Right on the heels of the IFBB Pittsburgh Pro Masters show this past weekend was the longtime running and very popular North American Championships. The North Americans is one of the last chances each year for NPC competitors to earn their IFBB Pro card. This is of course a main driving factor causing competitors to flock to Pittsburgh for this particular show. Additionally, show promoter Gary Udit always puts on a great show that leaves the majority of competitors walking away from the stage satisfied with their experience. To top it off, Pittsburgh is a town full of character that is a lot of fun to visit. When you mix all of these factors together you can quickly see why the North American Championships are growing in attendance year after year.
This year was the largest North American Championships show ever! Over 1000 competitors took to the NA stage this past weekend in hopes of earning their pro card. With so many NPC competitors, pre-judging rolled right past the scheduled “start time” for finals causing the finals to start a little over an hour late each day to account for the sheer number of competitors. The situation was made even more challenging due to the volume of “cross-overs.” (Competitors competing in more than one age group) The NA show is getting so large that it makes you wonder if they will in the future make the Masters Pro show a permanent fixture either on Thursday or Sunday and mix the IFBB and NPC competitors together over three days. This would serve to make it easier to fit a break midday each day of a three day show. Only time will tell if they will make the decision to implement this type of scheduling strategy.
When looking at the show as a whole the Men’s Physique division made a huge splash. They made up a massive part of the total entries into the show. Across the board the MP competitors came in lean, hard and displayed a satisfactory amount of muscle without looking “bodybuilder-ish”. The “shape” of MP is becoming more and more apparent at every large show.
Below are the Men’s Physique results including the pro-card winners. To see stage pictures of each competitor and comparison photos just click on the names below.