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The Item: Contest Results, New IFBB Pro League Cards, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup

The Scoop: Just Announced: Over the weekend, new IFBB Pro Jeff Beckham won the Heavyweight Class and Overall title at the 2012 NPC Team Universe Bodybuilding Championships in Teaneck, New Jersey, earning the opportunity to now compete as a professional in the International Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness. The winner of the Team U. Masters 35+ Heavyweight Class and Masters 35+ Overall title also joined the pro ranks with a new IFBB Pro card

The "So What?": Approximately 500 competitors took the Team Universe stage to vie for about 50 IFBB Pro cards awarded in the various men's bodybuilding and physique divisions and women's figure, physique, bikini, and fitness divisions. Beckham's victory comes after placing 5th at the 2009 Team Universe. The 6'1", 220-pound, 30-year-old father and fitness trainer from New York grew up in sports, including wrestling and basketball. The athlete took to weightlifting and, inspired by Mr. Olympias IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger and IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson, started bodybuilding at 21.

Andrew Oye's Verdict: Jeff Beckham knows the pro-muscle sport, having turned pro in several bodybuilding federations in a span of seven years. In 2005, he competed in an INBF competition and received his World Natural Bodybuilding Federation (WNBF) Pro Card. In 2007, Beckham won the Overall at the Fitness Atlantic Championships and became a Musclemania Pro. In 2006, he began competing in the National Physique Committee (NPC), which led to his recent IFBB Pro League athlete status and opens the door to compete in the IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series of professional bodybuilding contests that include the Arnold Sports Festival's Arnold Classic Bodybuilding Championships and that precede Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend.

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