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 slew of Olympia-bound contenders, previewing and recording their paths toward the "Super Bowl of Bodybuilding."

The "So What?": Over the weekend, promoters of the upcoming 3rd Annual IFBB Prague Pro Bodybuilding Championships announced a meet-and-greet event for VIP ticket-holders that will feature Olympia contenders like IFBB Pro Dennis Wolf, IFBB Pro Shawn Rhoden, IFBB Pro Flex Lewis and more on October 3, 2014, in the Czech Republic. Not there yet but doggedly trying to break into the pro ranks, Dorian Haywood is a chiropractor and an NPC competitive bodybuilder who won the 2014 Jr. Nationals. Haywood performed a cool "Zombie Hulk" guest-posing routine at the NPC Warrior Classic Championships in Colorado, portraying a zombified version of IFBB Pro Lou Ferrigno's iconic muscular-monster character "The Incredible Hulk." Retired IFBB Pro Bob Cicherillo (a.k.a. "Voice of the Olympia") emceed the IFBB St. Louis Pro/NPC Midwest Natural Bodybuilding Championships in Missouri. IFBB Pro Quincy Roberts hosted his annual NPC Muscle Heat Bodybuilding Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina, where the featured guest-poser was IFBB Pro Victor Martinez, winner of the Arnold Sports Festival's 2007 IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships and the 2011 Arnold Classic Europe. (The 2012 Arnold Classic Europe Champ, IFBB Pro Shawn Rhoden will take the stage at Roberts' NPC Elite Muscle Classic Bodybuilding Championships on November 8.)

In other news from last week, Olympia-bound IFBB Pro Hidetada Yamagishi hosted a posing seminar at a gym in Dallas, Texas, that celebrated its first anniversary with a mid-week meet-and-greet attended by 2-time Arnold Classic Ms. Figure International IFBB Pro Candice Keene, 2012 Ms. Bikini Olympia IFBB Pro Nathalia Melo, British IFBB Pro Neil Hill, and more. Last weekend, IFBB Pro Jose Raymond and IFBB Pro Guy Cisternino guest-posed at the NPC Utah Bodybuilding Championships in West Valley City, giving a preview of the physiques they are prepping for the upcoming Olympia 212 Showdown, where IFBB Pro Flex Lewis defends the title.

Andrew Oye's Verdict: Soon, I will report the official standings in the IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series for the 2014 IFBB Pro League contest season. In the meantime, IFBB Pro Jon Delarosa announced he is filming a DVD project that follows the journey of his preparation for Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Mr. Olympia Championships and Delaraosa's debut on the big stage, where he'll face 3-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath, along with other contenders like IFBB Pro Justin Compton, IFBB Pro Steve Kuclo, IFBB Pro Branch Warren, and IFBB Pro Mamdouh Elssbiay (a.k.a. "Big Ramy").

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