ANDREW OYE'S IFBB PRO ATHLETES ROUNDUP: ARNOLD CLASSIC CHAMP VICTOR MARTINEZ, SHAWN RHODEN, TANJI JOHNSON, FLEX LEWIS, HIDETADA YAMAGISHI
By Admin | Tuesday, June 10, 2014 9:37:10 PM America/New_York
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 cluster of competitive bodybuilders with Arnold Classic titles on their resumes.
The "So What?": Over the weekend, at UFC Gym in Edgewater, New Jersey, IFBB Pro Victor Martinez hosted the "Fit For Autism" awareness event and fundraiser, where IFBB Pro Jon Delarosa was spotted. The event featured a day of family activities, seminars, a fitness challenge, a special boxing class, vendor giveaways, raffle prizes, guest appearances, food, music and entertainment. The day before, Martinez conducted a Q&A session and autograph signing at a sports-nutrition shop in Lodi, New Jersey. [Sidebar: Delarosa and Martinez currently sit at the top of the IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series leaderboard, with 16 and 9 points, respectively, which ranks athletes aiming to challenge reigning 3-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend.]
Elsewhere in NJ, IFBB Pro Hidetada Yamagishi guest-posed at the NPC Garden State Bodybuilding Championships. Yamagishi competed in the inaugural 212 Division contest at the Arnold Classic USA in March, and he placed 4th behind winner IFBB Pro Flex Lewis; meanwhile, Lewis, the 2-time Olympia 212 Showdown Champ, guest-posed at the NPC Muscle Mayhem Championships in Kansas.
Retired IFBB Pro Dennis James hosted a seminar at the Clasico Paisa de Fisicoculturismo, while IFBB Pro Juan Morel guest-posed at the same event in Medellin, Colombia. IFBB Pro Brian Yersky took the stage at the NPC Titan Open in Wisconsin. Two-time Arnold Classic winner IFBB Pro K. Greene guested at the Amateur Olympia Europe in Prague, where new IFBB Pro Roman Fritz earned his IFBB Pro card. Guest performers at the NPC Idaho Muscle Classic Bodybuilding Championships included IFBB Pro Shawn Rhoden (2012 Arnold Classic Europe Champion) and IFBB Pro Tanji Johnson (2013 Arnold Classic Ms. Fitness International and 2013 Arnold Classic Europe Fitness Champion).
Andrew Oye's Verdict: Kudos to Victor Martinez for his charitable work, which includes raising awareness for Autism Speaks since 2007 and continues on his next stop in Columbia, Maryland (June 29). "As a bodybuilder, so much time is spent working every muscle in the body. We must not overlook the most important one, our heart," says Martinez, the 2007 Arnold Classic USA and 2011 Arnold Classic Europe Champion. "My personal mission is to use my professional status and influence to make an impact on the lives of children affected by autism. I want to make a difference in the lives of not only my children but all of the people that are not as fortunate to have the physical ability that myself and other athletes have. Thank you so much for your support."
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