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Muscletime Exclusive: Johnnie Jackson at the 2008 USPF National Powerlifting Championships PDF Print E-mail
Written by Millard Baker   
Sunday, 29 June 2008 05:36
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IFBB Pro Bodybuilder Johnnie Jackson competed in the 2008 United States Powerlifting Federation (USPF) National Powerlifting Championships in Warwick, Rhode Island on June 29, 2009. Johnnie entered the meet with goals of 900 lbs in the deadlift and 600 lbs in the bench press.

During the early morning weigh-in, there was a minor crisis as the Inzer-designed bench press shirt did not meet USPF regulations due to an open back. Johnnie was able to find an alternate shirt for the meet and the crisis was averted.

Johnnie opened the bench press competition with a first attempt of 468 lbs unaided by a bench shirt. His next two lifts were disqualified although he was clearly able to handle the heavy weight, including a 600 lb third attempt that was not allowed due to a slight dip in his right elbow toward the end of the lockout during which he strained his arm at the elbow.

Johnnie set a USPF World Record on his first attempt at deadlift with a pull of 345 kgs (760 lbs). His second deadlift attempt for 372.5 kg (821 lbs) was not allowed because he did not push his hips forward at the  top of the lift. His third and final attempt at 345 kgs was abandoned in mid-lift by Johnnie after he pulled his left hamstring. The injuries were initially a major concern for Johnnie since he is scheduled to compete in the 2008 IFBB Europa Pro show in seven weeks; but after further assessment, the injuries were relatively minor. Johnnie will still compete at the Europa.

Muscletime made the decision to cover this event a few days ago after learning that none of the major bodybuilding news magazines was going to commit sending anyone to meet. We felt that this meet was not only a big deal for Johnnie Jackson but also for the crediblity of the sport of bodybuilding. Johnnie definitely gained respect (on behalf of bodybuilding) from the powerlifting community.

We were able to take a limited number of photographs as well as live streaming and web video post today. There were many restrictions on photo and video, but Muscletime worked hard to obtain permissions to video Johnnie's lifts at the powerlifting meet for his many fans worldwide. The official photographs and DVD from the meet can be obtained from Santilli Photo & Video at 978-970-5316.

Muscletime's complete report on Johnnie Jackson and his bench press and deadlift competition at the 2008 USPF Nationals will be posted here shortly. Keep checking back. See streaming video of Johnnie's lifts below (after the photo(s)).

Johnnie Jackson warms up for deadlift competition during 2008 USPF National Powerlifting Championships in Rhode Island on June 2 

Kevin Levrone Seminar at 2008 NPC South Texas Bodybuilding Classic PDF Print E-mail
Written by Millard Baker   
Saturday, 14 June 2008 23:42
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Muscletime provided a live broadcast of the Kevin Levrone Athlete Motivational Seminar from San Antonio. Levrone spoke to NPC amateur bodybuilders who competed at the 2008 NPC South Texas Bodybuilding Classic. Special thanks to promoters Prince and Debbie Fontenot, Bob and Laura Johnson of Posedown Magazine and Engineered Sports Technology Nutrition for making this special seminar possible.

The Kevin Levrone Motivational Seminar was originally filmed on Sunday, June 15, 2008 at the Best Western on Commerce Street in downtown San Antonio, Texas. Replays are available below.

IFBB Pro Trish Warren Guest Posing Routine at 2008 NPC South Texas Bodybuilding Classic PDF Print E-mail
Written by Millard Baker   
Saturday, 14 June 2008 18:19
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IFBB Fitness Pro Trish Warren guest posed at the Posedown Magazine 2008 NPC South Texas Bodybuilding Classic promoted by Prince Fontenot in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday night, June 14, 2008. She is fine tuning preparations for the 2008 IFBB Houston Pro Show on July 4-5, 2008. Posedown Magazine (Bob and Laura Johnson) were the title sponsors of the event.

Victor Martinez Guest Posing at 2008 NPC Lone Star Classic PDF Print E-mail
Written by Millard Baker   
Sunday, 08 June 2008 12:01
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Victor Martinez made a guest posing appearance at Prince Harrison's 2008 NPC Lone Star Classic Bodybuilding, Fitness, & Figure Championships in Plano, Texas on June 7, 2008. The guest posing followed rampant speculation about whether Victor Martinez will return to the stage at the 2008 Mr. Olympia to challenge Jay Cutler after surgery for a torn left patellar tendon in January this year.

The rumors began last month on internet forums and were given credence when Flex Online reported that Victor had mailed in his signed Olympia contract and that Martinez purportedly told Flex Senior Writer Julian Schmidt that he planned to challenge Jay Cutler at the 2008 Mr. Olympia. The following week, Victor Martinez denied haven spoken to Julian Schmidt on MD's No Bull Radio reiterating that he has yet to make a decision on the matter.

Muscletime spoke with Victor Martinez at the NPC Lone Star Classic. He told Muscletime that he has only been training legs for about four weeks and will not make his final decision on competing in the Mr. Olympia until July. He decided to guest pose in shorts rather than posing trunks since he did not feel his legs were 100%. He pulled up his shorts to allow us a quick evaluation of his progress but asked us not to take photos just yet.

Victor Martinez Guest Posing Routine
at the 2008 NPC Lone Star Classic

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So, how did his legs look?

For someone who has trained legs only four weeks this year, they looked unbelievable. His leg size still overmatches most pros who have been training legs hard and heavy all year long. The size that he was able to maintain in his legs given his injury and extensive rehabilitation was simply amazing. We did not detect any asymmetry in leg size either. While I suspect most pros would envy the wheels Victor is currently sporting, Victor understandably expects to be no less than 100% when he competes.

Based on what we've seen, if Victor decides to compete at the 2008 Mr. Olympia, he will definitely be a threat to win it all. Olympia contenders have been forewarned.

Victor was a fan favorite at the wonderfully run Lone Star Classic promoted by Prince Harrison and sponsored and supported by many wonderful sponsors including Posedown Magazine, Rockhard Formulations, Labrada Nutrition and Europa Sports. He was busy signing photographs and DVDs along with top national level amateurs Stephen Frazier (guest posing routine below), Armon Adibi and Chris Jalali.

Muscletime streamed live video of Victor Martinez this weekend at Qik. We have now posted those videos on Youtube and can be seen below.

Muscletime Exclusive: On Set with Lou Ferrigno in New Movie "I Love You, Man" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Millard Baker   
Friday, 30 May 2008 12:35
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Muscletime was on location for the filming of Lou Ferrigno's scene in the movie "I Love You, Man" starring Jason Segal, Paul Rudd and Jaime Pressly. The movie is directed by John Hamburg whose recent directorial efforts include Along Came Polly (2004) and Safe Men (1998). Ferrigno has a small role in the $45 million production in which he stars as himself. Jason Segal's character repeatedly taunts him ("I'm not afraid of the Incredible Hulk!") and finally throws a punch at Big Lou only to be promptly taken down and neutralized by Lou Ferrigno. The obscenity-laden scene takes place at the Delizia Cafe on Ocean Front Walk at Venice Beach; the scene was filmed again and again all day long.


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