Contest Results, New IFBB Pro League Cards, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup
Recently Announced: Over the weekend, new IFBB Pro Todd Jewell won the Super-Heavyweight Class and
Overall title at the NPC National Bodybuilding Championships in Miami. Florida. Sporting a massive physique on a solid structure, the 6'0", 265-pound
bodybuilder and fitness trainer from Seattle, Washington, smothered the other weight-class winners with sheer size. In the end, Jewell earned an IFBB Pro card and qualification to
compete on the contest circuit of the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness.
The "So What?":
Talk about different trajectories! As reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report," last year's winner, IFBB Pro Robert
Burneika, merely skipped from a commendable 2nd place runner-up position in 2009 to the
winner's slot in 2010; whereas, Todd Jewell had to make a Herculean leap from 9th place at the 2010 Nationals to the 2011 champion's circle. Along with Jewell, the top athletes in each weight class were also awarded IFBB Pro cards. An Nguyen claimed the Heavyweight Class. Marco Rivera won the Light Heavyweight Class. Alan Bailey led the Middleweight Class. J.B. Bartlett took the Welterweight Class. Luis Santiago was the Lightweight Class winner. Ron Hackaspker won the Bantamweight Class.
Andrew Oye's Verdict:
Todd Jewell's journey from so-so spot to top spot has been filled with ups and downs. The 30-year-old former bouncer (who trained with IFBB Pro Mark
Dugdale in the past) says growing up in Yakima's farm life prepared him for the
toughness bodybuilding requires. "It was there that I learned the
meaning of hard work." That carried over to his training. "I began
lifting weights when I was about 14, using my father's dumbbells.
Like many, I idolized Arnold Schwarzenegger after watching several of
his movies including 'Predator' and 'Terminator 2.'"
high-school football career, while working as a personal
trainer in 1999, Jewell sharpened his focus on physique building.
"Between clients, I would read Arnold Schwarzenegger's
'Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding' to get new ideas for my own
and eventually began reading the sections on contest prep and the rules
of competition." He placed
4th in the Light-Heavyweight Class at the 2003 NPC Emerald Cup Championships. After winning 1st place and Overall at the
2003 WFNA Rocky Mountain Natural Championships, Jewell took a
three-year hiatus. Upon returning, he placed 1st in the
Super-Heavyweight Class at the 2007 NPC Emerald Cup,
and then placed 7th at the 2007 NPC USA Championships. After nine more national-level contests -- including a 7th place finish at the 2009 NPC
Nationals (won by IFBB Pro Cedric McMillan) and 9th place at
the 2010 Nationals, while
suffering from appendicitis and pancreatitis that led to a 6-month layoff
from the gym -- he emerged with pro status and goals to someday challenge those who make it the sport's biggest stages, a.k.a. the Arnold Sports Festival's IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships (won by IFBB Pro Branch Warren in 2011) and Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend (won by Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath in 2011).
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