Career Updates, Contest Preparation, Special Appearances, 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 two hungry vets and two pros on health rebounds in the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness.
The "So What?":
Germany's IFBB Pro Ronny Rockel, a sometimes seemingly overlooked near-top-tier pro, had a rough 2012 IFBB Pro League contest season due to a diabetes diagnosis late last year. In what a recent press release labeled a world tour, "The Rock" is powering through adversity into the 2013 IFBB Pro League contest season with "strong comeback" plans to compete in a staggering 10 professional bodybuilding contests, including the upcoming IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships (won by "Quadrasaurus" IFBB Pro Branch Warren) at the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio (March 2).
More athletes have their sights set on the Arnold Classic. IFBB Pro Hidetada Yamagishi just announced he still plans to compete despite suffering a recent wrist injury. Two veteran frontrunners are training hard for the big show in Ohio. IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson, who finished 2012 by rocking the Masters Olympia, is training so intensely many speculate that he might repeat his impressive form to start the 2013 IFBB Pro League contest season. On Jackson's heels is IFBB Pro Toney Freeman, who proclaimed in a recent interview, "It's finally my time to win the Arnold!"
Andrew Oye's Verdict:
The fight is on at Arnold Schwarzenegger's show. The aforementioned athletes have something to prove at this IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series contest that sends top finishers to compete with Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend -- the "Super Bowl of bodybuilding" in Las Vegas, Nevada. This year, Toney Freeman clocks in at 25 years on the competitive bodybuilding circuit at the same time that the Arnold Classic celebrates its 25th Anniversary. If Dexter Jackson wins, he will tie IFBB Pro Flex Wheeler's record of four victories at the contest that the star of "Terminator' and "Pumping Iron" launched in 1989 (won by IFBB Pro Rich Gaspari).
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