ANDREW OYE'S PRO ATHLETES ROUNDUP: MR. OLYMPIA PHIL HEATH + STARS OF POWERLIFTING, KICKBOXING, IFBB PRO LEAGUE, WSM, WWE MAKE APPEARANCES
By Admin | Wednesday, June 4, 2014 10:03:17 PM America/New_York
The Scoop: 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 pros at the Toronto Pro SuperShow Expo, which featured the WAKO North American Kickboxing Championships, OPA Provincial Championships, health info, model searches, armwrestling strongman, guest speakers, fitness challenges, pro wrestling, powerlifting, weightlifting, boxing, Crossfit, MMA, figure and physique competitions.
The "So What?": Over the weekend, spotted at the Toronto Expo: 8-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Ronnie Coleman, 4-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay Cutler, 2008 Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson, 2012 Arnold Classic Europe Champion IFBB Pro Shawn Rhoden, 6-time World Champion Powerlifter CT Fletcher, 2-time Arnold Classic Ms. Figure International IFBB Pro Candice Keene, IFBB Pro Roelly Winklaar, IFBB Pro Ben Pakulski, IFBB Pro Amanda Latona, IFBB Pro Belinda Kiriakou, 7-time World Wrestling Entertainment Women's Champion and WWE Diva Trish Stratus, Pro Muay Thai Kickboxer Joseph Valtellini, WSM World's Strongest Man competitor and 6-time Canada's Strongest Man Hugo Girard, and MMA Fighter and WWE, WCW, TNA and ECW Pro Wrestler David Cash (a.k.a. Kid Kash). Retired IFBB Pro Bob Cicherillo emceed the IFBB Toronto Pro Bodybuilding Championships (won by IFBB Pro Juan Morel and IFBB Pro Guy Cisternino).
IFBB Pro Cedric McMillan performed a martial arts Mortal Kombat-inspired routine at SCORE (Sports Competition Outdoor Recreation Expo) in Malaysia, involving crowd participation and photo ops throughout his set. IFBB Pro Tricky Jackson guest-posed at the NPC Iron Viking of the North Bodybuilding Championships in Duluth, Minnesota. IFBB Pro Mamdouh Elssbiay, a.k.a. "Big Ramy" (2-time New York Pro Champion) and IFBB Pro Dennis Wolf (winner of the Arnold Sports Festival's 2014 IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships) were the featured guest-posers at the NPC Dennis James Classic in Phoenix, Arizona, where IFBB Pro Flex Wheeler was spotted with host IFBB Pro Dennis James.
Andrew Oye's Verdict: The event in Toronto offered a lot both on and off the stage. The contest awarded IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series points to competitors aiming for Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend, and the expo offered insight from top bodybuilders from both ends of the spectrum. Repping the 212 Division perspective, IFBB Pro Jose Raymond hosted a training, nutrition and contest-prep Q&A. For the Open Division, reigning 3-tme Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath conducted a seminar with a motivational message, saying to attendees, "It all started because I chose to try. I decided to start. You can, too. I challenge you to go after those goals because they are worth going after."
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