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 bodybuilding, physique and fitness events. The "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report" latest roundup includes the new Mr. Olympia and a former "American Gladiator."

The "So What?": Over the weekend, 2-time IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Championships Winner IFBB Pro Branch Warren guest-posed at the NPC Natural Northern USA Bodybuilding & Physique Championships in Ohio, as did Cleveland's newest pro IFBB Pro Mike Ely (who earned his pro card at the NPC Masters National Bodybuilding Championships in Pittsburgh). The NPC Brooklyn Grand Prix Championships' list of performing guest pro bodybuilders included IFBB Pro Juan Morel, IFBB Pro Jeff Beckham, IFBB Pro Anthoneil Champagnie, rookie IFBB Pro Akim Williams (who earned a pro card at the North American Championships) and 2011 IFBB Arnold Classic Europe Champ IFBB Pro Victor Martinez.

2013 IFBB Arnold Classic Brasil Champ IFBB Pro Brandon Curry staged the NPC Music City Muscle Championships in Nashville, TN. IFBB Pro Toney Freeman held a meet-and-greet at the NPC Iron House Bodybuilding Championships in Texas. Speaking of Texas, the "Texas Shredder" IFBB Pro Dave Goodin was the guest poser at the NPC Ironman Championships, along with 4-time Mr. Universe Mike O'Hearn (a.k.a. Titan from TV's "American Gladiators"). IFBB Pro Lloyd Dollar hit the stage at the NPC Hurricane Bay Championships in Tampa, FL. IFBB Pro Tamer El Guindy was the event manager for the 35th Annual NPC Border States Classic Bodybuilding Championships in San Diego, CA.

Andrew Oye's Verdict: It used to be that after Olympia Weekend, most IFBB pros either rested or racked up guest-posing appearances before the end of the year, as Branch Warren, Victor Martinez and Toney Freeman are doing. All three just competed at the recent Olympia (placed 9th, 11th and 15th, respectively) won by the now 3-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath, whose name is on the competitors list (along with Freeman and Martinez) for the upcoming IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Europe Championships (October 11-13) in Madrid, Spain- since the new trend is for athletes to continue competing in the growing number of post-Olympia contests added to the IFBB Professional League's schedule and Olympia Qualification Series. 

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