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The Item: Fitness Industry Event, Special Appearances, Andrew Oye's IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup, UFC Pro Athletes Roundup, WSM Pro Athletes

The Scoop: Just Announced: The Los Angeles Fitness Expo energizes fitness fans and industry pros at Los Angeles Convention Center this weekend (February 7-8). The Fit Expo LA (TheFitExpo Southern California) features a wide range of events and features for enthusiasts of the athletics and physical arts: physique, exercise, strength, and bodybuilding competitions; seminars on nutrition and fitness; MMA fights and martial arts demos; as well as product sampling at exhibitor booths..

The "So What?": The LA Fit Expo guest list includes pro athletes, fitness models, fighters and expert trainers. "Andrew Oye's Pro-Muscle Report" Pro Athletes Roundup received a roster of scheduled appearances:

BODYBUILDING: 4-time and reigning Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath; 8-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Ronnie Coleman; 4-time Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Jay Cutler; 4-time Arnold Classic Champion and 2008 Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Dexter Jackson; 2014 Arnold Classic Champion IFBB Pro Dennis Wolf; 4-time Arnold Classic Champion IFBB Pro Flex Wheeler; TV's "The Incredible Hulk" and 2-time Mr. Universe IFBB Pro Lou Ferrigno.

POWERLIFTING + STRONGMEN: 2-time World's Strongest Man and 2011 America's Strongest Man Brian Shaw; Strongman contest promoter, 3-time Hawaii's Strongest Man winner and 3-time World's Strongest Man competitor Odd Haugen; 6-time World Champion Powerlifter CT Fletcher; WSM Strongman Competitors Dimitar Savatinov and Jerry Pritchett.

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS + BOXING: UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz; UFC Champion "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler -- #1 ranked UFC Welterweight, voted "Fighter of the Year" at the 7th Annual Fighters Only MMA Awards (aired on FOX Sports Network this week); WBC Champion Pro Boxer Victor Ortiz; Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Master Renzo Gracie; Muay Thai Master and 2014 "Coach of the Year" Rafael Cordeiro; (StrikeForce + UFC) MMA Fighters Fabricio Werdum, Luke Rockhold, "Razor" Rob McCullough, Chad Mendes, and Josh Thomson.

JIU-JITSU + SPORTS KARATE: Rose Gracie (Descendant of UFC Creator and of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Founder); National Karate Team Member and Stuntman Steve Terada; Hollywood Leading Martial Arts Expert and "Mortal Kombat" star Chris Casamassa; Master of Wing Chun Kung Fu and Film Choreographer Sifu Todd Shawn Tei; Retired MMA fighter Javier Vazquez vs. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Garry Tonon in a submission-only, no time-limit fight at the Gracie Nationals.

FITNESS ATHLETES, COMPETITORS, MODELS: Fitness Expert and Martial Artist Billy Blanks; 4-time Ms. Figure Olympia and 3-time Arnold Classic Ms. Figure International IFBB Pro Nicole Wilkins; Ms. Fitness America Sherry Goggin; Bikini IFBB Pro India Paulino; Figure IFBB Pro Candice Lewis; Actor and Bodybuilder Roland Kickinger.

EXTREME SPORTS + FITNESS: "American Ninja Warrior" Competitors Kacy Catanzaro (first woman to scale the Warped Wall and complete a qualifying course for ANW Finals), Evan Dollard (formerly "Rocket" of TV's "American Gladiators"), and Brent Steffensen; CrossFit Games Competitor Kenny Leverich; World Calisthenics Organization (WCO) "Battle of the Bar" Bar Calisthenics Athletes, such as Travis Brewer (who also competed in ANW and performed at LA Clippers' NBA half-time shows); National Pro Grid League (NPGL) Athletes.

OTHER GUESTS + EVENTS SCHEDULE: Other guest highlights include Daymond John from TV's "Shark Tank," and NBA Pro Basketball Player Metta World Peace (formerly Ron Artest) who played for the Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks. The programming schedule of FitExpo events includes AAU Feats of Strength National Championships, AAU Weightlifting, "American Ninja Warrior" Casting, Gracie Nationals Jiu-Jitsu Tournaments; LA Reign NPGL Pro Day, American MAS Wrestling Championships, MMA Pavilion, Olympic Weightlifting, Parkour and Freerunning Instruction, American Cup Pro Invitational Powerlifting Championships, All American Strongman Challenge.

Andrew Oye's Verdict:
The post-holiday and post-NFL-Super-Bowl blahs lead to the end of the hibernation for some people in the industry. As it has for the past several years, TheFitExpo extravaganza kicks-off the year's schedule of large-scale fitness events. The 2015 IFBB Pro League contest calendar starts next month with the Arnold Sports Festival's IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships in Columbus, Ohio (March 5-8). This restarts the IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series awarding IFBB Pro League athletes points to earn spots on the stages at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend in Las Vegas (September 20).

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