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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 ResultsĀ 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.



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