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

The Scoop: Recently Announced: IFBB Pro Robert Burneika is prepping for his professional bodybuilding debut as an athlete in the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness at the 2011 New York Pro Bodybuilding Championships this weekend (May 28) at the Tribeca Performing Arts Theater.

"At 14 years old, I was introduced to 'the gym,' which I made in my attic above the garage. At age 18, I started going to a real gym, which now I would call 'my home,'" says Burneika. "At age 19, I entered my first bodybuilding contest, the Lithuanian Championships in which I took 5th place. From there on out, I knew that this was something I wanted to do."

The "So What?": As reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report," Robert Burneika won qualification for his IFBB Pro card, along with the Super-Heavyweight Class and the Overall Title, at the 2010 NPC National Bodybuilding Championships in Atlanta, Georgia. The 33-year-old Lithuanian beast currently trains in Las Vegas. He has developed an impressive set of wheels (quads/legs), considers his arms some of his best features, and lists the bench press among his favorite exercises. In a recent training video capturing his preparation for New York, he joked in his tough-guy accent, "I'm coming over there to show everyone what's up!"

Andrew Oye's Verdict: At 5'9" and a powerfully built 250 lbs. from heavy lifting, Robert Burneika has the goods to stand next to the currently competitive IFBB Pro League athletes. Time will tell if he can make the goods better to eventually beat (and be) the best. He'll get his first shot to qualify for Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend (and possibly take on 4-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay Cutler in September) at the highly regarded New York Pro Championships, which used to be known as the Night of Champions and was previously won by athletes like IFBB Pro Lee Labrada, 8-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Ronnie Coleman, 4-time Arnold Classic Champion IFBB Pro Flex Wheeler, IFBB Pro Evan Centopani, and IFBB Pro Branch Warren (winner of the Arnold Sports Festival's 2011 IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships).

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