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Muscle & Fitness Hers Online Moves to Muscle & Fitness


Muscle And Fitness Hers
Muscle & Fitness Hers online has moved to MuscleandFitness.com. When typing in MuscleAndFitnessHers.com visitors are redirected to a section on MuscleAndFitness.com. The M&F HERS logo appears on the top navigation of the site with five main sub-categories; Workouts, Nutrition, Supplements, Athletes & Celebrities and Features.

The move is described as “creating a single site for both male and female fitness enthusiasts to find the M&F brand content they have grown to know and trust.”

The Muscle & Fitness HERS social media handles will remain the same and the magazine will continue to be printed six times a year.

If you visited the HERS site in recent months you probably noticed it had become a bit stale and felt dated. Change was necessary and a complete overhaul of the site would have required a fair amount of work and a decent budget. The move will likely help the site’s traffic but the M&F template doesn’t provide much of a feminine touch.

Nearly a year ago, Muscle & Fitness HERS came under fire for plagiarism. Former Editor-In-Chief, Mona Muresan dismissed the plagiarism as the work of a freelancer.

No word if the consolidation resulted in trimming staff.

Visit the new site and read the announcement on MuscleandFitness.com.



2015 ESPYs Nominees Announced


2015 ESPYs
The 2015 ESPYs Nominees were announced today and leading the way with two nominees each are UFC champ Ronda Rousey, Tennis star Serena Williams and Skiing sensation Lindsey Vonn. The three of them face each other in the “Best Female Athlete” category. Ronda is also up for an ESPY in the “Best Fighter” category. Serena Williams is nominated for “Best Female Tennis Player” and Lindsey Vonn is up for “Best Comeback Athlete.” Little League Baseball’s star Mo’Ne Davis has been nominated for “Best Breakthrough Athlete”. Scroll down for a complete list female nominees and cast your vote at ESPYs.com.
WHAT:
Initial list of nominees for The 2015 ESPYS presented by Capital One, are revealed today and voting has begun.

Pardon the Interruption’s Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon will host The ESPY Nomination Special on Wednesday, July 1, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.

WHERE:
A current list of The 2015 ESPYS nominees is available at ESPYS.com. Additional nomination categories will be released before the show.

WHEN:
Voting is underway and all categories will close when the live show starts Wednesday, July 15, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

HOW:
Fans will determine the winners in most ESPYS categories by voting online at ESPYS.com up to the start of The 2015 ESPYS.

2015 ESPYS FACTS & FIGU
RES:
• For the first time since 2000, none of the nominees for Best Male Athlete are returning from the previous year. 2015’s fresh slate includes NBA MVP Stephen Curry, NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers, NFL Defensive Player of the Year JJ Watt, and two-time Best Male Athlete-winner LeBron James.

• UFC-champion Ronda Rousey is in pursuit of a 2nd-straight “Best Female Athlete” honor. She faces stiff competition from 2-time winners Serena Williams and Lindsey Vonn, as well as returning nominee Breanna Stewart.

• LeBron James is the only returning nominee for “Best NBA Player,” gracing the category for an 11th-straight year. He is joined by first-timers Stephen Curry, James Harden, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook.

• Serena Williams is after her 7th “Best Female Tennis Player” award. She will have to top returning winner, Maria Sharapova, who is after her 6th.

• Peyton Manning is in contention to repeat as “Best Record-Breaking Performance.” While the Denver signal caller was honored at the 2014 awards for single-season passing records, this year the attention is on a career accomplishment–the most passing touchdowns ever thrown by an NFL quarterback.

• Rory McIlroy is chasing his second “Best Male Golfer” award. He faces stiff competition from Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth and FedEx Cup champion Billy Horschel.

• Little League standout Mo’ne Davis is looking to become the youngest athlete ever to win the “Best Breakthrough Athlete” Award.

• The “Best Male College Athlete” nominees stretch the category’s age range in both directions. 18-year-old BU hockey star Jack Eichel would be the youngest player ever to win the award, while 24-year-old OSU wrestling champ Logan Stieber would be the oldest.

• Fresh off winning the Triple Crown, American Pharoah is the first horse ever to be nominated in the “Best Championship Performance” category. He is up against MLB World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner, Women’s College World Series MVP Lauren Haeger, and NBA Finals leading-scorer LeBron James.

2015 FEMALE ATHLETE NOMINEES:

Best Female Athlete:
Ronda Rousey – MMA
Breanna Stewart – UConn Basketball
Lindsey Vonn – Skiing
Serena Williams – Tennis

Best Female Action Sports Athlete:
Paige Aims – Surfing
Kelly Clark – Snowboarding
Stephanie Gilmore – Surfing
Laia Sanz – Enduro / Motorbike

Best Female Golfer:
Lydia Ko
Stacy Lewis
Inbee Park

Best Female Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova
Serena Williams
Petra Kvitova
Simona Halep

Best Breakthrough Athlete:
Odell Beckham Jr – New York Giants
Mo’ne Davis – Little League Baseball
Cardale Jones – Ohio State Buckeyes
Jordan Spieth – PGA

Best Championship Performance:
Madison Bumgarner – San Francisco Giants
Lauren Haeger – Florida Softball
LeBron James – Cleveland Cavaliers
American Pharoah – Race Horse

Best Fighter
Floyd Mayweather, Jr – Boxing
Ronda Rousey – MMA
Donald Serrone – MMA
Terrence Crawford – Boxing
Gennady Golovkin – Boxing

Best Record-Breaking Performance:
Lauren Chamberlain hits 91st Home Run – Oklahoma Softball
Devin Hester scores 20th punt return TD – Atlanta Falcons
Peyton Manning throws record 509th touchdown pass – Denver Broncos
Klay Thompson most points in a quarter – Golden State Warriors

Best International Athlete:
Lionel Messi – Soccer
Lydia Ko – Women’s Golf
Cristiano Ronaldo – Soccer
Novak Djokovic – Tennis
Lewis Hamilton – Forumla One

Best College Female Athlete:
Taylor Cummings – Maryland Lacrosse
Missy Franklin – Cal Swimming
Lauren Haeger – Florida Softball
Micha Hancock – Penn State Volleyball
Breanna Stewart – UConn Basketball

Best WNBA Player:
Maya Moore – Minnesota Lynx
Diana Taurasi – Phoenix Mercury
Skylar Diggins – Tulsa Shock
Brittney Griner – Phoenix Mercury
Candace Parker – Los Angeles Sparks

Best Female Athlete with a Disability:
Kendall Gretsch – Triathlete
Oksana Masters – Sit-Skier
Tatyana McFadden – Sit-Skier / Wheelchair Racer
Becca Meyers – Swimming
Greta Neimanas – Cyclist

Best Comeback Athlete:
Rob Gronkowski – NFL
Alex Rodriguez – MLB
Derrick Rose – NBA
Lindsey Vonn – Skiing

About:
The 2015 ESPYS Presented by Capital One will be hosted by comedian, actor and television host Joel McHale, most widely known for hosting The Soup on E! as well as playing Jeff Winger on Community. The ESPYS will be broadcast live on ABC Wednesday, July 15, at 8 p.m. ET from Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles.

The award show gathers top celebrities from sports and entertainment to commemorate the past year in sports by recognizing major sports achievements, reliving unforgettable moments and saluting the leading performers and performances. The ESPYS honor ESPN’s commitment to The V Foundation for Cancer Research, a partnership launched with the late Jim Valvano at the inaugural ESPYS in 1993. Follow The 2015ESPYS on Twitter @ESPYS.



Dana Linn Bailey on American Ninja Warrior – “I’ll take my five seconds”


DLB on Ninja Warrior
Dana Linn Bailey’s fans were upset after her American Ninja Warrior appearance. Dana took to Youtube to reach out to her fans and discuss her thoughts on the show. In one day, the video has over 40,000 views and a testament to her faithful following. Dana was humble in her video and explained to her fans what’s next. Dana Linn Bailey shared “I’m happy… I’ll take my five seconds.” Watch the entire video below.

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Dana Linn Bailey Fans Are Not Happy With American Ninja Warrior


Dana Linn Bailey
The first-ever Women’s Physique Olympia champion, Dana Linn Bailey has established one of the largest fan bases in the competitive bodybuilding and fitness industry. She has hundreds (often thousands) of fans waiting hours in an expo line just to meet the champ and snag a Selfie with her. Many times Dana doesn’t sell anything at her booth, she just poses for photos with fans and signs autographs. Something that’s unheard in the bodybuilding industry.

There’s no clear explanation as to why she’s become one of the most popular female competitors but there’s no disputing she has achieved super-star status in the bodybuilding world. Dana recently graced the cover of Muscular Development magazine and proudly endorsed being called “The Baddest Bitch in the Gym.” She’s one of the few women to ever have a solo Muscular Development cover.

As you might imagine, when she announced she’d be appearing on national television and competing on American Ninja Warrior, her fans went nuts. In April, Dana Linn Bailey (DLB) posted the announcement on her Youtube channel.

After the big announcement, DLB posted training videos geared towards her newfound goal. She set out to show the world that women with muscle are athletes. Most people (in and out of the industry) don’t look at physique competitors as athletes. If physique competitors are athletes and what determines that is a topic for another day. Making it through American Ninja Warrior test someone’s athleticism or lack there of.

Tonight was the moment DLB fans had been waiting weeks for. American Ninja Warrior Orlando Qualifiers aired tonight and well… you could say things didn’t go quite as her fans had hoped. DLB’s tv time on American Ninja Warrior lasted about 10 seconds. Fans couldn’t believe it! Not that she didn’t make it through the course but that they didn’t air any background story. The fans were furious that they (ANW) didn’t featured the woman they admire and look up to. DLB fans were expecting NBC to roll out the red carpet and talk about her training, winning the Olympia, her successful clothing line and more but alas they got nadda. These super fans took to social media and boy oh boy they were not happy with American Ninja Warrior.

A few Facebook Fan comments:

Tiffany Lewis – REALLY?? They only gave you a commercial break appearance?? You deserved a story and an intro too!!

Katie Boucher We are all pissed they only did a recap of her run. Literally 5 seconds!!

Alexis Eggleston That was not worth it. No interview, no props given to her, no mention of ms olympia

Lauren Toth She is so popular and such an amazing person. They could of given her a back story!!!!!! Basically gave everyone else one!!!!

Jennifer L Athoe I put my kids to bed, was gone for 3 minutes and totally missed it. WTH?!

Shannon Harrington I like how the Chik-fil-a team leader got an intro with a backstory but they just swept all of Dana’s incredible accomplishments under the “commercial” rug. Wtf

Check out how DLBmaniacs went off on American Ninja Warrior’s Instagram post.


#AmericanNinjaWarrior is back! Tonight at 8/7c we’re headed to @universalorlando!

A photo posted by American Ninja Warrior (@americanninjawarrior) on

One thing is for certain when it comes to DLB… She has passionate fans. Some took to twitter to voice their displeasure as you can see in response to her tweet before the show.


UPDATE: Dana responds to her fans.


I HEART you guys!!! Thank you everyone that took the time out of their day to watch little ol' me on the big TV!!! I've been reading all your comments, obviously can't reply back to all of you. So this is a group reply… I just want to THANK every single one of you! Means so much, to have so many people behind me, rooting for me, and cheering for me!!! #AmericaNinjaWarrior was such an awesome experience for me! I am not the best at everything. This was something very new to me. Something I had no idea how to train for. I conquered fears. I overcame obstacles. With practice, I got better at things, and that was the most exciting part. Not being able to do something, then practicing it over and over and over, till you got it! That's exciting! That's why you continue to see me still training for it! It's not over for me!! Failure is the first step to success. You learn from it, grow from it, prepare for it, and better yourself so it never happens again! The only way to fail is quit or never try and that is NOT happening! Failure does not have to be negative. Embrace failure. Use it. Learn from it. And success will always follow….#DLBwillbeBACK (insert Arnold voice here 👇) Thank you guys and I love ya!! @americanninjawarrior #AmericaNinjaWarrior #ninjawarrior #doitforTiny #makeTinyProud

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ABOUT AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR
Esquire Network and NBC have teamed again to bring the heart-racing competition series, American Ninja Warrior, with hosts Matt Iseman, former NFL player Akbar Gbajabiamila, and co-host Kristine Leahy. The action-packed series follows competitors as they tackle a series of challenging obstacle courses in both city qualifying and city finals rounds across the country. Those that successfully complete the finals course in their designated region move on to the national finals round in Las Vegas, where they face a stunning four-stage course modeled after the famed Mt. Midoriyama course in Japan. The winner will take home a grand prize of $1,000,000. Although many have come close, no competitor has yet to achieve total victory and claim the prize.

Lead photo via ANW.



2015 ESPN Magazine’s BODY ISSUE Roster Announced


2015 ESPN BODY ISSUE
The 2015 ESPN BODY ISSUE will be released online on July 6 and hit newsstands on July 10th. This year’s issue features a variety of men and women in the issue. One of the fittest couples in the world, Gabby Reece and Laird Hamilton will appear in the issue along with a number of other top athletes. Gymnast Aly Raisman, Skateboarder Leticia Bufani, WNBA star Brittney Griner and Olympic Swimmer Natalia Coughlin are just a few females featured in the issue.

2015 ESPN Magazine’s BODY ISSUE Roster Announced
Odell Beckham Jr
Leticia Bufoni
Amanda Bingson
Anthony Castonzo
Todd Clever
Natali Coughlin
Dallas Friday
Brittney Griner
Laird Hamilton
Bryce Harper
Todd Herremans
Jermaine Jones
DeAndre Jordon
Ali Krieger
Khutana Lorig
Kevin Love Chantae McMillan
Jack Mewhort
Sadena Parks
Aly Raisman
Gabby Reece
Tyler Seguin
Paige Selenski
Stan Wawrinka

Bryce Harper‘s on-field body of work this season includes a .345 batting average and 24 home runs.

The star Washington Nationals outfielder’s off-field body of work includes a wish fulfilled: Harper is one of 24 athletes in the ESPN The Magazine Body Issue, online on July 6 and on newsstands July 10.

“I’ve always wanted to do the Body Issue,” Harper said. “I want to put baseball out there.”

Harper is joined by NBA stars Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers andDeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers, New York Giants wide receiverOdell Beckham Jr., two-time WNBA All-Star Brittney Griner, USA women’s soccer star Ali Krieger, Olympians Aly Raisman and Natalie Coughlin, and newly crowned French Open champion Stan Wawrinka.

“I’m proud of my body, I’m proud of my sport, I’m proud of being a professional athlete,” said Krieger, whose team is currently in the knockout rounds of the Women’s World Cup. “Being naked is just another aspect of that.”

This is the seventh annual edition of the Body Issue. It will include photos, personal interviews and videos of the athletes, including NHL star Tyler Seguin and three members of the Indianapolis Colts offensive line: Anthony Castonzo, Todd Herremans and Jack Mewhort.

“I’ve always been a big kid,” said the 23-year-old Mewhort, who is listed at 6-foot-6, 308 pounds. “That’s why when I got this call I was like ‘they want to see me naked?’ I thought I was getting Punk’d.”

Others in the issue include professional wakeboarder Dallas Friday, rugby player Todd Clever, skateboarder Leticia Bufoni, golfer Sadena Parks, archer Khatuna Lorig, soccer player Jermaine Jones, U.S. Olympians Paige Selenski (field hockey), Amanda Bingson (hammer) and Chantae McMillan (heptathlon), along with the husband-wife team of surfer Laird Hamilton and former beach volleyball player Gabby Reece.

“Our goal is to continue to evolve the issue year after year,” ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com editor in chief Chad Millman said. “The ability to capture both the strength and vulnerability of these extraordinary athletes through such powerful images and introspective interviews is incredibly moving.”

“One of the things I love about the Body Issue so much is that it celebrates the bodies that allow us to be successful in our sport,” said Coughlin, who has won 12 Olympic swimming medals. “As a sports fan, I love seeing the differences in body types.”

Lead photo via ESPN.



RESULTS: Big Ramy & Bethany Wagner Win at the 2015 Arnold Brazil


2015 Arnold Brazil Results
RESULTS: Big Ramy Wins 2015 Arnold Classic Brazil & Bethany Wagner Fitness International Brazil

Things played out like we thought they would for the most part in the 3rd annual Arnold Classic Brazil and Arnold Fitness International Brazil. In the Fitness competition it was all Bethany. She won the physique round and the routine round to successfully defend her title. She becomes the first two-time Arnold Fitness International Brazil champion. Regiane was a distant third and rounding out the top three was Tanji Johnson.

2015 ARNOLD FITNESS INTERNATIONAL BRAZIL RESULTS
Placing – Name – 2-Piece Swimsuit Score – Fitness Routine – Total Score
1. Bethany Wagner 6 12 18
2. Regiane Da Silva 7 18 42
3. Tanji Johnson 17 30 47
4. Marta Aguiar 21 38 59
5. Michelle Blank 24 36 60
6. Ryall Graber 31 40 71
7. Ashley Sebera 33 70 103

2015 ARNOLD BRAZIL PRIZE MONEY: Fitness ($16,000)
1st Place – $6,000
2nd Place – $3,500
3rd Place – $2,000
4th Place – $1,500
5th Place – $1,000
6th Place – $1,000
7th Place – $1,000

Big Ramy went home with his first Arnold Classic Cup and won in unanimous fashion. The win has ignited the chatter on can he stand toe to toe with Phil Heath in September at the Olympia? He’s gaining ground but I wouldn’t put him in that conversation just yet. He needs to show consistency in his ability to bring a conditioned physique in more than just one show a year. He has time and tremendous potential though. The win was well deserved as he was the biggest and best on stage today. Cedric McMillan brought arguably his best look and it paid off with a second place finish. Just a few points behind him was Juan Morel who finished second in 2014 at this show but had to settle for third this time around. Victor Martinez was in fourth and the placings for fifth and sixth are still up in the air. Brandon Curry was announced in fifth but on the score cards (which were not added correctly) Toney Freeman was in fifth and not sixth. It’s a four thousand dollar difference between fifth and sixth place. Toney should have 52 points and not 58 as the scoresheet reflects. *An updated scorecard on IFBBPro.com reflects the correct scores – May 31, 2015.

2015 ARNOLD CLASSIC BRAZIL MEN’S BODYBUILDING RESULTS
Placing – Name – Rnd 1 Score – Rnd 2 Score – Final Score
1. Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Elssbiay 5 5 10
2. Cedric McMillan 11 11 22
3. Juan Morel 13 13 26
4. Victor Martinez 24 24 48
5. Toney Freeman 26 26 52
6. Brandon Curry 27 27 54
7. Fred Smalls 38 38 76
8. Lionel Beyeke 39 39 78
9. Jose Luis Rodriguez 42 42 84
10. Marius Dohne 49 49 98

2015 ARNOLD CLASSIC BRAZIL MEN’S BODYBUILDING PRIZE MONEY: ($65,000) total
1st Place – $22,500
2nd Place – $15,000
3rd Place – $10,000
4th Place – $7,500
5th Place – $5,000
6th Place – $1,000
7th Place – $1,000
8th Place – $1,000
9th Place – $1,000
10th Place – $1,000

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Watch the 2015 Arnold Classic Brazil


live webcast

The 2015 Arnold Classic Brazil has a live and free webcast for the first time. Most of it is in Portuguese but none-the-less it’s the first free webcast this event has had.

#UPDATE# watch the entire replay of the show below.

The show has conclude find results from the 2015 Arnold Brazil here.



Nike Opens First Women’s Only Store in Europe


Nike Women Europe

NIKE KING’S ROAD OPENS, THE BRAND’S FIRST WOMEN’S ONLY STORE IN EUROPE
Nike opened its first women’s-only store in Europe today, Nike King’s Road. Located at 33 King’s Road on London’s iconic shopping street, Nike King’s Road is a 207 square metre consumer experience store that offers the best Nike’s performance products and services and is designed to inspire the women of London to reach their athletic potential. King’s Road is the third women’s only store for the brand; Nike opened locations in Shanghai, China and Newport Beach, California late last year.

Nike King’s Road offers consumers bespoke services such as pant hemming, gait analysis and bra fitting. Consumers can also get advice on the best products for individual running techniques and training programmes.

The store will create a fitness hub in the King’s Road community with free weekly Nike+ Training Club classes and a Nike+ Run Club. A booking system is housed on the digital community wall within the store allows visitors to reserve spots at all Nike running and training sessions held by Nike across London. Consumers can also access the full Nike+ Training Club and Nike+ Run club schedule at www.Nike.com/London, where they can book a space at any session. In addition to weekly Nike+ Training Club and Nike+ Run Club gatherings, special events will celebrate key sports and fashion moments.

“Our new King’s Road store is yet another example of our commitment to women to bring them the very best of Nike,” said Heidi O’Neill, VP & GM Nike Stores. “Our women’s business has never been stronger and our deep connections with women at retail are helping fuel this growth.”

The store’s digital services offer convenient ways to connect with the Nike community and purchase products. Consumers can buy latest Nike collections via a “click and collect” system at www.nike.com and pick up their purchases in the store. Consumers can also showcase their personal style via www.nikeid.com by designing bespoke shoes with a NIKEiD consultant who can provide guidance on fabrics, colour palettes and the correct footwear style for all needs, including training, running and everyday use.

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Style forms a central theme of the new space and is highlighted by unique, creative installations in the store. Isamaya French, a London-based illustrator and make-up artist, produced a piece of art that communicates the synergy of sport and style in the store’s basement level. A separate map of London also pays homage to the UK capital and features Nike heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson and is incorporated into the store’s design. Consumer enjoy special dimmers in the changing rooms that show outfits in three different lighting scenarios –morning, afternoon and evening.

Nike’s commitment to sustainability is reflected in the reclaimed wood used for the flooring and that the store’s LEED Platinum certification, the highest level granted in the green building program.

Nike King’s Road is located at 33 King’s Road, London, SW3 4LX. It is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 12 to 6pm.



Lauren Fisher’s New Nike Metcon Shoes


lauren fisher Nike Metcon
LAUREN FISHER LIFTS, SPRINTS AND CLIMBS IN HER NEW NIKE METCON SHOES
FISHER IS STRONG, AND GROWING STRONGER
At this time of year, most college students are busy studying for finals, hanging out with friends and looking forward to their long summer break. That’s all true for Lauren Fisher, though she has a few other things on her agenda as well. On May 22, she will compete in the Southern California Regionals, hoping to get one step closer to her dream of one day winning the World Championships in Carson, Ca. This year, she will debut the new fall 2015 Nike MetCon training shoe in her own exclusive colorway – a shoe specifically tailored for high-intensity competitive training.

The 21-year-old athlete, known for her 250-pound clean-and-jerks and her signature loose ponytail, is training hard for the upcoming competition just as she finishes her semester at San Diego State University. As she prepares to go up against some of the strongest and most explosive athletes in the region, she maintains her process and the importance of life balance. Her formula is simple: stay dedicated and work a little harder than everyone else.

“My dad instilled a work ethic in me since I was kid,” she says. “I learned that if you want something, you have to work at it. It can be tough to manage it all – eating well, training, homework, classes. My goal for each day is to stay relaxed, have fun, and just get it all done.”

GROWN STRONG
Fisher grew up with three older brothers who always played rough and picked on her. In her younger years she would run inside to cry to her mother who would tell her to be tough and send her back out with the boys. In later years, her brothers would play sports with her – and ultimately introduce her to the world of high intensity training when she was just 14.

“That’s what grown strong means,” says Fisher, referring to a tagline and hashtag the athlete uses on everything from T-shirts to her social media posts.

CrossFit Nike

“To me, strength is not only being strong in weight lifting and training, but also having that special willpower in your daily life. Pushing through obstacles and not listening to what others say.”

At 18 years old, Fisher finished 9th in the world championships and also represented the United States in the Junior World Weightlifting Championships. After graduating from high school, she moved to San Diego for college and joined the Invictus gym under coach C.J. Martin. Since her move, she has finished ninth overall at the 2014 Nationals and represented the United States in the Junior World Weightlifting Championships.

EMBRACING THE CULTURE
Although she grew up focused on playing basketball, Fisher found her passion when she discovered professional strength training. She uncovered a community that shared her interests of fun, fast-paced and challenging workouts that changed every day. She also found a group of people that embraced working hard and living a fit lifestyle outside of the gym.

“I love being a part of the high intensity training culture,” she says. “Whether you are the last person to finish the workout or the first, we are all there cheering on one another. We are all friends in the gym and we all want to live a healthy lifestyle. People think it’s very intimidating. But anyone can do it. It’s totally scalable.”

Nike Lauren Fisher

“I want people to know that they can work out without treadmills and machines. You can work out at home. In professional training, our bodies are the machines.”

STRENGTH & BEAUTY
Fisher is active on social media, where she shares her workouts, her daily challenges, and her drive to be better at what she does. In return, Fisher gets inspiration online, too. “There’s a big community out there with girls who are following each other and inspiring each other with workouts,” she explains. “It impacts my training because I have a huge support system behind me. It makes me put my best self out there and be who I am. I just try to be Lauren Fisher.”

“I want to show that being strong is beautiful,” she says. “That having toned arms and legs looks good on a girl.”

THE NIKE METCON: A SHOE TO FIT THE SPORT AND THE ATHLETE
Fisher will debut her exclusive colorway of the popular Nike MetCon training shoe at the Southern California Regionals. Rendered in a turquoise and black palette designed for Fisher herself, the shoe was developed with high intensity training specifically in mind.

The shoe is durable, versatile, and unlike any other in the Nike catalogue. Designed with the extensive demands of cross-training in mind, the shoe pairs a stable heel that can withstand weightlifting with a flexible, sticky forefoot that is ideal for movements like push-ups and burpees. The tough, sturdy outsole protects the shoe during intense activities like rope climbing, while abrasion-resistant mesh and Flywire cable technology on the upper offer lockdown and long-term resilience.

The exlusive Lauren Fisher colorway of the Nike MetCon will launch on Nike.com on July 9. The broader Fa15 Nike MetCon collection in three colorways will launch at select Nike retail destinations in mid July.

“What’s great about the MetCon is that it’s super comfortable as well as versatile,” says Fisher. I can wear it when I lift, rope climb, and even during running, all without having to switch out my shoes. It’s lightweight but stable enough that I can lift heavier weights too.”

Fisher helped test the shoe and chose the turquoise color scheme. “I love how it looks,” she says. “It’s sleek and clean and looks good with everything. I have routine going into competition to make sure my hair looks good and that my outfit and nails are coordinated.”

“If you feel good about how you look, you perform better.”

SOCAL REGIONALS – AND BEYOND
Fisher’s immediate goal is to place well enough at Regionals to make the cut for the 2015 World Championships. But looking ahead, she is aiming to win her sport’s biggest prize, participate in the World Weightlifting Championships, and ultimately qualify for the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo. “There are some people who get nervous under pressure, But I love competing,” Fisher says. “When I’m on the competition floor, I’m going to bring it.”

via Nike



Lindsey Valenzuela Inks New Partnership


CytoSport Monster Series made their presence known at the 2015 Arnold Classic in Columbus, Ohio with a new look and a “rebirth” of their speciality brand. Until this year there was never a clear identity to the brand but rather a series of products ranging from Monster Amino, Monster Mass and the popular Monster Milk. It was obvious at the Arnold Expo that the CytoSport had regrouped and reinvested in becoming a serious player in the specialty category.

A look at the #CytoMonster Series. Look for them in stores soon. #monsterisreborn

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This week the California based supplement brand reinforced their commitment to being a serious player by signing top CrossFit athlete Lindsey Valenzuela. While the terms of the sponsorship weren’t disclosed it appears she will play an active role in the brand’s marketing and advertising.

Lindsey went from being a spectator to a CrossFit Games participant in a few short years. In 2013, she solidified her position as an elite CrossFit athlete with a second place finish at the Reebok CrossFit Games. This year, she’s ranked as one of the top California Regional competitors and considered the favorite to win the Regional competition. A strong showing this weekend will put her in CrossFit Games title contention.

Lindsey Valenzuela CytosportPhoto Via Lindsey Valenzuela/Cytosport Monster Series

Lindsey shared, “I’m extremely happy to be a CytoSport Monster athlete. One of the things I paid more attention to this year was my nutrition and supplementation. It’s important to properly fuel your body and take the time to recover if you want to be an elite athlete. CytoSport Monster Series is a supplement brand I can trust and I couldn’t be happier with this partnership. I’m excited for the Regionals and thankful for their belief in me.”

You can follow Lindsey on Facebook (LiftLikeLindsey), Instagram and Twitter, or her website on www.wodshop.com. For more information on the new CytoSport Monster Series check out their Facebook, Instagram @cytomonster, Twitter, and cytosportmonster.com. The newly released products are currently available on VitaminShoppe.com and in a variety of stores.

The California Regional will begin on Friday May 22nd with the finals concluding on May 24th. The women with the top five points qualify for a trip to Carson City, CA for the 2015 CrossFit Games. For more information visit games.crossfit.com.



Ronda Rousey on HBO Real Sports


Ronda Rousey HBO Real Sports
“It makes me feel way better than is someone told me I was pretty.” That was Ronda Rousey’s response to HBO Real Sports correspondent Jon Frankel when he mentions that Sports Illustrated named her the best pound for pound fighter (man or woman) in the UFC. HBO Real Sports tackles gender stereo types and how Ronda Rousey is changing the conversation.

Real Sports premieres tonight (May 19) 10pm ET on HBO.

This wasn’t the first time Rousey was on HBO Real Sports. She appeared on the show in 2013 before



Reebok CrossFit Nano 5.0 Tough as Nails


Reebok CrossFit Nano 5
The Reebok CrossFit Nano 5.0 will be available to the public in June but those watching the CrossFit Regionals got a sneak peek at the new shoe. Reebok has been teasing the new shoe on their Instagram account and I’ve noticed it appearing in my twitter feed as a promoted tweet. If you’re going off from looks alone, it’s a pretty sweet looking shoe. Two 15-second videos on Instagram hint at the Nano’s toughness through exaggeration. One video shows sledge hammers smashing into the show and another fires nails at the shoe. The shoe utilizes DuPont Kevlar fiber which is known for its strength and durability.

Reebok Nano 5.0

You won’t be able to purchase the Reebok CrossFit Nano 5.0 until June 18th (online) and a week later in stores. Visit Reebok.com for all your Reebok CrossFit apparel and other Reebok shoes.

Reebok Nano 5.0



Jen Labaw shared her experience on Instagram regarding the new CrossFit Nano 5.0.


Images via Reebok Instagram

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.



Reebok and DuPont Partner on New CrossFit® Collection


Reebok and DuPont Partner to create new Reebok CrossFit Collection with Kevlar®

dupont reebok

DuPont and Reebok Collaborate on New Reebok CrossFit® Collection
The science and engineering behind this advanced material enables athletes to Dare Bigger™ and push the limits of their sport.

Wilmington, Del. – DuPont Protection Technologies (DuPont) and Reebok International (Reebok) announced the signing of a multi-year trademark license agreement for the use of the DuPont™ Kevlar® and Dare Bigger™ trademarks. Launching this upcoming June, the new Spring-Summer 2015 Reebok CrossFit® collection will incorporate the DuPont advanced material and feature the DuPont trademarks.

DuPont™ Kevlar® fiber is known for its extreme strength and durability. It is used in a variety of high-performance sporting apparel, accessories and equipment. As CrossFit® workouts continue to evolve and become more challenging and the limits of fitness are pushed, the CrossFit® athlete requires apparel that can withstand the rigors of functional movements performed at high intensity. This collection was designed with distinct emphasis on the specific needs of the CrossFit® athlete.

“The science and engineering behind this advanced material enables athletes to Dare Bigger™ and push the limits of their sport,” said Marc Doyle, president of DuPont Protection Technologies. “The collaboration is a great fit between our companies and capitalizes on the synergy between our brands, allowing us to innovate and help make strong, light and durable athletic apparel and gear.”

Best known for its use in ballistic and stab-resistant body armor, Kevlar® has helped to save the lives of thousands of people around the world. The use of Kevlar® has been extended to everything from fire fighter and industrial protective clothing to vehicles, fiber optic cables, mining belts and commercial aircraft. The Kevlar® brand and science also is used in many consumer products such as mobile phones, tires, workwear and high-performance sporting apparel, shoes and equipment. This year, DuPont is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the discoveries that led to Kevlar® and this new line of Reebok CrossFit® apparel and footwear is an example of advancing the innovation legacy of Kevlar® forward.

To celebrate the collaboration of this new line of Reebok CrossFit® apparel, Reebok has created a short video that emphasizes the unique partnership of these two powerful brands. The video truly highlights the story of how Reebok and DuPont are coming together to reach new heights. Many products are featured in the video, including the Reebok CrossFit® Board Shorts built with patches made with Kevlar® fiber. This product line also will be presented at the 2015 Reebok CrossFit® Games.

“My CrossFit training regimen is constantly testing my limits. I work out multiple times a day so I need consistent, durable gear that withstands the toughest workout,” said Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, professional CrossFit® athlete and female winner of the 2014 Reebok CrossFit® Games. “Reebok CrossFit® apparel and footwear made with DuPont™ Kevlar® are an ideal combination resulting in high-performance gear that allows me to do even more than I think is possible.”

“Reebok has strategically engineered Kevlar® into key abrasion zones within its apparel and footwear so they are durable enough to withstand even the toughest workouts,” said Corinna Werkle, senior vice president, Training at Reebok. “We value our relationship with DuPont for the science behind these world-class products and for the power of the DuPont™ Kevlar® brand.”

The Reebok CrossFit® apparel collection will be available on June 1, 2015, ranging from $100 MSRP – $250 MSRP at Reebok.com, store.crossfit.com and select retailers worldwide.

 

Dupont & Reebok

 

Reebok International, headquartered in Canton, Mass., USA, is a leading worldwide designer, marketer and distributor of fitness and lifestyle footwear, apparel and equipment. An American-inspired global brand, Reebok is a pioneer in the sporting goods industry with a rich and storied fitness heritage. Reebok develops products, technologies and programming which enable movement and is committed to accompanying people on their journey to fulfill their potential. Reebok connects with the fitness consumer wherever they are and however they choose to stay fit – whether it’s training, running, walking, dance, yoga or aerobics. Reebok Classics leverages the brand’s fitness heritage and represents the roots of the brand in the sports lifestyle market. A subsidiary of the adidas Group, Reebok operates under the multiple divisions of the Reebok brand, Reebok-CCM Hockey and the Sports Licensed Division. Reebok is the exclusive outfitter of CrossFit and the CrossFit Games, the official title sponsor of the Reebok Spartan Race; the exclusive authentic global outfitter of UFC, and exclusive apparel provider for Les Mills. For more information, visit Reebok at http://www.reebok.com.

CrossFit Inc. is the developer and provider of the CrossFit® strength and conditioning program and a recognized worldwide leader in functional fitness. Founded by Greg Glassman and built on the foundations of constantly varied, high-intensity functional movements, education and collaborative competition, CrossFit-brand workouts develop strength and fitness while cultivating community and camaraderie in each of the more than 10,000 affiliated gyms in its global network. CrossFit Inc. is a leading accredited certificate issuer for physical-training professionals worldwide and offers specialty certificate programs in addition to its core curriculum. CrossFit Inc. publishes the CrossFit Journal, promotes physical fitness and cognitive health through the CrossFit Kids Foundation, and created and operates the CrossFit Games, an annual competition where elite athletes compete to be named the Fittest on Earth™. To learn more, visit crossfit.com, games.crossfit.com, facebook.com/crossfit or youtube.com/CrossFitHQ.

DuPont Protection Technologies is a leader in technologies and products that protect people, the environment and critical assets worldwide. For additional information, please visit DuPont Protection Technologies. For media information on the Kevlar 50th anniversary, please visit the DuPont™ Kevlar® Media Center.

DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit http://www.dupont.com.

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CrossFit, Forging Elite Fitness, The Sport of Fitness and Fittest on Earth are registered trademarks or trademarks of CrossFit Inc. in the United States and/or other countries.

The DuPont Oval Logo, DuPont™, Kevlar® and Dare Bigger™ are registered trademarks or trademarks of DuPont or its affiliates.



Fifth Annual Toronto SuperShow Info


2015 Toronto SuperShow

THE TORONTO PRO SUPERSHOW IS BACK – BIGGER AND BETTER.  

TORONTO, ON  – Sport fans and fitness enthusiasts alike love the Toronto Pro SuperShow. The 5th annual Toronto Pro SuperShow will be taking place on June 6th and June 7th, 2015 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Boasting an annual attendance exceeding 10,000, the Toronto Pro SuperShow EXPO is Canada’s largest health and fitness exposition and sport festival of its kind held in one location. It showcases leading businesses, sports and organizations with the latest trends in the health and fitness industry.

The Toronto Pro SuperShow EXPO will also be hosting over 900 athletes across its various sporting events including Sweat for SickKids Toronto Fitness Challenge, Boxing, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Pro Wrestling, Powerlifting, Weightlifting, Arm-wrestling, Strongman, RushClub Crossfit, Inside Fitness Magazine Model Searches and IFBB Pro Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure, Bikini and Physique Competitions.

The Toronto Pro SuperShow EXPO is a must see attraction at $20.00 per day is a great value for the level of sport entertainment.

Tickets are on sale now on the Toronto Pro SuperShow website www.torontoprosupershow.com.

IFBB Bodybuilding

The Toronto Pro SuperShow IFBB Championships is one of two professional IFBB sanctioned events in Canada. Check out the largest Men and Women Bodybuilders and the most fit and beautiful Fitness, Figure, Bikini and Physique athletes in the world. The Toronto Pro SuperShow will also be featuring all classes and divisions at the Pro level, as well for the first time on the Toronto stage, IFBB Pro Wheelchair Bodybuilding.

This year the prize purse for the professional level bodybuilding has been increased to over $80,000 US. The prize purse will be distributed to the winners of each bodybuilding division with the winner of IFBB Pro Men’s Open Bodybuilding receiving $30,000, IFBB Pro Men’s 212 Bodybuilding receiving $12,000, and the remaining evenly distributed to the other bodybuilding divisions – IFBB Pro Men’s Wheelchair, IFBB Pro Men’s Physique, IFBB Pro Women’s Bodybuilding, IFBB Pro Women’s Figure, IFBB Pro Women’s Physique, IFBB Pro Women’s Bikini and IFBB Pro Women’s Fitness.

Meet IFBB Legends

Meet some of the most recognizable professional bodybuilders in the industry. Ronnie Coleman, Kai Greene, Big Ramy and Nicole Wilkins will be on-site in the Toronto Pro SuperShow EXPO.

Ronnie Coleman: Former football player and police officer, 8 x Mr. Olympia and record holder for the most IFBB Professional Titles (26). Ronnie Coleman, also known as “Big Ron”, turned PRO in 1991 at the World Amateur Championships and competed until 2007. Ronnie Coleman to this day, remains one of the most recognized bodybuilders in the sport.

Kai Greene: Over the years, Kai has gained vast notoriety beyond what he could have imagined in his youth. Within the bodybuilding arena, Kai has been held as one of the most inspirational athletes of his time. With a seemingly unique, yet well -developed vocabulary, Kai has made a seemingly unconscious effort to create a revolutionary approach to bodybuilding. He has changed bodybuilding’s fans, competitors and the overall perception of a once thought of as, “pick things up and put them down” bodybuilder.

Mamdouh Elssbiay (Big Ramy): Born and raised into a family of fishermen, where “Big Ramy” worked that trade until he and his brothers arrived in Kuwait and he became a trainer at Oxygen Gym. In between his work at the fish market, “Big Ramy” would also train at the gym to stay in shape and it was there where he was first discovered. With only one IFBB Pro win, all eyes were on Ramy and this allowed for him to have a huge fan following leading up to the 2013 Olympia, where he placed in the Top 10.

Nicole Wilkins: 4 time Ms. Figure Olympia; Nicole lives and breathes this sport and lifestyle, not only with her professional career, but personal. She has gone through many ups and downs as a competitor, but has always made an effort to see the positive in everything she does. Nicole travels the world and shares her talents and knowledge with everyone she meets.

Combative Sports at the Toronto Pro SuperShow

Boxing, Muay Thai and Kickboxing; the Toronto Pro SuperShow combative area is a non-stop combative excitement on the EXPO floor. Over 200 combative athletes will be competing for Canadian and North American titles.

Model Searches

Toronto Pro SuperShow will be once again hosting the Inside Fitness Women’s Fitness Model Search, Women’s Bikini Model Search and Men’s Fitness Model Search. Over 100 fitness and bikini models will be competing for the ultimate prize of a photo feature in Inside Fitness magazine.

About the International Federation of BodyBuilding and Fitness (IFBB)

The International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness was founded in 1946 in Montreal by brothers Joe and Ben Weider, whose dream was to bring the sport to international prominence. The IFBB currently has 182 affiliated National Federations as members, and organizes more than 2,500 competitions from regional to world levels each year. The organization is recognized by many world sporting organizations including the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and more than 90 National Olympic Committees. Competitors participate for medals in the Pan American Games, the European Games and the IOC Regional Games, among others. The IFBB is a signatory to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code, and promotes fitness and a healthy lifestyle.

About the Toronto Pro SuperShow

The Toronto Pro SuperShow is an annual event held in Toronto, Ontario. Its main goal is to increase exposure to a variety of sports in an environment that encourages others to get active and involved. It showcases leading businesses and organizations with the latest trends in the health and fitness industry.

Website: www.torontoprosupershow.com
Twitter: @TOProSuperShow
Instagram: @TOProSuperShow
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/TorontoProSuperShow
To subscribe to the online newsletter: http://www.torontoprosupershow.com/newsletter/subscriptions

Toronto Pro SuperShow Media Contact:
Carla Heins
Toronto Pro SuperShow Promotions Ltd.
Tel: 1-888-883-5766 ext. 3
Email: media@torontoprosupershow.com



GNC Shares Fall on Disappointing Results


PITTSBURGH — GNC, which has faced government scrutiny about the nutritional supplements it sells, said Thursday that its profit fell more than 9 percent during its first quarter as sales slipped. The company also lowered its earnings and revenue outlooks for the year.

Its shares fell more than 8 percent in midday trading.

The retailer reached a deal last month with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to test its herbal supplements to confirm their authenticity. The deal came after Schneiderman’s office sent letters to GNC and other retailers in February, alleging that store brand herbal supplement products weren’t what they said they were. Other attorneys general around the country have asked Congress to investigate the herbal supplements industry.

On Thursday, GNC reported first-quarter profit of $63.3 million, or 72 cents per share, down from $69.9 million, or 75 cents per share, a year ago.

Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, were 75 cents per share. The results fell short of Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 81 cents per share.

The Pittsburgh-based company said revenue fell less than 1 percent to $670.2 million in the period, also missing Street forecasts. Analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $695.4 million.

The company now expects full-year earnings in the range of $3 per share to $3.15 per share, compared with its previous forecast between $3.10 per share and $3.15 per share. Analysts expected earnings of $3.15 per share, according to FactSet.

It now expects full-year revenue growth in the low single digits. It previously expected a “mid single digit increase.” Analysts expected revenue to rise 4.4 percent to $2.73 billion, according to FactSet.

GNC Holdings Inc., based in Pittsburgh, operates more than 8,900 stores around the world.

Its shares fell $3.91, or 8.3 percent, to $43 in midday trading. They have fallen more than 4 percent over the past year.

Elements of this story were generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on GNC at http://www.zacks.com/ap/GNC

Via Associated Press



2015 IFBB Pittsburgh Pro Competitor Lists


2015 IFBB Pittsburgh Pro

The 2015 IFBB Pittsburgh Pro will feature Figure, Bikini and Men’s Physique divisions. The competition is always fierce at this event and many times it’s a preview of who will do well at the Olympia this Fall. Along with the pro competition is a huge amateur event which showcases some of the brightest NPC physiques in the country. An added bonus and always a huge hit with the fans are the guest posers. While the guys aren’t shredded it is the only place you’ll see the top male bodybuilders on one stage, outside of the Olympia.

2015 IFBB Pittsburgh Pro Figure Competitors
Andrea Calhoun
Andrea Cantone
Rebecca Eger
Wendy Fortino
Allison Frahn
Vanessa Jacobs
Sophie Lagace
Julie Mayer
Monique Norval
Vivien Olah
Megan Olson
Marie Ong-Allegro
Samantha Rioux
Rinnah Schmid
Diana Schnaidt
Rebecca Schubeck
Tamara Sedlack
Sun Sweeney
Christine Watson

2015 IFBB Pittsburgh Pro Bikini Competitors
Michelle Ackerman
Stacey Alexander
Katherine Ampolini
Narmin Assria
Andrea Beam
Callie Bundy
Andreanna Calhoun
Anne Marie Caravalho
Andrienne Crenshaw
Jamie Del Angel
Joanne Holden
Courtney King
Tatiana Koshman
Stephanie Mahoe
Nicole Markovic
Ashriel Osgood
Lovey Paiva
India Paulino
Jessica Pimentel
Catherine Rdulic
Satrice Rigsby
Casey Samsel
Cat Textures
Kenea Yancey

2015 IFBB Pittsburgh Pro Men’s Physique Competitors
Matt Acton
Sunny Akhigbe
Michael Anderson
Sam Andrews
Michael Balan
Nate Baumbick
Michael Dougherty
Damon Ford
Logan Franklin
William Gregory
Frank Griffin
Brian Hay
Michael Hughes-Lewis
Joseph Lee
Jacques Lewis
Qaadir Majeed
Dev Maxwell
Martin Mester
Aarin Moore
Kyle Moore
John Nguyen
Nick Olsen
Lorenzo Orozco
Geobanny Paula
Arash Rahbar
Daniel St. Peter
Eduard Seferi
A.J. Shukoori
Stephen Talamo
Ryan Terry
Pierre Vuala
Antoine Williams

WHEN:
May 1 & 2, 2015

WHERE:
Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall
4141 Fifth Avenue – Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Prejudging
Friday, May 1 at 6:00 pm
IFBB Figure, Bikini, Men’s Physique and NPC Men’s Physique
Prejudging
Saturday, May 2 at 9:00 am
NPC Men’s Bodybuilding, NPC Women’s Physique, NPC Figure and NPC Bikini

Finals
Saturday, May 2 at 6:00 pm
All NPC and IFBB Divisions

For tickets and more information visit: garyudit.com



2015 IFBB Orlando Europa Super Show Competitors


2015 Europa Super Show Competitors Orlando

The 2015 IFBB Orlando Europa Super Show competitor lists have been released and nearly 50 competitors will take the stage in Orlando, Florida. The Women’s Physique division dominates the number of entries with no clear cut winner with an Olympia qualification up for grabs. The Fitness division only drew 10 competitors. Look for Michelle Blank, Ryall Graber and Marta Aguiar to be in the mix for the top spots. Stacy Wright is back on stage after some time off and will look to shake things up in her return. The men’s bodybuilding didn’t draw any of the IFBB’s top competitors but that doesn’t mean the show won’t be competitive. Look for Fouad Abiad to be the one to beat. He’s hungry to compete after the FIBO how was cancelled. Alexander Federov will look to live up to the hype he received years ago but failed to deliver on. Look for rookie Iain Valliere from Canada to be a contender in his pro debut. It will also be interesting to see how Michael Lockett does in the big leagues.

2015 IFBB Orlando Europa Super Show Pro Women’s Physique
Rachel Baker
Kim Baum
Olga Beliakova
Tara Brandt
Ayanna Carroll
Roxanne Edwards
Heather Grace
Lisa Grasso
Aurelia Grozojova
Rocio Guillen
Michele Horan
Lisa Horrigan
Rosela Joseph
Janeen Lankowski
Donna McGinn
Frances Mendez
Petra Mertl
Loana Muttoni
Jennifer Palazzo
Dona Pohl
Angela Salvagno
Pamela Slemmons
Sabrina Sonner
Leila Thompson
Masha Tieken

WOMEN’S PHYSIQUE PAYOUT
1st – $2,000
2nd – $1,500
3rd – $500
Total Prize Money: $4,000

2015 IFBB Orlando Europa Super Show Pro Fitness
Marta Aguiar
Michelle Blank
Danielle Chikeles
Kristine Duba
Kelcie Gahley
Ryall Graber
Dominique Matthews
Tanis Tzavaras
Yanina Terragni
Stacy Wright

FITNESS PAYOUT
1st – $3,000
2nd – $2,000
3rd – $1,000
Total Prize Money: $6,000

2015 IFBB Orlando Europa Super Show Pro Men’s Bodybuilding
Fouad Abiad
Pablo Ayala Zayas
Alfonso Del Rio
Marius Dohne
Lloyd Dollar
Vitaly Fateev
Alexander Federov
Michael Lockett
Nikitas Manolakas
Ryan Pateracki
Feras Saied
Daniel Toth
Derek Upshaw
Iain Valliere

MEN’S BODYBUILDING PAYOUT
1st – $10,000
2nd – $5,000
3rd – $3,000
4th – $1,000
5th – $1,000
Total Prize Money: $20,000

MEETING AND EVENT SCHEDULE:
HOST HOTEL
Hyatt Hotel – 9801 International Drive

VENUE
Orange County Convention Center – West Building – Hall WA4
(DO NOT go to the Clam Sheel looking Convention Center that was used last year)

IFBB PRO MEETING
Thursday – 7pm

IFBB PRO PREJUDGING
Friday – 2:30pm Main Stage Convention Center

IFBB PRO FINALS
Saturday – 2:30pm Main Stage Convention Center

For more information on tickets, the Expo, NPC Amateur and move visit www.europaexpo.com.



Monday Morning Clicks


flex cam girl

Check out the some of the latest news, stories and videos from the past week. See the links below on GMO Labeling, Spanx, FLEX CAM girl, baby boxer is back and what is Jennifer Nicole Lee doing? If you have a story or news item email editor @ hardbodynews.com.

Is the GMO Labeling Movement Just a Long Con to Get You to Buy Organic?
By Kavin Senapathy
An interesting read on the hot topic of GMOs. “But whether a product contains GMOs? Not informative or relevant in the least. The term “GMO” refers to how a food ingredient was bred, not its content. Knowing whether or not a food is GMO is akin to knowing whether or not a person was conceived via in-vitro fertilization. Indeed, genetic modification is not an ingredient, it’s a breeding technique, and there’s no reason for consumers to know if their food was made using this method.”
READ THE STORY ON: gawker.com

SUPPLEMENT NEWS – LAWSUITS
A federal judge in Georgia denied a request by the U.S. government to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals Inc., a dietary supplement manufacturer that contends FDA unlawfully detained millions of dollars in products that contained a controversial substance.
READ THE STORY ON: www.naturalproductsinsider.com

Alison Overholt celebrates her first anniversary as editor-in-chief of espnW
“We’ve made some noise this year, which is exactly what we needed to do. I think we’ve established why it’s not just valuable to have women in the sports conversation, it’s crucial.”
READ THE STORY ON: espnfrontrow.com

Spanx Tries to Loosen Up Its Image
By HIROKO TABUCHIAPRIL
An interesting New York Times article on Spanx. You remember Spanx, right? The product that makes you feel like a human sausage? Ya that. The article talks about the change in trends and how Spanx is struggling to adapt. One of the more interesting nuggets of info was that women’s activewear is a $15.9 billion industry. Yes, BILLION with a “b”. Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst at the NPD Group said, “Why buy underwear that’s uncomfortable when you can buy yoga pants which has got stretch to it and can make you look a little slimmer?”
READ THE STORY ON: nytimes.com

VIRAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK
A reminder to all the dudes out there… Don’t taunt a woman to FLEX or you might just get “stoned, my brother!” Watch how one dude gets shown up on the Philadelphia Soul‘s FLEX Cam.

BOXING BABY IS BACK
Two years ago this video became an online sensation. It’s an impressive showing of skill and speed. That was nothing compared to Evnika Saadvakass’ newest video. She shows off showing off her boxing skills with her father/trainer. Now she’s back and she’s faster than fast.

Her father shared, “My friends keep telling me: ‘It would be cool if we could train like this when we were kids!’ Just imagine, how great our life could be if we had skills like Evnika? It’s every child’s right to start training when you’re under five and then use the gained skills for the rest of life. Actually, this is not a video about sports, but about our parental abilities and things we can give our children today.”

Ridiculous Item of the Week
Jennifer Nicole Lee. No words except… why? See the pics on www.egotastic.com. Four years ago JNL was in hot water over her AB CIRCLE PRO.

Jennifer Nicole Lee

Lead image via youtube



8x Ms. Olympia Lenda Murray in Adam Sandler’s New Movie


Lenda Murray Movie
Fans of bodybuilding refer to Lenda Murray as an icon and legend. She’s an eight-time Ms. Olympia champion known for feminine muscularity and upbeat attitude. She’s often referred to as the greatest female bodybuilder of all-time despite her adversary Iris Kyle having won more titles (ten). Lenda retired from competition years ago but that hasn’t stopped her from working out and leading a healthy lifestyle.

The champ has been sharing her latest project on social media and you can sense her enthusiasm in every post. The project? A role in a movie. Adam Sandler is currently filming a new movie in New Mexico called “The Ridiculous Six”. It’s described as a spoof on “The Magnificent Seven” and bring produced for Netflix. The cast includes the Sandman himself, Terry Crews, Nick Nolte, Steve Bucemi, Vanilla Ice and may more.

According to Lenda’s social media posts, her role is the mother to Terry Crews’ character in the film. “LIGHTS….. CAMERA….. ACTION. I’m ready for my close up. This has been an awesome experience,” Lenda shared on her Facebook page.

When she finished filming Lenda posted, “What an Amazing experience! Thank you Adam Sandler for the opportunity to hang out with an Incredible cast. You treated ALL like Box Office Stars.”



On my way to Hair and Makeup for my role as a mother to one of the stars. I'm having a blast.

A photo posted by Lenda Murray (@themsolympia) on


Follow Lenda on her Facebook page and on instagram for more. Want to know how she build her incredible physique? You can read all about it in the Women’s Precontest Bible book. She details her meal prep, training regime, workout tips and more.



Dew Tour Announces 2015 Schedule


Dew Tour Announces 2015 ScheduleBurr Ridge, Ill. – April 23, 2015 –  The 11th year of the Dew Tour will bring the best of skate and BMX to Chicago, Ill., and will kick off June 20-21. First-time host Los Angeles, Calif. will provide a playground for a celebration of the sport and culture of skateboarding, spanning the downtown area from August 14-16. Concluding the season will be eight-year host Breckenridge Ski Resort with snowboard and freeski events December 10-13.

Dew Tour returns to Chicago after a five year hiatus, highlighted with the successful streetstyle competition created by the Dew Tour three years ago. The event will take place at Grant Park Skate Plaza, and will feature skate and BMX street and streetstyle competitions. Sunday of the event coincides with international Go Skate Day, and will feature special activities for local Chicago area skaters. In addition, Dew Tour’s return to Chicago will also be a celebration of the summer opening of the new Grant Park Skate Plaza. As part of the celebration, the Dew Tour will work with the Chicago Park District and Grant Park Conservancy to make further improvements to the park.

Heading to downtown Los Angeles, where skateboard roots run deep, the Dew Tour will create a skateboard cultural ecosystem, inclusive of art, fashion, music, movie premieres, competitions and more. For the first time in the Tour’s 11-year history, the Ace Hotel will act as the central hub of the Dew Tour, encompassing theaters, concert venues and outdoor competition courses. Dew Tour Los Angeles will feature skateboard street, skateboard streetstyle, and additional skateboard competitions to be named at a later date. It will also host the cinematic version of “Dew Tour Push.”

“Los Angeles is the heart of the skateboard industry, and the Dew Tour has long celebrated the diverse culture that has grown from this hub. We’re shaking things up and tapping into the resources the area provides, from adding movie premieres to incorporating fashion, art and music on a grander scale. We’re ready to bring Dew Tour home to skate’s roots,” said Chris Stiepock, General Manager, Dew Tour. “This year NBC and the Dew Tour are very excited about holding events in two of the three largest cities in America.”

“Mountain Dew is devoted to driving progression within action sports, and Dew Tour 2015 signals new, groundbreaking partnerships and enhanced consumer experiences through film, music and art that will help drive this continued commitment,” said Greg Lyons, Vice President of Brand Marketing, Mountain Dew. “We strive to bring the culture of skateboarding to life through creativity and community, and both Chicago and Los Angeles provide the perfect backdrop to celebrate skateboarding through the deep heritage and lifestyle surrounding the sport.”

Come December, the Dew Tour will return to Breckenridge, Colo. for the eighth year in a row, representing the winter sports of freeski and snowboarding. As one of the top winter resorts in their capacity to hold a major early-season event, Breckenridge Ski Resort will once again support the top international men and women’s snowboard and freeski athletes to compete in superpipe and slopestyle competitions, while downtown Breckenridge will play host to streetstyle competitions, music and more.

Complete coverage of all three events will be broadcast on NBC and will be available online via DewTour.com and NBC Sports Live Extra. Further information about coverage dates and times will be announced at a later date.

2015 DEW TOUR EVENT SCHEDULE

EVENT DATE LOCATION
Dew Tour Chicago June 20-21 Chicago, Ill.
Dew Tour Los Angeles August 14-16 Los Angeles, Calif.
Dew Tour Breckenridge December 10-13 Breckenridge, Colo. 

Dew Tour
The Dew Tour consists of three marquee events, featuring disciplines across BMX, skateboard, freeski and snowboard (superpipe and slopestyle), with additional competitions integrated throughout the year. Dew Tour events are premium action sports and lifestyle festivals combining the best in competitions along with the Dew Tour Experience, live music performances and lifestyle showcases. The Dew Tour is broadcast live on NBC, and streamed live on DewTour.comand NBC Sports Live Extra. The Dew Tour is also distributed domestically on Universal HD and Comcast SportsNet, and internationally on Eurosport, TVA, Fox Sports Asia, Extreme Sports Channel, MCM, ProSieben, DR and Globosat. Dew Tour partners include Mountain Dew (tour title sponsor), Paul Mitchell, SQUATCH Snack Sticks, Sony Mobile Communications, Verizon Wireless, Airwalk, Mike and Ike and U.S. Army. More information can be found at www.DewTour.com.



Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Partners with Extreme Athletes


Bobbi Brown Cosemetics
Bobbi Brown Cosmetics has partnered with extreme athletes for their campaign #LONGWEARLIFEPROOF. The campaign utilizes user-generated content to launch the brand’s new Long-Wear Eye Collection. A press release states, “Bobbi Brown Cosmetics will partner with four decorated and GoPro-sponsored athletes with diverse specialties: American World Cup alpine ski racer and Olympic Gold Medalist Julia Mancuso; halfpipe snowboarding Olympic gold and silver medalist and three-time Olympian Hannah Teter; World Surf League (WSL) Longboard Champion and professional surfer Kelia Moniz; and world record BASE jumper Roberta Mancino.”

On their youtube channel the company shares, “Finally, it’s makeup that’s as strong and beautiful as you are.” The women are definitely strong and beautiful, no question about that. There’s a bit of a disconnect between the initial video and how it ties into the Bobbi Brown line. The company feels each of the four brand ambassadors embodies strength, confidence and courage. Can’t disagree there and that part comes through in the video but the tie in to Cosmetics is lost.

Acting as brand ambassadors with a global reach in the millions, each athlete will capture raw footage of themselves in their sport wearing Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Long-Wear makeup. Outfitted with a GoPro camera, the women will ski (Julia), snowboard (Hannah), surf (Kelia), and BASE jump/shark dive (Roberta) showcasing how they live life to the extreme and how–throughout it all–their Long-Wear makeup remains water-proof, smudge-proof, sweat-proof, and above all, life-proof. By leveraging their unique talents, #LONGWEARLIFEPROOF intends to prove that Long-Wear makeup can push the limits just as these real women athletes do, and just as real women do in their daily lives. Moreover, in giving the athletes an opportunity and platform to share their stories, the campaign also aims to celebrate the idea that female athletes do indeed care about beauty and the role that makeup plays in further boosting their confidence.

The individual videos from each athlete do a much better job of brand integration.


As if winning an Olympic Gold Medal wasn’t enough, Julia Mancuso is also the most-decorated female alpine skier in the world. With five World Cup wins, four World Championship podium finishes and three Olympic medals, she dominates the slopes. Watch Julia tear it up downhill and put our Long-Wear collection to the test in this incredible, self-recorded GoPro footage.


Confidence, focus and unparalleled talent have earned snowboarder Hannah Teter serious success—she’s got championships, X Games medals, and an Olympic gold under her belt. She may be an extreme athlete, but Hannah still wants to look pretty when she’s shredding the slopes. She wears Bobbi’s Long-Wear Collection so she can push the limits without reapplying—take a look at her fierce GoPro footage.

Follow the campaign with #LONGWEARLIFEPROOF on social media.
Instagram – BobbiBrown
Twitter – BobbiBrown
Facebook – Bobbi Brown Cosmetics
Julia Mancuso – juliamancuso
Hannah Teter hannahteter
Kelia Moniz – keliamoniz
Roberta Mancino – mancinoroberta

For more information on #LONGWEARLIFEPROOF Campaign, please visit www.BobbiBrownCosmetics.com/LongWearLifeProof.

SOURCE Bobbi Brown Cosmetics & Youtube



The ‘Perfect’ Body – Video by Casey Ho


Cassey Ho - Perfect Body
Cassey Ho, creator of Blogilates, has posted a Youtube video that will force you to think about yourself, your thoughts, comments and actions. The video has over 2 million views since it was posted one week ago. The “Perfect” Body makes quite a statement in two minutes. Casey is fit and toned but finds herself second guessing her body after reading negative social media comments. How often have you received 100 positive comments but then one negative one will stick with you? It’s likely happened to you at some point.

The video is extremely well done and worth watching.

It’s a reminder that we’re all human. We have feelings and no matter how strong we look and how hard out bodies may be, negativity can mess with your mindset. It’s a perfect reminder than being a Hardbody means more than just looking like one. Don’t let your self-worth be defined by how ripped your abs are or how round your butt is. No one is perfect and while there’s something we’d all like to change about ourselves don’t let derail you from becoming stronger and healthier… from the inside out.

VIA YOUTUBE:
CAST
Herself – Cassey Ho
Body Double – Arika Sato https://www.youtube.com/user/ArikaSato

CREW
Director – James Chen
Visual Effects – James Jou
Makeup Artist – Caroline Esparza
Hair Stylist – Kristina Gibson
Producer – Emily Conti
Director of Photography – Garrett Shannon
1st AC – Danny Neal
Key Grip – Patrick O’Keefe
Gaffer – Ed Rehr
Production Assistant – John So
Production Assistant – Nohe Roche
Talent Producer – Catherine Sawin

This video was MADE AT SMASHBOX, a social hub and creative sandbox with best-in-class resources in the heart of Culver City, California. A destination for influencers across top social media platforms — YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. — to produce content in a state of the art studio, and collaborate with other social media stars. Experience this unique service program, from shooting your basic beauty tutorials to conceptualizing outside-the-box content that you couldn’t produce on your own. Book your next studio shoot by visiting the website and signing up now: www.madeatsmashbox.com.

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Muscular Development Features Dana Linn Bailey on Cover


dana linn bailey magazine
Dana Linn Bailey is without question the most fascinating female in the IFBB Pro League. She’s gone from missing the top five in an amateur Figure competition (6th place in 2006, her first show) to making history by winning the inaugural Women’s Physique Olympia in 2013. She also notched her name in history by becoming the first ever Women’s Physique Pro at the 2011 NPC JR USA.

She’s had success competing but it’s her hustle away from stage that is making waves in the industry. Dana Linn has built a fan base that’s unlike any you’ve seen. She boasts over 1.4 million fans on Facebook and over 743,000 followers on instagram. At any given event you’ll see fans wait hours to meet and take a selfie with her. You have to admire the hustle it took to get that level of stardom in the bodybuilding world. It’s something few have ever achieved, especially as a female with muscle.

Dana (DLB as she’s known by her thousands of fans) is making history once again by gracing the cover of Muscular Development magazine. The magazine is known for being the “hardcore bodybuilding” publication. The magazine typically features a professional male bodybuilder that looks larger than life on the cover. Occasionally there will be a female featured on the cover but she’s typically in a swimsuit and paired with some bro cheese’n from ear to ear.

DLB MD Cover

Muscular Development Features Dana Linn Bailey on Cover

For the June 2015 issue the publishers of MD rolled the dice on putting DLB, a woman with muscle on the cover. They didn’t put her in a bikini, photoshop off her muscle or outer her next to an oiled up dude. It’s something that hasn’t been seen since the 90s when women’s bodybuilding was in its heyday. They were smart for featuring her on the cover and the only thing smarter would have been doing it before last year’s Olympia or before this year’s Arnold. Had they done that you can bet your high-priced food cooler that every person in her line would have a copy of the mag. No doubt DLB fans will still have a copy in their hands for her to sign. Will the cover sell? No question about it, at least in my opinion.


Dana is currently preparing for an appearance on American Ninja Warrior documenting it on her Youtube Channel.

Lead image & cover via MD



Quest Nutrition Announces New Flavored Bar


enjoymint
The most popular protein bar on the market will be adding a new member to their family on Tuesday, April 21st. Quest Nutrition has been teasing fans over the past few days about a new flavor and today they announced the new flavor. On their social media outlets Quest Nutrition asked, “Are you excited for this double dose of deliciousness?! ‪#‎Enjoymint‬”

While we haven’t tried the new bar yet but if it tastes half as good as they make it looking in their new marketing materials. Sign us up! The bars will only be available on questnutrition.com, at least for the first 30 or so days.

new quest bar

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2015 Olympia Tickets on Sale Now


2015 Olympia
The Olympia is the show of shows in the world of bodybuilding and fitness. Only the best of the best can compete in the Olympia. In order to step on “The O” stage an IFBB Pro had to win a show, place top five at the previous year’s Olympia or finish in the top five of the Point Series. While the pro competitions anchor the weekend it’s become much more than that. It’s a weekend (in Las Vegas which is always fun) loaded with a monster expo, a variety of competitions, seminars and more. The 2015 Joe Weider’s Olympia Fitness & Performance Weekend will be held on September 17-20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Tickets to the big show are on sale now. If you’re an active member of the United State military there are tickets available specific for you! The Olympia website reads, “IFBB Professional League and Mr. Olympia, LLC are honored to have our Active Duty men and women in the military join us at the 2015 Olympia Weekend.”

EXPO TICKETS
Expo tickets are available ONLINE for a limited time only. EXPO TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR BOTH FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 & 19. Please note all Expo Tickets ordered online are kept at will call. Please make sure to print out your receipt and bring it to the Las Vegas Convention Center to be able to redeem your tickets NO EXCEPTIONS. You may pick up your tickets on Friday and Saturday starting at 9:00 AM. Although you’re able to pick up your tickets at 9:00 AM, entrance to the hall starts at 10:00 AM.

Each Expo Daily Pass purchased will receive one magazine subscription and each Weekend Pass purchased will receive two magazine subscriptions for a year. Magazines available: FLEX, Muscle & Fitness, Muscle & Fitness HERS and Men’s Fitness.

ALL SALES ARE FINAL. NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES. NO EXCEPTIONS.

The Gold VIP package is already sold out however the Silver VIP package is still available. Get early access and up-close seating with the VIP package.

IFBB PRO EVENTS
2016 Joe Weider’s Olympia Fitness & Bikini Olympia Finals, Mr. Olympia Prejudging
Friday, September 18, 2015
7:00 PM – Orleans Arena
ORDER ONLINE HERE
By Phone: (888) 234-2334

2015 Joe Weider’s Olympia Figure, 212 & Mr. Olympia Finals
Saturday, September 18, 2015
7:00 PM – Orleans Arena
ORDER ONLINE HERE
By Phone: (888) 234-2334

Note: Friday Prejudging is held on the Expo Stage for the Fitness, Figure, Bikini and Women’s Physique Showdown. Saturday’s expo stage will feature the Men’s Physique Showdown Prejudging & Final, Women’s Physique Finals and the Men’s Bodybuilding 212 Showdown prejudging.

For more information on the event schedule or how to become a sponsor of the 2015 Olympia visit mrolympia.com. Follow the Olympia on Facebook and Twitter for on-going updates. Use #olympia in all your social media posts to help organize the conversation.



2015 IFBB Edmonton Pro Show Cancelled


edmonton pro show
Yesterday it was announced that the FIBO Power Pro show was cancelled and today we learn there’s yet another show removed from the IFBB Pro League schedule. The IFBB Edmonton Pro was slated to feature Men’s Open Bodybuilding, Men’s 212 Bodybuilding, Men’s Physique, Women’s Physique, Figure and Bikini on April 17-19, 2015. A hefty undertaking to put on a show that big on top of an expo. It appears the promoter, Rick Knight bit off more than he could chew. The show has been removed from the IFBB Pro League schedule without notice or warning. Kind of a kick in the arse to competitors who were prepping and fans who were planning on attending the competition.


The show was being promoted on social media up until a couple of months ago. IFBB Pro bodybuilder Justin Compton his experience related to the show on MuscularDevelopment.com‘s forum, “I think the Edmonton show is cancelled as well. I reached out to the promoter several times before even doing the arnolds and he didn’t even respond to my emails. After Australia I even asked for a contract since it says to inquiry on the website and I still never got a response.” Others have noted they asked for contracts (required in order to compete in a pro show) but did not hear back.

When visiting the official site for the event (edmontonproshow.com) you’ll find nothing but the message below.

no go for pro show

We’ve reached out to the promoter for an official word but have yet to hear back.



2015 FIBO POWER – IFBB Pro Show Canceled


2015 FIBO POWER

The 2015 IFBB FIBO POWER Pro show has been canceled. On March 30th the promotion posted on Facebook that SCITEC Nutrition would be the new sponsor for the show and confirmed that three of their (the title sponsor) athletes would be competing. Yesterday, the promotion provided an update  that read (translated via Bing), “Not good news, many of you will be disappointed. We must unfortunately cancel the FIBO POWER night session. The reason: Some athletes can not start. Therefore the planned field not coming together. Since we make no half measures, we have decided to cancel the FIBO POWER night session completely. Because we think: where FIBO POWER is on it, should be in there also, FIBO POWER. Those who have already bought a ticket, refunded the entry of tickets.de of course. With the purchased ticket for the evening event you will receive free access to FIBO POWER continue to 2015.”

While a refunded ticket is great what about the competitors who trained weeks/months for the show? I’m not quite sure what “some athletes can not start” means but it’s horrible news for those who dieted their asses off to compete. It doesn’t matter if it was one or a hundred. If a show is on the schedule a competitor shouldn’t have to stress over if it is going to get canceled or not due to not enough people showing up. Is it the competitors’ fault that only a few people decided to compete? Not so much. Competitors should be pissed and so should fans.

The FIBO POWER Night session was slated to qualify one person for the Olympia in the Men’s Bodybuilding division. While this event didn’t feature any of the women’s pro events it is of concern when a pro show is canceled. It’s even more troubling when it’s canceled one week out from the competition.

The expo and other events will still take place.

PRESS RELEASE ISSUED IN FEBRUARY
FIBO POWER 2015 – Europe’s Biggest Meeting Point for the Bodybuilding, Weight Training and Martial Arts Community
2 February 2015

Comeback: the FIBO POWER Night Session returns
It’s back! The FIBO POWER Night Session will be the highlight of FIBO POWER 2015. Once FIBO had struck a deal with main sponsor Liftag late in 2014, a decision was made rapidly. Professional, competitive bodybuilding would come back to FIBO POWER. This year’s Night Session will focus on IFBB Pro Men’s Bodybuilding and the DBFV Amateur Bikini Cup sponsored by Olimp. The Night Session powered by Liftag will be staged on FIBO’s Saturday, 11 April 2015. Athletes interested in participating in the IFBB Pro competition should contact the IFBB Professional League to register, while female athletes interested in the Bikini Cup should get in touch directly with the DBFV.

Prejudging in the morning
IFBB Pro Men’s BB prejudging event will take place during the trade fair, on the new “Liftag Stage” in Hall 4.2 at 9:30 am on Saturday. Directly afterwards, all fans are invited to watch the Bikini women’s qualifying rounds in Hall 10.2 at 11:45 am.

Feminine aesthetics and defined muscles: see the finalists at the Kristallsaal
Starting at 6:00 pm, those who prevailed in prejudging will get a chance to triumph as the winners of the Night Session. Dennis “The Menace” James and Markus Rühl will serve as the hosts of the show at the Kristallsaal at the Exhibition Centre Cologne. During the first round of the IFBB Pro Men’s BB competition at 7:00 pm, all finalists will perform the compulsory poses and the group posedown. Starting at 7:45 pm, the victor of the DBFV Bikini Cup will be determined through individual performances and the T-walk. The evening’s highlight will follow at 8:15 pm: the final round of the IFBB Pro Men’s Bodybuilding competition. The champion of this event will qualify for Mr. Olympia in Las Vegas.

Tickets
All visitors are welcome to watch prejudging free of charge. Tickets for the finals during the Night Session are available in a range of price categories. For those who want more, the VIP Ticket adds the option of attending the Meet the Champs autograph signing session, plus free admission to FIBO/FIBO POWER on all four days and the 30 Years of FIBO Party (after the Night Session on FIBO’s Saturday).

All tickets can be booked by visiting http://fibopower.tickets.de/de/events/5818-FIBO_POWER_Night_Session_Liftag

 



2015 Arnold Classic Brasil Competitors Announced


2015 Arnold Classic Brasil Competitors
The third-annual Arnold Classic Brasil will be held May 29-31, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro and today we learned who has been invited to compete in the IFBB Pro portion of the weekend. The event features a large expo, amateur bodybuilding, strongman and many other events. The IFBB Pro League Men’s Bodybuilding and Women’s Fitness will be the center-piece of the event.

The inaugural Arnold Brasil Pro Fitness event was won by Ryall Graber in 2013 and last year Bethany Cisternino took home top honors. Both will be back again this year. Leading fitness pro Tanji Johnson is also on the list along with top contenders Regiane Da Silva and Myriam Capes. Rising stars Fiona Harris and Michelle Blank will be ones to watch a well.

Brandon Curry was the first-ever Arnold Classic Brasil champion and will look to add another trophy to his collection. He’ll have his work cut out for him as the men’s line up is a stacked one. Lionel Beyeke, Big Ramy, Victor Martinez, Juan Morel and Cedric McMillan have all shown they can win a show on any give day.

2015 Arnold Classic Brasil Pro Fitness(9)
Marta Aguiar
Michelle Blank
Myriam Capes
Regiane Da Silva
Ryall Graber
Fiona Harris
Tanji Johnson
Ashley Sebera
Bethany Wagner Cisternino

2015 Arnold Classic Brasil Pro Men (10)
Lionel Beyeke
Brandon Curry
Marius Dohne
Mamdouh Elssbiay (Big Ramy)
Toney Freeman
Victor Martinez
Cedric McMillan
Juan Morel
Ronny Rockel
Fred Smalls

NEWS RELEASE – ARNOLD CLASSIC BRASIL
Arnold Classic Brasil To Return In 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Arnold Sports Festival will return to Rio de Janeiro, Brasil in 2015.

The third-annual Arnold Classic Brasil will be held May 29-31, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro and will feature IFBB Pro League men’s bodybuilding and women’s fitness, a complete lineup of amateur bodybuilding events, other sports and a fitness expo.

Arnold Classic Brasil is a venture between Gov. Schwarzenegger, Arnold Sports Festival co-promoter Jim Lorimer, International Federation of Body Building president Rafael Santonja, and Savaget Promotions of Sáo Paulo, Brazil.

“We are very excited to return the Arnold Sports Festival to South America again in 2015,” Lorimer said. “The creation of the first Arnold Classic Europe in Madrid in October 2012 proved that there was great demand worldwide for the Arnold Sports Festival concept, and we have enjoyed similar great success in Rio de Janeiro the past two years.”

The Arnold Classic Brasil features professional men’s bodybuilding and women’s fitness sanctioned by the IFBB Pro League and amateur contests sanctioned by the International Federation of Body Building. Additional sports are also featured.

The Arnold Classic Brasil builds on the success of the Arnold Sports Festival, which began as the Arnold Classic professional men’s bodybuilding competition in 1989 and has grown to include more than 18,000 athletes competing in more than 45 sports and events each year. The Arnold Classic Europe debuted in October 2011 and will return in October 2012.

More Information
www.arnoldclassicbrasil.com.br

Arnold Classic Brasil Champions
Pro Bodybuilding
2013: Brandon Curry
2014: Steve Kuclo

Pro Fitness
2013: Ryall Vasani
2014: Bethany Cisternino

Visit Arnoldsportsfestival.com for more information on all the Arnold events and be sure to follow them on twitter @arnoldsports for the latest updates.



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.



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