I've always said, "Bodybuilding lacks smack talk!" That statement was never more true until Ben White came along. Now we have plenty. His latest rant involves statements made last night on a Heavy Muscle Radio special report. Our guest, Stan Efferding, was lamenting his exclusion from the upcoming World's Strongest Pro Bodybuilder lift-off between Johnnie Jackson and Ben White on Olympia Weekend. Efferding's rather extemporaneous diatribe revolved around the fact that he is, as far as official powerlifting totals go, the world's strongest pro bodybuilder.
Anyone who has ever met Dave Palumbo knows that he's anything but shallow. Having made that statement, let me qualify it by saying that Dave is one of the deepest, most soulful and thought-provoking, guys you'll ever meet. He's got a fantastic sense of humor and he's extremely intelligent. Knowing all this, I had quite a bit of self-inflicted pressure to ask him all the right questions and to discuss key topics that would, ultimately, paint an accurate picture of the man behind the legend.
Hmmm...I'm going to be honest. When I set out to interview Boss 1 and Boss 2, I opened my mouth before I thought it through. I called John and told him I had this great idea: let me interview the interviewers!
I mean, these two guys are always asking the questions, yet they lead some pretty interesting lives themselves. There's so much to these two that you don't actually get to see or hear about that I wanted to get the personal scoop on these two innovators!
It's all over here in beautiful Cleveland, Ohio, as the 2009 IFBB North American Championships have finally concluded. With pro-cards up for grabs for all genres of both master and open classes, it was a long haul to the end. As always, promoter Gary Udit and his crew pulled it off without a hitch and should be complimented for the smooth and quick night show. Everyone was given the chance to stand onstage tonight and deservedly so. You can read what happened here, or you can check out the video wrap up featuring highlights of the top posing routines and overall comparisons.
All week people have been asking me, "Who are the favorites for the North America?" to which I responded, "Ask me Friday night and I might have a clue."
WARNING: the phonetically challenged can see the PRE-JUDGING WRAP-UP VIDEO HERE with video highlights from the stage.As the clock strikes midnight here in Cleveland, following pre-judging (part 1) of the IFBB North American Championships, I got my clue as to who the winner might be. His name? Shawn Rhoden (SEE PICS HERE). After a seven year self-imposed break from the sport, Rhoden came back bigger, harder, and all-around better.