The Item: IFBB Pro League News, Contest Schedule, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup

The Scoop: Just Announced: The IFBB Pro League (International Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness) released the 2013 contest-season schedule of professional bodybuilding, physique, figure, bikini and fitness championships and events for IFBB Pro card carrying athletes.

The "So What?":
As previously reported in "Andrew Oye's Pro Muscle Report," the IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series Point System (1st automatic qualification, 2nd - 4 Points, 3rd - 3 Points, 4th - 2 Points, 5th - 1 Point), which launched last year, still governs the 2013 schedule of events and applies to IFBB Pro League athletes' eligibility to compete at the 2013 Olympia Weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada, to face reigning 2-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath, Olympia 212 Showdown Champ IFBB Pro Flex Lewis, Ms. Figure Olympia IFBB Pro Erin Stern, Ms. Bikini Olympia IFBB Pro Nathalia Melo and Ms. Fitness Olympia IFBB Pro Adela Garcia.

Automatic Olympia qualification goes to only the 1st place winners of most contests (except the Arnold Classic - Top 3; New York Pro - Top 2; previous year's Olympia - Top 4).  

The 2013 IFBB Pro League Schedule of Events:

Arnold Classic (March 1-2), Australia Pro Grand Prix (March 9-10), FIBO Power Germany (April 13), Orlando Pro (April 19-20), Arnold Classic Brasil (April 26-27), Mr. Europe Pro (May 5), New York Pro (May 25), Toronto Pro SuperShow (May 31-June 1), Chicago Pro (July 5-6), Tampa Pro (August 9-10), Dallas Pro (August 16-17), Nordic Pro (August 31), Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend (Sept 27-28), Asian Grand Prix (October 4-5), Arnold Classic Europe (October 11-12), British Grand Prix (October 18-19), Prague Pro (October 25-26), Masters Olympia (December).

Andrew Oye's Verdict:
It seems a tad late in the year to start the IFBB Pro calendar in March, but at least it kicks off with a major event: the IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships at the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio (won by "Quadrasaurus" IFBB Pro Branch Warren in 2012). The 7-time Mr. Olympia title winner, "Pumping Iron" star, and former California Governor quickly follows that up with the schedule's new addition: the IFBB Arnold Classic Brazil (Brasil) in Rio de Janeiro in April. The Arnold Classic Europe (won by "Flexatron" IFBB Pro Shawn Rhoden in 2012) lands in Madrid, Spain, in October.

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