Iron Man Magazine: Lonnie Teper Thu, 02 Jan 2014 05:19:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 LT, Shawn Ray 2014 Season Preview Thu, 02 Jan 2014 05:19:58 +0000 ... continue reading]]> All good things must come to an end. With the new year on the horizon, Shawn Ray and Lonnie Teper run the preview for the 2014 competition season at Muscle Beach in Venice, CA.

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Rhoden, Martinez, Curry Highlight 2014 Arnold Classic Field Thu, 19 Dec 2013 19:03:09 +0000 ... continue reading]]> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Shawn Rhoden, Victor Martinez and Brandon Curry, who have each won an Arnold Classic international title in the past three years, lead a deep field of 13 men’s professional bodybuilders who will battle in the 2014 Arnold Classic, the Arnold Sports Festival announced today.

The Arnold Sports Festival and the IFBB Pro League today announced the invited athletes who will compete in the Arnold Classic, Arnold Classic 212, Fitness International, Figure International and Bikini International contests Feb. 28 & March 1 at the 2014 Arnold Sports Festival.

Rhoden, 2012 Arnold Classic Europe champ, and Martinez, who won the Arnold Classic in 2007 and the inaugural Arnold Classic Europe in 2011, will lead a field that also includes two-time Arnold Classic winner Branch Warren, Cedric MacMillan and Dennis Wolf. Curry won the inaugural Arnold Classic Brasil in April. Ben Pakulski, second in the Arnold Classic in 2013, and Toney Freeman, third last year, will also compete. Defending champ and four-time winner Dexter Jackson will not compete.

Flex Lewis, David Henry and Tricky Jackson headline a field of 10 in the first-ever Arnold Classic 212 contest. Arnold Classic 212 competitor Quincy Winklaar is the brother of Roelly Winklaar, who will compete in the Arnold Classic.

In the Fitness International, defending champion Tanji Johnson, Oksana Grishina, second in 2013, and Bethany Cisternino, third last year, headline a field of 15. Johnson, who won the Arnold Fitness Europe in 2011 and 2013, has won seven professional titles in the past 12 years. In the Figure International, defending champion Candice Keene and three-time winner Nicole Wilkins top the field of 17. Heather Dees, second in 2013, is also expected to challenge for the title. Wilkins, who won in 2010, 2011 and 2012, will try to win a record fourth title. Wilkins did not compete in Columbus in 2013.

India Paulino will try to become the first repeat winner of the Bikini International, which has had three champions in three years since it was founded in 2011. Nathalia Melo, second in 2013; Ashley Kaltwasser, Bikini Olympia winner in 2013 and a former Arnold Amateur champion; and Amanda Latona also highlight a field of 16. Anna Starodubtseva earned an automatic invite into the Bikini International after winning the overall bikini title at the 2013 Arnold Amateur IFBB/NPC Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure & Bikini Championships.

The Arnold Classic 212, Fitness International, and Figure International will be held on Friday, February 28. Prejudging will take place at the Greater Columbus Convention Center and Finals will be at Veterans Memorial. Prejudging and Finals for the Arnold Classic and Bikini International, and final event for the Arnold Strongman will be held on Saturday, March 1 at Veterans Memorial.

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Video: Schwarzenegger Award ceremony and life story Wed, 18 Dec 2013 18:42:21 +0000 ... continue reading]]> From Paul Andrew:

On December 14th 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was presented with the A4M Infinity Award for his outstanding commitment and support for Stem Cell research as well as his lifelong contribution to health and fitness. The award was presented by A4M Chairman, Dr Robert Goldman.

Arnold Award Presentation:

Arnold Life Story:

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IRON MAN Magazine Naturally Bodybuilding, Physique, Figure, & Bikini Championships Bring the World’s Top Physique Contenders Together, January 25, 2014 at TheFitExpo™ Los Angeles Fri, 06 Dec 2013 09:11:03 +0000 ... continue reading]]> (Los Angeles, CA – November 30, 2013) On Saturday, January 25, 2014 Optimum Nutrition presents The IRON MAN Magazine Naturally Bodybuilding, Physique, Figure, & Bikini Championships at the West Coast’s largest fitness event, 2014 TheFitExpo™ Los Angeles. Presented by, TheFitExpo will take place January 25-26 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 South Figueroa Street, South Halls G, H, and J.

The IRON MAN Magazine Naturally Bodybuilding, Physique, Figure & Bikini Championships will present the world’s most impressive physiques at this polygraph-tested event. Judging begins at 10:30 a.m. with finals at 3:30 p.m. Entry deadline is January 18, 2014. The event is NPC sanctioned and is a NPC Team Universe qualifier. For full contest and entry information, visit

“Bodybuilding and Physique events are part of our DNA and are a key component of what we offer at the Expo,” said TheFitExpo Executive Director, Erin Ferries. “These athletes employ every principle of nutrition and training coupled with true dedication and passion in shaping their bodies to be their very best.”

John Balik, Publisher of IRON MAN Magazine, stated, “Entering our 25th year hosting bodybuilding events, we are excited to bring the top natural athletes to the stage at TheFitExpo.”

In addition to the competition, throughout the weekend the world’s top bodybuilders will be offering complimentary seminars on muscle building, nutrition and fitness.

Attendees can meet and get autographs from 3 X and current Mr. Olympia Champion, Phil Heath, 4 X Mr. Olympia Champion, Jay Cutler, IFBB Pro Bodybuilder, Kai Greene (courtesy of MuscleMeds), The World’s Strongest Man, Brian Shaw (courtesy of Maximum Human Performance), bodybuilder/actor Roland Kickinger, MMA celebrity fighter and UFC hall of fame athlete, Tito Ortiz, top celebrity fitness expert and wellness coach Jillian Michaels, and many more to be announced.

Attendees can also cheer on 19 returning contests including The Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Nationals, MET-Rx Odd Haugen Strength Challenge, American Record Makers Olympic Weightlifting Competition, The Body Fortress USPLA American Cup Powerlifting Championships, California Affiliate Showcase and’s BodySpace™ Spokesmodel Search.

TheFitExpo offers something for everyBODY! Attendees will find over 100 fitness and sports celebrities as well as 20 amateur, professional, Olympic and attendee competitions and over 300 exhibits offering the latest in fitness, diet, nutrition, strength and wellness products and services. During both days of the Expo, many leading fitness professionals will be presenting educational seminars and demonstrations on subjects such as proper nutrition and dieting and exercise philosophies.

Adult admission tickets are $20 per day or $30 for the full weekend. Children 12 years and under are $10 per day and children under 6 are free. Show hours are Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Plenty of parking is available.

For more TheFitExpo information on ticketing, exhibiting or sponsorship opportunities, call (818) 545-0290 or visit

Event is produced by National Fitness Productions. Title sponsor is Presenting sponsors for TheFitExpo Southern California are Body Fortress and Subway Restaurants with MET-Rx, Pure Nutrition, Optimum Nutrition, American BodyBuilding, Dymatize, Supreme Protein, Pursuit Rx, and Ralphs as Major sponsors. Supporting sponsors include GNC, ProMera Sports, MHP, Reebok ONE, Beachbody, R.I.P.P.E.D., NASM, Zumba, and Jillian Michaels’ Bodyshred. Media sponsors include Iron Man Magazine, Muscle Mag International, Muscle & Performance Magazine, Oxygen, Black Belt Magazine, The Box Magazine, and Power Media.

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PR Contact:
Monica Gillen, cell – (714) 271-4081 e-mail –

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2014 Olympia Qualification Series Sat, 05 Oct 2013 17:03:30 +0000 ... continue reading]]> PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA, October 2, 2013 – The IFBB Professional League, in conjunction with Joe Weider’s Olympia Fitness & Performance Weekend, announces the 2014 Olympia Qualification Series, a points-based system that determines qualifiers for all eight
Olympia divisions.

The Olympia Qualification Series awards points to competitors placing 2nd to 5th at Pro League events. At the end of the Olympia qualifying season, the five competitors with the highest point totals in the Olympia Qualification Series qualify to compete at the Olympia.

Since the winner of each competition automatically qualifies, no points are awarded for first
place. Additionally, competitors placing in the top 5 at the Olympia automatically qualify for the
following year.

Points and qualifications in the 2014 Olympia Qualification Series are awarded as follows:

2nd – 8 Points
3rd – 7 Points
4th – 6 Points
5th – 5 Points

2nd – 6 Points
3rd – 5 Points
4th – 4 Points
5th – 3 Points

2nd – 5 Points
3rd – 4 Points
4th – 3 Points
5th – 2 Points

2nd – 4 Points
3rd – 3 Points
4th – 2 Points
5th – 1 Point

To view the Olympia Qualification Series standings, as well as the current qualifiers
for Olympia Weekend, visit, or

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Musclemag, Oxygen Magazines Purchased by California Publisher Tue, 03 Sep 2013 23:10:02 +0000 ... continue reading]]> From the Financial Post by Armina Ligaya

oxygen-magazineOxygenOxygen magazine’s July 2013 cover. The sale comes 16 months after the death of the publishing house’s visionary and namesake Robert “Bob” Kennedy, who started MuscleMag at a Brampton, Ont. kitchen table in 1974.

The Ontario-based owner of the popular health and fitness titles MuscleMag and Oxygen has sold them to a California-based publisher, relinquishing two marquee magazines from the now beleaguered publishing empire just three months after it filed for bankruptcy.

Canusa Products Inc., the parent of Robert Kennedy Publishing Inc., sold off its magazine business to Cruz Bay Publishing Inc. according to Deloitte and Touche, who was appointed as trustee of the bankrupt estate.

“Cruz Bay Publishing Inc. will effectively re-start the publishing and distribution business, involving Oxygen, MuscleMag International, Clean Eating, Reps, American Curves, and the former magazine Maximum Fitness,” Deloitte told the Financial Post.

An agreement for the sale transaction, for which the financial details were not disclosed, was entered into on Aug. 16 and approved by the Ontario Superior Court on Aug. 23, according to documents.

The sale comes 16 months after the death of the publishing house’s visionary and namesake Robert “Bob” Kennedy, who started MuscleMag at a Brampton, Ont. kitchen table in 1974 and later counted bodybuilding legend and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger among his friends.

Full article is here.

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Isopure Ad Campaign Model Search Fri, 30 Aug 2013 00:34:48 +0000 ... continue reading]]> 1802_ISO_SS14_FB_POST_CALL-FOR-ENTRY_1The Isopure Company is once again looking for the most inspiring body transformation stories to feature in their next ad campaign. Check out the details below and send them your entry and photos by WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 25th, 2013.



See past finalists here:

Please send your brief answers to the following questions along with 3 CURRENT
PHOTOS to by WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 25th, 2013.

Photos must include 1 face close-up and 1 full body (athletic poses are
helpful!). Video is ok too if it’s small.


2. CONTACT INFO (Phone, Email and City or Town where you currently live)

3. DATE OF BIRTH (MM/DD/YYYY): Must be at least 18 years of age by January 2014

4A. Which of these sports and/or activities do you participate in on a regular
basis (please list all)
CrossFit, Soccer, Swimming/Diving, Cycling, Crew, Triathlon, Wrestling, Rugby,
Bodybuilding/Weight Training, Running, Basketball, Hockey, Football,
Rockclimbing, Martial Arts, Gymnastics, Skiing, BMX/X-Games, Other

4B. Have you competed or received any awards in any of the above categories?

4C. Tell us a little bit about what you do for a living and how it supports your
everyday life.

5. Briefly tell us one interesting and/or unique story about what you do to help
and/or inspire others in your day to day life. (It can be about team
camaraderie, a personal accomplishment, your commitment to your family, etc.)

6. Which is your favorite ISOPURE product?

If you’re cast, you will receive a year’s supply of Isopure Powder (2 tubs per
month), plus $1000.

In person casting will take place on Friday, Oct. 4 in NYC. If you can’t make
it, we can set up a time to “meet” you on Skype.

Shoot date is the week of Nov. 4 in NYC and we will need a 5-hour commitment of
your time.


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Europa Presenting Sponsor for the 2014 Arnold Thu, 29 Aug 2013 00:22:40 +0000 ... continue reading]]> NATION’S LARGEST SPORTS SUPPLEMENT DISTRIBUTOR TO TAKE OVER AS PRESENTING SPONSOR FOR THE 26th ARNOLD SPORTS FESTIVAL

Charlotte, August 22, 2013-EUROPA SPORTS PRODUCTS: The Arnold Sports Festival is getting a new presenting sponsor, but the sponsorship deal with Europa Sports Products is only one aspect of what is shaping up to be a history-making weekend for the 26th annual Arnold Sports Festival, which is consistently recognized as the largest multi-sport event in the nation.

As first-time presenting sponsor for the Arnold weekend, Europa Sports Products is the largest U.S. distributor of nutritional supplements, sports drinks and accessories.

Europa Sports Products certainly knows the value of the Arnold weekend and has been an annual exhibitor for decades. The sponsorship agreement gives Europa new exposure and opportunities to introduce a breadth of products and nutritional knowledge to the 18,000 athletes and 175,000 fitness fans attending the four-day weekend event from more than 80 countries around the world.

Eric Hillman, CEO and Co-Founder of Europa Sports Products, states, “We’re thrilled to work with all the different players that make the Arnold Sports Festival the most iconic event in the fitness world. Throughout our 23 years in business, we have watched Arnold lead the crusade to grow this sport. I’ve personally been exhibiting at the Arnold Sports Festival since 1989 so it’s an honor to have this opportunity.”

On behalf of the Arnold Sports Festival, “Jim Lorimer and Arnold Schwarzenegger express great pleasure in having Europa Sports Products as the Above-the-Line Presenting Sponsor of the 2014 Arnold Sports Festival, which will be the first and largest of its kind in the world.”

Europa Sports Products literally fuels the fitness industry and is largely recognized as one of the most prominent supporters of athletes and health-based businesses in the nation. Europa Sports Products partners with VisionStar, Inc. (Ed & Betty Pariso, Scott Templeton) in hosting its own four-city athletic extravaganza known as the Europa Games. In fact, the 2014 Europa Games winners for the Men’s Open Bodybuilding event being held in Orlando and Phoenix will be invited to compete at the Arnold Classic in 2015.

From Europa’s longstanding reputation to its industry experience in hosting mega-sized sporting events, the opportunity to be headlining the Arnold in 2014 is nothing short of a “classic” partnership for the fitness world.

In the coming months, Europa Sports Products will work closely with the Arnold Sports Festival to make this year one to remember. Adding to the excitement, Arnold Schwarzenegger recently announced that he is launching a new line of nutritional supplements that focus on performance, power and strength, nutrient support and recovery. Europa Sports will be the exclusive distributor for the Arnold Series product line currently in development with MusclePharm.

The Arnold Sports Festival is scheduled to take place February 27 – March 2, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio. In addition to debuting a new title sponsor, the Arnold Sports Festival has announced that the first-annual Arnold Classic 212 (212lb lightweight Men’s division) will be held in 2014. It just goes to show that even after building more than a quarter century of success in this industry, there’s always a way to make it even stronger.

Media Contacts:

Marcus Hermens, Europa Sports Products 704-405-9135
Brent LaLonde, Arnold Sports Festival, 614-431-2600

About Europa Sports Products
Based in Charlotte, NC, Europa Sports Products is recognized as the industry leader in the distribution of nutritional and sports supplements, sports drinks and accessories to mass market retailers, gyms, health food stores and specialty supplement retailers. Europa offers more than 6,000 products representing 300+ of the industry’s leading brands. With 336,500 sq. ft. of warehouse space in seven strategically located offices nationwide, Europa’s expedited delivery process allows customers to keep “Just in Time” inventory. Europa is setting the industry standard in quality, product assortment, customer service and satisfaction.

About Arnold Sports Festival
The Arnold Sports Festival is the largest multi-sport event in the United States with more than 18,000 athletes competing in 50 sports and events. Founded by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and James J. Lorimer in 1989, the Arnold Sports Festival attracts 175,000 fitness fans to Columbus, Ohio the first weekend of March each year. 26th Arnold Sports Festival will be held Feb. 27-March 2, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio. The Arnold Sports Festival also produces the Arnold Classic Europe and the Arnold Classic Brasil each year.


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Shaw Wins World’s Strongest Man; MHP Dominates Tue, 27 Aug 2013 23:28:18 +0000 ... continue reading]]> Shaw deadliftMHP strongman Brian Shaw triumphed at the 2013 World’s Strongest Man in China, over

coming powerful competition to bring the WSM title back to the U.S. This was the Mammoth’s second WSM victory in 3 years. Fellow MHP athletes dominated the top 5 at the event, as Zydrunas Savickas placed second, Mike Jenkins placed fourth and Mike Burke placed fifth.

In the preliminary rounds, Shaw won 5 of 6 events in his group and was the top athlete overall in two of them. When the finals kicked off on Thursday, he claimed 1st place early on in round one and never let go. When the finals concluded, he lead the field with 51 total points, which was 3 points higher than Zydrunas. In the six final events, he finished in 1st two times and no worse than 5th in the other four events. Shaw won the Yoke and Deadlift for Max strength events.

Zydrunas overheadZydrunas’ attempt to win back-to-back WSM titles and his 4th overall came up just a bit short, but his effort could not be overlooked. After day 1 of the finals, he found himself sitting in 4th place, but after a late push in day 2, he was able to propel his way into 2nd place. With the 2nd place, finish Zydrunas has emerged as the only strongman in history to own 8 top 3 finishes at the WSM.



JenkinsJenkins made an incredible run at the WSM finals. After struggling with a bacterial stomach virus for the first few days of the preliminaries, many people counted him out. With his sheer heart and determination, he was able to make an epic comeback, qualify for the WSM finals and then take 4th overall in the competition.

BurkeAfter failing to qualify last year for the WSM finals, Burke was on a mission to qualify this year. The 2013 WSM marks the first time he qualified for the finals and with some great performances he pulled out a top 5 finish.

The 2013 WSM was a year to remember for Team MHP, as 4 MHP athletes finished in the top 5 of the highest profile strongman event on the planet. They are MHP STRONG!

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Olympia Size Line-up Heads to Arnold Europe Oct 11-13 Mon, 26 Aug 2013 17:06:33 +0000 ... continue reading]]> Pro Men:

Baito Abbaspour
Vladimir Agrinskiy
Carlos Asensio
Lionel Beyeke
Brandon Curry
Clarence DeVis
Mamdouh Elssbiay
Oleg Emelyanov
Toney Freeman
Huntington Glanville
Kai Greene
Phil Heath
Michael Kefalianos
Martin Kjellstrom
Alexey Lesukov
Victor Martinez
Ben Pakulski
Shawn Rhoden
Fred Smalls
Roelly Winklaar
Dennis Wolf

Pro Women Fitness:

Myriam Capes
Regina Da Silva
Nicole Duncan
Allison Ethier
Ryall Graber-Vasani
Oksana Grishina
Fiona Harris
Amanda Hatfield
Tanji Johnson
Whitney Jones
Babette Mulford
Natalie Planes
Ashley Sebera
Melinda Szabo

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