The Item: Career Updates, Special Appearances, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup

The Scoop: Recently Reported: IFBB Pro League athletes had career updates or made recent guest appearances at various sports, bodybuilding, physique and fitness events. The latest "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report" Pro Athletes Roundup includes a nod to the quickly approaching Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend (September 18-21), tracking the moves of a few Olympia-division titleholders and contenders.

The "So What?": Over the weekend, 3-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath and 4-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay Cutler were specially invited guests for a Q&A Session at the inaugural IFBB Golden State Grand Prix Pro Bodybuilding Championships in Sacramento, California, where IFBB Pro Bob Cicherillo emceed the event and IFBB Pro William Bonac won the contest. Another Olympia Sandow-trophy holder and the 4-time winner of the Arnold Sports Festival's IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships, IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson hosted his annual NPC Dexter Jackson Classic in Jacksonville, Florida. The IFBB Pro World Masters Championships winner, nicknamed "The Blade," also guest-posed at his own event.

Keeping with this report's Olympia-contestant theme, 2-time Ms. Figure Olympia IFBB Pro Erin Stern held a meet-and-greet at the NPC Knox Classic Championships in Knoxville, Tennessee, which included a fitness-dance routine performed by 5-time Ms. Fitness Olympia contender and former NFL Atlanta Falcons cheerleader IFBB Pro Nicole Duncan, as well as a guest-poser performance by rookie IFBB Pro Dallas McCarver. On the international front, IFBB Pro Cedric McMillan, a first-time Olympia contender last year, made an appearance in Budapest, Hungary, conducting an outdoor Muscle Beach training demo.

Andrew Oye's Verdict: The final Open-Division, pre-game IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series contest is the IFBB Tampa Pro Bodybuilding Championships in Florida (August 9). Among those on the competitors list: IFBB Pro Baitollah Abbaspour (2012 and 2013 Olympia contender), Powerlifter and IFBB Pro Ben White (2011 Olympia contender), and 2011 Arnold Classic Europe Champ and 2007 Mr. Olympia 2nd place runner-up IFBB Pro Victor Martinez.

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