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The Item: Career Updates, Special Appearances, Andrew Oye's Pro Athletes Roundup 

The Scoop:
The May 2008 issue marks the second time Musclemania Pro Morris "Mo" Mendez has flexed on the cover of Muscle & Fitness Magazine. Mo gave "Andrew Oye's Pro Muscle Report" his reaction to his latest accomplishment. "The new cover is hot! I look full, cut and symmetrical. Friends and fans in different countries say it's a fresh, appealing and obtainable look for the general public. 'Action hero quality.' Ha! Show me the money!"

The "So What?":
Morris Mendez (with four international magazine covers to his credit) pumps iron at Gold's Gym in Bloomfield, CT. He earned his pro card at the 2000 Fitness Atlantic Musclemania in New Haven. His last competition was the 2005 Musclemania World Championships in Hollywood. "If time allows me to train mentally and physically, my next competition will be the Superbody in Miami." Mo plans to hit Africa and Argentina for guest appearances. "I like guesting in different countries because they appreciate you more, especially where they find it impossible to look like a Ronnie Coleman or a Jay Cutler. I'm proof you can look just as good with patience, time and dedication."

Andrew Oye's Verdict: The 198-pound, model-athlete expressed frustration being a big man in a giant man's world. Even with a rising profile and a marketable physique, Mendez currently has no sponsors. "It's tough to get a sponsor to pay you what you want for your hard work," Mendez laments. Then he laughs. "As a natural bodybuilder, your competition is those 'monsters.' They want you to look like that, but I'm a suit-and-tie man. I like to look good in my clothes." 

The reality is there's a market for both-- an aesthetic build like the aspiring action-movie hero Mo Mendez, as well as the massive physiques like Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Ronnie Coleman, IFBB Pro Jay Cutler and other IFBB Pro League athletes who compete at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend and the Arnold Sports Festivals IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships.

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