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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 the The Blade, The Gift, and a Lebanese giant.

The "So What?": Reigning Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson, a.k.a. "The Blade," announced details for the official Mr. Olympia contest after-party. Following the main event at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend, attendees can party with Jackson and other IFBB Pro athletes at the JET Nightclub at the Mirage Hotel on Saturday, September 26, in Las Vegas.

Olympia hopeful IFBB Pro Phil Heath recently visited Boston to meet the winner of a fitness-makeover-by-a-pro contest. "I got a chance to hang out with him at his gym where he's a personal trainer, answering tons of questions," says Heath about his day with the excited fan. "We trained [lats] together, and he was able to hold his own with the pace as he is also a competitor...Later we grabbed some food and headed to Fenway Park, where we sat about 10 rows up from the middle of the first-base line watching [the Red Sox] play the Yankees. We finished our evening with his family...He's got an amazing support system which I feel is essential."  

I caught up with IFBB Pro Aiman Faour, who I first met at the 2009 Los Angeles FitExpo, where he competed in the Ironman Pro Invitational Championships. He recently released two training DVDs. "My goal as a personal trainer is to help my clients reach their personal best, so I like to use a one-on-one approach to personalize my training system," explains the 5'10", nearly 300-pound mass mountain, who earned his IFBB Pro card at the 2005 Middle East Bodybuilding Championships and last competed at the 2009 New York Pro (won by IFBB Pro Evan Centopani). "I was born and raised in Lebanon, and then spent 17 years in Germany," Faour. recounts. Two years ago, he relocated to bodybuilding's capital. "I moved to California, to train in the 'Mecca' -- Gold's Gym Venice. I want to make an impact on bodybuilding in the U.S."

Andrew Oye's Verdict: More important than any party, about his contest prep, Dexter Jackson says, "With one of the toughest and most competitive line-ups I think I've ever been in, having something to lose makes me want it more! I've been blessed with my genetics and my career, and, with the biggest win of my life last year, I'm training the hardest I ever had to defend my title."

A former college basketball player, Phil Heath was able to bond with his fan over MLB baseball, but now his focus needs to be on his current sport -- bodybuilding. After a 3rd place finish at the 2008 Olympia and skipping the 2009 Arnold Sports Festival's IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic, Heath has guys like IFBB Pro Jay Cutler and IFBB Pro Branch Warren to worry about.

After competing in 13 professional competitions in four years,  Aiman Faour's ladder to future success has rungs that still need climbing. Faour has yet to crack the Top Ten in a pro contest, but he's working to change that. "My next show will be the 2010 Ironman Pro. I'm determined to reach my goals and improve my overall placings in more IFBB shows. My dream of success keeps me motivated and I don't plan to give up."

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