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.
The 2009 IFBB EUROPA SUPERSHOW took an unordinary path to a predictable result. Held at the Dallas Convention Center in Downtown Dallas, Texas, Ed and Betty Pariso put on yet another seamless production. This year's production included the pro show, NPC competition, MMA, supplement EXPO, and even a bunch of rare and classic cars.
Steve Weinberger just called to tell me there's an update to the IFBB Pro Card allotments at this year's Optimum Nutrition NPC Team Universe Bodybuilding, Figure and Bikini Championships and Met-RX National Fitness Championships. This year's event will be held on September 18-19, 2009 at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, in the best damn city in the world (NYC).
Tampa, Florida, August 8, 2009: "What are the judges looking for?" It's a question that has loomed large for as long as women's bodybuilding events have been contested. And on Saturday night at the Tampa Performing Arts Center, the final results of the Tampa Pro Bodybuilding Championships left scores of fans and the competitors wondering the same thing.
The 2009 IFBB PBW Tamp Pro Under-202 class was perhaps the best 202 class I've seen this season. It was dominated right from the get-go by a confident David Henry (FULL CONTEST PHOTO GALLERY). He looked so ungodly, massive, and in such great condition that he could have had his trophy sent to him in the mail and not even bothered showing up. He looked like someone had taken a 2004 caliber Ronnie Coleman and hit him over the head with a big mallet to knock a half a foot of height out of him (while giving him better abs in the process). Henry looked thick, dense, and incredibly detailed well beyond the paltry weight limit. Standing alone he looked like he weighed 240, not 202. Have I gotten my point across yet? Seeing David Henry tonight was a treat any bodybuilding fan will take home and remember for years to come. Yes, he as that good; and I mean that in the most un-schmoey way imaginable.