Fitness Industry Event, Special Appearances, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup
Just Announced: The Los Angeles Fitness Expo pumps up the halls of the Los Angeles Convention Center this weekend (January 25-26). The Fit Expo LA (TheFitExpo Southern California) features a plethora of energy-pumping events, including: bodybuilding, physique, figure, bikini, strongman CrossFit and powerlifting competitions, nutrition and fitness seminars, in addition to martial arts demonstrations and MMA fights. Exhibitor booths will offer fitness, sports and nutrition product sampling.
The "So What?":
The LA Fit Expo guest list includes pro athletes, fitness models, fighters and expert trainers. "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report" received a roster of those scheduled to appear:
3-time and reigning Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath, 8-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Ronnie Coleman, 4-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay Cutler, 2013 Arnold Classic Champ and 2008 Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson, IFBB Pro Ed Nunn, IFBB Pro Melvin Anthony, IFBB Pro Brian Yersky, IFBB Pro Johnnie Jackson, IFBB Pro Steve Kuclo, TV's "The Incredible Hulk" actor, 2-time Mr. Universe and retired IFBB Pro Lou Ferrigno, and IFBB Hall of Famer and first-ever Arnold Classic Winner IFBB Pro Rich Gaspari.
POWERLIFTING + STRONGMEN:
2013 World's Strongest Man Brian Shaw, Strongman Promoter Odd Haugen (Odd Haugen Strength Classic), Strongest Bench Press Lifter in History Tiny Meeker, US National Pro Strongman Champion Karl Gillingham, Strongman/Grip Gauntlet Champion Wade Gillingham, 2012 America's Strongest Man Mike Burke, WSM Strongman Competitors Nick Best, Mark Felix, Andrew Palmer, Jerry Pritchett, Joel Dircks, and Josh Thigpen.
MIXED MARTIAL ARTS:
UFC Hall of Fame MMA Fighter Tito Ortiz, "The 'A' Team" Movie Star and UFC Fighter Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, 3-time UFC Champ Fabiano Iha, UFC Fighters Fabricio Werdum, Brandon Thatch, MMA Fighters Jamie Varner, Mike Guymon, Mark Munoz, Duane Ludwig, Savant Young, Herb Dean and Zoila Frausto Gurgel, Fighter and Pro Wrestler Don Frye, Mixed Martial Artists Cung Lee and Javier Vazquez, and MMA Strength and Conditioning Coach Freddy George.
JIU-JITSU + SPORTS KARATE:
Daughter of UFC Creator and Granddaughter of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Founder Rose Gracie, Martial Artist and Action Choreographer Ernie Reyes, Jr., Sports Karate Pro Athlete Chris de Vera, Martial Artist and Stunts Actress Mackensi Emory, National Karate Team Member and Stuntman Steve Terada, Hollywood Leading Martial Arts Expert and "Mortal Kombat" Movie Star Chris Casamassa, and Master of Wing Chun Kung Fu and Film Choreographer Sifu Todd Shawn Tei.
FITNESS ATHLETES, COMPETITORS, MODELS:
8-time Ms. Fitness Olympia IFBB Pro Adela Garcia, Ms. Fitness America Sherry Goggin, Fitness Model Bella Falconi, 2013 Olympia Women's Physique Champ IFBB Pro Dana Linn Bailey, IFBB Bikini Pro Stacey Naito, Physique IFBB Pro Ryan Hughes, Bikini IFBB Pros Tabitha Klausen and Jessica Arevalo, Figure IFBB Pro Jessie Hilgenberg, Fitness IFBB Pro Oksana Grishina, Trainer David Weck, Actor and Bodybuilder Roland Kickinger, TV's Titan of "American Gladiators" Mike O'Hearn, and slew of World Calisthenics Organization (WCO) "Battle of the Bar" Bar Calisthenics Athletes and AAU Feats of Strength National Championships Weightlifters.
Andrew Oye's Verdict
: Again, this celebration of health and fitness kicks off the year of large fitness events before the 2014 IFBB Pro League contest schedule launches in February with the Arnold Sports Festival's IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic in Columbus, Ohio, which resumes the IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series leading up to Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend in Las Vegas.
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