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.
Typically when I think aboot Canada my first thoughts are freezing cold temperatures, hockey, legal weed, and free health care. But in bodybuilding, O Canada has delivered some of the most charismatic and polarizing bodybuilders the IFBB has ever seen. Ben Pakulski, Frank McGrath, Fouad Abiad, and Antoine Vaillant have all become international bodybuilding superstars hailing from a country whose amateurs receive little exposure compared to their American counterparts. These men aren’t just excellent bodybuilders, but great marketers too.
Is Bodybuilding Ready For An Openly Gay Athlete?
I'm writing this operating under the assumption that everyone has heard the story of NBA player Jason Collins. Just in case you're a caveman and haven't heard, Collins recently made headlines when he came out to Sports Illustrated as the first openly gay athlete in a major American professional sport. What many bodybuilding fans, especially those under thirty, may not be aware of is that in the July 1989 edition of Ironman former NPC National champion and former Mr. Universe Bob Paris became the first male professional athlete in any sport to come out as openly gay while still actively competing.
If I Knew Then What I Know Now
By: Matt Meinrod
How many times have we all said the line, “If I knew then what I know now?” These are the famous last words of everyone at least 1 year removed from high school. Truth is, I’ve been saying that my entire life. If I had only trained the way I do now back then, maybe I wouldn’t have a torn pec. If I had learned what carbs I should have eaten, maybe I wouldn’t have gotten so fat in the off season.
Today marks a new day in Fitness Management Group history. For the first time in the 18 year existence of the company FMG has added their first male athlete, IFBB Professional League Men’s Physique athlete Mark Anthony.
For those sleeping on the current state of bodybuilding it’s safe to say you’re missing out on something big happening. For as long as I’ve followed bodybuilding I don’t remember there being this much disdain with the direction many competitors are taking their physiques. While I don’t mind the comic book science experiment bodybuilder, many want it to go away. Change may one day come, but classic bodybuilding is right in front of everyone’s face in the 212 division.