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Rihanna Named Global PUMA Ambassador


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Rihanna Signs with Puma ©Photo Courtesy of Puma 

Story and images courtesy of PUMA.



2015 Arnold Athlete Invite List Announced


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

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

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

2015 Fitness International


2015 Figure International (15)

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

2015 Figure Internationals

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

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

2015 Women's Physique Arnold

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

2015 Arnold Classic 212 (10)

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

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



UFC Champ Ronda Rousey Signs with Reebok


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

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

Find out more of Ronda’s favorites like the Reebok Womens LM Bodycombat.

Today Jones posted a much happier video.

 

Rousey then posted…

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

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2015 IFBB Pro Fitness Contest Schedule


2015 IFBB Fitness Schedule

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

 

2015 IFBB Pro Fitness Contest Schedule

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



2015 IFBB Pro Figure Contest Schedule


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

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

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

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

2015 IFBB Pro Figure Contest Schedule

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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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

Masters Pro Figure
MORE INFO: www.pbwproshow.com


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


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

Masters Pro Figure
MORE INFO: www.pbwproshow.com


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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

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



2015 IFBB Pro Bikini Contest Schedule


2015 IFBB Pro Bikini

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

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

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

2015 IFBB Pro Bikini Contest Schedule

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

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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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

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


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


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

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

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



2015 Arnold Sports Festival Expands


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Presenting Sponsor: Europa Sports Products.

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

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

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

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



Women’s Semifinal Results – Dew Tour Mountain Championships


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

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

Complete semifinal results on DewTour.com.

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

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

Complete Freeski Slopestyle Results on DewTour.com.

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

Visit DewTour.com for complete results.

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



2015 Arnold Model Search


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Ronda Rousey’s Book “My Fight/Your Fight” Released in 2015


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Ronda Rousey continues to make a name for herself out of the octagon. She’s an Olympic Medalist, actress, model, UFC Champ and now you can add author to her resume. The 288 page hardcover book, is slated to be released on April 14, 2015 and co-written by her sister Maria Burns Ortiz. The book will detail her diet, workouts, mind games and more. The book will set you back around thirty bucks but it should be money well spent.

Ronda Rousey’s Book “My Fight/Your Fight” Released in 2015

In this revealing memoir, undefeated UFC champion and Hollywood star Ronda Rousey charts her difficult path to glory, revealing her tragic childhood and her father’s suicide, her meteoric rise to fame, the secret behind her undefeated UFC record, and what it takes to become the toughest woman on Earth.

It was over in a blur. It took 16 seconds. Ronda Rousey, the Olympic medalist and reigning UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, retained her mixed martial arts title in a brief flurry of fists, knees, and chokeholds. Rousey now is the most sought after and recognizable female athlete in the world: the former judo Olympic champion turned star ultimate fighter, seen stripped down on the cover of ESPN magazine, profiled by the highbrows at the New Yorker, and fast becoming a ubiquitous presence in Hollywood. When she isn’t beating her opponents into submission she is starring in big-budget movies like Entourage, The Expendables 3, Fast & Furious 7, and three upcoming major action films from Warner Bros. In this inspiring and entertaining memoir, Rousey charts her difficult path to glory, exposing her tragic childhood, settling numerous scores, and sharing the habits that create champions, including her extreme diet regimen during fight week, her grueling and unexpected workouts, and the shocking mind games she plays before knocking out every opponent she’s ever faced.

Ronda Rousey is the UFC undefeated women’s bantamweight champion, an Olympic medalist, and a Hollywood actress. One of the most dominant athletes in UFC history (arguably the most dominant), Rousey is single-handedly responsible for the inclusion of women in the Octagon. And she has taken Hollywood with the same force as the UFC, landing roles in major films and emerging as an up-and-coming action film star.

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Ronda RouseyBook cover not final – image via simonandschuster.com

Ronda Rousey’s Book “My Fight/Your Fight” released in 2015.



2015 NPC National Contest Schedule


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

2015 National NPC Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



O2 Media Acquires E-Retailer Inbox Fitness


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/o2mediainc
Follow us on LinkedIn:   O2 Media
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About Inbox Fitness®
Inbox Fitness® is a flash-sale e-retailer of health and fitness products, including nutritional supplements, exercise equipment, fitness apparel and accessories, healthy home and kitchen items, and a variety of organic and natural nutrition products.

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

Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/InboxFitness
Follow us Twitter: www.twitter.com/InboxFitness

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Reebok and the UFC Announce 6-year Partnership


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The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) announced a 6-year partnership with Reebok. Reebok will become the exclusive outfitter and apparel provider for the UFC with the new policy beginning the week of July 6, 2015. The announcement was met with mixed reviews from the fans but the general consensus amongst the fighters was positive. The new deal provides UFC fighters with a guaranteed income for each of their fights and they’ll also have the opportunity to generate royalty income from their own athlete-specific products.

A promo from Reebok was shown at the press conference.

“This partnership is much more than a licensing agreement,” said Matt O’Toole, President, Reebok. “It is a true collaboration between two great brands, which will not only give UFC a new and exciting look, but will harness the global reach of both brands to also benefit young people around the world, particularly those at risk of being involved in crime and violence.”

Sorry fans but you won’t see CONDOM DEPOT or other random brands across the fighters’ shorts in the octagon. The fighters will no longer be permitted to have sponsor logos on their athletic apparel during the fight, the official UFC fight week events and in any UFC-produced content. There will no longer be banners inside the octagon behind the fighters. Some of which looked more like NASCAR than anything.

WATCH THE PRESS CONFERENCE HERE:

UFC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Lorenzo Fertitta shared, “This will be the biggest non-broadcast partnership that our company has ever signed.”


Women’s UFC Bantamweight Champion, Ronda Rousey tells mmaFighting.com she has known about the partnership for awhile and helped them (Reebok) in the develop of the women’s line. In an interview after the press conference she shared, “Women’s clothing for MMA has never existed before so I’m excited to see what they come up with.” Rousey hasn’t had a major sports apparel sponsor and said, “It works out perfectly for me.” When asked if she has her own Reebok deal Rousey shied away from answering with a smile.

Reebok has found success by partnering with Crossfit, Les Mills and Spartan Race. Only time will tell how things unfold with their UFC deal but they are clearly invested in the sport for the long haul.

During the press conference and on the UFC’s twitter account we saw the hashtag #WhatDoYouFightFor. Reebok has posted this video on their Youtube channel which is the only thing that really addressed the hashtag to date.

Our training is mental battle, a community experience and a physical ass-kicking.
From MMA and Boxing to Kickboxing and Karate, our fights help us get fit – body, mind and soul.
This training is intense. This training is life-changing. This training has us inspired.
We are committed to improving human performance by building the best, most functional product for human movement.
This sport is no exception.
Youtube

Read more about the partnership here.

Information for this article via mmafighting and UFC.com.



Eat This, Not That! Magazine Launched


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NEW YORK and DES MOINES, Iowa, Dec. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP) (www.meredith.com); and David Zinczenko, CEO of Galvanized, LLC, (www.galvanized.com) today unveiled Eat This, Not That! magazine, the first-ever stand-alone newsstand product for the brand. It will be available in more than 80,000 newsstand pockets nationwide starting December 2.

Eat This, Not That! magazine is based on the bestselling book franchise by Zinczenko and coauthor Matt Goulding, which has generated 16 titles and sold more than 7 million copies since its debut in 2007. Since acquiring the Eat This, Not That! franchise in September 2014, Zinczenko and Galvanized have been working to relaunch the brand across multiple platforms including a redesigned website launching later this month (www.eatthis.com) and mobile applications, a quarterly digital magazine, and two new books available in the first half of 2015.

“With the holidays upon us, this is an ideal time for consumers to pick up a copy of Eat This, Not That! magazine,” said Meredith National Media Group President Tom Harty. “David has done an excellent job bringing the best of the Eat This, Not That! brand to life in a magazine format, and has created exciting new features that will entertain and inform. We’re excited to be working with Galvanized and look forward to creating more products in the future.”

A highlight of the premiere issue of Eat This, Not That! magazine is the debut of the Eat This! Awards for the Best Supermarket Foods in the country, selected for readers by the Eat This, Not That! staff. The Eat This! Awards cover everything from lunchmeats to cookies to hummus to frozen corn dogs (yes, corn dogs). Other features include:

• Master Your Kitchen, which features more than 50 recipes designed for maximum nutrition and weight-loss impact.

• The Best and Worst Kids’ Foods in America, plus a survival guide for parents trying to feed their children well.

• The Restaurant Survival Guide, designed to help readers drop pounds by making simple choices at their favorite restaurants, from Applebee’s to Wendy’s. (One simple burgers-and-steak swap at Outback will save readers 620 calories alone!)

• The exclusive Eat This, Not That! Reader Poll, with surprising new insights into the way we shop and eat today.

EAT THIS NOT THAT“Eat This, Not That!” cover (PRNewsFoto/Meredith Corporation)

“According to our research, 46 percent of Americans are currently on a diet – but 71 percent can’t tell you how many calories were in their last meal,” explains Zinczenko. “Eat This, Not That! has never been so essential, and in Meredith, we’ve found the perfect partner for bringing this powerful brand to an even wider audience.”

Meredith uses multiple distribution platforms – including broadcast television, print, digital, mobile, tablets and video – to provide consumers with content they desire and to deliver the messages of its advertising and marketing partners. Meredith’s National Media Group reaches an audience of over 200 million monthly, including 100 million unduplicated women and 60 percent of American millennial women through well-known brands such as Better Homes and Gardens, Parents and Allrecipes. Meredith’s Local Media Group includes 16 owned or operated television stations reaching more than 10 percent of U.S. households.

In addition to the magazine and digital efforts, the Eat This brand also features more than 630,000 followers on Twitter and more than 320,000 Facebook fans. Eat This, Not That! has bimonthly segments on Good Morning America, the top-rated morning show in the U.S. Zinczenko and Galvanized have also established content syndication deals for Eat This, Not That! with the new Yahoo! Health magazine, which also includes a biweekly feature on the home page of Yahoo!.

Eat This, Not That! magazine’s debut marks the first step in a partnership with Meredith for Eat This, Not That! and Galvanized, the media company launched by Zinczenko and co-founder Stephen Perrine in 2013. It already has established partnerships with American Media, Inc., ABC News, Bonnier Corporation, William Morris Endeavor, and Random House.

Photos courtesy Eat This, Not That!”  (PRNewsFoto/Meredith Corporation)



Rest In Peace Tony Hawes


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If you’ve ever competed in a NPC National level event or attend one, you’ve seen Tony. He couldn’t be missed. He was usually by the door, collecting your ticket to the event and had a smile from ear to ear. It’s with great sadness and a heavy heart to share that Tony has passed away. Antonio R. Hawes-Beeler passed on December 1, 2014 after a long illness and a stroke. Tony’s family shared on Facebook, “Of course we are sad that he will no longer be with us but we are relieved that his suffering is over. We would like to thank you for your prayers and words of comfort. You have been a good friend to us.”

EVERY person who has commented about Tony mentions his kindness, positive energy and contagious smile. We’ll miss you Tony. Rest in Peace.

Cards of Condolences can be sent to his family:
The Beelers
145 Jan’s Meadows
Stockbridge, GA 30281

In Lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation:
“The Tony Hawes-Beeler Scholarship Fund”
P.O. Box 834
Jonesboro, GA 30237

Viewing: Friday 12/5
12 Noon – 6 pm
Wake from 6-7 pm
Watkins Funeral Home
163 North Avenue, Jonesboro, GA

Funeral Service: Sat, 12/6, 11 am
Rock Springs Baptist Church
5900 Reynolds Road
Morrow, GA 30260

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FIS WORLD CUP U.S. Snowboarding and Freeskiing Grand Prix


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This weekend in Copper Mountain, Colorado kicks off the new season for snowboarding and freeskiing. Th FIS WORLD CUP U.S. Snowboarding and Freeskiing Grand Prix will be held December 1-6, 2014. You won’t want to miss the world’s best female freeskiing and snowboarding women in the 22 for super pipe. Expected to compete are veterans Kelly Clark (last year’s winner), Hannah Teter, Kaitlyn Farrington and more. See below for the athletes’ lists.

GRAND PRIX TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
General: This year’s tour events are slated at top resorts that support the progression of freeskiing and snowboarding. Colorado’s Copper Mountain Resort, Mammoth Mountain, CA and Utah’s Park City Mountain Resort will be showcasing the best athletes in the world on the best terrain in the world.

Network Tv: Each stop on the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix will be broadcast on NBC and NBCSN, as well as Universal Sports Network. Finals from Copper will be live streaming on nbcsports.com and on the NBC Sports LiveExtra app.

Partnership: Grand Prix partner Paul Mitchell will be title sponsor of the Paul Mitchell slopestyle skiing and both halfpipe events at Mammoth Mountain along with snowboarding slopestyle snowboarding in Park City.

Visa Freeskiing: The Sprint U.S. Grand Prix also incorporates the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix with freeskiing events at Copper Mountain, Mammoth Mountain and Park City Mountain Resort.

SCHEDULE
Wednesday, December 3
8:30am – 2:30pm Freeski Qualifiers
2:30pm – 3:30pm Snowboard Practice

Thursday, December 4
8:30am – 2:30pm Snowboard Qualifiers
2:30pm – 3:30pm Freeski Practice

Friday, December 5
11:15am – 12:15pm Freeski Practice
12:30pm – 2:00pm Freeski Halfpipe Finals – Awards immediately following

Saturday, December 6

11:15am – 12:15pm Snowboard Halfpipe Practice
12:30pm – 2:00pm Snowboard Halfpipe Finals – Awards immediately following

COPPER US GRAND PRIX SNOWBOARD WOMEN ATHLETES
Emily Arthur
Holly Crawford
Alexandra Duckworth
Caylnn Irwin
Katie Tsuyuki
Xueton Cai
Shuang Li
Juan Sun
Zhifeng Sun
Xiujuan Xu
Henna Ikola
Ella Suitiala
Clemence Grimal
Sophie Rodriquez
Mirabelle Thovex
Hikaru Oe
Queralt Castellet
Madison Barrett
Kelly Clark
Noelle Edwards
Kaitlyn Farrington
Summer Fenton
Arielle Gold
Madeline Schaffrick
Hannah Teter

COPPER US GRAND PRIX SNOWBOARD WOMEN ATHLETES
Katrien Aerts
Rosalind Groenewoud
Keltie Hansen
Cassie Sharpe
Anais Cafardeux
Megane Collomb
Marie Martinod
Ayana Onozuka
Yurie Watabe
Janina Kuzma
Virginie Faivre
Zyre Austin
Maddie Bowman
Jaimie Crane-Mauzy
Jeanee Crane-Mauzy
Annalisa Drew
Keri Herman
Devin Logan
Kimmy Sharp
Brigita Sigourney
Angeli Vanlaanen

For more information on this weekend’s events and how you can watch it live visit ussnowboarding.com.



The Dew Tour Returns to Breckenridge, Colorado


Dew Tour

Some of the biggest names in the world will be competing once again at the Dew Tour National Championships in Breckenridge, Colorado. Winter Olympic medalists Kaitlyn Farrington, Kelly Clark, Jamie Anderson, Enni Rurukajavi, Jenny Jones and more are slated to compete December 11-14, 2014. Last year’s Dew Tour winner Jamie Anderson went on to win Gold in Sochi and will be a contestant on the next season of The Celebrity Apprentice.

The Dew Tour is an great event to watch in person and when you’re not checking out the competition, there’s always sponsor booths that are worth checking out. Can’t make it to Breck to see it live? No sweat you can catch watch it on NBC and NBCSN.

2013 Dew Tour Winners2013 Snowboard Superpipe Winners

 

Confirmed Athletes:
Snowboard Superpipe
Queralt Castellet
Kelly Clark
Holly Crawford
Jenna Dramise
Arielle Gold
Elena Hight
Chloe Kim
Sophie Rodriquez
Maddy Schaffrick
Hannah Teter
Mirabelle Thovex
Cai Xuetong

Snowboard Slopestyle
Jamie Anderson
Sina Candrian
Amiee Fuller
Anna Gasser
Jessika Jenson
Jenny Jones
Cheryl Maas
Silje Norendal
Spencer O’Brien
Miyabi Onituska
Kjersti Ostgaard-Buass
Christy Prior
Enni Rukajarvi
Karly Shorr
Ty Walker

Freeski Superpipe
Maddie Bowman
Anais Cafardeux
Rowan Cheshire
Annalisa Drew
Virginie Faivre
Rosalind Groenwoud
Keltie Hansen
Janina Kuzma
Devin Logan
Marie Martinod
Ayana Onozuka
Brita Sigourney
Angeli VanLaanen

Freeski Slopestyle
Nikki Blackall
Jamie Crane-Mauzy
Emma Dahlstrom
Keri Herman
Dara Howell
Julia Krass
Kim Lamarre
Devin Logan
Anna Segal
Kelly Sildaru
Darian Stevens
Yuki Tsubota
Kaya Turski
Maggie Voisin

Women’s Event Schedule (Time in Mountain Standard Time)
Friday, December 12, 2014
9:30 am – 10:30 am Women’s Freeski Superpipe Final
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle Final

Saturday, December 13, 2014
9:00 am – 10:00 am – Women’s Snowboard Superpipe Final
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm – Women’s Freeski Slopestyle Final

Visit the DewTour for more information and follow the action on social media via Facebook, twitter and instagram.



2014 IFBB Russia Pro Bikini Results


2014 Russia Pro Bikini

The IFBB Russia Pro Bikini contest, held in Moscow on November 29th, was the final pro show of the 2014 season. The pros will have a few weeks off before ramping back up for 2015. The lineup for the Russia Pro Bikini wasn’t the biggest but it was competitive. Reigning Bikini International and Bikini Olympia champion, Ashley Kaltwasser edged out Anna Starodubtseva by one point for the win. The victory put Ashley in at the top of the Bikini record books with 11 career wins. Pretty impressive given she was only been a pro for two years and was 10th at the 2013 Arnold. She was the first bikini pro to win back-to-back titles at the Olympia and will look for her second Arnold win in March.

The second place finish for Anna was her highest as a pro and will look to qualify for the Olympia next year’s shows. Coming in third was Russia’s Sofia Tandilian. Rounding out the top five was Norway’s Christina Fjaere in fourth and Stephanie Mahoe in fifth.

2014 IFBB Russia Pro Bikini Results
Moscow, Russia – November 29, 2014

1. Ashley Kaltwasser
2. Anna Starodubtseva
3. Sofia Tandilian
4. Christina Fjaere
5. Stephanie Mahoe
6. Egle Eller-Nabi
7. Olga Korchaka
8. Nina Ross
9. Yuliya Detusheva



2014 IFBB Ferrigno Legacy Pro Results & Review


ferrigno pro show

The final show of the year is in the books. The IFBB Ferrigno Legacy Pro took place in Santa Barbara, California and featured Men and Women’s Physique, Men’s Bodybuilding and Women’s Bikini. The winners punched their ticket to the 2015 Olympia.

This was the first time the show has been promoted and it will be interesting to see if it returns next year. Fans were treated to a free, live webcast on Bodybuilding.com which is great. A free webcast for a pro show usually only happens at the Arnold and Olympia so it was a treat for fans, friends and family members to watch.

That said there were some odd choices with the show, like why it was on the day after Thanksgiving which required traveling ON the holiday. Santa Barbara isn’t exactly the easiest spot to fly into and dealing with holiday traffic is never fun. While I applaud the show promoters for wanting to “go big” it’s a mistake far too many make. You don’t have to go big to have a successful show. We’ve seen it happen a number of times and they don’t last beyond a year or two. The night show didn’t start until 8pm which seems like a huge blunder given you had all day for the event. That is until the Pro Bikini competitors took the stage and the music person decided to play the most disrespectful and vulgar lyrics I’ve ever heard. Pittbull’s “GO GIRL” and JAY-Z’s “Is that Yo Bitch?” were disrespectful music choices and the competitors deserve an apology for the offensive lyrics. A competitor is disqualified if their posing music has profanity in it, the show’s promoters and music people should be held to the same standards. There are millions of songs to choose from and there’s no need to play that during the Bikini portion, or any portion, of a show. The show ended just before midnight on the West Coast and as you can imagine everyone was exhausted.

Congratulations to all the competitors who dieted through Thanksgiving and competed in this show. The next big pro show will be the Arnold Classic next March in Columbus, Ohio.

2014 IFBB Ferrigno Legacy Pro Results
Santa Barbara, CA – November 28-29, 2014

Pro Bikin

2014 IFBB Ferrigno Legacy Pro Bikini Results
1. Sarah LeBlanc
2. Jade Carroll
3. Lindsey Waters
4. Tatiana Koshman
5. Breena Martinez
6. Angela Marquez
7. Camile Periat
8. My Coustels
9. Katherine Williams
10. Barbie Heng
11. Ebony Quince
12. Vladimira Krasova
13. Edna Olivas
14. Cristina Mendivil
15. Jazmeen Hernandez

women physique california

2014 IFBB Ferrigno Legacy Pro Women’s Physique Results
1. Jamie Postill
2. Candrea Judd-Adams
3. Leona Paula Muttoni
4. Jane Santos
5. Marlene Koekemoer
6. Jill Rudison
7. Dominique Furuta
8. Danielle Mastromatteo
9. Jill Dearmin
10. Holly Chambliss
11. Evangeline Belton
12. Jill Vadala
13. Amber McElreath
14. Natalia Batova
15. Misty Ali
16. Jennifer Jacques-Conn
16. Eleni Kavva
16. Marina Lopez
16. Moira McCormack
16. Marie Pierre Ripert
16. Ida Sefland
16. Casie Shepherd
16. Marnee Winn
16. Nuria Novoa

2014 IFBB Ferrigno Legacy Pro Men’s Bodybuilding Results
1. Ronny Rockel
2. Brad Rowe
3. Robert Piotrkowicz
4. Marius Dohne
5. Omar Deckard
6. Stefan Havlik
7. Constantinos Demetriou
8. Dalibor Hajek
9. Michael Ely
10. Rafael Jaramillo
11. Will Harris
12. Jerome Ferguson
13. Vladimir Sizov
14. Pedro Barron
15. Lionel Brown
16. Kiss Jeno
16. Ryan Pateracki
16. Varingh Singh Ghuman

2014 IFBB Ferrigno Legacy Pro Men’s Physique Results
1. Andre Adams
2. John Nguyen
3. James Hurst
4. Frank Griffin
5. Damir Delic
6. Joe Cantu
7. T.A. Martin
8. Jake Routt
9. Chad Crouse
10. Adam Schafer
11. Chad Demchik
12. Ian Lauer
13. Tyler Larson
14. Willie Spencer
15. Mariusz Czerniewicz
16. Tim Degroot
16. Timothy Feuling
16. David Kampfe
16. Nick Olson

Visit NPCNEWSonline.com for photos.



Meet ALEX.


alex bottle

If you’re like me you probably have more than one water bottle in your cupboard or in your car. So why would you need another one? Meet Alex. ALEX isn’t your average bottle. It’s like a stylish transformer of awesomeness. The concept is pretty simple but amazing. I heard about ALEX through world-class snowboarder, Gretchen Blelier and decided to check it out. After reading more about the ALEX bottle, I became “a backer”. It was the first time I’d backed anything on Kickstarter so I was a little apprehensive but the process was super easy and painless.

The original goal was $50,000 on Kickstarter but that number has been crushed. Over 2,450 people have backed the ALEX bottle and pledged over $126,000 with just five days to go.

ALEX stands for something.
A devious do-gooder from the start, ALEX is an acronym for “Always Live Extraordinarily”. We believe that innovation with a conscience is an idea that people can get behind. By personifying ALEX, it becomes more than just a water bottle; it becomes a part of your family.

Mission In A Bottle.
ALEX is made by a small group of individuals who seek to improve the planet, one idea at a time. Our products reflect strong passions for creative design, functional integrity, and simplicity. If we ever successfully bottle the cosmos, you’ll be among the first to get a straw.

What’s ALEX made of?
ALEX may be really ridiculously good looking, but it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Made with 100% BPA Free premium grade stainless steel and a strap from 100% recycled water bottles, ALEX naturally attracts health conscious citizens of mother earth.

• BPA Free Premium Grade 304 Stainless Steel
• BPA FREE Polypropylene #5 Cap and Mid Body Band
• ALEX is top rack dishwasher safe
• Fits ice cubes, but not rapper Ice Cube
• Strap made from recycled plastic bottles
• Fits most cup holders and bike bottle cages
• Cap covers bottle lip Smoothie, powder drink and oatmeal friendly
• All sealing o-rings and gaskets made from Food Grade Silicone
• Conceived in the USA, Responsibly made in China

ALEX BOTTLE

Don’t wait. Get your ALEX bottle before the time expires and tell ‘em HARDBODY sent ya. You won’t get any special deals but you’ll get a kick ass bottle.



The National Dog Show & A Bodybuilding Show… They’re Not That Different.


National Dog show

The Olympia is often referred to as the “Super Bowl” of bodybuilding and fitness. It showcases “the best of the best” in professional physique competition. Hundreds of pro competitors attempt to qualify for the event each year but few make it to the grand stage. Those who do make it to the Olympia stage often refer to it as one of, if not thee, highlight of their competitive career.

Countless sacrifices go into preparing for any competition  but the stakes are always higher at the Olympia. The total prize money (between all divisions) totaled over one million dollars. As you can imagine with that kind of cash on the line, the participants are laser focused heading into the event. While you’re out partying on a Friday night, Olympia competitors are hitting the gym or cooking their meals for the next day. When friends and family are having a beer at a wedding, they’re reaching for a jug of water. Cake? Forget about having any of that en route to the big dance. It requires extreme dedication, discipline and passion to compete at the Olympia level. Just ask anyone who has been on there and they’ll tell you what they gave up to pursue their passion.

A competitor’s nerves are higher and the pressure is on at the Olympia. It is at every competition but this event draws the attention of thousands across the world. They’ll be subjected to not only the judges’ opinions but also the media and fans. The event is shown live and free on bodybuilding.com but this year’s Olympia, the monumental 50th anniversary, was to be different. In addition to the live online stream it was going to be shown on the NBC Sports Network. It would mark the return of bodybuilding to television, something that hadn’t happened since 1984.

David J. Pecker, American Media Inc.(AMI) Chairman, President and CEO said in the June press release, “The Olympia Weekend is an extraordinary event that underscores the passion and commitment that every competitor brings to the stage, and the exhilaration of the more than forty thousand spectators that will attend this year’s event.”

NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) was to televise two 90-minute specials around the event in October. When people tuned into NBCSN on October 18th and again on October 25th they expected to see the Olympia. Instead viewers saw soccer or a car show during that time. On October 18th, fans were confused and inquired about it online. They thought maybe there was a scheduling change and/or they had the wrong time. When October 25th came and went with no Olympia broadcast on TV, fans went from confused to angry and pissed.

What happened to the Olympia and the broadcast not airing? It’s disappointing that this extraordinary event didn’t see the light of day on television. We’re all left in the dark as to why the historic 50th Olympia wasn’t show on the NBC network. No statement has been made by AMI or NBC. It wouldn’t change anything but I’m sure those who competed would like to know. It’s rewarding and validating to see your hard work showcased on television. But hey you can always tune into The National Dog Show on NBC.

Wait, what? What the hell does a bodybuilding show and a dog show have to do with one another? More than you might think.

The National Dog Show has been on NBC for over a decade so clearly the pooch patrol has a leg up on bodybuilding there. There were an estimated 20 million viewers for this year’s event. Clearly, if it hadn’t aired there would be some sort of explanation as to why but when bodybuilding’s biggest show doesn’t air nothing is mentioned.

The dog show features, “the leading canines from over 170 breeds (including the world’s largest, smallest and most exotic)”.

The Olympia Weekend showcases a variety of events but mainly the best bodies in the world, some of which are large and muscular while others are more tight and toned.

If you’ve ever watched a dog show you’ve probably wondered, “what the hell are they judging”? I know I did. It’s not all that different from watching a bodybuilding competition for the first time. Spectators in both events will likely pick their favorite(s). If you ask why,  you’ll get a variety of reasons. I like the Labrador retrievers in a dog show. Why? I had one when I was a kid and still partial to them today. They’re good looking, sporty, friendly and obedient. The person to my right may like the poodle because she saw one in a movie and the person to my left fancies the bulldog because Adam Sandler has one. The same holds true to a bodybuilding competition. Maybe the guy has nice abs and you were a fan of Marky Mark’s “Good Vibrations” music video. Ask someone else and they’ll pick the guy with the biggest arms because they like super heroes.

While I was watching The National Dog Show on NBC, it felt a lot like I was watching the “new breeds” of physique competition, i.e. Bikini and Men’s Physique. We’ll focus on the Bikini division. The dog show and a bikini competition showcase a variety of different looks and most are stunning. The dog handlers spend hours (and surely it’s not cheap) preparing for this big day. Just like the bikini competitors. They all look great but how could one win over the other?

I’ve been asked hundreds of times, why did she win and not the other gal? Great question. I have no idea. The bikini competitor I liked the best placed fifth and the one I thought wouldn’t be in the top five won. How do you explain it? Sure you can go down a list of rules and guidelines but will that change your opinion? Maybe but probably not. It didn’t for me when I watched the video explaining what the judges look for in the National Dog show.

After listening to David Frei, the host of the National Dog Show, it appears bikini competitors and dogs may get eerily similar feedback. Both are subjective and depend on who is judging on that day. How it might go when asking for feedback…

Bikini vs The National Dog Show Judges’Feedback.
Dog Show – The collar color was too big.
Bikini – Your suit didn’t fit you right.

Dog Show – The color of the collar was distracting.
Bikini – Your suit color didn’t flatter your body.

Dog Show – The trainer didn’t hold the leash tight enough.
Bikini – You didn’t come in tight enough.

Dog Show – The hair color wasn’t right.
Bikini – Your hair color didn’t work for your physique.

Dog Show – The dog’s hair was too short.
Bikini – Your hair is too short, you should grow it out.

Dog Show – The dog didn’t present well.
Bikini – You need to work on your presentation.

Dog Show – The eye shape wasn’t what it should be.
Bikini – Your eye shadow and makeup were not good.

Dog Show – The dog didn’t hold its stance properly.
Bikini – Your bent too far over when posing.

Dog Show – The dog didn’t stand square.
Bikini – You spread your legs too far apart when posing from the back.

Dog Show – The dog urinated on my foot.
Bikini – You crossed your legs and bent forward like you had to pee.

Dog Show – There’s no such thing as the perfect dog. Yours was the closest to it though.
Bikini – There’s no such thing as a perfect physique. You were the closest to it though.

Dog Show – The dog didn’t move it’s head like it was supposed to.
Bikini – You didn’t pop your booty out like you need to.

Dog Show – The dog looked dehydrated.
Bikini – You pulled too much water.

Dog Show – The dog wasn’t up to the standard for this breed.
Bikini – You’re too muscular, have you thought about doing Figure?

Dog Show – I had your dog in first but was overruled.
Bikini – I had you in first but was overruled.

See NBC… a bodybuilding/bikini show isn’t all the different from the National Dog show.

Just like in bodybuilding, at the dog show there can only be one “Best in Show”. Did everyone agree on the winner of the dog show? Likely not. They certainly didn’t at the Olympia. None-the-less congratulations to Nathan the Bloodhound, winner of the 2014 National Dog Show. You’re like…

The Phil Heath of Bodybuilding.
The Iris Kyle of Women’s Bodybuilding
The Nicole Wilkins of Figure.
The Ashley Kaltwasser of Bikini.
The Juliana Malacarne of Women’s Physique.
The Jeremy Buendia of Men’s Physique.

Since I’ve never been to a dog show I’m left to ponder…
• What do dogs eat backstage?
• Are dogs allowed water backstage?
• Do the dogs have to stay off their feet before heading out to judging?
• Are trainers and their dogs worried if there are enough mirrors backstage?
• Do dogs and their handler worry about what side of the stage they enter?
• Do dogs get treats and eat “bad food” after the show?
• Do the trainers get blamed if the dog doesn’t show well?
• Is the backstage at a dog show as chaotic and smelly as a bodybuilding show?
• Do trainers, significant other and fans at dog shows yell things like, “bullshit! She should be in the first comparison”? I’m guessing not.
• Do dog owners cry “politics” when their dog doesn’t win?
• Do dog fans think the show was a fixed because their favorite pooch didn’t win the “Best in show”? (Yes, I read some comments online saying just that.)
• If a dog is sponsored by a big brand do they get special treatment?
• Does a big social media following help a dog place better?
• Does it matter who the dog’s trainer is?
• Do dog handlers take all the credit for the win in their post show interviews?
• Do dogs get asked what show they are doing next?

If dogs can get two hours on tv, in a competition that few understand, is it too much to ask for Olympia competitors to get the same? After all they’re not that different.



FDA Issues Final Menu and Vending Machine Labeling Requirements


The FDA has issued its final menu and vending machine label requirements. The key points…

  • Menu labeling final rule: Applies to restaurants and similar retail food establishments if they are part of a chain of 20 or more locations, doing business under the same name, offering for sale substantially the same menu items and offering for sale restaurant-type foods.
  • Vending machine final rule: Requires operators who own or operate 20 or more vending machines to disclose calorie information for food sold from vending machines, subject to certain exemptions.

NEWS RELEASE
FDA Issues Final Menu and Vending Machine Labeling Requirements

November 25, 2014

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has finalized two rules requiring that calorie information be listed on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants and similar retail food establishments and vending machines to help consumers make informed decisions about meals and snacks.

The menu labeling final rule applies to restaurants and similar retail food establishments if they are part of a chain of 20 or more locations, doing business under the same name, and offering for sale substantially the same menu items. A restaurant or similar retail food establishment is generally defined as a retail establishment that offers for sale restaurant-type food, which is generally defined as food that is usually eaten on the premises of the establishment, while walking away, or soon after arriving at another location. Examples of restaurants and similar retail food establishments include sit-down and fast-food restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops and grocery and convenience stores. The menu labeling final rule also requires calorie labeling for certain alcoholic beverages and certain foods sold at entertainment venues such as movie theaters and amusement parks. The FDA also clarifies in the menu labeling final rule that certain foods purchased in grocery stores or other retail food establishments that are typically intended for more than one person to eat and require additional preparation before consuming, such as pounds of deli meats and cheeses and large-size deli salads, are not covered.

To help consumers understand the significance of the calorie information in the context of a total daily diet, the FDA is requiring a succinct statement that says, “2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice, but calorie needs vary” to be included on menus and menu boards. The menu labeling final rule also requires covered establishments to provide, upon consumer request, written nutrition information about total calories, total fat, calories from fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, sodium, total carbohydrates, fiber, sugars and protein.

Restaurants and similar retail food establishments that are covered, including those that voluntarily register with FDA to comply with the menu labeling requirements, will have one year from the date of publication of the menu labeling final rule to comply with the requirements.

The vending machine final rule requires operators who own or operate 20 or more vending machines to disclose calorie information for food sold from vending machines, subject to certain exceptions. Vending machine operators that are covered, including those that voluntarily register with FDA to comply with the vending machine labeling requirements, will have two years from the date of publication of the vending machine labeling final rule to comply with the requirements.

For More Info:

Menu and Vending Machines Labeling Requirements

Federal Register Notice – Final Rule: Food Labeling; Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items in Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments (PDF)

Federal Register Notice – Final Rule: Food Labeling; Calorie Labeling of Articles of Food in Vending Machines (PDF)



Sam “Sweet Feet” Gordon Dominates… Again


sweet feet

Sam Gordon didn’t let being the smallest player in her league stop her. She didn’t let being the only girl in her age division stop her. The phenom football player made national news two years ago and even appeared on a Wheaties box. Sam took a pass on competing in football during 2013 to focus on her soccer but came back this year and made her presence known. She scored 15 touchdowns and averaged 13 yards per carry. Pretty impressive! Oh and she played defensive too where she snatch 3 interception, recovered a fumble and recorded 59 tackles.

Check out Sam’s highlight reel and be sure to subscribe to her youtube channel. She’s a breathe of fresh air and reminds us all to have fun. GREAT JOB SAM! Keep up the good work! You’re a HARDBODY!

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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



2015 ESPN Winter X Games Invited Athletes


2015 x games

The ESPN Winter X Games return to Aspen, Colorado on January 22-25, 2015. This will be the 14th consecutive year for the winter games in Aspen. The snowboarding, freeskiing, and snowmobiling competitions will be free and open to the public. The event will also play host to concerts, sports and more. Expect to see some of the top Winter Olympic athletes competing in the 2015 Winter X Games. Olympic Gold Medalist, Jamie Anderson leads the pack in the Women’s Snowboard slopestyle and other top female athletes like Torah Bright, Kelly Clark, Kaitlyn Farrington, Arielle Gold and Maddie Bowman. The rising star in the Women’s Snowboarding Superpipe is Chloe Kim. Kim was too young to be part of the Olympic team but don’t let her age fool you. She’ll be one to watch in the years to come.

Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe
Torah Bright
Kelly Clark
Kaitlyn Farrington
Arielle Gold
Chloe Kim
Rana Okada

Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle
Jamie Anderson
Isabel Derungs
Silje Norendal
Spencer O’Brien
Sarka Pancochova
Enni Rukajärvi

Women’s Snowboarder X
Carle Brenneman
Raffaella Brutto
Yuka Fujimori
Faye Gulini
Lindsey Jacobellis
Alexandra Jekova
Dominique Maltais
Nelly Moenne Loccoz
Helene Olafsen
Eva Samkova
Chloe Trespeuch

Women’s Ski Slopestyle
Dara Howell
Kim Lamarre
Kaya Turski
Maggie Voisin

Women’s Ski Superpipe
Maddie Bowman
Roz Groenewoud
Marie Martinod
Brita Sigourney

Competition Schedule:
Thursday, January 22, 2015
• Men’s Ski Slopestyle Elimination
• Mono Skier X Final
• Special Olympics Unified Snowboarding Final
• Snowboard SuperPipe Men’s Elimination & Final
• Snowmobile Speed & Style Finals

Friday, January 23, 2015
• Snowboarder X Men’s, Women’s and Adaptive Finals
• Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle Elimination
• Men’s Ski SuperPipe Elimination
• Snowboard Big Air Final
• Snowmobile Long Jump Final

Saturday, January 24, 2015
• Men’s Ski Slopestyle Final
• Women’s Ski Slopestyle Final
• Snowmobile Hillcross Final
• Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe Final
• Ski Big Air Final

Sunday, January 25, 2015
• Men’s & Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle Finals
• Snowmobile SnoCross & SnoCross Adaptive Finals
• Men’s Ski SuperPipe Final

The X Games in Aspen will also feature concerts by Skrillex, Wiz Khalifa, Chromeo and Snoop Dogg , Jan. 22-25, 2015. For the complete list and more information on the X Games visit xgames.espn.go.com.



FDA Issues Warning: V26 Slimming Coffee Contains Controlled Substance


The FDA has advised consumers not to purchase or use V26 Slimming Coffee. Their lab anaylsis found the product contains the controlled substance, sibutramine. The FDA issues the release show below and notice their “note”. The note mentioned “a growing trend of dietary supplements or conventional food with hidden drugs and chemicals.” A bit of foreshadowing on what’s the come for the supplement industry and the FDA? Only time will tell but for the FDA to specifically note it’s a “growing trend” is a bit unsettling.

V26 Slimming Coffee Contains Hidden Drug Ingredient
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers not to purchase or use V26 Slimming Coffee, a product promoted and sold for weight loss on various websites and possibly in some retail stores.

FDA laboratory analysis confirmed that V26 Slimming Coffee contains sibutramine. Sibutramine is a controlled substance that was removed from the market in October 2010 for safety reasons. The product poses a threat to consumers because sibutramine is known to substantially increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some patients and may present a significant risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, or stroke. These products may also interact, in life-threatening ways, with other medications a consumer may be taking.

Health care professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA’s MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:

Complete and submit the report online: MedWatch Online Voluntary Reporting Form

Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178

Note: This notification is to inform the public of a growing trend of dietary supplements or conventional foods with hidden drugs and chemicals. These products are typically promoted for sexual enhancement, weight loss, and body building and are often represented as being “all natural.” FDA is unable to test and identify all products marketed as dietary supplements that have potentially harmful hidden ingredients. Consumers should exercise caution before purchasing any product in the above categories.

Contact FDA
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druginfo@fda.hhs.gov

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News via www.fda.gov



Oksana Grishina Re-signs with SAN


oksana grishina re-signs
Allow me to state the obvious. IFBB Fitness Pro Oksana Grishina‘s year has been nothing short of spectacular. She kicked the year off with a win at the Fitness International and went on to win the Olympia crown. She then traveled to Madrid and took top honors at the Arnold Spain. She’s featured in a new book, The Women’s Precontest Bible and continues to travel the globe with her sponsor SAN Nutrition.

SAN has been so pleased with Oksana that they renewed her endosrsement contract. Many people get a sponsorship but few continue the partnership beyond the contract. It speaks to not only Oksana’s commitment but also to SAN’s faith in her. I spoke with SAN and asked what attracted them to signing Oksana in the first place. They shared, “From the first time we met Oksana, we knew she was a natural fit with SAN. Not only is she a highly accomplished athlete, but fitness is truly her life, and she embodies everything SAN stands for. On top of her impressive athletic accomplishments, Oksana also carries a degree in Physical Training and Sports, she trains religiously, and her creativity and passion are off the charts. Her positive energy is contagious.”

“Oksana is the consummate perfectionist, and her style fits perfectly with what SAN is doing both domestically and internationally. The world is looking for more well-rounded athletes to make their marks in the fitness sport, and Oksana has already taken things to an entirely new level.” said SAN.

Oksana was excited at the contract renewal and said, “I’m very proud and happy to continue my relationship with SAN Nutrition. SAN makes quality products that have helped to support my training and body for years of Fitness competition.  But, what’s more important to me is that I love all the amazing SAN people who I get to work with!”

Certainly her competitive resume helps attract a sponsor like SAN but it goes behind that. SAN shared, “Oksana is an integral part of Team SAN, and she personifies the SAN philosophy. Whether competing at the highest levels, promoting SAN worldwide, or contributing to the Team SAN blog with tips, hints, and motivation, Oksana Grishina delivers results. Oksana puts her all into everything she does and SAN Nutrition is honored to have her as a member of our team.”

Fans will get a chance to meet Oksana at a number of events across the world in 2015. She is currently schedule to appear at the Arnold Classic in Columbus, The LA Fit Expo, Arnold Brazil, Arnold Madrid, FIBO, the Australian Fitness & Health Expo and of course the Olympia. Oksana said, “I love to see my fans, and spend time with my SAN buddies!  It’s always busy at the booth, so I even try to get there early, just to talk and spend time with my SAN teammates.”

When asked if she’d be back to the Fitness International stage in Columbus, Oksana enthusiastically shared, “Of course, it was really amazing to have such a successful competitive year.  But, when I look to the future, I want to compete for the same reasons I always have–because I love competing as an athlete, and because I have something to say with my performance on stage.  So, I’m still thinking about what to do next.”

That pretty much sums it up. It may sound cliché´ but when you do what you love you’ll be happy. Oksana doesn’t just pretend to live the Fitness lifestyle, she embodies it.

Follow Oksana on Facebook, twitter and instagram. Learn more about SAN and follow Oksana’s blog here.

 

oksana GrishinaOksana is all smiles at the SAN booth. 

Lead photo provided by SAN

 



2014 NPC Music City Muscle Results


2014 Music City Muscle

The 2014 NPC Music City Muscle was the biggest show in Tennessee EVER. Promoters Brandy Leaver and Brandon Curry did a tremendous job with the show and always treat everyone with respect and class. That goes for the last place competitor to the staff, judges and fans. The show was not a national qualifier however that didn’t keep the numbers down. Over 400 competitors registered for the event featuring figure, bikini, women and men’s physique along with men and women’s bodybuilding. Congratulations to all the competitors who met their goals.

All stage photos from the event can be found here.

2014 Music City Muscle Winners

OVERALL WOMEN WINNERS:
Jennifer Duncan – Women’s Physique
Hannah Barnes – Novice Bikini
Angela Diaz – Open Bikini
Desirie Crowe – Masters Bikini
Destiny Martinez – Novice Figure
Wally Gravett – Open Figure

overall men winners

OVERALL MEN WINNERS
Blaze Long – Novice Men’s Physique
Ali Abuhassan – Open Men’s Physique
Jerry Brenneman – Novice Bodybuilding
John Manning – Junior Bodybuilding
Jeramy Buchanan – Open Bodybuilding

2014 NPC MUSIC CITY MUSCLE RESULTS

WOMEN BODYBUILDING
# ONE CLASS PLACE
2 Carolyn Rudin 1
1 Jetaun Quarles 2
MASTERS WOMEN BODYBUILDING
# ONE CLASS 50+ PLACE
3 Jan Aughenbaugh 1
WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE: A
# Up to & incl. 5’4″ PLACE
5 Jennifer Duncan 1
6 Dawn Minkley* 2
7 Samantha Sanders 3
4 Melody Watson 4
WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE: B
# Over 5’4″ PLACE
8 Alyse Masserano* 1
10 Jessica Wood 2
9 Layla Hannah* 3
MASTERS WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE
# Age 35-45 PLACE
11 Dawn Jones 1
12 Alyse Masserano* 2
13 Layla Hannah* 3
MASTERS WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE
# Age 45-50 PLACE
14 Dawn Minkley* 1
MASTERS WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE
# Age 50+ PLACE
15 Sherri Doyle 1
NOVICE BIKINI: A
# Up to & incl. 5’4″ PLACE
22 Brittany Mims 1
17 Felicia Negron 2
32 Jennifer Murphy 3
30 Lauren Ingram 4
36 Jenny Goforth 5
25 Alie Rountree 6
20 Michelee Bechthold* 7
33 Jodi Grieshop 8
23 Hannah Bagwell 9
29 Ashley Tripp 10
27 Angela Elliott 11
21 Mallory Blake 12
34 Carrie Garner* 13
18 Maria Tarum* 14
38 Sarah Moore 15
39 Angela Davis* 16
24 Kayla Mihalinec 16
35 Lindsey Cauthen 16
37 Kristen Ashford 16
19 Hannah Sommers 16
28 Pam Bixenman 16
26 Montaqua Austin* 16
16 Olivia Hart 16
31 Hailey Stewart 16
NOVICE BIKINI: B
# Over 5’4″ up to 5’6″ PLACE
48 Julianna Hackworth 1
50 Miranda Morrow 2
41 Tatum Merbitz 3
43 Lauren Bowling 4
46 Una Smith* 5
40 Candice Cherry 6
45 Ashley Brown 7
44 Michelle Leachman 8
47 Heidi Smith 9
42 Jillian Russell 10
49 Chanda Beach* 11
NOVICE BIKINI: C
# Over 5’6″ PLACE
63 Hannah Barnes 1
53 Chelsey Burke 2
58 Christine Kanuch 3
54 Demetris Chaney* 4
52 Kristina Wiest* 5
60 Lindsay Lavigne 6
65 Cayla Stroud 7
57 Jessica Hausberger* 8
55 Jennifer Moore* 9
61 Jill Mullen 10
64 Kim Collins 11
62 Nakima Dixon 12
56 Kimberly Walter* 13
59 Tara Sargent 14
51 Stephanie Richardson 15
BIKINI: A
# Up to & incl. 5’2″ PLACE
70 Angela Diaz 1
66 Desirie Crowe* 2
69 Wendy Hyde* 3
67 Leah Wolfe* 4
68 Kimberly Predmore* 5
BIKINI: B
# Over 5’2″ up to 5’4″ PLACE
74 Taylor Bergen 1
75 Carla Fort 2
84 Kaylin Porter 3
81 Allie Chatham 4
77 Wendy Reuter 5
85 Tiffany Smith 6
89 Carole-Denise Greenway 7
87 Shauna Green 8
82 Jessica Driskell 9
80 Karlie Wright 10
90 Carly Kubanyi* 11
86 Kristyna Valjaskova 12
79 Joy Tacadena 13
78 Marybeth Rice 14
71 Judi Godwin* 15
88 Heather Stachel 16
72 Stephanie Baswell 16
76 Madison Leibach 16
83 Carleigh Hayes 16
73 Rachel Barnett* 16
BIKINI: C
# Over 5’4″ up to 5’6″ PLACE
105 Kim Jinhee 1
93 Ashley Mosier 2
102 Casey Horton 3
96 Alecia Drake* 4
99 Jesse Pittman* 5
91 Carman Charland 6
101 Kim Carter* 7
104 Cynthia Howell 8
98 Kyungri Mason 9
95 Maral Darakhshanian 10
100 Jenna Stafford 11
97 Melissa King 12
103 Monica Cummings 13
94 Jenica Coleman 14
92 Jessica Hiltenbrand 15
BIKINI: D
# Over 5’6″ PLACE
115 Katie Kimmitt 1
112 Ace Cross Crook 2
110 Jennifer Galloway 3
114 Mara Poole 4
111 LaToya Wilkerson 5
109 Justine Tyler 6
113 Tonia O’Neill* 7
108 Ginz Pisut* 8
107 Chanel McGee 9
106 Amanda Krumnow 10
TEEN BIKINI
# Age 16-19 PLACE
116 Jesse Pittman* 1
117 Haley Thompson 2
MASTERS BIKINI
# Age 35-45 Class A Up to 5’4″ PLACE
119 Desirie Crowe* 1
128 Wendy Hyde* 2
126 Carly Kubanyi* 3
122 Leah Wolfe* 4
120 Michelee Bechthold* 5
124 Lesley Murray 6
121 Angela Davis* 7
129 Carrie Garner* 8
130 Alicia Smith 9
123 Rachel Barnett* 10
118 Maria Tarum* 11
125 Montaqua Austin* 12
127 Shirley Gadde 13
MASTERS BIKINI
# Age 35-45 Class B Over to 5’4″ PLACE
142 Dietre Ffrench 1
136 Demetris Chaney* 2
137 Jennifer Moore* 3
133 Una Smith* 4
132 Alecia Drake* 5
140 Kim Carter* 6
139 Jessica Hausberger* 7
135 Kristina Wiest* 8
141 Tonia O’Neill* 9
134 Ginz Pisut* 10
138 Kimberly Walter* 11
131 Chanda Beach* 12
MASTERS BIKINI
# Age 45+ PLACE
144 Judi Godwin* 1
145 Kimberly Predmore* 2
143 Pam Bixenman 3
NOVICE FIGURE: A
# Up to & incl. 5’4″ PLACE
151 Destitny Martinez 1
146 Shameka Freeman 2
150 Brittany Bradey 3
152 Ahsley Bowman 4
148 Kim Roek* 5
147 Sonya Ewing* 6
149 Leslie Will* 7
NOVICE FIGURE: B
# Over 5’4″ up to 5’6″ PLACE
154 Christy Huff* 1
157 April Fuqua* 2
156 AJ Harrison 3
153 Kelley Paige 4
158 Michelle Murphy 5
155 Olga Bernaz* 6
NOVICE FIGURE: C
# Over 5’6″ PLACE
160 Sloan Ashworth 1
159 Leks Stanic 2
161 Wanda Charland* 3
FIGURE: A
# Up to & incl. 5’2″ PLACE
165 Wally Gravett* 1
162 Elsa Brassel* 2
164 Nina Cook 3
163 Cheri Potter 4
FIGURE: B
# Over 5’2″ up to 5’4″ PLACE
169 Nicol Wicker 1
167 Lyndsey Cole 2
168 Jennifer Toney* 3
170 Anita Royka* 4
166 Whitney Bertsch 5
FIGURE: C
# Over 5’4″ up to 5’6″ PLACE
174 Melissa Jones 1
173 Kelly Gray  2
175 Shelly Southerland* 3
176 Siris Carrasco 4
172 Latasha Ellenburg 5
171 Misty Collins* 6
FIGURE: D
# Over 5’6″ PLACE
179 Heather Swallows 1
186 Lauren Lovelday 2
185 Janice Hayden* 3
184 Wendy Newbegin* 4
178 Lisa Moredock* 5
183 Meryam Chumley* 6
177 Janie Jackson 7
181 April Bostick* 8
182 Doreen Richardson* 9
180 Tracy Leffel 10
MASTERS FIGURE
# Age 35-45 PLACE
189 Wally Gravett* 1
198 Christy Huff* 2
193 Anita Royka* 3
187 Elsa Brassel* 4
202 Shelly Southerland* 5
195 Janice Hayden* 6
203 Meryam Chumley* 7
201 April Fuqua* 8
197 Wendy Newbegin* 9
191 Jennifer Toney* 10
190 Kim Roek* 11
199 Lisa Moredock* 12
196 Wanda Charland* 13
200 April Bostick* 14
194 Misty Collins* 15
192 Leslie Will* 16
188 Sonya Ewing* 16
MASTERS FIGURE
# Age 45+ PLACE
206 Doreen Richardson* 1
204 Terrilynn Walston 2
205 Olga Bernaz* 3
TEEN MEN’S PHYSIQUE 
# Age 16-19 PLACE
209 Michael Johnson* 1
208 Zach Beech 2
210 Mitchell Barrett 3
211 Justen Pollock 4
207 Hal Fisher 5
212 Victor Putala 6
 MASTERS MEN’S
PHYSIQUE
# Age 35-45 PLACE
224 Marlo Buttler 1
221 Aaron Blair* 2
213 James Harris* 3
215 Sean McCallister* 4
217 Jeff Jolley* 5
220 Frank Baskerville* 6
222 Steven Bond 7
219 Mike Williams* 8
216 Roberto Blackmon* 9
218 Cory Wells* 10
223 Jason Fults 11
214 Jeremy Hargrove 12
 MASTERS MEN’S
PHYSIQUE
# Age 45-50 PLACE
228 Dewayne Holifield 1
231 James Yates* 2
227 Eric Snyder* 3
229 Billy Miller* 4
230 Robert Fontaine 5
226 Rob Higgins 6
225 Gary Hollister 7
 MASTERS MEN’S
PHYSIQUE
# Age 50+ PLACE
233 Ronald Cartmell* 1
232 Mark Rhoades* 2
234 Alvin Hardemon 3
235 Lonny Bickley 4
237 Stephone Duncan 5
238 Chuck Thompson* 6
236 Ronnie Neff 7
 Novice MEN’S
PHYSIQUE: A
# Up to & incl. 5’8″ PLACE
246 Nyahuma Fort 1
240 Jonathan Gwaltney 2
242 Eric Holford 3
243 James Harris* 4
241 Joseph McKenna 5
245 Drew Zortman 6
239 Quran Rich 7
244 Chuck Thompson* 8
Novice MEN’S PHYSIQUE: B
# Over 5’8″ PLACE
252 Blaze Long 1
249 Jeff Jolley* 2
256 Jason Norris 3
251 Eric Drake 4
258 Richard Beach 5
257 Corey Nieto 6
309 Nick Lasater 7
259 Trevor Patton 8
254 Eric Snyder* 9
247 Roberto Blackmon* 10
250 Joseph Buchanan 11
253 Dustin Evans 12
255 Christopher MacDonald 13
248 Clyde Barrett 14
MEN’S PHYSIQUE: A
# Up to & incl. 5’6″ PLACE
263 Rene Payong 1
260 EJ Williams 2
261 Dai-Hai Phan 3
262 Jeffrey Boyd 4
MEN’S PHYSIQUE: B
# Over 5’6″ up to 5’8″ PLACE
277 Tommy Anderson Jr. 1
266 Copernicus Johnson 2
264 Nathan Boswell 3
269 Sean McCallister* 4
268 Curtiss Carr 5
272 Robert Macri 6
270 Markus Norris 7
267 Paul Smith 8
276 Derick Parker 9
271 Mark Rhoades* 10
274 Charles McDowell 11
273 Chad Boyd 12
275 Jacob Smith 13
278 Brandon Holloway 14
265 Daniel Forero 15
MEN’S PHYSIQUE: C
# Over 5’8″ up to 5’10” PLACE
293 Ali Abuhassan 1
292 Michael Johnson* 2
283 Rakeem Gayle 3
280 Chris Dorn 4
281 Zerian Williams 5
285 Dwight Wilson 6
284 Kyle Winters 7
286 Stephen Pullen 8
279 Ronald Cartmell* 9
288 David La Rosa 10
290 Billy Miller* 11
291 Justin Jacobes 12
282 Cody Caruthers 13
289 Stevie Jones 14
287 Thad Davenport 15
MEN’S PHYSIQUE: D
# Over 5’10” PLACE
304 Hakeem Abdul-Saboor 1
307 Michael McConnell 2
298 William Franklin 3
310 Jonathan Zydel 4
306 Delbrieo Slaughter 5
303 Aaron Blair* 6
296 Frank Baskerville* 7
302 James Yates* 8
297 Kevin Greene 9
308 Will Akins 10
301 Michael Roura 11
311 Matt Corson 12
295 Mike Williams* 13
294 Cory Wells* 14
305 Phillip Kitchens 15
299 Jacob Wagoner 16
300 Christopher Baxter 16
NOVICE BB: Lightweight
# Up to & incl. 165.25 PLACE
312 Seth Buch 1
316 Steven Anderson 2
313 Chevy Estas 3
314 Christopher Ashley 4
315 Tim Blair* 5
317 Mitsunori Misawa 6
NOVICE BB: Middleweight
# Over 165.25 up to 187.25 PLACE
318 Jerry Brenneman 1
319 Matthew Jordan 2
323 Josh Scott 3
324 Ryan Sulikowski 4
320 Troy Zanko* 5
321 Jonathan Defago 6
322 Tony Pollard 7
325 Joe Bostick 8
NOVICE BB: Heavyweight
# Over 187.25 PLACE
326 Jeremy Goforth 1
332 Dacota Echols 2
331 Taylor Wangrud 3
327 Chris Hicks 4
330 Austin Stratton 5
329 Scott Rymer 6
328 Zac Roberts 7
JUNIOR BB: Lightweight
# Up to & incl. 165.25 PLACE
334 Jeffrey Pulford* 1
333 Andrew Cina* 2
JUNIOR BB: Middleweight
# Over 165.25 up to 187.25 PLACE
340 John Manning 1
336 Matt Altheim 2
337 James Johnson* 3
335 Sean Nanney* 4
338 Terrence Jones 5
339 George Brown* 6
JUNIOR BB: Heavyweight
# Over 187.25 PLACE
342 Chris Dichiara 1
341 Jamal Shakeenab* 2
343 Eric Tidmore 3
TEEN BODYBUILDING
# Age 16-19 PLACE
348 Sean Nanney* 1
344 Nick Hill 2
349 Andrew Cina* 3
346 Branston Carnahan 4
345 Nathan Eckerson 5
347 Kody Gray 6
HERO BODYBUILDING
# ONE CLASS PLACE
350 Rick Lanzilotta* 1
352 Jamal Shakeenab* 2
353 Jeffrey Pulford* 3
351 Terrence Jones 4
MASTERS BODYBUILDING
# Age 40-49 PLACE
359 Brian Strock* 1
356 James Johnson* 2
354 John Titus 3
357 Louis Vick 4
355 Troy Zanko* 5
358 Jack Roek* 6
361 Steve Murphy  7
360 Tim Blair* 8
362 Eric Tidmore 9
MASTERS BODYBUILDING
# Age 50-59 PLACE
364 Ronnie Aldrich* 1
367 David Cox*  2
363 R.D. Noren II* 3
365 Billy McDonald 4
368 Frank Daniels 5
366 George Woods 6
369 Donald Wolf* 7
MASTERS BODYBUILDING
# Age 60-69 PLACE
372 George Brown* 1
371 Mitch Spence 2
370 James Howarth 3
OPEN BB: Lightweight
# Over 143.25 up to 154.25 PLACE
373 R.D. Noren II* 1
OPEN BB: Middleweight
# Over 154.25 up to 176.25 PLACE
376 Jeramy Buchanan 1
378 Zach Martin 2
379 Stanley Blair 3
374 Ronnie Aldrich* 4
377 Rick Lanzilotta* 5
380 Adam Wicker 6
381 Qasim Alsetri 7
375 Cameron Harmon 8
OPEN BB: Light-Heavyweight
# Over 176.25 up to 198.25 PLACE
391 William Benny Blair 1
382 Brad Mabry 2
387 Evan Revoir 3
388 Brian Strock* 4
389 David Cox*  5
383 DeQuan Adams 6
390 Mitch Rutherford 7
386 Jarvis Johnson 8
385 Michael Sparkman 9
384 Jack Roek* 10
OPEN BB: Heavyweight
# Over 198.25 PLACE
395 Paul Glissen 1
392 Reed Stevenson 2
393 Austin Jones 3
394 Antoine Anderson 4
396 Donald Wolf* 5

 



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



2015 Olympia Qualification Point Series


2014 Olympia Point Series

The IFBB Professional League announced the 2015 Olympia Qualification Series and the point breakdown. Not much has changed from 2014 with the exception of a few shows being added and a couple of shows dropped. The Qualification Series has morphed a bit since it started in 2011 but the current formula seems to be working. The simplest way to explain it is, win and you’re in the Olympia. If you don’t win, then you accumulate points. The top five people at the end of the competition season (Olympia to Olympia) are qualified to compete. The top five competitors in the Olympia are automatically qualified for the following year’s Olympia.

2015 Olympia Qualification Series
Pittsburgh, PA – October 28, 2014 – The IFBB Professional League, in conjunction with Joe Weider’s Olympia Fitness & Performance Weekend, announces the 2014 Olympia Qualification Series, a point-based system that determines qualifiers for all Olympia divisions.

The Olympia Qualification Series awards points to competitors placing 2nd to 5th at IFBB Pro League competitions. At the end of the Olympia Qualification season, the five competitors with the highest point totals in the Olympia Qualification Series qualify to compete at the Olympia.

Since the winner of each competition automatically qualifies, no points are awarded for first place. Additionally, competitors placing in the TOP FIVE AT THE OLYMPIA automatically qualify for the following year.

Points and qualifications int he 2015 Olympia Qualification Series are awarded as follows:

TIER 1: Arnold Classic USA
2nd – 8 points
3rd – 7 points
4th – 6 points
5th – 5 points

TIER 2: Arnold Classic (Spain), New York Pro, Prague Pro
2nd – 6 points
3rd – 5 points
4th – 4 points
5th – 3 points

TIER 3: Arnold Classic Brazil & Australia, Pittsburgh Pro, China Pro
2nd – 5 points
3rd – 4 points
4th – 3 points
5th – 2 points

TEIR 4: All Other Competitions
2nd – 4 points
3rd – 3 points
4th – 2 points
5th – 1 points

The points are accumulated throughout the year with the first contest points beginning with the first show after the Olympia. There have been competitors who tie in points and so far those who tie end up going to the Olympia without a tie breaker being determined.

Announcement via IFBBPro.com



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