Career Updates, Special Appearances, Legends Update, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup
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 bunch of Mr. Olympia titleholders whose careers have landed several Sandow trophies on their mantels, and a bunch of Arnold Classic winners that have claimed titles at the "Terminator's" major contests.
The "So What?":
On the North American continent: IFBB Pro Branch Warren (a.k.a. "Quadrasaurus" and 2-time Arnold Classic Bodybuilding Champ) guest-posed at
the NPC New York State Grand Prix Bodybuilding Championships. Other
guests in Poughkeepsie, New York: 212-Division competitors IFBB Pro Kevin English (3-time Olympia 202 Showdown Champ), IFBB Pro Guy
Cisternino, and IFBB Pro Jason Arntz. While IFBB Pro Victor Martinez (2011 Arnold Classic Europe Champ)
appeared at the NPC Texas State Championships in Stafford, IFBB Pro Al
Auguste was the guest performer at the NPC Gainesville Classic in
Florida. A week prior, IFBB Pro Jason Huh and IFBB Pro Seth Feroce posed
at IFBB Pro Fouad Abiad's amateur bodybuilding contest in Canada.
Meanwhile, on the European continent, 2-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath (fresh off his wins at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend and the Asian Grand Prix) attended the IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Europe, won by IFBB Pro Shawn Rhoden. A legendary quartet of past Mr. Olympia champions were also in Madrid: 8-time winner IFBB Pro Ronnie Coleman, 6-time winner IFBB Pro Dorian Yates, 2008 winner IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson, and 4-time winner IFBB Pro Jay Cutler. Spotted in Spain at the Arnold Sports Festival's Fitness Expo: IFBB Pro Kevin Levrone, IFBB Pro Rich Gaspari, IFBB Pro Flex Wheeler -- all past Arnold Classic USA Champs, as well as IFBB Pro Cedric McMillan and IFBB Pro Ben Pakulski.
Andrew Oye's Verdict:
It's been a good few months for professional bodybuilding's profile on the international front, with recent IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series events in Finland, India and Spain, as well as upcoming events in Manchester and Prague. The International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness aims to lure the strongest caliber of competitors from around the globe to the "Super Bowl of bodybuilding" -- the breeding ground for physiques that, like some of the aforementioned names, will earn the Mr. Olympia title in the future.
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