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Bodybuilding Tribute to Michael Jackson: Kai Greene Posing to "Dirty Diana" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Muscletime   
Friday, 26 June 2009 00:00
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IFBB pro bodybuilder Kai Greene gives an electrifying performance to Michael Jackson's "Dirty Diana" at the 2007 Keystone Classic bodybuilding contest in Pennsylvania. Many bodybuilders have posed to the music of Michael Jackson over the years but Kai Greene's Michael Jackson inspired posing routine is the all-time best in bodybuilding history! RIP Michael Jackson, June 25, 2009.

Muscletime Predictions for the 2009 Arnold Classic PDF Print E-mail
Written by Muscletime   
Wednesday, 18 February 2009 22:37
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Kai GreeneThe 2009 Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic marks the return of IFBB pro bodybuilder Victor Martinez to the competitive bodybuilding stage. Victor Martinez, the uncrowned Mr. Olympia from 2007, was expected to reign victorious over top challengers last year in Columbus. The 2008 Arnold Classic was intended to be a small step in his victory march in quest for the Sandow at the 2008 Mr. Olympia contest. Instead, Victor Martinez was sidelined as a result of a torn patellar tendon in the weeks prior to the contest. Victor was forced to withdraw from both the 2008 Arnold Classic and the 2008 Mr. Olympia. He watched Dexter Jackson capture an impressive victory over Phil Heath and Kai Greene at the 2008 Arnold. Dexter Jackson, the new Arnold Classic champion, then went on to win the Mr. Olympia title dethroning Jay Cutler in the process.

Dexter Jackson and Phil Heath, the 2008 Arnold Classic champion and runner-up, have chosen to skip this year's Arnold to focus on the Mr. Olympia. But Victor Martinez' anticipated comeback celebration will be challenged by several top pro bodybuilders including Kai Greene, Toney Freeman, Gustavo Badell, and Branch Warren. The quality of competition at the 2009 Arnold Classic should not disappoint. Most of the top pros did not compete in the Iron Man Pro in Los Angeles, the first contest on the 2009 IFBB schedule. So, this year's Arnold Classic will be a highly anticipated showcase of the progress made by many of the best physiques in competitive bodybuilding during an extended off-season.

2009 Iron Man Pro Contest Results PDF Print E-mail
Written by Muscletime   
Saturday, 24 January 2009 16:31
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2009-ironman-pro-katie-kurko161The 2009 Iron Man Pro celebrates its 20th anniversary as the longest-running and most popular professional bodybuilding contest in Southern California. The contest is being held in the month of January for the first time in its history. The January show date may accommodate the schedule of exhibitors at the FitExpo which is held in conjunction with the pro contest, but many top competitors found it difficult to include the SoCal contest as their usual pre-Arnold warm-up; it precedes the Arnold Classic by six weeks. The reigning Iron Man Pro champion Phil Heath decided to skip the Iron Man and focus his preparations on the 2009 Mr. Olympia. Runner-up Gustavo Badell and Toney Freeman skipped the Iron Man and saved themselves for the Arnold Classic.

The 2009 Iron Man Pro also suffered from subpar conditioning from the top athletes. The clear and noteworthy exceptions in the conditioning department were Silvio Samuel and Mohammed Bannout. The conditioning of Silvio Samuel is never a surprise; he is always in exceptional shape. The appearance of Mohammed Bannout was probably the biggest surprise of the show. Bannout's ridiculously shredded and striated muscle served as an in-your-face pointer for his fellow competitors. The 1983 Mr. Olympia Samir Bannout helped cousin Mohammed prepare for his first professional bodybuilding contest.

The top five automatically qualify for the 2009 Mr. Olympia.

Contest Results for the 2009 Iron Man Pro

Muscletime Proposal for New Format of IFBB Pro Contests PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wolfgang Koellerer   
Friday, 05 December 2008 01:48
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Dennis Wolf, Jay Cutler, Phil Heath at 2008 Mr. Olympia Prejudging The objective of this article is to answer one fundamental question:

"How would an IFBB Pro show have to look like in order to attract more viewers?"

I certainly am not trying to find the one and only solution. Rather I am offering one example of what could be done should the leaders of Bodybuilding agree that changes are required to raise the profile of the sport to the next level. Increasing the audience for professional bodybuilding would logically involve television broadcasts.

Successful television coverage of bodybuilding would change the dynamics for everyone involved. The increase in revenue from larger audiences would have a significant impact on the sport.

The sport of bodybuilding has been around for a long time but has reached the point where growth has stagnated. Joe Weider and the late Ben Weider have created a viable professional sporting contest where none had previously existed. The prize money for the winner of the sport's most prestigious title now stands at $155,000. This is a remarkable success for the sport's two most significant visionaries in bodybuilding history.


Judging the 2008 Mr. Olympia: Judges Provide Full Transparency and Complete Explanation of Results PDF Print E-mail
Written by Muscletime   
Tuesday, 14 October 2008 12:57
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The sport of professional  bodybuilding is allegedly scored according to the "IFBB Guide Book for Judges, Competitors and Organizers." The judging guide book outlines several objective criteria that are to be used as guidelines for assessing muscular development, symmetry and aesthetics. The guidelines attempt to minimize the amount subjectivity involved in the results of competitive bodybuilding contests.

The credibility of the sport of bodybuilding took a major hit in the aftermath of the 2007 Mr. Olympia contest where an undeserving Jay Cutler was announced the victor in spite of poor conditioning and inferior aesthetics when compared to his chief rivals whereas no less than three competitors should have placed ahead of Jay Cutler. The 2008 Mr. Olympia witnessed a new champion, Dexter Jackson, overthrow the reigning Mr. Olympia. But was this enough to salvage the legitimacy of IFBB judging where at least three additional bodybuilders should have defeated the reigning Mr. Olympia?

The justification for the results, then and now, is that the judging criteria was subjective and arbitrary such that there was no incorrect judging decision. However, based on the IFBB guidelines, judges must have clear rationales for their decisions based on specific criteria related to muscular development e.g. "size, shape, density, separation and definition, in relation to symmetry and natural aesthetics."

The judging can not be completely arbitrary when significance is placed upon "qualities of balance, proportion and the overall 'flow' of the physique," "balance between upper and lower body development, and harmony between the left and right sides of the body." There is little room for subjectivity when it is mandated that "distended abdomens and distorted muscles negatively impact... the overall physique" or "muscle size at the expense of symmetry and natural aesthetics will not be assessed favourably."

IFBB judges are not held accountable for their judges decisions nor required to explain why and how they scored a pro bodybuilding competition. This results in poor judging based on various factors completely unrelated to the physique competition on stage. If IFBB judges were required to give detailed analysis and reporting of their scoring, this would go along way towards cleaning up the sport and promoting fair competitions. No longer could judges hide behind the cumulative scores explaining away any controversy through suggestions of subjectivity. The scores AND individual judge's rationale for the scoring would be a matter of public record and could be used to create a higher standard of judging by eliminating incompetent, biased and politically motivated judges.

Muscletime proposes complete transparency and full disclosure behind the judges scoring decisions and the relationships, financial and other, between the judges, the athletes, and the sponsors of professional bodybuilding competitions. As an example, we would like to offer our own two judges for the 2008 Mr. Olympia as examples of the type of transparency and detailed judging we propose.

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