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“NBC SPORTSWORLD” Returns


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Joe Posnanski wrote, “We craved anything that resembled sports.” in his story titled “This is Sportsworld”. It’s in reference to NBC’s sports program from the 1980s. You can see the opening to it below and if you look close around the 57 second mark you’ll see female bodybuilding champion, Cory Everson. Don’t hold your breath on ever seeing that aired today. The 50th Olympia was supposed to air on NBC Sports Network but was pulled for unknown reasons but that’s a story for another time.

It’s refreshing to see NBC Sports focusing on the art of storytelling. It’s the easiest way to get people interested in sports. If a story is told in a compelling way, you’ll find yourself reading or watching it even if you don’t like the sport or the player. Check out NBCSportsWorld.com for a few stories already published, like the one with 12-time Paralympic Gold Medalist Jessica Long, and bookmark it for future stories.

“NBC SPORTSWORLD” is the New Long-Form Home of NBC Sports Digital
NBC Sports Digital recently announced the launch of NBC SportsWorld, a new micro-site within NBCSports.com dedicated to long-form storytelling. The site is populated with compelling long-form stories, essays, short films and documentaries, including select archived Olympic video.

Named after NBC Sports’ television program in the 1980s, which featured global content from a variety of sports properties, NBCSportsWorld.com is the home of exclusive long-form pieces from NBC Sports Digital’s contributors, including award-winning writer Joe Posnanski, Joe Prince-Wright of ProSoccerTalk, and Nick Zaccardi of OlympicTalk.

Following the site’s debut last Thursday, NBCSportsWorld has since added the following long-form pieces:

Payne, the story of how golf champion Payne Stewart lived, from the early days when his father guided and influenced him, his first Ryder Cup win, and the tragic end to his life in a lonely field in South Dakota.

CSN Bay Area Senior Insider Ray Ratto connects the dots from Joe Montana and John Elway to Colin Kapernick and Peyton Manning.

Nick Zaccardi examines the illusive long-jump record as current record holder Mike Powell celebrates 23 years with the title, the same amount of time as previous record holder Bob Beamon.

Bob Costas’s interview with Peyton Manning, who, prior to breaking Brett Favre’s all-time record for career touchdown passes, discussed the record-holders who preceded him.

In order to stay up to date with all of the latest features and videos on NBC SportsWorld, users can subscribe to a weekly newsletter that will be published each Friday recapping the previous week’s content on NBCSportsWorld.com. Readers can also follow NBC SportsWorld on Facebook at Facebook.com/NBCSportsWorld and Twitter @NBCSportsWorld.



Mikaela Shiffrin & Reusch to Develop Signature Glove


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MIKAELA SHIFFRIN WITH REUSCH EXTENSION OF THE PARTNERSHIP
Professional alpine athlete keeps on trusting in Reusch

American Mikaela Shiffrin and German glove specialist Reusch will extend their close partnership and moreover announce a special signature glove model for the next winter season 2015/2016.

Reusch is proud to state the extension of the agreement with Mikaela Shiffrin, present and future star in professional alpine ski racing. Beside this partnership, Mikaela will participate in developing a piste skiing glove for ladies. A young and fresh glove with lots of dynamic is what we can expect.

Reusch CEO Erich Weitzmann says: “We are proud to have the chance to develop a special signature glove with Mikaela. She has already reached so much at her early age, being Olympic champion, World Champion, and winner of World Cups. All these achievements are incredibly inspiring to all of us at Reusch and we will keep on working hard to prove her and also all our athletes, our retailers and end consumers out there that all our products will benefit from this positive energy.”

And it is not only the Reusch team that is celebrating the partnership and the fruitful exchange with professional athletes.

“I feel honored and excited to soon create my own signature glove with Reusch for my free skiing time out there! It will be a glove that my family, friends and all my fans can wear and have some fun with on the slopes. All I have been winning I won with Reusch. They just develop the best products in terms of fit and protection. For me there haven’t been any doubts that Reusch and their gloves will accompany me for many more years. I have to concentrate on so many things during my job; so knowing that Reusch takes care of my hands is a relief I am thankful for!” replies Mikaela Shiffrin.

To Mikaela and all our partner athletes we wish the best of luck for the upcoming World Cup season! Thanks you for trusting in Reusch!

Photo and announcement Via reusch.com



Ten Interesting Things To Check Out Today


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Ten things I found interesting around the web recently. Do you have something interesting worth sharing? Email editor @ hardbodynews.com and let me know.

Oscar Pistorius starts serving 5 year prison term
Double-Amputee Olympic Sprinter, Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. He could be released after 10 months in jail and serve the remainder of his sentence under house arrest. The taken away in a police van Tuesday to start serving a five-year prison sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. He will be will be ineligible to compete in any Paralympic events during his sentence. – Via Associated Press

THE GIRLS OF INSTAGRAM – WHAT HAPPENED?
Check out what Girl is Not a Four Letter Word has been highlighting when it comes to young female athletes and their Instagram accounts.
Via girlisnota4letterword.com

Chobani to introduce “Chobani Tots”
The popular greek yogurt brand plans to introduce the new product this January. – Via AdAge

Trying to Live in the Moment (and Not on the Phone)
via The New York Times

China plans to grow its sports sector into a 5-trillion-yuan ($817-billion) industry by 2025.
via reuters.com

Marathon Lawsuit
Paid workers vs Volunteers when it comes to a marathon and why this lawsuit matters. – Via Outside Online

Flying into obesity: Could jet lag be making you fat?
Via The Australian

Lebron James is featured in a new Beats By Dre headphone commercial but what’s with the Nike gloves for his workout?

Wanted: Cities interested in hosting 2024 Olympics
“The USOC is weighing bids from four cities before deciding whether to submit a candidate to the IOC next year. Vying for the U.S. nomination are Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and Washington. Los Angeles hosted the games in 1932 and 1984 and offers the easiest choice from the U.S., but does the world want to go back for a third time or go somewhere new?” – Via Associated Press

Why Are Americans So Fascinated With Extreme Fitness?
Heather Havrilesky writes and essay for The New York Times discussing the fascination CrossFit and “extreme fitness”. She writes, “There’s also a very American fixation on extremes at play: More is always better.” via – The New York Times



2014 IFBB Europa Phoenix Pro Competitor Lists


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The 2014 IFBB Europa Phoenix Pro is shaping up to be a jam packed event with nearly every pro division being part of the weekend’s events. The show will take place in Phoenix, Arizona on October 25 and 26th. One thing to note is this is a Saturday and Sunday event. Most shows are Friday and Saturday so plan accordingly if you plan to attend the show or are competing in the event.

These are the initial lists but are not final. Check back closer to the event to get the final list. As you can see it looks to be a huge show with over 150 competitors.

2014 IFBB Europa Phoenix Pro Competitor Lists (UPDATED ON OCTOBER 20, 2014)
Phoenix, AZ

2014 IFBB Europa Phoenix Pro Fitness
Chika Aluka
Sherry Boudreau
Susana Cacavieli
Allions Ethier
Kelcie Gahley
Ryall Graber
Natalie Graziano
Amanda Hatfield
Whitney Jones
Sara Kovach
Nita Marquez
Babette Mulford
Irene Nunn
Shelly Paton
Holly Semanoff
Debbie Sizemore
Kimberly Stroup
Tanis Tzavaras

2014 IFBB Europa Phoenix Pro Figure
Viviana Baca Servin
Shianne Behan
Beckie Boddie
Shalako Bradberry
Jennifer Brown
Brittany Campbell
Kim Clark
Virginia Coffman
Amber Crowder
Sarah Dominquez
Dawn Fernandez
Ivana Ivusic
Elizabeth Jenkins
Kimberly Jones
Olga Karavayeva
Danielle Kifer
Vera Mallet
Linda Potter
Susana Ramirez
Denise Rose
Agness Russo
Tamara Sedlack
Lacy Smith
Melissa Smith
Melissa Spiegel
Carly Starling Horrell
Karly Woodle
Josie Zamora

2014 IFBB Europa Phoenix Pro Bikini
Sheena Jayne Anderton
Jessica Arevalo
Lisa Asuncion
Yarishan Ayala
Bianca Berry
Michelle Brannan
Melissa Brizic
Lorena Bucio
Iveth Carreon
Krissy Chin
Karey Grabow
Jessica Gutierrez
Solmay Hernandez
Alexa Hotaling
Lisette Howard
Jessica James
Lisa Kelly
Tatiana Koshman
Francesca Lauren
Sarah LeBlanc
Breena Martinez
Cristina Mendivil
Bruna Miyagui
Edna Olivas
Joni Lyn Ortiz
Cecile Palacios
Camile Periat
Lisa Roy
Janelle Saitone-McGuire
Jen Stevens
Cindy Villalobos
Lindsey Waters
Lindsey Wells

2014 IFBB Europa Phoenix Pro Women’s Physique
Natalia Batova
Laura Boisacq
La’Drissa Bonivel
Shannon Byers
Andrea de Carvalho Ferreira
Margarita Charaim
Antoinette Downie
Cassandra Floyd
Asha Hadley
Hannah Hallman
NeKole Hamrick
Marnie Holley
Katerina Kyptova
Erin Lawson
Marina Lopez
Tannaz Malek Nasta
Jodi Marchuck
Tamee Marie
Jayla McDermott
Teresita Morales
Loana Paula Muttoni
Rita Rae
Jennifer Robinson
Susan Salazar
Kelli Schrader
Rebecca Schubeck
Casie Shepherd
Tracy Weller
Shelly Yakimchuk

2014 IFBB Europa Phoenix Pro Men’s Bodybuilding
Grigori Atoyan
Pablo Ayaia Zayas
Mohamed Ali Bannout
Lloyd Dollar
Alden Gamet
Johnnie Jackson
Richie Langit
Nikitas Manolakas
Frank Roberson
Brad Rowe
John Sherman
Fred Smalls
Ben White

2014 IFBB Europa Phoenix Pro Men’s 212 Bodybuilding
Ahmad Ahmad
Gamal Al Maadway
Breon Ansley
Lyndon Belgrave
Jose Bustamante
Marco Cardona
Pete Ciccone
Mark Dugdale
Wendell Floyd
Shavis Higa
Tricky Jackson
Lorenzo Jones
Hennie Kotze
Daron Lytle
Bola Ojex
Leonardo Pacheco
Jose Raymond
Luis Santa
Troy Tate
Marvin Ward

2014 IFBB Europa Phoenix Pro Men’s Physique
Nick Adams
Matt Christianer
Mariusz Czerniewicz
Damir Delic
Murat Demir
Scott Do
Michael Ferguson
Xavisus Gayden
David Gonzalez
Edgar Julian Gonzalez
Frank Griffin
Evan Gryka
Mike Johnson
Greg Jones
Qaardir Majeed
Darnell Moss
Freddy Naidu
Jason Poston
Pierre Vuala
Chris Williamson

For more information on the event visit www.europaexpo.com.



Christina Strøm Fjære Featured in D2 Magazine


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I don’t have a clue what Cristina is saying but check out this well produced video highlighting her appearance at the 2014 Bikini Olympia. Cristina is Norway’s first IFBB Bikini Pro and the Olympia was her second pro show ever. A HUGE accomplishment and D2, a Norwegian magazine took notice. A writer and photographer traveled from Norway to Las Vegas for an in-depth feature on Cristina for the magazine and the accompanying video below.

See more on D2’s Facebook page.



GENERATION IRON Airs on ESPN


NEWS RELEASE
The Vladar Company announces the world television premiere of GENERATION IRON, the 2013 documentary that serves as the first-ever contemporary update in the classic bodybuilding film series, on Friday, October 10th at 11pm ET on ESPN.

The latest installment in the popular franchise that dates back to 1977’s PUMPING IRON featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger, GENERATION IRON examines the sport of professional bodybuilding as it is today and looks at the lives, attitudes and dedication of the latest generation of top bodybuilders on their journey to achieve the ultimate goal – to be crowned Mr. Olympia. The Academy Award® nominated actor Mickey Rourke narrates the film, which also features appearances by Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno.

“We’re thrilled to have GENERATION IRON make its debut on ESPN, the finest TV outlet for sports programming,” said Vlad Yudin, co-founder and principal of The Vladar Company and the writer/director of the film. “GENERATION IRON has been rolling out across the world for the past year and its television premiere will bring its remarkable story to an even larger audience,” said Edwin Mejia, Producer and principal at The Vladar Company.

GENERATION IRON was released theatrically in the U.S. and Canada in September, 2013, coinciding with the 2013 Mr. Olympia competition in Las Vegas, ringing up an opening box office total of $245,000, which made it the biggest documentary opening of 2013. The film held its position as the #1 documentary in the US at the box office for three consecutive weeks and has since grossed more than $1,000,000.00 at the worldwide box office. GENERATION IRON’s commercial success is matched by its critical acclaim, with the film scoring an 80% critics’ approval rating and an 86% audience approval rating at review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

The film’s success continues to grow as it debuts overseas this month as GENERATION IRON is available worldwide on iTunes as of September 9, 2014. Additionally, an Extended Director’s Cut of GENERATION IRON, which delves deeper in the lives of bodybuilding’s biggest stars and their quest to for the Mr. Olympia crown, made its iTunes debut in the U.S. on Sept 9, 2014.

More information on GENERATION IRON can be found at the film’s official website at http://www.Vladar.com.

About The Vladar Company:
The Vladar Company is a media and entertainment company, led by Vlad Yudin and Edwin Mejia. Since its inception in 2008, the company has catered to the market’s growing need for entertainment content across multiple platforms. The company focuses on developing, financing and packaging a library of intellectual properties with its producing partners at leading Hollywood and International production studios. The company is becoming a leading producer of many genres and multiple mediums in US and international markets.

Vladar will continue to develop, finance and release projects in different formats as well as create and build brands with partners and investors around the world. Vladar will also focus on creating and developing new distribution models and contribute to the success of independent film and TV production. Its sales and operations will expand nationally and internationally.



espnW Announces Sponsors for its Fifth Annual Women + Sports Summit


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NEWS RELEASE
espnW Announces Sponsors for its Fifth Annual Women + Sports Summit
Today espnW announced the roster of sponsors for its fifth annual espnW: Women + Sports Summit presented by Toyota. This year’s Summit, held October 8-10 in Dana Point, Calif., is themed “Making an Impact” and will again gather thought leaders and influencers from the sports industry and beyond to focus on creating greater opportunity for women in sports. Toyota returns as the presenting sponsor, along with returning sponsors CoverGirl, Gatorade, JBL and Under Armour. The latest blue-chip company to join the roster is EY.

In addition to branding and on-site integrations, the sponsorships feature digital and social activations across espnW’s platforms. As presenting sponsor, Toyota will again recognize and honor three “Everyday Heroes,” an award that celebrates individuals making a difference for women and girls in their local communities through sports.
Beauty and cosmetics partner CoverGirl will showcase its #GirlsCan campaign through print and digital quote tiles featuring female athletes who have broken barriers throughout history. The brand will also gift guests with products at the Summit’s gifting suite.

Gatorade, the sports nutrition sponsor for the fourth consecutive year, will provide guests with Gatorade products at all “points of sweat” throughout the venue, including morning runs, core training, surfing, yoga and cycling. James Carter from the Gatorade Sports Science Institute will participate in the Summit’s performance panel, “Human Potential and Pushing Beyond Our Limits.”

JBL, the official sound partner, will gift guests with their latest JBL Reflect BT Wireless Sport headphones, a product developed with key insights and feedback provided by 2013 Summit attendees. JBL will also present Surf Camp at the Summit, with hands-on surf instructions in and out of the water during the Summit sport activities sessions.

Under Armour, the Summit’s official training partner, will gift all attendees with innovative apparel, footwear and accessories from their elevated women’s collection. The brand will also present Todd Durkin’s I.M.P.A.C.T Challenge, as well as yoga classes with international instructor Kathryn Budig, as part of the Summit’s sports activities.

The Summit’s newest partner, EY, will be featuring its Women Athletes Business Network, a program focused on harnessing the untapped leadership potential of female athletes after their retirement from sport. Athletes and executives will have an opportunity to sign up for the program in the gifting suite.

The Summit will be held for the second straight year at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort. For more information about The espnW: Women + Sports Summit and to see the complete agenda visit www.espnWsummit.com or follow on Twitter with @espnW and #espnWsummit.

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



2014 IFBB Prague Pro Results


2014 Prague Pro
The IFBB Pro circuit continues this weekend with the 2014 Prague Pro. The competition featured Men’s Bodybuilding, Men’s 212 Bodybuilding and the Bikini division. There were no real surprises to those who follow the Bikini division with India Paulino the highest ranking competitor in the line-up taking home the win. The alleviates the stress from having to qualify for the 2015 Bikini Olympia for her. Noemi Olah jumped back into a top spot finishing in second. Moving up from her 16th place Olympia finish into third was Christina Strøm Fjære from Norway. This was just her third pro show and she’s one to keep an eye on in the future.

Flex Lewis defended his 212 title & Dennis Wolf wins the open bodybuilding. The big story in the men’s division was Kai Greene dropping out after prejudging citing undisclosed medical issues.

2014 IFBB Prague Pro Results Bikini
Placing – Name – Prize Winnings
1. India Paulino – $7,000
2. Noemi Olah – $4,000
3. Christina Strøm Fjære – $2,500
4. Vladimira Krasova – $2,000
5. Sofiia Tandilian – $1,500
6. Lacey Deluca – $1,000
7. Michelle Brannan – $500
8. Margret Gnarr – $500
9. Valeria Ammirato – $500
10. Aly Garcia – $500

2014 IFBB Prague Pro Results 212 Bodybuilding
Placing – Name – Prize Winnings
1. Flex Lewis – $10,000
2. Baito Abbaspour – $5,500
3. Jose Raymond – $3,000
4. Guy Cisternino – $2,000
5. Ahmad Ahmad – $1,500
6. Lee Powell – $1,000
7. Andre Regestein – $500
8. Pierre Chamoun – $500
9. Vicente Santamaria – $500
10. Terzo Mirsad – $500

2014 IFBB Prague Pro Results Men’s Open Bodybuilding
Placing – Name – Prize Winnings
1. Dennis Wolf – $60,000
2. Dexter Jackson – $30,000
3. Shawn Rhoden – $20,000
4. Roelly Winklaar – $20,000
5. Steve Kuclo – $10,000
6. Juan Morel – $5,000
7. Victor Martinez – $1,000
8. William Bonac – $1,000
9. Johnnie Jackson – $1,000
10. Ronnie Rockel – $1,000



‘The Box’ Backlash – Crossfitters Hate Photoshopped Camille LeBlanc-Bazinet Cover


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The Crossfit community is a tight knit group of people who tend to be extremely passionate about their sport. While some outsiders would argue they take their enthusiasm too far, I’d argue there are far worse things in life than to be fanatical about working out and following a specific nutrition plan. That’s a debate for another time. The reality is you don’t have to be a participant to appreciate the hard work and dedication it takes to become one of the elite athletes in Crossfit.

The Crossfit Games are held once a year, usually the end of July, and crown “The Fittest Woman (and man) on Earth.” Helluva title, right? It’s the holy grail of Crossfit and a sacred stature that few have reached. There’s no denying that if you win it, you’re a bad ass. This year’s female winner was Canadian Camille LeBlanc. Camille has landed multiple endorsement deals and unquestionably has a marketable look because of the hardbody she’s built. She trains like a beast and is a role model for women and men, in and out of Crossfit. She works hard, eats right, trains consistently and has fun along the way. Winning this year’s Crossfit Games makes her a no-brainer to grace the cover of a Crossfit magazine.

Camille was featured on Oxygen magazine’s last issue out of the Canadian offices (July 2013). On that cover they asked, “Could this be the fittest woman on earth?” In the Crossfit world the answer, albeit it officially validated a year later, would be YES!

camille leblanc oxygen coverCamille LeBlanc-Bazinet on Oxygen Magazine

The mag shut down for a stint and reopened under new publishers, Active Interest Media (AIM). AIM acquired Oxygen and two other titles previously published by Robert Kennedy but why is this important? AIM publishes ‘The Box’ magazine. Their website states The Box Magazine “serves the vast — and growing — population of CrossFitters. It educates new practitioners about CrossFit’s benefits, motivates existing members of the CrossFit community and advocates for the sport of CrossFit.”

The Box typically shows an athlete or athletes in workout attire on their cover. The magazine is published bi-monthly and has done a good job of featuring men and women on their covers over the years. It’s one of the few magazines that showcases an athlete as an athlete… until now. This month, The Box opted to show the newly crowned Fittest Woman on Earth® in a swimsuit, on a beach for their cover.

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It’s not the first time she’s been on The Box cover. Camille was featured on the October-November 2012 cover and they called her “The Face of Fitness”. Pretty good call, right? So why would they stray from their usual covers and present Camille as a swimsuit model instead of an athlete? Great question and it’s one that has the Crossfit nation up in arms over. It’s not only because she’s presented as a swimsuit model but also the poor job they did “photoshopping” her.

Camille LeBlanc The Box CoverCamille LeBlanc-Bazinet on The Box cover in 2012 (left) and 2014 (right)

Let’s be clear. Yes, every magazine has “photoshopping” done to it. That’s the “reality” of the magazine biz however there’s a difference in recreating a body and retouching/editing one. Removing stray hairs, a bright spot in the skin and/or a skin blemish are part of retouching any image. I know, I’m a photographer and I edit photos daily. Did Camille get a bad photoshop job on her latest cover? Ya, her waist is the most obvious. She’s also got a sic set of abs but you’d never know that from the photo, in fact you’d wonder where they are if you had never seen her before.

There’s no reason to modify Camille, The FITTEST Woman on Earth, to be something she’s not. She’s not a swimsuit model. She never claims to be. She never strives to be one. When I interviewed her I asked her, “Do you feel like there’s pressure on women to look a certain way in CrossFit?” She shared, “Yes, I think women still want to be small and ripped, but I think we shouldn’t care about the way we look as long as our fitness is going up.” Camille’s fitness went up since then and she didn’t worry about being small and ripped as it’s irrelevant to her winning The Game. It’s a too bad The Box thought showcasing her as smaller and more ripped would be relevant to selling magazines. I find the corny “Life’s a Beach” and “awash in opportunity” nearly as silly as the image.

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The Box 2014 Cover with Camille Leblanc, The Fittest Woman on Earth.

The Crossfit nation has called bullshit on the cover and you have to appreciate some of the comments being posted online about it. Let’s start with the posting of the image on The Box’s Facebook page.

Ouch. I’m guessing not quite the response they expected but BRAVO for fans and readers calling it out.

When the fans asked (many demanded) for an explanation, The Box demonstrated how NOT to respond. Public Relations 101 – don’t try to be funny and don’t add fuel to a fire. You’d be more productive pissing into the wind. Here’s what they posted.

An angry mob photo. Funny. Ha. Not. FAIL.

A couple quotes from fans…

“I am NEVER negative and I keep my page that way for a reason….. But i just couldn’t help but feel sad just quite mad a magazine such a “The BOX magazine” would photoshop camilles picture and take away her muscles… Why??????

We’re suppose to EMBRACE our hard earned work not “hide” or take away from them and “conform” to what society wants. Truly disappointed in this one.
Always Always EMBRACE your muscles ladies… ALWAYS!!!”
CFStrongWomen FB

Reddit members are sounding off too.

The second I saw the cover I could tell something was wrong immediately. The thing is, Camille is obviously beautiful and strong and fit, but we all know she doesn’t have the smallest waist and that doesn’t matter at all. – emptycalsxycuriosityDeuce Gym

“That is insulting. She’s worked her ass off to get where she is and then this magazine photoshops her muscles OFF? I can’t wrap my brain around this… Usually people would photoshop MORE definition not take definition away. Wtf.” - patrickkevinsays

“The saddest thing about it is it buys into the fear that women who lift are too bulky/manly to be conventionally attractive. Women still need to be soft and curvy (but still thin) to be beautiful. Even the fittest woman on earth doesn’t have the ‘ideal’ body shape so they photoshopped out her amazing abs that allow her to do all the amazing gymnastic movements she’s known for.” – viaaa

Another Crossfit magazine, BoxLife, posted…

WOD Talk magazine was a little more subtle with their jab at the cover and posted…

As I was finishing this article The Box Editor-in-Chief posted a response on Facebook. I couldn’t help put do a face palm in horror at the opening, “My name is Jordana Brown, and I’m the editor-in-chief of The Box magazine. Before everyone looks at my profile and starts doubting, I’ll tell you this: I don’t have a robust profile here because I hate Facebook. I hate Facebook because I don’t trust it.” Way to embrace the fans/readers ON FACEBOOK while they are going bat shit crazy over your latest cover. It doesn’t matter if YOU like Facebook or not, it’s the medium you chose to post your latest cover on. Any who…

Jordana defends the cover by saying, “A professional photo shoot with an experienced photographer who uses camera angles and poses the athlete to compose a shot, along with expert lighting, hair and makeup, will result in photos that look completely unlike anything you might find from a Google image search. In fact, it was our intent to show you a Camille you haven’t seen before — and to prove that beauty and strength coexist in her perfect body.”

Very true however the same professional photographer was used for previous covers. The same photographer used “expert lighting” and “camera angles” to compose every previous cover shot. So that’s a ridiculous statement in defense of the image. Jordana isn’t wrong in the statement but wrong to use it as a defense for this cover and for this athlete. The same athlete they’ve shown on the cover before. Oh right, I forgot they wanted to show “a Camille you haven’t seen before” and “prove that beauty and strength coexist”. They accomplished the first part but how ridiculous on the second part. Everyone who has followed Camille (cough, cough your magazine readers and those commenting on the social media platform you hate) knows she embodies strength and beauty. They didn’t need to see a poorly photoshopped image to know they coexist. And back to that pesky photoshop topic. Jordana defends it by sharing, “Did we do some color correction and use Photoshop on the image? Yes. Did we airbrush or retouch Camille’s abs, legs, muscles? No. Did her body need any work? No. Do we regret having done anything at all? Yes.”

Only those who have seen the RAW, unedited image will know for certain what was done to it. At this point does it matter? The readers aren’t stupid and regardless of what was done or not done to the image it doesn’t reflect the buying audience of The Box. They clearly don’t give a crap about seeing The Fittest Woman on Earth in a swimsuit on the beach. You might want to buy the issue since I’ll bet it’s the first and last time you see a beach / swimsuit cover.

What can we learn from The Box Backlash?
Don’t play readers and fans for fools.
Strong is sexy.
Strong is beautiful.
Be authentic.
Crossfitters hate photoshop badly photoshopped images.

Also of note, no one (myself included) is bashing or blaming Camille for the cover. Some people have questioned “how could she allow this” and “how would she approve this cover”. When you shoot for a magazine (this goes for a model and photographer) you have no idea what image will run and how it will be used. Cover images are often swapped out a dozen times before going to print. Many times right before press there will be a completely different image or even a new model.

Camille is strong. Camille is beautiful. Camille is a bad ass.

Check out her instagram account and you can follow her strength and beauty as she presents it.

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IFBB Bikini Pro Stacey Alexander Joins Formulation One Nutrition


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

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

NEWS RELEASE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Find Formulation One online at www.PrepareToPerform.com.

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Stacey Alexander



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


NEW YORK (AP) — What perfect timing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Info provided by ap.org and cbspressexpress.com.



2014 IFBB EVLS Prague Pro Competitor Lists & Hardbody Preview


Prague Pro

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit evlspraguepro.com for more information.



2014 Arnold Classic Europe Results


Arnold Classic Europe

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

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

2014 Arnold Classic Europe Fitness Results
Madrid, Spain

place/name/2-piece/routine/total

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

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

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



2014 IFBB Korea Grand Prix Competitors


2014 korea pro

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

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

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

For more information visit www.ifbbprokorea.com.



2014 Arnold Classic Europe Competitor Lists


Arnold Europe

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

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

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

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



2014 Olympia Women’s Physique Showdown Results & Scores


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

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



2014 Figure Olympia Results & Scores


2014 Figure Olympia

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

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



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


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

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



2014 Fitness Olympia Results


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

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



2014 IFBB Bikini Olympia Results


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

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



2014 Official Olympia Competitor Lists


2014 Olympia Competitors

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

The official lists and their competitor numbers are listed below.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Nathalia Melo on Sitting Out the Bikini Olympia


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

Nathalia Melo on Sitting Out the Bikini Olympia

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

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

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

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

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

You’ve got jokes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

nathalia melo

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

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



Modified Covergirl “Get Your Game Face On” Photo


cover girl gameface photo

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


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


The website has a petition to ban Roger Goodell.

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

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

Tell NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell:

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

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



First-annual Arnold Kids Fitness EXPO Announced


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OHIO EXPO CENTER
Bricker Building

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



ASP Becomes the World Surf League


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

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

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

To the ASP community,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,

Paul Speaker
Chief Executive Officer

For more visit www.aspworldtour.com.



Glanbia acquires Isopure for $150 million


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

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

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

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

Commenting today, Siobhán Talbot, Group Managing Director said

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

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

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



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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Vail Resorts Acquires Park City Mountain Resort


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit news.vailresorts.com for more info.



Bethany’s Hardbody Climb to The Olympia


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See you in 2 weeks!!!

~B



Find Out Who Qualified for The 2014 Olympia


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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