The Item: Career Updates, Special Appearances, Legends Update, 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 "The Hulk" and "The Blade" -- veteran champion bodybuilders promoting their sport.

The "So What?": Over the weekend, while almost every other IFBB Pro bodybuilder was at the FIBO Power Expo in Germany (including Mr. Olympias IFBB Pro Ronnie Coleman, IFBB Pro Phil Heath, IFBB Pro Dorian Yates, IFBB Pro Jay Cutler and IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson and the Arnold Sports Festival's Arnold Classic Champs IFBB Pro Branch Warren, IFBB Pro Dennis Wolf, IFBB Pro Victor Martinez and IFBB Pro Flex Lewis), back in the USA, IFBB Pro Evan Centopani was the featured guest-poser at the NPC Kalamazoo Bodybuilding Championships in Michigan. Meanwhile, IFBB Pro Marco Rivera guest-posed at the NPC Powerhouse Classic Bodybuilding Championships in New Haven, Connecticut, a contest promoted by the owners on the "home gym" of Centopani -- who guest-posed at their NPC East Coast Cup last year. IFBB Pro Darron Glenn took guest-posing duties at the NPC Jax Physique Bodybuilding Championships in Jacksonville, Florida, a contest promoted by Masters Olympia Winner and 4-time IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Champion Dexter Jackson -- who was busy posing in Germany, along with IFBB Pro Ronny Rockel.



TV's "Incredible Hulk," action-hero star of "The Liberator," 1977 WSM World's Strongest Man Contest competitor, and legendary 2-time Mr. Universe IFBB Pro Lou Ferrigno, who has a movie-vocal role in the upcoming "Avengers 2" film, made a special appearance at the Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con. WWE Pro Wrestling Star Chris Jericho was also at the comic-book convention held in the home stadium of the NFL St. Louis Rams pro football team. A week ago, Ferrigno appeared on "Good Day LA" on FOX TV with his daughter Shanna Ferrigno, sharing summer fitness tips and promoting his first annual IFBB/NPC Ferrigno Legacy Pro Bodybuilding Championships.

Andrew Oye's Verdict: It's admirable that busy veterans and IFBB Hall of Famers like Lou Ferrigno and Dexter Jackson, who I have featured in my MUSCLE INK Magazine Champions Series for their entrepreneurial efforts, maintain involvement in the bodybuilding industry with opportunities to either award and help launch physique athletes into the International Federation Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) via their namesake contests. Hollywood actor and deputy sheriff Ferrigno debuts his Ferrigno Lagacy event in Santa Barbara, CA, in November. Sports-nutrition company owner Jackson hosts his long-running NPC Dexter Jackson Classic on August 2 (where IFBB Pro Ed Nunn and IFBB Pro Ben Pakulski guest-posed last year). Before that, Jackson joins an all-star lineup of guest-posers at the NPC/IFBB Pittsburgh Championships on May 3, along Phil Heath, Jay Cutler, Branch Warren, Dennis Wolf, IFBB Pro Shawn Rhoden, and IFBB Pro Mamdouh Elssbiay (a.k.a. "Big Ramy").

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