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Lofty Goals with WWE’s Relaunch of TapouT


WWE & TapouT
Today Authentic Brands Group (ABG) and the WWE announced they will be relaunching the once popular MMA clothing brand, TapouT. The new partnerships has plans to reposition the clothing line as a “fitness lifestyle brand”.  Which is pretty much what every clothing company in fitness claims to do but only a few are successful at it. Given the platform the WWE has the clothing will certainly get noticed but I’ll be taking a “wait and see” approach to their fitness lifestyle claims, especially with the female audience.

“This is a powerhouse pairing given the synergy between TapouT’s brand promise to be the premier hard-body fitness brand, and WWE’s commitment to training and fitness,” says Nick Woodhouse, President and Chief Marketing Officer of ABG. Anyone who uses the word “synergy” raises a huge red flag and then to claim TapouT’s brand promise is to be the premier “hard-body fitness brand”. Thanks for the chuckle!

There was no mention of what will be the key differentiators in the new TapouT line other than a new logo. The release is mostly fluff and does little to speak to specifics.

The press release stated, “The next generation of TapouT preserves the original brand essence and drives a hard-body, fitness-centric message positioned around motivation, discipline and determination. An all new line of men’s and women’s performance apparel and accessories will launch at retail in Spring 2016. New TapouT branding and packaging will roll out in key categories throughout 2015 starting with beverages, supplements and fitness centers.”

Promoting fitness is great but simply slapping your logo on clothing and aligning with the WWE doesn’t make you a “premier hard-body fitness brand”. TapouT has attempted to be more than a clothing line before. In 2009, TapouT partnered with Champion Nutrition on a supplement line. It failed miserably.  Currently TapouT is schilling a “Lose Weight and Get Ripped in 90 Days. Extreme Home Fitness Program.” on www.tapoutxt.com. A look at the biggest online supplement retailer, Bodybuilding.com and the line no longer is for sale.

Maybe with the focus shifting away from MMA the brand will do better in their attempt to capture the beverage and supplement market but I wouldn’t hold my breath.

Image and quotes Via WWE.com



UFC Champ Ronda Rousey on The View


ronda rousey the view
The Women’s UFC Bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey stopped by ABC’s The View. We learn Rosie Perez is a huge Rousey fan and the rest of the hosts are pretty clueless when it comes to Ronda’s accomplishments. Thankfully they had note cards to help them out. When asked about her next fight Ronda channels her inner Jay-Z and shared, “I have 99 problems but a Bethe ain’t one” referring to her opponent Bethe Correia.

The champ then has some fun with the show’s warm-up comedian, Tom Kelly. It goes about as well as you might expect.

After going on the show Ronda shared a couple clips with her fans.


lead photo via The View video.



Don’t F with Ronda Rousey – UFC 190 Confirmed


The UFC made it official. The UFC women’s bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey will defend her title against Bethe Correia on August 1, 2015. The champ quickly posted a message on social media, “This chick is gunna learn why I’m the last woman on earth you should fuck with on August 1st”. After the two squared off at a press promotion, Ronda told her Facebook fans… “Don’t get me wrong, I love fighting at home, but the passion for the sport here is unparalleled – whether I’m hated or loved I appreciate every ounce of passion the Brazilian fans give me looking forward to putting my heart and life on the line again in Brazil.”


Ronda enters the fight undefeated with an 11-0 record. Her opponent, Bethe “Pitbull” Correia is also undefeated with a 9-0 record. Bethe won her first two UFC fights by decision and the last one via TKO. The bad blood between Rousey and Correia began to boil when Bethe said, “I already proved to the world that the Four Horsewomen are a big joke. I just need to conclude my work getting the number one, the leader.” Now she’ll have her chance on August 1st. The “Four Horsewomen” are made up of Marina Shafir, Jessamyn Duke, Shayna Baszler and Ronda Rousey. Bethe has successfully defeated Shayna and Jessamyn en route to her fight against their fearless leader, Ronda Rousey.


First staredown for #ufc190 😈 Video via @cageofbones Styled by @alejandroperazastyle

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The fight is set to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at the HSNC Area. Also on the card is Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.



Janet Layug Wins 2015 IFBB New Zealand Pro


Janet Layug continued her winning ways in the IFBB Pro Bikini division. Janet was coming off a win at the first-ever Arnold Australia and followed it up with a win at the 2015 IFBB New Zealand Pro Bikini competition. The event took place in Aukland, New Zealand. The win puts Janet in the driver’s seat heading into the 2015 Bikini Olympia where she’ll undoubtedly be the one to watch and have the best chance at dethroning Ashley Kaltwasser.




Must See Monday: Hardbody Headlines, Photos & Videos


Check out these “Must See Monday” stories, photos and videos that caught our attention over the weekend.

STORIES TO CHECK OUT:
No More Barbie Gear
“Hey, outdoor-equipment companies: Please stop ignoring women who rip”
OUTSIDE ONLINE

Saudi Girls Can Now Take Gym Class, But Not Everyone Is Happy
“Saudi Arabia has decided to introduce something new in its gender-segregated public schools – physical education for girls.” – NPR
NPR.org

VIDEOS
UFC Fighters Ronda Rousey and Jessica Eye at SXSW
“UFC’s Ronda Rousey and Jessica Eye speak candidly to USA Today about what it’s like for women to be breaking grounds in and out of the Octagon.” – USATODAY

Cindy Whitehead’s “GIRL IS NOT A 4 LETTER WORD” new skatebboard
Check out the video from Dusters California and Girl is NOT a 4 Letter Word. The new board is pretty sweet!

Jedrzejczyk Dominates Esparza in UFC 185 for the Strawweight Title
Joanna Jedrzejczyk defeated Carla Esparza by second-round TKO to win the UFC strawweight title at UFC 185.

Tori Kelly covers SEAL’s “CRAZY” on Hot 99.5.
THIS IS AWESOME!

PHOTOS

DLB in Australia
Dana Linn Bailey shows the incredible turnout she had her seminar in Australia. Dana is reaching rockstar status.


Today's seminar @arnoldclassicau #wefilledthatbitchup

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GIRLS WITH GUNS DOWN UNDER
IFBB Pros Candice Keene, Narmin Assria, Heather Dees, India Paulino and Janet Layug show off they are armed and dangerous.


MORE FUN FLEX’N
Fitness Champ, Oksana Grishina and Figure standout Candice Lewis got in the action with their own display of arms.


With @icandylewis @sannation at the #xtremeSupplements store in #Australia 💪

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Join Lolo Jones’ March Madness Bracket Challenge.
Those of you looking to get into the bracket madness can join U.S. Track star, Lolo Jones’ bracket madness.



2015 Arnold Australia Results


2015 Arnold Australia
2015 Arnold Australia Pro Results: Camala Rodriquez continued her winning ways with the Arnold Australia Figure title and Janey Layug won the first-ever Pro Bikini at the 2015 Arnold Australia Pro. This event was previously called the Australian Pro but switched to the Arnold Australia. Dexter Jackson won the men’s open and nearly didn’t make the trip down under due to VISA issues.

FIGURE 411:
Camala Rodriquez was coming off a win at the Figure International in Columbus, Ohio and with this victory puts her in a top contender spot heading into the Olympia later this year. The only other leading lady in Figure who was absent from this lineup was Nicole Wilkins. Candice Keene improved by one placing from her Columbus showing and Candice Lewis dropped to third. Keene hasn’t been 100% on the money yet this year and it’s kept her out of the winner’s circle. Camala has improved and while her conditioning is there she could continue to bring up her quads a bit. Candice Lewis has cartoon like features with a tiny waist and boulder shoulders. She’s improved the conditioning in her legs and arguably looked her best ever at this contest. Just two points separated Keene and Lewis. Strobo moved up into the fourth place spot with Watts slipping to fifth. Latoyra continues to be a consistent contender for the top five in every show she enters. Rounding out the top six was Dana Ambrose who also continues to bring an improved look to the stage. Ann Titone did not make the trip to Australia.

Figure Prejudging:


We just can't 'figure' out who's gonna take this one home, what do you think?! #arnoldclassic #arnoldclassicau

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2015 Arnold Australia Pro Figure Results:
PLACING – NAME – SCORE
1. Camala Rodriquez – 5
2. Candice Keene – 11
3. Candice Lewis – 13
4. Genn Strobo – 22
5. Latoyra Watts – 24
6. Dana Ambrose – 29
7. Heather Dees – 36
8. Myra Rogers – 40
9. Amanda Doherty – 44
10. Larissa Reis – 51
11. Eliyan Lobez – 56
12. Asher Prior – 59
13. Rinnah Schmid – 64
14. Maria Garcia – 70
15. Tara Ramos – 75

BIKINI BREAKDOWN:
Many thought it would happen in Columbus but it took one more week for Janet Layug to upset Ashley Kaltwasser for the win. Janet took the top spot at the Arnold Australia and you’ll have a tough time finding anyone arguing with that call. Don’t be surprised if you see Janet run the table from here on out this year in every show she wins. She has the body, presentation and looks to win every show she enters. Ashley brought what Ashley always brings to the stage. Ashley needs to improve her stage presence, namely walking in heels. If you watch Janet and then watch Ashley it’s like night and day. Just one point separated the two for first and second though. Rounding out the top spots were India Paulino, Stephanie Mahoe and Narmin Assria.

2015 Arnold Australia Pro Bikini Results:
PLACING – NAME – SCORE
1. Janet Layug – 7
2. Ashley Kaltwasser – 8
3. India Paulino – 16
4. Stephanie Mahoe – 19
5. Narmin Assria – 24
6. Summer Bernard – 32
7. Pollianna Moss – 33
8. Sheena Anderton – 42
9. Barbie Heng – 45
10. Jade MacKinnon – 49
11. Whitney Wiser – 56
12. Ebony Quince – 61
13. Amy Wright – 63
DNC – Jessica Arevalo

Arnold with the winner, Janet Layug…


The results from the men’s show were pretty much like we saw in Columbus. Brandon Curry moved up into the top five and Roelly Winklaar ended up in sixth where it could have gone either way in the earlier comparisons. Dexter continues to defy the odds at age 45 and shows the young bucks how being smart with your training can lead to a long-term, profitable career.

2015 Arnold Australia Pro Men’s Bodybuilding Results:
1. Dexter Jackson – 10
2. Branch Warren – 20
3. Justin Compton – 30
4. Evan Centopani – 43
5. Brandon Curry – 52
6. Roelly Winklaar – 56
7. Ben Pakulski – 69
8. Toney Freeman – 84
9. Josh Lenartowicz – 87
10. Cory Mathews – 104
11. Luke Schembri – 110
12. Saman Mohammad – 117

See more from the Arnold Australia show on https://instagram.com/arnoldclassicau.



Wings of Strength Goes Big with New Pro Show


Phoenix Pro show
Wings of Strength has been a a strong supporter of women’s bodybuilding since their inception. Wings of Strength was founded by Jake and Kristal Wood in in 2011. They describe their mission as wanting to ensure there are “meaningful stage opportunities for women to compete in bodybuilding pro shows.” Wings of Strength is a membership website that reinvests “100% of the website proceeds” back into sponsoring pro shows.

The group started by sponsoring the Tampa Pro and Chicago Pro. Last year they added their name to the Omaha Pro. They’re also a sponsor of the Toronto Pro show. Essentially any show outside of the Olympia they’re the title sponsor. The Ms. Olympia was not part of the 2015 IFBB schedule and based on the recent announcement from Wings of Strength it doesn’t appear to be coming back.

Wings of Strength announced they would be adding their sponsorship to another pro show and this one will offer big prize money for the female bodybuilders. The new pro show will be called the “IFBB Wings of Strength Rising Phoenix World Championships”. Yes, a bit of a mouthful. The winner will receive $50,000 and a new vehicle. The type of vehicle has yet to be determined but a car on top of fiddy grand is pretty legit. Second place is solid too with a $25,000 payout. The Rising Phoenix pro show will use the same point series as the IFBB Pro League uses for the Olympia.

Along with the new show announcement, Wings of Strength announced legendary bodybuilding Lenda Murray will be their official spokesperson. “We think Lenda Murray is the perfect representative for women’s bodybuilding,” says Jake Wood, co-owner of Wings of Strength.

NEWS RELEASE – ANNOUNCING THE 2015 IFBB WINGS OF STRENGTH RISING PHOENIX WOLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Wings of Strength is honored to announce the “2015 IFBB Wings of Strength Rising Phoenix World Championships” as the main stage women’s professional bodybuilding event this year. The championship show is to take place in conjunction with the Texas Pro in San Antonio on August 22, 2015 at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio.

Qualification
We will be following the IFBB Professional League qualification point system formerly used for the Ms. Olympia.
• Top 5 IFBB female bodybuilders of the 2014 Ms. Olympia.
• 1st place IFBB female bodybuilder at the Toronto Pro, Omaha Pro, Chicago Pro and Tampa Pro.
• Top 7 IFBB bodybuilder’s accumulative points implementing the IFBB Tier 4 point system.
• IFBB Tier 4 point system: 2nd – 4 points, 3rd – 3 points, 4th – 2 points and 5t – 1 point.
• These points will be earned at the 2015 IFBB Omaha Pro, Toronto Pro, Chicago Pro and Tampa Pro.
• Up to three invites from Wings of Strength as approved by the IFBB Professional League.

Prizes and Awards
• First place of the Rising Phoenix will win $50,000 plus a new vehicle (tbd).
• Second place winner: $25,000
• Third place winner: $12,500
• Fourth place winner: $7,000
• Fifth place winner: $5,000

For information on the Chicago Pro, Tampa Pro and Texas Pro visit www.timgardnerproductions.com.
For information on the Omaha Pro visit npcmidwest.com.
For information on the Rising Phoenix Pro visit wingsofastrength.net or email wingsofstrength.net@gmail.com.



2015 Arnold Amateur Results


2015 Arnold Amateur
The ninth annual Arnold Amateur took place during the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbu, Ohio. This was the largest Arnold Amateur to date with over 800 competitors in the event from across the world. Congratulations to all the competitors who to the stage!

9th Arnold Amateur IFBB International Bodybuilding, Fitness, Bodyfitness/Figure,
Bikini & Physique Championships

March 4-8 2015, Columbus, Ohio

International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness

Men’s Physique up to 170 cm
PLACE – COMPETITOR NO. – NAME – COUNTRY – SCORE
1 494 Caio Pannain Brazil – 5
2 493 Bóas Viera Oliveira Brazil – 10
3 475 Benjamin Chimoski USA / Walled Lake – 15
4 497 Ismael Martinez Rodriguez Mexico – 20
5 479 Dustin Rhoads USA / Fort Worth – 25
6 470 Vinicius Soares Brazil – 22
7 490 Alireza Rasa USA – 41
8 498 Jimmy Norius Bahamas – 44
9 465 Sabej Mohamed Egypt – 47
10 495 Cesar Rodriguez Rosabal Costa Rica – 47
11 485 Jonathan Harvey USA / Mississauga – 67
12 474 Anthony Roberto USA / Sunbury – 78
13 484 John Kmetz USA / University Heights – 86
14 487 Josh Daien USA / West Bloomfield – 90
14 491 Abed Jamaleddine Lebanon – 90
16 481 German Rojas USA / Corona – 113
17 483 James Harris USA / Clarksville – 113
18 477 Charles Cohen III USA / Westerville – 170
19 466 Jorge Guerra Cerda Chile – 170
19 467 Kenlexis Mackey Bahamas – 170
19 468 Ragyth Gomez Fuentes Mexico – 170
19 469 Sérvulo Júnior Brazil – 170
19 471 Zac Willis USA / Dallas – 170
19 472 Adam Hawryliw Canada / Edmonton – 170
19 473 Allan Campos USA / Whitby – 170
19 476 Brian Duaqui Canada / Winnipeg – 170
19 478 Cosimo Agostino Canada / Concord – 170
19 480 Eugene Ambler USA / Mount Gilead – 170
19 482 Hasan Banks USA / Clearwater – 170
19 486 Jordan Moore USA / Alburquerque – 170
19 488 Taras Derzhko USA / Park Ridge – 170
19 489 Saber Mohamed Saberatia Egypt – 170
19 492 Antonino Leone Italy – 170
19 496 Daniel Kielgast Denmark – 170

Men’s Physique up to 172 cm
PLACE – COMPETITOR NO. – NAME – COUNTRY – SCORE
1 504 Miguel Gallegos Mexico – 6
2 505 Renato Barbosa Brazil – 15
3 506 Alexey Turchenko USA / Las Vegas – 16
4 500 Nathanial Werner USA / Abbotsford – 20
5 501 Ryan Curtis USA / Geismar – 26
6 515 Dennis Johansen Norway – 31
7 517 Hussin Almutawa Kuwait – 37
8 510 Jonathan Scribner USA / Pflugerville – 42
9 512 Kevin Haramis USA / Norton – 44
10 514 Carrara Gabriele Italy – 48
11 507 Collin Mayne USA / Barrie – 58
12 503 Luiz Kokufu Brazil – 65
13 499 Luis Labra USA / Hilliard – 68
14 502 Tyler Johnson Canada / St. Catherines – 70
15 513 Maurice Belec USA / Timmins – 78
16 508 Curtis Haney USA / Goodyear – 87
17 509 Frank Balsamo USA / Macomb – 100
17 511 Janie Fowler USA – 100
17 518 Chris Cavallini USA – 100
20 516 Gregory Mondor France – 100

Men’s Physique up to 175 cm
PLACE – COMPETITOR NO. – NAME – COUNTRY – SCORE
1 537 Abel Sousa Spain – 8
2 527 Omar Alkhalaf Kuwait – 10
3 536 Marco Fuso Italy – 17
4 521 Raphael Luca Tavares USA / Miami – 18
5 523 Ryan Mears USA / Pocomoke – 22
6 535 Bernard Opoku Bermuda – 31
7 Marco Antônio Nascimento de Carvalho Brazil – 40
8 528 Aaron Schnepp USA / Royal Oak – 43
9 532 Jacob Chapman USA / Lennon – 45
10 525 Thad Tragen USA / Altoona – 49
11 524 Terrence DuPree USA / Westland – 52
12 531 Danniel Hernandez USA / Mesquite – 67
13 529 Barrie Mayers USA / Delta – 71
14 520 Josh Ruano USA / Wyoming – 72
15 522 Robert Quinn USA / Crown Point – 75
16 534 Justin Flynn Ireland – 76
17 533 Jacob White USA / Rio Grande – 80
18 526 Tremel Guilkay USA / Corapolis – 84

Men’s Physique up to 180 cm
PLACE – COMPETITOR NO. – NAME – COUNTRY – SCORE
1 548 Julio Gamez Venezuela – 8
2 582 Andrea Mosti Italy – 14
3 590 George Luis Estrella Dominican Republic – 15
4 551 Marwan Alkandery Kuwait – 23
5 558 Chris McGowan USA / Elmira – 26
6 547 Felipe Kokudai Brazil – 28
7 570 Steven Todd Germany – 33
8 544 Stanleigh Mitchell Canada / Ajax – 44
9 552 Petter Gronningsaether Norway – 47
10 546 Trevor Opalewski USA / St. Clair Shores – 51
11 563 Elliott Samartano USA / Naperville – 52
12 553 Soufian Ahankour Morocco – 55
13 549 Kim Falk Norway – 62
14 566 Gunnar Mikula USA / Strongsivlle – 70
15 577 Gabriel Sey United Kingdom – 195
16 556 Wilfredo Lopez Venezuela – 228
17 587 Eduardo Monteiro Brazil – 231
18 585 Daniel Mazzola New Zealand – 232
19 584 Dániel Dengi Hungary – 233
20 572 Jorge Mojica USA / Perthambox – 270
21 554 Stanislas Delongeaux Nigeria – 270
22 561 David Key USA / Columbus – 270
22 574 Josh Bryan USA / Fairborn – 270
22 576 Zachary Davis USA / Graceton – 270
22 578 Kurt Dell New Zealand – 270
26 539 Michael Grayer USA / Burlington – 270
26 540 Michael Stokes USA / Mount Pleasant – 270
26 541 Oreste Leone USA / Sanrnia – 270
26 542 Patrick Jones USA / Pleasant Prairie – 270
26 543 Reginald Weaver USA / Miamisburg – 270
26 545 Tim Moreland USA / Crown City – 270
26 550 Luis Orlando Panama – 270
26 555 Vladimir Korsunskii Russia – 270
26 557 Adam Nagy Hungary – 270
26 559 Chris Papasauuas USA / Astoria – 270
26 560 Daniel Stevenson USA / Delaware – 270
26 562 Donell Hawkins USA / New York – 270
26 564 Evan Storts USA / Columbus – 270
26 565 Garret McCarty USA / Chesterfield – 270
26 567 Ivory Wilcox USA / Terre Haute – 270
26 568 James Frith USA / Concord – 270
26 569 Jeff Davis USA / Moraine – 270
26 571 John Quinlan USA / Peabody – 270
26 573 Joseph Fradelakis USA / Manasses – 270
26 575 Tyler Sandell USA / Republic – 270
26 579 Aleksander Prikhodko Russia – 270
26 580 Alexandru Ceobanu Romania – 270
26 581 Ali Omar Salman Iraq – 270
26 583 Anthomy Amar France – 270
26 586 Domenico Graziuso Italy – 270
26 588 Emil Empacher Denmark – 270
26 589 Filip Šteflovic Czech Republic – 270
26 591 Jelani Ask Norway – 270
26 592 John Albert Estrella Dominican Republic – 270

Men’s Physique up to 182 cm
PLACE – COMPETITOR NO. – NAME – COUNTRY – SCORE
1 608 Benyamin Jahrami USA – 7
2 601 Darnell Willliams Canada / Ajax – 15
3 609 Mahmoud Alnajjar Kuwait – 17
4 610 David Kolo France – 18
5 604 Ivan Voineac USA / Penfield – 25
6 602 Erique Dozier USA / Akron – 29
7 597 Lucas Malta Ferrara Brazil – 40
8 603 Hong Kim USA / Elkton – 46
9 612 47
10 606 Josh Miller USA / Lexington – 53
11 592 John Albert Estrella Dominican Republic – 65
12 595 Kosta Velissariou USA / Durham – 66
13 591 – 81
13 600 Connery Wheaton USA / Penfield – 81
15 607 Benji Kil USA – 90
16 605 Joe Arena USA / Columbia Station – 95
17 573 – 111
18 611 Jiyue Fei China – 114
19 639 – 117
20 599 Byron Moody USA / Takoma Park – 120
21 594 Ken Harleyken-Alcocet USA / Alburquerque – 120
22 402 – 120
23 596 Nathan Loden USA / Columbus – 120
23 598 Bradley Walker USA / Stone Mountain – 120

Men’s Physique over 182 cm
PLACE – COMPETITOR NO. – NAME – COUNTRY – SCORE
1 613 Joshua Self USA / Las Vegas – 9
2 626 Juan Herrera Ramirez Mexico – 13
3 625 Shawn Phillips USA / San Antonio – 19
4 623 Ryan G. Rosengren Canada / Edmonton – 21
5 798 Ethan Arendt USA / Peotone – 24
6 630 Aaron Harvey USA / Brooklyn – 28
7 624 Scott Oros USA / West Sacramento – 31
8 621 Robert Timms USA / Goodyear – 46
9 616 Matt Froese USA / Abbotsford – 47
10 618 Neal Cash USA / Miamisburg – 52
11 632 Alireza Azarbus Canada / Vancouver – 53
12 649 Jirí Procházka Czech Republic – 55
13 642 Jeff Chmielewski Canada / Calgary – 62
14 614 Justin Turner USA / Sterling Heights – 63
15 645 Deon Brangman Bermuda – 101
16 634 Anthony Clyde Gibson USA / Queens – 127
17 647 Anthony Rufus Australia – 151
18 628 Maximiliano Ferres Chile – 180
19 615 Marcus Raney USA / Gahanna – 205
20 638 Dalton Goetz USA / Riga – 205
20 643 John Piedrahita Canada / Toronto – 205
22 428 Konur Denli Switzerland – 205
22 455 – 205
22 488 – 205
22 617 Matthew Coyne USA / Columbus – 205
22 619 Nicholas Thomas USA / Austin – 205
22 620 Peter Stepkowski USA / Harwood Heights – 205
22 622 Ryan Brooks USA / Vanlue – 205
22 629 Vadim Kazeyko Russia – 205
22 631 Aaron Robey USA / Jonesboro – 205
22 633 Andy Just USA / Grand Forks – 205
22 635 Artiom Skvorcov USA / Las Vegas – 205
22 636 Benjamin Humphrey USA / West Chester – 205
22 637 Braxton Wright USA / Mansfield – 205
22 639 Donnie Anderson USA / Federal Way – 205
22 640 Felix Adeye USA / Gahanna – 205
22 641 Jason Spencer USA / Lewis Center – 205
22 644 Arnbor Sverrir Sigurdarson Iceland – 205
22 646 Ethan Quant Bahamas – 205
22 648 Daniel Minarský Czech Republic – 205
22 799 Elliott Allen USA / Channahon – 205

Men’s Physique OVERALL
PLACE – COMPETITOR NO. – NAME – COUNTRY – SCORE
1 608 Benyamin Jahrami USA – 10
2 548 Julio Gamez Venezuela – 16
3 504 Miguel Gallegos Mexico – 17
4 537 Abel Sousa Spain – 19
5 494 Caio Pannain Brazil – 22
6 613 Joshua Self USA – 27

Women’s Physique up to 163 cm
PLACE – COMPETITOR NO. – NAME – COUNTRY – SCORE
1 669 Claudia de Leon Pardo Mexico – 27
2 657 Petra Urbánková Czech Republic – 35
3 658 Priscila Cavilha Brazil – 37
4 670 Daniele Oazen Brazil – 55
5 654 Mara Fino Italy – 72
6 664 Jenaya Hofer Canada / Winnipeg – 25
7 655 Nicky Foord Australia – 32
8 665 Jenna Reid Canada / Belleville – 42
9 656 Patricia Rocha Grou Italy – 49
10 668 Loredana De Franciscis Italy – 52
11 660 Brianna Smith USA / San Antonio – 55
12 659 Roberta Gomes Brazil – 58
13 652 Teresa Heron USA / Etobicoke – 59
14 663 Indrell Thomas USA / Greenacres – 70
15 651 Tammy Wallace USA / El Paso – 86
16 661 Saundra Griffin Germany – 88
17 666 Julia Axford Canada / Ottawa – 93
18 667 Susan Rebello Bermuda – 95
19 653 Lada Plíhalová Czech Republic – 105
20 662 Georgianna Spybey USA / Pataskala – 107
21 671 Indira Dominguez Lopez Mexico – 110
22 57 – 110
22 672 Jennifer Amari Dominican Republic – 110

Women’s Physique over 163 cm
PLACE – COMPETITOR NO. – NAME – COUNTRY – SCORE
1 680 Susan Ormiston Canada / Winnipeg – 21
2 686 Paola Sanchez Dominican Republic – 37
3 694 Joan Liew Singapore – 44
4 677 Nicole Berube Canada / Edmonton – 61
5 683 Marjorie Beck Brazil – 62
6 675 Kathy Hornbuckle USA / Copake – 36
7 691 Meghan Taylor USA – 39
8 681 Tina Chinchic USA / Warren – 39
9 687 Ariel Gail Humphrey USA / Idledale – 43
10 690 Debbie Marcy USA / Rochester – 48
11 676 Lydia Fernandes USA / Albuquerque – 55
12 682 Julia Föry Switzerland – 63
13 684 Melania Calo’ Italy – 66
14 695 Linda Rambo Norway – 68
15 679 Stacy Always USA / El Dorado – 72
16 688 Carrie Grissinger USA / Ozark – 85
17 678 Robin Eve Canada / Windsor – 88
18 693 Claire McGee United Kingdom – 103
19 685 Oksana Piari Russia – 104
20 692 Alessandra Grimaldi Brazil – 106
21 689 Dana Shemesh USA / Fort Lauderdale – 109
22 674 Karma Schopp USA / Calgary – 110

Women’s Physique OVERALL
PLACE – COMPETITOR NO. – NAME – COUNTRY – SCORE
1 669 Claudia de Leon Pardo Mexico – 6
2 680 Susan Ormiston Canada – 9

Men’s Classic Bodybuilding up to 170 cm
PLACE – COMPETITOR NO. – NAME – COUNTRY – SCORE
1 5 Manoj Majumder India – 23
2 4 Gianluca Fiorenti Italy – 26
3 2 Stefano Paniccia’ Italy – 44
4 1 Sengee Otgontsend Mongolia – 62
5 3 Dwight Buckles USA / Hagerstown – 73

Men’s Classic Bodybuilding up to 180 cm
PLACE – COMPETITOR NO. – NAME – COUNTRY – SCORE
1 8 Aleksei Shaev Russia – 26
2 7 Rodrigo Coelho Brazil – 30
3 18 Gergely Arnold Hungary – 37
4 16 Igor Rashoiants Ukraine – 63
5 14 Gabor Mitja Slovenia – 73
6 11 Marcello Rafaeli Brazil – 27
7 17 Austin Williams United Kingdom – 36
8 9 Eduardo Biolchi Brazil – 39
9 12 Alberto Maiorana Italy – 45
10 10 Wayne Sutherland USA / Brantford – 50
DNC 13 Darin Johnson USA / Chattanooga
DQ* 15 Mahdi Zatparvar USA
Disqualification

Men’s Classic Bodybuilding over 180 cm
PLACE – COMPETITOR NO. – NAME – COUNTRY – SCORE
1 25 Svetozar Milenkovic Serbia – 17
2 23 Majid Ghamari USA / Reseda – 34
3 24 Renko Bostjan Slovenia – 51
4 26 Michael O’Connor USA / Pembroke – 53
5 28 Jan Toušek Czech Republic – 69
6 29 Robin A. Johnson Jr. USA / Round Rock – 30
7 27 Ning Wang China – 33

Men’s Classic Bodybuilding OVERALL
PLACE – COMPETITOR NO. – NAME – COUNTRY – SCORE
1 8 Aleksei Shaev Russia – 7
2 25 Svetozar Milenkovic Serbia – 8

Men’s Masters Bodybuilding over 40
PLACE – COMPETITOR NO. – NAME – COUNTRY – SCORE
1 33 Luis Ricardo Plata Colombia – 23
2 39 Jicheng Qian China – 33
3 42 Mikhail Iusev Russia – 52
4 34 Ashraf Mohamad Hussein Egypt – 72
5 36 Didier Espinosa Panama – 74
6 43 Carlos Alamilla Mexico – 32
7 31 Issa Krinbe Lebanon – 68
8 37 Flavio Passerini Italy – 76
9 44 Michael Nelson USA / Battle Creek – 79
10 32 Larry Ray Jr. USA / Randallstown – 80
11 38 Omar Holt USA / Richland – 81
12 45 Sergei Udalev Russia – 81
13 40 Jeff Bolton USA / Battle Creek – 82
14 41 Rick Lindsey USA / Marion – 83
15 46 Zak Pallikaros United Kingdom – 84
16 35 Larry Schwandt USA / Cleveland – 85
17 47 – 85
DNC 30 Amir Amin Ismail Meabed Egypt

Men’s Masters Bodybuilding over 50
PLACE – COMPETITOR NO. – NAME – COUNTRY – SCORE
1 64 Nortom James Murayama Brazil 82.7 – 5
2 55 Geronimo Risso Peru 89.9 – 11
3 61 José Carlos Rebolo Portugal 92.5 – 19
4 59 Xinmin Yang China 74.9 – 21
5 63 Allan Graham USA / Whitby – 24
6 62 Eduardo da Motta Brazil – 25
7 53 Lee Kirkwood USA / Michigan City – 58
8 54 John Carr USA / Palm Desert – 58
9 56 Rinze F. Bustra USA / Cape May Court House – 59
10 58 Scott Canatsey USA / Union – 60
11 60 Terry Walker USA / Adrian – 60
DNC 57 Luiz Carlos Sarmento Brazil

Men’s Masters Bodybuilding OVERALL
PLACE – COMPETITOR NO. – NAME – COUNTRY – SCORE
1 64 Nortom James Murayama Brazil – 7
2 33 Luis Ricardo Plata Colombia – 8

Women’s Masters Bodyfitness (Figure) up to 163 cm
PLACE – COMPETITOR NO. – NAME – COUNTRY – SCORE
1 422 Melanie Noel Canada / Bois-des-filion – 6
2 438 Cristina Menini Italy – 10
3 444 Roberta Visintainer Italy – 16
4 435 Julia Luz Sanchez Mexico – 20
5 423 Milly Cowan USA / Miami – 23
6 436 Josefina Monsivais USA – 27
7 429 Ann-Marie Flinn USA / Dartmouth – 38
8 441 Claudinea Gentil Brazil – 41
9 419 Judy Doughty USA / Selwyn – 49
10 427 Yi-Ming Li Chinese Taipei – 56
11 425 Shrell Krawczyk USA / Williamsvillle – 59
12 442 Edna Piu Brazil – 59
13 421 Mel Warrington USA / Guelph – 62
14 433 Jeannette Post USA / Delray Beach – 64
15 440 Beatriz Vazquez Mexico – 109
16 443 Elva Gonzalez Mexico – 110
17 437 Yulia Shumakova-Catron USA / North Las Vegas – 116
18 431 Chie Terui USA / Homewood – 118
19 434 Jennifer Hill USA / Sumter – 119
20 426 Roseli Perfoll Brazil – 123
21 420 Liese Scott USA / Round Rock – 125
22 430 Britney Gonzalez USA / Birmingham – 126
23 424 Nicole Walters USA / Findlay – 127
24 428 Aimee Welu USA / Winnetka – 128
25 439 Samantha Barnes USA – 128
26 432 Dusty Smith USA / Palm Beach Gardens – 129
27 445 – 130

Women’s Masters Bodyfitness (Figure) up to 168 cm
PLACE – COMPETITOR NO. – NAME – COUNTRY – SCORE
1 452 Donya Jackson USA – 12
2 453 Zuleica Rezende USA / Deerfield Beach – 12
3 446 Mende Todd USA / Secsetasy – 13
4 454 Giusy Dezio Italy – 13
5 456 Hege Mathisen Norway – 25
6 447 Oksana Balanyuk USA / Lakewood – 29
7 450 Carol Grayer USA / Burlington – 37
8 449 Brenda Whitehead USA / Langley – 38
9 448 Marsela Ilic Serbia – 47
10 451 Catherine O’Guin USA / Bloomfield Hills – 47
11 455 Esmeralda Higareda Mexico – 55

Women’s Masters Bodyfitness (Figure) over 168 cm
PLACE – COMPETITOR NO. – NAME – COUNTRY – SCORE
1 461 Barbara Molyneaux Canada / Ottawa – 5
2 458 Marcia Olsen USA / Dartmouth – 12
3 821 Jennifer Ozari USA / Carlsbad – 15
4 463 Denean Arntson USA / Fort St. John – 21
5 459 Teri Donald Canada / Fredericton – 27
6 819 Monika Kaczmarski Canada – 31
7 464 Donna Boyd Australia – 32
8 462 Dana Connell USA / Clarence Center – 36
9 460 Rosemarie Roodenburg Netherlands – 45

Women’s Masters Bodyfitness (Figure) Overall
PLACE – COMPETITOR NO. – NAME – COUNTRY – SCORE
1 422 Melanie Noel Canada – 7
2 461 Barbara Molyneaux Canada – 10
3 452 Donya Jackson USA – 13

Women’s Fitness up to 163 cm
PLACE – COMPETITOR NO. – NAME – COUNTRY – SCORE
1 68 Dominika Multanova Slovakia – 16
2 70 Emma Paveley United Kingdom – 23
3 67 Kim Scoffins USA / Mission – 36
4 72 Brittany White USA / Louisville – 36
5 69 Shelby Maynard USA / Bargersville – 46
6 71 Toni Wheeler USA / Morehead – 54

Women’s Fitness over 163 cm
PLACE – COMPETITOR NO. – NAME – COUNTRY – SCORE
1 76 Giorgia Foroni Italy – 12
2 75 Svetlana Shesterikova Russia – 18
3 74 Kelley Durbin-Williams USA / Missoula – 30

Women’s Fitness OVERALL
PLACE – COMPETITOR NO. – NAME – COUNTRY – SCORE
1 76 Giorgia Foroni Italy – 7
2 68 Dominika Multanova Slovakia – 8

Women’s Bikini up to 155 cm
PLACE – COMPETITOR NO. – NAME – COUNTRY – SCORE
1 87 Sherry Junsay Espera Philippines – 6
2 91 Mary Carriedo Canada – 13
3 94 Stephania Andrade Mexico – 21
4 81 Karen Pham USA / Winnepeg – 22
5 92 Jessica Suarez USA / Miami – 22
6 85 Oxana Kozlova Russia – 24
7 93 Svetlana Berman-Majeau USA / Edmonton – 38
8 83 Larissa Evidente Francisco Philippines – 42
9 89 Itzel Marquez Pineda Mexico – 46
10 88 Renee Freeman USA / London – 50
11 90 Sierra Roach USA / Sylvania – 53
12 84 Karolina Fierlej USA / Boynton Beach – 56
13 82 Heather Krause USA / Columbus – 66
14 86 Ninoshka Cano USA / Hamburg – 68

Women’s Bikini up to 159 cm
PLACE – COMPETITOR NO. – NAME – COUNTRY – SCORE
1 103 Anya Ellis USA / Toronto – 6
2 109 Danitza Espino Mexico – 12
3 117 Julenoy Dias Brazil – 12
4 129 Renee Mazza USA / Toms River – 26
5 137 Flor Maria Romero El Salvador – 27
6 132 Thais Urbam Jorge Brazil – 28
7 111 Elisangela Angell USA / Allex – 43
8 115 Jaana Malytcheva Finland – 43
9 110 Diane Chazelle France – 49
10 105 Brittaney Weyand USA / New Albany – 55
11 102 Ana Doliveira USA / Redmond – 75
12 136 Virág Kiss Hungary – 109
13 134 Tumeko Allen USA / Snellville – 119
14 135 Vanessa Kurtzman USA / Beachwood – 137
15 116 Jenna Parente USA / Olmsted Twp. – 160
16 128 Oemil Rodriguez USA / San Antonio – 165
17 133 Tizana Temple Canada / Toronto – 166
18 125 Maria Ferrari USA / Boca Raton – 166
19 127 Nancy Rodriguez Mexico – 167
20 123 Lisa Traugott USA / Pflugerville – 190
21 113 Heather Cobb USA / Grand Rapids – 190
21 120 Lauren Hardaway USA / Coppell – 190
23 104 Bishop Green USA / Laurel – 190
23 107 Chandelle Lombard South Africa – 190
23 118 Karen De Beer South Africa – 190
23 124 Mandi Ashley USA / Effingham – 190
27 100 Alena Kaufman Russia – 190
27 101 Alyx Fleshman USA – 190
27 106 Caroline Aspenskog Sweden – 190
27 108 Danika Johnson USA / Fairfax – 190
27 112 Ericka Morales Guatemala – 190
27 114 Hyacinthe Tamayo USA / St. Albert – 190
27 119 Lauren Elizabeth David USA / Montreal – 190
27 121 Lauren Wheeler USA / Mount Morris – 190
27 122 Lindsay Honaker USA / Grove City – 190
27 126 Melissa Lefebvre USA / Sudbury – 190
27 130 Sabine van Pelt Netherlands – 190
27 131 Stefania Finessi Italy – 190

Women’s Bikini up to 163 cm
PLACE – COMPETITOR NO. – NAME – COUNTRY – SCORE
1 165 Sabina Plevakova Slovakia – 6
2 179 Katrina Freds USA / Hamilton – 11
3 178 Julie Royek USA / St Jerome – 15
4 168 Alexi Rae Irvine USA / Las Vegas – 22
5 152 Phananya Powell USA / Lorton – 23
6 154 Sandee Estes USA / Reynoldsburg – 26
7 172 Cassidy Shell USA / Winfield – 46
8 156 Shelbi Neumann USA / Clinton Township – 46
9 181 Jessica Stefanini Italy – 47
10 174 Chelsea Louik Peterson USA / Davison – 49
11 166 Sayuri Paula Torres Brazil – 49
12 157 Tamika Bullock USA / Fishers – 60
13 176 Emily DeSalle USA / Springfield – 73
14 147 Lucy Kim USA / Richmond Hill – 82
15 171 Carly Byron USA / Chicago – 97
16 162 Maide Salles Nogueira Brazil – 118
17 175 Crystal Rutherford USA / Westerville – 121
18 163 Marina Gatica Argentina – 168
19 160 Julia Pudovikova Russia – 171
20 148 Marina Borodyanskiy USA / Columbus – 190
20 177 Erin Joanna Augis USA / New York – 190
22 145 Kelly Shamrock USA / Warren – 190
22 146 Krystal Ricci USA / Lincoln – 190
22 149 Naomi Sonnek USA / St. Louis – 190
22 150 Natalie Saul USA / Columbus – 190
22 151 Paige Lodge USA / Abbotsford – 190
22 155 Shelagh Paton USA / Edmonton – 190
22 158 Tasha Star USA / Woodbridge – 190
22 159 Livia Serpo Melo Brazil – 190
22 161 Kin Gutierrez Kuruz Chile – 190
22 164 Nicolene Booysen South Africa – 190
22 167 Silvie Beránková Czech Republic – 190
22 169 Alyssa Vance USA / London – 190
22 170 Ashley Lemos USA / Hurricane – 190
22 173 Chantelle Harvey-Houghton USA / Winnipeg – 190
22 180 Giovana Guido Brazil – 190
22 182 Natasha Simpson USA – 190

Women’s Bikini up to 167 cm
PLACE – COMPETITOR NO. – NAME – COUNTRY – SCORE
1 199 Katya Nosova New Zealand – 8
2 204 Vanessa Hill Trinidad & Tobago – 14
3 200 Márcia Gonçalves Brazil – 18
4 203 Olivia Cambalova Slovakia – 23
5 217 Diana Salamon Hungary – 28
6 211 Desma Triplett USA / Columbus – 29
7 216 Celia Guadarrama Soto Mexico – 30
8 228 Madeleine Conti USA / Atlanta – 44
9 196 Siliana Chanel Gaspard USA / Houston – 45
10 230 Melissa Allen USA / Tampa – 46
11 213 Jennifer Weintz USA / Vancouver – 53
12 210 Deanna Demay Lee USA / Tononto – 55
13 218 Ekaterina Rozemborskaya Ukraine – 64
14 224 Joanna Wolosz United Kingdom – 148
15 222 Irina Vasilyeva Russia – 150
15 231 Nicole Hubertu USA / West Bend – 150
17 197 Tiffany Inboden USA / Logan – 174
17 202 Nora Prado Mexico – 174
19 221 Galia Iordanova Italy – 200
20 215 Olivia Caldareri Canada / Montreal – 200
20 220 Federica Gobbetti Italy – 200
20 225 Yin Chuhui China – 200
23 193 Shaila McCarthy USA / Eugene – 200
23 194 Sheila Tague USA / Pollock Pines – 200
23 195 Sierra Steinback USA / Calagary – 200
23 198 Tiffany Roy USA / Kelowna – 200
23 201 Marina Shumakova Kazakhstan – 200
23 205 Anessa Norman Canada / Calgary – 200
23 206 Brandie Sharp USA / Columbus – 200
23 207 Briana Neumann USA / Clinton Township – 200
23 208 Cara Dukes USA / Milford – 200
23 209 Christy Float USA / Pickerington – 200
23 212 Diem Nguyen USA / Montreal – 200
23 214 Jill Smeltz-Klinker USA / Attica – 200
23 219 Elizabeth Perez Spain – 200
23 223 Jamie-Lee Phillips Trinidad & Tobago – 200
23 226 Kaori Matsumoto USA / Lafayette – 200
23 227 Laura Prerost USA / Downers Grove – 200
23 229 Mana Noda USA / Los Angeles – 200
23 232 Raquel Long USA / Birmingham – 200

Women’s Bikini up to 170 cm
PLACE – COMPETITOR NO. – NAME – COUNTRY – SCORE
1 269 Mimi Macias USA / Las Vegas – 8
2 255 Heather Stump USA / Adrian – 12
3 247 Sarah Reis Brazil – 17
4 244 Mariella Pellegrino Italy – 19
5 243 Mariana Pereira De Oliveira Brazil – 27
6 246 Nataly Castanheira Da Silva Brazil – 37
7 254 Elma Adanalic USA / Sterling Heights – 38
8 252 Danielle H. Vaughan USA / Edmonton – 41
9 238 Kate Linehan USA / Dublin – 45
10 265 Anna Zubkova Russia – 46
11 242 Karina Skowronska United Kingdom – 47
12 248 Abby Pollock USA / Mississauga – 56
13 268 Gabriella Rákóczi Hungary – 67
14 263 Helga Stibi Ireland – 108
15 253 Darlene Lizotte USA / Oakland – 115
16 261 Nicole Tovey Bermuda – 126
17 262 Whitney Matthews USA / Mount Pearl – 127
18 256 Jade Atkinson Canada / London – 147
19 258 Jennifer Lee USA / Columbus – 147
20 260 Lisa Netherly USA / Columbus – 165
20 264 Anna Jaworska Poland – 165
20 267 Frida Paulsen Stern Sweden – 165
23 237 Julie Johnson USA / Fairhope – 165
23 239 Kerri Keller USA / Edmonton – 165
23 240 Lauren Henley USA / Groveport – 165
23 241 Susanne Zavelle USA / Florence – 165
23 245 Nataliya Kalugina Russia – 165
23 249 Anne Everett USA / Hampstead – 165
23 250 Ayazhan Seitkazina USA / Mountain View – 165
23 251 Brittany Fendikevich USA / Rochester – 165
23 257 Jaime Kurgan USA / Lowell – 165
23 259 Jessica Maxon USA / Chandler – 165
23 266 Diana Alvarez Mexico – 165

Women’s Bikini over 170 cm
PLACE – COMPETITOR NO. – NAME – COUNTRY – SCORE
1 292 Jill Bunny USA / Oakville – 8
2 294 Olya Lomakina New Zealand – 9
3 287 Brittany Brinkman USA / Columbus – 19
4 285 Luciana Del Giudice United Kingdom – 21
5 275 Nadia Kovacova USA / Alexandria – 22
6 301 Alina Alexeahu USA / Thornhill – 28
7 277 Rebecca Zirkle USA / Noblesville – 42
8 295 Rebecca Burger France – 51
9 279 Shellie Andrews USA / Miami – 54
10 282 Josiane Weber Brazil – 65
11 290 Courtney Wicks USA / Cincinnati – 72
12 286 Maria Meyer Martins Brazil – 76
13 300 Jasmi Qvick Finland – 81
14 293 Oksana Davydova Ukraine – 85
15 278 Sarah Harrison Canada / Toronto – 108
16 299 Denise Trindade Real Portugal – 123
17 272 Maggie Resztak Canada / Vancouver – 146
18 297 Angela Howden South Africa – 147
19 284 Lotten Danemo Denmark – 147
20 298 Camila Zaror Guereau Chile – 147
21 296 Lindsay Maynard USA – 147
22 283 Karina Sherstneva Kazakhstan – 165
23 273 Melissa Hardesty USA / Ashland – 165
24 302 Amanda Insalas USA / Jackson – 165
25 288 Brooke Tabor USA / Alburquerque – 165
26 271 Leanne McFarland Canada / Fort St. John – 165
27 274 Mileane Silva USA / Danbury – 165
28 276 Olga Svyrdova USA / Wayne – 165
28 280 Stephanie Blackburn USA / Waukesha – 165
28 281 Traisha Martin USA / Garland – 165
28 289 Cherise Taylor USA / Chicago – 165
28 291 Haley Young USA / Ames – 165
28 303 Jennifer Pena Dominican Republic – 165

Women’s Bikini OVERALL
PLACE – COMPETITOR NO. – NAME – COUNTRY – SCORE
1 103 Anya Ellis USA – 6
2 165 Sabina Plevakova Slovakia – 15
3 292 Jill Bunny USA – 15
4 199 Katya Nosova New Zealand – 20
5 87 Sherry Junsay Espera Philippines – 24
6 269 Mimi Macias USA – 27

Women’s Bodyfitness (Figure) up to 155 cm
PLACE – COMPETITOR NO. – NAME – COUNTRY – SCORE
1 319 Sandra Grajales Mexico – 8
2 318 Stephanie Onorato USA / Kingwood – 9
3 317 Sara Huxter Canada / Bowmanville – 14
4 315 Krista Easto Johnson USA / Peterborough – 24
5 316 Milly Cowan USA / Miami – 24
6 320 Brenley Rosenblatt Canada / Surrey – 27
7 321 Chie Terui USA / Homewood – 40
8 322 Josefina Monsivais USA – 40

Women’s Bodyfitness (Figure) up to 159 cm
PLACE – COMPETITOR NO. – NAME – COUNTRY – SCORE
1 336 Janaina Ferreira Brazil – 13
2 337 Melanie Noel Canada / Bois-des-filion – 16
3 339 Susana Alegre Argentina – 17
4 326 Roberta Visintainer Italy – 18
5 335 Cristina Menini Italy – 20
6 331 Jeannette Post USA / Delray Beach – 27
7 325 Patrícia Spezia Brazil – 41
8 333 Hafdis Bjorg Kristjansdottir Iceland – 43
9 330 Ihona Gonzalez USA / Riviera Beach – 47
10 340 Leidy Hernandez Spain – 54
11 338 Pam Leather USA / Courtice – 54
12 329 Francesca Hartman USA / Buckeye – 54
13 332 Yi-Ming Li Chinese Taipei – 70
14 327 Angela Robinson USA / Stoney Plain – 73
15 324 Michelle Bailey Trinidad & Tobago – 74
16 328 Dusty Smith USA / Palm Beach Gardens – 79

Women’s Bodyfitness (Figure) up to 163 cm
PLACE – COMPETITOR NO. – NAME – COUNTRY – SCORE
1 859 Wagna Vargas Savietto Brazil – 9
2 851 Amie Adcock USA / Woodbury Heights – 13
3 349 Michele da Silva Pinto Brazil – 16
4 861 Alejandra Diaz Mercado Chavez USA / Burlington – 19
5 348 Leticia Vecchi Brazil – 24
6 858 Yulia Shumakova Catron USA / North Las Vegas – 37
7 863 Daria Navarrskaya Russia – 37
8 852 Ann-Marie Flinn USA / Dartmouth – 46
9 865 Samantha Barnes USA / Galena – 47
10 864 Iaroslava Nikolaeva Russia – 47
11 856 Jenna Marie Wilcox Canada / Brooklin – 48
12 342 Kaitlyn Kollar USA / Canfield – 55
13 854 Jaclyn Lefebvre USA / Edmonton – 65
14 347 Julia Luz Sanchez Mexico – 74
15 350 Amber Forrest USA / Edmonton – 82
16 343 Kathleen Shreve USA / Erie – 113
17 346 Rachel O’Connor USA / Pembroke – 113
18 855 Jaime Coughlan USA / Marion – 114
19 345 Nicole Walters USA / Findlay – 114
20 344 Morgan Oiler USA / Elkhart – 115
21 857 Vanessa Rogers USA / Edmonton – 117
22 860 Aimee Welu USA / Winnetka – 119
23 853 Helen Petras USA / Toronto – 120
23 862 Ally Chargualaf USA / Redmond – 120

Women’s Bodyfitness (Figure) up to 167 cm
PLACE – COMPETITOR NO. – NAME – COUNTRY – SCORE
1 879 Julie Peterson Canada / Durham Bridge – 9
2 886 Zuleica Rezende USA / Deerfield Beach – 12
3 889 Christelle Zarovska Saint Maarten – 15
4 875 Carli Terepka USA / Fayetteville – 20
5 883 Donya Jackson USA / Cleveland – 20
6 878 Chephirah Williams USA / Jamaica – 30
7 876 Carly Gregson USA / Los Angeles – 40
8 884 Giusy Dezio Italy – 42
9 885 Jena Weiss USA / Ardmore – 48
10 880 Oksana Balanyuk USA / Lakewood – 51
11 874 Ashley Garcia USA / Marshall – 59
12 882 Kristine Finsas Hong Kong – 64
13 881 Rachel Solano USA / Hewitt – 68
14 887 Ágnes Tüske Hungary – 72
15 872 Marsela Ilic Serbia – 80
16 888 Chantal Swart South Africa – 81
17 334 Carolina Solano Dominican Republic – 82
18 877 Catherine O’Guin USA / Bloomfield Hills – 89

Women’s Bodyfitness (Figure) up to 170 cm
PLACE – COMPETITOR NO. – NAME – COUNTRY – SCORE
1 898 Barbara Molyneaux Canada / Ottawa – 9
2 900 Anna Kalugina Russia – 17
3 873 Amanda Schmidt USA / Barrie – 18
4 893 Sara Willis USA / Barbourville – 19
5 890 Marcia Olsen USA / Dartmouth – 20
6 896 Yvette Brown Australia – 22
7 891 Paula Miller USA / Rochester – 39
8 895 Morennah Nascimento Brazil – 39
9 892 Rachel Killam Canada / Surrey – 41
10 894 Shamaine McVay USA / Clinton Township – 49
11 897 Alisa Korn USA / Birmingham – 51
DNC 899 Charlene Gilbert Canada / Red Deer – 168

Women’s Bodyfitness (Figure) over 170 cm
PLACE – COMPETITOR NO. – NAME – COUNTRY – SCORE
1 417 Azusena Cardenas Mexico – 5
2 413 Denean Arntson USA / Fort St. John – 12
3 411 Teri Donald Canada / Fredericton – 13
4 415 Jennifer Ozari USA / Carlsbad – 22
5 22 Caroline Solano Dominican Republic – 26
6 409 Rebecca Broadwater USA / Owings Mills – 28
7 414 Jennifer Gordon USA / Shelby Township – 34
8 410 Robyn Askew Canada / Red Deer – 45
9 418 Ekaterina Egorova Russia – 47
10 408 Lauren Connell USA / Columbus – 48
11 416 Monika Kaczmarski Canada / Burlington – 52
12 412 Rosemarie Roodenburg Netherlands – 54

Women’s Bodyfitness (Figure) OVERALL
PLACE – COMPETITOR NO. – NAME – COUNTRY – SCORE
1 336 Janaina Ferreira Brazil – 10
2 319 Sandra Grajales Mexico – 14
3 898 Barbara Molyneaux Canada – 16
4 859 Wagna Vargas Savietto Brazi – 19
5 879 Julie Peterson USA – 20
6 417 Azusena Cardenas Mexico – 26

Men’s Bodybuilding up to 70 kg
PLACE – COMPETITOR NO. – NAME – COUNTRY – SCORE
1 703 Zhonghua Zhuo China – 5
2 705 Eduardo Corona Mexico – 10
3 706 Francisco de Assis Brazil – 19
4 702 Uelinton Aragao Brazil – 22
5 701 Makoto Tashiro Japan – 24
6 700 Lobo Daligdig Hong Kong – 25
7 707 Gordon Singh United Kingdom – 36
8 704 Nazer Al-Jassas Saudi Arabia – 40
9 699 Kelton Thomas Trinidad & Tobago – 46
10 698 Sonny Weiss USA / Ardmore – 50
DNC 697 Matthew Large USA / Marion – 69.4

Men’s Bodybuilding up to 75 kg
PLACE – COMPETITOR NO. – NAME – COUNTRY – SCORE
1 716 Jicheng Qian China – 8
2 719 Hamad Alshatti Kuwait – 11
3 711 Tien-Chin Lin Chinese Taipei – 18
4 714 Mauricio Velazquez Mexico – 19
5 718 Antonio Bellaroba Switzerland – 24
6 710 Peiqu Lin China – 26
7 717 Xinmin Yang China – 37
8 713 Leandro Chen Brazil – 41
9 712 Torre Washington USA / Odenville – 44
10 720 Jean Michel Bosch France – 51
11 709 Lance Porter USA / New Albany – 52
12 715 Duncan King USA / Leesburg – 58

Men’s Bodybuilding up to 80 kg
PLACE – COMPETITOR NO. – NAME – COUNTRY – SCORE
1 735 Adya Novali Singapore – 13
2 401 Yilberto Vázquez Dominican Republic – 14
3 738 Isaquiel Balbi Brazil – 15
4 729 Reynold Domalsin Philippines – 19
5 737 Harrinson Bermudez Venezuela – 19
6 734 Abdulla Boudastour Kuwait – 24
7 733 Aaron Polites Australia – 41
8 726 Masashi Suzuki Japan – 43
9 723 Florian Zankl Germany – 43
10 727 Mirco Caselli Italy – 47
11 724 Katsuaki Suzuki Philippines – 56
12 725 Luc Chabot Netherlands – 58
13 736 Aleksei Denisov Russia – 62
14 732 Flavio Passerini Italy – 72
15 730 William Ochoa El Salvador – 76
16 728 Pablo Eggle Argentina – 79
17 731 Larry Ray Jr. USA / Randallstown – 83
18 722 Joshua Leo USA / Toronto – 87

Men’s Bodybuilding up to 85 kg
PLACE – COMPETITOR NO. – NAME – COUNTRY – SCORE
1 742 Michael Adonis South Africa – 9
2 751 Ahmad Ashkanani Kuwait – 10
3 743 Mohammad Alhawaj Kuwait – 14
4 756 Luiz Carlos Sarmento Brazil – 17
5 741 Luis Perez Hernandez Mexico – 25
6 750 Ricardo Sotelo USA / Fort Lauderdale – 28
7 749 Darnell Griffin USA / Indianapolis – 42
8 745 Antonio Cummings USA / Meadville – 44
9 754 David Rosas Mexico – 46
10 755 David Ekpe Nigeria – 46
11 744 Anthony Marmon USA / Tracy – 49
12 752 Aneesh Raj India63
13 753 Cengizhan Igdir Greece – 67
14 748 Daniel Antonopoulous USA / Cranston – 70
15 746 Bobby Smith USA / Crowley – 72
16 747 Curtis L. Griffin USA / Tipp City – 79
17 740 Phil Williams USA / Marion – 85

Men’s Bodybuilding up to 90 kg
PLACE – COMPETITOR NO. – NAME – COUNTRY – SCORE
1 762 Ahmed Elzaiat USA / East Elmhurst – 11
2 767 Chakib Bouhlal Italy – 13
3 761 Redha Alqabandi Kuwait – 14
4 765 Luis Ricardo Plata Colombia – 17
5 758 Jorlan Nascimento Brazil – 20
6 760 Mario van Biljon South Africa – 30
7 759 Jose Luis Fernandez Colombia – 38
8 763 Joey Decaminada USA / Lewis Center – 40
9 766 Ashraf Mohamad Hussein Egypt – 43
10 764 Joseph Weiss USA / St. Michaels – 49
11 757 Nicholas Wagner USA / Harrisburg – 54

Men’s Bodybuilding up to 100 kg
PLACE – COMPETITOR NO. – NAME – COUNTRY – SCORE
1 776 Mustafa Naseem Egypt – 6
2 773 Anthony Searle Canada / Ottawa – 11
3 770 Ludovic Bogaert France – 17
4 774 Mohsen Ghorannevis USA – 20
5 780 Ivan Kochetkov Russia – 22
6 778 Camilo Diaz Colombia – 39
7 781 Carlos Alamilla Mexico – 41
8 777 Bernardo Heredia Mexico – 41
9 771 Roberto Neder Rocha Brazil – 45
10 779 Denis Maleev Russia – 46
11 769 Mehdi Larijani USA / Norfolk – 48
12 775 Isi Enaiko USA – 55
13 772 Simon Decubber Belgium – 57

Men’s Bodybuilding over 100 kg
PLACE – COMPETITOR NO. – NAME – COUNTRY – SCORE
1 784 Lukas Wyler Switzerland – 7
2 791 Sergey Kulaev Russia – 11
3 790 Sayed Alrefaei Kuwait – 15
4 788 Ossama Ashour Egypt – 19
5 787 Miroslav Kalich Czech Republic – 22
6 786 Mikhail Kornilov Russia – 29
7 792 Gerald L. Aikens Jr. USA / Wilmington – 38
8 785 Mikhail Iusev Russia – 38
9 795 Alexander Robles Dominican Republic – 46
10 793 Gui Annou USA – 48
11 783 Michael Symkoviak USA / Holladay – 60
12 796 Antti Halmo Finland – 61
13 794 Mustafa Jaber Khater – 62
14 789 Rodrigo Piriz Uruguay – 65

Men’s Bodybuilding OVERALL
PLACE – COMPETITOR NO. – NAME – COUNTRY – SCORE
1 784 Lukas Wyler Switzerland – 5
2 776 Mustafa Naseem Egypt – 10
3 762 Ahmed Elzaiat USA – 23
4 742 Michael Adonis South Africa – 23
5 703 Zhonghua Zhuo China – 24
6 735 Adya Novali Singapore – 24
7 716 Jicheng Qian China – 30

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2015 Arnold Fitness International Results


Fitness International Results
The results in the Fitness International played out as most who follow the division thought they would go. Despite the somewhat expected results, that didn’t change the excitement of watching the routines.

The defending chap, Oksana Grishina brought another new performance to Columbus and demonstrated new ballet skills in her routine. She noted in a post-show interview that she was inspired by the movie Black Swann three years ago but held off on doing the routine. Adela Garcia, the all-time fitness winner, encouraged Oksana to perform the routine. She taught herself ballet and the hours of hard work paid off. Her routine wasn’t the biggest surprise. She moved all the way up to win the physique round and not just win but did so with a unanimous score. The pair of perfect scores earned her the title for the second year in a row.

Tanji Johnson had a great showing and finished in second. She was in third going into the routine rounds and actually finished fourth in the routine round. Coming third, which was a bit higher than I thought she’d finish, was Regiane Da Silva. Regiane was fourth in the physique round and tied for second in the routine round. Bethany Cisternino struggled a bit with her routine and I think it cost her at least one spot. She was in second heading into the night show but had to settle for fourth. She was sixth in the routine round. Michelle Blank brought her best physique to the stage and nailed a solid routine to put her in fifth. An impressive comeback after she injured her foot last year at the Arnold. Myriam Capes moved up in the standings with her routine round but it was just enough to put her into 6th place.

2015 Oksana Wins

Oksana Grishina at the 2015 Arnold Fitness International. Photo by Michael Pronzato

2015 Arnold Fitness International Results
Place / Name / 2-Piece Score / Routine Score
1. Oksana Grishina – 5 – 5
2. Tanji Johnson – 15 – 21
3. Regiane Da Silva – 26 – 18
4. Bethany Cisternino – 13 – 30
5. Michelle Blank – 20 – 27
6. Myriam Capes – 39 – 18
7. Ryall Graber – 37 – 37
8. Fiona Harris – 47 – 45
9. Trish Warren – 47 – 50
10. Melinda Szabo – 55 – 50
11. Sara Kovach – 61 – 49
12. Auyrika Tyrgale – 68 – 48
13. Ashley Sebra – 66 – 64
DNF – Whitney Jones due to injury



2015 Arnold Figure International Results


Figure International
In a bit of a shock to those who follow the Figure division, we had a bit of an upset tonight. Candice Keene was going for her third title but instead finished in third place. Winning the 2015 Figure International was Colorado’s own Camala Rodriquez and not just win but did so with a perfect score. Candice Lewis, also from Colorado by way of Arizona, moved up into second. This was her best showing at a major show. Candice Keene wasn’t at her best and the judges dropped her into that third place spot because of it. Just on the outside of the top three was rising star Latoyra Watts. Ann Titone rounded out the top five. Tied for sixth was Heather Dees and Genn Strobo but ultimately Strobo won the tie-breaker.

Camala RodriquezCamala with Arnold. Photo by Michael Pronzato

2015 Arnold Figure International Results
Placing – Name – Score
1. Camala Rodriquez – 5
2. Candice Lewis – 10
3. Candice Keene – 14
4. Latoyra Watts – 20
5. Ann Titone – 25
6. Genn Strobo – 33
7. Heather Dees – 33
8. Dana Ambrose – 40
9. Cydney Gillon – 45
10. Julie Mayer – 56
11. Amanda Doherty – 57
12. Vera Mallet – 59
13. Andressa Ribeiro – 63
14. Myra Rogers – 65
15. Ava Cowan – 75



2015 ARNOLD: Women’s Physique International Results


women's Physique International
Congratulations Juliana Malacarne on winning the first ever Arnold Women’s Physique International title. Coming in second was Dana Linn Bailey with Tycie Coppett in third.

Women’s Physique International Results:
Placing – Name – Score
1. Juliana Malacarne – 5
2. Dana Linn Bailey – 10
3. Tycie Coppett – 15
4. Karina Nascimento – 20
5. La’Drissa Bonivel – 25
6. Sabrina Taylor – 26
7. Jillian Reville – 35
8. Mindi O’Brien – 41
9. Heather Grace – 44
10. Jennifer Robinson – 52
11. Nathalie Falk – 53



Broken Escalators… Reebok to the Rescue


reebok broken subway
Reebok took to the streets or in this case the subway to lend a helping hand. When the escalators in a Stockholm subway broke down, Reebok was there to help. As part of their new campaign encouraging people to “be more human” Reebok enlisted the help from local Crossfit athletes to do some heavy lifting. The athletes helped carry pets, children and even people up the escalators.

While I’m not so sure I need some one hoisting me over their shoulder and carrying me up the stairs, it’s a feel good gesture which coincides with being more human.

Broken Escalators… Reebok to the Rescue

There’s an escalator meltdown in the Stockholm subway, forcing people to walk. Sometimes up to 180 steps. Which is easier said than done at 8:30 in the morning. On Friday the 20th of February we decided to help men and women up the escalators together with our friends from @f4lcrossfit. #BeMoreHuman

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2015 Burton US Open in Vail


2015 Burton Us Open
The 2015 Burton US Open presented by MINI will be held in Vail, Colorado from March 4-7th. Some of the world’s top snowboarders will be competing this weekend at the 33rd annual US Open. This event features the men and women riders where they will compete for the same prize money. Yes, the women will earn as much as the men in this event. Something female athletes rarely see. Fans can watch the event in person or online for free.

PRESS RELEASE VIA BURTON
BURLINGTON, VT (February 18, 2015) – The Burton US Open presented by MINI announces a world-class field of riders slated to compete in Vail, Colorado from March 4–7th. Confirmed riders for this year’s event include 2015 X Games gold medalists Danny Davis (USA), Mark McMorris (CAN), Chloe Kim (USA) and Silje Norendal (NOR); four-time Olympian Kelly Clark (USA), 2015 Burton European Open slopestyle gold medalist Stale Sandbech (NOR) and halfpipe Olympic silver medalist Ayumu Hirano (JPN). As the grand finale of the competitive snowboarding season, the legendary US Open gives riders one final chance to take home a major title, and spectators get to watch all the action for FREE.

“The US Open is one of those events that everyone respects and looks forward to,” says back-to- back defending US Open slopestyle winner Mark McMorris. “There’s such good vibes and it really wraps up the year for me.”

The 33rd annual US Open kicks off on Wednesday, March 4th with men’s and women’s slopestyle semi-finals featuring defending US Open champion Mark McMorris (CAN), 2015 X Games silver medalist Stale Sandbech (NOR), Olympic gold medalist Jamie Anderson (USA), 2014 Olympic silver medalist Enni Rukajärvi (FIN) and 2015 X Games gold medalist Silje Norendal (NOR), along with Maxence Parrot (CAN), Roope Tonteri (FIN) and Darcy Sharpe (CAN).

Next, the highly anticipated halfpipe semi-finals take place on Thursday, March 5th in Vail’s 22-foot superpipe featuring back-to-back X Games gold medalist Danny Davis (USA) and seven-time US Open champion Kelly Clark (USA). Brothers Ben and Gabe Ferguson (USA) as well as Olympic gold medalist Iouri Podladtchikov (SUI) and Olympians Christian Haller (SUI), Ayumu Hirano (JPN) and Greg Bretz (USA) are also set to compete in this legendary event steeped in snowboarding history.

Kelly Clark is really looking forward to the Open and says, “The US Open is one of the best events of the season—everyone has been riding all season and they get to showcase their efforts. If there was ever was a peak in riding during the year, it’s at the Open.”

Then on Friday and Saturday, it all comes down to the finals when 10 men and 6 women compete for equal prize money in slopestyle finals on March 6th followed by halfpipe finals on March 7th.

In addition to world-class competition, there’s also plenty of action to enjoy off the hill, with three nights of live music on the Solaris Concert Stage, including Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros following slopestyle finals on Friday, and Girl Talk following halfpipe finals on Saturday.

And if you can’t experience the US Open in person, catch all the action online via the live webcasts at www.Burton.com/USO. And be sure to tune in to the men’s and women’s slopestyle and halfpipe competition live shows on FOX Sports 2. Here is the complete broadcast schedule.

2015 Burton US OPEN

2015 Burton US Open in Prize Money
Women’s Halfpipe & Slopestyle
1st – $45,000
2nd – $20,000
3rd – $10,000
4th – $5,000
5th – $2,500
6th – $1,500

Total Prize Purse: USD $343,000

2015 Burton US Open Women’s Halfpipe
Arielle Gold – USA
Chloe Kim – USA
Clémence Grimal – FRA
Elena Hight – USA
Hannah Teter – USA
Hikaru Oe – JPN
Holly Crawford – AUS
Kelly Clark – :: USA
Liu Jiayu – CHN
Maddie Mastro – USA
Mirabell Thivex – FRA
Queralt Castellet – ESP
Sophie Rodriqguez – FRA
Xuetong Cai – CHN
Zoe Kalapos – USA

2015 Burton US Open Women’s Slopestyle
Aimee Fuller – GBR
Anna Gasser – AUT
Cheryl Maas – NDR
Christy Prior – NZL
Cilka Sadar – SLO
Elena Koenz – SUI
Enni Rukajärvi – FIN
Hailey Langland – USA
Jamie Anderson – USA
Jessika Jenson – USA
Kjersti Buaas – NOR
Sarka Pancochova – CZE
Silje Norendal – NOR
Spencer O’Brien – CAN
Yuka Fujimori – JPN

View our coverage from the 2014 Burton US OPEN.



15 Things NOT to Ask a Competitor


15 Things NOT to Ask
This is the final week of prep for those competing in the 2015 Arnold. If you’ve ever competed you’ve likely been asked some things that make you shake your head. If you’ve never competed you may not know better. So here’s a quick list of 15 things you should NOT ask a competitor, especially in their final week of prep.

15 Things NOT to Ask a Competitor
1. Are you getting ready for a show?
2. Are you really going to eat that?
3. Why are you so skinny?
4. Why are you going to the gym again?
5. How do you feel?
6. Why are you so grumpy?
7. Why do you look so tired?
8. Can you get me an autograph from Arnold?
9. Can I try a bite of that?
10. How much more weight to you have to cut?
11. Will you flex for me?
12. What do you eat to look like that?
13. Have you lost weight?
14. How much cardio do you do?
15. Is bread bad?

If you have something we missed feel free to tweet it to @hardbodynews and use the hashtag #ThingsNOTtoAsk along with #asf2015.



2015 Arnold Australia Competitor Lists Updated


2105 Arnold Australia Competitors
According to the official Arnold Australia Facebook page, these are your confirmed competitors in the 2015 Arnold Australia. The lists have change quite a bit since they were first announced the end of last year. This will be in the inaugural Arnold Classic Australia and the action is set to take place on March 13-15, 2015. Many of these competitor will head straight to Australia from the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio.

The Arnold Australia page confirmed that these are the “Official Pro Lineups, all signed and ready to rock!”

2015 Arnold Australia Competitor Lists Updated
New to the lists are Dana Ambrose and Genn Strobo in Figure. Jessica Arevalo and Ebony Quince are new additions to the Bikini line up. There were no new additions to the Men’s Bodybuilding competition. A few people have been removed from the original lists. Gone are Alicia Coates, Ava Cowan and Bethany Wagner-Cisterino in the Figure division. Lacey Deluca and Anna Starodubtseva have been scratched from the Bikini competition. Michael Kefalianos and Cedric McMillan’s names have been removed from the original invite list in the Men’s Bodybuilding portion.

2015 ARNOLD AUSTRALIA WOMEN’S FIGURE COMPETITOR LIST:
Dana Ambrose
Heather Dees
Amanda Doherty
Maria Garcia
Candice Keene
Candice Lewis
Eliyan Lobez
Asher Prior
Tara Ramos
Larissa Reis
Camala Rodriquez-McClure
Myra Rogers
Rinnah Schmid
Gennifer Strobo
Anne Titone
Latorya Watts

2015 ARNOLD AUSTRALIA WOMEN’S BIKINI COMEPTITOR LIST:
Jessica Arevalo
Narmin Assria
Pollianna Batista-Moss
Summer Bernard
Barbie Heng
Ashley Kaltwasser
Janet Layug
Stephanie Mahoe
Jade MacKinnon
Sheena Martin
India Paulino
Ebony Quince
Whitney Wiser
Amy Wright

2015 ARNOLD AUSTRALIA MEN’S BODYBUILDING COMEPTITOR LIST:
Evan Centopani
Justin Compton
Brandon Curry
Toney Freeman
Dexter Jackson
Josh Lenartowicz
Saman Mohammad
Ben Pakulski
Luke Schembri
Branch Warren
Roelly Winklaar

Get your tickets and more information at www.arnoldclassic.com.au.

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Ronda Rousey is Who We Thought She is… UNSTOPPABLE


Ronda Rousey
Ronda Rousey’s walk out to the octagon took longer than it did for her to finish the #1 contender in the UFC Women’s Bantamweight division. Ronda made quick work of Cat Zingano in UFC 184’s main event and remains undefeated. The win puts Ronda soundly at the top of the division with an 11-0 record.

Cat charged after Ronda like a bull loose on the streets of Spain. Zingano’s aggressive takedown attempt proved to be a costly error for the Colorado contender. Rousey quickly gained control over Cat and forced her to tap in just 14 seconds.


The UFC marketed Cat as Ronda’s biggest threat yet. We were lead to believe she would be Ronda’s toughest opponent and maybe she was but we didn’t get to see much of a fight. If Cat really was Ronda’s toughest opponent then that speaks to her unmatchable dominance and leaves us to wonder who is next for the champ?

There’s only one answer and that’s Cris Cyborg Justino . Last night in INVICTA, Cyborg dismantled her opponent Charmaine Tweet in 46 seconds. Sure there are a number of things that need to happen before this fight takes place in the UFC. Cris has to cut down to 135, which UFC President Dana White doesn’t think can happen. In a press conference earlier today he noted he’d have to see her (Cris) make weight at 135 before he’d entertain bringing her to the UFC to face Ronda, or anyone else.

It was an unfortunate loss for Cat as she’s faced a number of adversities over the last few months. You couldn’t help but hope she put up a fight against Ronda but alas it wasn’t even close. Cat lost her composure in the post fight interview and dropped several F-bombs in disbelief which was also heartbreaking to watch.

Ronda didn’t even break a sweat in the octagon so don’t be surprised if you see her defending her title sooner than later. Will fans buy a Pay-Per-View knowing that it won’t make it out of the first round due to her dominance? The UFC will need to put her with a much better card than tonight if they want fans to keep shelling out 50 bucks. We’ll have to wait what to see happens with Ronda and the division she has decimated.

In the meantime you can rest assured Ronda is enjoying her post-fight meal ritual… wings.

lead photo via UFC



UFC 184 Makes History But Will it Be Memorable?


UFC 184Two undefeated fighters… Any promoter’s dream. In one corner the champion, Ronda Rousey an Olympic medalist in Judo and undefeated in her pro mixed martial arts career. Opposite her is a relatively unknown, soft-spoken bad ass name Cat Zingano, also undefeated. The two women will headline the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) main event at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. UFC 184 (Sat., Feb. 28, 2015) will make history as the first card with the main and co-main featuring women. UFC 184 is best described as OPPORTUNITY.

It wasn’t that UFC president Dana White intended it to play out this way. Chris Weidman was the headliner with his championship belt on the line but after an injury was forced to reschedule. The UFC had no choice but to attempt to play the patron saint by marketing the women as the card’s two main fights. It was an opportunity for the UFC to be more than the Rousey Hype Machine. While Rousey versus Zingano is worthy of a main card slot, the co-main event isn’t. That’s not because they’re women it’s because they’re not a draw casual fans and diehards alike. The co-main event will be Holly Holm versus Raquel Pennington. Never heard of them? You’re not alone and this is no knock on either woman.

They aren’t known to many who follow the UFC much less a casual fan. Holm is undefeated and making her UFC debut which is a great story but she needs more than great striking to be talked about as Rousey’s biggest threat. Holm has an impressive resume in boxing but it remains to be seen how well that translates to the UFC. It would make for a good prelim fight on FOX to get casual fans interested in what the new-comer has to offer. Her oppoonenet, Raquel Pennington has a record of 5-4 and while she isn’t a sacrificial lamb like Charmine Tweet was to Chris Cyborg it’s not exactly a co-main event match-up.

The UFC is banking on Rousey being the Pay-Per-View draw that former champions Georges St. Pierre and Brock Lesnar have been for them in the past. Rousey is a rockstar, there’s no questioning that but will she draw the same numbers as Lesnar and GSP? Not even close. That’s not to say she’s to blame because she’s not. The rest of the card will have some good fights but enough to shell out sixty bucks? Probably not for most people, especially when Rousey has made it a habit of making quick work of her opponents and sustaining little damage. Two unknown fighters as the co-main doesn’t do anything to sell the card when the fight would likely be on Fox Sports One or Fight Pass if held any other weekend. other cards.

Ronda sells herself, something many athletes have trouble doing. She doesn’t just talk a good game but she also backs it up. Ronda has improved her game inside the octagon and continues to shine outside the cage. She recently appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue and had a role in Expendables 3. You’ll see her in ENTOURAGE the movie this summer in her second big Hollywood role. The more impressive thing about Rousey is her ability to take on the media and have sound bites for them to run with. She’s not afraid to take on controversial topics and have an opinion.

Discussing Octagon Girls (The UFC’s version of Boxing’s Ring Girl) isn’t exactly controversial but her remarks did spark a bit of a hubbub in the MMA community. When asked about her remarks towards Arianny Celeste (popular octagon girl) Rousey responded with, “I said that the fighters should get paid more than the ring girls. That doesn’t make me a bully, that makes me f-cking right.” Celeste has question Ronda as a role model and taken jabs at her in interviews and online.

What about Cat Zingano? Cat has been faced with adversity in more ways than imaginable and done so with incredible poise. In 2013, Cat defeated Miesha Tate and earned a spot to coach opposite Rousey in The Ultimate Fighter, the UFC’s reality-tv competition. Appearing on the show would also set up a title shot against Rousey once the season ended. Neither happened for Zingano. Cat was sidelined after with a knee injury that required surgery before the show began taping. The injury not only forced her off the show but put her hopes for a UFC title fight on hold. That was just the tip of the iceberg of adversity for Cat. She was faced with the suicide of her husband and left to care for her son alone. Take a few minutes and read more about her journey back in an incredibly well-written story on ESPN by Allison Glock.

This is obviously a huge opportunity for Cat rock the MMA world and derail the Rousey Train. Will it happen? The Vegas odds-makers don’t think so and most of the the Mixed Martial Arts community agrees that it’s a long shot. You can’t count her out but you also can’t ignore the dominance of Rousey. The only way UFC 184 will be memorable is if Cat defies the odds and defeats Ronda Rousey. If Ronda submits Cat with an armbar the UFC women’s bantamweight division is in big trouble. Why? Because no one currently in the UFC stands a chance at defeating Ronda.

My prediction? Ronda wins and we see her face Chris Cyborg in July. Now THAT would be a memorable fight and likely the only opportunity for someone to test Ronda’s abilities.

Photo via UFC.com



2015 Arnold: Bikini International Preview, Poll & Predictions


2015 Bikini International

The 2015 Arnold Bikini International is just days away and he only returning competitor from last year’s top five is the champ, Ashley Kaltwasser. Ashley has been on a win streak since she last Spring but you have to keep your eye on the up-and-coming threat, Janet Layug. When the dust settles on Saturday night you’ll likely see one of them shaking Arnold’s hand and accepting the Bikini International trophy. Janet has the stage presence and stunning good looks to take the top spot and there’s never been a repeat champion in the history of the division, at least at this contest. Ashley has a more athletic physique and seems to be what the judges are looking for lately.

The field is stacked with first time Arnold competitors. Look for Stephanie Mahoe and Sarah LeBlanc to make an impact on the top 10. If I was judging, which I am not, I’d roll the dice on Justine Munro, Christina Strom Fjaere and Sara Back. The three of them have incredible bikini bodies and if they are at their best belong in the top spots. You can’t rule out former Bikini International Champ, India Paulino either. The judges will have their work cut out for them next Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.

Cast your vote for who YOU think will win the 2015 Arnold – Bikini International. Get a complete breakdown and preview of all the competitors on bodybuilding.com. If you’re unable to attend the Arnold Sports Festival you can watch the bodybuilding.com webcast free next weekend.

 

If everyone is at their best, I’d have the top six as…
1. Janet Layug
2. Ashley Kaltwasser
3. Sarah LeBlanc
4. Justine Munro
5. Christina Strom Fjaere
6. Sara Back

I’m predicting it goes more like…
1. Ashley Kaltwasser
2. Janet Layug
3. Stephanie Mahoe
4. India Paulino
5. Sarah LeBlanc
6. Narmin Assria

JUDGING:
WHEN: Saturday, March 7, 2015
WHERE: COLUMBUS CONVENTION CENTER – Battelle Grand
TIME: Prejudging: 2pm – 4pm / Finals:7 pm

2015 Arnold Bikini International Payout:
1st: $7,000
2nd: $3,000
3rd: $2,000
4th: $1,000
5th: $1,000
6th: $1,000
Total: $15,000

PAST WINNERS
2014 – Ashley Kaltwasser
2013 – India Paulino
2012 – Sonia Gonzales
2011 – Nicole Nagrani

2015 Bikini International Competitor List:
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

For more information visit arnoldsportsfestival.com.



Support Your Favorite Arnold Sports Competitor


Arnold Sports competitors

We’re under two weeks out from the annual Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio. The IFBB Pro women will be competing in the Figure International, Fitness International, Bikini International and the inaugural Women’s Physique International on March 6 & 7, 2015. You can help show your support by sharing and tagging your favorite competitor with one of the graphics below. Post to Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram with your favorite competitor and use the hashtag with their team name. The official Arnold Sports Festival tag is #ASF2015. These women work hard and your support will be greatly appreciated.

FITNESS INTERNATIONAL COMPETITORS

FIGURE INTERNATIONAL COMPETITORS

BIKINI INTERNATIONAL COMPETITORS

WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE INTERNATIONAL COMPETITORS


Follow along as we cover the women’s events live from Columbus. Be sure to use the hashtag #ASF2015 and follow @ArnoldSports on twitter for official coverage.

 



2014 Olympia DVDs


Olympia DVDsIf you missed the 50th Anniversary of the Olympia weekend don’t worry. You can no order the events on DVD. In an email the creators shared, “Despite the incredibly long delay, the 2014 Olympia DVDs will be shipping very soon to bodybuilding fans worldwide. This year’s discs are by far the very best production ever – and you get DOUBLE DVDs with over SIX HOURS of content for either the Men’s Olympia or the Women’s Olympia sets. More content, more clarity – you can join the sold-out arena with a front-row seat at the Greatest Muscle Shows on Earth!”

The Women’s portion is described as, “Ms. Olympia, Physique Olympia, Figure Olympia, Fitness Olympia and Bikini Olympia. NINETY-FIVE fabulous female athletes appear and you get every introduction, every comparison, every pose, the dazzling Fitness routines … you get it all! 10-time Ms. Olympia Iris Kyle ends her reign with a sensational victory, and 9-time Fitness Olympia returns to make her emotional retirement speech.”

women-olympia-dvd

For the first time ever, you will receive TWO discs with over 6 hours of complete contest coverage! Catch all the action including the five women’s Olympia divisions.

Ms. Olympia Results: Iris Kyle (1 – and don’t miss her 10-time champion celebration and sadly, her retirement announcement!), Alina Popa (2), Debi Laszewski (3), Alana Shipp (4), Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia (5), Anne Freitas (6), Sheila Bleck (7), Jennifer Sedia (8), Rita Bello (9), Margie Martinn (10), Christine Envall (11), Lisa Giesbrecht (12), Simone Oliveira (13). Fitness Olympia Results: Oksana Grishina (1), Regiane Da Silva (2), Tanji Johnson (3), Bethany Cisterino (4), Myriam Capes (5), Fiona Harris (6), Trish Warren (7), Whitney Jones (8), Danielle Ruban (9), Marta Aguiar (10), Amanda Hatfield (11), Somkina Lludmilla (12) – and the emotional retirement speech of nine-time Fitness Olympia Adela Garcia! Figure Olympia Results: Nicole Wilkins (1), Candice Keene (2), Candice Lewis (3), Ann Titone (4), Latonya Watts (5), Gennifer Strobo (6), Julie Mayer (7), Dana Ambrose (8), Cydney Gillon (9), Allison Frahn (10), Alicia Coates (11), Jessica Graham (12), Camala Rodriguez (13), Wendy Fortino (14), Andrea Calhoun (15), Sasha Brown (16), Krista Dunn (16), Karina Grau (16), Nathalia Lemartova (16), Zsuzsanna Toldi (16). Physique Olympia Results: Juliana Malacarne (1), Dana Linn Bailey (2), Tycie Coppett (3), Karina Nascimento (4), Sabrina Taylor (5), Mindi O’Brien (6), La’Drissa Bonivel (7), Jillian Reville (8), Jennifer Robinson (9), Frances Mendez (10), Karin Hobbs (11), Jacklyn Abrams (12), Patricia Mello (13), HJeather Grace (14), Tamee Marie (15), Rachel Baker (16), Roxie Beckles (16), Olga Bellakova (16), Nathalie Falk (16), Samantha Hill (16), Sandra Lombardo (16), Leila Thompson (16), Toni West (16). Bikini Olympia Results: Ashley Kaltwasser (1), Janet Layug (2), Stacey Alexander (3), Yeshaira Robles (4), Amanda Latona (5), India Paulino (6), Sarah LeBlanc (7), Tawna Eubanks (8), Noemi Olah (9), Stephanie Mahoe (10), Candice Conroy (11), Narmin Assria (12), Vladmira Krasova (13), Lacey DeLuca (14), Christie Marquez (15), Noy Alexander (16), Jessica Arrevalo (16), Taylor Bentson (16), Kelsie Clark (16), Christina Fjaere (16), Sandi Forsythe (16), Jenee Leger (16), Dayna Maleton (16), Angela Marquez (16), Crystal Matthews (16), Brittany Taylor (16), Nikola Welterova (16).

The Mr. Olympia is also available along with a combo pack. The individual DVDs are priced at $39.95 and the combo pack for the men and women will set you back $75.00. Get your Olympia DVDs here.



2015 Arnold Amateur Competitor Lists


Arnold AmateurThe 2015 Arnold Amateur Competitor Lists have been announced. The Amateur event coincides with the Arnold Sports Festival held in Columbus, Ohio on March 5-7th. Some of today’s leading ladies have competed in this event before they went on to the professional ranks. India Paulino finished in second at the 2011 Arnold Amateur and went on to be a top Bikini pro. In the same show (and same class) was an unknown bikini competitor by the name of Ashley Kaltwasser. Ashley finished in 14th in the 2011 event. The next year she won the overall amateur bikini title. Last year Ashley shook Arnold’s hand as the 2014 Bikini International champion. It’s a great reminder that ever pro was once an amateur and you have to start somewhere.

Which of these Arnold Amateur competitors could be the next top pro? We’ll find out in a just over two weeks.

WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE

Women’s Physique Short
Nicole Berube (Canada)
Paola Jaira Sanchez Bonetti (Dominica Republic)
Priscila Cristiane Cavilha (Brasil)
Jennifer Duncan (Indianpolis, Ind.)
Nicky Foord (Australia)
Teresa Heron (Canada)
Jenaya Hofer (Canada)
Amy Kozie (Brighton, Mich.)
De Franciscis Loredana (Italy)
Roberta Gomes (Brasil)
Tiana Holtzhausen (South Africa)
Indira Yunuem Dominguez Lopez (Mexico)
Fino Mara (Italy)
Daniele Oazen (Brasil)
Maria Ortiz (Reading, Pa.)
Claudia Gabriela de Leon Pardo (Mexico)
Rocha Grou Patricia (Italy)
Lada Plihalova (Czech Republic)
Jenna Reid (Canada)
Thea Renee Schuler (Canada)
Brianna Smith (San Antonio, Texas)
Georgianna Spybey (Pataskala, Ohio)
Indrell Thomas (Greenacres, Fla.)
Petra Urbánková  (Czech Republic)
Tammy Wallace (El Paso, Texas)

Women’s Physique Tall
Stacy Always (El Dorado, Calif.)
Julia Axford (Canada)
Marjorie Beck (Brasil)
Tina Chinchic (Warren, Ohio)
Dana Connell (Clarence Center, N.Y.)
Robin Eve (Canada)
Lydia Fernandes (Albuquerque, N.M.)
Julia Föry
Alessandra Grimaldi (Brasil)
Carrie Grissinger (Ozarks, Mo.)
Kathy Hornbuckle (Copake, Texas)
Arie Gail Humphrey (Idledale, Colo.)
Linda Jensen (Norway)
Debbie Marcy (Rochester, N.Y.)
Caló Maria Melania (Italy)
Claire McGee (United Kingdom)
Adele Moyton (Round Rock, Texas)
Ryzhikova Natalia (Russia)
Piari Oksana (Russia)
Susan Ormiston (Canada)
Imane Russchen (Netherlands)
Karma Schopp (Canada)
Dana Shemesh (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Chelsea Staedter (Oceanside, Calif.)
Fralova Tatsiana (Belarus)
Joan Liew Lee Ting (Singapore)

FITNESS

Fitness Short
Elva Concepcion Gonzalez Luna (Mexico)
Shelby Maynard (Bargersville, Ind.)
Emma Paveley (United Kingdom)
Sandra Grajales Romero (Mexico)
Julia H. Luz Sanchez (Mexico)
Dominika Multanova (Slovakia)
Kim Scoffins (Canada)
Shesterikova Svetlana (Russia)
Toni Wheeler (Morehead, Ky.)
Brittany White (Lousiville, Ohio)

Fitness Tall
Kelley Durbin-Williams (Missoula, Mont.)
Foroni Giorgia (Italy)
Narandzic Milica (Serbia)
Toni Naramone (Maumee, Ark.)
Venus Ramos (Long Beach, Calif.)

FIGURE

Figure A
Milly Cowan (Miami, Fla.)
Krista Easto Johnson (Canada)
Sara Huxter (Canada)
Sharonda Lowe (Southgate, Mich.)
Stephanie Onorato (Kingwood, Texas)
Angela Robinson (Canada)
Brenly Rosenblatt (Canada)
Dusty Smith (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.)
Chie Terui (Homewood, Ill.)

Figure B
Michelle Bailey (Trinidad & Tobago)
Emily DeSalle (Springfield, Ohio)
Janaina Ferreira (Brasil)
Ihona Gonzalez (Riviera Beach, Fla.)
Francesca Hartman (Buckeye, Ariz.)
Leidy Hernandez (Spain)
Pam Leather (Canada)
Melanie Noel (Canada)
Visintainer Roberta (Italy)
Kathleen Shreve (Erie, Pa.)
Mercedes Sousa (Brasil)
Finsas Kristine Terese (Hong Kong)

Figure C
Amie Adcock (Woodbury Heights, N.J.)
Ally Chargualaf (Redmond, Wash.)
Jaime Coughlan (Marion, N.Y.)
Menini Cristina (Italy)
Alejandra Diaz Mercado Chavez (Canada)
Ann-Marie Flinn (Canada)
Ariadna Fontelio (Panama)
Amber Forrest (Canada)
Nikolaeva Iaroslava (Russia)
Donya Jackson (Cleveland, Ohio)
Kaitlyn Kollar (Canfield, Ohio)
Jaclyn Lefebvre (Canada)
Amani Moss (Seattle, Wash.)
Donna Murphy (United Kingdom)
Molly Musselman (Camp Hill, Pa.)
Rachel O’Connor (Pembroke, Mass.)
Morgan Oiler (Elkhart, Ind.)
Carolina Solano Peralta (Dominican Republic)
Michele da Silva Pinto (Brasil)
Rita Singh (India)
Karla Plott (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Jeannette Post (Delray Beach, Fla.)
Vanessa Rogers (Canada)
Wagna Vargas Savietto (Brasil)
Leticia Vecchi (Brasil)
Nicole Walters (Findlay, Ohio)
Aimee Welu (Winnetka, Ill.)
Jenna Marie Wilcox (Canada)
Li Yi-Ming (Chinese Tapei)

Figure D
Mabel Alvarez Alvarez (Dominican Republic)
Oksana Balanyuk (Lakewood, Wash.)
Navarrskaya Daria (Russia)
Ashley Garcia (Marshall, Ill.)
Dezio Giusy (Italy)
Carly Gregson (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Mariia Gubanova (Ukraine)
Mimi Macias (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Ilic Marsela (Serbia)
Catherine O’Guin (Bloomfield Hillis, Mich.)
Julie Peterson (Canada)
Helen Petras (Canada)
Zuleica Resende (Deerield Beach, Fla.)
Amanda Schmidt (Canada)
Yulia Shumakova Catron (North Las Vegas, Nev.)
Chantal Swart (South Africa)
Carli Terepka (Fayetteville, N.C.)
Agnes Tüske (Hungary)
Jena Weiss (Ardmore, Okla.)
Denise Wortheim (Lake Park, Fla.)

Figure E
Kalugina Anna (Russia)
Avril Belanger (Boca Raton, Fla.)
Yvette Brown (Australia)
Egorova Ekaterina (Russia)
Charlene Gilbert (Canada)
Rachel Killam (Canada)
Kelly King (Canada)
Alisa Kron (Birmingham, Ala.)
Shamaine McVay (Clinton Township, Mich.)
Paula Miller (Rochester, N.Y.)
Barbara Moyneaux (Canada)
Morennah Camila S. Nascimento (Brasil)
Marcia Olsen (Canada)
Viridiana Sanchez (Mexico)
Rachel Solano (Hewitt, Texas)
Chephirah Williams (Jamaica, N.Y.)
Sara Willis (Barbourville, Ky.)

Figure F
Denean Arntson (Canada)
Robyn Askew (Canada)
Delyse Botes (South Africa)
Rebecca Broadwater (Owings Mills, Md.)
Azusena Cardenas (Mexico)
Lauren Connell (Columbus, Ohio)
Ramona Curiel (Netherlands)
Teri Donald (Canada)
Jennifer Gordon (Shelby Township, Mich.)
Monika Kaczmarski (Canada)
Khady Malombe Toure (Canada)
Jennifer Ozari (Carlsbad, Calif.)
Rosemarie Roodenburg (Netherlands)

FIGURE MASTERS

Figure Masters Short
Milly Cowan (Miami, Fla.)
Ann-Marie Flinn (Canada)
Jill Frew (New York, N.Y.)
Claudinea Gentil (Brasil)
Britney Gonzalez (Birmingham, Ala.)
Beatriz Vazquez Heredia (Mexico)
Jennifer Hill (Sumter, S.C.)
Donya Jackson (Cleveland, Ohio)
Shrell Krawczyk (Williamsville, N.Y.)
Sharonda Lowe (Southgate, Mich.)
Melanie Noel (Canada)
Roseli Perfoll (Brasil)
Edna Alessandra Piu (Brasil)
Lada Plihalová (Czech Republic)
Jeannette Post (Delray Beach, Fla.)
Dusty Smith (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.)
Patricia Spezia (Brasil)
Chie Terui (Homewood, Ill.)
Nicole Walters (Findlay, Ohio)
Mel Warrington (Canada)
Aimee Welu (Winnetka, Ill.)
Li Yi-Ming (Chinese Tapei)

Figure Masters Medium
Oksana Belanyuk (Lakewood, Wash.)
Lisa Brown (United Kingdom)
Lea Deonarain (Richardson, Texas)
Judy Doughty (Canada)
Esmeralda Higareda Gonzalez (Mexico)
Carol Grayer (Canada)
Cindy Lee (Waco, Texas)
Ilic Marsela (Serbia)
Hege Mathisen (Norway)
Catherine O-Guin (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.)
Zuleica Rezende (Deerfield Beach, Fla.)
Leigh Rumball (Canada)
Liese Scott (Round Rock, Texas)
Yulia Shumakova-Catron (North Las Vegas, Nev.)
Mende Todd (Secretary, Md.)

Figure Masters Tall
Denean Arntson (Canada)
Donna Boyd (Australia)
Dana Connell (Clarence Center, N.Y.)
Teri Donald (Canada)
Cindy Gregoire (Canada)
Monica Kaczmarski (Canada)
Barbara Molyneaux (Canada)
Marcia Olsen (Canada)
Jennifer Ozari (Carlsbad, Calif.)
Rosemarie Roodenburg (Netherlands)
Brenda Whitehead (Canada)

BIKINI

Bikini A
Lori Alix (Montgomery, Ala.)
Elisangela Angell (Allex, Texas)
Svetlana Berman-Majeau (Canada)
Ninoshka Cano (Hamburg, N.Y.)
Karolina Fierlej (Boynton Beach, Fla.)
Renee Freeman (Canada)
Bishop Green (Laurel, Md.)
Stephania Fabiola Andrade Jimenez (Mexico)
Heather Krause (Columbus, Ohio)
Deanna Demay Lee (Canada)
Sheyla José Rodriguez Molina (Dominican Republic)
Ericka Jeannette Morales Morgan (Guatamala)
Kozlova Oxana (Russia)
Karen Pham (Canada)
Phananya Powell (Lowell, Va.)
Sierra Roach (Sylvania, Ohio)
Jessica Suarez (Miami, Fla.)
Hyacinthe Tamayo (Canada)
Denis Mireles Torres (Mexico)
Jen Trotman (Canada)

Bikini B
Tumeko Allen (Snenville, Ga.)
Mandi Ashley (Effingham, Ill.)
Caroline Aspenskog (Sweden)
Heather Cobb (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
Nicole David (Ewa Beach, Hawaii)
Lauren Elizabeth David (Canada)
Julenoy Dias (Brasil)
Sherry Mae Junsay Espera (Phillipines)
Danitza Alejandra Espino de Dios (Mexico)
Ana Doljuejra (Redmond, Wash.)
Anya Ellis (Canada)
Maria Ferrari (Boca Raton, Fla.)
Larissa Evidente Francisco (Philippines)
Lauren Hagwood (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Lauren Hardaway (Coppell, Texas)
Elizabeth Hwangbo (Canada)
Danika Johnson (Fairfax, Vt.)
Virág Kiss (Hungary)
Vanessa Kurtzman (Beachwood, Ohio)
Ashley Lemos (Hurricane, W. Va.)
Amanda Lima (Brasil)
Paige Lodge (Canada)
Jaana Malytcheva (Finland)
Ekaterina Rozemborskaya (Ukraine)
Nancy Rodriquez Martinez (Mexico)
Jenna Parente (Olmsted Township, Ohio)
Sabina Plevakova (Slovakia)
Oemil Rodriguez (San Antonio, Texas)
Flor Maria Moran Romero (El Salvador)
Nahed Abdul Sater (Lebanon)
Sachie Sonkin (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Finessi Stefania (Italy)
Lisa Traugott (Pflugerville, Texas)
Alyssa Vance (London, Ohio)
Lauren Wheeler (Mount Morris, N.Y.)

Bikini C
Kaufman Alena (Russia)
Erin Joanna Augis (New York, N.Y.)
Samantha Barnes (Galena, Ohio)
Karen De Beer (South Africa)
Silvie Beránková (Czech Republic)
Nicolene Booysen (South Africa)
Marina Borodyanskiy (Columbus, Ohio)
Tamkia Bullock (Fishers, Ind.)
Carly Byron (Chicago, Ill.)
Burova Elena (Russia)
Katrina Freds (Hamilton, Ind.)
Marina Gatica (Argentina)
Victoria Gill (United Kingdom)
Keishawna Griffin (Mitchellville, Md.)
Giovana Guido (Brasil)
Lindsay Honaker (Grove City, Ohio)
Alexi Rae Irvine (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Stefanini Jessica (Italy)
Thais Urbam Jorge (Brasil)
Jordan Judd (Hanover, Md.)
Pudovikova Julia (Russia)
Sherstneva Karina (Kazakhstan)
Lucy Kim (Canada)
Amanda Kurt (Maumee, Ohio)
Melissa Lefebvre (Sudbury, Calif.)
Chandelle Lombard (South Africa)
Chelsea Louik Peterson (Davison, Mich.)
Shumakova Marina (Kazakhstan)
Renee Mazza (Toms River, N.J.)
Shelbi Neumann (Clinton Township, Mich.)
Maidê Salles Nogueira (Brasil)
Andrea Ortiz (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Shelagh Paton (Canada)
Sauyuri Paula Torres (Brasil)
Denise Trindade Real (Portugal)
Krystal Ricci (Lincoln, Calif.)
Andrea Romero-Munoz (Las Cruces, N.M.)
Julie Royer (Canada)
Crystal Rutherford (Westerville, Ohio)
Natalie Saul (Columbus, Ohio)
Kelly Shamrock (Warren, Ohio)
Cassidy Shell (Winfield, W. Va.)
Nathasha Simpson (Port Sanilac, Mich.)
Jill Smetlz-Klinker (Attica, Ohio)
Tasha Star (Canada)
Joana Talim (Brasil)
Tizana Temple (Canada)
Sabine van Pelt (Netherlands)
Danielle Watkins (Keller, Texas)
Brittaney Weyand (New Albany, Ohio)

Bikini D
Melissa Allen (Tampa, Fla.)
Raven Barnes-Harrington (Pasadena, Calif.)
Olivia Cambalova (Slovakia)
Nora Prado Carvajal (Mexico)
Diane Chazelle (France)
Nora Denno (San Antonio, Texas)
Cara Dukes (Milford, Mich.)
Krasavina Ekaterina (Russia)
Sandee Estes (Reynoldsburg, Ohio)
Gobbetti Fedrica (Italy)
Iordanova Galia (Italy)
Siliana Chanel Gaspard (Houston, Texas)
Chantelle Harvey-Houghton (Canada)
Vanessa Hill (Trinidad & Tobago)
Angela Howden (South Africa)
Nicole Hubertu (West Bend, Wis.)
Tiffany Inboden (Logan, Ohio)
Alysha Jamal (Canada)
Kerri Keller (Canada)
Raquel Long (Birmingham, Mich.)
Kaori Matsumoto (Lafayette, Calif.)
Briana Neumann (Clinton Township, Mich.)
Katya Nosova (New Zealand)
Diem Nugyen (Canada)
Mana Noda (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Anessa Norman (Canada)
Jamie-lee Phillips (Trinidad & Tobago)
Tiffany Roy (Canada)
Diana Salamon (Hungary)
Brandie Sharp (Columbus, Ohio)
Naomi Sonek (St. Louis, Mo.)
Sierra Steinback (Canada)
Sheila Tague (Pollock Pines, Calif.)
Diana Hilda Alvarez Trejo (Mexico)
Desma Triplett (Columbus, Ohio)
Jennifer Weintz (Canada)
Joanna Wolosz (United Kingdom)

Bikini E
Elma Adanalic (Sterling Heights, Mich.)
Alina Alexeahu (Canada)
Zubkova Anna (Russia)
Jade Atkinson (Canada)
Olivia Caldareri (Canada)
Madeleine Conti (Atlanta, Ga.)
Brittany Fendikevich (Rochester, N.Y.)
Christy Float (Pickerington, Ohio)
Marcia Cristiane Goncalves (Brasil)
Jacqueline Groleau (Canada)
Vasilyeva Irina (Russia)
Julie Johnson (Fairhope, Ala.)
Jaime Kurgan (Lowell, Ind.)
Jennifer Lee (Columbus, Ohio)
Darlene Lizotte (Oakland, Calif.)
Pellegrino Mariella (Italy)
Whitney Matthews (Canada)
Jessica Maxon (Chandler, Ariz.)
Shelia McCarthy (Eugene, Ore.)
Kalugina Nataliya (Russia)
Elis Naumanis (Estonia)
Lisa Netherly (Columbus, Ohio)
Mariana Maria Pereira De Oliveira (Brasil)
Elizabeth Perez (Spain)
Abby Pollock (Canada)
Laura Prerost (Downers Grove, Ill.)
Sara Reis (Brasil)
Ayazhan Seitkazina (Mountain View, Calif.)
Karina Skowronska (United Kingdom)
Frida Paulsen Stern (Sweden)
Danielle H. Vaughn (Canada)
Susanne Zavelle (Florence, S.C.)

Bikini F
Shellie Andrews (Miami, Fla.)
Stephanie Blackburn (Waukesha, Wis.)
Brittany Brinkman (Columbus, Ohio)
Jill Bunny (Canada)
Rebecca Burger (France)
Lotten Daberno (Denmark)
Oksana Davydova (Ukraine)
Anne Everett (Hampstead, N.C.)
Luciana Del Giudice (United Kingdom)
Melissa Hardesty (Ashland, Ky.)
Kayla Harrington (Palm Desert, Calif.)
Sarah Harrison (Canada)
Lauren Henley (Groveport, Ohio)
Amanda Insalaco (Jackson, Tenn.)
Anna Jaworska (Poland)
Nadia Kovacova (Alexandria, Va.)
Kate Linehan (Dublin, Ohio)
Olya Lomakina (New Zealand)
Traisha Martin (Garland, Texas)
Maria Carolina Meyer Martins (Brasil)
Lyndsay Maynard (Shadyside, Ohio)
Valerie Mazza (Chicago, Ill.)
Leanne McFarland (Canada)
Nicole Muller (Brasil)
Kristen Olson (Ira Township, Mich.)
Jennifer Amari Peña (Dominican Republic)
Angela Palumbo (Agoura Hills, Calif.)
Jasmi Qvick (Finland)
Gabriella Rákóczi (Hungary)
Maggie Resztake (Canada)
Whitney Scurlock (Chicago, Ill.)
Mileane Silva (Danbury, Conn.)
Nataly Castanheira Da Silva (Brasil)
Maria Stamer (Tempe, Ariz.)
Heather Stump (Adrian, Mich.)
Olga Svyrdova (Wayne, Pa.)
Alicia Sweet (East Aurora, N.Y.)
Brooke Tabor (Alburquerque, N.M.)
Cherise Taylor (Chicago, Ill.)
Miranda Van Orden (Lake Ariel, Pa.)
Josiane Weber (Brasil)
Courtney Wicks (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Haley Young (Ames, Iowa)
Rebecca Zirkle (Noblesville, Ind.)

For more information and men’s competitor lists visit ArnoldAmateur.com.

2011 BIKINI OVERALL: Ingrid Romero (USA)
2012 BIKINI OVERALL: Ashley Kaltwasser (Akron, Ohio)
2013 BIKINI OVERALL: Anna Starodubtseva (Russia)
2014 BIKINI OVERALL: Kenea Yancey (USA)



Arnold Webcast to Stream Live On Bodybuilding.com


Arnold Webcast

If you’re unable to attend the Arnold Sports Festival don’t lose too much sleep over it. You’ll be able to watch the Arnold Webcast stream LIVE and FREE on bodybuilding.com. The webcast will kick off with the Arnold Amateur championship on Friday, March 6, 2015. The Friday night webcast will feature the finals for the Men’s 212 Bodybuilding, Fitness and Figure International. The prejudging for those events will be held earlier and not on the live web stream. Following the conclusion of the pro events, the webcast will switch gears and feature the 2nd Annual National Pole Fitness Championships. If you’ve never seen pole fitness, you’ll want to check it out. It’s incredible to watch and props for it moving to the big stage this year.

Saturday will feature the Bikini International and the Arnold Classic Bodybuilding. No word on the newly added Men’s and Women’s Physique competitions being aired or recorded. The events will have their prejudging and finals on the expo stage, like at the Olympia.

Bodybuilding.com Announces Exclusive 2015 Arnold Webcast
Boise, ID – February 9, 2015 – Bodybuilding.com, the Internet’s most-visited fitness website and largest online retailer of nutritional supplements, will offer a free worldwide webcast of select portions of the 2015 Arnold Sports Festival, presented by BPI, BSN, and MuscleTech.

The 2015 Arnold Classic is a must-see event for all fans of physique competition. Thanks to this live webcast, everyone can tune in—for free! The live HD webcast, as well as post-event video-on-demand replays, will stream on the Bodybuilding.com website and via the Livestream mobile app.

The webcast will commence with the live Arnold Amateur championship early Friday morning, March 6, from the Battelle Grand Ballroom at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time (6:00 a.m. Pacific).

The Friday night webcast will feature the finals for the Men’s 212 division (men weighing 212 pounds or less), as well as the beautiful women of the Fitness International and Figure International competitions, starting at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time (3:30 p.m. Pacific) with a preshow commentary segment.

A new addition to the webcast lineup this year is the inclusion of the 2nd Annual PCS Championship (Pole Fitness National Championship), immediately following the IFBB Friday night show. The Pole Fitness webcast segment starts at 9:30 p.m. Eastern Time (6:30 p.m. Pacific).

On Saturday, March 7, the webcast coverage continues at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time (10:30 a.m. Pacific) and culminates with the Saturday IFBB night show events at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time (3:30 p.m. Pacific). Saturday coverage features the men’s Arnold Classic competition, as well as the fan favorite Bikini International, and plenty of preshow discussion and post-show analysis and interviews.

The webcast also includes the annual Arnold Webcast Fan’s Choice Award, where fans get to vote for their favorite athlete. As always, Arnold Schwarzenegger himself will be on hand to congratulate the winners and interview them after their victories.

Each live segment will kick off with an insightful pre-show discussion hosted by veteran sports broadcaster Dave Farra (SyFy, Fox Sports, NBC), who will also provide play-by-play coverage of the competition. Farra will be joined by a panel of leading experts including Bodybuilding.com team athletes IFBB Physique Pro Steve Cook and IFBB Figure Pro Kathleen Tesori, along with reigning Ms. Figure Olympia Nicole Wilkins. Each will provide valuable insights into the streamed competitions as they happen.

Pole Fitness experts Fawnia Dietrich and Annemarie Davies round out the expert panel, and will provide play-by-play commentary during the pole fitness webcast segment.

Stay tuned for details and more 2015 Arnold Sports Festival coverage available soon at Bodybuilding.com!

Be sure to check out all of Bodybuilding.com’s 2015 Arnold Sports Festival coverage at:
http://www.bodybuilding.com/arnold



Ronda Rousey in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue


Ronda Rousey Swim Suit
The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue has been published since 1964. Some of the most popular models have graced the SI Swim cover over the years from Cheryl Tiegs, Elle Macpherson and Christie Brinkley to Heidi Klum and Tyra Banks. Elle Machperson has the most covers to her credit with five.

Every year there’s some sort of buzz around the models and not only who made the cover but also who was left out. Fans of athletic females tend to point to fitness models and wonder why none of them are featured. The rationale you’ll find it all over the place. If you’re looking for athletic women featured in a magazine, you’re better off picking up ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue. While it’s more the exception than the norm, there have been female athletes featured in the magazine over the years. The majority of the athletes featured have been tennis players with Steffi Graf, Serena and Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova and Anna Kournikova all being featured in the magazine. In the 2010 issue, Winter Olympians Hannah Teter, Lindsey Vonn, Ana Ivanovic, Lacy Schnoor and Clair Bidez were featured.

This year two female athletes are featured in the magazine. Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki and UFC champion Ronda Rousey. While it’s not surprising to see a tennis athlete featured it is highly unusual to see a mixed martial artist in the swimsuit issue. Rousey has become one of the most popular fighters in the UFC. She’s without question the most popular in the women’s division but she’s arguably becoming the most recognized in the entire organization. She’s has roles in the Expendables and has an upcoming part in Entourage the movie. Rousey’s stock continues to rise as she dominates inside the octagon and will looks to do so again later this month (Feb. 28th) when she fights Kat Zingano.

ronda Rousey

Rousey shared a few of the images on her Facebook page and shared, “I purposely tried to get a little bit heavier for the SI issue so I was a little bit curvier and not in top fight shape look but the look at which I feel I’m the most attractive. It’s very natural for a person’s body to go through seasons.”

While Rousey lacks no confidence in her fight game she admitted, “I’m not the best model in the world. I try my best.” She goes on to share in a behind the scenes video, “Strong and healthy is the new sexy.”

Rousey SI Swim

Ronda reminded everyone that those photos were taken months ago, as common with every magazine, and she currently has other matters at hand. If you’re thinking of talking negatively about her photos or her decision to appear in the magazine, watch the clip below before you do…


Check out Ronda and all the women in this year’s SI SWIM issue.

Photos via Sports Illustrated by Walter Looss Jr.



Under Armour Acquires Endomondo and MyFitnessPal


Under Armour Under Armour announced it has created the largest digital health and fitness community with the acquisitions of Endomondo and MyFitnessPal. Under Armour acquired MapMyFitness in December of 2013 and since then the company has focused on building “the largest Connected Fitness platform”. MapMyFitness has roughly 31 million registered users. In January of 2015, Under Armour acquired Endomondo (purchase price $85 million) which has around 20 million registered users. Most of Endomondo’s users are based in Europe and 80% of its base outside of the U.S. This will help Under Armour expand their base worldwide.

Last week, Under Armour Announced it will acquire MyFitnessPal for a purchase price of $475 million. MyFitnessPal is described as, “the leading resource for healthy living and nutrition with over 80 million registered users.” This will allow Under Armour‘s Connected Fitness platform to include nutritional resources.

The newest acquistions will be part of Under Armour’s recently announced UA Record.

NEWS RELEASE

Under Armour Acquires Endomondo and MyFitnessPal to Establish the World’s Largest Digital Health and Fitness Community
Baltimore, MD (February 4, 2015) - Today, Under Armour (NYSE:UA), a global leader in sports performance and innovation, announced the acquisition of Endomondo and MyFitnessPal, establishing ownership of the world’s largest digital health and fitness community. These acquisitions, which supplement UA’s existing MapMyFitness and UA RECORD™ suite of applications, will further enable the brand to provide unparalleled health and fitness data and insight, in support of its universal mission to make all athletes better.

Powered by more than 80 million registered users, MyFitnessPal is the leading free resource for achieving and maintaining health and fitness goals, providing nutritional information for over five million foods and offering caloric data associated with hundreds of exercises, empowering its community to make better, more informed healthy-living decisions. MyFitnessPal will expand the current offerings from UA Connected Fitness™ to include comprehensive nutrition tools, allowing users to track calories, nutrition and exercise.

Meanwhile, Endomondo is an open fitness tracking platform and social fitness network connecting athletes throughout the world. Utilizing GPS and other advanced technologies, Endomondo provides users with the ability to map, record and share their workouts. Endomondo currently hosts 20 million registered users, approximately 80% of which are located outside of the U.S., providing immediate scale and increased international presence for the Under Armour Connected Fitness™ community.

“Under Armour’s demonstrated global leadership in health and fitness innovation is greatly enhanced with the addition of Endomondo and MyFitnessPal, as we continue to redefine and elevate the Connected Fitness experience for millions of people around the world,” said Kevin Plank, Chairman and CEO of Under Armour. “Similar to MapMyFitness, Endomondo and MyFitnessPal have established track records of unmatched equity, expertise and passion in the fitness and nutrition space, and they are ideal partners to enable Under Armour to provide data-driven, proactive solutions to help athletes of all levels lead healthier and more active lifestyles.”

With the acquisitions of Endomondo and MyFitnessPal, Under Armour continues to strengthen its position at the forefront of the connected fitness space and advances its goal of delivering game-changing solutions to how athletes and fitness-minded individuals train, perform and live.

Combined with the growth of MapMyFitness, these acquisitions will expand Under Armour’s Connected Fitness community to include more than 120 million registered users.

“At MyFitnessPal, user success is our true North,” said Mike Lee, Co-founder and CEO of MyFitnessPal. “Under Armour will bring vast health and fitness expertise and resources to our 80 million users to help guide them as they work to achieve their health goals.”

“Endomondo has built an engaged global community of fitness enthusiasts, providing a strong technical platform for our users, while adhering to our core belief that social interaction and support are key motivators when it comes to getting fit and maintaining a healthy lifestyle,” said Mette Lykke, Endomondo Co-Founder and CEO. “We share in Under Armour’s passion for innovation, as well as its mission to make athletes better, and we look forward to better serving the needs of athletes around the world.”

As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Under Armour, Endomondo will continue to operate out of its headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark. Following the anticipated closing of the acquisition in the first quarter of 2015, MyFitnessPal will continue to operate out of its headquarters in San Francisco, CA.

For additional details on the acquisition, see related press release titled, “Under Amour Reports Full Year Net Revenues Growth of 32%; Announces Creation of World’s Largest Digital Health and Fitness Community.”

Under Armour was advised by Goldman, Sachs & Co. and the law firm King & Spalding LLP in connection with both acquisitions, as well as the law firm Kromann Reumert in connection with the acquisition of Endomondo. Endomondo was advised by the investment banking firm Mooreland Partners and the law firm Mazanti-Andersen Korsø Jensen. MyFitnessPal was advised by the investment banking firm Qatalyst Partners and the law firm Fenwick & West LLP.

About Under Armour, Inc.
Under Armour (NYSE: UA), the originator of performance footwear, apparel and accessories, revolutionized how athletes across the world dress. Designed to make all athletes better, the brand’s innovative products are sold worldwide to athletes at all levels. Under Armour’s wholly owned subsidiary, MapMyFitness, powers one of the world’s largest Connected Fitness communities. The Under Armour global headquarters is in Baltimore, Maryland.

About MyFitnessPal
With over 80 million users, MyFitnessPal has helped millions of people achieve and maintain a healthier and happier lifestyle. With a database of over 5 million foods and hundreds of exercises, top fitness technology partners and community insights, MyFitnessPal is the leading free resource for achieving and maintaining health goals. MyFitnessPal is headquartered in San Francisco, CA. For more inspiration, visit www.myfitnesspal.com.

About Endomondo
Founded in 2007, Endomondo’s social fitness network and popular Endomondo Sports Tracker mobile app help turn a smartphone into a personal trainer and social motivator. Now with 20 million registered users around the globe, Endomondo lets people track workouts, analyze performance, and support each other so people become and stay active. For more information, visit www.endomondo.com.



The Fit Expo Returns to Los Angles


2015 LA Fit Expo
The largest fitness event on the West Coast, the LA Fit EXPO kicks things off this weekend at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The event is headlined by online powerhouse Bodybuilding.com and presented by Subway Restaurants and Body Fortress. The event will take place on February 7-8 and feature a monster sized expo with a number of companies providing free samples, insight and more. Last year’s event saw nearly 50,000 people attend and this year should be bigger than ever.

“We are committed to bringing Los Angeles another top fitness event with the eminent fitness leaders in the country, plus exciting programming and exhibits,” said Erin Ferries, Executive Director of National Fitness Productions. “After last years’ record breaking attendance of 49,000, we have added an additional 90,000 square feet to accommodate the ever-expanding exhibit floor and to make more room for new competitions and performance areas.”

Fit Expo Coupon
DOWNLOAD & PRINT THE 2015 FIT EXPO COUPON FOR $10 OFF

This year the organizers of the Fit Expo have partnered with ParkME to provide attendees with parking options near the Convention Center. If you’ve ever attended an event in the area you know parking can be a royal pain. You can reserve a parking spot now and receive 15% off the regular price. Just use the code FITEXPO when you’re checking out. is year we have partnered with ParkMe to provide you with parking options near the Convention Center. If you reserve your parking spot now, you can save an additional 15% off the regular parking price! Just use the online code FITEXPO when you are checking out HERE. This is a great idea and let us know if you use it.

News from the #LAFITEXPO

THE FIT EXPO LOS ANGELES TICKET INFORMATION:
Your ticket includes admission to the giant exhibition floor filled with over 150 guest celebrities and cutting edge companies displaying, promoting and selling fitness, health and well-being products and services. Your admission ticket also includes FREE admission to ALL 24 competitions taking place on TheFitExpo floor! Don’t forget to check out the FREE seminars, demonstrations and celebrity autograph sessions and grab all the FREE samples. Many of our exhibitors are offering super-cool products at discounted prices so be prepared for the shopping action. It’s non-stop fun for the entire family and it is ONLY $25 a day or $40 for both days!

When you order in advance, print your computer generated ticket at home and bring it with you. Come to the PRE-PURCHASED TICKET booth at registration, and we will scan your ticket(s) for entry in the TheFitExpo. Please note that digital coupons on smartphones, tablets, or any other electronic device will not be accepted under any circumstances. Tickets will of course be available at the door. Please do not buy tickets from anywhere other than our website or our registration desks as all tickets are scanned for one time use.

THE LA FIT EXPO TICKET PRICES
February 7, SATURDAY: $25
February 8, SUNDAY: $25

WEEKEND PACKAGE: SATURDAY & SUNDAY: $40
Kids tickets, 12 and under, will be $10 a day at the door only.
Kids 6 and under are free.

THEFITEXPO LOS ANGELES SHOW HOURS:
Events in South Hall of The Los Angeles Convention Center
Saturday February 7, 2015 10:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Sunday February 8, 2015 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

WHERE IS THE LA FIT EXPO:
The Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Visit www.TheFitExpo.com for more information. Use the hashtag #LAFitExpo in all your social media and follow the official account of The Fit Expo for all the latest updates on twitter @TheFitExpo and on Facebook.



American Media Inc. Sells SHAPE & Other Women’s Magazine Titles to Meredith Corp.


Meredith buys SHape It’s no secret that print magazines have been faced with many challenges, especially in the fitness industry. As advertisers move their ad dollars to online and social media avenues, print magazines have struggled. We’ve seen the number of issues reduced, paper quality dropped and many times the same photos and articles are being recycled. Fitness magazines are often their own worst enemies. It’s not that print is dying, it’s more the case of magazine failing to offer something unique and fresh.

Today Meredith Corporation announced it has acquired popular women’s fitness magazine, SHAPE from American Media Inc (AMI). Meredith has acquired not only print but also the digital assets to Shape, Natural Health and Fit Pregnancy brands. Meredith will begin publishing SHAPE with the May 2015 issue and combine it with their existing Fitness magazine. Fitness magazine will no longer be printed but its website will continue to operate separately from SHAPE’s website. Subscribers of Fitness magazine will be receiving SHAPE with the May issue. Meredith will stop printing Fit Pregnancy and Natural Health magazines but will continue with an online presence with both titles.

The news of this sale could be foreshadowing with other AMI titles. Don’t be surprised to see Men’s Fitness, Muscle & Fitness, Muscle & Fitness HERS and/or Flex sold this year. It wouldn’t be shocking to see Muscle & Fitness HERS cease to exist sooner than later. The writing is on the wall, in my opinion, when Meredith purchased the three other brands in AMI’s Women’s Active Lifestyle Group but not HERS. Meredith likely saw little value in the HERS assets and opted not to acquire them. The only other option for HERS is to be packaged with big brother Muscle & Fitness magazine and attempt to sell them together.

**Update**
The New York Post is reporting the sale of SHAPE, Fit Pregnancy and Natural Health was for “$60 million in cash, plus future profit-sharing” according to their sources.

NEWS RELEASE:

Meredith To Acquire Popular Shape Brand From American Media
Merging Fitness Magazine into Shape to Create Leading Media Brand in Women’s Active Lifestyle Category
NEW YORK and DES MOINES, Iowa, Jan. 28, 2015 – Meredith Corporation (NYSE:MDP, www.meredith.com), the leading media and marketing company serving more than 100 million unduplicated American women, announced today that it has reached an agreement to acquire Shape magazine and the digital assets of the Shape, Natural Health, and Fit Pregnancy brands from American Media (AMI).

Meredith introduces an updated market positioning and logo that reflect the strength of Meredith’s national and local consumer media brands as well as its expanded portfolio of marketing solutions.

Meredith will begin producing Shape magazine with the May 2015 issue, with current readers of Shape and Meredith’s Fitness magazine receiving the new and enhanced Shape magazine. Shape will have a rate base of 2.5 million, an increase of 60 percent from its current level of 1.6 million. The Shape and Fitness websites sites will continue to operate as separate digital destinations, with a combined reach of almost 7 million unduplicated unique monthly visitors.

“The acquisition of Shape establishes Meredith as the leader in the women’s active lifestyle media category,” said National Media Group President Tom Harty. “It increases our reach among millennial women to over 23 million, creating an unmatched opportunity for advertisers to connect with this highly-valued audience across multiple media channels.”
Shape magazine covers exercise, beauty, nutrition, health, fashion, wellness, and other lifestyle topics to help women lead a healthier, active lifestyle. It is the category leader and has a median household income of $87,000 and median age of 39, the youngest in the category.

Tom Witschi, President of the Meredith Women’s Lifestyle Group, will oversee the new brands. The digital brands and related assets will report to Jon Werther, President, Meredith Digital. In addition, Galvanized LLC will be working with Meredith on the newly combined Shape and Fitness.

“We’re excited that David Zinczenko and his team from Galvanized will continue to oversee the editorial and brand vision for Shape to ensure stability and continued quality throughout the transition,” Witschi said. “David has been the acting Editorial Director for Shape at AMI, and he and his team bring an unsurpassed expertise in the healthy, active lifestyle field, as demonstrated by their success in building Men’s Health; the launch of Women’s Health; and the recent award-winning re-launch of Men’s Fitness.”

“As Shape joins Meredith’s Women’s Lifestyle Group, it is poised to build upon it’s extraordinary position as the category leader in both ad pages and circulation to deepen connections with its audience, while reaching out to new ones,” said David J. Pecker Chairman and CEO AMI. “We couldn’t be more proud of the work of the editors and publishers who have helped build Shape into the industry-leader it is today, and I look forward to seeing it continue its remarkable success at Meredith in the years ahead.”

Financial terms were not disclosed. The transaction will be accretive to Meredith’s fiscal 2015 financial performance. Meredith will provide more detail when it reports its fiscal 2015 second quarter results on January 28, 2015.

The acquisition of Shape is the latest in a series of acquisitions, launches and alliances for Meredith’s National Media Group including:
• A 10-year licensing agreement with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia to acquire the rights to Martha Stewart Living, Martha Stewart Weddings and www.marthastewart.com media properties.

• The launch of the award-winning Allrecipes magazine, which followed the acquisition of Allrecipes.com. Last week Meredith raised the rate base of Allrecipes to 1.1 million.

• The acquisition of leading digital destinations, including the growing website www.mywedding.com and native and engagement-based digital advertising leaders Selectable Media.

Additionally, over the last three years, Meredith has acquired the Eating Well, Family Fun, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Parenting and Baby Talk brands. In spring of 2015, Meredith plans to launch Parents Latina, an English-language magazine with a ratebase of 700,000 targeting millennial Hispanic moms.

“We continue to strengthen our focus on the important areas of home, family, food and health,” said Meredith Chairman and CEO Steve Lacy. “This acquisition strengthens our portfolio in both the print and digital space, and is consistent with our Total Shareholder Return strategy to pursue investments that scale our business and increase shareholder value.”
Meredith has also been executing a strategy to expand its broadcast television footprint. In the last year, Meredith’s Local Media Group has completed or announced the acquisition of television stations in Phoenix, St. Louis, Mobile-Pensacola and Springfield (Mass.).

“We continue to look for strategic acquisitions, partnerships and investment opportunities like these to expand our reach and create additional shareholder value,” said Meredith Chief Development Officer John Zieser.

ABOUT MEREDITH CORPORATION
Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP; www.meredith.com) has been committed to service journalism for more than 110 years. Today, Meredith uses multiple distribution platforms – including broadcast television, print, digital, mobile 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 230 million monthly, including 100 million unduplicated women and 60 percent of American millennial women. Meredith is the leader in creating content across media platforms in key consumer interest areas such as food, home, parenthood and health through well-known brands such as Better Homes and Gardens, Parents and Allrecipes. The National Media Group features robust brand licensing activities, including over 3,000 SKUs of branded products at 4,000 Walmart stores across the U.S. Meredith Xcelerated Marketing is a leader at developing and delivering custom content and customer relationship marketing programs for many of the world’s top brands.
Meredith’s Local Media Group includes 17 owned or operated television stations reaching 11 percent of U.S. households. Meredith’s portfolio is concentrated in large, fast-growing markets, with seven stations in the nation’s Top 25 – including Atlanta, Phoenix, St. Louis and Portland – and 13 in Top 50 markets.
Meredith’s balanced portfolio consistently generates substantial free cash flow, and Meredith is committed to growing Total Shareholder Return through dividend payments, share repurchases and strategic business investments. Meredith’s current annualized dividend of $1.73 per share yields approximately 3.5 percent. Meredith has paid a dividend for 67 straight years and increased it for 21 consecutive years.

SOURCE Meredith Corporation



Maddie Bowman All She Does is Win – 2015 Winter X Games Results


Maddie Bowman kicked the 2015 Winter X Games off with a bang! Maddie captured her third-consecutive X Games Gold medal on Wednesday night in the Women’s Ski SuperPipe. She edged out Japan’s Ayana Onozuka by just over two points for the win. Coming in third was Brita Sigourney.

What is Maddie’s secret to winning? She tells ESPN, “I think the secret to winning is just having fun. We are just out here trying to have the best time with our friends. When you are having a great time is when you are skiing your best.”

2015 Winter X Games Results Women’s Ski SuperPipe Final
1. Maddie Bowman, 85.66 (USA)
2. Ayana Onozuka, 83.33 (JPN)
3. Brita Sigourney, 78.66 (USA)
4. Angeli VanLaanen, 69.66 (USA)
5.Janina Kuzma, 66.66 (NZL)
6. Annalisa Drew, 66.00 (USA)
7. Marie Martinod, 65.66 (FRA)
8. Roz Groenewoud, 27.33 (CAN)

NEWS RELEASE

X Games Aspen 2015 Day One News and Results
Under the the falling snow, X Games Aspen 2015 kicked off Wednesday night with Maddie Bowman claiming her third-consecutive X Games gold in Women’s Ski SuperPipe.

The 2014 Olympic Gold medalist tallied her highest score on her third run with a score of 85.66. The winning run consisted of a right 900, a left-side mute, left-side tail, straight-air mute, left-cork nine, right 720, and a switch 720. Japan’s Ayana Onozuka finished second, with a silver medal score of 83.33 and Brita Sigourney took the bronze with a score of 78.66.

The X Games Aspen 2015 opens to the fans starting at 11 a.m. MDT. Finals for Mono Skier X, the inaugural Special Olympics Unified Snowboarding, Snowmobile Speed & Style and the crowd favorite Men’s Snowboard SuperPipe will be held.

Follow us on twitter at @hardbodynews and follow the X Games at @xgames on twitter and the hashtag #xgames for all the action in Aspen.

News via ESPN.



Interview & Poll: Yeshaira Robles’ Baby on Board


Yeshaira Robles Baby on Board

Yeshaira shows off her before and after with the same outfit. :)

Yeshaira Robles is one of the top IFBB Bikini competitors in the world. She consistently finishes in the top six and has become a fan favorite. Yeshaira is always smiling and friendly to everyone whether she’s in the gym, backstage at a show or at a booth signing autographs. She’s also an inspiration to mothers who struggle to find balance with work, family and food. Many people were wondering why Yeshaira’s name was absent from the 2015 Arnold invitees. Well, the secret is out. Yeshaira and her husband Marco (who is competing in the Arnold 212 Bodybuilding) are expecting their second child. We caught up with Yeshaira to find out a bit more on her big news!

HARDBODY INTERVIEW – YESHAIRA ROBLES BABY NEWS!
HBN: Congratulations! We’re you trying for a new addition to the family?
YR: We didn’t plan this one, it just happened. It’s funny because we spoke about it last year that we were planning on having another baby after the Olympia 2014, but then we decided to wait till after Olympia 2015 and LOOK! LOL! I guess it was the perfect time for both of us.

HBN: When did you find out the news?
YR: Right after the Olympia. I noticed that my monthly didn’t come down and I’m never late. haha. I fell off the couch and Marco noticed that my stomach was huge and took a pic. He said “didn’t you have a six pack a few days ago?” I didn’t think anything of it. lol.

HBN: Do you know if you’re having a boy or a girl?
YR: Not yet its too soon, but we will know for sure next month.

HBN: When’s the baby due?
YR: Right now the Dr. said July 5th.

HBN: What baby names are you leaning towards?
YR: I haven’t picked any yet. How about Hardbody helps us decide? A poll sounds like fun, lets do it. Lila (my daughter) picked out names if it’s a girl, she said Marshmallow Alvarez and for a boy, Rocky. LOL!

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HBN: What was Lila’s reaction to being a big sis?
YR: I think it was all her. The beginning of the year she said she was praying to God to plant a seed in my belly. She said she prayed every night and she can’t believe it came true. She’s sooooo excited.


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HBN: Anything noticeably different this time around with the pregnancy?
YR: OMG! I got so sick with this one. The first trimester I was sick 24/7 non stop. Now I’m feeling so much better… it’s about time.

HBN: What’s been the biggest challenge of the pregnancy so far?
YR: First, I didn’t have an appetite but now that i’m better I can’t stop eating hehe. I need to control the amount of junk that I’m having. I’m craving everything.

HBN: What advice do you have for other mothers?
YR: If you’re pregnant eat in moderation. Make sure you’re drinking lots of water, eating your veggies, fruits and all the protein you need to feed that baby. If the doctor gives you the ok do light workouts at the gym, but make sure your heart rate is below 140.

HBN: Are you still exercising / working out?
YR: Nooooo… It’s been 3 months! YIKES but since the Dr. gave me the ok I will be back in action next week. I will be training light and some cardio.

HBN: Anything you know you won’t be doing this time around… things you learned the hard way with first pregnancy?
YR: I won’t be eating like crazy especially junk. With Lila I gained 67lbs that was too much for me.

HBN: Your fans want to know… will you be at the Arnold Sports Festival in March?
YR: Absolutely, I will be cheering on my husband Marco Rivera he will be competing in the 212 division.

Keep up with Yeshaira throughout her pregnancy by following her on…
http://www.twitter.com/yeshaira
https://www.facebook.com/yeshairarobles
http://www.instagram.com/liftstudios

Yeshaira is also one of the featured champions in the Women’s Precontest Bible. If you’re looking for her diet, workouts, nutrition, tips and more… order your copy today!



Top Male Fitness Model Greg Plitt Killed in Train Accident


Gregg Plitt dead at age 37. Top male fitness model and motivational speaker, Greg Plitt was struck and killed by a Metrolink train on Saturday. Greg was reportedly filming near train tracks when he was struck by a Metrolink train in Burbank, California. He was 37 years old.

Greg was known for his intense, no-excuses attitude in the industry. He appeared on multiple magazines covers and ads over the years. Despite his intense approach in the gym, Greg could often be seen smiling and signing autographs at various fitness events. He was always willing to take a photo with a fan and offer some motivational advice. He’ll be greatly missed. Rest in Peace Greg.

“It’s your life, your book…”

“Give credit where it’s due.”

The news has everyone in the fitness industry in a state of shock. As news continues to spread, friends, fans and colleagues share their thoughts. Follow the conversation on twitter at #ripGregPlitt what some of the people are sharing after learning of the tragic news.

“I am in disbelief and heart broken to hear of Greg Plitt’s passing today. frown emoticon He was always someone who would go the extra mile for his friends and he loved the fitness industry like no other! Greg had so many great things going on in his life right now, so to have his life end so quickly, hit by a train as he was filming a spot for his protein shake, is just gut wrenching! Michael and I will miss you greatly, dear friend! We are praying for everyone you have left behind. There will be a void in the fitness industry and the whole world without you.

Isaiah 41:10 – Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Jamie Eason, Fitness model

“I am deeply shocked and saddened at the loss of my friend and teammate Greg Plitt. I was looking forward to working with him in a few weeks at our first appearance together for 2015.

Greg was by far one of the hardest working, self-motivated and inspirational individuals I have ever met. I will never forget how passionate he was when he was talking to fans- he had a way of making you believe anything was possible if you wanted it bad enough. That life was too short to wait around wishing for things to happen- to go out there and take a chance.

I will miss hearing about your crazy adventure stories, the next big business project and just joking around at the shows. I am forever grateful for all of the personal and business advice you have given me over the years. You were an amazing human being.

Rest in peace.”
- Nicole Wilkins, 4x Figure Olympia Champion and Met-Rx athlete

“I can’t believe this. I can’t. Greg Plitt has passed away today. I’ve worked with Greg since 2003, and he was one of the kindest souls I’ve known. He always went head first into everything he did, and he did it to the best of his ability. Michael Lyons just spoke with him a few days ago. He did a taped submission for us for the TV show Bones. Mike and I discussed how awesome it would be if we booked him something big right before the Arnold Classic. Greg was more than just a model and actor. He changed so many lives for the better whether it was helping them with fitness or fixing up their house. You may not know, but Greg was an expert craftsman. He lived right around the block from me down in Arlington VA. I used to love going to his place to watch TV in his “mancave”. The world has lost a good soul today. An amazing friend and an amazing soldier. God bless him and his family.”
Adam Silver, Silver Models

“It is with a heavy and tragically sad heart I inform you that Greg Plitt was killed today by a train in Burbank..

Greg was the sole individual who got me into the fitness industry, gave me guidance that serves as the foundation of my success today. Though a friend, he was truly someone I admired, had unyielding respect and love for. I really can’t even put words together right now to accurately articulate everything he meant to me… I will touch on this tomorrow.

The world lost a true hero today…. I really have no words, just pain, confusion, sadness…”
Joe Donnelly, Fitness model

Greg recently starred in the Bravo reality series “Friends to Lovers”.

Lead photo via Greg Plitt’s Facebook.



World of X Games Presents Air + Style Innsbruck


Tune into the World of X Games: Air + Style Innsbruck snowboard event this Saturday, January 17, streaming live at 1:15 p.m. ET on ESPN3.

Athletes competing will include two-time X Games medalist and Olympic gold medalist Sage Kotsenburg, three-time X Games medalist and Olympian Ståle Sandbech, and 22 other world class snowboarders as they push the limits of progression in the second of three stops of Shaun White’s 2015 Air + Style Tour.

In addition to streaming live this Saturday, a World of X Games: Air + Style Innsbruck recap show is scheduled to air February 15 at 11 p.m. ET on ESPN2, featuring competition highlights, interviews and more.

Air + Style Innsbruck will stream live this Saturday, January 17 at 1:15 p.m. ET on ESPN3.

The final stop of the Air + Style tour will culminate in Los Angeles and will be streamed live February 21 on ESPN3, with the recap show scheduled to air February 28 on ABC. For the full list of invited riders and more event information, please visit http://www.air-style.com.

The World of X Games is a weekly program on ABC and ESPN platforms, which features a variety of X Games and athlete-focused content. For the most updated schedule and information on World of X Games, go to www.xgames.com. Check local listings for additional details.

News via ESPN.



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