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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.



Kai Greene on ESPN – The Mindset


Kai Greene ESPN

Top IFBB Pro Bodybuilder, Kai Greene appeared on ESPN over the weekend in a promo piece titled, “The Mindset”. The feature is something rarely seen in “mainstream” media. The video is mostly a collection of football highlights narrated by Kai with some of glimpses of his training interlaced. The spot is motivating and executed well. Props to Kai and his team on getting this done. Take a look at the promo below and follow what Kai is up to on twitter, @kaiGreene.

Kai Narration:
“I refuse to believe today will be just another day in my life.
All that I am.
All that I will become… will be written through my thoughts and my actions.
I’ve conditioned my mind.
Trained my body.
Sacrificed my soul.
There will be obstacles.
Doubters.
Mistakes.
But nothing comes to those who wait.
Every champion was once a contender that refused to give up.”

Kai Greene Espn

MUSIC: Hozier “Take me to Church”

Behind the Scenes via FB:



Aspen Preview – World of X Games


World of X Games Presents Aspen Preview – Saturday, January 17, at 3 p.m. ET/ 1 p.m. PT on ABC

Tune into World of X Games this Saturday, January 17 for a special episode on “Aspen Preview” airing at 3 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT on ABC.

Saturday’s one-hour episode will preview X Games Aspen 2015 and highlight some of the top moments with X Games commentator Brandon Graham and analyst Craig McMorris, as they dive into the major story lines for X Games Aspen as well as examine the award-winning lineup of musical acts and festival village experience. Featured athletes will include seven-time X Games snowmobile medalist Levi LaVallee, X Games Snowboard Slopestyle bronze medalist, Gus Kenworthy, Sochi Olympic Snowboard Slopestyle gold medalist Sage Kotsenburg, X Games Mono Skier X gold medalist and Sochi Paralympic gold medalist Josh Dueck and 14-year-old Snowboard SuperPipe phenom and X Games silver medalist, Chloe Kim.

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.



Joseph Santos Named VP of Operations for IFM Media Inc.


Joseph Santos officially welcomed as IFM Media Inc.’s Vice President of Operations
OAKVILLE, ON – IFM Media Inc., publisher of Inside Fitness and the Inside Fitness Women’s Training Guide, is pleased to announce that Joseph Santos has been appointed to the position of Vice President of Operations, effective immediately.

With over 20 years of management experience, including 15 in the technology channel, Joseph brings with him a wealth of knowledge from across many different industries. Past roles held by Joseph include Internet Architect at Robert Kennedy Publishing, former publisher of Oxygen and MuscleMag, and Technologies Manager for Sherson Group, parent company of Nine West. In these roles he was responsible for large-scale, company-wide projects that thrust these respective associations into the digital realm, including the creation and maintenance of several digital properties at RKP as well as establishing Nine West’s first e-commerce solution.

Joseph’s talents in both the IT and operational landscapes will lend heavily to the development of the growing Canadian publishing company,which announced in late 2014 that they will be publishing a total of 12 issues per year beginning in 2015.

Terry Frendo, CEO and Publisher of IFM Media, is confident that Joseph’s skills will be of valuable asset to the team as they head into yet another groundbreaking year. “I have known Joseph personally and professionally for over a decade,” he says. “Inside Fitness has experienced exponential year-over-year growth since its inception, and Joseph’s expertise in digital communications will help us to further our domination as a publishing force to be reckoned with.”

About Inside Fitness Magazine
Inside Fitness is Canada’s #1 fitness magazine, published by IFM Media Inc., one of the fastest-growing publishing companies in the nation. The magazine is a collaboration of some of the brightest and most knowledgeable fitness, health, injury-prevention, and bodybuilding experts in the industry, including Brent Bishop, Tommy Europe, and many more. You can subscribe at www.insidefitnessmag.com, and follow the magazine on its Facebook page (facebook.com/insidefitness), Twitter (@inside_fitness), Instagram (@inside_fitness), and on the magazine’s dedicated YouTube channel (insidefitnessTV).



2015 Arnold Prize Money Climbs to Over 1/2 a Million Dollars


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The Arnold Sports Festival is one of the few invite only competitions in the IFBB Pro League. New to the 2015 pro lineups are the men and women’s physique divisions. The two new divisions will have an equal payout for both the men and women. The biggest payout goes to the Arnold Classic Men’s bodybuilding winner. The payday for one lucky lad will be $130,000, which is more than the entire women’s payouts combined. The total prize payout for the women’s divisions will be $126,000 with the Fitness champion taking home the biggest pay check. The Fitness women will also take home more than the Men’s 212. Figure is nearly equal to the Men’s 212 Bodybuilding division. See how the entire 2015 Arnold prize money pays out with a total of over 1/2 a million dollars.

Women’s Prize Payout by Division:

2015 Arnold Fitness International Payout:
1st: $25,000
2nd: $13,000
3rd: $8,000
4th: $5,000
5th: $3,000
6th: $2,000
Total: $56,000

2015 Arnold Figure International Payout:
1st: $16,000
2nd: $10,000
3rd: $8,000
4th: $5,000
5th: $3,000
6th: $2,000
Total: $44,000

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

2015 Arnold Classic Women’s Physique Payout:
1st: $5,000
2nd: $2,000
3rd: $1,500
4th: $1,000
5th: $1,000
6th: $500
Total: $11,000

TOTAL WOMEN’S PRIZE MONEY: $126,000

2015 Arnold Classic Men’s Bodybuilding Payout:
1st: $130,000
2nd: $75,000
3rd: $50,000
4th: $30,000
5th: $15,000
6th: $10,000
7th: $2,000
8th: $2,000
9th: $2,000
10th: $2,000
11th: $1,000
12th: $1,000
13th: $1,000
Total: $326,000

2015 Arnold Classic 212 Men’s Bodybuilding Payout:
1st: $22,000
2nd: $10,000
3rd: $6,000
4th: $4,000
5th: $2,000
6th: $1,000
Total: $45,000

2015 Arnold Classic Men’s Physique Payout:
1st: $5,000
2nd: $2,000
3rd: $1,500
4th: $1,000
5th: $1,000
6th: $500
Total: $11,000

TOTAL MEN’S PRIZE MONEY: $379,000

TOTAL ARNOLD PRIZE PAYOUT $505,000



Pro Surfer Lakey Peterson Joins First Descents


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DENVER, Colo. (January 12, 2015) – First Descents, a non-profit that provides life-changing outdoor adventure programming for young adults impacted by cancer, expands its Ambassador Team with the addition of pro surfer Lakey Peterson.

Peterson, who was already surfing competitively by age 11, has proven herself as one of the most progressive and talented females in the sport. At the age of 17, in her “rookie” year on the ASP Women’s Pro Tour, she won the prestigious U.S. Open of Surfing. In 2013, she starred in the critically acclaimed “Zero to 100,” a thrilling documentary about her rise to the top of the sport. Peterson is currently ranked fifth in the world.

“Lakey was introduced to us through our longstanding partnership with Smith Optics and through her personal connection to cancer,” states Sarah Hubbard, director of marketing for First Descents. “Her commitment to giving back, paired with her incredible zest for living life to its fullest is the perfect combination for a First Descents ambassador. We are honored to welcome her into the FD family.”

Peterson has proven that she takes the hands-on type of approach to philanthropy that is ideal for an experiential organization like First Descents. She has helped implement clean water initiatives in 3rd world countries, she supports ocean conservation and education groups and is deeply passionate about raising awareness for cancer through connections to several children’s hospitals in Southern California.

“First Descents uses surfing as a catalyst to help young adults with cancer learn to live again,” says Peterson. “This sport teaches me something about life every time I paddle out. If I can help someone learn to surf as a way to move past this terrible disease and feel strong and capable again, it doesn’t get better than that.”

By joining the First Descents Ambassador team, Peterson will be a spokesperson for the non-profit as well as participate in surfing programs slotted for 2015. Peterson joins an impressive team of athlete ambassadors which includes: pro kayaker, Adrienne Levnecht; renowned climber and yogi, Olivia Hsu; World Cup skier and founder of Soul Poles, Bryon Friedman; AMGA/IFMGA mountain guide, Joey Thompson – as well as community and celebrity ambassadors Ethan ZohnRyan and Trista Sutter, and Travis Stork. To learn more about the FD Ambassador Team, please visit www.firstdescents.org.

To learn more about Lakey Peterson or follow her progress on this year’s tour, go to www.lakeypeterson.com.

About First Descents
First Descents is a non-profit organization offering young adults (ages 18-39) with cancer a free outdoor adventure experience designed to empower them to climb, paddle and surf beyond their diagnosis, defy their cancer, reclaim their lives and connect with others doing the same. For more information on First Descents programming, or how to get involved, head to www.firstdescents.org.

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Gabby Reece Partners with Pivotal 5 for HIGHX Launch


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“I look forward to using HIGHX as a platform to inspire men and women worldwide to embrace healthy living.” – Gabrielle Reece

Pivotal 5, LLC, a proven leader in commercial fitness and wellness solutions, announced that in partnership with Gabrielle Reece, the global launch of HIGHX, powered by Lifeline functional training products. An innovative group fitness program, HIGHX is a high intensity explosive training and conditioning program designed to maximize the body’s ability to burn fat, build muscle, optimize the body’s hormone and physiological response to exercise while improving overall daily and athletic performance. HIGHX is a functional, systematic training format structured into multiple circuits to engage, coach and retain participants and members.

Reece has been a dominant force on and off the pro beach volleyball circuit. As a result of years of personal experience and experimentation for her relentless pursuit to elevate her own fitness led her to create the HIGHX program.

“I look forward to using HIGHX as a platform to inspire men and women worldwide to embrace healthy living” said Reece. “I started training the local community of Kauai, Hawaii a few years ago in a humble converted warehouse. With the goal of providing friends as well as myself the optimal functional training workout, but yet still accommodate a busy schedule, HIGHX training was born. I am thrilled to be partnering with LifeLine to make HIGHX available worldwide.

Lifeline, a fitness leader for over 40 years, continuously develops revolutionary training tools that set the benchmark in professional grade product used for bodyweight, progressive variable resistance and functional training.

“We are very excited to work with such an authentic, contagious, and high profile person as Gabby on the commercial launch of the HIGHX programming,” stated Pivotal 5 President and CEO Adam Schumacher. “The innovation of Lifeline equipment, coupled with the explosive and revolutionary programming of HIGHX is a perfect solution to bridge the gap in functional training.”

For more information on Lifeline and HIGHX visit LifelineUSA.com and HIGHXTraining.com. Lifeline is currently distributed in 24 countries and in over 2000 fitness facilities. HIGHX will launch worldwide in 2015.

About Gabrielle Reece
Dubbed one of the world’s sexiest athletes, former Women’s Beach Volleyball League star and fitness icon Gabrielle Reece, also known as Gabby, possesses a look that conveys both athleticism and feminine beauty. At 6’3”, Gabby is a dominant force on and off the pro beach volleyball circuit. Her commanding presence, passion for healthy living, and fitness expertise makes her a popular public speaker on the subjects of health and wellness. She routinely provides advice and guidance on fitness, nutrition, and active living, via gabbyandlaird.com. An avid proponent of empowering people to take responsibility for their own health, plus truly authentic example of healthy living, Gabby has become a role model to women worldwide regarding how to achieve peak fitness, good health, and overall well-being for themselves and their entire family

About Lifeline
Lifeline, a fitness leader for over 40 years, continuously develops revolutionary training tools that define the benchmark in professional grade products used for bodyweight, progressive variable resistance and functional training. Founded in 1973 by fitness hall of fame icon Bobby “Sugar” Hinds, creator of legendary products such as the first beaded jump rope and the Lifeline Portable Gym, Lifeline continues to be dedicated to defining and developing exclusive exercise tools powered by Innovation.

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Pivotal 5 is an industry leader and trendsetter in wellness and handheld fitness products. The company has a dynamic portfolio of products in yoga, prevention & rehabilitation, general fitness, athletic training and specialty fitness categories. Its brands include Natural Fitness, Rejuvenation | Prevent + Perform + Recover, KettleWorX, PER4M and Lifeline. In addition, Pivotal 5 has developed a product line under licensed brand Iron Gym. Pivotal 5 has built a talented, competitive infrastructure focusing on innovative brand/product development, direct to consumer product supply and retail distribution through retail, infomercials and fitness facilities worldwide. More information is available at http://www.Pivotal5.com.

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On the Auction Block – Dana Linn Bailey’s Olympia Posing Suit


Update: The auction ended with a winning bid of US $6,600.00. I’m not quite sure how it dropped from an earlier bid of $8,000 but still a nice haul for charity.

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Dana Linn Bailey has become one of the most popular competitors in the IFBB Pro League. She was the first woman to be awarded an IFBB pro card in Women’s Physique and went on to become the first Women’s Physique Olympia champion. She finished in the runner-up position at last years event but failing to defend her title hasn’t hurt her popularity. If anything, it may have helped it.

Having doubts about that? Look no further than a current eBay auction. Dana’s (or DLB as she’s known in the industry) Olympia posing/stage suit went up for auction on eBay on January 5th for $49.99. One day, and 117 bids, later the auction sits at $8,000.00. Yes, you read that correctly EIGHT GRAND. There are still four days left before the auction ends and who knows how high the bidding will go.

DLB posing suit
Currently sitting at $8k with four days to go on eBay.

Now before you get your undies in a bunch over her selling her suit, you should keep in mind this is a charity auction and it’s being put on by the suit designer, Tamee Marie.

VIA EBAY

YES ITS HER ACTUAL SUIT!! Every year I am blessed to design and make suits for some of the best athletes in the world. For the first time we are going to auction DLBs suit from Joe Wieders 50th Anniversary Olympia last October. All profits from the auction will be donated charity as to New York Bully Crew rescue.

Dana LOVES her pit bulls and both of her little Angels, Kaia and Dboh, were rescued from abusive and neglectful homes. This is an amazing opportunity to purchase the suit of one of the largest icons of the current fitness industry from the 50th Olympia and help an amazing rescue foundation. The suit is in mint condition. This item could used to strut the stage in the same suit as DLB or hung in a shadow box as memorabilia.

**Item will include a personalized autographed photo from DLB showing her in the same suit you are bidding on

Suit size and material information
Fabric: Fuchsia hologram
Stones: Clear, pink, green, turquoise and blue.
Rhinestone Connectors: Around the neck, hips, backstraps and broach
Top Size: A-C top (included is a set of thick removable pads)
Bottom Size: Fit someone 100-120 lbs and best on 5’0″ – 5’5″ frame
**Alternations not available as suit is heavily rhinestoned

Great idea by both Tamee Marie and DLB. In an industry that is often noted for its selfishness, this is a refreshing act of kindness. Doing things like this are part of why DLB is becoming one of the biggest names in the bodybuilding world. Interesting in bidding on the suit? Visit eBay before it’s too late.



Iron Man Magazine Sold


iron man magazine sold

The print industry has been struggling in recent years and bodybuilding/fitness magazines have felt the pressure. Many magazines have scaled back on staff and the number of issues they print. Some have gone out of business or tried to go strictly online. Today, Iron Man magazine announced its been sold to Binais and Dr. Catherine Begovic. Binais is a former Iron Man cover model and his wife Catherine, a successful plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills. Catherine is no stranger to fitness and recently appeared on the cover of Iron Man Norway.


Binais plans to redesign the magazine and website, something many people have felt is long over due. The new owners are slated to unveil their version of Iron Man with the April 2015 issue. Previous owners, John Balik and Michael Nevuex are expected to continue working with the magazine. Balik as a consultant and Neveux as a photographer and Design Director. No word on whether long time writers Lonnie Teper and Ruth Silverman will stay on board. Iron Man magazine has been one of the longest running magazines in the bodybuilding/fitness industry. All the best to the new owners.

Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) January 05, 2015 - Iron Man Magazine, the world’s leading bodybuilding and fitness magazine and the fitness world’s pillar of information for training announced today that entrepreneur Binais Begovic and his wife Dr. Catherine Begovic have purchased the company. Iron Man Magazine was founded by Peary and Mabel Rader in 1936. It was then purchased by John Balik and Michael Neveux in August of 1986 with Mr. Olympia Lee Haney on the cover. Iron Man Magazine was created to be a source of inspiration, information and transformation for the fitness industry. 79 years later it is still driven by those core values. Iron Man Magazine licenses to countries all over the globe including Japan, Australia, Sweden, Norway, and Italy.

Binais Begovic, a fitness athlete himself who was featured as a cover model for the magazine in 2006, brings a deep passion for weight training and scientific nutrition. Begovic was born in Montenegro and fled with his family to Sweden as a teen when war erupted in his native country. Begovic is an athlete ranking nationally in Judo and other fitness competitions. After winning competitions in Europe, he came to Los Angeles to shoot for fitness magazines and became an integral part of the fitness world. “Being on the cover of Iron Man Magazine and being featured in the magazine was one the critical moments in my career. It gave me credibility, international exposure, and was the launching point to expand my love of fitness into other businesses.” Begovic’s goal with the magazine is to make effective training and nutritional information accessible to everyone. “In a world where the Internet makes it confusing for people interested in fitness, Iron Man Magazine is the one place they can always turn to for credible information as well as up to date news, and the insiders’ look into the fitness industry.” He also would like to use it as a platform to launch new athletes into their fitness careers and provide opportunities for fitness enthusiasts to participate in a community where they can share ideas. Begovic’s vision for Iron Man Magazine is also to highlight other popular divisions such as Bikini and Men’s Physique in additional to traditional bodybuilding. Begovic is planning a re-design of the magazine, a re-launch of the website with informational articles and videos, as well as other events centered on the core values of “inspiration, information, and transformation.”

The launch of the re-designed Iron Man Magazine under the new ownership is projected to be the April issue 2015. The past owners John Balik will be retained as a consultant to the Publisher, and Michael Neveux as photographer/Design Director.



Mo’ne Davis Named 2014 AP Female Athlete of the Year


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — No one in the sports world had heard of the 2014 Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year until August.

That’s when 13-year-old Mo’ne Davis became an instant celebrity as she took the mound in the Little League World Series and mowed down batter after batter, giving “throw like a girl” a whole new meaning.

She was the first girl to win a Little League World Series game, and her performance dazzled fans young and old. Her steely gaze and demeanor on the mound were intimidating, while off-the-field, she shined in interviews. She told admirers that if they thought she was good at baseball, they should see her play hoops. Only in eighth grade, Davis already plays for her school’s high school varsity basketball team.

Davis appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, has her jersey displayed in baseball’s Hall of Fame and was named Sports Kid of the Year by Sports Illustrated Kids.

She met the Obamas at the White House, starred in a Spike Lee-directed car commercial (the NCAA said it wouldn’t hurt her eligibility), marched in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade along with her Taney Dragons teammates and presented Pharrell Williams with Soul Train’s “Song of the Year” award.

The talented three-sport star — she also plays soccer — and honor student from South Philadelphia handled all the attention with poise, modesty and maturity.

“A lot of adults around me help out, taught me to be respectful, to be calm during everything and not let anything get to you,” Davis said after learning of her latest honor.

A vote by U.S. editors and news directors selected Davis as The Associated Press 2014 Female Athlete of the Year. The youngest winner in history, Davis beat out Mt. St. Joseph freshman Lauren Hill — who played her first college basketball game while battling terminal brain cancer — and three-time winner Serena Williams. The selection was announced Monday.

Davis tossed a two-hitter to help Philadelphia beat Nashville 4-0 in the Little League World Series opener for both teams. Davis, the first girl to appear for a U.S. team in South Williamsport since 2004, had eight strikeouts and didn’t walk a batter. Her team was eventually eliminated after losing to teams from Las Vegas and Chicago. Davis gave up three runs in the Las Vegas game, and could not take the mound against Chicago because of pitch limits.

After the tournament, Davis was everywhere.

She threw whiffle balls to Jimmy Fallon on NBC’s Tonight Show, threw out the first pitch at Game 4 of the World Series and signed a book deal.

“It’s been really fun, got to do a lot of things, meet a lot of cool people,” Davis said. “My favorite thing to do was playing in Williamsport or going to the White House. (The Obamas) just seemed like a regular couple, no different from anyone else.”

While others are still talking about her Little League performance, Davis, a point guard, is concentrating on basketball.

“It’s making me a lot better, helping me make decisions,” Davis said of playing varsity. “In middle school, I can get away with small things. The girls now are a lot taller so I’m working on my jump shot and ball handling a lot.”

Davis aspires to play for the University of Connecticut and reach the WNBA. She plays midfielder on her soccer team and hopes to play three sports in high school, though she’s not sure about baseball.

“I know the boys will be much stronger so that depends,” she said. “Hopefully, I can continue playing as long as I can.”

Davis isn’t just a jock. She excels academically despite such a great demand for her time.

“It’s all about time management, how you plan your projects and not waiting until the last minute,” she said.

Steve Bandura, a recreation leader for the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department and director of the Anderson Monarchs sports programs, has helped coach Davis since she started playing sports. His son, Scott, was the catcher for Taney. Bandura said Davis has maintained her “natural personality” no matter how many cameras or microphones are in her face.

“She’s still the same person, still a kid who wants to do kid things,” Bandura said. “She has fun meeting celebrities and all that but the bottom line is she loves to play sports, go to school and have fun. The adults make a bigger deal out of it. Her teammates understand she’s breaking down barriers and they’re proud of her. They’ve been together so long, it’s like she’s their sister.”

Davis knows she has become a role model.

Her message to everyone, especially girls: “Always follow your dreams. If there’s something people tell you that you can’t do it, go for it.”

via Associate Press.



Inaugural Arnold Australia Competitor Lists Announced


2014 Arnold Australia
The inaugural Arnold Classic Australia will be held in Melbourne, Australia on March 13-15, 2015. The official list of invited athletes was announced today and the first Arnold Australia looks to be a star-studded event. The IFBB Pro League event will feature the Men’s Open bodybuilding, Women’s Figure and Bikini divisions. There will be a number of other events held in conjunction with the pro show along with an expo. Get your tickets and more information at www.arnoldclassic.com.au.

2015 Arnold Australia Competitor Lists

FIGURE 411:
Many of the competitors will be on stage at the Arnold in Columbus the week prior to this event. Look for Candice Keene and Candice Lewis to lead the Figure competition with Bethany Wagner-Cisternino potentially shaking things up. Anne Titone is sure to be a top six contender and if Camala nails her conditioning she should be in the mix for a top spot. Latorya Watts is also one who could sneak up into the top spots as she showed tremendous potential throughout the 2014 season. Add in Coates, Cowan and Dees and the top spots will be highly competitive at this show. Keene will be tough to beat but it’s anyone’s show when a long flight is involved.

FIGURE PRO
Alicia Coates
Ava Cowan
Heather Dees
Amanda Doherty
Maria Garcia
Candice Keene
Candice Lewis
Eliyan Lobez
Asher Prior
Tara Ramos
Larissa Reis
Carmala Rodriguez-McClure
Myra Rogers
Rinnah Schmid
Anne Titone
Bethany Wagner-Cisternino
Latorya Watts

BIKINI 411:
You have to figure it will be a bikini battle between Janet Layug and Ashley Kaltwasser for the top spot. After that look for Paulino and Mahoe to be in the top spots. Again, a long flight can throw a competitor’s game off so you never know who will benefit and who won’t from it.

BIKINI PRO
Narmin Assria
Pollianna Batista-Moss
Summer Bernard
Lacey Deluca
Barbie Heng
Ashley Kaltwasser
Janet Layug
Stephanie Mahoe
Jade MacKinnon
Sheena Martin
India Paulino
Anna Starodubtseva
Whitney Wiser
Amy Wright

MEN’S PRO BODYBUILDING 411:
The Men’s show is pretty close to the Arnold Classic line up in Columbus. Watch how things play out there and look for them to be pretty close to the same in Australia. The smart money is on the seasoned vet, Dexter Jackson but young bucks like Compton and a hungry Curry could be nipping at his heels.

MEN’S PRO BODYBUILDING
Evan Centopani
Justin Compton
Brandon Curry
Toney Freeman
Dexter Jackson
Michael Kefalianos
Josh Lenartowicz
Cedric McMillan
Sam Mohammad
Ben Pakulski
Luke Schembri
Branch Warren
Roelly Winklaar

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

 

Arnold Australia 2015



Rihanna Named Global PUMA Ambassador


Rihanna signs with puma

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Rihanna Signs with Puma ©Photo Courtesy of Puma 

Story and images courtesy of PUMA.



2015 Arnold Athlete Invite List Announced


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

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

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

2015 Fitness International


2015 Figure International (15)

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

2015 Figure Internationals

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

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

2015 Women's Physique Arnold

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

2015 Arnold Classic 212 (10)

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

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



UFC Champ Ronda Rousey Signs with Reebok


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

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

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

Today Jones posted a much happier video.

 

Rousey then posted…


 

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

Reebok Womens LM Bodycombat



2015 IFBB Pro Fitness Contest Schedule


2015 IFBB Fitness Schedule

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

 

2015 IFBB Pro Fitness Contest Schedule

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



2015 IFBB Pro Figure Contest Schedule


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

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

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

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

2015 IFBB Pro Figure Contest Schedule

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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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

Masters Pro Figure
MORE INFO: www.pbwproshow.com


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


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

Masters Pro Figure
MORE INFO: www.pbwproshow.com


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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

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



2015 IFBB Pro Bikini Contest Schedule


2015 IFBB Pro Bikini

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

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

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

2015 IFBB Pro Bikini Contest Schedule

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

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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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

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


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


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

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

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



2015 Arnold Sports Festival Expands


2015 Arnold

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Presenting Sponsor: Europa Sports Products.

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

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

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

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



Women’s Semifinal Results – Dew Tour Mountain Championships


dew tour 2014

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

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

Complete semifinal results on DewTour.com.

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

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

Complete Freeski Slopestyle Results on DewTour.com.

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

Visit DewTour.com for complete results.

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



2015 Arnold Model Search


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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


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

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

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

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

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

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



2015 NPC National Contest Schedule


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

2015 National NPC Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



O2 Media Acquires E-Retailer Inbox Fitness


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Reebok and the UFC Announce 6-year Partnership


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

A promo from Reebok was shown at the press conference.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Information for this article via mmafighting and UFC.com.



Eat This, Not That! Magazine Launched


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Rest In Peace Tony Hawes


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

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

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

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

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

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

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