Category Archives: Announcements

2012 Bodyspace Spokesmodel Finalists Announced

Congratulations to the Top 5 Finalists (both male and female) in the’s Annual Spokesmodel Contest. Hundreds of people applied to be the next Bodyspace Finalist, and the final list is in. The competitors will be flown to Los Angeles, and the winners will be announced on stage at the 2012 Fit Expo at the L.A. Convention Center on January 29th. We will be there covering the event. The finalists are…

Shawn Perine Named Editor-in-Chief of Muscle & Fitness

Congratulations to Shawn Perrinne, who will begin his new job as Editor-in-Chief of Muscle & Ftiness starting on November 21st. Shawn was been involved with bodybuilding for quite sometimes, and Shawn was the depth, understanding and knowledge for this position. Here is the press release.

NEW YORK, Nov. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — David J. Pecker, President, Chairman and CEO of American Media, Inc. (AMI) today announced that Shawn Perine has been named Editor-in-Chief of Muscle & Fitness, the # 1 magazine for serious fitness enthusiasts. With over 6.2 million readers, Muscle & Fitness is dedicated to providing the most revolutionary training, nutrition and supplement information to young men looking to build muscle by giving them the tools to attain an improved physique.

IFBB ‘202lb and Under’ Contest gone?

It is official. After November 5th, the 202lbs and Under Contest will be gone. Done. Caput. But, a new contest will begin, one that is 10 pounds higher for the pros.

The new division started in 2007 at the Europa Super Show in Dallas with the first contest – the 210lbs and under, designed for the smaller bodybuilder who felt he could not compete against some of the mass monsters. Silvio Samuel won this contest, with a weight of just under 210 pounds, dominating the contest, with Tricky Jackson second.

Shortly afterwards, the rules were changed. The weight changed from 210 pounds to 202 pounds, in part because they wanted the smaller bodybuilders to have a chance. And it worked… or did it?

On May 10th, the IFBB Professional League issued a new change to the 202lbs and Under Contest. Starting on November 5th, 2011 (the Sacramento Pro Contest), it will be going from 202lbs and under to 212 lbs and under.

So were the bodybuilders surprised? Some where, especially the smaller bodybuilders who are now concerned they are going to compete against some of the more heavier pros who want to be freakier but not lose those last few pounds. We will definately hear more about this new rule in the coming weeks.

Supplement Giant Colorado – Grand Re-Opening – May 7

Supplement Giant of Lakewood, Colorado announces Grand Re-Opening Celebration with Special Guests:

Forrest Griffin (UFC Fighter – courtesy of BSN)
Hidetada Yamagishi (IFBB Pro Bodybuilder – courtesy of Gaspari)
Alicia Marie (IFBB Pro Bikini Model – courtesy of BSN)

There will be free prizes (Over $500), Supplements, T-Shirts and Samples ALL DAY long, with various booths, incuding BSN, Gaspari, Dymatize, iSatori, Muscle Fortress, Axis Labs, MAN Sports, Optimum Nutrition & ABB.

For more information you can reach us at: 303-935-5516 or you can stop by our location.

Date & Time: Saturday May 7th, 10AM-5PM


Supplement Giant is located at:
98 Wadsworth Blvd #126
Lakewood, CO 80226
(Behind Chili’s and Starbucks)

GNC Pittsburgh Grand Opening – May 6th

Our good friend Rico Barakat is having a grand opening at his newest GNC store right in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvannia on Friday, May 6th from 2pm to 6pm. He is going to be giving away free samples plus have some of the biggest stars in our industry at the store including:

Jay Cutler – Mr. Olympia 1st
Branch Warren – Arnold Classic 1st
Phil Heath – Second runner up Mr. O
Adela Garcia – Fitness Olympia 1st
Sonia Gonzales – Bikini Olympia 1st

The address is 6401 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (in The Village Of Eastside)

Charity After-Bash MEGA-PARTY VIII – 03-05-11

At 9:30pm on Saturday night March 5th in Columbus, Ohio; Jason Dhir will once again open the gates to fitness industries Biggest, Baddest and most Revolutionary After-Party Ever.

This Year’s 8th Annual Bash will bring you an entire evening of High Energy Entertainment unlike anything else seen throughout the year. All shows and LIVE entertainment at the bash are custom designed to be only the most unique and original features that will leave you in awe. This year, come watch Moodpak’s ICEBREAKER show at 11pm, ELEVATE 4-D: a 4-dimensional MEGA-show in the main room, and back by popular demand… a micro-midget wrestling CAGE MATCH at 1am! Since 2004, the Charity After-Bash MEGA-Party has set the standard for After-Parties, bringing in Hollywood celebrities, over the top entertainment and hundreds of pro athletes and models from around the globe. Voted as the Fitness Industries #1 After-Party 7 years in a row in Columbus during the event Weekend, this year’s overboard and underground MEGA-Party promises to be the best bash yet! Strengthens Team with New Editor-in-Chief Jeff O’Connell, the Internet’s most-visited bodybuilding and fitness site and largest online retailer of nutritional supplements, is proud to announce the addition of new Editor-in-Chief Jeff O’Connell to their team. O’Connell has 15 years in the health and fitness industry serving as Editor-in-Chief at Muscle & Fitness and, most recently, Executive Writer at Men’s Health.

O’Connell’s feature writing has been deemed “notable” in both The Best American Sports Writing and The Best American Science and Nature Writing anthologies. As an author, he has reached The New York Times Best-Sellers list as the collaborator on LL Cool J’s Platinum Workout. Adding to his list of accomplishments, Hyperion/Disney will be publishing his prescriptive memoir, Sugar Nation, on July 19, 2011.

“Becoming Editor-in-Chief of is a dream job for me. The site is the most heavily trafficked fitness destination in the world, making this a unique opportunity to help tens of millions of people worldwide transform their life through health and fitness,” said O’Connell.

The new Editor-in-Chief will focus on further enhancing the site’s 30,000 pages of unique content with the latest and greatest health and fitness advice, news and entertainment. “Rather than pay $5.00 for a fitness or bodybuilding magazine, fitness enthusiasts can visit and receive everything for free, from expert online trainers to workout videos to social networking. My focus is on enhancing the user experience by continuing to improve the vast array of content,” explains O’Connell.

As someone who works out daily, follows a low-carbohydrate diet, and takes twelve supplements daily, O’Connell is an ideal fit for the team. His ability to identify with the lifestyle enables him to fulfill the company mission of helping visitors reach their health, fitness and appearance goals through information, motivation and supplementation.

“Jeff brings an insane amount of experience and enthusiasm to, and truly understands our users and what we are trying to accomplish. We are very fortunate to have him on our team!” said CEO Ryan DeLuca.

Jeff O’Connell will be joining the talented Digital Publishing Team, including Spokesperson and Editor at Large Kris Gethin, Vice President John Hardesty, and many more industry experts.

2011 Vitrix Model Team – Getbig Approved

The 2011 Vitrix Model Team is searching for a new model – ok, one cute sultry Vitrix Vixen who can spice up the pages of the Vitrix Model Team, and have a chance to join the six current Vitrix Models. Here is your chance to vote on which model you would like to see more of, at the link below:

Vitrix Model Search Contestants
Please Vote

As many Getbigger’s already know, the pictures on the site are quite sexy, and borderline provacative that keeps bringing the men back to check it out. All to keep bringing attention to Vitrix, Nutrex’s male libido and performance enhancer.

So go ahead, and enjoy the pics of Cat Holland, Danny J, Erica Fruest, Larrisa Reis, Prudence Moe, Elena Machin, and sometimes Ana Tigre.

BSN sold for $144 million to Glanbia

The rumors started swirling in December. BSN had finally entered into an agreement with another company to purchase them. There were a few companies looking to purchase BSN, because of their continued growth and great products, but when we heard that Glanbia was emerging as the front runner, it got interesting. Because Glanbia, in our industry, is a known company, being the owners of Optimum Nutrition and American Body Boduilding products, and because they have given these two companies great support and leeway into building the brands into what they are.

By January 1st, everything looked to be in order, but no one except the dealmakers knew when the final acquisition date would take place, or if there would be snags. This morning, everything was complete. BSN was purchased for $144 million dollars, debt free.

In a conference call to BSN employees today at 9am Eastern time, Hugh McGuire, CEO of Glanbia, spoke of the purchase and how they intend to keep continuing making BSN a household name and the great brand they are.

In a conference call to Optimum and ABB employees an hour later, they were told that the acquisition was complete. The companies would stay separate for now, and all business was the same as usual. For Glanbia, this is a great move – BSN, along with Optimum and ABB, are three great supplement brands that are continuing to grow.

Here is one of the press releases that was found on the internet regarding the purchase.

Irish cheese and nutritional ingredients maker Glanbia (ISE:GL9) on Wednesday said it had bought US sector player Bio-Engineered Supplements and Nutrition (BSN) for USD144m (EUR107m), in line with its strategy to grow in the sports nutrition sector. Glanbia has financed the deal with existing debt facilities and expects the acquisition to increase its earnings in 2011. BSN employs 140 people and sells its products through 40,000 retail stores in the US as well as in 90 countries globally. It booked net revenues of USD135.4m and an adjusted EBIT of USD16.3m in 2009. Its gross assets stood at USD30.5m at the end of December 2009. Country: , USA Sector: Pharmaceuticals, Food/Beverages/Tobacco Target: Bio-Engineered Supplements & Nutrition Inc (BSN) Buyer: Glanbia Plc Deal size in USD: 144m Type: Corporate acquisition Financing: Existing resources, Debt Status: Closed

2011 Los Angeles Fitness Expo

The Los Angeles Fit Expo kicks the season off next weekend. This is always a great expo and a way to get motivated and inspired for the year. Lonnie Teper is also hosting the first NPC Naturally competition, which will be held in conjunction with the Fit Expo. will choose a new male and female spokesmodel at the event and the competition is fierce this year. We’ll be there all weekend, will you?


January 29-30, 2011


The Los Angeles Convention Center

Event Info:

The 2011 Los Angeles Fitness Expo, California’s largest health and fitness weekend, returns Saturday and Sunday, January 29-30 to the Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 South Figueroa Street, West Hall. Attendees will find over 250 exhibits offering the latest in fitness, diet, nutrition, strength and wellness products and services.

The Los Angeles Fitness Expo also offers free admission to 15 major competitions.

Special Guest Appearances At The Los Angeles Fitness Expo:

Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell, Jay Cutler, Phil Collen (Def Leppard Lead Guitarist/Muay Thai Kickboxer), Jean Carrillo (World Champion Muay Thai Trainer), Herb Dean (Renowned MMA Referee & Fighter), Bad Kitty Sassy Fitness, Paul Daniels, Chady Dunmore, Eric The Trainer’s Sumo Challenge, Carmen Electra, Chris Faildo (The Hawaiian Hurricane), Lou Ferrigno, Sherry Goggin (Ms. Fitness America), Odd Haugen (Strongman Champion), Roland Kickinger, Amanda Latona, Alicia Marie, Scot Mendelson (Powerlifting World Champion), Lonnie Teper, Seb Zewdie, and many more.

Ticket Information:

Your ticket includes admission into the giant exhibition floor filled with the best cutting edge companies displaying, promoting and selling fitness, health and well-being products and services. Your admission ticket also includes FREE admission to all THIRTEEN different competitions taking place on The Los Angeles Fitness Expo floor! Don’t forget to check out the FREE seminars, demonstrations and celebrity autograph sessions and grab all the FREE samples. Many of our exhibitors are offering super-cool products at discounted prices so be prepared for the shopping action. It’s non-stop fun for the entire family and it is ONLY $20 a day!

Saturday: $20
Sunday: $20
Weekend Package: Saturday & Sunday: $30
Kids tickets, 12 and under, will be $10 a day at the door only.
Kids 6 and under are free.

Los Angeles Fitness Expo Show Hours:

Events in West Hall A/B
Saturday January 29, 2011 9:30 AM – 6:30 PM
Sunday January 30, 2011 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

PBW Announces Changes for 2011

When “Pro Bodybuilding Weekly” returns on January 24th for the start of another year of bodybuilding talk radio, keep an eye (and an ear) out for some big changes.

For starters, long time co-host and “athletes rep” Bob Cicherillo will not be returning for PBW’s 7th season. A series of contractual changes in the life of Cicherillo have forced him to turn his attention to some new projects and some exciting new opportunities. Rest assured, Bob has big plans! — So, the big question: Who’s gonna fill Bob’s big Size 13 shoes in the broadcast booth?

Well, as it turns out, those shoes are so big, the search for a new co-host led to NOT ONE, but TWO of the bodybuilding community’s most knowledgable and influential personalities, giving way to a new 3-man format.

Joining Dan in PBW’s new “3 Man Booth” is long time IFBB Pro League official Lee Thompson. When it comes to “inside scoop” it’s hard to get any closer to the action. In addition to his annual seat at the Olympia judges table, Lee’s candid insight and understanding of all aspects of the sport is in a league of its own. Lee’s addition to the show ensures that PBW will continue to deliver the latest IFBB/NPC news….straight from the source.

But MOVE OVER, there’s still another seat to fill in the new 3-Man format. And that spot goes to one of the most recognized experts in the field. Regarded as one of the original “Gurus”, Chad Nicholls brings more than 2 decades of experience to the show.

When it comes to understanding ALL elements of bodybuilding, Chad covers all the bases. His advisory services have been sought out by some of the most iconic men to ever step on a bodybuilding stage. HIs ability to assess a physique and breakdown a lineup are only the beginning. Also a long time NPC Chairman, Chad’s popularity and personal history in the sport are the source of some of the greatest bodybuilding stories ever told.

Presented once again by MuscleTech, PBW’s 2011 schedule gets underway on Monday January 24th at 8pm ET. For more information, visit

Are You Tough Enough? WWE Wants YOU!

The WWE and the USA Network are bringing back the hit reality competition, Tough Enough. Casting producers are currently searching the globe for hardbody men and women to cast on the show. This is your chance to be the next WWE super star. One lucky competitor will earn a contract with the WWE. See complete details below.

Are you TOUGH ENOUGH to be the next WWE SUPERSTAR?

WWE and the USA Network are bringing back the hit reality competition show Tough Enough! One competitor will earn a WWE contract and be the next WWE Superstar!!!

Casting Producers are searching the world to find extraordinary men and women with the following qualities:

And an INTENSE DESIRE to be the next WWE Superstar!

If you believe you have what it takes to not only earn the contract, but excel in World Wrestling Entertainment…

Email: with your name, age, city and state, phone numbers, a current photo of you, and a brief paragraph about you and why you think you can make it in the WWE.

Happy New Year to the Getbig family

Thank you to many of you for making 2010 a great and fun year here at, with lots of interesting stories, great pictures, and very cool people who I have met and the contributors on the forum and more. Wishing you all a very happy New Year, and for a powerful 2011!

Boise’s Own Ryan DeLuca Inspires Best-Selling Book Body by Design

Local Boise business owner, Ryan DeLuca, inspires best-selling book Body by Design with the Internet’s most-visited bodybuilding and fitness site, A bestseller on Amazon’s Exercise and Fitness, Healthy Living, and Weight Loss categories, Body by Design is a revolutionary 12-week diet and exercise program backed by real-life success stories.

A certified authority in health and fitness, is home to BodySpace, the world’s leading online fitness community offering a powerful blend of motivational, informational, and nutritional resources to over 690,000 members.

Ryan discovered his passion for bodybuilding early on as a student at Fairmont Junior High, and it has been a major part of his life ever since. After searching the Internet and bulletin boards about bodybuilding, Ryan discovered there was an opportunity to provide information and products to people across the world with the click of a button. Little did he know, he would soon become award-winning CEO of the world‘s largest online retailer of nutritional supplements, and be help over 7.5 million people a month achieve their health, fitness and appearance goals.

Ryan created more than a business; he created a fitness revolution by providing over 25,000 pages of videos, nutritional diets, training plans, virtual personal training, an encyclopedia of exercises, and articles from top industry experts – all for free. Before, this had never been done before. With the tremendous success of the website, Ryan received numerous requests from customers for an inexpensive, easy-to-use book that broke down the top information had to offer. He, along with Editor-In-Chief Kris Gethin, and global publishing house Simon & Schuster, spent the past year creating just that – Body by Design was born.

Body by Design isn’t your ordinary New Year’s transformation book. It begins changing you from the inside out, starting with the very thoughts in your head and working its way to the muscles on your body and the food on your plate. Body by Design harnesses the power of motivation and community to turn health and fitness goals into realities. It’s not a New Year’s transformation – it’s a forever transformation.

For more information on Body by Design, please visit

BodySpace 2011 Spokesmodel Top 5

Iron Man Magazine presents The 2011 BodySpace Spokesmodel Search! Congratulations on the top 5 out of over 350 contestants. The winners will be chosen live in Los Angeles on January 29th at the Fit Expo. See you there. The top five (for men and women) are:

The Women:

Kathleen Tesori (Kathleen Tesori)
Felicia Romero (fromero)
Laura Bailey (jumper11)
Jennifer Rankin (TXphysique)
Lindsay Kaye Miller (linzkaye)

The Men:

Kelechi Opara (madtitan)
Scott Dorn (SMDMN)
Kizzito Ejam (kizmvp)
Ryan Hughes (dubcplaya069)
Stephen Cook (stevecook_32)