The Headline: ANDREW OYE'S PRO ATHLETES ROUNDUP + IFBB PRO CARD REPORT: MR. OLYMPIA RONNIE COLEMAN, MR. OLYMPIA PHIL HEATH, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER CLASSIC BODYBUILDING CHAMPION FLEX WHEELER, IFBB PRO BRANCH WARREN, IFBB PRO SHAWN RHODEN, IFBB PRO JON DELAROSA, IFBB PRO DOMINICK CARDONE, IFBB PRO ANDY HAMAN, 'AMERICAN GLADIATOR' MIKE O'HEARN, PLUS NEW PRO CARDS AT BEN WEIDER DIAMOND CUP AND UKBFF BRITISH NATIONALSThe Item:
Career Updates, Legends Update, Special Appearances, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup, Pro Seminar, New IFBB Pro League CardsThe Scoop:
Recently Reported: IFBB Pro League athletes and pros 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 a pro actor who has never competed in an IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series contests; pros who have collected new IFBB Pro cards to compete in the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness; and pros who have collected multiple Sandow trophies at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend (a.k.a. the "Super Bowl of bodybuilding").The "So What?":
Over the weekend, 5-time Mr. Olympia Phil Heath and powerlifter/bodybuilder Mike O'Hearn (TV's "American Gladiators") guest-posed and hosted a seminar at the NPC Natural Northern USA Championships in Lakewood, Ohio. IFBB Pro Shawn Rhoden (2012 Arnold Classic Europe Champion) made a meet-and-greet guest appearance at the NPC East Coast Cup Bodybuilding Championships in New Haven, Connecticut. IFBB Pro Branch Warren (2-time Arnold Classic USA Champion, a.k.a. "Quadrasaurus") and powerlifter/IFBB Pro Johnnie Jackson were the featured guest-posers at the NPC Utah Championships in Murray, Utah. Wrestler/IFBB Pro Andy Haman and legendary 8-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Ronnie Coleman made appearances at a nutrition/fitness expo in Bangkok, Thailand.
A handful of retirees were spotted at the Europa Games Expo in Phoenix, Arizona: Hall of Fame IFBB Pro Flex Wheeler (4-time winner of the Arnold Sports Festival's IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships), IFBB Pro Rich Gaspari (first-ever Arnold Classic USA Champion in 1989), and IFBB Pro Dennis James. IFBB Pro Tricky Jackson guest-posed at the NPC Colorado Open Championships in Denver. IFBB Pro Fred Smalls guest-posed at the NPC Southeastern USA Championships in Orlando, Florida. IFBB Pro Jon Delarosa an IFBB Pro Dominick Cardone made an appearance at the grand opening of a sports-nutrition shop in Ozone Park, New York. Andrew Oye's Verdict:
The global replenishment of fresh talent into the industry continues. Over the weekend, the 3rd Annual IFBB Ben Weider Diamond Cup Championships was held in Kish Island, Iran, where Seyed Reza Hosseini won the Overall title, earning an IFBB Pro card. The weekend before last, new IFBB Pro Sasan Heirati won the UKBFF British National Championships earned IFBB Pro card. After legendary 6-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Dorian Yates gave him advice to focus on conditioning, the 29-year-old, Manchester, England, resident clocked in at 5'9" and a ripped 217 lbs. on stage, which garnered a 1st place victory.
Sas Heirati recalls that placing 2nd to last year's winner (now IFBB Pro Nathan Sylvester De Asha) "lit a fire" under him and translated into his training. Heirati’s athletic background includes participating in kickboxing, rugby, and basketball, but his focus for the last three years has gaining pro-bodybuilder status In fact, he is so eager that he doesn’t want to take a year off and instead wants to compete on the pro level as soon as possible.
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