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IFBB Bikini Pro Stacey Alexander Joins Formulation One Nutrition


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Stacey Alexander has positioned herself as one of the top IFBB Bikini Pros in the world and she’s parlayed that success into a new endorsement deal. Formulation One, a growing supplement company, has announced the addition of Stacey to their expanding team of athletes. Stacey runs A-Team Training Center in Las Vegas, NV and was named Bodybuilding.com Trainer of the Month earlier this year.

Congratulations Stacey and props to Formulation One for showing their support to the women’s side of the fitness industry.

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Stacey Alexander Joins Formulation One Nutrition
Bikini Olympia 3rd Place Finisher Signs Exclusive Deal

Emerging supplement company Formulation One Nutrition continues its momentum with the announcement of a new addition to its Performance Team. IFBB Pro Bikini Star Stacey Alexander, a 3rd place finisher at last month’s Bikini Olympia, has signed an exclusive deal to represent the brand.

In addition to her current standing as one of the most dynamic bikini “personalities” in the world, Alexander is regarded as one of the most diverse achievers in the industry, with an extensive background in kickboxing, CrossFit and nutrition. Formulation One CEO Dan Solomon explains, “Stacey’s passion is infectious. She’s a high energy, multi-dimensional, world-class athlete, who lives each day in pursuit of peak performance. We’re very excited to welcome Stacey to our team.”

“Formulation One is a great fit for me.” says Alexander. “Not only are the products great, but the brand is well positioned to do some pretty amazing things. I’m excited to be a part of it.”

J.M. Manion, Alexander’s manager at FMG adds, “Stacey Alexander and Formulation One are a perfect match. Their combination of creative energy should translate to great things for everyone involved.”

Makers of the popular Cherry-Lemonade and Watermelon Pre-Workout, along with the All-In-One Men’s Performance Formula, Formulation One recently announced U.S. distribution with Europa Sports Products.

When Hardbody reached out to Solomon for comment, he responded, “She’s not only one of the top bikini stars in the world, but she also has enough energy to power a small country!” Hard to argue with that.

Find Formulation One online at www.PrepareToPerform.com.

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Stacey Alexander



All Women Sports Show “We Need to Talk” Airs on CBS Sports Network


NEW YORK (AP) — What perfect timing.

An all-women sports show premieres Tuesday night after weeks of NFL domestic violence cases dominating the headlines. Co-coordinating producer Emilie Deutsch has spent a lot of time listening to that male bastion of sports talk radio to prepare for the gig, and she marvels that “I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve heard someone say, ‘Well, I talked to my wife about this and my wife said this.'”

A core panel of a dozen female commentators will get to speak for themselves on “We Need to Talk,” which airs on cable channel CBS Sports Network. The weekly, hour-long, prime-time show is the first of its kind.

To Deutsch and fellow coordinating producer Suzanne Smith, the all-women cast makes it completely different than other sports programs — yet no different at the same time.

Smith notes that “The NFL Today” studio is next door to that of “We Need to Talk,” and she believes any of her 12 commentators could comfortably slide onto that set.

“They can talk the talk,” said Smith, the only woman currently producing or directing NFL games.

But CBS wouldn’t be doing the show unless its executives believed their talk would offer a different perspective.

“They bring their experiences as young girls, women, mothers, daughters to the topics,” said Deutsch, a vice president of features and original programming.

The main panelists are a mix of veteran broadcasters and former pro athletes. CBS is using five of its own announcers: Pro Football Hall of Fame honoree Lesley Visser; former Oakland Raiders CEO Amy Trask; sideline reporters Tracy Wolfson and Allie LaForce; and radio host Dana Jacobson. They are joined by reporter Andrea Kremer of NFL Network and HBO Sports, boxer Laila Ali, basketball stars Lisa Leslie and Swin Cash, swimmers Dara Torres and Summer Sanders, and tennis player Katrina Adams.

This is not a show specifically about women’s sports, unless they happen to be a major source of news. The domestic violence charges against star U.S. Soccer goalie Hope Solo will likely be discussed during Tuesday’s premiere — a subject that has received plenty of mainstream media attention in the context of the NFL’s handling of the Ray Rice case.

The first two planned segments Tuesday are on the league’s response to domestic violence allegations, hardly a stretch considering that has been by far the biggest sports story of the last month.

“(Viewers) are craving these women’s voices now more than ever before,” Smith said Monday.

“We Need to Talk” was announced in late August and in the works long before that. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was facing criticism at the time for handing Rice a two-game suspension, but only later did the issue become massive national news when TMZ released video of the Baltimore running back assaulting his then-fiancee.

Goodell, who had since acknowledged that the initial punishment was too lenient, suspended Rice indefinitely after the Ravens released him.

“All these things happened that totally needed a women’s perspective also,” Leslie said. “You had men addressing abuse that’s happening to a woman. What do women think?”

Leslie also thinks, though, that she brings a perspective of a hardcore fan no different from the male sports talk radio hosts she loves to listen to in the car. The passion that makes her yell at the TV and decide to attend 7 a.m. church services so she can make it home in time to watch her favorite New England Patriots.

After the first two segments Tuesday, the premiere will turn to more on-the-field sports topics such as Derek Jeter’s retirement and the job security of Michigan football coach Brady Hoke. And there may very well be male guests in future weeks.

CBS has shown its commitment to the show by promoting it during hugely popular NFL and SEC broadcasts. Trask and Kremer will also appear on Tuesday’s “CBS This Morning” to plug it.

The audience for “We Need to Talk” will be limited, though, by the distribution for CBS Sports Network, which is in fewer than half of the country’s homes with televisions. The channel is not rated by Nielsen, so viewership numbers won’t be available.

Just the existence of the show is important to Deutsch, who respects Visser, Wolfson and LaForce’s work as sideline reporters but is frustrated that women aren’t in the booth on NFL games.

“It’s really time for women to have more of an opportunity,” Deutsch said, “than being relegated to three minutes during a three-hour football game.”

STATEMENTS FROM MEMEBERS OF THE “WE NEED TO TALK” TEAM
“I am so honored to be a part of a ground-breaking show that exemplifies knowledge and expertise in the world of sports with some of the most reputable and respected voices in the sports arena. There’s no better time than now to express our views as women in the sports world that represent such a large base of athletes and fans.” – Katrina Adams

“I am thrilled and honored to have a seat at the table for meaningful conversation with so many accomplished women in the sports world.” – Laila Ali

“As a passionate sports fan, as well as an athlete, I am excited to be a part of CBS Sports Network’s historic sports-focused program hosted entirely by women, especially at a time when the influence of women in sports has evolved to where it is today.” – Swin Cash

“I’m excited to be a part of the show. While the buzz may be about this being an all-female sports show, once we start talking, I have no doubt that what we’re saying, not the gender of who is saying it, is what will resonate most.” – Dana Jacobson

“When I first heard about the show, my reaction was ‘finally.’ I applaud CBS for taking this historic step and am flattered and grateful to join the stellar group of women on the CBS roster and beyond. I have known and worked alongside Lesley Visser and Amy Trask for virtually my entire career. It’s ironic that over the years we’ve had so many conversations that start out with, ‘We need to talk about…’ Now we all get to share our knowledge and opinions on the burning issues in sports in this unique new forum.” – Andrea Kremer

“As human beings, we have the opportunity every day to redefine the preconceived standards that others set for us. No one but ourselves can know what we are capable of achieving. This show gives women an opportunity to challenge the status quo and set higher standards for what we can achieve as broadcasters.” – Allie LaForce

“I am honored to join the CBS Sports family to inspire, entertain and deliver insight on a platform with amazing women doing what we do best – talk sports. I am excited to have the opportunity to be a part of such a ground-breaking show. Yet we cannot do it alone. We hope to have the support of men and women because it’s time, and ‘We Need To Talk!’” – Lisa Leslie

“Sports have always been a huge part of my life and my conversations. It is a thrill and an honor to be a part of this ground-breaking show. I am a competitor at heart, but a true sports fan to my core.” – Summer Sanders

“Being an Olympic Medalist was a team effort. So I am honored to be a part of CBS Sports’ WE NEED TO TALK cast of iconic women. Being part of a show with some of my broadcasting and sports idols is an honor.” – Dara Torres

“I am delighted to be part of this electrifying project. It is certainly fitting that such leading edge programming is being presented by this tremendous network. I look forward to collaborating with the many terrific people who are working on this innovative project, both in front and behind the camera.” – Amy Trask

“The sports world is in need of a show like this and there is no better place for it than CBS. I am so excited to be part of this project and working alongside these talented, knowledgeable women as we bring our view on all the hot topics in sports.” – Tracy Wolfson

Info provided by ap.org and cbspressexpress.com.



2014 IFBB EVLS Prague Pro Competitor Lists & Hardbody Preview


Prague Pro

This weekend the IFBB Pro Bikini competitors will be back on stage for the second qualifying event towards the 2015 Olympia. Over the weekend the first show of the new pro calendar year (the Korea Pro) took place with Ashley Kaltwasser winning.

This weekend the odds on favorite heading into the show looks to be India Paulino who finished third in Korea. She’ll have her work cut out for her as the European competitors are no joke. While some praise the “new version” of India’s posing, I’m not fan. She’s brought in a better look to her physique recently and the over-the-top posing detracts from it. If she let’s the bod do the talking she’ll be cashing a first place check. If she thinks she’s auditioning for SHOWGIRLS, she’ll be on the outside of the winner’s circle. Christina Strom Fjaere didn’t finish in a top spot at the Olympia however it was just her second pro show ever. She won her pro debut and has a look that will undoubtedly get noticed. Look for her to be in the mix at the Prague Pro. Noemi Olah is a likely contender for the top spot and you can never rule out Lacey DeLuca to be in the hunt for a top five finish. Jessica Arevalo has been competing all year and it will be a test to see how her body looks at yet another show. Aly Garcia has yet to hit her groove this year but with some rest she could come into this lineup and shake things up, if she doesn’t try and new hair styles or goofy poses. Michelle Brannan is looking to get back in the top spots and will need to nail the little details like her posing, tanning and makeup. Margret Gnarr has a great look and if she brings a similar presentation to this stage that she did at the Arnold, she should be a top callout contender.

The 2013 Prague Pro Bikini winner Vladmira Krasova is not currently on the list but if she does enter she’ll be one to watch for the top spots.

The competition takes place on October 4, 2014 in Prague, Czech Republic. The Bikini competitors will share the stage with the Men’s Open and 212 Bodybuilders.

2014 IFBB EVLS Prague Pro Bikini Competitors
Valeria Ammierato
Jessica Arevalo
Michelle Brannan
Lacey DeLuca
Christina Strom Fjaere
Aly Garcia
Margret Gnarr
Noemi Olah
India Paulino
Jessica Renee
Sofia Tandilian

2014 IFBB EVLS Prague Pro Bodybuilding Competitors
Jon DeLarosa
Dalibor Hajek
Johnnie Jackson
Tomas Kaspar
Jeno Kiss
Steve Kuclo
Juan Morel
Shawn Rhoden
Aliaksei Shabunia
Mike Sheridan
Fred Smalls
Daniel Toth
Roelly Winklaar
Dennis Wolf

2014 IFBB EVLS Prague Pro 212 Bodybuilding Competitors
Baito Abbaspour
Ahmad Ahmad
Peirre Chamoun
Guy Cisternino
Flew Lewis
Terzo Mirsad
Lee Powell
Jose Raymond
Andre Regestein
Vicente Santamaria

Visit evlspraguepro.com for more information.



2014 Arnold Classic Europe Results


Arnold Classic Europe

The 2014 Arnold Classic Europe is in the books and things went as expected in the women’s pro fitness division. Oksana Grishina was coming off her first Fitness Olympia win and brought all the moment with her to Madrid, Spain. She was able to perform the same routine that earned her the top spot at the Fitness International, in Columbus, Ohio to kick the year off. Oksana’s “pole routine” demonstrates not only her versatility as an athlete but also as a performer. She becomes the first woman to win the Fitness International, Olympia and Arnold Classic Europe Fitness all in the same year.

Defending Arnold Classic Europe Fitness champion, Tanji Johnson brought an improved physique to the stage but had to settle for third. Definitely no shame in that placing and Tanji continues to be one of the mainstays in the Fitness division. The third place finish matches her Olympia Fitness placing form last week. Myriam Capes suffered an accident after the 2014 Fitness Olympia that left her with an injured hand but it didn’t hold her back from a fifth place place finish. Leaping into the top five with an always beautiful routine was Canadian Fitness star, Danielle Ruban. Danielle always has a smile on her face and consistently in the hunt for a top spot in every show. The always high-flying and energetic Regiane Da Silva was coming off a second place finish at the Olympia and matched that placing in Madrid. Regiane always has to play catch up after the 2-piece round but her routines help her land a top spot due to the non-stop nature. She also makes strength moves look easy but try any one of them and you’ll likely land on your face.

2014 Arnold Classic Europe Fitness Results
Madrid, Spain

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1. Oksana Grishina 8 – 10 – 18
2. Regiane Da Silva – 13 – 24 – 37
3. Tanji Johnson 9 – 32 – 41
4. Danielle Ruban 26 – 58 – 84
5. Myriam Capes 42 – 48 – 90
6. Marta Aguilar 20 – 72 – 92
7. Whitney Jones 29 – 70 – 99
8. Diana Monteiro 36 – 68 – 104
9. Amanda Hatfield 43 – 84 – 127
10. Aurika Tyrgale 49 – 88 – 137

Kai Greene and Mamdouh “Big Ramy” were slated to compete in the show but didn’t take the stage. This left the door open for the rest of the field to move up as Kai had to be the favorite heading into the show and Big Ramy a threat for the top five. An improved Dennis Wolf took top honors by his size and improved conditioning. Shawn Rhoden was able to hold onto his conditioning from last week’s Olympia and landed him in second. Rounding out the top three is the always dangerous Dexter Jackson. Dexter proves that age is just a number as he continues to be a top contender into his 40s.

2014 Arnold Classic Europe Bodybuilding Competitors
1. Dennis Wolf – $40,000
2. Shawn Rhoden – $25,000
3. Dexter Jackson – $15,000
4. Victor Martinez – $12,500
5. Roelly Winklaar – $5,000
6. William Bonac – $2,500
7. Juan Morel
8. Robert Piotrkowicz
9. Michael Kelfalianos
10. Jonathan DelaRosa
11. Fred Smalls



2014 IFBB Korea Grand Prix Competitors


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The inaugural IFBB Korea Grand Prix takes place this weekend and while the line-ups are the biggest they will be competitive. The show features the IFBB Men’s 212 Bodybuilding and the pro Bikini division. Reigning Bikini Olympia champion Ashley Kaltwasser will face 7 other women in the show with names like Amanda Latona and India Paulino leading the way.

2014 IFBB Korea Grand Prix Competitors – Bikini
1. Krissy Chin
2. Ashley Kaltwasser
3. Vladimira Krasova
4. Amanda Latona
5. Aija Maximillian
6. India Paulino
7. Nina Ross
8. Brittany Taylor

2014 IFBB Korea Grand Prix Competitors – Men’s 212
1. Baito Abbaspour
2. Sami Al Haddad
3. Guy Cisternino
4. David Henry
5. Flews Lewis
6. Jose Raymond
7. Hidetada Yamagishi

For more information visit www.ifbbprokorea.com.



2014 Arnold Classic Europe Competitor Lists


Arnold Europe

The 2014 Arnold Classic Europe will feature some of the biggest names in professional Fitness and Bodybuilding. Oksana will look to make it three major wins in a row. She took top honors in Columbus to kick the year off at the Fitness International and followed it up with her first Fitness Olympia title. She’ll face the defending champion, Tanji Johnson this weekend in Madrid, Spain for the Arnold Europe Fitness title.

2014 Arnold Classic Europe Fitness Competitors
1. Marta Aguilar
2. Myriam Capes
3. Regiane Da Silva
4. Oksana Grishina
5. Amanda Hatfield
6. Tanji Johnson
7. Whitney Jones
8. Diana Monteiro
9. Danielle Ruban
10. Aurika Tyrgale

2014 Arnold Classic Europe Bodybuilding Competitors
1. William Bonac
2. Jonathan DelaRosa
3. Mamdouh Elsbiay
4. Kai Greene
5. Dexter Jackson
6. Michael Kelfalianos
7. Victor Martinez
8. Juan Morel
9. Robert Piotrkowicz
10. Shawn Rhoden
11. Fred Smalls
12. Roelly Winklaar
13. Dennis Wolf

For more information on the show visit http://arnoldclassiceurope.es/wp/en/



2014 Olympia Women’s Physique Showdown Results & Scores


2014 Women's Physique Olympia
The 2014 Olympia Women’s Physique Showdown was the second in the history of the division. Last year’s champion Dana Linn Bailey was back to defend her title but came up just short against Brazilian born Juliana Malacarne. Dana Linna Bailey (DLB as the fans refer to her) was a crowd favorite but it was a clear decision in the judges’ eyes that Juliana was the winner. Complete results and scores shown below and for photos visit bodybuilding.com. Check back for a show report and the Hardbody 411 on the competition.

2014 Olympia Women’s Physique Showdown Results & Scores
Las Vegas, Nevada
PLACING – NAME – SCORE
1. Juliana Malacarne – 6
2. Dana Linn Bailey – 9
3. Tycie Coppett – 15
4. Karina Nascimento – 22
5. Sabrina Taylor – 28
6. Mindi O’Brien – 29
7. La’Drissa Bonivel – 33
8. Jillian Reville – 40
9. Jennifer Robinson – 50
10. Frances Mendez – 52
11. Karin Hobbs – 53
12. Jacklyn Sutton-Abrams – 54
13. Patricia Mello – 64
14. Heather Grace – 73
15. Tamee Marie -75
16. Rachel Baker – 80
16. Roxie Beckles – 80
16. Olga Beliakova – 80
16. Nathalie Falk – 80
16. Samantha Hill – 80
16. Sandra Lombardo – 80
16. Leila Thompson – 80
16. Toni West – 80



2014 Figure Olympia Results & Scores


2014 Figure Olympia

Nicole Wilkins won her 4th Figure Olympia title on Saturday night, something no other woman in the history of the division has done. She had been tied with Davana Medina, the inaugural champ, with three. Wilkins was the unanimous winner on the judges scoresheet with Candice Keene in second. Complete report coming but until then check out the photos from the show and complete results below.

2014 Figure Olympia Results
Las Vegas, Nevada
PLACING – NAME – SCORE
1. Nicole Wilkins – 10
2. Candice Keene – 20
3. Candice Lewis – 30
4. Ann Titone – 42
5. Latorya Watts – 43
6. Gennifer Strobo – 61
7. Julie Mayer – 68
8. Dana Ambrose – 82
9. Cydney Gillon – 93
10. Allison Frahn – 110
11. Alicia Coates – 114
12. Jessica Graham – 115
13. Camala Rodriguez – 117
14. Wendy Fortino – 136
15. Andrea Calhoun – 153
16. Krista Dunn – 158
17. Sasha Brown – 160
17. Karina Grau – 160
17. Natalia Revajova Lenartova – 160
17. Zsuzsanna Toldi – 160



Iris Wins Record 10th Olympia Title – 2014 Ms. Olympia Results


Iris Kyle won a record 10th Olympia title at the 50th Olympia. Full report coming but check out who finished where in the Ms. Olympia contest and check out photos on bodybuilding.com.

2014 Ms. Olympia Results
1. Iris Kyle
2. Alina Popa
3. Debi Laszewski
4. Alana Shipp
5. Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia
6. Anne Luise Freitas
7. Sheila Bleck
8. Jennifer Sedia
9. Rita Bello
10. Margie Martin
11. Christine Envall
12. Lisa Giesbrecht
13. Simone Oliveira



2014 Fitness Olympia Results


Congratulations to Oksana Grishina, winner of the 2014 Fitness Olympia. Full contest report coming but for now check out the photos and see who finished where below.

2014 Fitness Olympia Results
1. Oksana Grishina
2. Regiane DaSilva
3. Tanji Johnson
4. Bethany Cisternino
5. Myriam Capes
6. Fiona Harris
7. Trish Warren
8. Whitney Jones
9. Danielle Ruban
10. Marta Aguiar
11. Amanda Hatfield
12. Somkina Liudmila



2014 IFBB Bikini Olympia Results


Congratulations to Ashley Kaltwasser on winning her second Bikini Olympia title. She’s the first repeat champion in the division. Complete review and report coming up but for now check out who finished where in the 2014 IFBB Bikini Olympia. Click here to view photos from the event.

2014 IFBB Bikini Olympia Results
1. Ashley Kaltwasser
2. Janet Layug
3. Stacey Alexander
4. Yeshaira Robles
5. Amanda Latona
6. India Paulino
7. Sarah LeBlanc
8. Tawna Eubanks
9. Noemi Olah
10. Stephanie Mahoe
11. Candice Conroy
12. Narmin Assria
13. Vladimira Krasova
14. Lacey DeLuca
15. Christie Marquez
16. Noy Alexander
16. Jessica Arevalo
16. Taylor Bentson
16. Kelsie Clark
16. Christina Fjaere
16. Sandi Forsythe
16. Jenee Leger
16. Angela Marquez
16. Crystal Matthews
16. Dayna Maleton
16. Brittany Taylor
16. Nikola Weiterova



2014 Figure Olympia Poll, Preview and Predictions


Figure Olympia

The 2014 Figure Olympia is upon us and 20 women will compete for the coveted crown of Figure Olympia champion. Nicole Wilkins will look to make history with a record-setting 4th win. Nicole won her first Olympia title in 2009, finished second in 2010 and reclaimed the title once again in 2011. In 2012 she was relegated to second once again and bounced back last year to claim her third title. The only other woman to win three titles was Davana Medina, so Nicole is in elite company as it is. Candice Keene will look for her first Olympia and is in the best position to upset the champ. Erin Stern was Nicole’s biggest nemesis but she has opted out of competing in this year’s event. There are a number of other women who could give Nicole a run for her money but can beat the champ? We’ll find out soon… Check out the preview of the show on bodybuilding.com and cast your vote for who you want to see win the Figure Olympia title.



2014 Official Olympia Competitor Lists


2014 Olympia Competitors

The final lists are out for the 2014 Olympia and a few names are absent from the line-ups despite qualifying. The most surprising to fans will be 8x Fitness Olympia champ, Adela Garcia. Adela will not be competing for the first time in years. Nathalia Melo shared her reasons for sitting out earlier this month and in the Figure competition we knew Heather Dees, Mallory Haldeman and Erin Stern would not be in the show.

The official lists and their competitor numbers are listed below.

2014 Ms. Olympia
1. Rita Bello
2. Sheila Bleck
3. Christine Envall
4. Anne Freitas
5. Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia
6. Lisa Giesbrecht
7. Debi Laszewski
8. Margie Martin
9. Simone Oliveira
10. Alina Popa
11. Jennifer Sedia
12. Alana Shipp
13. Iris Kyle

2014 Fitness Olympia
1. Marta Aquiar
2. Myriam Capes
3. Bethany Cisternino
4. Regiane Da Silva
5. Fiona Harris
6. Amanda Hatfield
7. Tanji Johnson
8. Whitney Jones
9. Somkina Liudmila
10. Danielle Ruban
11. Trish Warren
12. Oksana Grishina

2014 Figure Olympia
1. Dana Ambrose
2. Sasha Brown
3. Andrea Calhoun
4. Alicia Coates
5. Krista Dunn
6. Allison Frahn
7. Wendy Fortino
8. Cydney Gillon
9. Jessica Graham
10. Karina Grau
11. Candice Keene
12. Natalia Lenartova
13. Candice Lewis
14. Julie Mayer
15. Camala Rodriguez
16. Gennifer Strobo
17. Ann Titone
18. Zsuzsanna Toldi
19. Latorya Watts
20. Nicole Wilkins

2014 Bikini Olympia
1. Noy Alexander
2. Stacey Alexander
3. Jessica Arevalo
4. Narmin Assria
5. Taylor Bentson
6. Kelsie Clark
7. Candice Conroy
8. Lacey DeLuca
9. Tawna Eubanks
10. Christina Fjaere
11. Sandi Forsythe
12. Vladmira Krasova
13. Amanda Latona
14. Janet Layug
15. Sarah LeBlanc
16. Jenee Leger
17. Stephanie Mahoe
18. Dayna Maleton
19. Angela Marquez
20. Christie Marquez
21. Crystal Matthews
22. Noemi Olah
23. India Paulino
24. Yeshaira Robles
25. Brittany Taylor
26. Nikola Weiterova
27. Ashley Kaltwasser

2014 Olympia Women’s Physique Showdown
1. Jacklyn Abrams
2. Rachel Baker
3. Roxie Beckles
4. Olga Beliakova
5. La’Drissa Bonivel
6. Tycie Coppett
7. Nathalie Falk
8. Heather Grace
9. Samantha Hill
10. Karin Hobbs
11. Sandra Lombardo
12. Juliana Malacarne
13. Tamee Marie
14. Patricia Mello
15. Frances Mendez
16. Karina Nascimento
17. Mindi O’Brien
18. Jillian Reville
19. Jennifer Robinson
20. Sabrina Taylor
21. Leila Thompson
22. Toni West
23. Dana Linn Bailey

2014 Mr. Olympia
1. Branch Warren
2. Victor Martinez
3. Fred Smalls
4. Shawn Rhoden
5. Ibrahim Fahim
6. Steve Kuclo
7. Dexter Jackson
8. Johnnie Jackson
9. Jonathan DeLaRosa
10. Roelly Winklaar
11. William Bonac
12. Jojo Ntiforo
13. Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Elssbiay
14. Juan Morel
15. Dennis Wolf
16. Kai Greene
17. Phil Heath

2014 Olympia 212 Showdown
1. Baito Abbaspour
2. Ahmad Ahmad
3. Raul Carrasco
4. Guy Cisternino
5. Aaron Clark
6. Eduardo Correa
7. Charles Dixon
8. Mark Dugdale
9. Mboya Edwards
10. Sami Al Haddad
11. David Henry
12. Jose Raymond
13. Hidetada Yamagishi
14. Flex Lewis

2014 Olympia Men’s Showdown
1. Matthew Acton
2. Michael Anderson
3. Tyler Anderson
4. Anton Antipov
5. Jeremy Buendia
6. Matt Christianer
7. Steve Cook
8. Felipe Franco
9. Xavisus Gayden
10. Sadik Hadzovic
11. German Pacheco
12. Jason Poston
13. Tonnell Rodrigue
14. Ayra Saffaie
15. Jonathan Sebastian
16. Jeff Seid
17. Tory Woodward
18. Mark Anthony Wingson



2014 Fitness Olympia Preview, Poll and Predictions


2014 Olympia Fitness

The 2014 Fitness Olympia is upon us and twelve women will compete for the coveted crown. The reigning and all-time winningest fitness champion, Adela Garcia will not be competing this year. Adela was won the title a record 8 times. Who will be the next to take over the fitness reign? Oksana Grishina, Tanji Johnson, Bethany Wagner or someone else? Cast your vote for who you think will win the Fitness Olympia in the poll below. Check out the Bodybuilding.com preview on the event and how you can watch the routines if you’re not able to attend in person.



Hardbody Poll: Who Wins The 2014 Women’s Physique Olympia?


women's physique olympia poll

The second annual IFBB Women’s Physique Olympia is quickly approaching. Bodybuilding.com has a preview with some of the leading contenders and one look at the comments, fans may have a different opinion on who will win. So we want to know… Who DO YOU think will win the 2014 Women’s Physique Olympia. Cast your vote below, share it with your friends and check out the Bodybuilding.com preview to see if you agree with who will be crowned the champ this year.



Nathalia Melo on Sitting Out the Bikini Olympia


Nathalia Melo
I was asked by a few people, “why did you leave Nathalia out of your Bikini Olympia predictions?” Well, Nathalia is a very good competitor but it will be tough for her to win her second Olympia title when she’s watching from the audience. I’ve read a variety of comments speculating why Nathalia isn’t competing this year so I decided to go straight to the champ herself and find out what’s up. Check out what Nathalia had to say about sitting out the Olympia, retirement chatter and more. As always, Nathalia is shows her humorous side and why she’s one of the most popular women in the industry whether she’s on stage or not.

Nathalia Melo on Sitting Out the Bikini Olympia

Where ya living these days?
In planes and airports. LOL… Just kidding I am living in Belfas-Northern Ireland.

How often do you travel?
At least twice a month, and since mid-August until a week before Christmas I will be on the road every weekend working for my sponsors, Nutrex Research and Better Bodies. Plus I’m doing my “Nathalia Melo Stage Ready Seminars” and “Melofit Camps”.

Some rumors floating around about you not competing in the Olympia this year. Let’s tackle those…

Are you pregnant?
No… no babies here. Well… I did get a dog, if he can count as a baby. =)

HA! Good one. Are you out of shape and not able to pull it together?
Yup! Been living on cake and ice cream for the past few months. Hahaha… just joking! I better stop it before people think it is true. But, on a serious note now when you are in this industry it is vital that you stay in shape, not necessarily contest shape but at least photo shoot ready. I have been doing shoots for my sponsors and have a few photoshoots lined up for the Olympia weekend. So, no… I didn’t get morbidly obese.

You’ve got jokes.

My decision to not do the Olympia this year started when I had a very bad injury on my back, which was around the time I had to make de decision whether or not I was going to compete at the Olympia. Plus, I have been super busy with my seminars and camps so I am trying to focus more them (I have done seminars and camps in nearly 20 different countries). And to top it all off, I am also planning my wedding. So, with so much going on I thought it would be best to sit out of this one.

You’re planning a wedding soon?
I am wedding planning at the moment. MADNESS!!

So you retired?
No. I am not ready to play Bingo on a daily basis, yet.

HAHA! Now that we got those out of the way…

Will you be at the Olympia and if so where can people see The leader of the Melo Mafia?
I wouldn’t miss the Olympia weekend for anything! I surely will be there! I will be at Nutrex Research and Better Bodies booth on both days, and at Bodybuilding.com booth on Friday.

You’ve been doing lots of seminars. Any of those planned after the Olympia?
Yes. Many of them planned for after the Olympia. In Russia, England, Italy and the U.S. to name a few places.

You’re also part of a book coming out with other champions. What can people expect to find in your profile?
I am pretty freaking excited to be put in a book with so many women who I admire and all the female legends of the Bodybuilding. In my profile I share my workouts, diet and a few tips on things I have learned over the years.

nathalia melo

Lastly, what bit of advice would you have for the rookies competing in the Olympia for the first time?
Enjoy the ride, the moment and be very very very proud of yourself for stepping on that stage. Regardless of your placing, always remember that not many can say that have competed at the Olympia. Oh… and take LOOOOOOADS of pictures backstage, they are such great memories!!

Thanks Nathalia! Follow Nathalia on instagram, Facebook and twitter.



Modified Covergirl “Get Your Game Face On” Photo


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The Ray Rice domestic violence case continues to be a hot topic. The women’s advocacy group, UltraViolet is turning up the heat on the NFL’s commission Roger Goodell and the way he has handled the case. The group planned to fly banners reading @ultraviolet: #GoodellMustGo before the start of three NFL stadiums and one look at the hashtag #goodellMustGo you’ll see the movement is picking up momentum.


That created buzz but nothing quite like the image shared on social media. On Saturday, an image from CoverGirl’s NFL makeup line went viral. The image says, “Get Your Game Face On!” but was modified to look like the model had a black eye. No word on who is behind the photoshopped photo but it’s certainly creating a buzz. It appears this is the first tweet showing the shocking photo.


The website has a petition to ban Roger Goodell.

The commissioner of the NFL, Roger Goodell, has been caught in a despicable and disgusting lie and he must resign. He insisted that the NFL had asked for the hotel surveillance video of the horrific and brutal assault of Janay Rice, but had never seen it. However, news just broke that the law enforcement officials sent the NFL the video in April–and the NFL even acknowledged receiving it–a NFL employee was even quoted saying, “It’s terrible.” And shockingly, after watching Ray Rice beat his wife and knock her out cold, NFL executives still only suspended Rice for two games.

It’s horrendous–and completely undermines the NFL’s credibility. Calls for Goodell’s resignation are mounting–it’s time for him to go. Will you sign the petition?

Tell NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell:

“Resign immediately. Your failure to take domestic violence seriously is outrageous.”

photo via https://twitter.com/23Glick



First-annual Arnold Kids Fitness EXPO Announced


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The first-annual Arnold Kids Fitness EXPO will be held March 7-8, 2015 at the Ohio Expo Center.

The Arnold Kids Fitness EXPO will serves as the activity core for youth sports competitions and family activities at the Ohio Expo Center. The Arnold Kids Fitness EXPO will combine thousands of youth athletes, coaches and family members and fitness enthusiasts in an event dedicated to providing young athletes access to hours of entertainment and youth/family sports, products and services.

Located in the Bricker Building, the 2015 Arnold Kids Fitness EXPO will feature sport specific demonstration areas; individual skill development clinics, hundreds of vendor booths, awards ceremonies and other activities. The Ohio Expo Center will also host a variety of youth competitions in Cheerleading, Archery, CrossFit Endeavor and Table Tennis, as well as the Arnold Survival Race. The Kids Fest will be the hub of the activity.

The Arnold Kids Fest will have more than 30,000 square feet of space dedicated to sports demonstrations and clinics in: Gymnastics, Fencing, Tennis, Table tennis, Martial Arts, Wrestling, Jump Rope, Teen Challenge and many others.

The Arnold Kids Fest will have more than 25,000 square feet dedicated to youth sports and fitness equipment, apparel and service providers to market your business to thousands of athletes and attendees.

Schedule
Saturday, March 7, 2015
9 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 8, 2015
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

OHIO EXPO CENTER
Bricker Building

To learn more about the expo visit http://arnoldsportsfestival.com/kids-expo/. Visit https://www.facebook.com/arnoldsports for the latest updates on the 2015 Arnold Sports Festival



ASP Becomes the World Surf League


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Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) will become World Surf League (WSL) in 2015. Five-Time World Champion Stephanie Gilmore shared, “Changing the name to the World Surf League is about taking the sport to more people, to broaden the audience, to let people understand that this is the place for professional surfing.”

Kelly Slater, 11-time World Champion, is on board with the name change as well. Slater joined Stephanie and others in a video. “I like the idea of changing ASP to the World Surf League. The ASP isn’t exactly self-explanatory.”

ASP CEO Paul Speaker released a letter to the community along with a video regarding the announcement.

To the ASP community,

At the start of the 2015 season, we will change our name to the World Surf League (WSL). We’re making this change because we believe the new name is easier to understand, and gets us on a better track to serve our fans, athletes and partners, and to grow the great sport of professional surfing worldwide.

There’s been a lot of change in the last two years. Part of it you can see, such as new venues and enhanced live broadcasts. Some of it is behind the scenes. All of it is driven by the twin goals of preserving the heritage and culture of surfing while, at the same time, creating an even better foundation to grow our sport in the future.

We want you to know that changing our name was a carefully considered decision for us. We felt it was important to share this idea with as many people in the ASP community as we could, from athletes to past world champions to event partners. In the end, we were greatly comforted by the fact that not a single person we spoke with opposed changing names to the World Surf League. Not one.

This is a decision we’ve made with our community and you can see their reactions for yourself.

We understand that for many of you reading this, the letters “ASP” have significant meaning and that this news might be unsettling. We hope you will give us the benefit of the doubt and that, over time, you will come to see this change as positive for the sport we all love. At the end of the day, professional surfing’s DNA remains intact: we’re about the world’s best surfers in the world’s best waves. That will never change.

From day one, our commitment to you has been that we will do everything in our power to improve the overall experience for fans, athletes and partners. Of course, we still have a lot of work to do, but we are confident that we are heading in the right direction.

We want to salute everyone upon whose shoulders we stand, from the creators of the ASP to their forefathers at what was originally known as the International Professional Surfers (IPS). It was the hard work of all of these people that provided the platform that we all share today and it is with them, and with you, that we look forward to ushering in the new era of the World Surf League.

Sincerely,

Paul Speaker
Chief Executive Officer

For more visit www.aspworldtour.com.



Hardbody Bikini Olympia Poll, Preview and Predictions


2014 Bikini Olympia

The 2014 Bikini Olympia is entering its fifth year of existence. Every year there’s been a new champion crowned. Sonia Gonzales was the first and then Nicole Nagrani. Nathalia Melo won the third crown and last year Ashley Kaltwasser took top honors. So who will it be this year? Will Ashley be the first to repeat or will history repeat itself? We’ll find out next week but one thing is for certain the top six is up for grabs and as we’ve seen in the past anyone can end up in the mix.

See who is in the Olympia, who is sitting out (hint she won the Olympia once) and who the leading contenders are in my bodybuilding.com preview. Vote for who you want to win the 2014 Bikini Olympia in the poll below.



Glanbia acquires Isopure for $150 million


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Glanbia acquires Isopure, the US sports nutrition business, for US$150 million
12 September 2014 – Glanbia plc (‘Glanbia’ or the ‘Group’), the global performance nutrition and ingredients group, announces that it has agreed to acquire The Isopure Company, LLC (the “Business” or “Isopure”) (www.theisopurecompany.com) for cash consideration of US$153 million (the “Transaction”).

Isopure is a US based provider of premium branded sports nutrition products. The Business focuses on powders and ready-to-drink (‘RTD’) formats, primarily through the specialty, internet and direct distribution channels. Isopure generated net revenues of US$74.6 million for the twelve month period to the end of July. This represents a CAGR of 20% for the period from end December 2011 to end July 2014.

Isopure’s premium brand complements the portfolio of Glanbia’s Global Performance Nutrition (‘GPN’) business and the acquisition further consolidates GPN’s market leading position. The acquisition is expected to be earnings accretive from 2015 and will be funded from the Group’s existing debt facilities.

It is anticipated that the Transaction will complete in the fourth quarter of 2014 subject to customary completion conditions and regulatory approval.

Commenting today, Siobhán Talbot, Group Managing Director said

“We are delighted to announce the acquisition of Isopure. As a premium brand, the Business is an excellent addition to our portfolio of market leading performance nutrition brands and provides an opportunity to leverage our infrastructure and capabilities to drive future growth. The transaction, which is firmly aligned with the Group’s strategy, supports our growth ambitions and will be value enhancing for our shareholders.”

About Glanbia
Glanbia plc is a global performance nutrition and ingredients group with leading market positions in sports nutrition, cheese, specialty dairy and non-dairy ingredients and micronutrient premixes. The Group is comprised of four business segments – Global Performance Nutrition, Global Ingredients, Dairy Ireland and Joint Ventures & Associates. The Group employs over 5,000 people in 32 countries. Glanbia shares are listed on the Irish and London Stock exchanges (symbol: GLB).

Glanbia’s B2C Global Performance Nutrition segment is the global leader in sports nutrition with a direct presence in 19 countries worldwide and product sales in more than 100 countries. Its brand portfolio includes Optimum Nutrition, BSN, ABB and Nutramino. Global Performance Nutrition’s portfolio of products covers all key sports categories including protein, muscle gainers and builders, pre-workout and general health.



Maria Shriver Confirmed as Closing Speaker for The espnW: Women + Sports Summit


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Award-winning Journalist and Social Change Advocate Maria Shriver Confirmed as Closing Speaker for The espnW: Women + Sports Summit
Maria Shriver, mother of four, Peabody and Emmy award-winning journalist, founder of “The Shriver Report” and activist for social change will speak at the fifth annual espnW: Women + Sports Summit presented by Toyota on Friday, Oct. 10. Her closing address will focus on her Architects of Change life philosophy and her family’s Special Olympics legacy.

Throughout her work, Shriver’s mission is to inform, inspire and ignite change in hearts and minds. She is driven by her belief that as individuals, we all have the ability to be “Architects of Change” — people who see a problem in their own life, or the community around them, and step out of their comfort zone to do what it takes to create the solution. This powerful idea will be at the heart of her talk at the espnW Summit.

“I’m extremely excited to be partnering with espnW to discuss my belief that we can all be Architects of Change in our own lives and the lives of others,” says Shriver. “My mother, Eunice Shriver, did that by founding the Special Olympics in 1968, which went on to transform the world of sports. I’m proud of ESPN for their work with Special Olympics Unified Sports and the Special Olympics World Games, taking place in LA in July 2015, where thousands of Architects of Change with intellectual disabilities will gather and transform not only the city, but also the sports community yet again.”

This year’s Summit, which will take place October 8-10, in Dana Point, Calif., is themed “Making an Impact” and will focus on the influence athletes and business leaders have on the women’s sports landscape. These influences will be examined through open conversations, compelling presentations, keynote speeches and expert panels. Throughout the multi-day event, ideas are turned into action items, aimed at driving greater opportunity for women in sports.

“Maria is a trailblazer who has worked diligently throughout her life to shed light on issues that are unique to women,” said Laura Gentile, vice president, espnW. “Her optimism and belief in the power of women to make real, enduring change will be explored with our guests. Maria is a wonderful addition to the Summit program and the many inspirational, accomplished speakers at this year’s event.”

Shriver is a Peabody and Emmy-winning journalist and producer, a six-time New York Times best-selling author, and an NBC News Special Anchor reporting on the shifting roles, emerging power and evolving needs of women in modern life. She is the founder of “The Shriver Report,” a nonpartisan initiative that raises awareness, ignites conversations and inspires impact around the defining issues and fundamental changes facing modern women and their families and is a project of A Woman’s Nation.

Among the other speakers at the Summit are former U.S. Ambassador Melanne Verveer, International Olympic Committee member Anita DeFrantz, Equinox President Sarah Robb O’Hagan, Women’s Tennis Association CEO Stacey Allaster, LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan, Olympians Hilary Knight and Gretchen Bleiler, Paralympian Amy Purdy and WNBA stars Brittney Griner and Elena Delle Donne.

About espnW
espnW serves women who love sports. espnW.com provides an engaging environment that offers total access to female athletes and the sports they play, takes fans inside the biggest events, and shares a unique point of view on the sports stories that matter most to women. Founded in July, 2010, espnW lives across television, films, events, digital and social platforms. The annual espnW: Women + Sports Summit is the leading event of its kind in the sports industry. The Women’s Sports Foundation is a charity of choice for espnW.



Vail Resorts Acquires Park City Mountain Resort


Vail Resorts Acquires Park City Mountain Resort in Park City, Utah
BROOMFIELD, Colo.Sept. 11, 2014 — Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN) today announced that the Company has acquired Park City Mountain Resort (PCMR) from Powdr Corp. for $182.5 million in cash, subject to certain post-closing adjustments. The acquisition includes all of the assets of Greater Park City Company (GPCC), the land used for ski terrain at the resort held by Ian Cumming, and certain base parking lands owned by Powdr Development Corp., which have approved zoning for approximately 687,000 square feet of residential and commercial development. The acquisition does not include the Gorgoza tubing operation, located approximately 10 miles from the resort, which will be retained by Powdr Corp.

With the acquisition, all aspects of the previously disclosed litigation with respect to PCMR have been settled and this dispute will no longer pose any future threat to disrupt the operation of the resort.

“First and foremost, we are very pleased to bring a permanent end to this dispute and provide assurance to the guests and employees of PCMR, and to everyone in the Park City community, that they no longer have to worry about any disruption to the operation of the Resort. This has been a difficult period for everyone involved and I commend John Cumming and Powdr Corp. for helping to find a solution to this situation,” said Rob Katz, chairman and chief executive officer of Vail Resorts.

“Park City Mountain Resort is one of the most spectacular mountain resorts and iconic brands in the ski industry and I am proud to have the resort become a part of Vail Resorts. The acquisition will allow us to immediately bring Park City Mountain Resort onto the Epic Pass, which will now offer skiers from across the country and around the world access to 22 resorts, including Canyons in Park City, Utah; Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; and Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in Tahoe. We look forward to working collaboratively with the entire Park City community, as well as city and county officials, as we chart the future for the resort, including how we can best bring the Canyons and Park City ski experiences together to create the largest mountain resort in the United States,” he added.

Blaise Carrig, president of Vail Resorts, will act as interim chief operating officer for the resort.

“We understand that this acquisition represents a change for all of the employees of PCMR and I look forward to working with everyone on the PCMR team as we develop a vision for the future of the resort,” said Carrig.

Mountain operations of PCMR and Canyons will remain separate for the 2014-2015 ski season. However, the Epic Pass and Epic Local Pass will be valid at PCMR. All PCMR passes for the 2014-2015 ski season will continue to be honored and can be exchanged or upgraded for a season pass that will also be valid at Canyons. The majority of all lift tickets sold at either resort will be valid at both PCMR and Canyons.

The Company also announced that due to the acquisition of PCMR, it expects $35 million in incremental EBITDA in Fiscal Year 2015, excluding any transaction and transition costs. The Company anticipates additional contributions from the acquisition in future years, particularly after it can connect the experience of the two resorts together. The Company expects the acquisition to provide significant tax benefits over the next 15 years, including an average of approximately $12 million in additional annual taxable depreciation and amortization expense through Fiscal 2021. The Company will be making additional comments on PCMR and the Company’s outlook in its 2014 fiscal year-end investor conference call on Sept. 24.

Park City Mountain Resort offers terrain for every type of skier and snowboarder, from perfectly manicured groomers to powder-filled bowls and some of the industry’s most progressive terrain parks and half pipes. Located in the heart of historic Park City, Utah–one of the country’s greatest ski towns–PCMR was named the fifth best resort in North America by readers of SKI Magazine in 2014. The mountain resort’s 16 lifts serve 114 runs, nine powder-filled bowls, four terrain parks and two half pipes. The mountain also offers many summer adventures including one of the world’s longest alpine slides, a nearly 4,000-foot long alpine coaster, zip lines and more than 70 miles of hiking and biking trails. Together with Canyons, the combined resort will offer over 7,000 acres of skiing and will be the largest ski resort in the United States.

About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company’s subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons in Park City, Utah; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company’s subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com.

Visit news.vailresorts.com for more info.



Serena Williams in New Wireless Headphones Ad


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Watch Serena Williams workout in this newest ad from Beats By Dre. The ad show the number one tennis player in the world working out in wireless headphones with the track “Black Unicorn” playing in the background. You don’t have to be a tennis fan to appreciate the hard work she puts in to build her hardbody. The Beats wireless headphones sound like a great idea, especially when you consider they’ll run you about $200 and tend to short out where the wire that connects to your device.

Serena Williams is the #1 female tennis player in the world. Watch her train as only she can in Powerbeats2 Wireless from Beats by Dre. Nothing Stops Serena.

Powerbeats2 Wireless combine the emotion of Beats and the power of wireless, to allow athletes to be free to train and play as hard as they can; however they want to. Nothing stops.

Beats by Dre Powerbeats2 Wireless Earphones: http://www.beatsbydre.com/earphone/be…

Track: Black Unicorn by 2 Chainz f. Chrisette Michele and Sunni Patterson

Screen captures from the video of Serena Williams for Dre Powerbeats2.

Via Youtube



Bethany’s Hardbody Climb to The Olympia


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Bethany’s Hardbody Climb to The Olympia
The 2014 Fitness Olympia is quickly approaching and one of the favorites in the contest is Bethany Wagner-Cisternino. The Jersey girl always brings one of the best physiques to the stage and with her always-improving routines, she has a chance to take top honors. Bethany stopped by to give an update heading into this year’s big show in Las Vegas plus she shares a sample workout. Check it out.

Hello Hardbody peeps! I hope everyone had relaxing and successful summer! I wanted to give everyone a quick update on my personal “Climb to the Olympia.” I switched it up from Road to the Olympia, because I began my contest by running Red Rocks and climbing Mount Quandary in Colorado with my good friend Camala Rodriguez-McClure. I believe “the climb” describes my training and preparation more accurately! I challenge myself everyday to get stronger physically and mentally. I’m always moving upward and onward.

I have said this before and I’ll share it again… I learn something new about myself every contest prep. I am learning what “stronger everyday” means to me. I ask myself “how do I put that into action?” For me, it is to focus on my inner voice and truly “listen to my heart.” I want to improve in all roles of my life: a daughter, sister, aunt, wife, friend, teacher, coach, and fitness competitor. I am learning and practicing the value of compassion. Compassion is my new favorite VERB and you should “exercise” it with others and with YOURSELF! It is not as easy as it sounds. Slowly but surely I am climbing to be a more mindful and compassionate person (especially with myself).

Inside the gym is so much easier to achieve “stronger everyday”. I can accomplish “hardbody.” So, for you I have included a back and bicep workout I recently tackled. Back training is a longer day because there are so many muscles of the back! I try to vary wide and close grip exercises. As a general rule I always do one warm-up set and then 3 working sets. Depending on the pump I may drop set the last set to really squeeze and feel the muscle(s) being worked.

BETHANY’S SAMPLE WORKOUT:
1. Seated close grip cable row super-set with wide grip pull ups (unassisted to failure)
2. Barbell T-Bar Row super-set with hammer strength (dual grip) one arm row machine (high/wide grip)
3. Reverse grip lat pull down with no weight low back hyperextensions
4. Close- grip lat pull down (use two separate hand

les) with cable bicep curl
5. DB bicep curl (twist at the top) – 3 drop sets

“Live your Dream. Show Compassion. Create your own Happiness. Follow your Heart.”

See you in 2 weeks!!!

~B



Under Armour Ad: Gisele Bündchen – I WILL WHAT I WANT


Brilliant. Bravo Under Armour.

Gisele Under Armour

Gisele Bündchen – I WILL WHAT I WANT
Gisele knows what it means to live under the microscope, amongst the noise of contradicting opinions. But will beats noise.

Watch Gisele face real-time commentary now at: http://iwillwhatiwant.com/gisele

#IWILLWHATIWANT

Via YouTube.



Under Armour Signs Brazilian Model Gisele


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Under Armour took the internet by storm with the launch of their new “I WILL WHAT I WANT” campaign. The first ad, featuring Misty Copeland, has 5.8 million views on Youtube and counting. The campaign was universally accepted by men and women of all ages. It’s encouraging. It’s empowering. A virtually unknown athlete was thrust into the limelight. It sparked discussion on a whether a dancer/ballerina was an athlete.

Under Armour is sure to spark more debate and be in the news this week once again. This morning a teaser video was posted on their official Youtube channel announcing they’ve signed Gisele Bündchen. Known usually as just “Gisele” the model and to sports fans as Mrs. Tom Brady. Tom Brady has endorsed UA since 2010 and now his wife will join the team.

Gisele certainly doesn’t need to rely on Tom for money. According to FORBES, the 34 year-old is the world’s highest-paid model (a title she’s held for 8 years in a row) making $47 million a year.

In a tweet this morning, Gisele shared she is “proud to join and celebrate strong women everywhere.” Hard to argue with that train of though regardless of if you’re a fan of hers or not, right?


According to the announcement/teaser video we’ll find out on September 4th what UA has in store.

The announcement is already causing controversy on social media. Some are excited. Others not so much. Comments are coming in fast and furious on espnW’s Facebook page and as you might expect they vary from the positive to the not so encouraging.

“I think Gisele can do whatever she wants. I also think that if she’s active, in shape and living a healthy life – her participation past or present in athletics is irrelevant. There is a growing number of women that are participating in healthier lifestyles that were not athletes as young people and those of us that were athletes should stop making fun of them.”

“She does Kung Fu, yoga and lives a really active healthy outdoor lifestyle so I think it’s a good fit to grow UA’s women’s segment.”

“She may be a fashion model, but everyone who puts on under armor clothing is not an ‘athlete’. Aren’t we supposed to applaud all types of women? She is another type of woman. I don’t think her modeling UA would want me to buy it, but no reason to hate her or UA for this deal.”

“Gisele, the not athlete, will be a model for athletic clothing. Cause that makes sense”

“and the rich get richer! Why not use an unknown, someone we can relate to!”

“It’s about fashion now as opposed to sports. Guess I will no longer fit their clothing.”

Cast your vote and join the conversation on espnW’s Facebook page and on our Facebook page and twitter as well.

Lead image compiled via Under Armour Youtube.



Find Out Who Qualified for The 2014 Olympia


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The 50th Olympia is quickly approaching and it promises to be one of the biggest and best yet. The best of the best will compete for the coveted Olympia title on September 18-21, in Las Vegas. This year’s contest has a number of seasoned veterans and a few rookies looking to shake things up. The lists below are for who qualified to compete in the 2014 Olympia but not necessarily who will compete. Look for a couple BIG names to NOT be competing this year. The final lists won’t be out until the week of the Olympia, so check back to see who will be stepping on stage.

2014 MS OLYMPIA
Iris Kyle, USA
Alina Popa, Romania
Debi Laszewski, USA
Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia, Venezuela
Brigita Brezovac, Slovenia
Simone Oliveira, Brazil
Anne Freitas, Brazil
Rita Bello, Argentina
Sheila Bleck, USA

QUALIFIED VIA THE OLYMPIA POINT SERIES
Margie Martin, USA, 6
Christine Envall, Australia, 6
Alana Shipp, USA, 5
Lisa Giesbrecht, Canada, 5
Jennifer Sedia, USA, 4

2014 FITNESS OLYMPIA
Adela Garcia, USA
Oksana Grishina, Russia
Tanji Johnson, USA
Myriam Capes, Canada
Bethany Cisternino, USA
Marta Aquiar, Uruguay
Fiona Harris, Canada

QUALIFIED VIA THE OLYMPIA POINT SERIES
Regiane Da Silva, Germany, 18
Danielle Ruban, Canada, 12
Whitney Jones, USA, 9
Trish Warren, USA, 8
Amanda Hatfield, USA, 5
Somkina Liudmila, Russia, 5

2014 FIGURE OLYMPIA
Nicole Wilkins, USA
Erin Stern, USA
Candice Keene, USA
Heather Dees, USA
Mallory Haldeman, USA
Camala Rodriguez, USA
Alicia Coates, USA
Candice Lewis, USA
Jessica Graham, USA
Dana Ambrose, USA
Natalia Revajova Lenartova, Slovakia
Ann Titone, USA
Zsuzsanna Toldi, Hungary
Gennifer Strobo, USA
Cydney Gillon, USA
Karina Grau, Paraguay
Latorya Watts, USA
Julie Mayer, USA

QUALIFIED VIA THE OLYMPIA POINT SERIES
Allison Frahn, USA, 17
Andrea Calhoun, USA, 13
Sasha Brown, USA, 12
Wendy Fortino, USA, 12
Krista Dunn, USA, 11

2014 BIKINI OLYMPIA
Ashley Kaltwasser, USA
Yeshaira Robles, USA
Stacey Alexander, USA
Nathalia Melo, Brazil
India Paulino, USA
Lacey DeLuca, USA
Vladmira Krasova, Czech Republic
Jennifer Andrews, USA
Narmin Assria, USA
Amanda Latona, USA
Taylor Methany Bentson, USA
Crystal Matthews, USA
Christie Marquez, USA
Sarah LeBlanc, USA
Noy Alexander, USA
Janet Layug, USA
Sandi Forsythe, USA
Christina Strom Fjaere, Norway
Jenee Leger, USA
Angela Marquez, USA
Stephanie Mahoe, USA
Tawna Eubanks, USA
Brittany Taylor, USA

QUALIFIED VIA THE OLYMPIA POINT SERIES
Jessica Arevalo, USA, 17
Dayna Maleton, USA, 14
Candice Conroy, USA, 13
Kelsie Clark, USA, 12
Nicola Weiterova, Slovakia, 11
Noemi Olah, USA, 11

2014 OLYMPIA WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE SHOWDOWN
Dana Linn Bailey, USA
Tycie Coppett, USA
Sara Hurrle, USA
Toni West, USA
Patricia Mello, Brazil
Sabrina Taylor, USA
Jennifer Robinson, USA
Frances Mendez, USA
Nathalie Falk, Germany
Juliana Malacarne, Brazil
Samantha Hill, USA
Mindi O’Brien, Canada
Tamee Marie, USA
Leila Thompson, USA
La’Drissa Bonivel, USA
Karin Hobbs, USA
Heather Grace, USA

QUALIFIED VIA THE OLYMPIA POINT SERIES
Rachel Baker, USA, 11
Karina Nascimento, USA, 10
Olga Beliakova, Russia, 8
Roxie Beckles, USA, 7
Jacklyn Sutton-Abrams, USA, 7
Sandra Lombardo, USA, 7
Jillian Reville, USA, 7

2014 MR. OLYMPIA
Phil Heath, USA
Kai Greene, USA
Dennis Wolf, Germany
Shawn Rhoden, USA
Dexter Jackson, USA
Ibrahim Sami Fahim, Egypt
Justin Compton, USA
Steve Kuclo, USA
Branch Warren, USA
Mamdouh Elssbiay, Egypt
Juan Morel, USA
Roelly Winklaar, Curacao
William Bonac, Netherlands
Victor Martinez, Dominican Republic

QUALIFIED VIA THE OLYMPIA POINT SERIES
Jonathan Delarosa, USA, 16
Evan Centopani, USA, 8
Lionel Beyeke, France, 8
Cedric McMillan, USA, 7
Fred Smalls, USA, 7
Johnnie Jackson, USA, 7
Jojo Ntiforo, USA, 7
Essa Obaid, UAE, 7

2014 OLYMPIA 212 SHOWDOWN
James Lewis, UK
David Henry, USA
Kevin English, USA
Jose Raymond, USA
Eduardo Correa, Brazil
Sami Al Haddad, Bahrain
Guy Cisternino, USA
Aaron Clark, USA
Charles Dixon, USA
Hidetada Yamagishi, Japan

QUALIFIED VIA THE OLYMPIA POINT SERIES
Mark Dugdale, USA, 12
Raul Carrasco Jimenez, Spain, 11
Ahmad Ahmad, Sweden, 9
Baito Abbaspour, Iran, 8
Mboya Edwards, Canada, 7

2014 OLYMPIA MEN’S PHYSIQUE SHOWDOWN
Mark Anthony Wingson, USA
Jeremy Buendia, USA
Matthew Acton, USA
Sadik Hadzovic, USA
Jason Poston, USA
Tyler Anderson, USA
Tory Woodward, USA
Michael Anderson, USA
German Pacheco, USA
Arya Saffaie, USA
Anton Antipov, USA
Steve Cook, USA

QUALIFIED VIA THE OLYMPIA POINT SERIES
Jonathan Sebastian, USA, 15
Xavisus Gayden, USA, 12
Felipe Franco, Brazil, 10
Jeff Seid, USA, 10
Matt Christianer, USA, 7
Tonnell Rodrigue, USA, 7



2014 Olympia Schedule of Events


2014 Olympia Schedule

HOTEL / EVENT CENTER:
The Orleans Hotel and Casino – Las Vegas
4500 W Tropicana Ave
Las Vegas, Nevada
(800) 675-3267

Las Vegas Convention Center
3150 Paradise Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89109

See where your favorite company will be at on the EXPO Map.

2014 Olympia Schedule of Events:

Thursday, September 18th
12:00 PM
Mr. Olympia Press Conference – Orleans Hotel – Showroom – Open to The Public

7:00 PM
Meet the Olympians – Orleans Arena Concourse Level – VIP Ticket Holders & Platinum Members Only

8:00 PM
Meet the Olympians Orleans Arena Concourse Level – Free Admission/Open to Public

Friday, September 19th
9:30 AM
Olympia Expo – Las Vegas Convention Center – South Hall
Early Entry for VIP Ticket Holders & Platinum Members (click for VIP packages)

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Olympia Expo – Las Vegas Convention Center – South Hall

10:30 AM
IFBB Pro League Women’s Judging: Fitness, Bikini, Figure, Women’s Physique and Ms. Olympia Las Vegas Convention Center – South Hall

1:00 PM
212 Showdown – Athlete Weigh-Ins – Las Vegas Convention Center – South Hall

1:30 PM
BPI’s FLEX Bikini Model Search – Judging – Las Vegas Convention Center – South Hall

1:30 PM
Muscle & Fitness Model Search – Judging – Las Vegas Convention Center – South Hall

7:00 PM
Fitness, Bikini & Ms. Olympia Finals and Mr. Olympia Judging – Orleans Arena

Saturday, September 20th
9:30 AM
Olympia Expo – Las Vegas Convention Center – South Hall
Early Entry for VIP Ticket Holders & Platinum Members (click for VIP packages)

10:00 AM
5:00 PM – Olympia Expo – Las Vegas Convention Center – South Hall

10:30 AM
IFBB Men’s Physique Showdown – Judging & Finals,
IFBB Women’s Physique Showdown (posing & confirmation round)
IFBB Men’s & Women’s Physique Awards and 212 Showdown – Judging and Posing

2:00 PM
BPI’s FLEX Bikini Model Search – Finals – Las Vegas Convention Center – South Hall

2:00 PM
Muscle & Fitness Model Search – Finals – Las Vegas Convention Center – South Hall

7:00 PM
Figure, 212 Showdown & Mr. Olympia Finals – Orleans Arena

11:00 PM
Olympia Victory Gala – Orleans Hotel – Mardi Gras Ballroom

12:00 AM
Official Olympia After Party

Sunday, September 21st
11:00 AM
Olympia Superstar Seminar – Orleans Hotel – Mardi Gras Ballroom

 

For more info on the Olympia, purchase tickets and more visit mrolympia.com.

 



2014 Olympia Webcast FREE on Bodybuilding.com


2014 Olympia Webcast

The 2014 Olympia is quickly approaching and the folks at bodybuilding.com will once again be broadcasting the event LIVE and FREE on their website. There was some confusion amongst a fans, mainly do to irresponsible reporting by a few websites, that there would be no live webcast due to NBC SPORTS filming this year’s 50th Anniversary. If there were any lingering doubts on a webcast, you can put them to bed with today’s announcement.

Bodybuilding.com Announces Exclusive 2014 Olympia Webcast
Boise, ID – August 28, 2014 – Bodybuilding.com, the Internet’s most-visited fitness website and largest online retailer of nutritional supplements, will offer a free worldwide webcast of the 2014 Olympia Weekend, presented by BSN, MuscleTech, and Dymatize Nutrition.

This year marks the historic 50th anniversary of Joe Weider’s Olympia Weekend, and is a must-see event for all fans of physique competition. Thanks to Bodybuilding.com, everyone can tune in—for free! Our live HD webcast, as well as post-event VOD (video-on-demand) replays, will stream in the Bodybuilding.com Webcast Player (available soon), the Bodybuilding.com Livestream Channel, the Livestream Roku channel for those watching on big-screen TVs, and the Livestream mobile app*.

Bodybuilding.com’s live webcast will stream the IFBB pro events on Friday night and Saturday night (September 19th and 20th) from The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, beginning at 6:30 p.m. PDT (9:30 p.m. EDT) both nights. The Friday night webcast segment will feature the Mr. Olympia judging round, and the finals for the beautifully fit women of the Bikini, Fitness, and Ms. Olympia competitions.

The Saturday night webcast segment concludes the pro competitions with the finals for the women’s Figure division, the men’s 212 Showdown, and the main event—the Mr. Olympia finals. Reigning 3-time Mr. Olympia Phil Heath will battle to defend his title against fierce challengers (and champions in their own right) Kai Greene, Dexter Jackson, Branch Warren, Dennis Wolf, Shawn Rhoden, and Victor Martinez—just to name a few!

The webcast also features plenty of expert pre-show discussion and post-show analysis and athlete interviews, and also includes the annual Webcast Fan’s Choice Award, where fans get to vote for their favorite athlete. The presentation of the 2014 Bodybuilding.com Supplement Awards winners will also be viewable via webcast. The annual Supplement Awards continue to set the standard for recognition of the best products and brands in the fitness and supplement industry.

Read more on the webcast and a Q&A with some of last year’s champions.



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