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

The Scoop: Recently Reported: "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report" Pro Athletes Roundup covers IFBB Pro League athletes' contest preparation updates for upcoming sports, bodybuilding, physique and fitness events. IFBB Pro Tarek Elsetouhi, IFBB Pro DeShaun Grimez de Garcia, and IFBB Pro Troy Alves are receiving contest-prep advice from trainer Chris Aceto for this year's first pro contest -- the IFBB Phoenix Pro Bodybuilding Championships in Mesa, Arizona (February 20).

"Tarek was actually the first bodybuilder to ever stay at my home in preparation for a contest," says Aceto, who linked up with a lean, off-season Elsetouhi at the start of his prep. "I didn't see any wisdom in dieting an already lean body for the show, so I figured it would be better to grow into the show." A backstage meeting at last year's Tampa Pro Bodybuilding Championships led Elsetouhi to suggest that Aceto work with Grimez de Garcia. Aceto recalls that Elsetouhi had said, "'[DeShaun] is a really decent guy with his head on straight. I think if you helped him, he could be good."

The "So What?": Tarek Elsetouhi made a splash in the U.S. when he won the Arnold Sports Festival's 2008 Arnold Amateur Bodybuilding Championships at 220 lbs. (IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson won the IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic.) Now the Egyptian beast is stomping toward Arizona at a whopping 260 lbs. His impressive gains can be attributed to an obedient contest-prep work ethic. According to Aceto, "We got along from day one because he took his marching orders without deviation. Last year, he improved a whole lot but still struggled to place high."

DeShaun Grimez de Garcia had previously worked with prep coach IFBB Pro George Farah. After initially admitting he was too busy to coach Grimez, Aceto says, "I asked a few people about DeShaun and the response was the same. Everyone said, 'Great guy.' So about 12 weeks out, I emailed him to see if he was still game." For several weeks, Grimez has been doing two hard 45-minute cardio sessions per day, coupled with a hard diet of 8 meals per day, including 15 egg whites, oatmeal, chicken, fish and 350-gram protein shakes, with no "cheat days." 

Andrew Oye's Verdict: Since Elsetouhi will be one of the most massive competitors, he may surprise us all and break into the tough Top 4 for the first time in an IFBB Pro show. Meanwhile, Grimez de Garcia, the man nicknamed "The Walking Eclipse," has a physique with a tendency to go up and down over the course of his prep. He'll need to be up in all the right areas to eclipse some of the other competitors at the battle in the Valley of the Sun -- athletes like IFBB Pro Toney Freeman and IFBB Pro Melvin Anthony, who have actually stepped on stage at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend and stared-down the likes of 8-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Ronnie Coleman and 3-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay Cutler.

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