Development League in 2009 and now serves as the GM of the Texas Legends. “That’s not who they are. They don’t do this for the record-breaking barrier. They do things out of respect.

“And the fact that coach Popovich has this much respect for Becky’s basketball IQ, for how she handles herself with the guys in practice, her ability to relate to them, I’m sure he saw so much when she was working with them last fall. I’m sure he didn’t hire her because she was a woman. I’m sure he hired her because she was the best person for the job.”

“This will open the door for other women, even like myself,” Lieberman added. “My goal is to coach in the NBA and you’ve got to start somewhere. So this is a great day.”

Charlotte Hornets sideline reporter Stephanie Ready, who served as an assistant on the Coppin State men’s team as well as in the D-League, called Popovich the perfect person to hire Hammon “because he’s proven he has a tremendous track record and he does not make bad decisions.”

“That’s the first step, having the precedent set is very important,” Ready said. “A lot of it also is now women will know these jobs are available. In the past, a lot of women probably didn’t try because they didn’t think it was possible. I think you may very well see an increase in seeing some females hired.”

Hammon has a reputation of being a smart, hard-nosed, tough-minded player. She made six All-Star teams and averaged 13.1 points in her 16 seasons with the Stars and New York Liberty.

Hammon was receiving congratulatory messages from all over, including from Lieberman, Boyer and Lakers star Kobe Bryant.

“I love seeing people I’ve been involved with have an opportunity in life to have these types of experiences,” said Stars coach Dan Hughes, who has coached Hammon for eight years. “This one is unique. She’s ready for it, she’ll do a great job.”

Even tennis great Billie Jean King weighed in on the hire, congratulating the Spurs for acquiring “a key person based on their qualifications and not allowing gender to play a role in their decision.”

But like it was only a matter of time before a woman got a chance to coach in the NBA, it’s also only a matter of time before said coach finds herself in Popovich’s crosshairs.

“I’m sure Pop will be yelling at me soon enough,” Hammon said, “with the rest of them.”

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Crossfit® Games Winners Reveal How Much They Workout


workout time

If you’re familiar with Crossfit® the work outs of the day (WOD) are typically short and sweet. You get your workout in and you’re done, unless of course you want to be the best at Crossfit. Curious how much time this year’s top competitors workout a day? Check out the video below and it might shock you. The women start at minute two.

Top Athletes Reveal How Many Hours A Day They Workout from The Rx Review on Vimeo.

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2014 IFBB Orange Country Pro Bikini


2014 IFBB Orange County Muscle Classic Pro Bikini Competitors
Culver City, California – August 9, 2014

1. Iveth Carreon
2. Candice Conroy
3. Rachelle Dejean
4. Tawna Eubanks
5. Liana Hamilton
6. Crystal Matthews
7. Michelle Mein
8. Justine Munro
9. Ruby Perey



2014 IFBB Tampa Pro Competitor Lists


tampa pro

The 2014 IFBB Wings of Strength PBW Tampa Pro will take place on August 8-9, 2014 in Tampa, Florida and it’s one for the record books. The competitor lists have been released and there will be over 200 IFBB Pro competitors on stage. It’s a testament to the hard work, passion and dedication promoter Tim Gardner has put into this event. Every IFBB Pro division will be featured along with a NPC event. Fans of Female Bodybuilding will be in for a treat as 8x Ms. Olympia, Lenda Murray will be a special guest of honor.

2014 IFBB Tampa Pro Competitor Lists

The 2014 IFBB Wings of Strength PBW Tampa Pro Fitness
Tiffany Chandler
Bethany Cisternino
Lishia Dean
Krista Duba
Natalie Graziano
Amanda Hatfield
Sara Kovach
Somkina Liudmila
Shannon Siemer
Debbie Sizemore
Darrian Tissenbaum
Aurika Tyrgale
Eileen Wells

The 2014 IFBB Wings of Strength PBW Tampa Pro Figure
Holly Beck
Beckie Boddie
Jennifer Brown
Andrea Calhoun
Alicia Coates
Jennifer Cardovez
Cheryl Davis
Jami DeBernard
Amanda Doherty
Edith Driver
Krista Dunn
Wendy Fortino
Angie Garcia
Ivana Ivusic
Vanessa Jacobs
Katharine Lane
Gretchen Lichtenstein
Eliyan Lobez
Georgina Lona
Kamla Macko
Very Mallet
Bernadette Matassa
Arja Moilanen
Heather Nappi
Megan Olson
Selena Pons
Cinderella Richardson
Megan Riby
Katrina Tarbox
Jennifer Taylor
Jacqueline Timberlake
Bojana Vasiljevic
Amy Villa Nelson
Latorya Watts
Christina Woodward

The 2014 IFBB Wings of Strength PBW Tampa Pro Bikini
Gigi Amurao
Nicole Ankney
Bianca Berry
Callie Bundy
Angeles Burke
Vanessa Campbell
Lacey DeLuca
Meghan Duncan
Aly Garcia
Svetlana Eregina
Mariana Fernandes
Shawn Hecktor Lewis
Catherine Hernon Schamleffel
Michelle Lewin
Asia Mendoza
Samatha Morris
Sabrina Nicole
Noemi Olah
Amanda Otero
India Paulino
Jennifer Peoples
Jessica Pimentel
Catherine Radulic
Lisa Schimkat
Michelle Sylvia
Kenea Yancey

The 2014 IFBB Wings of Strength PBW Tampa Pro Women’s Physique
Rose Brunner
Jeannea Burritt
Margarita Charaim
Ava Cowan
Jill Dearmin
Kendel Dolen
Dre Dillard
Cassandra Floyd
Jessica Gaines
Karen Gatto
Heather Grace
Lisa Grasso
Lenore Gregson
Jennifer Hernandez
Tracy Hess
Rosela Joseph
Candrea Judd Adams
Anne Marie Kam
Carrie Lawyer
Jill Marie Livoti
Sandra Lambardo
Lisa Lopez
LaDawn McDay
Gail Meadows
Teresita Morales
Karina Nascimento
Vicki Nixon
Dona Oliveria
Danielle Reardon
Jillian Reville
Tonya Shull
Pamela Slemmons
Olivia Terry
Melissa Tucker

The 2014 IFBB Wings of Strength PBW Tampa Pro Women’s Bodybuilding
Alicia Alfaro
Sheila Bleck
Kim Buck
Kahla Bullemor
Lisa Cross
Angela Debatin
Roxanne Edwards
Judy Gaillard
Lisa Giesbrecht
Alventina Goroshinskaya
Mimi Jabalee
Mary Ellen Jerumbo
Monique Jones
Janeen Lankowski
Zoa Linsey
Olga Puzanova
Virginia Sanchez
Jennifer Sedia
Melody Spetko
Beth Wachter
Aleesha Young

The 2014 IFBB Wings of Strength PBW Tampa Pro Men’s Bodybuilding
Baito Abbaspour
Pablo Ayala Zayas
Mohamed Ali Bannout
Jeff Beckham
William Bonac
Max Charles
Constantinos Demetriou
Lloyd Dollar
Stephen Frazier
Timmy Gaillard
Kenneth Jackson
Rafael Jaramillo
Manuel Lomeli
Victor Martinez
Alexandre Nataf
An Nguyen
Julius Page
Manuel Romero
Jonathan Rowe
Ben White
Bill Wilmore
Robert Youells

The 2014 IFBB Wings of Strength PBW Tampa Pro 212
John Arendsz
Ray Arde
Thomas Benagli
Alejandro Cambronero
Marco Cardona
Pierre Chamoun
Gilmar De Souza Silva
Derik Farnsworth
Wendell Flloyd
Darron Glenn
Tricky Jackson
Jocelyn Jean
Emro Karadjuzovic
Derek Leverant
Daron Lytle
Milton Martinez
Cory Mathews
Fernando Noronha Almeida
Anthony Paitaris
Luis Santa
Steve Silverman
Rixio Tapia
Marvin Ward
Hidetada Yamagishi

The 2014 IFBB Wings of Strength PBW Tampa Pro Men’s Physique
Chad Abner
Shareef Alikhan
Anton Antipov
Emmanuel Banks
Michael Barnt
Michael Bivens
Travales Blount
Anthony Brigman
Shane Eslahi
Michael Ferguson
Igor Gajic
Sadik Hadzovic
Sheridan Hause
Brian Hay
Brandon Hendrickson
Joe Herr
Brant LaRose
Jacques Lewis
Steve Mousharbash
Tristan Murray
Geobanny Paula
Butch Rolle
Jeff Seid
Tyler Stines
Al Shukoori
William Sulliva
Stephen Talamo
Russell Waheed
Jermaine Ward

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Results: 2014 IFBB Sacramento Golden State Championships


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Karin Hobbs doubled down and it paid off at the 2014 IFBB Golden State Championships held in Sacramento, California. Karin won not only the open Pro Women’s Physique competition but also the Master’s Pro Women’s Physique competition. The Boise resident was the unanimous winner on the scorecards and has a spot in the Olympia showdown next month in Vegas. Coming in second was Jillian Reville. Jillian returned to the stage for the first time since having heart surgery last year. Rounding out the top three was Colorado’s Heather Grace. Heather edged out Akane Nigro-Ismeal by one point. Finishing in fifth was Jennifer Robinson. Robinson is already qualified for the Olympia but will need to come in sharper if she has hopes for being a contender in the stacked Olympia lineup.

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

The results were pretty much the same in the Masters with Karin taking the unanimous victory.

IFBB Golden State Championships Masters Women’s Physique Results
1. Karin Hobbs
2. Heather Grace
3. Carrie Simmons
4. Candrea Judd-Adams
5. Leah Johnson
6. Claire O’Connell
7. Patricia Wood
8. Loan Leonard
9. Cathy Jackson

William Bonac took home the victory in the Men’s competition and earned a spot in the Olympia lineup with the win.

IFBB Golden State Championships Men’s Bodybuilding Results
1. William Bonac
2. Essa Obaid
3. Manuel Romero
4. Mohammad Ali Bannout
5. Jojo Ntiforo
6. An Nguyen
7. Akim Williams
8. Toney Freeman
9. Johnnie Jackson
10. Manuel Lomeli
11. Ray Arde
12. Kenneth Jackson
13. Santana Anderson
14. Brian Yersky



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


2014 Crossfit

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:
www.musclesportproductions.com



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



Disclaimer: Reader discretion advised, please consult your physician before beginning any exercise or diet program.