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

The Scoop: IFBB Pro Richard "Tricky" Jackson, checked in with "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report" with an update on his contest prep. Tricky Jackson is getting jacked for the upcoming IFBB Jacksonville Pro Bodybuilding Championships, held in conjunction with the NPC Dexter Jackson Classic. (Man, that's a lot of Jacksons!) "My show prep has been business as usual. However, one thing's a little different. I have pushed my cardio up to almost two hours per day, averaging between 90 and 120 minutes," Tricky tells me. This is probably why he currently stands at 5'5", 200 lbs. and a ripped 3.6% body fat. "Show time should put me about 195 lbs. and 3.3% body fat. I feel great -- the best ever. My fans will be happy. I am up 7-8 lbs. from last year. I'm harder with improvements in my shoulders and added back thickness. God has blessed me this year."

The "So What?": Ricky Jackson's blessings keep him super busy with sponsorships from sports nutrition and tanning companies, as well as his radio show. "'Pro Muscle Radio' is still poppin' for me and my co-hosts IFBB Pro Jose Raymond and IFBB Pro Tracy Beckham. We've recorded more shows with big names in the sport like IFBB Pro David Henry, IFBB Pro Bill Wilmore, IFBB Pro Vinny Galanti, IFBB Pro Stan McQuay and IFBB Pro Ed Nunn, just to name a few. People can check it out every Sunday 6pm eastern time." Tricky has even more irons in the fire. "Keep an eye out for my next DVD, 'Get Swole or Die Trying.' Fans can contact me through my website, as well as promoters that need a guest poser to bring down the house."

Andrew Oye's Verdict: Sure, Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson has won titles at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend and the Arnold Sports Festival's IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic, but Richard Jackson toils with just as much determination-- preparing to stage the NPC Tricky Jackson Classic Bodybuilding Championships in Kentucky and plotting to fight for the Olympia 202 Showdown title. As far as IFBB Pro League athletes go, Tricky Jackson is a hard worker -- on and off the stage. There should be an award for that.

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