Wednesday, October 31, 2007

2008 Dubbo bodybuilding: change of date.

The annual Dubbo bodybuilding competition is normally held on the last Saturday in February.

As it’s now the last day of October, that's four months away. That means that some competitors would now be just starting their diet preparation. I have some information for you.

From next year, the date of this great, friendly event will be changing.

I don’t know the new date. You should contact Ken and Elaine Russell for current information.


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Sunday, October 21, 2007

IFBB Australia Pro Card Farce

Just back from the IFBB Australian titles in Sydney.

The Australian titles ran over two days, yesterday (20th) and today (21st). The classes where divided as follows.

Day 1:
All Female Figure & Fitness/Sports Model classes.
All Male Physique age restricted classes.
Male Novice Physique class.
The new Male Classic Physique class.
Male Open Over 100kg Physique class.

Day 2:
All Female Physique classes.
All Open Male Physique classes expect over 100kg.

Each day had two shows. The Pre-judging in the morning and the ‘Final’ show at 2pm. The Pre-judging cost $20 a ticket & the Final cost $55 a ticket. Jay Culter was the guest poser.

Due to cost & time constraints, I only attended the Final shows. There were competitors from my gym, both days. I wanted to support everyone.

There was an IFBB Pro card up for grabs. So you would expect it to be judged, last thing on the 2nd day, after the last Open division was complete. No, wrong! The Pro card was awarded to the winner of the Open over 100ks class, at the end of the first day.

How can you award a Pro card after only one Open class has been judged?

One of the other Open class winners does my competitor diets. I feel it’s grossly unfair that the Pro card was awarded the day before he even got on stage! I know he been after a Pro card for a number of years.

How can our sport be regarded as professional and uncorrupted when these kinds of shenanigans go on?


Monday, October 08, 2007

Bodybuilding: Spring is in the air, competition season!

I must be getting old and jaded!

It’s October, the busiest month of the spring competition season and of the year.

Next weekend will see the INBA NSW Titles on Saturday 13th and the INBA ACT Titles on Sunday 14th.

For those people in Western Australia and South Australia, your state titles are on this Saturday (13th) and Sunday (14th), respectively.

The following weekend, the IFBB have their Australian Titles on at the Revesby Worker's Club on both Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st. I know people competing both days. So I’ll go to both days. It’s going to be a very expensive weekend. The IFBB are charging an extortionate $55 for the Final show on each day. The Pre-judging will be $20. I really want to support 'Da Boys'(tm), so I’ll cough up.

The last Sunday (27th) of the month will see the INBA Australian Titles in Canberra. It’s 10 minutes walk from home. Wish it was away. Going away from Nationals is always a great weekend, weather you’re competing or not!

All the INBA details are on the about links.

And why, may you ask, am I getting old and jaded? I was thinking about going to Melbourne to watch the INBA Victorian Title last weekend. But though better of it, for money and work (time) reasons mainly. (I've already been to Melbourne 4 times this year, IT stuff, even got to the ANB Melbourne titles on one trip).

For all you guys & gals thinking about competing, go along to any events you can get to. Look, learn, ask questions and get motivated! Than pull the trigger and set a target competition(s). I'ld generally choose one between one to two years away. Once you have a comp, got talk the most knowledgeable person you can find and draw up an intelligent plan that gets you to chosen comp(s)! As Nike said 'Do it!'.


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