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The Ruthless Report 18: A Room With a Fitness View… and More

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Rx Muscle honcho Dave Palumbo is a cool guy as well as a man of action. When he got the idea to put on a Webcast of a women's roundtable TV show last summer, he didn't mess around. Before you could say Barbara Walters, "The Fitness View" was making its debut live from a Las Vegas hotel suite during Olympia Weekend. Happily, my long time contest-wrap partners, Carolyn Bryant and Nancy DiNino, and I got to be part of fitness-Webcast history, along with our two new friends, supplement maker Liz Gaspari and Nancy Noreman.

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WPD to the O—In Their Own Words, Part 2

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More interviews with top challengers for the first Olympia Women’s Physique Showdown, set for next weekend in Las Vegas. This time out: Karina Nascimento, Toni West and Tamee Marie.

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The Ruthless Report 17: WPD to the O—In Their Own Words, Part 1

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It’s Showdown time. As in the very first Olympia Women’s Physique Showdown, which is happening in Las Vegas next weekend along with all the rest of the Big O festivities. Much has been said, speculated about—grumbled about—what this new division, lying somewhere between figure and women’s bodybuilding, is supposed to be, what the competitors are supposed to look like and, naturally, what the judges are looking for. Too much actually—it was time to ask the women what they think.

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The Ruthless Report 16: Women and Muscle (Part 2): The Reboot

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This season I have been mightily amused—and a little distressed—to hear contest commentators so not getting it right on the topic of muscularity, conditioning and Women’s Physique. The result: Some thoughts as we head into the Olympia stretch, 2013.

 

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Ruthless Report 15: Women and Muscle (Part 1), Plus Pittsburgh Tales

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The further we get into the first Olympia-bound season of pro women's physique, the more it's shaping up to be the "Battle of Brazilian Butts and Other Bodyparts." This week all eyes are on the New York Pro, where Optimum Classic champ Karina Nascimento hopes to show reigning New York Pro champ Juliana Malacarne what exactly she can do with her body-that-WPD-was-invented-for reputation. (Patricia Mello, the other Brazilian bombshell of WPD, won two shows this spring.)

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A Special Addition:The Ruthless Report 14: Working for Joe—Memories of a Galaxy Far, Far Away

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For those who knew Joe Weider only as a figurehead, the face on the publisher's page or an old man who came out onstage at the Olympia, here are some personal memories of the human being behind the icon.

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