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 Sandow trophy holders, charity promoters, and a reminder that the countdown clock to bodybuilding's Super Bowl is ticking faster.
The "So What?": Over the weekend, 4-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay Cutler and the first Olympia Physique Showdown Champion IFBB Pro Mark Anthony Wingson participated in a meet-and-greet at the NPC West Coast Classic Championships in Monterey Park, California, where IFBB Pro Parenthesis Devers and IFBB Pro Danny Hester guest-posed. 2014 Arnold Classic Brasil winner IFBB Pro Steve Kuclo was the featured guest-poser at the NPC Maryland State/East Coast Classic Championships in Baltimore, where 2011 Arnold Classic Europe winner IFBB Pro Victor Martinez, IFBB Pro Jon Delarosa and IFBB Pro Marco Rivera also made appearances, repping "Fit For Autism." In Murfreesboro, Tennessee, 2-time Olympia 212 Showdown Champion IFBB Pro Flex Lewis staged his annual NPC Flex Lewis Classic Bodybuilding Championships, which featured guest emcee IFBB Pro Amanda Latona and returning guest-poser, 2-time Arnold Classic Champ IFBB Pro Branch Warren.

This year, the Europa Games Sports Expo in Hartford, Connecticut, did not host a pro bodybuilding contest, but IFBB Pro Rich Gaspari, IFBB Pro Manuel Romero, IFBB Pro Jason Arntz and guest-poser IFBB Pro Guy Cisternino were spotted at the event, which offered National Physique Committee NPC contests, powerlifting, NAGA grappling, Crossfit, karate, arm wrestling, an obstacle course, as well as a Q&A session with legendary 8-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Ronnie Coleman. The Sarasota Sunset Classic Bodybuilding Championships in Florida had IFBB Pro Darron Glenn perform, while IFBB Pro Juan Morel hit the NPC South Jersey Bodybuilding Championships.

Andrew Oye's Verdict: Up next in the IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series is the IFBB Chicago Pro Championships (July 5). Unfortunately for those scrambling for points, the remaining, higher-point Tier 2 contests for the 2014 calendar year -- the Dubai Pro, the Prague Pro, and the Arnold Sports Festival's IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships in Spain -- won't be staged until after Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend. Hence, those who want to take the crown from Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath should storm the remaining, pre-Olympia Tier 5 contests in Chicago, Tampa and Sacramento.

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