Category Archives: IFBB Pros
We all knew that there was an issue with Jay Cutler’s bicep from the 2011 Olympia on stage, and perhaps, that issue a few weeks before the contest caused him to not fully train correct, especially in the crucial last two weeks. This week, Jay Cutler had bicep surgery, and his recovering quite nicely. We all wish you the very best Jay!
With one week to go, the 2012 IFBB Desert Muscle Classic in Phoenix, featuring three IFBB contests, will be held. IFBB Men’s Bodybuilding 212 and Under, IFBB Bikini and the first ever IFBB Women’s Physique contest (a brand new division). Who will be competing? We have the competitor lists.
Congratulations to Lee Banks for signing with Champion Nutrition.
Champion Nutrition recently announced the signing of IFBB Pro Bodybuilder Lee Banks to its “Team Champion” group of amateur and professional athletes! Lee, inspired by his late father, Lee Andrew Banks, experimented with lifting weights at the age of 16 and after many years of dedicated training he competed for the first time at the age of 30 entering the All Star Bodybuilding Championships in Jacksonville, Florida.
After success at the local level, Lee’s drive to him to the national stage where he gathered two third place and three second place finishes before turning pro in 2010 by winning the overall title in the NPC North American’s. Lee is training right now getting ready for the 2011 Europa Pro in Orlando at the end of April and the New York Pro in New York City in May. Please welcome Lee once again to the Champion Team!
BSN® is pleased to announce the latest addition to its elite roster of athletes, IFBB pro and 2010 New York Pro Champion Roelly Winklaar! 2010 saw Roelly emerge from relative anonymity to take the IFBB by storm in his rookie season, making a splash with a strong debut at the Arnold Classic before taking the top honors in New York and finishing the year with his first trip to the Olympia stage.
Along the way, Roelly’s mix of size, conditioning and an undeniably freaky aesthetic made a lot of people around the sport take notice, and BSN® was no exception. With his immense promise and relentless dedication to improve and take his physique to even greater heights, Roelly will make an excellent ambassador for the world leader in nutritional supplementation for years to come.
A native of Curacao who now resides in the Netherlands, Egberton Rulove “Roelly” Etienne-Winklaar first came to national prominence in the US with his overall win at the 2009 NPC Arnold Amateur Championships, displaying a rare combination of massive size and shredded conditioning that heralded big things to come. The dominant win set him up for his big 2010, highlighted by his top-three finish at the Australia Pro Grand Prix and stunning victory at the prestigious New York Pro. With a passion for competition and some valuable Mr. Olympia experience now under his belt, the future looks very bright for Roelly in 2011.
Roelly will make his onstage debut as a Team BSN® athlete at the 2011 Arnold Classic in March, looking to capture the title at the same venue where he earned his pro card and subsequently made his pro debut. Joining him this year will be new BSN® teammate Dennis Wolf, and the duo will present a formidable threat to the rest of the deep field expected at this year’s event – so it should be a Classic in every sense of the word!
Once again, BSN® welcomes Roelly as the newest member of Team BSN®, and we look forward to watching him continue to climb his way up the IFBB pecking order and back to the Olympia stage in 2011!
Our sister site, Hardbody.com has been bringing us a number of competitor blogs as they gear up for the 2011 Arnold Classic Weekend, including the Bikini International, Figure International, and Fitness International. Here are some of the blogs as they get ready.
Toney Freeman, decided to respond to what happened when we went to Sweden. Here, in his own words, is what occured, and why he felt that Sweden, and the police in Sundsvall have their own agenda.
To all my fans out there, all around the world.
As we close out 2010, I wanted to take a little time out to talk to you from my heart. There is so much out there that is misunderstood and misquoted. So here’s the truth. Two weeks ago, I was invited to Sweden, along with other major bodybuilders to a fitness expo in Gothenburg, Sweden, I had just completed a successful four-day tour in Denmark, so 1 got there early, to meet the fans and Sundsvall was one of my stops.
You can imagine how shocked I was. Right in the middle of an in-store signing, about 10 police officers walked in and asked for me to come with them to the station. There was no warning, and I could not think why the police would want me. I thought it was a practical joke. But right there in front of my confused fans, I was escorted to a police van. Some paparazzi were there, as well as a TV crew.
When I got to the police station, I was told I was suspected of abusing drugs. I could not understand why. I had hardly been in Sweden a few hours and had no history as a drug user. I could not maintain my status as a competitive athlete and professional if I was addicted to narcotics.
The police said that because I was extraordinarily muscular, it was likely I had used steroids. They did not allow me to call a lawyer, the US embassy or call my family. Instead they interrogated me and forced me to provide a urine sample and told me the urine tests would be back in 3 weeks.
They asked me to tell them if I had used certain anabolic steroids. I advised them that I take my health seriously and that if they had any official queries, I could authorize my doctor to provide them with a medical report. They did not ask for this, A few hours later, the police let me go without charge. I was not remanded into custody or asked to report to the police station.
I was shocked to find the story on the news. Henrik Blusi, the local police inspector was giving a biased account. Although most civil matters are private unless a crime is proven, Mr. Blusi could not wait to go on camera. Ile was using the media to push his agenda. He apparently told the media that it is immoral for bodybuilders to be used in advertising in Sweden. He also said “Bodybuilders are not welcome in Sundsvall”. As a result, many US professional bodybuilders scheduled to appear in Gothenburg cancelled. This could also affect Sweden’s relations with the fitness community as no one wants to be treated like I was.
Disgusted by the police harassment and shocked at the way the matter was handled, I returned to Stockholm and decided to cancel my tour and return to the United States.
Friends, I respect the Swedish people, and their government. I can understand the need to educate people and deal with the harm that all drug abuse is doing to our communities. However, my experience shows that the focus for some Swedish law enforcement right now is to humiliate, not to rehabilitate. Does Sweden condone victimization of any group of people? Is it ethical for an officer of the law to go on public record making allegations before any evidence has been found? I believe it is waste of the Swedish taxpayer’s money to finance this witch hunt.
Right now, in Sweden, anyone who looks muscular, who wears dreadlocks, tattoos and piercings can be forced to go to the police station, provide a urine or blood sample and be interrogated without an attorney. You might even have the police using you as an example and humiliate you on TV. Attached separately are links to cases showing how the Swedish police’s “war on bodybuilders” has played out. You decide for yourselves.
Folks. I am angry and disappointed, but I am not broken. 2011 will see many great things from me to you, so I invite you to keep an open mind and stay in touch with me. I will see you on the road and thank all of you who sent me those encouraging Tweets and Facebook messages. I also want to thank all my sponsors, supporters, friends and my wife and family for a great year and for your hard work for me, 1 wish you all happy holidays and a X-tra special 2011. Live your dreams and stay healthy and focused.
From Phil Heath – “Hello all! After long thought and consulting with family and friends, I have decided NOT to compete at the ’11 Arnold Classic. This was a very difficult decision to make as I had a great ’10 season. I want to thank my beautiful wife Jennie for her on-going support along with my sponsors Team MuscleTech and Weider/AMI. ”
With this statement, the number two ranked IFBB pro bodybuilder in the world is foregoing the early season to concentrate on the 2011 Mr. Olympia in the hopes of defeating Jay Cutler and finally picking up the title of the best of the best. But Phil will surely be missed at the first Flex Pro, and now the 2011 Arnold Classic.
So who is happy with this? The other pro bodybuilders that are going to compete in these contests. The prize money at the Arnold Classic is only second best to the Olympia. See you there.
Phil Heath was in town here in Woodland Hills, California, where he was working on some pictures and videos featuring Phil and Kai Greene, for the upcoming Olympia and Flex Magazine. What garnered everyone’s attention is that Phil was wearing a Muscletech T-shirt and not the usual Met-Rx. Well, it was confirmed that Phil did sign a supplement contract deal with Muscletech, and now is representing them. Phil joins a multitude of other high profile bodybuilders that are with Muscletech, including Jay Cutler and Branch Warren. Congratulations.
Jay Cutler came to the 2010 NPC Orange County Muscle Classic, and guest posed, much to the delight of the 1,000+ crowd who was at hand. Even offseason, the current Mr. Olympia is still huge and impressive. At the mic, Jay said he will win that coveted 4th Sandow trophy. Here are some pics, with more to be on bodybuilding.com in a few days.
One day after the IFBB Phoenix Pro, Dan Hill was at the Fitness Factory in Arizona at a photoshoot. It was his actual birthday, turning 24, and we surprised him with a cake. Needless to say, Dan was very surprised!
Hidetada Yamagishi, two weeks out from the 2010 Phoenix Pro, courtesy of Ironman, and Lonnie Teper. Will Hidetada make the top three?
Chris Aceto, in his Ripped Report, is training three competitors for the 2010 IFBB Phoenix Pro, (Troy Alves, Deshaun Grimez, and Tarek Elsetouhi. Now Tarek is one of the biggest guys on stage, and although he has yet to break the top 4 at an IFBB show, you may never know what is in store at the first IFBB pro show of the year.
For pictures of Terek, Troy and DeShaun, go to Chris Aceto’s blog at the Ripped Report.
Here is a cool video of Johnnie Jackson getting ready for the 2010 IFBB Pro Phoenix contest, which will be on February 20th. The Phoenix Pro contest is the first IFBB contest of the year.
The video is courtesty of Muscletech.
Jay Cutler, the #1 IFBB bodybuilder in the world, coming off his comeback win at the 2009 Mr. Olympia, discusses current events at the 2010 Fit Expo, where later on that day, he did a Q&A seminar for the fans. Here is Jay, with Bob Cicherillo.
Jay Cutler, courtesy of Weider / AMI
Markus Ruhl is huge, and coming off a surprising comeback last year, in which he proved once again he is still a top IFBB pro bodybuilder, was at the Ultimate Nutritrion booth at the 2010 Fit Expo here in Los Angeles on January 23-24th. Here is Bob Cicherillo, of Bodybuilding.com, asking Markus some questions.