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The Item: Career Updates, Contest Preparation, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup

The Scoop: Recently Announced: IFBB Pro Brandon Curry is preparing to make his debut on the professional bodybuilding stage at the 2010 IFBB Tampa Pro Bodybuilding Championships (July 17). "Training is going well as it's one of my favorite times of the day," says Curry in his prep log. "I'm still [working] on these legs as much as they can take. Travel can make it hard to get my two leg sessions in during the week, but I try to shift my workouts around so I won't miss. I'm just trying to get better and want to bring a full package to the stage in July."

The "So What?": As reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report," the 5'8", 245-pound, 28-year-old personal trainer from Nashville, TN, won the Heavyweight Class and the Overall title at the 2008 NPC USA Bodybuilding Championships, where he earned his IFBB Pro card. With aesthetics along the lines of physique icon IFBB Pro Flex Wheeler (a.k.a. Ken Wheeler, who competed in the heyday of 8-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Ronnie Coleman), Curry was nicknamed the "Prodigy." Curry, who has been doing a lot of international traveling on behalf of his sponsors, acknowledges that he needs to buckle down for his upcoming competition in Tampa -- facing contenders like IFBB Troy Alves, IFBB Pro Ed Nunn, IFBB Pro Michael Kefalianos, and powerlifters IFBB Pro Ben White and IFBB Pro Johnnie Jackson.

Andrew Oye's Verdict: Brandon Curry is one in a cadre of young bodybuilders who made a splash on the amateur national-level competition scene in the 2000's with a lot of promise and hype. Now is his time to deliver if he wants to be among the IFBB Pro League athletes to qualify to compete at the sports biggest competitions, like Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend (challenging recent Mr. Olympia winners IFBB Pro Jay Cutler and IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson) and the Arnold Sports Festival's IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships (taking on regular Arnold Classic competitors like IFBB Pro Branch Warren and IFBB Pro Victor Martinez). 

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