Every time the bodybuilding world counts out Branch Warren, he piles up the doubt and negativity and uses it to fuel his contest prep. He did so in the past following his triceps injury and also after his quadriceps injury. He didn't have any major injury last contest season, but he did have several disappointing showings. Warren needed to make a statement heading into the 2014 Mr. Olympia. And that is exactly what he did at the 2014 Dallas Europa Pro, where he picked up what looked to be a clear cut victory.
The Dallas Europa Pro is the next big contest on the 2014 IFBB pro schedule. The first Europa contest of the year, the Orlando Europa Super Show, was held a few weeks ago, and it was won by the emerging Justin Compton. Another kept the streak going for the up-and-comers by winning at the Arnold Classic Brazil just last week. Will the up-and-comers continue their momentum and claim the title in Dallas, or will a veteran keep the young pros at bay? These questions and more will be answered come contest-time on May 9.
Generation Iron, the follow-up bodybuilding documentary to Pumping Iron, is set to hit iTunes and other digital platforms on April 4. The On Demand and DVD releases will come on April 15 and May 13, respectively. This documentary was directed by Vlad Yudin and narrated by Academy Award nominee Mickey Rourke. It follows the lives of even of the best bodybuilders in the world as they get set for battle at the 2013 Mr. Olympia. These bodybuilders include then two-time reigning and defending Mr. O champion Phil Heath, Kai Greene, Dennis Wolf, Branch Warren, Roelly Winklaar, Ben Pakulski and Hidetada Yamagishi. It also features appearances from eight-time Mr. Olympia Ronnie Coleman, four-time Mr. O Jay Cutler, legendary bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno and famous actor Michael Jai White. The digital download version of Generation Iron will come with bonus footage, including an interview with the aforementioned Ferrigno and a look at the making of the documentary.
The 2014 Arnold Classic will be launching the 2014 IFBB contest season on February 27 and what better way to start off the year than with a show as unpredictable as there has ever been. With last year's men's open bodybuilding champion Dexter Jackson sitting this show out, and with the top two bodybuilders in the world Phil Heath and Kai Greene waiting for the Olympia in September, the show is wide open for a new Arnold Classic champion to emerge.
The 11th annual The Fit Expo Southern California, also known as the LA Fit Expo, will be held on January 25 and 26 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in California. This is one of the largest bodybuilding and fitness expos held each year, with over 400 exhibits on the expo floor and over 35,000 people in attendance. The expo has featured guest appearances by many top bodybuilders in the past and this year is no different. Among the names attending this year are three-time and reigning Mr. Olympia champion Phil Heath, former Mr. O winners Ronnie Coleman, Jay Cutler and Dexter Jackson and legendary bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno.
The 2014 edition of the Arnold Classic competition will feature the men's 212 bodybuilding division for the first time. But, while a new bodybuilding division has been added, another has been removed. The Arnold Classic will no longer host a women's bodybuilding competition. Most of the other pro divisions, including men's bodybuilding, fitness, figure and bikini will be featured, as they have in years prior.
The dietary supplement industry has skyrocketed in growth over the last decade and one of the most popular supplement categories has been the pre-workout products. So many companies have jumped onboard and created products to help you maximize your performance in the gym. But, with the increasing popularity of pre-workout supplements, it has become quite difficult separating quality from junk and pinpointing the right product for you.
The 32nd annual NPC National Bodybuilding Championships event is scheduled to take place November 22 to 23 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The show features men's bodybuilding, women's bodybuilding, men's physique, women's physique, figure and bikini. Up to 62 IFBB pro cards will be awarded to either the top two finishers or the winner in each divisional class, depending on each division's specific rules.
Two pro competitions took place on November 15 to 16, marking the end of the 2013 IFBB contest season. Those competitions were the Tijuana Pro and the Felicia Romero Pro Figure Classic. The Tijuana Pro had two divisions, men's bodybuilding and bikini, as part of the show in Tijuana, Mexico. Former Mr. Olympia champion Dexter Jackson was the only big name in the bodybuilding lineup, which comprised a mere seven bodybuilders, and he had little difficulty emerging on top.
Three-time Mr. Olympia Phil Heath is set to cross over to the professional wrestling world at the TNA Wrestling Bound for Glory pay-per-view on October 19. This event, emanating from the Viejas Arena in San Diego, California, is TNA's biggest annual show. It is the promotion's version of Wrestlemania, albeit at a smaller scale.