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The Item: Career Updates, Special Appearances, 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 an ode to "brawn and benevolence" and a posse of pros popping up in places with positive purposes to their appearances.

The "So What?": Over the weekend, dressed in superhero garb as usual, IFBB Pro Andy Haman made a guest appearance at the fitness expo in Mexico City held in conjunction with the IFBB Mr. & Ms. International Mexico Championships. The previous week, Haman (a powerlifter and former collegiate wrestler) visited Bogota, Colombia, for an appearance at the South American Bodybuilding Championships (Campeonato Sudamericano de Fisico Culturismo y Fitness). In both cities, Haman's tours included gym sessions, in-store photo ops, and feel-good children's hospital visits. Retired IFBB Pro Johnny Stewart hosted his annual NPC Stewart Fitness Bodybuilding Championships in Rock Hill, South Carolina. IFBB Pro Lee Banks guest-posed at the NPC Royal Palm Classic Bodybuilding Championships in Fort Myers Beach, Florida.

Several pros made appearances at the grand opening of a sports-nutrition shop in West Chester, Pennsylvania, including first-ever Arnold Classic Champion and retired IFBB Pro Rich Gaspari; Olympia 212 Showdown contender IFBB Pro Guy Cisternino; and 2014 Mr. USA, rookie IFBB Pro Nick Trigili, with proceeds benefiting a strength foundation and a dog-rescue group. Keeping with the good-cause appearances, a week prior, 4-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay Cutler made a military meet-and-greet visit to see troops and their families at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in San Diego County, California. This follows a similar stop Cutler made at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada in July.

Andrew Oye's Verdict: Jay Cutler has more time to make such appearances. While he still has yet to make an official (but widely expected) retirement announcement, it appears his competitive-bodybuilding days have come to an end. If I'm not mistaken, as an Olympia titleholder, Cutler is forever qualified to compete at any future Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend (and is not subject to the IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series); however, he will not challenge 3-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath, IFBB Pro Branch Warren, IFBB Pro Mamdouh Elssbiay (a.k.a. "Big Ramy") and IFBB Pro Dennis Wolf (winner of the Arnold Sports Festival's 2014 IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships) at this month's 50th Anniversary Mr. Olympia Championships. Cutler will settle for meeting his many fans at the Olympia Weekend Expo.

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