Career Updates, Contest Preparation, Legends Update, 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 The Shadow, The DJ and The X-Man.
The "So What?"
: Six-time Mr.
Olympia IFBB Pro Dorian Yates is coaching IFBB Pro Jason Arntz for Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend to take on reigning Olympia 202 Champ IFBB Pro David Henry. On teaming with the U.K. legend nicknamed "The Shadow," Arntz says, "I usually do my own contest preparation for
the past 10 or 11 years. Now I'm working with Dorian
Yates. If you're
going to learn from somebody, it might as well be the best."
Another pro carving a stage-ready physique for next month's Olympia is the "X-Man," a.k.a. IFBB Pro Toney Freeman. Vengeance-fueled Freeman recently posted, "I am bringing in what was asked -- 295 lbs., 6'2", tiny waist, full and ready for battle. Eating clean as always. I have already competed 3 times and have qualified at all three events. I can feel the energy. September 24-27 -- no more Mr. Nice Guy!" As reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report," Freeman placed 4th at the 2009 Arnold Sports Festival's IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic in March.
Following a guest-posing appearance at the CBBF Canadian National Bodybuilding Championships in Vancouver, IFBB Pro Dennis James is focused on Vegas. "Now I'm back in Phoenix with only one thing on my mind and that is the 2009 Mr. Olympia. My plan is to...surprise a few more people with the best DJ thus far...somewhere between 242-245 lbs., which will be just about the same weight I was in 2003 where I placed 4th. With this year's absolutely great lineup at The O, I personally believe that the fans will be in for a treat of a lifetime when it comes to bodybuilding at its best. This year will be, without a doubt, the best Olympia in the history of the IFBB!"
Andrew Oye's Verdict
Can training and dieting under the guidance of a man who dominated
bodybuilding from 1991 to 1997 bump up a competitor's placing? The insight of an
Olympian like Yates can possibly work magic, but there are no guarantees.
At least Arntz has a bigger stage to try and prove it. He placed 4th at last year's Olympia 202 Showdown, a division that
has earned the privilege of being added to the main stage at Orleans
Arena this year -- joining Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson and Open Division competitors like IFBB Pro Jay Cutler, IFBB Pro Phil Heath and IFBB Pro Branch Warren -- which is an upgrade from the 202 Division's previous
location at the Las Vegas
Convention Center during the Olympia Expo.
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