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The Item: Career Updates, Special Appearances, Contest Preparation, 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 a pack of pumped-up pros who performed at the annual primetime posedown in Pennsylvania.

The "So What?": Over the weekend, the 2011 IFBB/NPC Pittsburgh Bodybuilding Championships featured an all-star, guest-posing lineup that reads like a "Who's Who" list of top-tier IFBB Pro League athletes. The stage barely held the combined weight of 4-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay Cutler, 2008 Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson, and Olympia contenders IFBB Pro Phil Heath, IFBB Pro Branch Warren, IFBB Pro Toney Freeman, IFBB Pro K. Greene, and IFBB Pro Dennis Wolf.

While almost enough pros were in attendance for an actual contest, Pittsburgh did not host a men's pro-division competition (as it did in 2009, when IFBB Pro Eduardo Correa won his first professional contest in the 202 Division). Reportedly, IFBB Pro Victor Martinez was scheduled to be part of this year's guest crew but was not present. Pittsburgh is known for bringing in big-name guest posers. In 2009, the guest roster included all of the aforementioned athletes, along with legendary 8-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Ronnie Coleman.

Andrew Oye's Verdict: The onstage camaraderie at the Pittsburgh event would probably make an unaware spectator disbelieve that in a few months these same buddies would be warring at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend in Las Vegas in September. Last month, four of the seven battled at the Arnold Sports Festival's IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships, where Warren emerged victorious in Columbus, Ohio. Many fans among the crowd in Pennsylvania were impressed by 2-time Arnold Classic winner Greene, whose growing back, monstrous legs and in-progress conditioning as he prepares for the New York Pro Bodybuilding Championships (May 28) made him appear to be the most massive of the guest posers on stage.

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