The Headline: ANDREW OYE'S PRO ATHLETES ROUNDUP: 'QUADFATHER' IFBB PRO TOM PLATZ, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER CLASSIC CHAMPION DEXTER JACKSON, IFBB PRO DENNIS WOLF, IFBB PRO SHAWN RHODEN, IFBB PRO CEDRIC MCMILLAN, IFBB PRO JON DELAROSA, OLYMPIA 212 SHOWDOWN CHAMP KEVIN ENGLISH, MR. AMERICA JOE DEANGELISThe Item:
Legends Update, Career Updates, Special Appearances, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup, Tribute to a ChampionThe Scoop:
Recently Reported: IFBB Pro League athletes and athletes from other sports leagues 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 some athletes who are currently making it, already made it, wish to make it, and never quite made it in the pro ranks of the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness.The "So What?":
Over the weekend, while IFBB Pro Juan Morel (Open Division) and IFBB Pro Guy Cisternino (212 Division) were busy winning the IFBB New York Pro Bodybuilding Championships, some pros were spotted cheering in the audience: 2008 Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson (5-time winner of the IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships), 2014 Arnold Classic Champion IFBB Pro Dennis Wolf, 2012 Arnold Classic Europe Champion IFBB Pro Shawn Rhoden, 2015 Arnold Classic Physique Champion IFBB Pro Sadik Hadzovic, IFBB Pro Akim Williams, IFBB Pro Jon Delarosa, IFBB Pro Cedric McMillan, and 3-time Olympia 212 Showdown Champion IFBB Pro Kevin English -- the 4-time winner of the NY Pro 212 Division, who hasn’t competed since Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend in 2013.
Some of these athletes are preparing for the Arnold Sports Festival's upcoming 3rd Annual Arnold Classic Brasil. At the end of the month, in Rio de Janeiro, IFBB Pro Mamdouh Elssbiay (a.k.a. "Big Ramy"), who was supposed to compete at the New York Pro Championships, will take on Morel, McMillan (2012 NY Pro Open-Division winner), and 2015 NY Pro runner-up IFBB Pro Victor Martinez (2003 NY Pro Open-Division winner). On a somber note: Bodybuilder Joe DeAngelis passed away in Los Angeles, California, at 47 (June 9, 1966 - May 7, 2015). He was crowned the 1990 Mr. USA (AAU), 1991 Mr. America (AAU), and took 1st place in the Tall Class at the 1991 Mr. Universe (NABBA). He competed in National Physique Committee NPC contests in the late 1990s and early 2000s (against future pros like IFBB Pro Melvin Anthony, IFBB Pro Mike Francois, IFBB Pro Dennis Newman, and IFBB Pro Toney Freeman). Although he never earned IFBB professional status, DeAngelis built a varied career. In addition to competing in powerlifting and strongman competitions, he was an actor in a few action and horror movies and hosted a fitness TV Show called "The Infinite Power Workout."Andrew Oye's Verdict:
On a lighter note: A highly motivational, in-depth training video titled "Legendary Leg Day" was recently reposted online. It was filmed when David Hoffmann (a.k.a. "The Hoff," 2008 and 2014 German National Championships winner and 2014 Amateur Olympia Europe Super-Heavyweight 3rd place runner-up) visited Los Angeles, California, last summer. With goals of earning pro status and entering IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series contests, the 6'1", 250-pound German bodybuilder participated in a brutal leg-training session with "Quadfather" IFBB Pro Tom Platz (a powerlifter known for his heavy squats and massive thighs and calves during his competitive days).
In the clip, the former Olympia contender at the "Super Bowl of bodybuilding" (and former Talent Director for WWE CEO Vince McMahon's WBF World Bodybuilding Federation) discussed the "religion" of squatting, foundation movements, proper equipment (bars, belts and shoes), mental tricks, rep significance, and CrossFit versus bodybuilding versus Olympic weightlifting techniques. The man called "The Golden Eagle" insists, "You have to live for the squat." My favorite part of his lecture was his closing, in which Platz describes the four roles one must embody for success in sports -- the athlete, the actor, the businessman and the diplomat -- and how most people fall short in at least one area in their quest for greatness. That's pure wisdom.
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