ANDREW OYE'S IFBB PRO ATHLETES ROUNDUP: LEGENDARY MR. OLYMPIA FRANK ZANE, PHIL HEATH, JAY CUTLER, RAMY ELSSBIAY, ZACK KHAN, RICARDO CORREIA
By Admin | Sunday, May 25, 2014 11:03:05 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 an American legend from the Golden Era, a phenom from Egypt, and blokes from British country.
The "So What?": Over the weekend, IFBB Pro Dennis Wolf was the featured guest-poser at the NPC Grand Rapids Bodybuilding Championships in Michigan. IFBB Pro Tricky Jackson performed at the NPC Suncoast Natural Bodybuilding Championships in Tampa, Florida, while 4-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay Cutler performed at his own NPC Jay Cutler Classic Bodybuilding Championships in his hometown of Boston, Massachusetts. IFBB Pro Chris Wong (2013 CBBF Canadian National Masters Champion) guest-posed at the OPA Sudbury Classic Championships in Ontario. Egyptian IFBB Pro Mamdouh Elssbiay (a.k.a. "Big Ramy,") and IFBB Pro Dennis James teamed up for an in-store appearance in Tempe, Arizona. IFBB Pro Don Long was spotted at the NPC Junior USA Championships in Charleston, South Carolina. Following last week's BodyPower UK, there's more bodybuilding news from the United Kingdom. British IFBB Pro Zack Khan hosted a seminar and guest-posed at the UKBFF Welsh Grand Prix Bodybuilding Championships in Wales. Speaking of UK pros, the sports-nutrition company of 8-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Ronnie Coleman added IFBB Pro Ricardo Correia (winner of the 2013 UKBFF British Championships) to its roster of sponsored athletes.
Reigning 3-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath re-signed his media contract, extending the original multi-year deal signed in 2005. "Phil has been a cornerstone of our athlete program and we take great pride in his journey to becoming a great champion who underscores the bright future of bodybuilding," says a company representative. "His charisma, passion and commitment to excellence make him a great global ambassador for the Mr. Olympia and the sport." A former collegiate basketball player, Heath's resume includes a victory at the Arnold Sports Festival's 2013 IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships in Europe.
Andrew Oye's Verdict: One of my favorites, legendary 3-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Frank Zane recently released a new book called "Let's Grow," which covers the training methods that helped him achieve success. The 72-year-old, who is also a musician, is known for possessing one of the most aesthetically classic physiques in professional bodybuilding. Zane was a master of the "vacuum" pose and could create the illusion of a "vanishing" waistline -- or, more accurately, an extreme concave midsection in profile, by contracting the abdominal wall to the spine. A Pennsylvania native, former math teacher, and holder of a Masters degree in Psychology, Zane is an IFBB Hall of Fame inductee who held the Olympia crown from 1977-1979. As the current IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series Point System draws us closer to the 2014 Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend in September, Zane will likely be part of the celebration of the 50th Anniversary Mr. Olympia Championships (along with the other champions: IFBB Pro Franco Columbu, IFBB Pro Lee Haney, IFBB Pro Dorian Yates, IFBB Pro Ronnie Coleman, IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson, etc.).
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