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The Item: Career Updates, Special Appearances, Legends Update, Andrew Oye's WSM Pro Athletes Roundup, IFBB Pro Athletes Roundup

The Scoop: Recently Reported: IFBB Pro League athletes 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 strongman champion, some striving IFBB newcomers, Olympians with a string of titles, and a promoter with a stronghold on his contest.

The "So What?": Over the weekend, Mr. Olympia IFBB Pro Phil Heath (who won his fourth Sandow trophy at the 50th Anniversary Mr. Olympia Championships last month) was the headlining guest poser at NPC Southeastern USA Bodybuilding Championships in Orlando, Florida. In Lahti, Finland, 3-time Arnold Classic Ms. Figure International, IFBB Pro Nicole Wilkins (who recently won her fourth Ms. Figure Olympia title at Joe Weider's Olympia Weekend) hosted the Nicole Wilkins Fitness Championships in conjunction with the Nordic Fitness Expo (where IFBB Pro Roelly Winklaar won the Nordic Pro Bodybuilding Championships).

Buzzed-about IFBB Pro Justin Compton guest-posed at the NPC Crystal Cup Championships in Anchorage, Alaska. The adjoining Alaska Fitness Expo also included the CrossFit Alaska State Championships, a USAPL Powerlifting contest, as well as a "Strongest Man in Alaska" contest emceed by Icelandic Pro Strongman Magnus Ver Magnusson, a 4-time WSM World's Strongest Man Winner (a record matched by fellow Icelander Jon Pall Sigmarsson and Lithuanian Zydrunas Savickas, and surpassed by Polish MMA fighter and 5-time WSM Mariusz Pudzianowski).

Congrats to IFBB Pro Tricky Jackson who hosted the 17th edition of his NPC Tricky Jackson Classic in Lexington, Kentucky, where IFBB Pro Jose Raymond was the guest poser. Hall of Fame IFBB Pro Rich Gaspari (who debuted a new training series last week) attended the (International Federation of Physique Competitors) IFPA Cape Cod Natural Pro Bodybuilding Championships in West Barnstable, Massachusetts. IFBB Pro Hidetada Yamagishi made an appearance at a sports-nutrition shop in Bakersfield, California. New IFBB Pro Dusty Hanshaw guest-posed at the NPC Natural Colorado Open Bodybuilding Championships in Denver.

Andrew Oye's Verdict: While many established pros are busy with the international grand-prix tour of IFBB Pro Olympia Qualification Series contests, some rookies take the opportunity to increase their profile on the US guest-posing circuit, such as Compton and Hanshaw. Justin Compton turned pro at the 2012 NPC Nationals, won the 2014 Orlando Pro Show of Championships, and, because of his increasing mass with impressive shape, is intensifying fans' expectations of him at the Arnold Sports Festival's 2015 IFBB Pro Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Bodybuilding Championships. Planning his pro debut, 33-year-old Dusty Hanshaw is Washington-born Arizona resident and a former hockey player who once had his sights on an NHL career and then toiled in the amateur bodybuilding ranks for nearly eight years before earning his IFBB Pro card by winning the Super-Heavyweight Class at the 2014 IFBB North American Bodybuilding Championships. Rookie IFBB Pro Ryan Pateracki (2013 NPC Nationals Super-Heavyweight Champion) announced he will make his pro debut at IFBB Pro Lou Ferrigno's inaugural Ferrigno Legacy Championships next month.

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