BodyPower Goes Pro

/ Posted 08.16.2013

BP PRO LOGO-01BodyPower is proud to announce the introduction of an IFBB Pro Show at the 2014 expo.

In a major coup for the ever-evolving BodyPower Expo, the official IFBB sanctioned BodyPower Pro will be the only pro show taking place in the UK.

After five successful years, the loyal BodyPower following has grown accustomed to seeing amateur competitions featured within the UK’s number one fitness expo. For the sixth installment, BodyPower has taken it up a notch with the BodyPower Pro, taking center stage within the three-day fitness phenomena.
“Bodybuilding has always been big in the UK,” IFBB Professional League president Jim Manion said. “There has been a long history of great champions competing in England and next year the IFBB Pro League is proud to keep that tradition alive with the BodyPower Pro.”

The BodyPower Pro is set to feature an exciting and varied, three class line-up. Visitors can expect to see top names from the world of bodybuilding battling it out in the 212 class, figure, and for the first time ever in the UK, the pro wheelchair class.

The addition of the pro wheelchair class is a proud moment in the history of the expo. As an industry leader and the UK’s number one fitness expo, BodyPower is a strong advocate for ‘fitness for all’ and supports the notion that disability is no obstacle to achieving your goals.

BodyPower CEO, Nick Orton commented on the announcement: “The introduction of a pro show into the expo program is fantastic news for our visitors. The size of the show and its following has snowballed year on year, justifying the need to take the offering to the next level. The BodyPower Pro will certainly do that!”

Spectators can also expect an additional line-up of world renowned open competitors, who will take to the stage for a series of guest posings throughout the BodyPower Pro.

Prejudging will take place during the day of Friday, May 16 and will be accessible to the expo visitors. The finals of the eagerly anticipated BodyPower Pro will take place on the Saturday evening, an event that will be ticketed separately from the day’s expo.

For more information on the BodyPower Pro call 01926 485423 or email

Filed Under: Contests

Olympia Weekend: One Million Dollars in Prize Money

/ Posted 08.07.2013

Joe Weider’s Olympia Fitness and Performance Weekend has reached a milestone—correction, a million dollar milestone. Yes, bodybuilding’s biggest weekend has hit the $1,000,000 mark, making Olympia Weekend’s total prize money figure the richest in the industry—by a country mile! Check out the increases in total prize money per division: Mr. Olympia has jumped from $650,000 to $675,000; the Olympia 212 Showdown has grown from $40,000 to $65,000; and the inaugural Olympia Men’s and Women’s Physique Showdowns kick in $20,000 a piece, and those figures combined with the other divisions add up to one million dollars in total prize money.

For years, the goal was to reach one million dollars by the 50th anniversary of Olympia Weekend, which would have been 2014. But thanks to the hard work and combined efforts of American Media Inc. and its CEO and chairman David J. Pecker, the IFBB Professional League and its president Jim Manion, and title sponsor Ultimate Nutrition, presenting sponsor, and other valued sponsors, Joe and Ben Weider’s lifelong dream has become reality—ahead of schedule. And let’s not forget the folks who really made this possible, the fans.

“Without the fans none of this would have happened,” Manion said. “Whether you’re a fan who attends year after year, a fan who can only make a special trip once in a while, or a first-time fan, it’s because of your support of the event and the sport, that Olympia Weekend has been getting bigger every year and I know that with all the exciting things happening in the industry, it will continue growing in the coming years. The sky’s the limit.”

Ultimate Nutrition presents the 2013 IFBB Joe Weider’s Olympia Fitness and Performance Weekend, brought to you by, September 26-29 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Get your tickets now at


Mr. Olympia: $675,000
212 Showdown: $65,000
Ms. Olympia: $60,000
Fitness Olympia: $60,000
Figure Olympia: $60,000
Bikini Olympia: $40,000
Men’s Physique Showdown: $20,000
Women’s Physique Showdown: $20,000

Total: $1,000,000

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Filed Under: Mr Olympia

Shout Out to Larry Powers

/ Posted 08.05.2013

LTB-im2402-1Was chatting with promoter Steve Karel about the 2013 NPC Nationals, set for November 22-23 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, when Steve asked a favor. “This is on the humanitarium side of things,” Karel said. “People who followed the sport in the 1950s, 60s and 70s would remember Larry Powers, a former Mr. America–his real name was Larry Cianchetta. Larry was one of Joe Weider’s favorite bodybuilders, and was featured on a lot of magazine covers (including the February, 1965 issue of Iron Man).

“I used to train with him in New York in the 80s. Larry now lives in Florida, and a very close, mutual friend that saw him many times recently passed along the information that Larry is having some major health issues and would love to hear from former contemporaries–or anybody in the industry who wishes to say hello.” A 1999 feature on Powers that ran in Life Extension Magazine said Larry was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 1990, at the age of 50.

So, surprise Larry with a phone call, card, or any type of correspondence that will surely brighten his day. I did not know Powers, but in looking at his competition resume, he surely was among the best in the game during his era. You can phone Powers at 954 785-7793, or write to him at 3305 SE 5th Street, Pompano, Florida, 33062.

Filed Under: Nationals, News

Olympia Payday: The Sky’s The Limit!

/ Posted 07.09.2013





The Olympia. Where Legends Are Made. Conceived by Joe Weider, the 1965 Mr. Olympia, which was comprised of past Mr. Universe winners (at the time, the highest accolade in the sport), decided once-and-for-all who was truly the best. The physiques that won on this stage, names like Scott, Schwarzenegger, Zane, Haney, Yates, Coleman, Cutler, Heath and others, will echo through the ages. Today, the Olympia is more than just the greatest bodybuilding contest in the world, it is the greatest event in the sport, representing all eight divisions of the IFBB Professional League and home to an enormous expo with hundreds of health and fitness vendors and exciting sports and exhibitions for competitors and fans alike. Yes, the Olympia is far and away the ultimate achievement in the sport, and it is befitting that the total prize money, which has increased to $950,000, is a new record for the bodybuilding and fitness industry. The total cash prize for the Mr. Olympia will be $650,000, with $250,000, the coveted Sandow and a place in bodybuilding history going to the winner. The 212 Showdown has increased to $60,000 and the Bikini Olympia to $40,000 in total prize money, respectively.

It all happens September 26-29 in America’s playground, Las Vegas, NV when Ultimate Nutrition presents the 2013 IFBB Joe Weider’s Olympia Fitness and Performance Weekend, brought to you by It’s not too late to get your tickets. Go to now!


Mr. Olympia: $650,000
212 Showdown: $60,000
Ms. Olympia: $60,000
Fitness Olympia: $60,000
Figure Olympia: $60,000
Bikini Olympia: $40,000
Men’s Physique Showdown: $10,000
Women’s Physique Showdown: $10,000

Total: $950,000

Filed Under: Arnold Classic

2013 NPC BMR West Coast Classic

/ Posted 07.01.2013



LT pictured here with the winners from the latest West Coast Classic. [photo by Merv]

Photos are here and full results coming soon!

Filed Under: West Coast Classic

Musclemag Closes Doors and Declares Bankruptcy

/ Posted 06.08.2013

Written by Aaron Singerman


musclemag.comEarlier today Robert Kennedy Publishing, which is responsible for Musclemag, Oxygen, and Reps magazines, shut its doors and sent its employees home. Musclemag was established by in 1974, but as of today, the magazine, along with the other titles are done. You won’t be receiving any more copies in the mail, and you won’t be able to buy the magazine in the grocery store. And Robert Kennedy Publishing is in the process of declaring bankruptcy.

As soon as I heard the news happened I contact Bill Geiger, the now former Editor-In-Chief of Musclemag. He said, “I’m sorry for all the talented editors, writers and photographers who have lost their jobs. We had a really great team but publishing as we know it is changing. Sadly the company was saddled with some costs it couldn’t shed and ultimately that dragged us down. Hopefully the magazine titles will continue under a new owner after bankruptcy. But for most of us we need to find jobs.”

I remember when I was a kid, I used to ride my bike to Barnes & Noble to read the newest magazine. I’d be so excited to read the Venice Beach Scene or Johnny Fitness’ newest column, and I was just reminiscing about how proud and excited I was to write last year’s Olympia coverage. Seeing my words in that legendary magazine always gave me a thrill. This is a sad day for our sport, and the industry. One of the truly great institutions in bodybuilding has fallen.

Original story is here.

Filed Under: News

Arnold Classic 212 To Debut At 2014 Arnold Sports Festival

/ Posted 06.07.2013


COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Arnold Sports Festival will add the 212-pound professional men’s bodybuilding division to its IFBB Pro League contests in 2014, event promoter Jim Lorimer announced today.

The men’s bodybuilding lightweight division has become one of the IFBB Pro League’s most popular since being introduced in 2008 as the 202-pound division. The allowed weight was increased to 212 pounds effective November 2011.

The first-annual Arnold Classic 212 will be held Feb. 28, 2014. Prejudging will be held from noon-2 p.m. at the Arnold Fitness EXPO Stage, with finals sets for 7 p.m. that night at Veterans

The Arnold Classic 212 will replace the Ms. International women’s bodybuilding competition at the Arnold Sports Festival. The Ms. International was part of the Arnold Sports Festival for 25 years, with Iris Kyle winning her record seventh title in 2013.

“The Arnold Sports Festival was proud to support women’s bodybuilding through the Ms. International for the past quarter century,” Lorimer said. “But in keeping with demands of our fans, the time has come to introduce the Arnold Classic 212 beginning in 2014. We are excited to create a professional competitive platform for some of the IFBB Pro League’s most popular

The 2014 Arnold Sports Festival will again feature five IFBB Pro League events: men’s bodybuilding, 212 men’s bodybuilding, women’s fitness, figure and bikini.

The 2014 Arnold Sports Festival – which will once again feature 18,000 athletes from more than 80 nations competing in 45 sports and events – will be held Feb. 27-March 2, 2014. Arnold Classic 212, Fitness International and Figure International competitions will be held on Friday, Feb. 28 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center and Veterans Memorial. The 26th Annual Arnold Classic and Bikini International will be held on Saturday, March 1 at Veterans Memorial.

The Arnold Amateur Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure, Bikini & Physique Championships will be held March Feb. 27-28 at Veterans Memorial and March 1 at the Greater Columbus Convention

Visit for more information. Tickets to all events will go on sale beginning at a later date at

Media Contacts:
Arnold Sports Festival Lorz Communications, Inc.
Brent LaLonde,, (614) 431-2600
Matt Lorz,, (614) 443-1877

Filed Under: 212, Arnold Classic

NPC and Gaspari Nutrition Announce NPC Athletes of the Month for April

/ Posted 06.04.2013



PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA (May 29, 2013) – The National Physique Committee and Gaspari Nutrition have chosen seven competitors – Daniel McDonald, Jeremy Buendia, Jennifer Childs, Grace Ripslinger, Edith Waggoner, , Samantha Sage and Lisa LaBrie – as NPC Athletes of the Month for the month of April.

Each month, NPC President Jim Manion selects the Athletes of the Month in each of the organization’s seven divisions – Men’s and Women’s Bodybuilding, Figure, Bikini, Fitness and Men’s and Women’s Physique – based on in-person analysis and on the information provided by contest promoters across the country.

For complete profiles and galleries of the April NPC Athletes of the month, go to

About the April Athletes of the Month:

– Men’s Bodybuilding: Daniel McDonald, 38, a former sponsored skateboarder, won the Heavyweight and Overall at the Europa Show of Champions in Orlando, Florida.

– Women’s Bodybuilding: Lisa Labrie, 43, returned to the stage after a nine-year layoff to win the Overall at the Vermont State Championships.

– Bikini: Jennifer Childs, a mother of two, won the Open and Masters Overall titles at the Northern Colorado Championships.

– Figure: Former soccer player Grace Ripslinger, 22, won the Overall at the Iowa State Championships. Ripslinger started competing in 2012.

– Women’s Physique: Edith Waggoner won the Overall at the LA Grand Prix. A former Figure competitor, Waggoner made the transition to Women’s Physique for the 2013 NPC season.

– Men’s Physique: Jeremy Buendia, 22, won the Overall at the LA Grand Prix, the third straight contest at which he won his class and the Overall.

– Fitness: First-year competitor Samantha Sage, 19, won the Overall at the Texas Shredder Classic.

Filed Under: NPC
Tags: Partners with Global Proving Ground’s New Reality Show Warrior Island

/ Posted 05.22.2013



Los Angeles – May 20, 2013Global Proving Ground (GPG), a fast rising worldwide combat sports organization, and, the largest online retailer of health and fitness supplements, are partnering up to bring you a new reality-based sports show, Warrior Island. “We cast the show by having millions of fans vote on Youtube, Facebook & Twitter with our unique social networking platform” states show’s creator James Jefferson. Warrior Island maroons these elite fighters on an island in the Pacific Ocean, where they must train old school martial arts with the Martial Arts Masters from around the world. Masters Renzo Gracie, Dan Severn, Chung Chow, Relson Gracie and Ron Van Clief will instill knowledge and skill within these fighters. The Director and Producers describe the show as Enter the Dragon meets Blood Sport in this highly anticipated Hollywood production from veteran Director Ben Perry and Executive Producer Steve Tornabene. With expert fitness and nutrition training by‘s Phd Jim Stoppani and action movie star Silvio Simac Warrior Island fighters will have every advantage to improve their abilities before the fights begin. The fighters must then fight in an open soft pit to stay on the island and continue to strive to become champion of Warrior Island! is just the strategic partner we needed to launch our TV show and we are also excited about them being part of our worldwide fight league, Global Proving Ground,” said Warrior Island creator, James Jefferson. “  is the online industry leader in health and fitness supplements. Their goals align perfectly with GPG and will help us take Warrior Island to the next level.”

“We are truly excited about partnering with GPG and Warrior Island,” said Ryan DeLuca, CEO and founder of “Mixed martial arts is exploding in popularity and involves some of the most physically fit athletes in the world. Keeping a competitive edge is key for these athletes,” said DeLuca, “by using proper training, nutrition and supplementation. So many of our customers love MMA, our partnership with GPG is a natural fit.”
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Filed Under: News

NPC and Gaspari Nutrition Announce NPC Athletes of the Month for March

/ Posted 05.01.2013



PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA (April 25, 2013) – The National Physique Committee and Gaspari Nutrition have selected John Durante, Bradley Martyn, Nicole Kupser, Pamela Snyder, Kristine Duba, Bianca Martin and Rachael Pecoraro Athletes of the Month for the month of March.

Each month, NPC President Jim Manion selects the Athletes of the Month in each of the organization’s seven divisions – Men’s and Women’s Bodybuilding, Figure, Bikini, Fitness and Men’s and Women’s Physique – based on in-person analysis and on the information provided by contest promoters across the country.

For complete profiles and galleries of the March NPC Athletes of the month, go to

About the March Athletes of the Month:

– Men’s Bodybuilding: John Durante, 34, won the Middleweight and Overall at the NPC Sunshine Classic. Durante started competing in the NPC in 2009.

– Women’s Bodybuilding: Rachael Pecoraro, 30, won the Heavyweight division at the Baltimore Gladiator Championships in her first-ever contest. A former police officer, Pecoraro is now a Control Tactics Instructor at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

– Bikini: Former gymnast Pamela Snyder, 27, won her class and the Overall at the Battle on the Beach.

– Figure: Former elementary school teacher Nicole Kupser won Overall titles in the first two contests of her NPC figure career at the San Diego Championships and the Arizona State Championships.

– Women’s Physique: Brazilian-born Bianca Martin switched to the Women’s Physique division for the 2013 season and kicked things off by winning her class and the Overall titles at the San Diego Championships.

– Men’s Physique: Bradley Martyn, 23, won his class and the Overall at the Phil Heath Classic.

– Fitness: Kristine Duba, 26, became the first two-time NPC Athlete of the Month selection. Duba, who was also named Athlete of the Month last October, won Fitness and Figure Overall titles at the Tanji Johnson Classic.

Filed Under: NPC