Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals Acquires LG Sciences

Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals Acquires LG Sciences Adding to its Premium Line Up of Sports Nutrition Brands
NORCROSS, Ga., Aug. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals (“Hi-Tech”), a leading global provider of Sports Nutrition, Weight loss products, and Contract Manufacturing services, and LG Sciences (“LG”), one of the premier Sports Nutrition and Bodybuilding brands in the United States, today announced that Hi-Tech has acquired LG Sciences brand of Sports Nutrition products and Bodybuilding products. The transaction will continue to bolster Hi-Tech’s leading Sports Nutrition and Weight Loss arsenal and expand its position as the leader in Diet & Energy products and continues to add to its family of top tiered Sports Nutrition brands.

When LG Sciences (Legal Gear) was established about a decade ago, and over the years, LG Sciences has led the Sports Supplement industry in bodybuilding products, quality and innovation. LG Sciences is committed to introducing new, effective, and “Hardcore supplements backed by scienceâ„¢. Supplements that are backed by science and based on the concept of enhancing lean muscle mass and physical performance. LG Sciences was born out of the need for a quality, no-nonsense line of hardcore bodybuilding supplements designed for elite athletes. Unable to find products that met their standards in the mid 2000’s, the company’s founders created LG Sciences, with the goal of developing unsurpassed nutritional formulas to meet the demands of hardcore, competitive athletes and fitness enthusiasts.

LG Sciences employs a team consisting of a biochemist, chemical engineer, chemists, and many supplement experts to formulate all of our products. Innovation: LG Sciences continues to release a host of new compounds, many with patents pending, to take your training to the next level. All of our bodybuilding products are based on extensive research by well-respected experts. At LG Sciences, we have positioned ourselves for the future. We have developed a solid base of loyal customers who value the results of our products. Many of LG Sciences upcoming products were developed based on the feedback of our customers and retailers. Thanks to you, our customers. The future of LG Sciences is looking even brighter, with more great products and innovation now that we are joining the Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals team.

LG Sciences has been providing high-quality sports nutrition products to professional bodybuilders, elite athletes and fitness enthusiasts for a decade. LG Sciences has helped pioneer a sports-specific approach to athletes’ and bodybuilders nutrition. The acquisition of the LG Sciences brand of Bodybuilding and Sports Nutrition products accelerates Hi-Tech’s growth strategy, substantially boosts our Bodybuilding and Sports Nutrition portfolio and diversifies our business stream,” stated Hi-Tech, President and CEO Jared Wheat. “We believe this strategic transaction will enhance our industry-leading innovative Bodybuilding and Sports Nutrition position by expanding market opportunities. We manufacture products for many of the leading Sports nutrition brands, as well as our own family of brands, and believe we can add a lot of innovation to an already hardcore bodybuilding line.” Wheat continued, “Our strong operational structure and aggressive acquisition strategies have enabled the continued growth of our Sports Nutrition and Weight Loss business and will increase profit margins due to ability to bring the production of Innovative products to our industry-leading manufacturing facilities.”

As a leading provider of premium Bodybuilding products in the sports nutrition category, LG Sciences brands align with the company’s continued focus on Sports Supplements, while further diversifying the Hi-Tech portfolio. Innovative products such as 1-Androstenoloneâ„¢, 6-MASSâ„¢, 17-ProAndro, EpiAndroâ„¢, M-1D Androâ„¢, FORM-XTâ„¢, Natadrolâ„¢, Whey Pro , and EPICâ„¢- some of the top Bodybuilding and Sports Nutrition Aids in the industry, which will continue to bolster our Sports Nutrition and Bodybuilding portfolio such as: Anavar®, Dianabol®, Bulasterone®, Testosterone Depot®, Estrogenex®, Jack’D UPâ„¢, NitroPro®, and Phosphagen®.

Over the years, LG Sciences has led the nutritional supplement industry in new to market ingredients, quality and is amongst the leaders with product innovation. LG Sciences has also built lasting and profitable relationships with their private label customers, which is something LG Sciences began offering a few years ago. “This will tie in nicely with Hi-Tech’s goals and growth and offer LG Sciences private label customers many more option due to our massive manufacturing platform,” said Wheat.

Brandon Schopp, Vice-President of Contract manufacturing with Hi-Tech, commented, “Hi-Tech’s impeccable reputation for pharmaceutical-grade quality, strong innovation and manufacturing expertise make it a perfect complement to LG Sciences brand of Sports Nutrition products. Additionally, having access to our extensive production capabilities across a variety of product formats such as Liposomal Technology, Cyclosomeâ„¢ Technology that combines cyclodextrin and liposomal delivery systems; and Time-Released Monolithic Osmotic Pump (TMOP) delivery systems. We will also be able to offer energy shots and ready-to-drink beverages, and being able to offer our customers access to manufacturing and distribution facilities in Atlanta, Georgia and Reedsville, Pennsylvania is a significant competitive advantage.” The acquisition, in combination with an expansive capital investment program, will create world-class formulation, product development and production capabilities across in excess of 400,000 square feet of manufacturing space. “Compliance and enforcement have raised the bar for manufacturers, and this merger creates a top-tiered company with an incredible manufacturing scale and capabilities in an otherwise fragmented segment of the market. Hi-Tech and its Sports Nutrition brands will be a one-stop shop for Sports Nutrition stores,” said Schopp.

“LG Sciences products will serve as a growth catalyst for our Sports Supplement segment, providing this division with another leading brand in the high-growth sports nutrition category,” said Steve Smith, Executive Vice President at Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals. “The acquisition of LG Sciences expands our offerings of hardcore sports supplements, and broadens our appeal with younger consumers.” said Smith.

“Hi-Tech remains true to the principals that the company was built on – innovation, quality and consistency, and will always be dedicated to ensuring that these principals remain uncompromised. Hi-Tech will continue to provide the finest-quality, innovative, science-based Sports Nutritional supplements and Diet & Energy Aids,” says Wheat.

Other nutrition companies looking to increase scale, revenue, market share, and competitive advantage have also been active with mergers and acquisitions. Hi-Tech has been able to increase its market share in the United States through the acquisition of Florida-based Synergy Nutritional Industries in 2005, and gained a larger market share when it acquired Advanced Performance Supplements (“APS”) in 2011. Hi-Tech gained further industry dominance when it acquired Nittany Pharmaceuticals in Pennsylvania and ALR Industries in California in 2012. Hi-Tech’s recent strategy has been, and according to its leaders will continue to be, growth through M&A activity. In 2015, Hi-Tech has acquired Advanced Pharmaceuticals and Nutritionals, FormuTech Nutrition, Sports One®, Innovative Laboratories and with the most recent acquisition by Hi-Tech of LG Sciences it is the fifth acquisition for Hi-Tech and will not be the last of the year.

About Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals
Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals (https://www.hitechpharma.com/index.htm) is a leading Sports Nutrition manufacturer. Since 1979, Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and its sister company, Hi-Tech Nutraceuticals, LLC. have been providing quality custom manufacturing services to the pharmaceutical, dietary supplement and beverage industries. Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals is a cGMP certified company that operates out of Four (4) US Production facilities and (2) Warehouses, totally over 400,000 sq. ft. The two Georgia based production facilities are both located outside Atlanta in the Norcross and Suwanee Advanced Technology areas. Hi-Tech also has Two (2) facilities located outside State College, Pennsylvania. Hi-Tech holds a Drug Manufacturing License issued by the State of Pennsylvania Food and Drug Branch and is registered as a Food and Drug Establishment with the FDA in Pennsylvania.

Hi-Tech’s acquisition of Nittany immediately doubled Hi-Tech’s solid dose and powder square footage. The former Nittany facility is a 130,000 sq. ft. modern facility and was a full-service contract manufacturer that enjoyed continuous growth over the past 36 years in the nutrition and pharmaceutical industry. Another advantage of buying Nittany Pharmaceuticals was their intimate knowledge of liquid products. In 2008 Nittany purchased a 70,000-square-foot facility, which was a former Dean Foods facility in Bellville, Pennsylvania to add to their already growing liquid dietary supplements and beverages. As industry’s leading energy drink manufacturers for nearly over a decade, Nittany had the knowledge, experience and resources necessary to create Hot & Cold fill liquid drinks from 8 ounce to 32 ounces. “Hi-Tech had never been a beverage contract manufacturing company or handled many liquid products until the acquisition of Nittany. Now with the acquisition of Nittany – Hi-Tech is able to provide a full service of beverage co-packing services, including research and development, raw material procurement, product development, bottle filling, finished packaging, warehousing, and much more,” said Wheat.

Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals is a leading global healthcare supplier that develops, manufactures and distributes over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription pharmaceuticals, nutritional products, and consumer products. Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals is one of the world’s leading generics and branded pharmaceutical companies, providing products to customers throughout the world. The company maintains one of the industry’s broadest and highest quality product portfolios, which is regularly bolstered by an innovative and robust product pipeline. Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals has attained leading positions in key international markets through its wide array of dosage forms and delivery systems, significant manufacturing capacity, global commercial scale and a committed focus on quality and customer service. The company ranks among the top generics companies in several markets around the world and has among the largest capacity of U.S.-based manufacturers.

Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals is an enormously successful company that creates, manufactures and sells high-quality products sold by the large, major retailers across the United States. These retailers include: GNC, Rite Aid, Albertson’s, CVS, Duane Reade, Hannaford, Cardinal Health, McKesson, Mclain, Winn-Dixie, Harmon Stores, Fred Meyer, Osco Drugs, Supervalu, Roundy’s, Sav-On Drugs, Meijer, Fruth Pharmacy, Kinney Drug, Kinray, A&P, Kmart, Amazon.com, Drugstore.com, and over 5,000 independent drug stores, as well as in more than 80,000 convenience stores throughout the United States.

2015 IFBB Tahoe Pro Figure Competitors

2015 IFBB Tahoe Pro Figure Competitors
1. Shalako Bradberry
2. Amanda Doherty
3. Krista Dunn
4. Natalia Fermin
5. Wendy Fortino
6. Tori Gage
7. Chrissy Garcia
8. Kassie Kemmis
9. Karen Noorlun
10. Andre Paynter
11. Maria Scotland
12. Bojana Vasiljevic
13. Megan Wyble

Friday, August 21, 2015
4pm – IFBB Pro Figure Registration & “Meet the Pros” Media Conference and Q & A. Free to the public. Located in the Montbleu Showroom.
5pm – Free Women’s Posing Clinic With IFBB Pro & Olympia Judge Sandy Williamson

Saturday, August 22, 2015
10am – Pre-Judging
6:30pm – Finals

You can watch this event live on the Bodybuilding.com Webstream.

IFBB Wings of Strength Texas Pro Competitors

The 2015 IFBB Wings of Strength Texas Pro Competitors’ lists have been announced for the August 22nd event. This is one of the few remaining shows for the IFBB pro competitors to qualify for the Olympia. Some of the divisions are loaded with competitors while others are a bit underwhelming. These lists are subject to change and often do change before showtime. Check back in the week to see any updates to the 2015 IFBB Wings of Strength Texas Pro show.


2015 IFBB Wings of Strength Texas Pro Men’s Bodybuilding Competitors
San Antonio, Texas – August 22, 2015
Paula Almeida
Jon Anderson
Henri Pierre Ano
AD Cherry
Juan Carlos Graham
Stefan Havlik
Johnnie Jackson
Kenneth Jackson
Steve Kuclo
Michael Lockett
Alison Maria
Robert Piotrkowicz

2015 IFBB Wings of Strength Texas Pro Men’s 212 Competitors
San Antonio, Texas – August 22, 2015
Santana Anderson
Alejandro Cambronero
Aaron Clark
Derik Farnsworth
Lorenzo Jones
Milton Martinez
David Nguyen
Bola Ojex
Angel Manuel Rangel Vargas
Larry Vinette

2015 IFBB Wings of Strength Texas Pro Women’s Bodybuilding Competitors
San Antonio, Texas – August 22, 2015
Irene Andersen
Christine Envall
Monique Jones
Gillian Kovack
Debi Laszewski
Margie Martin
Yaxeni Oreiquen
Virginia Sanchez
Alana Shipp
Helle Trevino
Isabelle Turrell
Aleesha Young

2015 IFBB Wings of Strength Texas Masters Women’s Pro Competitors
San Antonio, Texas – August 22, 2015
Patty Corbett
Pamela Franklin

2015 IFBB Wings of Strength Texas Pro Fitness Competitors
San Antonio, Texas – August 22, 2015
Marta Aguilar
Chika Aluka
Donnice Christian
Debbie Fowler
Babette Mulford
Mandy Polk
Missy Terwilliger

2015 IFBB Wings of Strength Texas Pro Figure Competitors
San Antonio, Texas – August 22, 2015
Yolanda Anthony
Viviana Baca Servin
B Barnett
Kendra Beasley
Mara Brown
Maggy Cambronero
Brittany Campbell
Maria Carlone Rennicker
Rachelle Carter
Kim Clark
Angela Doucette
Susana Garcia
Federica Ghezzi
Vanessa Jacobs
Katherine Lane
Bruna Miyagui
Idalia Molina
Selena Pons
Tara Ramos
Andress Ribeiriro
Denise Rose
Diana Schnaidt
Rebecca Schubeck
Nicole Sturtze
Jennifer Taylor

2015 IFBB Wings of Strength Texas Pro Master Figure Competitors
San Antonio, Texas – August 22, 2015
Maria Carlone Rennicker
Kim Clark
Susana Garcia
Federica Ghezzi
Vanessa Jacobs
Idalia Molina
Selena Pons
Denise Rose
Rebecca Schubeck
Nicole Sturtze
Jennifer Taylor

2015 IFBB Wings of Strength Texas Pro Women’s Physique Competitors
San Antonio, Texas – August 22, 2015
Star Blaylock
Beni Bueno
Desunka Dawson
Vicki Diaz
Kendel Dolen
Kristina Dybdahl-Farnsworth
Anne Luise Freitas
Jessica Gaines
Valerie Garcia Giovanoli
Lenore Gregson
Asha Hadley
Kari Hartmann
Sheronica Henton
Marnie Holley
Andrea Holliday
Cathy Jackson
Leah Johnson
Klaudia Larson
Zoa Linsey
Jill Livoti
Tracy Mason
Amber McElreath
Jodi Leigh Miller
Akane Nigro-Ismeal
Claire O’Connell
Tye Pierpont
Jennifer Robinson
Lisa Marie Sanders
Stacy Simons McDowell
Mikaila Soto
Trish Swander

2015 IFBB Wings of Strength Texas Pro Masters Women’s Physique Competitors
San Antonio, Texas – August 22, 2015
Beni Bueno
Vicki Diaz
Kendel Dolen
Robin Gizzi
Lenore Gregson
Cathy Jackson
Klaudia Larson
Zoa Linsey
Jill Livoti
Tracy Mason
Amber McElreath
Jodi Leigh Miller
Claire O’Connell
Tye Pierpont
Jennifer Robinson
Lisa Marie Sanders
Stacy Simons McDowell
Sabrina Sonner
Mikaila Soto
Trish Swander
Patricia Zazquez

This event will be held in conjunction with a NPC National Qualifying show in San Antonio, Texas.

IFBB Wings of Strength Texas Pro

August 21, 2015 – IFBB PREJUDGING – Men’s 212, Figure, Women’s Physique, Masters Women’s Physique, Masters Figure
9am – Prejudging
6pm – Finals

August 22, 2015 – IFBB PRO PREJDUGING – Men’s bodybuilding, Female bodybuilding, Masters Female Bodybuilding
9am – Prejudging
5pm – Finals

2015 IFBB Dallas Pro Bikini, Men’s Physique & Wheelchair Results

2015 IFBB Dallas Pro Results

The 2015 IFBB Dallas Pro Bikini, Men’s Physique & Wheelchair Results are in! Lea Beaumont from Highland Village, Texas took home her first pro title and in doing so qualified for the Olympia. Jorge Gonzalez from San Antonio, Texas was the winner in the Men’s Physique and Harold Kelly won the Men’s Wheelchair Pro.

2015 IFBB Dallas Pro Bikini Results
Dallas, TX – August 15, 2015
1. Lea Beaumont
2. Francesca Lauren
3. Michelle Sylvia
4. Tawna Eubanks
5. Juliana Daniell
6. Chanan Siglock
7. Adrienne Crenshaw
8. Andreanna Calhoun
9. Noy Alexander
10. Laurin Conlin
11. Marcela Cabral
12. Jesica Lyda
13. Tiffany Urrea
14. Lindsey Waters
15. Sarah Allen
16. Vladimirea Krasova
17. Eli Fernandez
17. Juliana Halloran
17. Shawn Hecktor-Lewis
17. Adrienne Ochoa Dobara
17. Kristina Olsen
17. Sheiryll Ray

2015 IFBB Dallas Pro Men’s Physique Results
Dallas, TX – August 15, 2015
1. Jorge Gonzalez
2. Jake Campus
3. Logan Franklin
4. Coby Lewis
5. David Hill
6. Freddy Naidy
7. Murat Demir
8. Branden Richards
9. Tim Frost
10. Alex Woodson
11. James Hodges
12. Miguel Frank
13. Chris Griffin
14. Ike Banks

2015 IFBB Dallas Pro Wheelchair Bodybuilding Results
Dallas, TX – August 15, 2015
1. Harold Kelly
2. Roger Espina
3. Jack Anderson

Read more: http://www.hardbodynews.com/2015/08/10/2015-ifbb-dallas-pro-competitors/#ixzz3iwMe9iqr

2015 IFBB Golden State Pro Men’s Bodybuilding Results

2015 Golden State Pro
2015 IFBB Golden State Pro Men’s Bodybuilding Results are in and Cedric McMillan is your winner. It appeared to be a close compeitition after prejudging but ultimately Big Mac Cedric prevailed. If shows are won from the back, that’s where Cedric got the edge. He was noticeably better at the finals and ultimately left with the win. Can he crack the top spots at the Olympia next month? He’ll have to come in way better than this showing if he hopes to be in contention.

2015 IFBB Golden State Pro Men’s Bodybuilding Results
Sacramento, CA – August 15, 2015
1. Cedric McMillan
2. Manuel Romero
3. Stefan Havlik
4. Robert Piotrkowicz
5. Jon Anderson
Grigori Atoyan
Adorthus Cherry
Ken Jackson
Kevin Jordan
An Nguyen
Mohamed Salama Olama

Read more: http://www.hardbodynews.com/2015/08/10/2015-ifbb-golden-state-pro-mens-bodybuilding/#ixzz3iwFxvhNO

2015 IFBB Coastal USA Pro Bikini & Men’s Physique Results

2015 Costal USA Results
Bianca Berry was the unanimous winner at the 2015 IFBB Coastal USA Pro Bikini competition with Angelica Telxeira coming in second. Just one point behind her was Anne Marie Carvalho for the third place spot. Jessica Renee and Kenea Yancey rounded out the top five with just one point separating the two. Jacques Lewis was the winner in the 2015 IFBB Coastal USA Pro Men’s Physique. Bianca and Jacques are now qualified to compete in the 2015 Olympia held next month in Las Vegas, Nevada.

2015 IFBB Coastal USA Pro Bikini Results
Atlanta, GA – August 15, 2015
1. Bianca Berry
2. Angelica Telxeira
3. Anne Marie Caravalho
4. Jessica Renee
5. Kenea Yancey
6. Joana Tesareski
7. Samantha Maycock
8. Kamilah Powell
9. Gemmalyn Crosby
10. Anh Souza
11. Jade Carroll

2015 IFBB Coastal USA Pro Men’s Physique Results
Atlanta, GA – August 15, 2015
1. Jacques Lewis
2. Antonio Mitchell
3. Andre Ferguson
4. Michael Bevins
5. Brett Kahn
6. Travales Blount
7. Dev Maxwell
8. Nic Dennard
9. Darnell Ferguson
10. Greg Brant
11. Stephen Talamo
12. Michael Johnson
13. Qaadir Majeed
14. David Kampfe
15. Jim Holcomb
16. Brett Guiillory
16. Tyler Stines

Ronda Rousey’s Top 5 Reddit Responses

Ronda Rousey Reddit
This afternoon “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey answered a few fan questions on reddit.com. The site had thousands of posts within minutes of her making the announcement. As you might imagine she was bombarded with a variety of questions ranging from her thoughts on Cyborg, Game of Thrones, Transgender athlete, music and more. Here are our top five highlights from the Ronda Rousey Reddit Q&A.

Ronda Rousey’s Top 5 Reddit Responses

Knuckledork: What is your sincere opinion about Cyborg?
Rousey: Sincere opinion about Cyborg: she’s just waiting to be offered enough money to get her ass kicked (‘cuz she knows she’ll get her ass kicked). I know for a fact she can make the weight. She consulted with Mike Dolce (my current nutritionist) before I ever started working with him and after consulting with her he said he could get her in “the best shape of her life” at 135. She then started being represented by Tito Ortiz and all talk stopped. The delay is all about money, not her weight. She made 145 pumped full of steroids. She can healthily make 135 without them. Her shows that she headlines lose thousands of dollars, and the majority of the tickets are given away because no one will buy them. She needs me. So pretty much we’re waiting for her to realize that she needs to fight me before I retire or she’ll never have enough money to retire. I would like me kicking her ass be my retirement fight but whether she steps up or not I’ll walk away undefeated and happily ever after regardless.

2RINITY: What’s your go-to hype music before a fight?
Rousey: I have complete silence before I walk out before a fight. No talking in the locker room, no music, cellphones on silent. If I hear a ding from you taking a video you’re gonna get your own private Rowdy Glare.

Throwaway-to-Stay: What do you think about the pornstar calling herself “Ronda ArouseMe”?
Rousey: It’s funny I used to hear that in high school sometimes! At least some girl somewhere is paying her bills with it now.

Tenglishbee: As a guy, how do I keep from becoming a DNB?
Rousey: Well… try to be more self-sufficient and less cabana boy. 😉

trilobiting: Do you ever think ‘Finish Her!’ in a Mortal Kombat announcer voice when you’re taking down an opponent? In all seriousness, what’s your top piece of advice for young (and not so young) women looking to get into MMA or other competitive fighting oriented sports?
Rousey: Only in post.The advice: for any woman trying to break into a male-dominated career, I’d say the greatest thing you can do is always keep in mind that you always have the right to be there.

Read the entire Rousey Reddit Q&A here.

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World Flying Disc Federation Receives Recognition by the Olympic Committee

International Olympic Committee grants full recognition to the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF)
WFDF is pleased to announce that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today has granted full recognition to the World Flying Disc Federation at its 128th Session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Established in 1985 and celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2015, the WFDF is composed of 62 national member associations on five continents. WFDF had received provisional recognition by the IOC in May 2013.

“The sport of Flying Disc has been granted full recognition by the International Olympic Committee today and WFDF is extremely honored and humbled by the decision and support shown by the IOC Session for our sport today. We are very thankful to the IOC membership, the Executive Board and its administration, in particular to the IOC Sport Department and staff, for their guidance and support during the period since WFDF was provisionally recognized by the IOC Executive Board in May 2013,” stated WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch.

“This is an incredible milestone in the 30 year history of WFDF and a further important step for our International Federation in the development of our sport worldwide. There could be no bigger anniversary present to WFDF, which was launched in August 1985, and we are looking forward to continuing to work with the IOC as our partner in promoting Flying Disc sports around the globe. Since 2013, we have successfully implemented most of the recommendations made by the IOC promulgating best practices for a sport IF,” continued Rauch. “Since 2013, we have established Continental Associations on all continents, increased number of WFDF national member associations to 62 and the number of associations recognized by the National Olympic Committees to 11, focused on the development of organized activity in Africa, modified the WFDF governance structures to increase the influence of athletes in the decision-making process, and further supported the global growth of Flying Disc sport. Today’s decision will give a further boost to our efforts to increasing the presence of Flying Disc sports in all countries and on all continents”

WFDF today represents 65 member associations in 62 countries and holds major World Championships in Ultimate Frisbee, Beach Ultimate, Guts, Disc Golf, Freestyle and Field events regularly in Open, Women`s and Mixed divisions of all age categories.

2015 IFBB Costal USA Pro Competitors

This weekend in Atlanta, Georgia the IFBB Pro Bikini and Men’s Physique competitors will step on stage in hopes of qualifying for the Olympia. Below is the initial list of competitors slated to compete, which could change before show time. Check back later in the week for more updates.


2015 IFBB Costal USA Pro Bikini Competitors
Atlanta, Georgia – August 15, 2015
Gemmalyn Crosby
Jessica Rene
Sherry Kubani
Samantha Maycock
Kamilah Powell
Anh Souza
Angelica Teixeira
Joana Teraseki
Kenea Yancey

2015 IFBB Costal USA Pro Men’s Physique Competitors
Atlanta, Georgia – August 15, 2015
Michael Bevins
Travales Blount
Greg Brant
Nic Dennard
Andre Ferguson
Darnell Ferguson
Jim Holocomb
Michael Johnson
Brett Jahn
Jacques Lewis
Qaadir Majeed
Dev Maxwell
Antonio Mitchell
Tyler Stines
Stephen Talamo

Coastal USA Pro Show Report Times:
Friday, August 14, 2015
Athletes Meeting – 6:00 pm

JAG Fitness
2695 Sugarloaf Parkway, Suite 1200
Lawrenceville, Georgia

Saturday, August 15, 2015
Prejudging – 11:00 am

Sugarloaf Gwinnett Center
6400 Sugarloaf Parkway
Duluth, Georgia

Night Show – 8:00 pm
Sugarloaf Gwinnett Center

For more information visit: www.jagfitness.net

2015 IFBB Golden State Pro Men’s Bodybuilding

This weekend in Sacramento, California the IFBB men will be competing for a coveted spot in the Olympia line-up. Currently, only eight IFBB Pro Bodybuilders have signed up to compete but that number is likely to increase before the show takes place on August 15, 2015.

UPDATED August 11, 2015
2015 IFBB Golden State Pro Men’s Bodybuilding Competitors
Sacramento, California – August 15, 2015
Jon Anderson
Grigori Atoyan
Adorthus Cherry
Stefan Havlik
Ken Jackson
Kevin Jordan
Cedric McMillan
An Nguyen
Robert Piotrkowicz
Manuel Romero
Mohamed Salama Olama

WHEN: Saturday, August 15, 2015
TIME: Prejudging 10am PST – Finals 6pm PST
WHERE: Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, 1515 J Street, Sacarmento, California

For more info visit: http://spectrumfitnessproductions.com/golden-state/

Alicia Keys – A Revelation

A revlation

Alicia Keys shared an inspirational message today on her website… “A Revelation”. She shows a photographer of herself underwater that’s inspired by an iconic Ali photo. In her post she reveals a bit about herself and what it has felt like to be hiding from her true self.

You are allowed to be smart
You are allowed to be beautiful
You are allowed to be radical and have strong thoughts that others might not agree with
You are allowed to be tough
You are allowed to be sexy
You are allowed to be bold
You are allowed to be shapely
You are allowed to be kind
You are allowed to be yourself!!

Alicia Keys Ali Water


Read the full story here.

Six Hardbody Sunday Selfies

No day is complete unless you post it on Instagram, right? Here are a few hardbody women who are keeping their ‘gram game on point over the weekend in and out of the gym.


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Just chillin

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ALWAYS Asks – Do we limit girls?

Always asks, “Do we limit girls?” The video has been viewed over 36 million times in just over a month. Check out what the girls interviewed had to say.

All Women Are Naturally Bad Ass

Alicia Keys
Check out a new commercial from LEVI’s Featuring Alicia Keys. The commercial kicks off with Keys staying, “All women are naturally bad ass.”

Being comfortable is beautiful. Jennifer Sey, Levi’s chief marketing officer, tells the New York Times this is “the biggest investment Levi’s has ever made in a woman’s campaign.”

2015 IFBB Orange County Muscle Classic Pro Bikini Results

2015 IFBB Orange County Muscle Classic Pro Bikini Results are in and Tamara Haddad was crowned the winner. Noy Alexander finished in second and rounding out the top three was Tawna Eubanks.

2015 IFBB Orange County Muscle Classic Pro Bikini Results
Culver City, CA – August 8, 2015
1. Tamara Haddad
2. Noy Alexander
3. Tawna Eubanks
4. Nina Ross
5. Amanda Otero
6. Iveth Carreon
7. Rachelle Dejean
8. Michelle Mein
9. Lucy Huang
10. Kerryne Brown
11. Annie Parker
12. Melissa Chanthaseng
13. Sofia Tandilian
14. Sandy Avelar

2015 IFBB Wings of Strength PBW Tampa Pro Results

2015 IFBB Tampa Pro
The 2015 IFBB Wings of Strength PBW Tampa Pro is a two-day event held in Tampa, Florida. The event draws around 200 IFBB Pros from across the globe. It’s one of the biggest events of the year and promoter Tim Gardner rolls out the red carpet for the competitors. The event is split in two with prejudging and finals for the Figure, Women’s Physique, Men’s Physique and Men’s 212 Bodybuilding on Friday. The Men and Women’s Bodybuilding along with the Fitness and Bikini competition takes place on Saturday, August 9th

The IFBB Pro Women’s Figure results came as no surprise as veteran Ann Titone took home the top spot. Ann was the highest ranked competitor in the line up and she delivered under pressure. Coming in second was Miami resident, Joan Smith and Jennifer Taylor from Zephyrhills, Florida rounded out the top three. The top three in Open Figure and in Master’s Figure went home with a paycheck.

Jennifer Taylor was victorious in the Masters Figure competition.

2015 IFBB Wings of Strength Tampa Pro Figure Results
Tampa, Florida – August 7, 2015
1. Ann Titone $2,500
2. Joan Smith – $1,750
3. Jennifer Taylor – $750
4. Diana Schnaidt
5. Shanique Grant
6. Megan Wyble
7. Jennifer Brown
8. Tivisay Briceno
9. Andressa Ribeeiro
10. Ava Cowan
11. Rachelle Carter
12. Chioma Uwasomba
13. Marie Ann Newman
14. Angie Garcia
15. Sharmane Williams
16. Patricia Babineaux
16. Maggie Cambronero
16. Jennifer Everson
16. Federica Ghezzi
16. Ester Gozhansky
16. Jennifer Iritano
16. Marlissa Jordan
16. Stacy Kinnard
16. Gretchen Lichtenstein
16. Andrea Paynter
16. Selena Pons
16. Tara Ramos
16. Jessica Reyes Padilla
16. Dawn Reichley
16. Samantha Rioux
16. Agnese Russo
16. Rebecca Schubeck
16. Lacy Smith
16. Melissa Smith
16. Linda Stephens
16. Christina Watson

2015 IFBB Wings of Strength Tampa Pro Masters Figure Results
Tampa, Florida – August 7, 2015
1. Jennifer Taylor – $1,250
2. Tivisay Briceno – $875
3. Ann Marie Newman – $375
4. Stacy Kinnard
5. Jennifer Iritano
6. Federica Ghezzi
7. Dawn Reichley
8. Linda Stephens
9. Selena Pons
10. Ester Gozhansky
11. Melissa Smith
12. Agnese Russo
13. Gretchen Lichtenstein
14. Rebecca Schubeck
15. Jennifer Everson

Mindi O’Brien will head back to the Olympia with her win in the Women’s Physique competition. She had a unanimous first place score in the judges’ eyes. Coming in a solid second was Reshanna Boswell and rounding out the money spots was Sheronica Henton. Jennifer Hernandez collected the first place check in the Masters Women’s Physique competition.

2015 IFBB Wings of Strength Tampa Pro Women’s Physique Results
Tampa, Florida – August 7, 2015
1. Mindi O’Brien – $2,000
2. Reshanna Boswell – $1,000
3. Sheronica Henton – $500
4. Jennifer Hernandez
5. Mikala Soto
6. Jennifer Robinson
7. Eva Pogacnik
8. Rosela Joseph
9. Andrea Holliday
10. Twana Barnett
11. Jen Louwagie
12. Roxanne Edwards
13. Marnie Holley
14. Olivia Terry
15. Sherri Gray
16. Robin Connell
16. Kendel Dolen
16. Cassandra Floyd
16. Paula Frega
16. Asha Hadley
16. Alisa Horigan
16. Lisa LaMay
16. Janeen Lankwoski
16. Alicia Alfaro Mesa
16. Jillian Reville
16. Tracy Weller

2015 IFBB Wings of Strength Tampa Pro Women’s Masters Physique Results
Tampa, Florida – August 7, 2015
1. Jennifer Hernandez – $1,000
2. Mikala Soto – $500
3. Jennifer Robinson – $250
4. Eva Pogacnik
5. Rosela Joseph
6. Roxanne Edwards
7. Olivia Terry
8. Sherri Gray
9. Tracy Weller
10. Janeen Lankowski
11. Robin Connell
12. Kendel Dolen
13. Cassandra Floyd

2015 IFBB Wings of Strength Tampa Pro Men’s Physique Results
Tampa, Florida – August 7, 2015
1. Brandon Henderickson – $2,000
2. Andre Ferguson – $1,000
3. Geobanny Paula – $500
4. Mike Balan
5. Antonio Mitchell
6. Jacques Lewis
7. Traveles Blount
8. Devon Lindner
9. John Nguyen
10. Jason Walker
11. Brant LaRose
12. Matt Ramseier
13. Duane Brickhouse
14. Lance Phillips
15. Jean Walkins Louis
16. Ronald Alexander
16. Michael Barnt
16. Murat Demir
16. Matt DuBois
16. Ryan Fisher
16. Chris Griffin
16. Brent Guillory
16. Jim Holcomb
16. Andre Johnson
16. Michael Johnson
16. Tone Martin
16. Lorenzo Orozco
16. Dan Pena
16. Ryan Stanton
16. Jeffrey Velazquez
16. Jermaine Ward
16. Alex Woodson
16. Tory Woodward

2015 IFBB Wings of Strength Tampa Pro Men’s Masters Physique Results
Tampa, Florida – August 7, 2015
1. Lance Phillips – $1,000
2. Murat Demir – $500
3. Alexander Woodson – $250
4. Ronald Alexander
5. Lorenzo Orozco
6. Chris Griffin
7. Michael Barnt
8. Michael Johnson
9. Daniel Pena
10. Jim Holcomb
11. Matt Dubois
12. Ryan Stanton
13. Ryan Fisher
14. Brent Guillory
15. Tone Martin

2015 IFBB Wings of Strength Tampa Pro Men’s 212 Bodybuilding Results
Tampa, Florida – August 7, 2015
1. Al Auguste – $3,000
2. Alejandro Cambronero – $2,000
3. John Meadows – $1,000
4. Alison Maria
5. Wendell Floyd
6. Angel Manuel Rangel Vargas
7. Raul Carrasco Jimenez
8. Mboya Edwards
9. Willie Vegas
10. Milton Martinez
11. Leonardo Pacheco
12. Quincy Winklaar
13. Freddie McCray
14. Victor Del Campo
15. Luis Santiago
16. Craig Licker

2015 IFBB Wings of Strength Tampa Pro Bikini Results
Tampa, Florida – August 8, 2015
1. Michelle Sylvia – $2,000
2. Stephanie Mahoe – $1,000
3. Bianca Berry – $500
4. Angelica Teixeira
5. Tiffany Urrea
6. Romina Basualdo
7. Ann Marie Carravalho
8. Oriris Prieto
9. Jade Carroll
10. Andreanna Calhoun
11. Jessica Renee
12. Vladimira Krasova
13. Meghan Duncan
14. Tayler Jordan
15. Sarah James Brown
16. Gigi Amurao
16. Yarishna Ayala Otero
16. Laurin Conlin
16. Angel Denman
16. Eli Fernandez
16. Janet Ann Harding
16. Solmay Hernandez
16. Sandra Jokic
16. Lisandra McGrath
16. Kristen Moffett
16. Samantha Morris
16. Kamilah Powell
16. Lindsey Waters
16. Kenea Yancey
16. Kim Robertson
16. Jessica Beckman Landry

2015 IFBB Wings of Strength Tampa Pro Master’s Bikini Results
Tampa, Florida – August 8, 2015
1. Osiris Preto $1,000
2. Kim Robertson $500
3. Mary Dent $250
4. Kristen Moffett
5. Janet Lynn West
6. Solmay Hernandez
7. Christy Zevely
8. Kat Ciresi
9. Janet Ann Harding
10. Angel Denman
11. Lisandra McGrath
12. Jessica Beckman Landry
13. Nina Cash

2015 IFBB Wings of Strength Tampa Pro Fitness Results
Tampa, Florida – August 8, 2015
1. Whitney Jones – $3,000
2. Missy Terwilliger – $2,000
3. Kristine Duba – $1,000
4. Chika Aluka
5. Rosi Mena Berrocal
6. Danielle Chikeles
7. Derina Wilson
8. Shannon Siemer
9. Stacy Dawn
10. Mandy Polk
11. Natalie Graziano
12. Debbie Fowler
13. Nicolette Spencer
14. Deborah Sizemore

2015 IFBB Wings of Strength Tampa Pro Women’s Bodybuilding Results
Tampa, Florida – August 8, 2015
1. Margie Martin – $4,000
2. Alanda Shipp – $2,5000
3. Isabelle Turell – $1,500
4. Keri Watkins – $1,000
5. Jacqueline Fuchs – $500
6. Judy Gaillard
7. Virginia Sanchez Mcias
8. Laura Carolan
9. Aleesha Young
10. Angela Debatin
11. Shawn Strong
12. Irene Anderson
13. Kim Buck
14. Patty Corbett
15. Maryse Descamps-Manios
16. Elizabeth Meza

2015 IFBB Wings of Strength Tampa Pro Men’s Bodybuilding Results
Tampa, Florida – August 8, 2015
1. Max Charles – $10,000
2. Fouad Abiad – $4,000
3. Johnnie Jackson – $3,000
4. Stefan Havlik – $2,000
5. Michael Lockett – $1,000
6. Robert Piotrkowicz
7. Joel Thomas
8. Akim Williams
9. Timmy Gaillard
10. Jose Luis Rodriquez Oyola
11. Paula Almeida
12. Grigori Atoyan
13. Eboni Wilson
14. Rudy Richards

2015 IFBB Orange County Muscle Classic Pro Bikini

The women of the IFBB Pro Bikini division will be competing this weekend in Culver City, California for the coveted spot in the Olympia. Currently, 15 women have sent in their contracts to compete. Tana Eubanks and Noy Alexander have to be considered the favorites heading into the event. Prejudging starts at 10am with the finals getting under way at 5pm.


2015 IFBB Orange County Muscle Classic Pro Bikini Competitors
August 8, 2015 – Culver City, California

Noy Alexander
Sandy Avelar
Kerne Brown
Iveth Carreon
Melissa Chanthaseng
Rachelle Dejean
Tawna Eubanks
Tamara Haddad
Lucy Huang
Michelle Mein
Amanda Otero
Annie Parker
Nina Ross
Sofia Tandilian
Nikola Weiterova

2015 IFBB Tampa Pro Competitors – UPDATED

The 2015 IFBB Wings of Strength PBW Tampa Pro competitors have been announced. Close to 200 IFBB pro competitors will take the stage on August 8, 2015 in hopes of qualifying for the Olympia. There are some familiar veterans along side a number of rookies. As always this will be a jam-packed event.


2015 IFBB Wings of Strength PBW Tampa Pro Men’s Bodybuilding Competitors
August 8, 2015 – Tampa, Florida
Fouad Abiad
Paulo Almeida
Grigori Atoyan
Max Charles
Timmy Gaillard
Stefan Havlik
Johnie Jackson
Michael Lockett
Robert Piotrkowicz
Rudy Richards
Jose Luis Rodriquez Oyola
Joel Thomas
Akim Williams

2015 IFBB Wings of Strength PBW Tampa Pro Men’s 212 Bodybuilding Competitors
August 8, 2015 – Tampa, Florida
Al Auguste
Alejandro Cambronero
Raul Carrasco Jimenez
Victor Del Campo
Mboya Edwards
Wendall Floyd
Craig Licker
Alison Maria
Milton Martinez
Freddie McCray
John Meadows
Leonardo Pacheco
Angel Manuel Rangel Vargas
Luis Santiago
Willie Vegas
Quincy Winklaar

22015 IFBB Wings of Strength PBW Tampa Pro Men’s Physique Competitors
August 8, 2015 – Tampa, Florida
Ronald Alexander
Mike Balan
Michael Barnt
Traveles Blount
Duane Brickhouse
Murat Demir
Matt DuBois
Andre Ferguson
Ryan Fisher
Brent Guillory
Brandon Hendrickson
Jim Holcomb
Andre Johnson
Michael Johnson
Brant LaRose
Jacques Lewis
Devon Lindner
Tone Martin
Antonio Mitchell
John Nguyen
Lorenzo Orozco
Geobanny Paula
Dan Pena
Lance Phillips
Matt Ramseier
Ryan Stanton
Jeffrey Velazquez
Javon Walker
Jermaine Ward
Jean Walkins Louis
Alex Woodson
Tory Woodward

2015 IFBB Wings of Strength PBW Tampa Pro Masters Men’s Physique Competitors
August 8, 2015 – Tampa, Florida
Ronald Alexander
Michael Barnt
Murat Demir
Matt DuBois
Chris Griffin
Brent Guillory
Jim Holcomb
Michael Johnson
Brant LaRose
Tone Martin
Lorenzo Orozco
Dan Pena
Lance Phillips
Ryan Stanton
Alex Woodson

2015 IFBB Wings of Strength PBW Tampa Pro Women’s Bodybuilding Competitors
August 8, 2015 – Tampa, Florida
Irene Anderson
Kim Buck
Laura Carolan
Patty Corbett
Angela Debatin
Maryse Descamps-Manios
Jacqueline Fuchs
Judy Gaillard
Margie Martin
Virginia Sanchez Mcias
Elizabeth Meza
Alana Shipp
Shawna Strong
Isabelle Turell
Keri Watkins
Aleesha Young

2015 IFBB Wings of Strength PBW Tampa Pro Fitness Competitors
August 8, 2015 – Tampa, Florida
Chika Aluka
Rosi Mena Berrocal
Danielle Chikeles
Stacy Dawn
Kristine Duba
Debbie Fowler
Natalie Graziano
Whitney Jones
Mandy Polk
Shannon Seimer
Deborah Sizemore
Nicolette Spencer
Missy Terwilliger
Derina Wilson

2015 IFBB Wings of Strength PBW Tampa Pro Figure Competitors
August 8, 2015 – Tampa, Florida
Patricia Babineaux
Tivisay Briceno
Jennifer Brown
Maggie Cambronero
Rachelle Carter
Ava Cowan
Jennifer Everson
Angie Garcia
Federica Ghezzi
Ester Gozhansky
Shanique Grant
Jennifer Iritano
Marlissa Jordan
Stacy Kinnard
Gretchen Lichtenstein
Marie Ann Newman
Andrea Paynter
Selena Pons
Tara Ramos
Jessica Reyes Padilla
Dawn Reichley
Andressa Roberiro
Samantha Rioux
Agnese Russo
Diana Schnaidt
Rebecca Schubeck
Joan Smith
Lacy Smith
Melissa Smith
Linda Stephens
Jennifer Taylor
Ann Titone
Chioma Uwasomba
Christina Watson
Sharmane Williams
Megan Wyble

2015 IFBB Wings of Strength PBW Tampa Pro Masters Pro Figure Competitors
August 8, 2015 – Tampa, Florida
Tivisay Briceno
Jennifer Everson
Federica Ghezzi
Ester Gozhansky
Jennifer Iritano
Gretchen Liechtenstein
Marie Anny Newman
Selena Pons
Dawn Reichley
Jessica Reyes Padilla
Agnese Russo
Rebecca Schubeck
Melissa Smith
Linda Stephens
Jennifer Taylor
Christy Zevely

2015 IFBB Wings of Strength PBW Tampa Pro Bikini Competitors
August 8, 2015 – Tampa, Florida
Gigi Amurao
Yarishna Ayala Otero
Romina Basualdo
Bianca Berry
Andreanna Calhoun
Ann Marie Caravalho
Jade Carroll
Laurin Conlin
Angel Denman
Meghan Duncan
Eli Fernandez
Janet Ann Harding
Solmay Hernandez
Sarah James Brown
Sandra Jokic
Tayler Jordan
Vladimaria Krasova
Stephanie Mahoe
Lisandra McGrath
Kristen Moffett
Samantha Morris
Kamilah Powell
Osiris Prieto
Jessica Renee
Michelle Sylvia
Angelica Teixeira
Tiffany Urrea
Lindsey Waters
Kenea Yancey

22015 IFBB Wings of Strength PBW Tampa Pro Masters Bikini Competitors
August 8, 2015 – Tampa, Florida
Jessica Beckman Landry
Ann Marie Caravalho
Nina Cash
Kat Ciresi
Angel Denman
Mary Dent
Janet Ann Harding
Lisandra McGrath
Kristen Moffett
Kim Robertson
Janet Lynn West

2015 IFBB Wings of Strength PBW Tampa Pro Women’s Physique Competitors
August 8, 2015 – Tampa, Florida
Twana Barnett
Reshanna Boswell
Robin Connell
Kendel Dolen
Roxanne Edwards
Cassandra Floyd
Paula Frega
Sherri Gray
Asha Hadley
Sheronica Henton
Sheronica Hernandez
Marnie Holley
Andrea Holliday
Lisa Horrigan
Rosela Joseph
Janeen Lankowski
Jen Louwagie
Alicia Alfaro Mesa
Mindi O’Brien
Eva Pogacnik
Jillian Reville
Jennifer Robinson
Mikalia Soto
Olivia Terry
Tracy Weller

2015 IFBB Wings of Strength PBW Tampa Pro Master Women’s Physique Competitors
August 8, 2015 – Tampa, Florida
Robin Connell
Kendel Dolen
Roxanne Edwards
Cassandra Floyd
Paula Frega
Jennifer Hernandez
Lisa LaMay
Janeen Lankowski
Eva Pogacnik
Jennifer Robinson
Mikalia Soto
Olivia Terry
Tracy Weller

For more information visit: timgardnerproductions.com

2015 Arnold Classic Europe Competitors

The 2015 Arnold Classic Europe will take place on September 25-27, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. The men’s bodybuilding invites have been announced and it will be a competitive field. Many of these competitors will be top contenders in the 2015 Olympia.

2015 Arnold Classic Europe Competitors
William Bonac
Brandon Curry
Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Elssbiay
Alex Fedorov
Dexter Jackson
Aziz Jelali
Steve Kuclo
Alex Lesukov
Juan Diesel
Shawn Rhoden
Fred Smalls
Roelly Winklaar
Dennis Wolf

For more information visit: www.facebook.com/arnoldsports

Ronda Rousey & JJ Watt Star in New Reebok Commercial

rousey jj watt reebok

A new Reebok commercial with NFL standout J.J. Watt and UFC Champion Ronda Rousey launched today. “Before Ronda Rousey and J.J. Watt begin punishing their workouts, they get locked in with the ZPump Fusion from Reebok.” Check it out.

Ronda Rousey & JJ Watt Star in New Reebok Commercia

Jen Welter – NFL’s First Female Coach

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have hired Jen Welter to coach inside linebackers through their upcoming training camp and preseason.

The Cardinals say Welter is believed to be the first woman to hold a coaching position of any kind in the NFL. Welter played running back and special teams in 2014 for the Texas Revolution of the Indoor Football League, becoming the first woman to hold a non-kicking position for a men’s professional sports league.

“I am honored to be a part of this amazing team,” Welter said on Twitter on Monday night.

Welter coached linebackers and special teams for the Revolution last season, becoming the first woman to coach in a men’s pro football league. Her general manager with the Revolution was 2015 NFL Hall of Fame inductee Tim Brown.

Welter played linebacker for more than 14 seasons in the Women’s Football Alliance, mostly with the Dallas Diamonds, where she helped the team win four championships. Welter holds a master’s degree in sports psychology. A rugby player at Boston College, she also earned two gold medals on Team USA at the International Federation of Football Women’s World Championships in 2009 and 2013.

A news conference was scheduled for Tuesday to introduce Welter and Levon Kirkland, a former Pro Bowl linebacker who is the inaugural participant in the Bill Bidwill Coaching Fellowship established to give recently retired NFL players a chance to coach in the league. He will work with outside linebackers for the next two seasons.

Four months ago at the NFL meetings, Arizona coach Bruce Arians was asked about the possibility of a woman coaching in the NFL.

“The minute they can prove they can make a player better, they’ll be hired,” Arians said.

Speaking to azcardinals.com on Monday, Arians said: “Coaching is nothing more than teaching. One thing I have learned from players is ‘How are you going to make me better? If you can make me better, I don’t care if you’re the Green Hornet, I’ll listen.'”

“I really believe she’ll have a great opportunity with this internship through training camp to open some doors for her,” Arians said.

It’s the second such barrier to be broken in the NFL this year. The league announced in April that Sarah Thomas would be the first woman to be a full-time NFL official.

In the NBA, Becky Hammon is an assistant coach with San Antonio and served as the head coach for the Spurs’ team that won the Las Vegas Summer League championship.

Via AP

Ronda Rousey Appears in New Budweiser Brazil Commercial

Ronda Rousey Budweiser
UFC champion, Ronda Rousey appears in a new Budweiser Brazil commercial in front of her title defense against Brazilian Bethe Correria on August 1st. The commercial doesn’t really have anything to do with Budweiser and could be an ad for pretty much anything minus the occasional Budweiser sign. It’s still a well done commercial, as you might expect from Budweiser.

Ronda is shown training solo throughout the 60 second spot with a voice over…

You have to have fear in order to have courage.

You’re not just training to be the best in the world… You’re training to be the best in the world on your worst day.

Nobody is easy until after you defeat them.

I work hard to make the fight easy.

I always perform above myself when the pressure is the highest.

I’m scared of failure all the time… but I’m not scared enough to stop trying.

Never forget where you came from.

Boston Bails on 2024 Olympic Summer Games Bid

boston bails on olympics

The United Stats Olympic Committee (USOC) and Boston 2024 Partnership announced that they have “jointly ended the campaign for Boston to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.” Boston was selected in January as a potential host for the Olympic Games. They put together an impressive website, social media and marketing campaign but ultimately the pulled the plug.

In a statement released today, United States Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun shared, “we have not been able to get a majority of the citizens of Boston to support hosting the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Therefore, the USOC does not think that the level of support enjoyed by Boston’s bid would allow it to prevail over great bids from Paris, Rome, Hamburg, Budapest or Toronto.”

The USOC isn’t ruling out another American City bidding on the game and have begun exploring other potential cities.

Steve Pagliuca, Boston 2024 Partnership chairman added, “Boston 2024 Partnership will offer our support and the extensive knowledge we have gained in developing our Bid 2.0 to any American city that may choose to participate in the 2024 bidding process going forward.”

Read the full statement here.

Remaining IFBB Pro Shows Before The 2015 Olympia

The 2015 Olympia is less than 8 weeks away and while many IFBB pros are currently preparing for the big show in Vegas, others will be looking to qualify. The winner of each IFBB Pro show earns a spot in the Olympia lineup for their respective division. The top five in the Olympia Point Series will also punch their ticket to the O.

The remaining shows to qualify for the 2015 Olympia:

When: August 6-8, 2015
Where: Tampa, Florida
Divisions: Men’s Open Bodybuilding, Men’s 212, Men’s Physique, Fitness, Figure, Bikini, Women’s Physqiue

When: August 8, 2015
Where: Culver City, CA
Divisions: Bikini

When: August 15, 2015
Where: Dallas, Texas
Divisions: Men’s Physique, Bikini

When: August 15, 2015
Where: Atlanta, Georgia
Divisions: Men’s Physique, Bikini

When: August 15, 2015
Where: Sacramento, CA
Divisions: Men’s Open Bodybuilding

When: August 20-22, 2015
Where: San Antonio, Texas
Divisions: Men’s Open Bodybuilding, Men’s 212, Fitness, Figure, Women’s Physique

When: August 22, 2015
Where: Tahoe, Nevada
Divisions: Figure

When: August 28-29, 20915
Where: Atlantic City, New Jersey
Divisions: Men’s Open Bodybuilding, Men’s Physique, Figure, Women’s Physique

When: August 29, 2015
Where: Las Vegas, Nevada
Divisions: Men’s Physique

When: August 29, 2015
Where: Naples, Florida
Divisions: Bikini

This is subject to change, visit IFBBpro.com for schedule updates. 

Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir Wins the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games

2015 CrossFit Games Winner
The third time was a charm for Iceland’s Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir. Katrin proved that persistence pays off. In 2012 she finished in 30th, in 2013 she moved up to 24th but in 2014 she failed to qualify for the Games. Today, she finished forty point ahead of her nearest competitor and was crowned “The Fittest Woman on Earth.” Along with that prestigious title she also collected $275,000 with the win. The same amount her male counter part, Ben Smith collected for his victory.

Rounding out the Women’s top five were Tia-Clair Toomey in second, Ragnheiður Sara Sigmundsdottir in third, Sam Briggs was fourth and Kara Webb finished in fifth.

2015 Reebok CrossFit Games Women’s Results
1 (790) Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir
2 (750) Tia-Clair Toomey
3 (743) Ragnheiður Sara Sigmundsdottir
4 (735) Samantha Briggs
5 (703) Kara Webb
6 (661) Chyna Cho
7 (636) Lindsey Valenzuela
8 (623) Emily Abbott
9 (620) Margaux Alvarez
10 (616) Amanda Goodman
11 (606) Stacie Tovar
12 (590) Sammy Wood
13 (586) Camille Leblanc-Bazinet
14 (582) Brooke Ence
15 (575) Nicole Holcomb
16 (572) Brooke Wells
17 (566) Kristin Holte
18 (562) Michele Letendre
19 (560) Whitney Gelin
20 (556) Alethea Boon

2015 CrossFit Games Prize Money for the Top 20 at the Games
1st – $275,000
2nd – $90,000
3rd – $60,000
4th – $30,000
5th – $20,000
6th – $18,000
7th – $16,000
8th – $14,000
9th – $13,000
10th – $12,000
11th – $11,000
12th – $10,000
13th – $9,000
14th – $8,000
15th – $7,000
16th – $6,000
17th – $5,000
18th – $4,000
19th – $3,000
20th – $2,000

Visit games.crossfit.com for more information.
Photo via CrossFitGames.

2015 IFBB Vancouver Pro Results

2015 IFBB Vancouver Pro Results

The IFBB men’s open and men’s 212 Bodybuilding prejudging and finals took place today in Vancouver, Canada.  Things went as most expected in the Men’s bodybuilding division with Fouad Abiad and Jon Delarosa being the top two in the prejudging round. Fouad out-sized Delarosa and it will likely be an unanimous victory for the Canadian. Delarosa was coming off a win at the Chicago Pro held earlier this month.  In the Men’s 212 it came down to Shaun Clarida and Derek Farnsworth for the win. The class didn’t have much depth with just six competitors but Clarida was clearly head and shoulders above the field.

Congratulations to Fouad Abiad, winner of the open Men’s Bodybuilding at the 2015 IFBB Vancouver Pro. Shaun Clarida took home the top spot and an Olympia qualification in the Men’s 212. Eren Legend was victorious in the Men’s Physique competition and Leah Johnson was the winner in the Women’s Physique. Tanji Johnson’ Fitness routine propelled her to another victory and in Bikini it was newcomer Alla Semenova with the win. Last but certainly not least Candice John returned to top form and will head back to the Olympia with her win in the Figure division.

2015 IFBB Vancouver Pro Results

2015 IFBB Vancouver Pro Men’s Bodybuilding Results
Vancouver, Canada – July 25-26, 2015
1. Fouad Abiad
2. Jon Delarosa
3. Renaldo Gairy
4. Stefan Havlik
5. Paola Almeida
6. Santana Anderson
7. Ron Partlow

2015 IFBB Vancouver Pro Men’s 212 Bodybuilding Results
Vancouver, Canada – July 25-26, 2015
1. Shaun Clarida
2. Derik Farnsworth
3. Patrick Bernard
4. Mike Lynds
5. John Meadows
6. Carlos Rabiei
7. Rafel Diaz Drechiger

2015 IFBB Vancouver Pro Men’s Physique Results
Vancouver, Canada – July 25-26, 2015
1. Eren Legend
2. Aj Shukoori
3. Mirko Maras
4. Erik Bywater
5. Sentanta Carroll
6. Matt Pattison
7. Chris Pylypchuk
8. Chris Johnson
DNF – Chris Griffin

2015 IFBB Vancouver Pro Women’s Physique Results
Vancouver, Canada – July 25-26, 2015
1. Leah Johnson
2. Jodi Boam
3. Krtistina Dybdahl-Farnsworth
4. Yeonwoo Ji
5. Athena Siganakis
6. Tamara Qureshi
7. Jeni Briscoe
DNF – Silvia Fraga Alves

2015 IFBB Vancouver Pro Bikini Results
Vancouver, Canada – July 25-26, 2015
1. Alla Semenova
2. Francesca Lauren
3. Sofiia Tandilian
4. Liana Moroz
5. Leigh Brandt
6. Lindsey Waters
7. Anette DeLaRosa
8. Ebony Chipman
9. Vladimira Krasova
10. Anne Marie Caravalho
11. Nicole Virnig
12. Julian Andrade
13. Melissa Chanthaseng
14. Cassandra Marshall
15. Diana Graham
16. Valerie Cantin
16. Anna Lee McKill
16. Nikki Preston

2015 IFBB Vancouver Pro Figure Results
Vancouver, Canada – July 25-26, 2015
1. Candice John
2. Janaina Ferreira
3. Swann Delarosa
4. Jennifer Brown
5. Azaria Glaim
6. Erin Harding
7. Leah Berti
8. Tanya Chartrand
9. Agnese Russo
10. Jessica MacMillan
11. Shelly Paton
12. Marie Natalie Janik
13. Laura Davies
DNF – Maria Scotland

2015 IFBB Vancouver Pro Fitness Results
Vancouver, Canada – July 25-26, 2015
1. Tanji Johnson
2. Whitney Jones
3. Chika Aluka
4. Brittany Kanne
5. Dominique Matthews
6. Caitlin Bailie
7. Debbie Fowler
8. Natalie Graziano
9. Sherry Boudreau

2015 NPC USA Women’s Results

2015 NPC USA Results
The women of the NPC were on stage in Las Vegas this weekend for the NPC USA Championships. All competitors were introduced on stage at the finals and the top five in each class were awarded trophies. All seven of the Men’s Bodybuilding classes are eligible for IFBB Pro status. The top two in the overall female bodybuilding champions are also eligible for IFBB Pro status. The top 2 in Figure, Bikini, Men and Women’s Physique are eligible for IFBB Pro status. A total of 53 pro cards were awarded. The class winners and overall winners get a little help with the $300 entry fee ($600 if it was late). Per the entry form, “Class winners will receive up to $100 toward travel expenses. Overall winners will receive up to $300 toward travel expenses.”

See who finished in the top spots and left Vegas with pro status.

*Pro Card

1. Lauren Irick*
2. Sarah Storrs*
3. Katherine Alcantara
4. Valorie Annunziata
5. Sondra Blockman

1. Lexa Mendenhall*
2. Jessica Wilson*
3. Alexandra Frias
4. Stefany Orama
5. Sarah Pearce

1. Amber Callahan*
2. Ashley Kiyonaga*
3. Angie Majeed
4. Heidi Patterson
5. Alyssa Germeroth

1. Tifanny Urrea**
2. Samantha Grimes*
3. Emily Hayden
4. Rachel Shimon
5. Na’Iyma Thompson

1. Taylor Rhodenbaugh*
2. Heather Quinn*
3. Naomi Ogden
4. Jaclyn Polimeni
5. Samantha Skolkin

1. Ashley Puida*
2. Elizabeth Martinez*
3. Rachel Fisher
4. Sofia Rodriguez
5. Jamie Collins


1. Rosa Alanis*
2. Kaylie Klitzing*
3. Traci Draizin
4. Michelle Lindsay
5. Alexandra Wilcox

1. Kayce Gorman**
2. Karla Lopez Ocasio*
3. Betzaida “Betzy” Baldger
4. Irina Kiselev
5. Christine Cecilione

1. Krystal Ricci*
2. Victoria Marie Jenks*
3. Desiree Alferes
4. Topaz Good
5. Merissa Pough

1. Malorie Scherf*
2. Monique Terry*
3. Joanna Cometa
4. Nikki Webb
5. Brittany Bull

1. Valarie Pequeno*
2. Sherry Homan*
3. Heather Weber
4. Patricia Malagrino
5. Veronica Paul

1. Sara Ard*
2. Michelle Maier*
3. Svetlana Schchavinska
4. Deanna Patterson
5. Courtney Bureau


1. Michaela Aycock*
2. Erika Kikuchi*
3. Marcelina Rivera-Chambers
4. Wendy Graack
5. Yesenia Garzoria

1. Chelsey Coleman*
2. Kimberly Anthony*
3. Tina Mauer Guadarrama
4. Natalie Bush
5. Lisa Mendoza

1. Billie Cavalier**
2. Sierra Mangus*
3. Kat Secor
4. Lindsay Bradley
5. Kortne Greene

1. Hailey McGrath*
2. Brienne Eubanks*
3. Jamie Tirabasso
4. Kimberly Rieck
5. Morisa Conner


1. Heather Osborne
2. Carla Krodinger

1. Tram Nguyen
2. Orlany Perez

1. Tarna Alderman*
2. Jacqueline Horan
3. Rachael Pecoraro
4. Yvette Bova

1. Mary Cain**
2. Joella Bernard
3. Wendy Watson


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FDA Proposes Additional Revisions to the Nutrition Facts Label

July 24, 2015 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing additional revisions to the Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods. The supplemental proposal would, among other things, require declaration of the percent daily value (%DV) for added sugars. The proposed rule is a supplement to the March 3, 2014 proposed rule on updating the Nutrition Facts label. The percent daily value indicates how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet and would help consumers make informed choices for themselves and their families.

The percent daily value would be based on the recommendation that the daily intake of calories from added sugars not exceed 10 percent of total calories.

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) recently summarized scientific data related to added sugars. The FDA considered the scientific evidence that the DGAC used, which showed that it is difficult to meet nutrient needs while staying within calorie requirements if one exceeds 10 percent of total calories from added sugar, and has determined that this information supports this daily value for added sugars. The DGAC also recommended that Americans limit their added sugars intake to less than 10 percent of total calories. This and other recommendations from the DGAC, which is an independent advisory committee, will be considered in the development of the final 2015 Dietary Guidelines.

The FDA’s initial proposal to include the amount of added sugars on the Nutrition Facts label is now further supported by newly reviewed studies suggesting healthy dietary patterns, including lower amounts of sugar-sweetened foods and beverages, are strongly associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.

The FDA is also proposing to change the current footnote on the Nutrition Facts label to help consumers understand the percent daily value concept. In addition, the FDA is releasing results of its consumer studies on the declaration of added sugars and the footnote.

The FDA is seeking public comment on the proposal for 75 days. The agency continues to review comments received on the 2014 proposed rule and is reopening the comment period on its March 2014 proposal for 60 days to invite public comment on two consumer studies related to label formats. The agency will consider comments on the original and this supplemental proposed rule before issuing a final rule.

The FDA is accepting public comments starting July 27, 2015.

To electronically submit comments to the docket, visit http://www.regulations.gov.

To submit comments to the docket by mail, use the following address. Be sure to include docket number FDA-2012-N-1210 on each page of your written comments.

Division of Dockets Management HFA-305 Food and Drug Administration 5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061 Rockville, MD 20852

New Chucks From Converse

2015 Chuck Allstars

The diehards of Hardbody Nation know that Chucks are great. Many meatheads from the casual to the serious love squatting or doing deadlifts in Chuck Taylor shoes. Will the new Chuck Taylor All Star shoes be a hit with the weightlifting world? We’ll keep you posted. Check out the video preview on our Facebook page.


The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II Sneaker is built for more with innovative comfort technology and premium materials.

Today, CONVERSE Inc. debuts the all new Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II, a contemporary adaptation of the exemplary Chuck Taylor All Star silhouette, for the first time overflowing with innovative Nike Lunarlon technology to support the always-on creative lifestyle. The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II is ready for more, boasting the most recognizable exterior attributes of the original Chuck Taylor All Star. Details include the unique white foxing, rubber toe-cap and statement All Star patch, while dialing up consumer-led features and benefits to deliver a comfortable and versatile premium sneaker for Chuck Taylor lovers everywhere.

“The Chuck Taylor All Star is one of the most legendary and iconic sneakers of all time,” said Jim Calhoun, Converse President and CEO. “The launch of Chuck II is a ground-breaking moment for Converse as we continue to move the brand forward through creativity and innovation, ushering in not just a new sneaker, but a completely new way of thinking.”

Since its debut in 1917, the Chuck Taylor All Star has become one of the world’s most celebrated sneakers, with fans, artists and musicians adopting the brand as a badge of creativity and self-expression. In creating the Chuck II, Converse obsessed over creative spirits around the world joining them on tour, in concert halls and art studios, on sidewalks and at all-night parties, and realized they wanted more. The Chuck Taylor All Star II is designed to meet the demands of the creative lifestyle and is built for the next generation of self-expression. Now, this beloved classic receives an innovative refresh, with product enhancements that stay true to the time-honored aesthetic while also providing modern comfort solutions in a premium execution.

“The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II is a sneaker that started with one simple notion: obsession,” said Richard Copcutt, Vice President/General Manager of Converse All Star. “We listened and took it to heart that people love their Chucks and want sneakers that are built to enable them to do more. The Chuck II is the full expression of this consumer obsession, staying true to the DNA of the original.”

The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II delivers:

  • Innovative features
    • Nike Lunarlon sockliner for superior full foot cushioning and arch support
    • Foam padded collar and non-slip gusseted tongue for 360-degree comfort
    • A perforated micro suede liner, for breathability during extended periods of wear.
  • Premium details

Constructed from durable premium canvas, the exterior of the Chuck Taylor All Star II elevates the sneaker’s most recognizable features with premium details including:

  • A fully embroidered All Star patch
  • On-trend high foxing
  • Monochrome matte eyelets

The new Fall 2015 Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II sneaker makes its debut on Tuesday, July 28, for a suggested retail price of $70 USD (ox) and $75 USD (hi-top) at Converse retail stores, select retailers and online at Converse.com, in the following colors: Black, White, Red and Blue.


Converse Inc., based in Boston, Massachusetts, is a wholly owned subsidiary of NIKE, Inc. Established in 1908, the Converse brand has built a reputation as “America’s Original Sports Company”â„¢ and has been associated with a rich heritage of legendary shoes such as the Chuck Taylor® All Star® shoe, the Jack Purcell® shoe and the One Star® shoe. Today, Converse offers a diverse portfolio including men’s, women’s and children’s footwear, apparel and accessories. Converse product is sold globally by retailers in over 160 countries and through 92 company-owned retail locations in the U.S. For more information, please visit Converse online at media.converse.com.

Emblems of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games

2020 Olympic Emblems

Tokyo 2020 Unveils the Emblems of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games Symbolising the Power of the World Coming Together as One

24 Jul. 2015 – Tokyo 2020 Unveils the Emblems of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games Symbolising the Power of the World Coming Together as One

The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee today held an event to unveil the official emblems of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Tokyo 2020’s Games Vision was further manifested as the emblems capture its core essence.

When the world comes together for Tokyo 2020, we will experience the joy of uniting as one team. By accepting everyone in the world as equals, we will learn the full meaning of coming together as one.

The Tokyo 2020 emblems were created to symbolise the power of this unity.

The black colour of the central column represents diversity, the combination of all colours. The shape of the circle represents an inclusive world in which everyone accepts each other. The red of the circle represents the power of every beating heart.

These elements combine to create the emblems of both the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic emblem is inspired by the T in

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic emblem is inspired by = the universal sign of equality.

2020 is almost here.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic - Paralympic

Let’s unite in the spirit of these emblems to stage an Olympic and Paralympic Games for a better world and a brighter future.

Tokyo 2020 President Mori remarked, “The moment we have all been waiting for has finally arrived. The Tokyo 2020 Games emblems are a wonderful work of art that represent the aspirations and the ultimate goal that athletes around the world aim to achieve – taking part in the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The emblems are also symbols behind which the whole of Japan can unite as a single integrated body and join the collective endeavours of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the national government, the Japanese Olympic Committee, the Japanese Paralympic Committee, the Japanese business community, as well as the Games volunteers and everyone who is assisting with the preparations for the 2020 Games. Let us all unite our efforts under the new Games emblems and work together as one to ensure the realisation of a truly inspirational Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020.”

IOC Coordination Commission Chair John Coates said, “The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games emblem is a powerful symbol of Tokyo’s Games vision. By embracing the concept of unity in diversity, it shows the unique ability of the Olympic Games to bring together people from all over the world in peace and harmony. Its inclusiveness and its representation of the power of the human heart is testament to the spirit in which the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are being prepared. They will be a global celebration that we can all be a part of and enjoy.” He continued, “Most importantly, this emblem represents Tokyo and its people. It reflects the vibrant nature of the city and the welcoming spirit of its citizens – two elements that the Olympic athletes in 2020 will fully appreciate. I congratulate the Tokyo 2020 team on their work and believe that this emblem will have an important influence on the future of Olympic design.”

Andrew Parsons, Vice President of the International Paralympic Committee said: “I would like to thank and congratulate the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee for developing this wonderful emblem. When the Paralympic Games return here for the second time they will do so with a growing reputation for being the world’s number one sporting spectacle for driving societal change. The performances of the para-athletes will not just inspire and excite the world, but act as a catalyst for a more inclusive society, here in Japan, across Asia and the whole world. The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will create a brighter tomorrow for millions of people around the world. This emblem, whilst paying testament to Japan’s rich heritage, will represent that brighter future and will become globally synonymous with sporting excellence and the incredible achievements of Paralympians.”

The designer of the emblems is Kenjiro Sano. Born in Tokyo in 1972, Sano is an art designer, who graduated from the Department of Graphic Design at Tama Art University. He is the founder of MR_DESIGN Inc., and is active in the fields of logo mark design, character design, graphic design, package design and advertising art direction. Sano has won numerous awards including the Yusaku Kamekura Design Award, the Mainichi Design Prize, the New York ADC Gold Award, the Cannes Lions Gold, the London D&AD Black Pencil, the One Show Design Gold Pencil, the Tokyo Art Directors Club Members’ Award, the Japan Package Association Gold Prize, and the Traffic Advertisement Grand Prize. Sano’s works are also featured in the permanent collection at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris.

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