Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Cedric McMillan: Teper's Amateur!

Lonnie Teper's "NPC Bodybuilder of the Year" was the 2009 Nationals super heavy and overall champ Cedric McMillan who, apparantly, just "edged" out Mark Alvisi (the heavyweight and overall champ from the NPC USA earlier in the year) to take the "title" because Cedric pretty much came out of nowhere to claim his win the Nationals (while Alvisi was a favourite long before the USAs).

Cedric just fell short of making my featured list (but then again neither did Alvisi), mainly because I knew so little of him... but my what a back!!!

Here's Cedric guest posing in 2008 at the South Carolina show, followed by some shots from his 2008 Junior USA win and then some post National beach shots for comparison:

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Day 1: Branch Warren

The 34 year old Texan hit it out of the park at the end of 2009 when he came out of nowhere to take second at the Olympia, with the biggest, "hardest, fullest, driest" package he'd ever brought to this or any stage!

At the 2009 Arnold Classic, his first show in a year and after the triceps injury which had kept him out of the 2008 Olympia, Branch earned his highest placing in a couple of years by placing 3rd:

Branch of course pleased his fans with numerous appearances and guest posing stints including the NPC Pittsburgh in May, the Ontario Provincial Bodybuilding Championships (clip below) and his own Branch Warren Classic (pics below) in July, and both the NPC Total Package and Texas State after the O:

My "Day 1" bodybuilder for the second year, Branch is again going to be a powerhouse in 2010! The final clip says it all!

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