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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.

2008 Mr. Olympia Contest Results - Dexter Jackson is the New Mr. Olympia PDF Print E-mail
Written by Muscletime   
Saturday, 27 September 2008 23:54
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Dexter Jackson won the 2008 Mr. Olympia Saturday night in Las Vegas dethroning the reigning two-time Mr. Olympia Jay Cutler. Dexter Jackson realized that this was his best opportunity to win the long coveted Sandow trophy and stepped on stage in his best condition ever.  

Legitimacy of IFBB Judging at Stake - Three Competitors Should Place Ahead of Jay Cutler PDF Print E-mail
Written by Muscletime   
Saturday, 27 September 2008 01:17
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Jay Cutler, Dexter Jackson, Phil Heath at 2008 Mr Olympia Several questions have been answered with the conclusion of the prejudging portion of the 2008 Mr. Olympia. The most pressing question was whether or not one of the Olympia challengers would be able to end Jay Cutler's continued reign as Mr. Olympia. Just like last year at the 2007 Mr. Olympia, no less than three competitors should place ahead of Jay Cutler!

Jay Cutler is in better condition than last year but failed to bring a physique of the requisite caliber to overtake the much improved Phil Heath, Dexter Jackson and Dennis Wolf. Any one of these competitors deserves to end Jay Cutler's Olympia streak at two. All of them should place ahead of Cutler. If one of these challengers does NOT win the 2008 Mr. Olympia, the credibility and legitimacy of IFBB judging will be irreparably damaged.

Phil Heath is the clear winner of the 2008 Mr. Olympia after prejudging on Friday night. You would not believe how many people told Phil Heath as much backstage; this is particularly telling since backstage access was highly restricted to contest officials and bodybuilding insiders. There could be some reasonable justifications for declaring Dexter Jackson or Dennis Wolf as the new Mr. Olympia ahead of Phil Heath; we would be forgiving of such judging discretion due to the fact that they were 50 feet from the stage. But under no circumstances does Jay Cutler deserve to win the 2008 Mr. Olympia if judging in the sport of bodybuilding is anything but farcical.

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