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2015 NPC National Contest Schedule


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

2015 National NPC Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



2014 NPC Nationals in Miami


2014 NPC Nationals

The last pro qualifying event in the NPC takes place this weekend in Miami, Florida at the 2014 NPC National Championships. Expect to see close to 1,000 competitors compete at this year’s event. Over 60 pro cards are up for grabs in the men’s and women’s bodybuilding, women’s physique, bikini, figure and men’s physique divisions. Check-ins take place on Thursday, November 20th and the prejudging kicks things off on Friday at 1pm. For more information and tickets visit nationalbodybuilding.com. Follow npcnewsonline.com all weekend long for photos, videos, results and more.

2014 NPC NATIONALS SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Thursday – November 20, 2014
9am – 9pm – NPC/Promoter’s Office – Hyatt Regency
3pm – 4pm – NPC Trustees Meeting – James L. Knight
4pm – 6pm – NPC Board of Governors Meeting – James L. Knight
1pm – 8pm – Weigh-in/Check-in – All Athletes – James L. Knight
NOTE THAT THIS IS A “ROLLING” SCHEDULE – ALL ATHLETES ANY TIME – THERE IS NO WEIGH-IN OR CHECK-IN ON FRIDAY!
24 Hours Microwave Room Hyatt Regency
24 Hours by appointment – ProTan Spray Tanning

Friday – November 21, 2014
11:45am – Men’s BB Mandatory Meeting – James L. Knight
1pm – Men’s BB Prejudging – James L. Knight
1pm – Women’s Physique Mandatory Meeting – James L. Knight
Time tbd Women’s Physique Prejudging – James L. Knight
Time tbd Bikini Mandatory Meeting – James L. Knight
Time tbd Bikini Prejudging – James L. Knight
24 Hours Microwave Room Hyatt Regency
24 Hours by appointment – ProTan Spray Tanning

Saturday – November 22, 2014
8am – Women’s Bodybuilding Meeting – James L. Knight
9am – Women’s Bodybuilding Prejudging – James L. Knight
Time tbd Men’s Physique Mandatory Meeting – James L. Knight
Time tbd Men’s Physique Prejudging – James L. Knight
Time tbd Figure Mandatory Meeting – James L. Knight
Time tbd Figure Prejudging – James L. Knight

4pm – All Competitors Mandatory Meeting – James L. Knight
5pm – Finals James L. Knight



Record-Breaking Rocky – 2014 NPC Rocky Mountain Championships


2014 NPC ROCKYThe 2014 NPC Colorado season will come to a close this weekend in Golden, Colorado. Show promoter, Jeff Taylor shared that this will be the largest NPC show in Colorado history. The final count won’t be in until late Friday night but over 400 competitors will compete in bodybuilding, fitness, figure, bikini and physique.

I expect the biggest turn out to be in the Bikini and Men’s Physique divisions. The two divisions are the newest and have experienced the most growth since their inception. This year’s event will have veteran maestro of the microphone, Bob Cicherillo calling the action. Let’s hope the Bobster brings some warmer temps to The Mile High City, as the thermometer currently reads a whopping 10 degrees.

WHAT:
The 2014 NPC Rocky Mountain Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure, Bikini & Physique Championships

WHEN: Saturday, November 15, 2014

WHERE:
School of Mines Green Hall Bunker Auditorium
924 16th Street
Golden, CO

TIME:
Prejudging:
Physique and Bodybuilding – 7:30am
Fitness, Figure & Bikini – 9:00am

Finals:
Physique & Bodybuilding – 4:30pm
Fitness, Figure & Bikini – 7:00pm

For tickets and more information visit: musclequest.com

Official stage photos: photos.liftstudios.com



SHOW PREVIEW: 2014 NPC Music City Muscle Classic


NPC Music City Nashville

The 2014 NPC Music City Muscle competition will take place on November 1, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. I’ve covered hundreds of events over the last 10 years and without a doubt this is one of the best shows in the USA. Promoters Brandy Leaver and Brandon Curry do a tremendous job from start to finish and provide the competitors with an unforgettable experience. They’re both IFBB Pros and they’ve “been there done that” as competitors and I think that plays into their show. Brandy’s passion showed last year when she was running the event at 9 months pregnant, yes she was due at any time. Brandon gave local fans a rare glimpse at his stage ready physique by guest posing. He won the inaugural Arnold Classic Brasil and had just competed at the Olympia.

The venue is one of the best you’ll find for any event, amateur or pro. Last year the event sold out in the Polk Theatre and this year they’ve moved to the Andrew JacksonHall in the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. The place is awesome and has three levels of seating. A backstage that is the size of a football field and a pump up room that is the size of a gymnasium. Competitors will be spoiled after competing on this stage because there are few shows that have anything like it.

I caught up with Brandy for a bit more info on the event in a quick Q&A:

HARDBODY (HB): How many years have you promoted this show?
BRANDY LEAVER (BL):This is our 4th year!

HB: Any women who have competed in the show and turned pro?
BL: Yes, Hanna Hallman went pro just a couple of weeks after competing in our show last year. Ecko Johnson was just 1 spot away from earning her pro status 2 years ago after winning our show.

HB: Numbers expected this year vs the first year?
BL: Our first year we had 96 total, and this year we are hoping to hit the 400 mark! We are already past 300 in pre registration! (not to mention we are still a non National Qualifier! That is, until next year! Woohoo!)

HB: Venue change?
BL: Same building, but this year we are going into a bigger theatre in the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. Our old theatre held around 1500 people and we sold the last ticket at finals just 7 minutes after opening the doors last year and had to turn a lot of people away. So this year we were ready for the big one and are heading into the Andrew Jackson Hall which seats 2500 spectators. It’s just beautiful.


HB: What separates your show from others?
BL: Brandon and I wanted to put on a show that focused on the competitors, not ourselves. To be honest a lot of people know the show but they don’t realize that we run it. And we are cool with that! We create a positive environment for competitors backstage and even have a good old homemade Red Velvet Cake waiting for them the second they get off stage at the Finals! I think people like to do our show because we care about the competitors and make them feel comfortable no matter their age, or if it’s their first time competing or if they are a very experienced competitor. We have people competing from ages 16-76! Last year we even had a BLIND woman compete and she placed in the top 5! It’s inspiring and it’s all positive! We want people to celebrate and feel rewarded for the journey that they have been on. Not everyone will become an IFBB Pro but I want to give everyone a place to be able to compete comfortably and be satisfied with themselves no matter what the outcome. It’s a show for everyone to have a good time!

We also like to make it entertaining for spectators. We run it as a production during the Finals so it’s not just an award show! We have such an amazing venue, why not take it all the way! LOL! A lot of people come to the show that have never been to a Bodybuilding event before so we try to entertain them too!

SHOW INFO:
WHERE:
Tennessee Performing Arts Center / Andrew Jackson Hall
505 Deaderick St.
Nashville,TN

WHEN:
November 1, 2014
Prejudging: 8:30am
Finals: 5:30pm

More info: MusicCityMuscle.com



Over 75 Pro Cards Awarded at the 2014 NPC Universe Championships


2014 Universe

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

WHEN:
JULY 4-5, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



9 Bodybuilding & Fitness Events to Watch This Weekend


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

this weekend

Greater Gulf States
New Orleans, LA

Philadelphia/Tracey Greenwood Classic
Philadelphia, PA

Adela Garcia Classic
Pfiguerville, TX

Bev Francis Atlantic States
New York, NY

Minnesota State Championships
Minneapolis, MN

Mid Florida Classic
Orlando, FL

Indiana State Championships
Anderson, IN

Bill Wilmore Ultimate Classic
Hollywood, FL

Team Gro Gladiator Classic
Lynwood, WA



2014 NPC JR USA Fitness, Bodybuilding & Physique Results


There were only 4 women who entered the 2014 NPC JR USA Women’s Bodybuilding contest. It makes you wonder if this division will continue to be offered at this show. There were no pro cards up for grabs which likely kept some competitors away from entering but we’ll see come USAs if the number of women’s bodybuilders increases.

jr usa results
Michell Shebloski won the heavyweight and overall. Jeany Walker was the only entrant in the lightweight division.

2014 NPC JR USA Women’s Bodybuilding – Heavyweight
1. Michelle Shebloski
2. Karen Pratt
3. Jessica McKenzie

2014 NPC JR USA Women’s Bodybuilding – Lightweight
1. Jeany Walker

Fitness awarded the overall winner with IFBB Pro status and Kristine Duba earned that honor.

2014 NPC JR USA Fitness – Class A
1. Kristine Duba
2. Brittany WHite
3. Chrissy Smith
4. Ashley Perry
5. Stacy Curcio

2014 NPC JR USA Fitness – Class B
1. Sommer DuBose
2. Nicolette Spencer
3. Alissa Carpio
4. Megan Ruane
5. Erica McClosky
6. Barbie Thomas
DNF – Chika Aluka

Danielle Mastromatteo won the B Class and took home the overall crown. The win earned her IFBB Pro status along with Michelle Jin who also left Charleston with IFBB Pro Status.

2014 NPC JR USA WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE – Class A
1. Michelle Jin
2. Jill Vadala
3. Rocio Guillen
4. Michelle Davis
5. Katie Chin
6. Marnee Winn
7. Justine Anselone
8. Gillian Ward
9. Allison Schmohl
10. Toni Wheeler
11. Cassie Kline
12. Janelle Ucci
13. Iramis Portero
14. Wendy Gerkman
15. Cheryl Shelby
16. Ariella Palumbo
16. Stephanie Ashton
16. Christine Oxley
16. Erin Elliott
16. Melissa Barbicas
16. Nichole Williams
16. Virginia Grabowski
16. Kayla Williams
16. Laura Zuniga

2014 NPC JR USA WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE – Class B
1. Danielle Mastromatteo
2. April Long
3. Sharee Davis
4. Shayann Schuessler
5. Stacia Woods
6. Keisha Surratt
7. Brandi Hensley
8. Amanda Kinnaird
9. Kimberly Rieck
10. Angie Bryan
11. Zelphia Whitfield
12. Melissa Hong
13. Jessica Giblin
14. Jamie Chizmar
15. Erin Knecht
16. Abbe Hockaday
16. Alma Agic
16. Shannon Burns
16. Christina Carney
16. Danelle Dison
16. Tanya Nordick
16. Abby Thompson
16. Melia Tyndall
16. Evonne White



2014 NPC JR USA BIKINI RESULTS


Lauren Hoskins, Queenie Pe Benito & Whitney Wiser left Charleston, South Carolina as your newest IFBB Bikini Pros. Lauren won the F Class and the overall title and will head to the IFBB Pro League. Each class winner is compared for the overall title and at this show three of six class winners are awarded pro status. Other shows the height class winners achieve pro status and in some instances the top two. Congratulations to all who stepped on stage!

2014 npc jr usa bikini

2014 NPC JR USA BIKINI CLASS A
1. Queenie Pe Benito
2. Arlene Oliva
3. Sarah Brown
4. Je Williams
5. Katherine Alcantara
6. Josie Rivera
7. Anh Souza
8. Amanda Gable
9. Lauren Triani
10. Harmony Cannon
11. Justine Feril
12. Kayla Le
13. Kalin Cooper
14. Samantha Nazzaro
15. Rumbidzai Cunningham
16. Brea Sharron
16. Millah Jackson
16. Theresa Randazzo
16. Libertine Venzuela

2014 NPC JR USA BIKINI CLASS B
1. Kellie Maestrey
2. Michelle Mikin
3. Erica Calix
4. Elizabeth Yisrael
5. Christine Ortiz
6. Danielle Revelette
7. Celeste Santos
8. Maria DiNello
9. Tatum Freeman
10. Malgorzata Nawracaj
11. Laura Beasley
12. Theresa Rini
13. Annely Taylor
14. Tumeke Allen
15. Lindsey Fowler
16. Elizabeth Jameson
16. Halani Lobdell

2014 NPC JR USA BIKINI CLASS C
1. Danielle Enriqez
2. Maizee Demske
3. Jasmine Bryant
4. Elisa Tavara
5. Jennifer Ronzitti
6. Teresa Jackson- Gittens
7. Michelle Boyden
8. Celeste Shaffer
9. Dianet Pereda
10. Kandice Wagner
11. Monica Marie
12. Brittany McIntyre
13. Laura Rodriguez
14. Wendy Ellis
15. Cassidy Cintron
16. Amanda Patterson
16. Ashley Jay
16. Christi Gordan
16. Deborah McElrath
16. Georgiana Hardy
16. Heather Rickard
16. Melissa Burks
16. Natoshia Coleman
16. Jordan Moore
16. Kathryn Mantone
16. Kelly Schreck
16. Marissa Larson
16. Sasha Hocter
16. Paige Tarloski
16. Ronica Sorice
16. Sarah Mathis
16. Shannon Syphus
16. Sophia Low

2014 NPC JR USA BIKINI CLASS D
1. Ashley Gonzales
2. Amanda May
3. Candace Harrison
4. Andrea Reese
5. Haley Davis
6. Beth Hall
7. Tara Koenke
8. Lindsay Nutter
9. Mary Capuao
10. Ashley Cavitt
11. Jennifer Fritts
12. Simona Stoianova
13. Brigitte Calhoun
14. Marina Contos
15. Vanessa Marrero
16. Alexandra Oliveira
16. Andrea DiGiammarino
16. Haley Bye
16. Brittany Rogers
16. Salle Horner
16. Estrellita Caligiuri
16. Christina Galanaris
16. Danielle Levine
16. Jenna Smith
16. Katherine Jones
16. Kimberly Brown
16. Latorya Dopson
16. Justine Moore
16. Leah Hill
16. Melisa Arredondo
16. Rachel Wilbanks

2014 NPC JR USA BIKINI CLASS E
1. Whitney Wiser
2. Meghan Duncan
3. Ashley Tomaseski
4. Taylor Anderson
5. Johnnie Borries
6. Hope Beel
7. Cheyenne Pitts
8. Kyla Bowron
9. Erika Gerstner
10. Kim Robertson
11. Jamie Teal
12. Emily Weiss
13. Gissella Martinez
14. Nikkilette Wright
15. Daynah Wahlberg
16. Shannon Dahlberg
16. Danielle Hoover
16. Laura Horne

2014 NPC JR USA BIKINI CLASS F
1. Lauren Hoskins
2. Brittany Taylor
3. Mikayla Wingle
4. Katie Henley
5. LeJean Morrow
6. Lisa Smiling
7. Cassandra Marshall
8. Natali Rodriguaz
9. Karlie Grooms
10. Rachel Cables
11. Courtney Walston
12. Becky Greene
13. Candice Stewart
14. Andrea Maguire
15. Jennifer Galloway
16. Andrea Royal
16. Lindsay Albrant
16. Tracy Grant
16. Michelle Barnes
16. Emily Herrington
16. Jenna Petraglia
16. Karen Kennedy
16. Katyrna Solley
16. Mason Nowaski
16. Aubrey Scott
16. Nicole Markovic
16. Nina Holbeck
16. Taylor Stadaccino



2014 NPC JR USA FIGURE Results


The 2014 NPC JR USA was the first pro qualifier of the year. Brook Cook was crowned the overall figure champion at this year’s event. Also graduating to the pro league are Lacy Smith and Andreana Cornelisse.

npc jr usa figure

2014 NPC JR USA FIGURE CLASS A
1. Nicole Phinney
2. Tiffany Stone
3. Jennifer Everson
4. Christal Churchhill
5. Milva Galati
6. Missie McLagan
7. Jennifer Nacoal Stone

2014 NPC JR USA FIGURE CLASS B
1. Lacy Smith
2. Sekela Rodriguez
3. Rebekah Tervin
4. Marlissa Jordan
5. Brooke Merritt
6. Tiffany Taylor
7. Margie Evans
8. Carol Smith
9. Christine Crocco
10. Alkedra Tyler
11. Calle Vanni
12. Elizabeth Bradshaw
13. Brenda Gomez

2014 NPC JR USA FIGURE CLASS C
1. Jerrica Thomas
2. Cara Hammond
3. Kimberly Jones
4. Karin Wood
5. Jessica Lowery
6. Chioma Uwasomba
7. Mishon Shore
8. Marianne Mills
9. April Anderson
10. Fey Hackett
11. Amber Sparling
12. Kim Haines
13. Zory Tolstov
14. Courtney Edwards
15. Jessica Delvalle
16. Melitta Simons
16. Janet Brown
16. Angela Christo
16. Christi Shaw
16. Topaz Good
16. Lakisha Hayes
16. Lisa Reid
16. Angela Kegler
16. Jessica Smith

2014 NPC JR USA FIGURE CLASS D
1. Andreana Cornelissen
2. Taylor Turner
3. LaMardra Juliana
4. Jessica Valencia
5. Ashley Nordman
6. Carli Terepka
7. Sarah Johnson
8. Syndi Wisniewski
9. Leslie McKenzie
10. Paula Zuliani
11. Courtney Ritch
12. Amy Cathcart
13. Andrea Hughes
14. Erika Anderson
15. Paula Hornback
16. Amy Patterson
16. Harmony Zaird
16. Fatimah Ray
16. Shelley Hancock
16. Bianca Ruiz
16. Graham Ervin
16. Clarissa Spear

2014 NPC JR USA FIGURE CLASS E
1. Brook Cook
2. Megan Olson
3. Valerie Solomon
4. Tracy Meinhart
5. Kristi Yarter
6. Whitney Mialkowski
7. Venetia Houser
8. Holly Nelson
9. Denise Holloway
10. Dorinda Melly
11. Jessica Blalak
12. Jill Soscia
13. Debbie Cox
14. Danielle Arnette
15. Shannon Labrador

2014 NPC JR USA FIGURE CLASS F
1. Kate Grevey
2. Tara Ramos
3. Rebecca Mitchell
4. Leila Archer
5. Kim Frempong
6. Yelena Olshanskaya
7. Victoria Hamm
8. JoAnna Hogan
9. Samantha Cook
10. Alexandria Berriman
11. Britani Short
12. Dana Nicole Mauro
13. Holly Hatcher
14. Abonee Parker
15. Erika Singleton
16. Kimberly Chuberko
16. Lydia Law
16. Syreeta Walker
16. Amexia Harris



Optimum Nutrition Presents NPC Iron Man Magazine Naturally


On Saturday, January 25, 2014 Optimum Nutrition presents The IRON MAN Magazine Naturally Bodybuilding, Physique, Figure, & Bikini Championships at the West Coast’s largest fitness event, 2014 TheFitExpo™ Los Angeles. Presented by Bodybuilding.com, TheFitExpo will take place January 25-26 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 South Figueroa Street, South Halls G, H, and J.
npc ironman naturall

The IRON MAN Magazine Naturally Bodybuilding, Physique, Figure & Bikini Championships will present the world’s most impressive physiques at this polygraph-tested event. Judging begins at 10:30 a.m. with finals at 3:30 p.m. Entry deadline is January 18, 2014. The event is NPC sanctioned and is a NPC Team Universe qualifier. For full contest and entry information, visit www.ironmanmagazine.com/naturally.

“Bodybuilding and Physique events are part of our DNA and are a key component of what we offer at the Expo,” said TheFitExpo Executive Director, Erin Ferries. “These athletes employ every principle of nutrition and training coupled with true dedication and passion in shaping their bodies to be their very best.”

John Balik, Publisher of IRON MAN Magazine, stated, “Entering our 25th year hosting bodybuilding events, we are excited to bring the top natural athletes to the stage at TheFitExpo.”

In addition to the competition, throughout the weekend the world’s top bodybuilders will be offering complimentary seminars on muscle building, nutrition and fitness.

Attendees can meet and get autographs from 3 X and current Mr. Olympia Champion, Phil Heath, 4 X Mr. Olympia Champion, Jay Cutler, IFBB Pro Bodybuilder, Kai Greene (courtesy of MuscleMeds), The World’s Strongest Man, Brian Shaw (courtesy of Maximum Human Performance), bodybuilder/actor Roland Kickinger, MMA celebrity fighter and UFC hall of fame athlete, Tito Ortiz, top celebrity fitness expert and wellness coach Jillian Michaels, and many more to be announced.

Attendees can also cheer on 19 returning contests including The Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Nationals, MET-Rx Odd Haugen Strength Challenge, American Record Makers Olympic Weightlifting Competition, The Body Fortress USPLA American Cup Powerlifting Championships, California Affiliate Showcase and Bodybuilding.com’s BodySpace™ Spokesmodel Search.

TheFitExpo offers something for everyBODY! Attendees will find over 100 fitness and sports celebrities as well as 20 amateur, professional, Olympic and attendee competitions and over 300 exhibits offering the latest in fitness, diet, nutrition, strength and wellness products and services. During both days of the Expo, many leading fitness professionals will be presenting educational seminars and demonstrations on subjects such as proper nutrition and dieting and exercise philosophies.

Adult admission tickets are $20 per day or $30 for the full weekend. Children 12 years and under are $10 per day and children under 6 are free. Show hours are Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Plenty of parking is available.

For more TheFitExpo information on ticketing, exhibiting or sponsorship opportunities, call (818) 545-0290 or visit www.thefitexpo.com.

Event is produced by National Fitness Productions. Title sponsor is Bodybuilding.com. Presenting sponsors for Bodybuilding.com TheFitExpo Southern California are Body Fortress and Subway Restaurants with MET-Rx, Pure Nutrition, Optimum Nutrition, American BodyBuilding, Dymatize, Supreme Protein, Pursuit Rx, and Ralphs as Major sponsors. Supporting sponsors include GNC, ProMera Sports, MHP, Reebok ONE, Beachbody, R.I.P.P.E.D., NASM, Zumba, and Jillian Michaels’ Bodyshred. Media sponsors include Iron Man Magazine, Muscle Mag International, Muscle & Performance Magazine, Oxygen, Black Belt Magazine, The Box Magazine, and Power Media.

NPC Iron Man Magazine Naturally

DATE

Saturday, January 25, 2014
Prejudging: 10:30 AM
Finals: 3:30 PM
COMPETITORS MUST RETURN TO EXHIBIT HALL NO LATER THAN 3 PM

LOCATION

Los Angeles Convention Center – South Halls G, H, J
1201 So. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Underground Parking on premises.

DIRECTIONS

For internet directions go to: http://www.lacclink.net

CHECK-IN/WEIGH-IN

Competitor briefing at 8:00 AM. Check-in/weigh-in starts at 8:30 AM SHARP. PLEASE BE ON TIME.
LCOATION TBD – CHECK THE WEB SITE FOR UPDATES

CAMERAS / VIDEOS

1. No video equipment is allowed in the exhibit hall.
2. No professional photography is allowed.
3. No soliciting of photo or video services is allowed.
4. No camera bags or equipment are allowed in the exhibit hall.
5. Spectators who have purchased a ticket are allowed access to the event with one (1) camera only.

Contacts

Competitor Contact/Contest Emcee
Lonnie Teper
email: tepernews@aol.com
phone: 626-665-7000

Additional Contact
Karen Myers
email: karen.2014.imn@gmail.com
phone: 626-688-5973

Tanning Services
Pro Tan
http://www.protanusa.com/
Appointments: Click Here

Hair & Make-up
Megan Porschen
Please Call for Appointments
Tel: 310-383-5013



2014 National NPC Event Schedule


Now is the perfect time to start preparing for 2014 and if competing on the national NPC stage is in your future, you’ll want to take note of these dates. The contests listed below are where competitors can compete for a chance to “go pro”. The first opportunity for a pro card is once again at the NPC JR USAs in Charleston, South Carolina. The NPC Nationals return to Florida once again.

2014 npc schedule
NPC JUNIOR USA CHAMPIONSHIPS
When: May 24, 2014
Where: Charleston, South Carolina
Promoter:Tres Bennett
More Info: www.npcjrusa.com

NPC JUNIOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
When: June 13 & 14, 2014
Where: Chicago, Illinois
Promoter: Pam Betz
More Info: www.npcjrnationals.com

TEAM UNIVERSE & NPC FITNESS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
When: July 4 & 5, 2014
Where: Teaneck, New Jersey
Promoter: Steve Weinberger
More Info: www.bevfrancis.com/npcnortheast

NPC MASTERS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
When: July 18 & 19, 2014
Where: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Promoter: Gary Udit
More Info: www.garyudit.com

NPC USA CHAMPIONSHIPS
When: July 25 & 26, 2014
Where: Las Vegas, Nevada
Promoter: Jon Lindsay
More Info: www.musclecontest.com

IFBB NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
When: August 29 & 30, 2014
Where: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Promoter: Gary Udit
More Info: www.garyudit.com

NPC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
When: November 21 & 22, 2014
Where: Miami, Florida
Promoter: Steve Karel
More Info: www.nationalbodybuilding.com

Visit NPCNEWSonline.com for more information on shows in your area of the country.



History of Figure & Bikini Overall NPC Nationals Champions


This weekend close to 900 competitors will head to Florida for the 2013 NPC Nationals. The majority of those competitors will be women in the bikini and figure divisions. The Figure division dates back to 2001 when Davana Medina was awarded pro status. The Bikini division was introduced to the NPC Nationals in 2009 where Jessica Anderson was awarded the top prize. There are more pro cards are awarded now (the top two in each class) but there are also more competitors than the early days. Achieving pro status is clearly the goal but having the title of “Overall NPC Nationals Champion” is something bestowed only one in each division.

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FIGURE
The Figure division has awarded pro status since 2001. When you look back on the overall winners from NPC Nationals Figure you see a number of familiar names. If you want to win the Figure Olympia, your best chance is to be a NPC Nationals overall winner. There have only been five women to win the Figure Olympia since its inception in 2003. Three of the five were NPC Nationals overall champions. Davana Medina was awarded the first pro card in the Figure division and went on to win the Olympia three times. While she was awarded pro status in 2001 it wasn’t until 2003 that the pro division adapted the new division for the Olympia stage. Kristy Robbins took top honors in 2002 and competed in a handful of shows before hanging up her heels in 2004. She returned to the stage in 2011 but competed in the Bikini division. Amber Littlejohn took the title in 2003 and had a relatively successful figure career. She debuted at the Arnold Classic in 10th place but that would be her lowest placing as a pro. She was known for having crazy delts and an unique, exotic look. Amber was the runner-up at the 2006 Olympia, her highest finish.

Mary Lado may not have won the Olympia when she competed but she had a successful career on stage and appeared in numerous fitness magazines. She never finished out of the top ten as a pro and won the Arnold Classic twice. Mary was the 2004 overall figure winner.  The 2005 winner, Danielle Hollenshade had a career high third place finish at the 2006 Sacramento Pro. She competed at the Olympia once and we haven’t seen her on stage since 2007.  Sonia Adcock (Gonzeles) won the 2006 NPC Nationals and while she didn’t win the Olympia in Figure she did go on to win the inaugural Bikini Olympia in 2010. Sonia recently stepped away from the stage and is a new mom. Nicole Wilkins was the first and last woman to win the overall in not only the Fitness division but also the Figure division, in the same show. Nicole has gone on to have one of the best careers and arguable the best Figure competitor of all-time.  She debuted in 11th place at the 2008 Arnold but since then has won the show three times. She recently took home her third Olympia title. The 2008 overall champion is another familiar name to those who follow the Figure division. Erin Stern earned her pro status at the 2008 NPC Nationals and since then has become one of the best Figure competitors in history. She debuted in 10th place at the Arnold Classic but has never finished that low since. It’s rare that someone never finishes out of the top ten in the pros. You have to go all the way back to 2009 to find a show that Erin has been out of the top three. She’s won the Olympia twice (2010 and 2012) and without question one of the most successful overall Figure Nationals champions.

Mindi Smith burst onto the scene in 2009 by winning the overall NPC Sacramento Figure title. She followed it up with a win at the 2009 NPC Nationals, beating out fan favorite Ava Cowan for the overall. She won the 2010 Phoenix Pro and finished 4th at the Arnold Classic that same year. We haven’t seen Mindi on stage since 2010 and doubtful we ever will again. Monica Specking showed tremendous promise when she won the 2010 NPC Nationals overall title and has been on a roller coaster with her placings ever since. She won the 2012 Optimum Classic and finished fifth in the 2013 New York Pro. Monica can typically hang in the top ten with a smaller show but when it comes to the Arnold and Olympia she was at the bottom of the pack.  She’s competed at the Olympia twice and Arnold once, so she’s far from a slouch when it comes to her competition history.

The last two years have proven to be a struggle for the overall champs. Julie Mayer-Hyman was the 2011 champion and finally found her groove late this year as a pro. She was second at the 2013 Dallas Europa and fifth at the Tahoe Pro. Outside of those two shows, Julie struggled to make the top spots. Nicole Sims showed tremendous promise when she took home the crown in 2012 but has yet to find her groove in the pro ranks. She debuted at the Arnold and ended up in 14th place. Nicole has yet to finish better than 10th in the pro ranks.

FIGURE OVERALL NPC NATIONALS WINNERS

2012 – Nicole Sims
2011 – Julie Mayer-Hyman
2010 – Monica Specking
2009 – Mindi Smith
2008 – Erin Stern
2007 – Nicole Wilkins
2006 – Sonia Adcock
2005 – Danielle Hollenshade
2004 – Mary Elizabeth Lado
2003 – Amber Littlejohn
2002 – Kristy Robbins
2001 – Davana Medina

 

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BIKINI
The fifth overall bikini crown will be awarded this weekend. When we look back at the previous overall winners it’s Jennifer Andrews who has the best competition resume. She’s the only overall Nationals’ champion who has gone not only won a pro show but also compete on the Olympia stage. Last year’s winner, Angela Skeels has competed in six IFBB Pro shows but only been able to crack the top five once. The 2011 Champion, Candy Agundez only competed once as a pro and missed the top five. Jennifer took top honors at the 2010 NPC Nationals and has competed in over a dozen shows since achieving pro status. She has four pro victories, competed at the Olympia twice and is already qualified for the 2014 Olympia with her win at the Ft. Lauderdale Cup. Jessica Anderson competed a couple of times as a pro but as a member of the US Military her schedule never really allowed for it. She recently had her first child and is busy being a new mom.

BIKINI OVERALL NPC NATIONALS WINNERS
2012 – Angela Skeels
2011 – Candy Agundez
2010 – Jennifer Andrews
2009 – Jessica Anderson

Visit nationalbodybuilding.com for information on this year’s event. We’ll be there covering all the action and if you are following along on social media use #NPCnationals to stay updated.

 



2013 NPC Teen, Collegiate & Masters National Championships


The 2013 NPC Teen Collegiate & Masters National Championships will take place this weekend in Pittsburgh, PA. The show will feature to completely separate events where every competitor will perform their routine at the finals. Pro cards will be given out to a number of divisions and will send several competitors into the big leagues. Look for over 750 competitors to take the stage at this two-day event.

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Check-in/weigh-in at the Sheraton Hotel
Thursday, July 18, 2013 – 2:00 to 8:00 pm
MANDATORY Weigh-In/Check-In for ALL competitors. ALL competitors MUST check-in at this time!

NOTE – Bodybuilders and Bikini competitors MUST wear their competition suits to the Weigh-in/Check-in

Where:
Contest Venue and Host Hotel:
Sheraton Station Square – Pittsburgh, PA

When:
July 19 & 20, 2013

Friday
Prejudging – 11:00 am: Women BB, Bikini, Women Physique and Men Physique
Finals – 5:00 pm: Women BB, Bikini, Women Physique and Men Physique

Saturday:
Prejudging – 9:00 am: Men Bodybuilding and Figure
Finals – 5:00 pm: Men Bodybuilding and Figure

The stage WILL be carpeted!

IFBB Pro status awards to:
• Figure Over 35 – Class winners
• Figure Over 45 – Top 3 placings in the Overall
• Figure Over 55 – Class winners
• Bikini Over 35 and Over 45 – Class winners
• Men Physique Over 35 and Over 40 – Top 2 in each Height Class
• Women Physique Over 35 and Over 45 – Top 2 in each Height Class
• Women BB Over 35, Over 45 and Over 55 – Overall winners
• Men BB Over 35 and Over 40 – Top 3 placings in the Overall
• Men BB Over 50, Over 60 and Over 70 – Overall winners

Any questions to Gary Udit at:
Phone: 412-377-1438
E-mail: gudit@comcast.net

More information visit: garyudit.com



2013 NPC Team Universe Preview


This weekend the NPC Team Universe & Nationals Fitness Championships will be held in Teaneck, New Jersey. The two-day event will crown sixty new IFBB Pros in bodybuilding, fitness, figure, bikini, women’s and men’s physique.

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The women’s bodybuilding division was dropped from this year’s event however that won’t hurt the number of entrants for this show. The Team Universe is one of the largest NPC shows of the year and a few winners tend to make an immediate impact in the pro league. Two winners from the 2012 class are great examples.  The overall bikini champion, Ashley Kaltwasser found her groove after finishing 10th at this year’s Arnold. She’s earned two victories and will be competing at the Olympia where she could finish in top spots. Natalie Planes took top honors in her pro fitness debut at the Pro World Championship. Who will lead the way out of this year’s graduating class? We’ll find out this weekend in New Jersey.

Use the hashtag #TeamU on your social media posts. This will help everyone follow the action around the event. Good luck to everyone competing and for complete coverage visit npcnewsonline.com.

IFBB Professional League Qualifying Rules for the women:

FIGURE

OPEN FIGURE:
Top 2 in each Height Class (6 Height Classes)

MASTERS OVER-35 FIGURE:
Winner of Each Height Class*

MASTERS OVER-40 FIGURE:
Winner of Each Height Class*

*Number of classes will be determined according to number of competitors

BIKINI

OPEN BIKINI:

Top 2 in each Height Class (6 Height Classes)

MASTERS OVER-35 BIKINI:
Winner of Each Height Class*

MASTERS OVER-40 BIKINI:
Winner of Each Height Class*

*Number of classes will be determined according to number of competitors

WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE

WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE:
Top 2 in each Height Class (4 Height Classes)

MASTERS OVER-35 WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE:
Winner of Each Height Class*

MASTERS OVER-40 WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE:
Winner of Each Height Class*

*Number of classes will be determined according to number of competitors

FITNESS
Top 2 in each Height Class

TIME & DATES

FRIDAY:
Prejudging – 2:00pm
Women’s Fitness Two-Piece
Women’s Figure (Open & Masters)
Women’s Bikini (Open & Masters)
Women’s Physique

SATURDAY:

Prejudging – 9:00am
Women’s Fitness Routines
Men’s Bodybuilding (Open & Masters)
Men’s Physique (Open And Masters)

SATURDAY:
All Finals – 5:00pm

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

For more information on the contest visit: http://www.bevfrancis.com/npcnortheast/npc-team-universe



NPC Announces May Athletes of the Month


NATIONAL PHYSIQUE COMMITTEE AND GASPARI NUTRITION ANNOUNCE MAY NPC ATHLETES OF THE MONTH
PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA (June 27, 2013) - The National Physique Committee and Gaspari Nutrition have chose seven athletes – Kevin Rainey, Rebecca Andrades, Lindsey Waters, Vicki Dowell, Geobanny Paula, Leila Thompson and Mary Stockbridge – as NPC Athletes of the Month for the month of May.

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Each month, NPC President Jim Manion selects the Athletes of the Month in each of the organization’s seven divisions – Men’s and Women’s Bodybuilding, Figure, Bikini, Fitness and Men’s and Women’s Physique – based on in-person analysis and on the information provided by contest promoters across the country.

For complete profiles and galleries of the May NPC Athletes of the Month, go to www.npcnewsonline.com.

About the May NPC Athletes of the Month:
Men’s Bodybuilding
Kevin Rainey, 24, won the Heavyweight and Overall titles at the Junior USA Championships. Rainey is a high school math teacher.

Women’s Bodybuilding
Rebecca Andrades, 34, won the Lightweight and Overall titles at the Junior USA Championships. Andrades, who owns her own dog-grooming business, was inspired to start bodybuilding when she saw 1980 and ’82 Ms. Olympia winner Rachel McLish in a magazine.

Bikini
Lindsey Waters, 23, started competing in April at the Steve Stone New York Metropolitans. Six weeks later she won her IFBB Pro card by winning the Overall at the Junior USA Championships.

Figure
Vicki Dowell won her class and the Overall at the Junior USA Championships.

Women’s Physique

Leila Thompson, 41, is a mother of three who won her class and the Overall at the Junior USA Championships. Thompson, a former figure competitor, started competing in 2011.

Men’s Physique
Geobanny Paula, 25, competed in seven IFBB Pro qualifying events before finally earning his pro card as one of the two class winners to turn pro from the Junior USA Championships.

Fitness
Mary Stockbridge, 35, won the Overall at the Junior USA Championships. Stockbridge began competing in the Fitness division in 2007.

 



2013 NPC Pittsburgh Championships Show Info


Jim Manion’s 2013 NPC Pittsburgh Championships will feature bodybuilding, figure, bikini, physique and the IFBB Pro Figure, Bikini and Men’s Physique. This show also features the top male bodybuilders on stage at one time. It’s the only place you’ll see them all outside of the Olympia.

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Scheduled to guest pose are Phil Heath, Jay Cutler, Dexter Jackson, Branch Warren, Kai Greene, Dennis Wolf, Shawn Rhoden and Flex Lewis

WHEN:
Saturday, May 4, 2013

WHERE:
Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall – Oakland Section of Pittsburgh

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

The show is a one day event on Saturday with prejudging in the morning and finals at night. All competitors (pro and amateur) must weih-in/check-in on Friday May 3, 2013.

CONTEST VENUE – SOLDIERS AND SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL – All meetings, weigh-ins and competition take place here.

The contest venue is the SOLDIERS AND SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL in the Oakland Section of Pittsburgh – located at 4141 Fifth Avenue – Pittsburgh, PA 15213 on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh.

FRIDAY, MAY 3 – MANDATORY CHECK-IN/WEIGH-IN FOR ALL NPC COMPETITORS
All Check-ins, Weigh-ins, Meetings and Competitions take place at SOLDIERS AND SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL.

4:00 – 7:00 pm – Mandatory Check-In/Weigh-In – ALL NPC Competitors – NO EXCEPTIONS!

** Mandatory Meeting for IFBB Pro Figure, Pro Bikini and Pro Mens Physique competitors – 5:00 pm

SATURDAY, MAY 4 – PREJUDGING – ALL COMPETITORS
8:00 am – Optional Competitor Meeting for Bodybuilders only.

There will not be a Competitor Meeting for Figure, Bikini and Physique competitors. Figure, Bikini and Men/Women Physique competitors should arrive at 10:00 am.

9:00 am – Prejudging begins. Prejudging will begin with Bodybuilding.

SATURDAY, MAY 4 – FINALS – ALL COMPETITORS
5:15 pm – Optional Competitor Meeting
6:00 pm – Finals begin.
** NOTE!! – The FINALS will begin with Bodybuilding.

TICKETS
Prejudging – $20 – available only at the door – general admission seating

Finals – $40 – reserved seating – purchased in advance.

Follow along via twitter with #NPCPITT, #PITTPRO and #PAPRO.



National Physique Committee November Athletes of The Month


The NPC has announced their November Athletes of The Month. See the news release below for more information on the selected competitors.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NATIONAL PHYSIQUE COMMITTEE AND GASPARI NUTRITION ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER ATHLETES OF THE MONTH


PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA (February 15, 2013)
– The National Physique Committee and Gaspari Nutrition have announced six competitors as the November Athletes of the Month – Brian Yersky, Juanita Blaino, Angela Skeels, Nicole Sims, Toni West and Vincent Fiore. All six of the winners won Overall titles at the NPC Nationals in Atlanta, Georgia last November.

Each month, NPC President Jim Manion selects the Athletes of the based on in-person analysis and on the information provided by contest promoters across the country and featured in the NPC News Online Contest Roundups.

For complete profiles and galleries of the November NPC Athletes of the month, go to www.npcnewsonline.com.

About the November Athletes of the Month:
• Men’s Bodybuilding: Brian Yersky, 30, has been competing on the national-level stage since 2006, placing in the top five seven times. The 2007 Collegiate National Super Heavyweight winner, Yersky competed in six pro qualifiers before earning his IFBB Pro card at the Nationals.

• Women’s Bodybuilding: Juanita Blaino, 43, took a 16-year break from competition before returning in 2009. A patrolwoman with the County Sheriff’s Department, Blaino finished second in the Heavyweights at the 2010 Nationals before winning the class and Overall last November

• Figure: A mother of three, Nicole Sims won her class and the Overall at the Nationals. The win was a dramatic from Sims’ first attempt at earning a pro card, when she failed to place at the 2011 USAs.

• Bikini: Angela Skeels didn’t place at the USA Championships last summer, but that didn’t little to discourage her. Skeels rebounded in a big way four months later by winning her class and the Overall at Nationals.

• Men’s Physique: A former college lacrosse player at Oneonta State in New York, 24-year-old Vincent Fiore proved to be a quick study in the Men’s Physique Division. Fiore earned his IFBB Pro card by in just his fourth competition.

• Women’s Physique: Toni West tried her hand in both the bodybuilding and figure divisions before moving over to Women’s Physique this year. West, 33, competed in just one previous physique contest before winning her class and the Overall at Nationals.



NPC Announce October Athletes of The Month


Each month, NPC President Jim Manion selects the Athletes of the Month in each of the organization’s seven divisions – Men’s and Women’s Bodybuilding, Figure, Bikini, Fitness and Men’s and Women’s Physique – based on in-person analysis and on the information provided by contest promoters across the country and featured in the NPC News Online Contest Roundups.

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NATIONAL PHYSIQUE COMMITTEE AND GASPARI NUTRITION ANNOUNCE OCTOBER ATHLETES OF THE MONTH

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA (January 30, 2013) – The National Physique Committee and Gaspari Nutrition have named Michael VanLeeuwen, Rene Marven, Corinna Booth, Maura Bouchard, Gerald Pressley, Ginger Martin and Kristine Duba Athletes of the Month for the month of October.

Each month, NPC President Jim Manion selects the Athletes of the Month in each of the organization’s seven divisions – Men’s and Women’s Bodybuilding, Figure, Bikini, Fitness and Men’s and Women’s Physique – based on in-person analysis and on the information provided by contest promoters across the country and featured in the NPC News Online Contest Roundups.

For complete profiles and galleries of the October NPC Athletes of the month, go to www.npcnewsonline.com.

About the October Athletes of the Month:

- Men’s Bodybuilding: Michael VanLeeuwen, 32, competed in his first NPC contest as a teenager in 1999. After a 10-year break, VanLeeuwen returned to the stage this year and won two Overall titles in October at the Dexter Jackson Memphis Classic and the Music City Championships.

- Women’s Bodybuilding: Rene Marven, 26, won the Middleweight division and Overall at the New York Grand Prix, giving her three straight class wins in her first three NPC contests dating back to 2011. In November, Marven kept that streak alive by winning her class and a pro card at the NPC Nationals.

- Figure: Former military police officer Corinna Booth won her class and the Overall at the Ft. Lauderdale Championships. Booth, a single mother and full-time nursing student, also won her pro card this past November at the NPC Nationals.

- Bikini: Brazilian-born Maura Bouchard won her class and the Overall at the Ft. Lauderdale Championships. Bouchard, 25, won Overall titles in four of her six NPC contests since she started competing in 2011.

- Men’s Physique: Gerald Pressley, 32, ran track and field at the University of South Carolina and was an All-American on the Gamecocks 4×400 meter relay team in 2001. Pressley won his class and the Overall at the Texas State Championships in his second Men’s Physique competition.

- Women’s Physique: Ginger Martin’s NPC career started in 2004, and the 43-year-old mother of three competed in both Figure and Women’s Bodybuilding before finally finding a home in the Women’s Physique division last year. In October, Martin won her class and the Overall at the Texas State Championships.

- Fitness: Kristine Duba, 26, took a four-year break from fitness competitions, but returned with a vengeance this year by winning three Overall tittles in two contests, including the Fitness and Figure Overall at the Washington State Championships in October.



2013 NPC National Contest Schedule – Dates Announced


The 2013 NPC National contest dates have been announced. There were a record number of competitors in the NPC this year and with nearly 200 IFBB pro cards up for grabs, next year should be much the same. The dates and locations are relatively similar to this year. As in years’ past the NPC Nationals will move back to Florida. Mark your calendars for next year and we’ll see you there!

contest schedule

MARCH 16, 2013
Wheelchair National Championships – Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Promoter: Frank Dalto

MAY 19, 2013
NPC JR USA – Charleston, SC
Promoter: Tres Bennett
www.npcjrusa.com

JUNE 14-15, 2013
NPC JR NATIONALS – Chicago, IL
Promoter: Pam Betz
www.npcjrnationals.com

JULY 5-6, 2013
NPC TEAM UNIVERSE – Teaneck, NJ
Promoter: Steve Weinberger
www.bevfrancis.com/shows.html

JULY 19-20, 2013
NPC TEEN COLLEGIATE MASTERS NATIONALS – Pittsburgh, PA
Promoter: Dr. Gary Udit
www.garyudit.com

JULY 26-27, 2013
NPC USA – Las Vegas, NV
Promoter: Jon Lindsay
www.musclecontest.com

AUGUST 30–31, 2013
IFBB NORTH AMERICANS – Pittsburgh, PA
Promoter: Dr. Gary Udit
www.garyudit.com

NOVEMBER 22-23, 2013
NPC NATIONALS – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Promoter: Steve Karel
www.nationalbodybuilding.com

Visit NPCNEWSONLINE.COM for compete event coverage and shows in your area.

 



LIVE Coverage from Atlanta: 2012 NPC Nationals


Follow all the action from the 2012 NPC Nationals here on Hardbody.com. If you’re on twitter, you can see the live updates via twitter.com/hardbodynews, twitter.com/MusclePhone, twitter.com/NPCnewsonline and twitter.com/RonAvidan. Joining in the coverage? Use the hashtag #NPCnationals for the event in all your tweets. You can see what everyone is tweet’n about with that tag by checking out hashtags.org/npcationals.

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Get complete photographic coverage on Bodybuilding.com, NPCNEWSonline.com and FLEXonline.com throughout the weekend. If you’re a competitor looking for stage photos download the order form and/or purchase prints here.



2012 NPC Eastern USA Championships Rescheduled


The 2012 NPC Eastern USA Championships scheduled to take place on November 3, 2012 has been rescheduled to November 18. Due to hurricane Sandy the show had to be rescheduled despite the promoters best efforts to hold the show this weekend.

 

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ANNOUNCEMENT:

via npcnewsonline.com

Despite our best efforts, we are unable to hold the Eastern USA Championships on November 3. But the SHOW WILL GO ON. The event has been RESCHEDULED for SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18 at the Tribecca Performing Arts Center (same location).

For details keep checking www.bevfrancis.com

Downtown New York City has suffered unprecedented damage from Hurricane Sandy and the Tribecca Performing Arts Center is closed for repairs. The damaged venue along with the persistent transportation shut downs and delays makes it unfeasible to hold a contest on November 3 that would meet the high standard of the Eastern USA.

So on November 18, we will deliver top-notch venue, extraordinary staff, expert judging, and unrivaled competition you’ve come to expect the NPC New York. Along with something more!

Rescheduling the contest has allowed us to add a one-time special event: THE NEW YORK PRO SEMINAR featuring Mr. Olympia Phil Heath. Immediately following the Eastern USA pre-judging, Heath will be on stage to discuss training, nutrition, supplements, and even answer questions from the audience!

If that isn’t enough, joining Mr. Olympia on stage will be Pro Figure star Ava Cowan, Bikini Champion India Paulino, 3x Olympia 202 Champion Kevin English, Team Bombshell’s Shannon Dey, and IFBB Pros Juan Morel, Marco Rivera, Jon De La Rosa, & more!

We appreciate your understanding and continued support and we hope to see you on November 18!

STEVE & BEV



Live Hardbody Coverage – 2012 NPC USA Championships


The 2012 NPC USA Championships has arrived and we’re in Las Vegas, Nevada covering all the action. Things get started today at noon with the first half of prejudging. Women’s Bodybuilding, Physique and Bikini go on stage today and the Figure competitors will be on stage tomorrow. The finals for all divisions are on Saturday, July 28th at 5:30pm. Check out the preview of the women’s event here.

If you’re on twitter, you can see the live updates via twitter.com/hardbodynews, twitter.com/MusclePhone, twitter.com/NPCNEWSonline and twitter.com/RonAvidan. Joining in the coverage? Use the hashtag #NPCUSAs for the event in all your tweets. You can see what everyone is tweet’n about with that tag by checking out hashtags.org/NPCUSAs.

Visit Bodybuilding.com throughout the weekend for photographic coverage. Official stage photos are available for purchase at photos.liftstudios.com.



Stay tuned for more coverage throughout the weekend. Good luck to everyone competing this weekend.



Hardbody Preview: 2012 NPC USA Championships


Over 800 competitors will take the stage this weekend at the 2012 NPC USA Bodybuilding, Bikini, Figure and Physique Championships. This will be the biggest turnout in the show’s 30-year history. The action starts at high noon on Friday, July 27th at UNLV’s Artemis Hall in Las Vegas, NV.

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A record number of pro cards (53) for this event will be awarded on Saturday night. Prejudging for Friday will start with Men’s Bodybuilding followed by Women’s Bodybuilding, Women’s Physique and ending on Bikini. Saturday’s prejudging will showcase Men’s Physique and Figure at 9am. The finals begin 5:30pm for all events.

Last year Wendy Fortino took home top honors in the Figure division and Talia Terese was the leading lady in the bikini division. This will be the second year that the NPC USAs features Women’s Physique. Last year’s overall winners have yet to make an impact in the pro ranks however other pro card winners have made their mark. Brittany Tacy, winner of the C class last year, won her first bikini pro show at the Greater Gulf States earlier this year and will head to the Olympia in September. Jami DeBenard will also be competing in the Olympia this year in the Figure division. She was last year’s D class winner.

Who will be the ones to watch this year? There are a number of women who could turn pro. I like Kalani Barber’s look and chances at a win in Figure. She was second to Tamara Montoya last year and one to watch this year. Another Figure competitor who has a winning look is Phannary Pen from Modesto, California. Dawn Hinz has consistently been in the top spots in the Figure F class and another who should make her mark this weekend. The Colorado State Figure Champion, Stephanie Spencer has a chance to leave a pro if she comes in just a bit tighter than her overall win earlier this month in Denver, Colorado. California State Champ, Francine Sablan has a nice look and should also be in the mix. Dani Freitas Ronquilio has been close a number of times to a pro card but comes up just short. Look for her to be a contender for a pro card.

In the Bikini division it is up in the air as so many of these women have won a show and done very well on the regional level. Who will step up to the plate at this Pro Qualifier? Look for Noy Alexander to take home gold in her backyard. The current Vegas resident has come close a number of times and many felt could have won her class at the JR. Nationals with no one complaining about it. Ashley Cronley LeBlanc has been on the way up and coming off an overall win at the Greater Gulf States. She has a good look and the potential to win not only her class but the overall here. Amy Allen and Shannon Martinez are two who could take home pro cards. They’ve held their own on the national stage before and will have a solid chance at leaving pros. Former NFL cheerleader, Lisa Perry could be in the hunt if she brings better conditioning then she displayed at the Jr. Nationals. The 2012 Emerald Cup overall Bikini winner Paola Terry will look to move back into the winner’s circle and could do so here. She showed potential at the Team Universe event earlier this month.

Keep an eye on Laura Gutilla and Jill Rudison to make some noise in the Women’s Physique division. If Antonia Perdikakis can dial in her legs a bit tighter she could be in the hunt for the top spots in her class. LaDawn McDay and Alyssa Stroud could battle it out in the heavyweight division of female bodybuilding with the winner likely leaving the overall champ. If Christine Sabo comes in a bit tighter than her last outing she too could leave with IFBB Pro Status.

IFBB WOMEN PRO STATUS AWARDED:
Top 2 Placers in the Overall of Women’s Bodybuilding (4 Weight Classes)
Open Figure the Top 2 in each Height Class (6 Height Classes)
Open Bikini the Top 2 in each Height Class (6 Height Classes)
Women’s Physique the Top 2 in each Height Class (4 Height Classes)

If you’re following the action on twitter use #NPCUSAs as the hashtag. MusclePhone, GetbigNews, RonAvidan and NPCNEWSonline will be your best sources for twitter coverage throughout the weekend. Official NPC USA stage photos available at: photos.liftstudios.com.

 



Twenty-One New Female IFBB Pros Crowned


Tonight was “Female Friday” in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Hundreds of Hardbody women took the stage at the 2012 NPC Teen, Collegiate & Master’s National Championships. Many of the women have come close to turning pro a number of times and found theri pot of gold tonight, while others left looking for another rainbow.

 

The main take away from this show is be patient and remember persistence pays off. Women like Esmeralda Saxenian… She went from a 12th place finish at the 2006 NPC Excalibur to an overall win and IFBB pro card tonight. The overall 45+ Figure Winner, Krista Dunn didn’t quit when she placed 14th at this year’s NPC JR USA. She hit the gym harder, improved to 5th at JR Nationals and then 3rd at Team Universe before tonight’s victory. Sherri Gray was in the dreaded 16th place spot at the 2008 NPC JR USAs. She took home top honors and a pro card in the Women’s 35+ Women’s Bodybuilding.


Who turns pro at this show in the women’s divisions?

• Overall Women’s Bodybuilding Over 35
• Overall Women’s Bodybuilding Over 45
• Overall Women’s Bodybuilding Over 55
• Overall Figure Over 55
• Top 3 places (6 Height Classes) in the overall of Figure Comparisons Over 45
• Class winners (6 Height Classes) Figure Over 35
• Class winners (4 Height Classes) Bikini Over 35
• Class winners (2 Height Classes) Women’s Physique Over 35
• Class winners (2 Height Classes) Women’s Physique Over 45

Congrats to the new female IFBB Pro Card Winners from tonight’s NPC Master’s Nationals:

FIGURE:
• Esmeralda Saxenian – 35+ Overall Winner
• Krista Dunn – 45+ Overall Winner
• Katerina Tarbox
• Melanise Pettee
• Tina Bozman
• Nancy Bowlin
• Marci Colliau
• Kenyatta Jones Arietta
• Rebecca Book

WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE:
• Frances Mendez – 35+ Overall Winner
• Cheryl Cooke – 45+ Overall Winner
• Danielle Soucek
• Chris Kramer
• Tracy Bacon
• Leonie Rose

BIKINI:
• Deborah Lee – Overall Winner
• Lynn Sambuco
• Michon Leddy
• Heather Gonyea

FEMALE BODYBUILDING:
• Sherri Gray – 35+ Overall Winner
• Paula Francis – 45+ Overall Winner

Complete results and photos at npcnewsonline.com.

 



2012 NPC Colorado State Championships Results and Photos


The NPC Colorado State Championships were held on July 14th in Denver, Colorado. Promoter Jeff Taylor move the venue to the Buell Theater, located in downtown Denver. The Overall winners of this event not only received the title of being the state champion they also take home a Josten’s sterling silver ring an a $250 Tokyo Joe’s Gift Card. Each competitor who entered also received a $25 Tokyo Joe’s gift card.

Results
Bikini 35-40
1- Lara Fortune
2- Melissa Lorenzo
3- Gianna Ficco
4- Seaira Caldwell
5- Michelle Poirier
6- Christina Rockwell

Bikini 40+
1 – LeeAnn Johnson
2 – Lisa Romero
3 – Colleen Ruppe
4- Tracy Ludlow
5- Robin Repass
6- Jenny Brown
7- Heidi Boerstler

Overall Bikini Age Group Winner: LeeAnn Johnson

Bikini Novice A

1- Kendra Taylor

Bikini Novice B
1 – Emily Patton
2 – Nicole Mulleady
3 – Megan Varner
4 – Nita Williams
5 – Christina Rockwell
6 – Angela Giulitto
7 – Shaina Downing
8 – Olga Kirilchuk

Bikini Novice C
1 – Melissa Lorenzo
2 – Porcia Thompson
3 – Jackie Parra
4 – Brianne Bateman
5 – Julia Bell
6 – Nicole Maher

Bikini Novice D
1- Tarrah Speer
2- Aome Selk
3- Tanisha Millard
Bikini Novice Overall
Emily Patton

Bikini Open Class A
1- Sheina Heinicke
2- Jaime Benson
3- Jessica Romero

Bikini Open Class B
1- Chloe Miller
2- Gianna Ficco

Bikini Open Class C

1- Emily Patton
2- Krystie Velasco
3- Nita Williams
4- Christina Rockwell
5- Nicole Mulleady
6- Shaina Downing
7- Robin Repass
8- Olga Kirilchuk

Bikini Open Class D
1- Lisa Romero
2- Melissa Lorenzo
3- Jackie Parra
4- Jessica Romero(a)
5- Colleen Ruppe
6- Lara Fortune
7- Julia Bell

Bikini Open Class E

1- Alyssa Gross
2- Kelsea Androes
3- LeeAnn Johnson
4- Porchia Thompson
5- Tarrah Speer
6- Tracy Ludlow

Bikini Open Class F
1- Jenn Anderson
2- Whitney Rawlings
3- Dawn Weigum
4- Aome Selk
5- Inayah Hays

Bikini Overall CO STATE Champion and Winner of The RING: Emily Patton!

Figure 35-40
1- Tera Harrington
2- Andrea Willems
3- Shannon Mullin
4- LeeAnn Samaco

Figure 40-45
1- Renee Bosco
2- Angel Granieri
3- Linda Potter
4- Katherine Ewald

Figure 45-50
1- Sandy Davis
2- Leasa Schwaebe
3- Cynthia Rickerd

Figure 50+
1- Gina Dawn Thorpe
2- Missy Moore-Lee

Age Group Figure Overall Champion – Tera Harrington

Figure NOVICE A Class
1 – Sandy Davis
2 – Andrea Willems
3 – Cynthia Rickerd
4 – Katherine Ewald

Figure NOVICE B Class
1- Jeri Kafoed
2- Gina Dawn Thorpe

Figure NOVICE C Class

1- Jamie Byron
2- Shannon Mullin
3- Shannon Stitt

Figure Novice Overall CO STATE NOVICE FIGURE CHAMPION: JERI KOFOED

Fitness
1 – Missy Moore-Lee

Fitness Overall CO STATE Champion and Winner of The RING:Missy Moore-Lee

OPEN Figure A Class
1 – Amy Manzanares
2 — Sandy Davis
3 — Andrea Willems
4 — Eraca Lee Sprague

OPEN Figure B Class

1 — Stephanie Spencer
2 – Tera Harrington
3 — Jeri Kofoed
4 — Angel Granieri
5 — Macy Mullins

OPEN Figure C Class
1 – Renee Bosco
2 — Amy Laner
3 — Jamie Byron
4 — Shannon Stitt
5 — Sarah Bork

OPEN Figure D Class
1 — Noora Kuusivuori
2 — Jessica Walter
3 — Linda Potter
4 — Jennifer Helms
5 — Amy Ferguson

OPEN Figure Overall CO STATE Champion & Winner of The RING:

Stephanie Spencer

Women’s Physique 40+
1- Sandy Davis
2- Mercy Gonzales

Women’s Physique A
1- Laura Gutilla
2- Sandy Davis
3- Angie Sprague

Women’s Physique B
1- Megan Casey
2- Mercy Gonzales

Women’s Physique C
1- Dalia McNeil

Women’s Physique CO State Overall Champion and Winner of The Ring: Laura Gutilla

Complete results & photo here!



NPC Team Universe & Fitness Nationals Preview


This weekend nearly 500 competitors will take the stage at the 2012 Team Universe / Fitness Nationals in Teaneck, NJ. The events will also showcase a number of Masters Divisions and look for close to 100 competitors cross over from the Open to Masters events.

 

A total of 55 IFBB Pro cards will be awarded on Saturday night. The bulk of those pro cards coming in the women’s events. NPCNEWSonline.com broke down the pro cards by division.

- Open Men’s Bodybuilding Overall winner – 1
– Open Women’s Bodybuilding Overall winner – 1
– Master’s Men’s Bodybuilding Over 35, Over 45 and Over 55 Overall winners – 3
– Master’s Women’s Bodybuilding Over 35 and Over 45 Overall winners – 2
– Open Figure Top 2 in each Height Class (6 Height Classes) – 12
– Masters Figure Over 35 and Over 45 Overall winners – 2
– Open Bikini Top 2 in each Height Class (6 Height Classes) – 12
– Masters Bikini Over 35 Overall Winner – 1
– Men’s Physique Top 2 in each Height Class (3 Height Classes) – 6
– Women’s Physique Top 3 in each Height Class (3 Height Classes) – 9
– Women’s Fitness Top 2 in each Height Class (3 Height Classes) – 6

The overall winners will be eligible to compete on the USA TEAM at the 2012 World Championships. While we don’t have the final competitor lists as of yet, here’s a few competitors to watch.  These are just a few names that could be contenders, there’s clearly more to add to the list, in all divisions.

BIKINI:
Danielle Carr was 6th at this show last year and will look to move up into the top five this time around. Nola June has been up and down in the placings and if she comes in on point she can be a contender here. Kate Fishler was on top of her game at the NPC JR Nationals but slipped a bit at the Jr. Nationals. She has stunning good looks and wouldn’t bet against her finishing in the top two of her class. One who will definitely be a fan favorite is Denise Milani. Denise has built a huge online following and if she brings a better cut suit to this stage than her last NPC outing she could be a contender here. Maureen Doherty from Temecula, CA is one to watch in the open and in the 35 and over class. Paola Terry will make the trip to from Anchorage, Alaska and could be a leading lady in this show. She took top honors at the 2012 Emerald Cup earlier this year. Adrienne Crenshaw has been oh so close this year placing second at both the NPC Jr USA and NPC Jr Nationals this year. She’ll look to take a pro card home to Texas on Saturday night. Another Texan to keep an eye on is Siliana Gaspard. She took top honors at the 2011 NPC Texas and was third at the 2011 North Americans. If she brings the look she has to past shows, she’ll leave with a pro card.

FIGURE:
The Figure competition will be stacked in every class. Krista Dunn returns to the stage looking to crack the top spots. The Colorado girl has been consistently at the top in each of her National shows. Michelle Beck will make a return to the stage and if she comes in tight without being too hard, she could be a top contender in the tall class. Victoria Adelus was fifth in her class at last year’s Team U. She’ll hope to move into the top two spots this weekend. She was second at this year’s Emerald Cup held in April. Corinna Booth as the queen of the 2011 Ft. Lauderdale Cup and took second at this year’s New York Mets. Look for her to be a contender in her class. Patty Zariello has been knocking on a pro card’s door several times but came up just short. Look for her to do well and potentially leave with IFBB Pro status on Saturday night. Amy Puglise knows all to what what it’s like to be close to a pro card. She was second at the 2011 NPC Nationals and runner up at the 2012 NPC Jr Nationals. Another figure competitor who knows what it’s like to be in the top five but just miss out on turning pro is Michelle DeRosa. Michelle was third at the 2011 NPC Nationals and 4th at this year’s NPC JR USA. Kelly Booth Hater was second at the 2012 NPC JR Nationals B Class. She’ll look to match or surpass that here and leave a pro.

BODYBUILDING:
If things continue to go the way they have, look for the women’s bodybuilding numbers to be the lowest of all the divisions this weekend. Look for three women to be battling for the top spots and they could all face off in the Master’s division. Gail Auerbach, Michelle Brent and Christine Sabo. All three women have been at the top of t heir game before and if they bring their best here they could leave with IFBB Pro status. Sabo has the most potential of the group and if she’s on point she could leave your overall champ.

FITNESS:
The Fitness division should see decent numbers given that it’s the NPC Fitness Nationals and the top two in each of the three height classes achieve IFBB Pro status.  I look for around 30 competitors to enter this weekend’s event. A couple familiar names to the Fitness stage are Babette Mulford and Lisha Dean. Both women have come close to turning pro a number of times. I can’t see Babette leaving Jersey still an amateur if she brings the same thing she did to Jr Nationals. Lisha starts strong and tends to get a little winded mid-way through her routine. If she can keep her energy high through out the routine and come in just a bit tighter, she could leave with pro status. Alexis Paige showed potential in her Fitness debut in Chicago. If she speeds up her routine a bit and has some more strength moves she could do well. Ashley Sebera is knocking on the door to pro status as well. The Ohio girl has been moving up in the ranks this year and finished third at the NPC JR Nationals. Look for her to be a contender here. There will be a number of others that could leave with pro status and ultimately the best combo of a routine and physique should prevail.

WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE:
There are three pro cards up for grabs in each of the three height classes and this division has been blowing up as the year progresses. Nine women will leave with IFBB Pro status so you can bet this division will be packed once again. You have to figure Rachel Baker is one of the odds on favorites to leave a pro and potentially win the whole show. She’s come close on a number of occasions and definitely has the look of the division. Tony Perdikakis will look to come in a bit tighter in the legs than she was at the Greater Gulf States and try her hand at a division. Andrea Holliday will also be making the switch from Figure to Physique. If she can come in full she might have a chance to do well.

WHAT:
NPC Team Universe Bodybuilding, Figure, Bikini, Women’s Physique & Men’s Physique Championships in conjunction with the NPC National Fitness Championships

WHEN:
July 6-7, 2012

WHERE:
Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe
100 Frank W Burr Boulevard
Teaneck, NJ 07666

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
FRIDAY PREJUDGING – 4 pm EST
• Fitness Routines
• Men’s Bodybuilding (Open & Masters)
• Women’s Bodybuilding (Open &Masters)
• Men’s Physique

SATURDAY PREJUDGING – 9 am EST
• Women’s Physique
• Figure
• Fitness Two-Piece
• Bikini

Finals 6pm

COMPETITOR MEETINGS:
FRIDAY, JULY 6
1:00pm – Fitness
1:30pm – Men’s Bodybuilding (Open & Masters)
2:00pm – Women’s Bodybuilding
2:30pm – Men’s Physique

SATURDAY, JULY 7
7:30am – Figure & Women’s Physique
8:00am – Bikini

Follow all the coverage here and on twitter with the hashtag #teamU.



LIVE COVERAGE – 2012 NPC Jr. Nationals


Follow all the action from the 2012 NPC Jr. Nationals here on Hardbody.com. If you’re on twitter, you can see the live updates via twitter.com/MusclePhone. Joining in the coverage? Use the hashtag #NPCJRNAT for the event in all your tweets. You can see what everyone is tweet’n about with that tag by checking out hashtags.org/npcjrnat.

Visit www.Npcnewsonline.com for photos from tonight’s prejudging and to order official photos from the show visit photos.liftstudios.com.





2012 NPC Jr Nationals Info


Last night 540 hardbody men and women checked in for the 2012 NPC Jr. National Championships. The women will kick things off today at 3pm CST for “Fabulous Female Friday”. The Figure and Bikini divisions continue to draw the largest compeititor numbers however Women’s Physique is on the rise once again this year.

 

Twenty-three new IFBB pros will be crowned this weekend across all divisions. We’ll be covering the event all weekend long and you can follow our coverage here on Hardbody.com or on twitter.com/hardbodynews. If you’re tweeting use #NPCJRNAT for your hashtag. We’ll be updating our Facebook Fan Page with coverage as well throughout the weekend. Visit www.NPCNEWSonline.com for photographic coverage. If you’re like to purchase photos from the event visit: photos.liftstudios.com.

Friday, June 15, 2012
Hyatt Regency O’Hare Hotel and Grand ABCD Ballroom

24 hours Microwave Room TBD 24 hours ProTan – Appointment Only TBD 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. NPC/Promoter’s Office Grand Reg Office 9 – 11 a.m. National Judges WrittenTest TBD

Please note: Mandatory report times will be confirmed and posted at weigh/check-ins on Thursday

1:45 p.m. Fitness Mandatory Meeting
2 p.m. Women’s BB Mandatory Meeting
TBA Women’s Physique, Bikini, Figure Meeting

2:30 p.m. Doors open to public 3 p.m. Fabulous Female Friday – Prejudging Ballroom

Saturday, June 16, 2012
Hyatt Regency O’Hare Hotel Grand ABCD Ballroom

24 hours ProTan – Appointment Only TBD

8 a.m. Men’s Physique Mandatory Meeting Ballroom

8:30 a.m. Men’s Bodybuilding Mandatory Meeting
8:30 a.m. Doors open to the public

9 a.m. Men’s Bodybuilding Prejudging Men’s Physique Prejudging

5:00 p.m. All Competitors Mandatory Meeting

5:30 p.m. Doors open to the public

6:00 p.m. Finals – All Ballroom



2012 NPC JR USA Preview


This weekend over 400 men and women will take the stage at the NPC JR USAs in Charleston, South Carolina. Promoter Tres Bennett has a great venue locked in just minutes from the airport. The area near the venue and host hotel continues to be developed, which is music to competitor’s ears. Why? Restaurants after the show of course. This show played host to the first crowning of the Bikini division and last year the Men and Women’s Physique divisions. There are no new divisions this year but there will be a record number of competitor. Last year we saw around 300 competitors on stage, this year that number has jumped to nearly 450.

The NPC JR USA is typically a show where competitor get their feet wet on the National scene. That still holds true for men’s bodybuilding as there is no pro card awarded however the same can’t be said for the women’s events. The women will once again dominate the show and the Figure division continues to lead the way with 122 entrants. The Bikini division will also showcase over 100 women and look for each class to be competitive.

The UNOFFICIAL competitor breakdown by division… This number won’t be final until check-ins are complete on Friday night and there are no breakdowns by height/weight until check-ins are finished. Final OFFICIAL numbers will be available on Saturday morning.

Figure – 122
Bikini – 102
Women’s Physique – 42
Fitness – 20
Women’s Bodybuilding – 12
Men’s Physique – 87
Men’s Bodybuilding – 58

IFBB PRO STATUS AWARDED TO:
• Overall Fitness Winner
• Top 3 in the Overall Figure
• Top 3 in the Overall Bikini
• Class winners (2) in Men’s Physique
• Class winners (2) in Women’s Physique

OFFICIAL SHOW PHOTOS AND VIDEO:
Official show photos can be purchased at photos.liftstudios.com. Official video from the show will be provided by Money Mark Mason. If you’re interested in purchasing video from the show visit markmasonmedia.com. If your pre-order your DVD you will save $20!

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
FRIDAY MAY 18, 2012:
Location: HYATT PLACE
NPC OFFICE OPEN 9:00am to 7:00 pm

CHECK IN / WEIGH IN*
9:00AM-11:00AM or 5:00PM-7:00PM

*NOTE: Competitors are only required to check in once, either at the morning session or the evening session.

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SATURDAY MAY 19, 2012:
Location: PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

DOORS OPEN TO PUBLIC: 8:00AM
PREJUDGING BEGINS: 8:30AM

COMPETITOR MEETING TIMES
– FITNESS / WOMEN’S BODYBUILDING / MEN’S BODYBUILDING / MEN’S PHYSIQUE 7:30 AM
–  WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE  9:00 AM
– FIGURE 9:30 AM
– BIKINI 10:00 AM

PRE-JUDGING ORDER*
FITNESS ROUTINES
WOMEN’S BODYBUILDING
MEN’S BODYBUILDING
MEN’S PHYSIQUE
WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE
FITNESS 2 PIECE
FIGURE
BIKINI

*THESE TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE, FINAL TIMES WILL BE POSTED IN THE HYATT LOBBY FRIDAY NIGHT.

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FINALS:
SATURDAY MAY 19, 2012
Location: PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

MANDATORY MEETING 5:00PM

DOORS OPEN TO PUBLIC 5:30PM

FINALS BEGIN 6:00PM

Visit www.npcjrusa.com for more info. Look for LIVE coverage here on Hardbody.com throughout the weekend. If you’re on twitter use #NPCJRUSA as the hashtag.

 



National Physique Committee Announces March Athletes of The Month


The National Physique Committee (NPC) has added a new section to NPCnewsonline.com that will showcase an athlete of the month from every division. NPC Chairman, Jim Manion will select an Athlete of the Month based on information provided by contest promoters. Encourage your local NPC promoters to get involved in with NPCNEWSonline.com and you will have a chance at being one of the selected athlete each month.

 

PRESS RELEASE:

NATIONAL PHYSIQUE COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES MARCH ATHLETES OF THE MONTH
PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA (April 12, 2012) - George Peterson, Sheena Ohlig, Amber Leon, Amber Masino, Michael Anderson, Kelsie Bergin and Glenese Markes have been named the National Physique Committee’s Athlete’s of the Month for the month of March.

Each month, NPC Chairman Jim Manion will select an Athlete of the Month in each of the organization’s seven  divisions – Men’s and Women’s Bodybuilding, Figure, Bikini, Fitness and Men’s and Women’s Physique –  based on the information provided by contest promoters across the country and featured in the NPC News Online Contest Roundups every Monday.

“It was really the first full month of the NPC contest season, and we had some great athletes to choose from,” Manion said. “I was able to see a few of these athletes in person and was very impressed with the talent level in all of the divisions. It just goes to show how much the NPC has grown and continues to grow. Congratulations to all of the athletes who were selected.

Men’s Bodybuilding: Peterson, 27, from Jamaica, Queens, won the Light Heavyweight and Overall title at the Steve Stone New York Metropolitans on March 31 after a four-year layoff from competitions.

Women’s Bodybuilding: Markes, a former figure competitor who hasn’t competed since 2008, won the Overall at the Steve Stone Metropolitans on March 31.

Bikini: Bergin, competing for the first time, won the Overall at the Ronnie Coleman Classic on March 24. Bergin is 25 years old.

Figure: Masino, 31, won the overall at the Vancouver USA Naturals on March 24.

Fitness: Leon, 28, won the Overall in Fitness at the Vancouver USA Naturals on March 24.

Men’s Physique: Anderson, 39, won the Tall Class and Overall at the Natural Ohio Championships on March 24. Anderson has now won the overall title at his last three competitions.

Women’s Physique: Ohlig, 27, from Collingswood, New Jersey, won the Overall title in Women’s Physique at the Steve Stone Metropolitans on March 31.

For complete profiles and galleries of the NPC Athletes of the Month, go to www.npcnewsonline.com.

Contact:
Allan Donnelly
Editor
NPC News Online
editor@npcnewsonline.com



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