Thursday, April 30, 2009

Pittsburgh Pro 202 & Under

The inaugural Pittsburgh Pro 202lbs & Under contest is taking place this weekend at the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall. Taking place in conjunction with the 2009 NPC Pittsburgh championships the pro show lineup currently includes Mark Dugdale, Nathan Wonsley, George Farah, Ahmad Ahmad, Jason Arntz, blind bodybuilder Greg Rando and the return to Richard Jones (overall champ at the 2003 USA who came third in his pro debut, the 2004 Night of Champions, and then disappeared after a poor shwing at that year's Olympia). Also up is MD's 2008 Cyber Classic Champ Brazilian Eduardo Correa, who's show it is to lose, if the precontest pics are anything to go by!

David Dahan: FIBO 2009

Frenchmen David Dahan posing at the Peak Nutrition booth last weekend at the Exhibition Centre in Essen, Germany during one of the leading international trade shows for fitness, the FIBO 2009.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Roger Baker: Emerald Champion

After two 4th place finishes, Roger Baker, the 34 year old, 5'8" single dad from Kennewich, finally finished first at the NPC Emerald Cup last weekend in Seattle, WA. Baker, the heavyweight who also won the 2008 NPC Washington State is now planning to make an appearance at the USA's in Vegasat the end of July to see how he does in a national competition. Previous Emerald Cup winners include top NPC amateur Nathan DeTracy (2007), Todd Scott (2005) and Eric Blancaflor (2004).

Friday, April 24, 2009

Steve Kulco: Ronnie Classic

23 year old amateur super heavyweight Steve Kuclo guest posing last weekend at the 2009 NPC Ronnie Coleman Classic bodybuilding competition in Mesquite, TX. Kuclo is a firefighter for the Dallas Fire-Rescue, hence the authentic posing outfit.



Thursday, April 23, 2009

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Ronny "The Predator" Rockel

Victor and Roelly: Dutch Nationals

Or is it Roelly and Victor? The old and new pro facing off while guest posing at the Dutch Nationals on the 19th. Roelly is already prepping for his pro debut at the 2010 Arnold Classic.





Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Mark Dugdale: Emerald Cup

It may be the buzz cut, or it might just be MD's black and white photos, but 34 year old Mark Dugdale looked large and in charge during his guest posing stint at the 2009 Emerald Cup in Bellevue, WA this past weekend.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

2009 Europa Show of Champions

The prejudging for the Europa Show of Champions (at the Orange Country Convention Center in Orlando, Fl) took place last night with Play-by-Play coverage, as usual, by Shawn Ray over at TEAM MD. Full show coverage can be found at Bodybuilding.com, the play-by-play resumes as 3pm EST/12pm PST and contest images (as they become available) can be found at Muscular Development.

With $10,000 up for grabs for first place, it seems that Hidetada Yamagishi (34, 5'5"), Darrem Charles (41, 5'8") and Troy Alves (42, 5'8") are all in contention for the win tonight and Shawn's first impressions of this possible top three were thus:

Darrem: "ABs sliced and tight! Best Double Bi Shot! Deep dark color. Tri's are sliced. Hams could use some extra Mass, good double back bi! Not very vascular but in great condition, feathers on quads! Very nice, big applause from crowd."

Hide: "Great Color! Thighs have 'peek a Boo' Feathers on Quads. Side Chest is DRY!!!!!!!!!!! Good calves. Back separated and good Christmas Tree. Good lines. Legs are his best body part! Nice job, Cramping while walking off stage."

Troy: "Great Color! Hard upper Body, Pecs separated. Arms and Shoulders came up. Side Ham look good. Thighs are a bit down. Back dry, Calves slight, Hams and Glutes are still holding some water. Abs and Thighs look great! Nice showing for Troy!"

Rounding out the top 4 (i.e. the other competitor in the First Call Out) was Russian Sergey Schelestov who placed 8th at the Arnold Classic in March.

Here's hoping Hide takes home the prize money!!!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Mark Dugdale: Tax Day Photos

As reported over at the MuscuPassion forums, CD album cover model Mark Dugdale is planning on competing again this year at both the Pittsburgh Pro (on May 2nd) and then the New York Pro (on May 16th). He will be competing in the 202 & Under class (along with the likes of Flex Lewis, Dave Henry and ).

CD album cover model? Mark was featured on the front of Back Breaker, the third album from The Showdown, a Christian heavy metal band from Tennessee.



Also back in February Mark did a shoot with Josef Adlt, the photographer and former 3-time Czech national bodybuilding champion, who now lives in the US.

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