Pro Seminar, Special Appearances, Career Updates, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup
Just Announced: Retired IFBB Pro Shawn Ray hosts another Shawn Ray Muscle Camp this weekend (June 4). The first edition in the southeastern region, the latest event will be held at Powerhouse Gym in Tampa, Florida, from 9am-3pm and features a Q&A seminar, giveaways and lunch.
The event promo states, "The best bodybuilders in the world will share with you their training knowledge and nutritional wisdom to help you become a better athlete. You will have the chance to get up-close and personal with a chance to learn first hand how they became the best in the world."
The "So What?":
As reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report," the last Muscle Camp was held December 11, 2010, in New Jersey (and was attended by IFBB Pro Shawn Rhoden, IFBB Pro Ed Nunn, and IFBB Pro Seth Feroce). This year, IFBB Pro League athletes scheduled to appear in Tampa include 2010 Mr. USA Champion and IFBB Pro Jason Huh off Sarasota, Florida (who recently made his pro debut at the New York Pro Bodybuilding Championships), 4-time Olympia contender IFBB Pro Bill Wilmore, rookie IFBB Pro Al Auguste (who earned his IFBB Pro card alongside Huh at the 2010 NPC USA Bodybuilding Championships), Masters-level competitor IFBB Pro Mark Antonek, 202 Division competitors IFBB Pro Steve Namat and IFBB Pro Nathan Wonsley (former football running back for the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers), and retired IFBB Pro Kevin Levrone (2-time winner of the Arnold Sports Festival's IFBB
Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships, who recently participated in a roundtable discussion with fellow IFBB Hall of Famers Shawn Ray and IFBB Pro Flex Wheeler in Orlando).
Andrew Oye's Verdict:
Florida is establishing itself as a bodybuilding hub, with athletes from many sports flocking there. Shawn Ray positions these camps as "giving back" to the fans and, at this weekend's event, that includes giving away complimentary tickets to the 2011 Tampa Pro Bodybuilding Championships and the newly re-launched IFBB Pro World Masters Bodybuilding Championships in Miami. These are incentives for up-and-coming physique athletes who have aspirations of standing on the Olympia stage at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend...as Ray has done 13 times in the past...and as reigning 4-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay Cutler will do when defending the title in September.
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